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Yankees squander chances in loss to Blue Jays

Sep 29, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

Rajai Davis AP AP

The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 3-2 this afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto, which means the Orioles could move into a tie for first place in the American League East with a win over the Red Sox tonight. (Editor’s note: Baltimore won 4-3)

The Yankees had plenty of chances to blow this game open, but simply failed to take advantage. They loaded the bases against Ricky Romero in the first inning, but only managed a pair of sacrifice flies. The leadoff hitter reached base in each of the next four innings, but none of them came around to score.

Romero left the game after three innings with left knee discomfort, but Shawn Hill came up big by tossing three scoreless frames in his first appearance in the majors since 2010. He also got the victory.

Andy Pettitte allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings for his first loss since returning from a fractured ankle. The veteran southpaw was pulled with two runners on in the sixth before Adeiny Hechavarria delivered a go-ahead RBI double off Joba Chamberlain. Yan Gomes was caught napping around third base on the very same play, but the Yankees couldn’t get anything going against Brad Lincoln, Steve Delabar and Casey Janssen.

The Yankees will send Phil Hughes to the hill tomorrow while Henderson Alvarez pitches for the Jays. If the American League East ends in a tie, there will be a one-game playoff on Thursday in Baltimore.

  1. fredverd - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    They pulled Nunez because of his (anticipated) poor defense. Why can’t they install him as the (permanent) DH for the last six games — now is not the time to rest the regulars in order to share the DH spot. Nunez is stinging the ball with his bat, something that the Yankee lineup doesn’t begin to do. He should hit third and be followed by Cano; let ARod hit fifth or sixth. Maybe then his ego will kick him in the butt and jump start his bat.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    SIEZE THE MOMENT, ORIOLES!!!!!

  3. ibleedroyalblue - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    It’s always a good day when the Yankees lose!

  4. proudlycanadian - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    About that headline, it could have read Jays squander chances but still win. Both Escobar and Gomes made base running blunders for the Jays otherwise they would have scored more runs. Gomes also made an error allowing Ibanez to reach first safely. Fortunately, the second base ump probably made an error when he called out the pinch runner on a steal attempt.

    Romero pitched the way he has all season. He allowed a lot of base runners as usual, and his 6.00 ERA in the game was on a par with how he has pitched all year.

  5. willclarkgameface - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    This is good for the O’s. Now let’s see some wins this weekend Baltimore and take that AL East crown.

  6. stex52 - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    In spite of the headline, I doubt you’ll get a lot of NYY sympathy here. Congrats, Cur!

    • cur68 - Sep 29, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      Thanks man. Its like PC explains it above: the Yankees were gettin beat by some pretty good hitting and some lights out bullpen work. Had it not been for some AAA OB skillz this would have been way worse. Where have these jabroni’s been the past 2 Months? Had the Beav been playing like this, rookis hitting, BP holding the lead, man Id be the worlds happiest beaver wrestler right now…..stilll, next season, eh?

  7. deathmonkey41 - Sep 29, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    That’s what happens when you load the bases and then try to win the game in the 3rd inning by hitting a grand slam.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      You are right of course; however, I did like the result of the attempt.

  8. theskinsman - Sep 30, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Someone dial 911. The Borg, with their performance enhancing 200 million dollar payroll has choked away a 10 game lead. Sweet! Nicely done by the Jays.

  9. jayscarpa - Sep 30, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    With Nix in NY getting an MRI for a hip-flexor, Nunez is the only player on their 40 who can back up Jeter/Cano. With Girardi’s move yesterday, if you’re Nunez, your confidence is shot to hell.

    I hope Francona doesn’t take the Indians job.

  10. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Yea Nunez looked shot to hell today when he knocked in what ended up being the game winning RBI. God i love it when the Yanks play the bluegays, another series taken and the bluegays are nowhere near .500 yet look at the couple of fans they have mouthing off on here. Pathetic

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