You knew this was going to be an interesting night when David Cone dropped a “Moves Like Jagger” reference in the bottom of the first inning after a diving play by Derek Jeter to nab the speedy Rajai Davis for the first out of the game but then he ended up outdoing himself later in the night…
The Yankees struck first against Jays starter Ricky Romero, scoring two runs in the second inning. Kelly Johnson hit a home run in the bottom of the inning to pull the Jays to within a run but Freddy Garcia was able to get out of it without further damage.
In the top of the third the Yankees scored again, this time on a single by Robinson Cano which scored Nick Swisher from second base – he singled to start the inning and advanced to second on a ground out by Mark Teixeira.
Johnson struck again in the fourth inning with an RBI double which scored Yunel Escobar and the Jays were within a run once more. Garcia settled down again and got out of the fourth by striking out Omar Vizquel and getting Jeff Mathis to ground out to end the inning.
Things were quiet until the top of the eighth.
Steve Delabar replaced Ricky Romero and was greeted rudely by Teixeira who hit a first pitch home run. It was his 22nd of the season and he passed Darryl Strawberry and tied Joe Adcock for 94th on all-time home run list with 336.
After two ground outs by Robinson Cano and Andruw Jones, Jayson Nix and Russell Martin both singled. Well, Martin’s ball should have been an out. The Jays defense was having issues tonight. They only had two errors but it felt like they should have had more.
Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run single to score Nix and Martin to give the Yanks a 6-2 lead. Toronto scored a run in the bottom of the eighth that was charged to Joba Chamberlain – he gave up a lead off single and was replaced by David Robertson. Anthony Gose, who hit that single, stole both second and third while Rajai Davis was up to bat. Davis walked and Robertson got Colby Rasmus to ground into a double play. Gose scored to make it 6-3 but Robertson was able to get Edwin Encarnacion to pop out to Swisher to end the inning.
The Yankees weren’t done scoring. They scored four more runs to make it 10-3 going into the bottom of the ninth. Swisher hit an RBI double to score Jeter, Raul Ibanez hit a single to score Swisher and the big blow – another double – came off the bat of Ichiro. It was a two-run double and it gave Ichiro five RBI on the night – his first 5 RBI night since August 2004 and the third such game of his career.
The Blue Jays scored a run in the bottom of the ninth but that was all they’d get.
Garcia earned his sixth win of the year and 151st of his career. He gave up two runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Back to David Cone. It seems he’s been catching up on pop culture because earlier in the summer he sang “Call Me, Maybe” on the air and made a reference to the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
His latest, hilariously inappropriate reference was this gem following a Mark Teixeira at bat: “That pitch tied him up. Tied him up tight. Tighter than the novel Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Okay, why is David Cone reading that book? Actually, you know what? I’m afraid to find out. Ken Singleton to his credit replied with, “I haven’t read that one.” Thank Goodness.
So the Yankees are back to being 20 games over .500 on the year and have now won three games in a row.
(Post syndicated from The Yankee Analysts)