The Yankees showed some of their trademark fight, but ultimately fell in an offense-heavy affair last night in Toronto.
Michael Pineda was hit quite hard as he looked to carry momentum over from Thursday night’s shutting down of the Blue Jays’ offense. He failed, unfortunately. The righty gave up two big home runs to Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak in the first inning, and the Yankees never could quite fight back enough. He also gave up a sacrifice fly to Smoak in the third inning. Pineda did not help his own cause also by allowing Luke Maile to score on a wild pitch. All told, Pineda threw five innings, allowed 10 hits, five runs (all earned), walked three and struck out one.
The Yankee offense once again proved explosive. Aaron Hicks had yet another multi-hit game, and the Yankees got home runs from MLB-leader Aaron Judge (18) and Starlin Castro (8). Matt Holliday also had an RBI double in the eighth inning as he continues to be a solid pickup for the Bombers.
Shoddy defense ended up biting the Yankees, however. Gary Sánchez committed his fourth error on the year with an errant pickoff throw to second base in the second inning. It allowed Ezequiel Carrera to move to third, but he ultimately was stranded there. The leadoff batter in the eighth, Smoak, eventually came around to score after reaching on a missed-catch error by first baseman Chris Carter.