In his postgame interview, today’s winner, AJ Burnett said, â€œI didnâ€™t feel real good all day. My fastball was kind of flat. I guess I kept them down as best I could.â€ He also added, “I will be better.” It certainly wasn’t his best outing of the season but the AJ Burnett of last year probably would have fared much worse in this game. This year’s incarnation picked up his fourth win of the season and the Yankees held on for a 5-4 victory.
Those five runs are the most the Yankees have scored this year without hitting a home run. The offense was able to chase Toronto starter Kyle Drabek out of the game in the third inning – they scored three times in the second inning and twice in the third.
AJ Burnett pitched six innings, Joba Chamberlain came in and pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Rafael Soriano picked up his seventh hold of the season and Mariano Rivera got his ninth save. The bullpen was strong allowing only two hits in three innings.
Eric Chavez filled in nicely for A Rod who just had a day off – no injury concerns – making some nifty plays in the field and breaking up a double play in the bottom of the second which helped lead to three runs. Derek Jeter also contributed to the scoring effort that inning by hitting a sacrifice fly which scored Jorge Posada from third. Brett Gardner and Chavez also drove in runs in the bottom of the third.
The series finale is tomorrow afternoon at 1:05pm. The scheduled starters are Ivan Nova (1-2, 5.82 ERA) for the Yankees vs. Jesse Litch (2-1, 3.86 ERA) for the Blue Jays.
Some notes from Yahoo Sports:
- Yankees RHP Carlos SilvaÂ threw three scoreless innings in his first extended spring start Saturday.
- RHP Luis AyalaÂ (strained back muscle) pitched 1 1-3 innings in the same game.