Last I checked the Jays and Yankees were tied 5-5 with two on and none out in the seventh for Jose Bautista, with my guy Jesse Carlson in line to pick up the win after two flawless innings of relief. With the home run champ and Vernon Wells due up, nothing could go wrong, or at least you had to figure. Think again. Fast forward to the present: I’m home from work to see the Jays lost 7-5, with Jason Frasor picking up the loss for giving up a two-out, two-run homer to Marcus Thames in the eighth. Can we just skip tomorrow’s game and end the road trip?
Bautista, it turns out, ended up striking out looking and getting tossed for arguing, and Wells, realizing it was no longer April or May, grounded into an inning-ending double play. Joba Chamberlain, who pitched out of the mess, grabbed the win and Kerry Wood tossed a scoreless eighth to set up Mariano Rivera’s 29th save.
Toronto actually led early, 3-0, behind a solo shot from Lyle Overbay and a two-run Johnny Mac light show (astonishingly, his sixth in 122 at-bats this year and third in his last six games) off Javier Vazquez in the second. Marc Rzepczynski struggled again though, giving three back in the third on three Yankee hits and two walks and another pair in the fourth on a pair of hits, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch. He lasted four innings, giving up five runs on six hits and walking three, leaving his line at 0-2 with an ERA of 9.00 in four starts (covering 17 innings, in which he’s walked 15) since blanking the Angels over seven innings on Aug. 13.
Overbay, in his second game back after missing five while sick, added a two-run double in fifth to tie things and finished with three of Toronto’s five RBIs. Dewayne Wise added a pair of hits and a walk out of the leadoff spot.
The loss leaves the Jays 69-66 and on the brink of being swept at Yankee Stadium, with Brett Cecil (11-7, 3.74) looking to avoid that fate in tomorrow’s finale against some one-month wonder named Phil Hughes (16-6, 4.10).