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Game 130: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Aug 29, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (75-54)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Steve Pearce DH
Jayson Nix 3B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Chris Stewart C

LHP CC Sabathia (13-3, 3.44)
Sabathia vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (57-71)
Rajai Davis LF
Mike McCory CF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Adam Lind 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Moises Sierra RF
Jeff Mathis C
Adeiny Hechavarria 3B

LHP J.A. Happ (2-1, 4.15)
Happ vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: It’s cooled down a little bit, which is actually nice. Wind is blowing left to right. Very comfortable and sunny outside.

UMPIRES: HP Chris Conroy, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Angel Hernandez, 3B Ed Hickox

AND IN THE END: The Yankees are 26-15 in series finales and?have won six of their last nine finales at home. They are 10-5 in the rubber game of a three-game series this season.

SPECIAL OCCASION: Prior to today’s game, the Yankees host “Special Olympics Day at Yankee Stadium.”?Approximately 20 Special Olympics athletes, all from the Bronx, will take part in a “Field of Dreams,” joining Yankees players at their respective positions on the field for the National Anthem.

40 STRONG: Derek Jeter leads the Majors with 41 hits in August. That matches his most hits in a month since the start of 2010 (also August of 2011). This is the 15th time in his career that Jeter has recorded at least 40 hits in a month. According to Elias, that marks the most such months by a Yankee since Joe DiMaggio, who compiled 17 months with at least 40 hits.

UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: What do ya know, Jones just singled up the middle for an RBI and a 1-0 Yankees lead. Here’s Granderson at the plate with one out and runners at the corners.

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Blue Jays can’t turn two and the Yankees get another run. That’s a 2-0 lead with Sabathia on the mound.

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Back swing got Stewart. He seems fine. Must suck to play a position where you can get hit in the head by a bat, and it’s just part of the job.

UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Nix makes up for his error by starting a 5-2 double play. Second night in a row that the Yankees have gotten an unusual double play to get them out of trouble.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Back-to-back two-out RBI singles have tied the game at 2. Sabathia was one pitch away from ending this inning with a two-run lead.

UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: RBI double has the Blue Jays in the lead 3-2. Three straight two-out hits given up by Sabathia.

UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: Rajai Davis makes a poor read on Curtis Granderon’s fly ball. It’s over Davis’ head for a two-run double and a one-run Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Yankees hottest hitters — Swisher and Cano — come the plate with the bases loaded, and neither one drives in a run. Missed opportunity and the Yankees lead is still 4-3.

UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: That was a full-count pitch to Escobar, and he hammered it to left for a no-doubt, two-run homer. The Blue Jays are back in front 5-4.

UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: Big at-bat for Jones. There’s a lefty up in the Blue Jays pen — which is the reason Ibanez isn’t pinch hitting — so Jones has an RBI opportunity with a runner at second and one out against a right-hander.

UPDATE, 3:34 p.m.: Jones goes down swinging. Here comes the lefty to face Granderson with two outs.

UPDATE, 3:54 p.m.: Excellent bunt by Mathis brings in one insurance run for the Blue Jays. The Yankees have burned through three relievers this inning. Might have used only two — or only one — if Derek Lowe hadn’t gotten himself in trouble with a double and a bunt single.

UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Lucky bounce off the third-base bag gives Martin an RBI double to pull the Yankees within a run.

UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: Soriano is up in the Yankees bullpen.

UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: Looked like a sure bloop single for Ichiro, but Rasmus was playing fairly shallow and made a nice diving catch to take away the hit and leave Martin at second. Still just one out and a chance to tie with a base hit.

UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: It’s not only guys like Jones and Pearce who are missing opporutnities to drive in runs today. Jeter, Cano and Swisher have as well. Jeter just flied out to leave a runner at second base in the eighth, and now the Yankees trail by one heading into the ninth. Eppley is staying in the game to pitch with Clay Rapada getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 4:24 p.m.: I don’t think Chavez saw that ball off the bat. Bad bounce and it’s an E-5.

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83 Responses to “Game 130: Yankees vs. Blue Jays”

  1. Ys Guy August 29th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    he had chavez, jeter and swisher behind ichiro. ichiro is hitting over .300 for the yankees. its not a bad decision NOT to give up the out there. i can see going either way. he went with him hitting away and it didnt work out. theres no way of knowing whether bunting would have worked had they done it.

    thats not a big issue to me.

  2. Yankee Trader August 29th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Straw-
    Ichiro popped up 1st bunt attempt went foul, 2nd attempt was on a low inside pitch, strike two.

  3. bruceb August 29th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Sorry, should be 0-46 when trailing after eight innings. I’d say we’re due. How about doing what Jays did us on Monday? Will someone please step up and show some guts.

  4. Villa Nova-Ya August 29th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Straw -

    He tried to bunt twice in that at bat and failed.

  5. sunny615 August 29th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    How do you give up 12 hits to a AAA lineup?!?

  6. blake August 29th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    in recent history the teams that have addressed their needs best at the trade deadline have performed the best in postseason play…..the Cardinals last year….the Rangers in 2011….the Giants….the Tigers…..

  7. bruceb August 29th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Where did all the posts go? Divine intervention?

  8. JM August 29th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Ichiro tried to bunt twice and failed.

    Ooof, Chavy

  9. waldo geraldo faldo August 29th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Ha!

  10. Ys Guy August 29th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    i didnt see ichiro’s ab, i am working and running in and out.

  11. I Am Winning August 29th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    The reason the Yankees are the only team to not have taken a lead in the 9th inning is because 99% of the hitters are trying for a 600ft shot out of the park and end up popping up 600ft high.

  12. Villa Nova-Ya August 29th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I’d love to think this team is due to win a game in or after the 9th. I would bet money they tie it up, and then they don’t have the pitching to carry them through and they’ll lose anyway.

    It’d be nice to buck the trend, though.

  13. Ys Guy August 29th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    i thought the giants picking up beltran was the best trade deadline pickup last year. didnt win them anything.

  14. sunny615 August 29th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Can’t show something they apparently don’t have.

  15. Tackelberry August 29th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Cannot let this run score. Tough enough to come back from just 1 run down

  16. Ys Guy August 29th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    cmon, keep it at 1!

  17. Tackelberry August 29th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Everytime Yanks need to hold the other team down for an inning, they can’t seem to do it.

  18. charlestonchew August 29th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Joba is going to throw 6 fastballs, all strikes, all swings and misses. Go!

  19. bruceb August 29th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    MarcCarig RT @pav8490: @MarcCarig When does the panic train start boarding?

    It’s already full up! Still, when you commence your new job as beat writer for the Mets, you’ll soon discover that the panic train starts boarding in April.

    It’s opening day here at CitiField…there’s the first pitch…and the season’s over.

  20. TheStraw August 29th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Hereeee’s Joba

  21. Ys Guy August 29th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    this is an interesting opportunity for joba. if he can get out without giving up more than 1 run, its a good outing.

    hopefully he gets jazzed up being in the heat of a ballgame and puts them down.

    Go Jobber!

  22. charlestonchew August 29th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I have a feeling that Cano is going to hit a walkoff 2-run HR. And no, i’m not jinxing it. Just you wait and watch it happen.

  23. JobaTipsHisCap August 29th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Joba

    good

  24. sunny615 August 29th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Game over now for sure.

  25. Yankee Trader August 29th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    10 games starting Friday vs Orioles[7] and Rays[3]. Lose today and theyll hopefully be able to take 4 of 7 from Orioles and 2 of 3 from Rays. They’ll be against the 2 teams that use the shift most often and coming off a 3 for 17 failure with RISP.

  26. austinmac August 29th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    The last two years the Yankees have done nothing at the deadline. They were good enough. We were told their was no place for improvement. Utterly foolish.

  27. JobaTipsHisCap August 29th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    wtf, he loaded bases already?!

    damn, he’s fast

  28. sunny615 August 29th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Gotta get out of the f up first.

  29. Nick in SF August 29th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Joba… this could be a big moment for him. Or things could go thermonuclear. Hard to breathe.

  30. Yankee Trader August 29th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    That was a meatball.

  31. Ys Guy August 29th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    clap, clap, clap, clap!!!!

  32. mykyl1 August 29th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    To most of the fans who attend games at the new stadium. You are a joke. This game felt like an Astros game. Bases loaded and you are all to busy shoving Shushi down your fat faces and talking on your dell phones to even clap or make noise. The new stadium sucks except for better bathrooms and soon they will smell too. All the empty good seats night after night is the biggest joke in mlb. Buck Showalter is going to come to town and stick it down the Yankees throats and they dont even give a crap

  33. waldo geraldo faldo August 29th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Cannot blame Joba for that.

  34. charlestonchew August 29th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Aw, man. =( We just can’t get a da** break.

  35. sunny615 August 29th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Joba you make me barf.

  36. I Am Winning August 29th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    This is beyond frustrating. What the hell are the Yankeea doing out there today. Do they not know how to pitch, field, or bat today? This is pathetic.

  37. Carlo August 29th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Gonna be a busy effing offseason for mom and pop dumpster shoppers. This team is dead.

  38. Tackelberry August 29th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Well, thats that. Lets go CHISOX!!

  39. Yankee Trader August 29th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Goodbye. Former GG and probable user Smiley Jones cost the Yankees a chance to come back.

  40. JobaTipsHisCap August 29th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Joba just sucks. no need to say more.
    I dont want to see him pitch again.

  41. Tackelberry August 29th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    charlestonchew August 29th, 2012 at 4:36 pm
    Aw, man. =( We just can’t get a da** break.

    _________________

    We got a break on that ball Martin hit before, and didn’t take advantage of it.

  42. Nick in SF August 29th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Boom goes the Jobamite!

    Things might not be very pleasant for the next couple days.

  43. sunny615 August 29th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    That cano two run homer does crap now.

  44. Ys Guy August 29th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    jones offense isnt worth trying to hide him on defense. i know it would have allowed a run, but that ball has to be caught.

  45. Villa Nova-Ya August 29th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    There goes Cano’s 2-run walk off HR….

  46. I Am Winning August 29th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    There may be a good chance that Joba won’t be on the postseason roster. He has done nothing but throw wild inside and outside of the zone. This is not pretty.

  47. Carlo August 29th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Will u effing 5 year olds stop clamoring for this uber bust now? He stinks, after 5 years, accept it.

  48. TheStraw August 29th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Jones should really be Randy Winn’ed about now.

  49. krs August 29th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Are we about to become the 2011 Red Sox?

  50. Villa Nova-Ya August 29th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Tomorrow’s an off-day. Regroup???

    Sigh.

  51. charlestonchew August 29th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Granderson game winning Grand Slam! The kind that you can only dream of.

  52. JobaTipsHisCap August 29th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Let Birds win

  53. bruceb August 29th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    A song for Andruw Jones to the tune of Adam Ant’s Goody Two Shoes.

    Can’t bat, can’t field…what can you do.

  54. JM August 29th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    MarcCarig profile

    MarcCarig The average big league team this season wins 4.6% of their games when they trail to start the ninth. The Yankees? 0.0%.

  55. mykyl1 August 29th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Oh and I am so glad that having CC on the mound is ” reassuring” . For who? the donut vendors at the park, He is a fat pig and does nothing to stay in shape.
    OH a word to CAshman. If you were not so busy in divorce court and attending hearings of your stalker girlfriend or paying for her breasts or abortions maybe youy could stay awake long enough to see the Yankees really stink.

    Your the boss, this is on you pal.

  56. blake August 29th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Mac,

    This team has had obvious holes for awhile and the Yanks have done a marvelous job of duct taping over them…..but the gum in the hole in the dam might be giving way now.

    The Yanks always talk about prices now…..at the deadline…..in free agency…..well thats fine…but when you have multiple teams every year ahowing urgency to fill their needs a go for it then its just going to make it all that harder on the teams that are satisfied wirh wher they are.

  57. Triple Short of a Cycle August 29th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    The sad part of it all is with the Yanks in free fall mode the dominant talk on sports radio is still the Jets.

  58. Ys Guy August 29th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    good job joba!

    if jones makes that easy play, just the one run scores.

  59. JM August 29th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    The Yanks certainly had opportunities today. Really should have had about 10 runs.

    As for Joba, he was rushed back too quickly. No way he’s on the playoff roster, IMO

  60. JobaTipsHisCap August 29th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    cc has been inconsistent for a while.
    As a ace (fake or not), you need to pitch better than this.

    He is not a real ace.

  61. ricardo1020 August 29th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    The binder will come to the rescue in the ninth. It never fails!

  62. ac1 August 29th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Joba is less than a month off of a year absence.
    He is hardly the only problem we have right now.

  63. sunny615 August 29th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Is it ok to boo now?

  64. TheStraw August 29th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I see Romper Room let out early today.

    Sweep the Birds and we’ll be up by either 5 or 6. Season starts Friday.

  65. fantasygame101 August 29th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I think alex can rehab as a dh in the big league. He will do no worse.

  66. Ys Guy August 29th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    joba was fine, jones let 2 runs in.

    not bad for a guy coming back from surgery who just sat for 8 days w/o pitching.

  67. Villa Nova-Ya August 29th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    And there goes the Grandy-slam.

  68. Triple Short of a Cycle August 29th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Sweep the Birds and we’ll be up by either 5 or 6. Season starts Friday.

    ———————————————

    They can’t even win a series against the Blue Jays

  69. ac1 August 29th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    The fact that we are still in first means we cannot pull a Boston and blow up the team, though we need to make some changes.

    I was stunned to read that A-Rod was not even put on waivers (yet). What is the harm in seeing if anyone would want him for the next 5 years….. Worst case nobody does, but the way the Dodgers have swiped up everything out there, there has to be a little thought that someone would want Alex on their team….

    Still believe they need to consider resigning Swish (on their terms) and trading Granderson…

  70. Villa Nova-Ya August 29th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Swisher and Robby had most disappointing at-bats of the game with the bases loaded.

    I cannot believe they are not going to take the series from the Blue Jays.

    I’m stunned.

  71. sunny615 August 29th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Wow this team blows right now.

  72. blake August 29th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Pathetic ……..

  73. Ys Guy August 29th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    suzyn said the yankees are thinking of rehabbing andy pettite in the bigs, too, maybe pitching him 3 innings with someone else to back him up, then 4 innings, etc. idk if they are going to have the cushion to do that, but if they are i like the idea.

    kind of out of the box thinking for the yankees.

  74. MG August 29th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    very disappointing game for the Yankees, it seemed like they didn’t show up…

  75. bruceb August 29th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    As for Joba, he was rushed back too quickly. No way he’s on the playoff roster, IMO

    Playoff roster, playoff roster…who mentioned the playoff roster?

  76. Triple Short of a Cycle August 29th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I was stunned to read that A-Rod was not even put on waivers (yet). What is the harm in seeing if anyone would want him for the next 5 years

    —————————————————–

    Because the Yankees are never future thinking. They are only reactionary

  77. TheStraw August 29th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Triple-

    Its a game of streaks. Friday would be a good time to start.

  78. mykyl1 August 29th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Oh and I want to share this with you Arod is taking BP and running and fielding. Then why the F#$k is he not playing? Dont give me this rehab crap. Just play. What are we waiting for for Gods sake.

  79. Triple Short of a Cycle August 29th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Oh and I want to share this with you Arod is taking BP and running and fielding. Then why the F#$k is he not playing? Dont give me this rehab crap. Just play. What are we waiting for for Gods sake.

    —————————————-

    Take a chill pill guy. Arod is the last guy to ever dog anything. Pavano yes but not Arod

  80. fantasygame101 August 29th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Happ must be a bad pitcher to give up an rbi single to andruw jones.

  81. mykyl1 August 29th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I do not think Arod is dogging it at all but Yankee management. Put me in coach Im ready to play. TODAY

  82. mykyl1 August 29th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    There is zero accountability in this organization.

  83. mykyl1 August 29th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Does anyone agree that the fans at these games are lame drones who just sit there and bring no energy to the game? I could here a pin drop with bases loaded today and one out. Whats up??

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