If the first meeting of 2012 between the Blue Jays and Yankees was any indication, then it’s going to be one fun year for the boys in blue.
The Yankees were simply no match for the home side, it wasn’t even close, as the Jays jumped out to a 5-0 lead through three innings in support of a very strong Kyle Drabek on the way to a rout.
Each of the Blue Jays’ first seven runs scored as a result of a two-out hit on a night when every facet of the game – pitching, hitting and defense – showed up for the Jays at the same time. Heck, even Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect inning!
There were four home runs, one each for Edwin Encarnacion and J.P. Arencibia on their way to three-hit nights (Arencibia missed the cycle by a triple). Jose Bautista hit a laser beam that took about a second and a half to make it to its final resting place in the 200 level, his fourth home run in six games, and Kelly Johnson blasted the 100th round-tripper of his career.
As for Drabek, after struggling through 4 1/3 innings in Minnesota last time out, throwing 84 pitches over the first three frames, the 24 year-old shoved it right up the Yankees’ big bats, holding them to just a run on three hits over seven innings. All three hits were ground balls and the run scored on a two-out bad-hop single by Mark Teixeira.
It was an overwhelming victory – certainly one that doesn’t prove that the Yankees aren’t capable of competing with the Blue Jays this season, but a dominant win nonetheless.
Here’s tonight’s edition of The BlueJaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:
Before the game, the Commissioner’s Office handed down a four-game suspension to Brett Lawrie for his “aggressive actions” against home plate umpire Bill Miller on Tuesday night. Lawrie appealed the suspension and should have a hearing sometime next week in which he can tell his side of the story. It’s quite possible that the mitigating circumstances, Lawrie being a first-time offender and his genuine contrition over having hit Miller with his batting helmet as it bounced off the ground might get the suspension reduced by a game. Lawrie will continue to play until the appeal is heard and a ruling is made.
The two-game mini-series wraps up Thursday night with 21 year-old Drew Hutchison taking on the Yankees for the first time in his career. He’s coming off his best start yet – six innings of three-hitter in Minnesota – and will face the consistently inconsistent Phil Hughes. We’re on the air at 7:00PM Eastern – join us, won’t you?
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