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Game 149: Yankees at Blue Jays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Sep 16, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (90-58)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

LHP CC Sabathia (19-8, 2.93)
Sabathia vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (75-74)
Mike McCoy SS
Eric Thames LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Adam Lind 1B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
J.P. Arencibia C
Kelly Johnson 2B

RHP Dustin McGowan (0-0, 9.00)
McGowan vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., MY9

WEATHER: The dome opened about four hours ago. It’s a little chilly outside, but ultimately a perfectly nice night for a ball game. This roof will close if conditions take a turn for the worse.

UMPIRES: HP Jerry Meals, 1B CB Bucknor, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Dale Scott

NOT AN IDEAL OFF DAY: On Thursday, the Yankees had their first scheduled off day since August 22. They left Seattle at midnight and landed in Toronto at 6:55 a.m. By the time they got through customs and arrived at the team hotel, it was approximately 8:45 a.m. They don’t have another off day scheduled this season.

CLOSE CALLS: The Yankees have had seven of their past 10 games — including five games on this road trip — decided by one run. They are 20-22 in one-run contests this season, going 8-13 in such games on the road.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: The Yankees are in the midst of playing 33 games over the final 32 days of the season from August 28 to September 28. They’re playing on 31 of those days and have gone 12-7 thus far.

UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Looked like Cano never got a handle on the ball. No grip meant a bad throw, and the Yankees couldn’t turn the double play that would have ended the first inning without a run. Instead, it’s a 1-0 Blue Jays lead.

UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: That’s a nice throw by Bautista, and Cano’s out trying to stretch a single to a double. Cano’s trouble really started with the fact Bautista played the bounce off the wall so perfectly.

UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: You don’t see Gardner take third unless he’s certain he can get there. Without a hit, the Yankees now have Gardner at third with two outs (he walked, then stole second and third).

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: The Yankees twice managed to avoid grounding into double plays, and Nick Swisher was able to take advantage with a two-out RBI double that scored Cano from first base and tied the game at 1.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Chavez follows with his second homer of the year and it’s 3-1 Yankees

UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: For whatever reason, seeing it live, I thought that ball went over Gardner’s glove. It obviously didn’t, and Gardner’s leaping catch at the way has ended a scoreless bottom of the fourth. Still a 3-1 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Two-out three-run double by Adam Lind, and now Sabathia is back in trouble with runners at the corners and Colby Rasmus at the plate. It’s now a 4-3 Blue Jays lead in the fifth. Sabathia is already approaching 100 pitches.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Swisher again, this time with a two-out single to score Cano from second and tie the game at 4 in the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Sabathia has loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, and his night is finished. No 20th win this time.

UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Soriano strikes out the side in the seventh, now Robertson has stranded the bases loaded in the eighth. Still tied at 4 heading into the ninth.

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