Rapid Reaction: Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2
April, 28, 2013
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees have swept the Toronto Blue Jays. They took all four games and, with the woeful Houston Astros up next in the Bronx, the Yankees could be looking at a potential seven-game winning streak.
As it is, with all their injuries, they are 15-9 on the season. They were supposed to be looking up at the Jays this season. Instead they have won six out of seven between the two teams so far.
SPARKLING LYLE: With the Yankees down a run in the seventh, ex-Blue Jay Lyle Overbay smashed an R.A. Dickey pitch over the right center field wall to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead.
MO SAVES: After David Robertson took care of the eighth, Mariano Rivera saved his ninth game in as many chances. The knee is fine.
STRONG START: Hughes threw tremendously out of the gate, retiring the first eight batters he faced and making Jose Bautista, among others look silly, as Hughes struck out five in the first three innings.
NICKEL & DIMED: The hits Hughes gave up were soft ones. But hits are hits and they eventually cost him a run. In the fourth, the powerful Edwin Encarnacion hit a ball so weakly down the line that Jayson Nix tried to let the ball go foul. It stayed fair. Next, Melky Cabrera hit a soft liner to left. Finally, Adam Lind tied the game on a grounder up the middle. It was a new ballgame.
DEEP-SIXED: In the sixth, Hughes gave up the lead, but it could have been worse -- it also could have been much better. Let me explain.
After allowing a leadoff double to Jose Bautista, Hughes struck out Encarnacion and Cabrera. He looked like he may end his day in grand fashion.
Instead, Adam Lind barely missed a three-run homer, nearly pulling a ball over the short porch. It came up just short, but it was good enough for a go-ahead double. Hughes would finish the inning. His final one in a six inning, two-run, seven-hit, nine strikeout and one walk outing.
A BRENNAN BASH: Brennan Boesch put up the first run of the game, hitting a home run off Dickey that just scraped over the right field wall in the second. It was Boesch's second homer as a Yankee.
PAID ATTENDANCE: 36,872 on a beautiful Sunday in the Bronx. Stadium continues to feel a lot emptier.
ON DECK: I'll be writing a column about the Yankees' amazing start and will have all the news from the clubhouse.
Next, the Yankees face the terrible Houston Astros the next three nights at the stadium. On Monday, against his old team, Andy Pettitte (3-1, 2.22) will be opposed by Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.08). On Tuesday, it is Hiroki Kuroda (3-1, 2.279) vs. Philip Humber (0-5, 7.99 ERA). On Wednesday, David Phelps (1-1, 5.29) vs. Erik Bedard (0-2, 7.98).
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Could this start have gone better for the Yankees?