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Blue Jays throw one-hitter against Yankees

Aug 30, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

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The red-hot Jacoby Ellsbury was unavailable today with an ankle injury and it showed. Drew Hutchison and Aaron Sanchez combined for a one-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over the Yankees this afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Hutchison was dominant in the victory, facing five batters over the minimum over his seven innings of work. He struck out nine, walked two, and hit two batters. The lone hit was a double by Mark Teixeira in the fourth inning. Rookie right-hander Aaron Sanchez took over in the eighth and retired all six batters he faced with three strikeouts for his first career save.

Jose Bautista provided the only offense of the afternoon with a two-run homer off Michael Pineda in the first inning. He has now gone deep in four straight games and has 28 homers on the year.

The win moves the Blue Jays back to one game over .500 at 68-67. The loss dropped the Yankees to 70-64 on the year, putting them three games back for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

  1. bigmeechy74 - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Thank God. I’m still annoyed at how awesome the yankees pitching staff is though. They literally NEVER have a bad start. Ever. Every team occasionally has a start where their pitcher gets blown out in 3 innings. Not the yankees. They’ve had a quality start every day for months. I thought that before the season all these blogs were talking about how bad the yankees “infield defense” would be. Yeah that seems to matter a ton. They give up so many runs.

    • sabatimus - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      I was literally glued to my seat!

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    A fine outing by Hutchinson. Coming back from TJ surgery, he has been very inconsistent; however, his upside potential is very good. 22 year old Aaron Sanchez continued to dominate big league hitters. Since he was called up, Sanchez has a 1.66 ERA with a 20/3 K/BB ratio over 21.66 innings. He will be in the rotation next year. For the second game in a row, Kevin Pillar made a great diving catch in CF.

    • jinx21fan - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      It was really great to see Hutchison finally get it done at the Dome. He has struggled badly all year at home. With Stroman, Sanchez, and Hutch and hopefully soon Norris and Osuna the Jays rotation should be a strength for sometime to come.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 30, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        Take a look at Kendall Graveman. He was an 8th round pick in 2013 and received a signing bonus of only $5,000 because college seniors have no leverage. He started the season in Lansing, moved to Dunedin, then New Hampshire and is now pitching in Triple A Buffalo. Over 27 starts this year he is 14 & 6 with a 1.66 era. His fastball is about 90MPH; however, on June 3 he accidently threw a devastating cutter. He said eureka, refined the pitch and is now on the Jay’s radar. He may not make it to the majors, but is an interesting prospect to watch.

      • jinx21fan - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        Just found a National Post article about him. Hard not to get a little bit excited, definitely a kid to keep an eye on. Looks like he should start the year off in Buffalo next year. Heard a great conversation on the so-called “soft tossers” starting to get harder looks by ML clubs. The Canadian kid, James Paxton is doing very well.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      lol at that long comment about that kendall graveman guy. You had me sucked in until you said “he may not make it to the majors.”

  3. rbj1 - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    A waste of my afternoon. Did get a nap in though.

  4. f.verd - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Long time Yankee fan…but so sad to see the toothless “Bombers” who cannot even make loud outs.

  5. miguelcairo - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Leave it to the Yanks to make Drew Hutchinson look like Sandy freaking Koufax.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Koufax was a lefty. Hutchinson is right handed.

  6. paint771 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    As bleak as the season is ending out to be, I’m sort of surprised to not see more articles about how strong Toronto’s rotation may as early as next season. AA’s been stockpiling high-ceiling arms for some time, and already Hutchinson, Stroman, and Sanchez look to be locks for the rotation for the foreseeable future – with a lot of really interesting options not far behind them. Not a one of them has the cachet of being a #1 pick or a high profile international signing, but every one of them looks like they can at least hold their own as good mid-rotation starters for anybody, and every one of them has shown a lot of upside and extended flashes of looking like they could really turn out to be something special. You see the Cubs, Astros, and Pirates get press about this, but for my money Toronto’s a huge sleeper to have a pretty fantastic rotation here over the next few years.

  7. drewzducks - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Too much, too little, too late. The theme song of AA’s fledgling little birds. Meanwhile, the big birds in the division keep winning games and making moves to solidify their roster. At least the intelligent Jays fans didn’t have unreasonable expectations.

    • nbjays - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      “…and making moves to solidify their roster.”

      Kelly Johnson…. bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!

      That is all.

      • drewzducks - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        Not surprised that you’ve never heard of De Aza or more importantly Andrew Miller. That’s OK. Most Jays fans have never heard of the playoffs and fewer baseball fans have heard from an “intelligent Jays fan”.

      • nbjays - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        You come off as pretty snarky for a fan of a team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1983. I guess a bit of regular season success entitles you to act like a dick.

        Yes, I have heard of De Aza and Miller, but if you think the O’s do nothing but add good players, then Kelly Johnson will prove that theory wrong. Oh, wait… Ubaldo Jimenez did that already.

        When the Orioles win the WS this year, then you can be smug.

  8. pisano - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    This Yankee team can’t hit a beach ball consistently.

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