For the first time in seemingly forever, the Yankees actually jumped all over a Lefty-They’ve-Never-Seen-Before™ in the form of Jo-Jo Reyes (who only lasted three innings and gave up five runs — now that’s more like it!) and never looked back, taking the rubber game against the Blue Jays 7-3 on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon.
Things started off promisingly in the 1st, as a Derek Jeter leadoff double was plated by a Curtis Granderson double (his first of two on the game — is this man on fire or what?), as the Yankees took a 1-0 lead before an out was recorded. They quickly added to the lead on an Andruw Jones two-run bomb in the second (driving in a Russell Martin bases-on-balls), and then grabbed two more in the third as Mark Teixeira blasted a two-run shot to left-field. Though that would be all they’d need, the Yankees added two more on Jones’ second two-run shot of the game.
Jones hasn’t really played all that much, and hasn’t exactly made the most of opportunities when he has played (.191/.240/.340, -0.2 fWAR coming into today’s game), but there’s still something about his presence in the lineup that makes me feel like the team isn’t throwing at-bats away like they have on so many weak bench pieces in the past. It’s probably just confirmation bias, but it seems like Jones has had something of a knack for the timely home run.
Freddy Garcia did his part, keeping the Jays off the board until the sixth and ultimately hurling 6 1/3 innings of three-run, eight-hit ball with four strikeouts and zero walks. That’s about as Freddy Garcia of a line as it gets.
The Yankees improved to 5-3 against the Toronto Jose Bautistas, which may not sound like much, but that win total is already more than half the wins they recorded against the Toronto Annoyings all of last season, when they went 8-10.
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