With a guaranteed chance to gain on a wild card holder, the yankees can’t capitalize on early chances, and drop their opener with Toronto.
New York got four runners on in the first two innings off RA Dickey, but couldn’t drive any home. And last seasons NL Cy Young winner settled down from there to go 7 shutout innings.
Andy Pettitte was 3-0 in his previous 7 starts, and was big time once again. But a solo homer to Colby Rasmus in the fourth was all Toronto needed. The lefty veteran left down 1-0 after 6.2 solid innings. Shawn Kelley came in and finished off the 7th, but no before allowing a solo shot to Rajai Davis.
The offense couldn’t do anything in the final 2 innings, and lost for the 4th straight game. Pettitte falls to 10-10 on the year despite a good effort.
The late season loss also meant losing more ground. The Orioles beat the Red Sox while the Indians came back to beat the Royals. The Rays lost, so the bombers remain 3.5 games back for the final wild card spot.
11 games left to make what would be a remarkable comeback. It starts tonight. Phil Hughes looks to put his nightmare season behind him and help the bombers avoid a 5th straight loss.