Monday, June 23, 2014

Well it was bound to happen eventually: Chase Whitley suffered his first loss of the season since taking over in the rotation back in May, as the Toronto Blue Jays knocked him around, hard, for eight runs on 11 hits in 3.1 innings -- his shortest outing of the season -- in the Yankees 8-3 loss to Toronto in the opener of a three-game series on Friday night at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning on an Adam Lind single, scoring Melky Cabrera, who extending his hitting streak against the Yankees to 20 games, the Blue Jays blew the game open for six runs on seven hits in the 2nd inning. Three straight reached to open the inning, then Jose Reyes grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring one. Cabrera singled to make it 3-0, then Lind hit a three-run shot that made it a 6-0 Jays lead.

A few batters later, Dioner Navarro doubled home Edwin Encarnacion, putting the Blue Jays up 7-0.

Mark Teixeira put the Yankees on the board in the top of the 4th inning with a solo shot to center field that appears to maybe tip off of Colby Rasmus' glove, bouncing over the wall for his 13th dinger of the season, which leads the Yankees.

Whitley's night ended with one out in the 4th inning when Navarro drove in another run against him, pushing Toronto's lead to 8-1.

For a kid that had been working as a reliever for pretty much his entire pro career, there was reason to believe that Whitley would not be able to keep up this hot streak during his rookie season. He's a quality pitcher, but he's not Masahiro Tanaka. Some team was bound to get to him eventually.

The Yankee' bullpen took over from there, starting with David Huff, who worked 3.2 innings, giving up just one hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts. Not a bad night for him. And than Shawn Kelley followed with a scoreless 8th inning, striking out the side while giving up just one hit.

Yangervis Solarte finally broke his 0 for 28 skid in the 9th inning with an RBI single to score Francisco Cervelli, who walked to open the inning, closing the deficit to 8-2, then two batters later, Kelly Johnson hit an RBI double down the left field line, making it a 8-3 game.

The loss snapped the Yankees' 10-game weekday winning streak, and now they'll have to start up a new streak come Tuesday, when David Phelps and Mark Buehrle square off at 7:07 pm ET.


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