Rapid Reaction: Yankees 2, Blue Jays 1

September, 19, 2012
9/19/12
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WHAT IT MEANS: Ichiro to the rescue!

Ichiro Suzuki capped off a 7-for-8 day at the plate with a tie-breaking two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Yankees went on to sweep their doubleheader with Blue Jays, taking the nightcap, 2-1, Wednesday at the Stadium.

The 38-year-old left fielder followed up a 3-for-4, two runs scored afternoon by going 4-for-4 with a franchise-record tying four stolen bases in the evening. Two of the seven hits were doubles.

Prior to Ichiro’s big hit, the Yankees had gone 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position. But after Curtis Granderson walked, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and stole third, Ichiro knocked him home with a looper to left. And Rafael Soriano closed out the ninth to record his 42nd save in 45 chances.

The Yankees (85-63) have now won four straight games and will hold onto first place in the AL East. The Orioles (84-64) face King Felix Hernandez late Wednesday night.

MR. 200: Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig for the most 200-hit seasons in Yankee history (eight) with a lined single up the middle leading off the game. Jeter now has a 13-game hitting streak. The Captain also made his first start at shortstop in a week and committed a throwing error in the seventh.

DAVID’S DOMINANCE: David Phelps did exactly what he was supposed to against Toronto’s injury-depleted lineup: he dominated. At one point, the 25-year-old right-hander retired 13 Blue Jays in a row prior to Jeter’s miscue. That’s when he ran into trouble -- loading the bases -- before Boone Logan bailed him out, getting pinch-hitter Moises Sierra to ground to second. Phelps’ final line: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO Phelps, who threw a career-high 110 pitches, has allowed just two runs in his past two starts.

BOO-ROD: Alex Rodriguez heard the Bronx jeers in the fifth and the seventh. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, failing to come through with runners in scoring position in his first three at-bats.

TOUGH LUCK: Ricky Romero came in 0-13 with a 7.91 ERA in his last 14 starts. He was quite good at working into and then out of trouble on Wednesday night -- 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 SO -- but had to settle for a no-decision.

UP NEXT: The Yankees complete their three-game series with the Blue Jays on Thursday night. It’ll be Phil Hughes (15-12, 3.96 ERA) vs. Aaron Laffey (3-5, 4.55). First pitch, 7:05 p.m.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.47 139 134
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 22
RBIB. McCann 71
RB. Gardner 85
OPSB. Gardner .757
ERAH. Kuroda 3.77
SOM. Tanaka 139