As expected, the Yankees could not do much against Roy Halladay. His 15-5 record against the Yankees was on display last night as the Bombers lost to the Blue Jays 5-1 in Toronto.
AJ Burnett had his stuff for the first three innings until things unfolded in the fourth. Alex Rios led off the inning with a double. Burnett then walked Vernon Wells and Adam Lind. Scott Rolen lined a 1-2 pitch down the right field line for a two-run double. Burnett struck out Lyle Overbay for the first out, and then got Rod Barajas to fly out to Melky Cabrera in center. Lind scored on the sac fly.
Halladay went the whole way, allowing a run on five hits, struck out five, and did not walk a batter. At one point he retired 17 in a row, and faced the minimum through six.
The Yankees’ only run came in the top of the seventh. Johnny Damon continued his hot hitting, when he lined a one out double, Alex Rodriguez drove Damon home with an RBI single.
After the three-run fourth Burnett settled down, and up until the 8th had pitched a pretty good game. Aaron Hill led off the inning with a solo homer, a few batters later Scott Rolen drove in the Jays’ fifth run with an RBI single.
The Yankees were without Derek Jeter who missed the game with a strained oblique, and Hideki Matsui left the game with tightness in his hamstring.
The Yankees will send Andy Pettitte to the mound tonight as they look to even up the series.
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.214|
|Cabrera, M, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a-Struck out for Matsui in the 5th.|
2B: Damon (7, Halladay), Pena (2, Halladay).
TB: Damon 3; Rodriguez, A; Cabrera, M; Pena 2.
RBI: Rodriguez, A (4).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, A.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Teixeira.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 2.