Yanks Put Up Fight But Fall To Blue Jays

New York YankeesToronto Blue JaysAndruw JonesWPIXBartolo ColonJoe GirardiBronx (New York City)

When a Yankee fan turns on the television and sees that his team is down 8-0 in only the first inning, it can be a pretty discouraging and upsetting sight.

If that fan continues to watch and sees his team down 9-0 after 2 innings, well he might as well turn off the game and find something better to watch because this one will be a blowout that shows little resistance from the Bronx Bombers.

That statement is only partially true.  Yes, the Yankees did get pounded 16-7 by their divisional rivals the Toronto Blue Jays and dropped the first game after the All-Star break for the first time since 2001.  And yes, allowing 8 runs in the first inning has not happened since 2000.  

The box score from last night’s game and the stats that come along with it make the game look uglier than it really was.  Even though Bartolo Colon only recorded 2 outs before getting the hook, only 3 of his 8 first inning runs were earned.  The others were a result of an Eduardo Nunez error – his 11th in 52 games. 

"I really don't know what to make of this start, because [Colon] could have been out of the first inning without giving up a run and only facing four hitters," Girardi said. "Does he roll after that? Maybe."

The Yankees did not roll over and die, however.  While many fans had the luxury to turn off the game New York had to find a way to pull within striking distance.  They were able to do that thanks largely to Andruw Jones, who homered twice and drove in 4 runs.  The Yankees scored seven unanswered runs to remarkably crawl back into the game with it being only 9-7 after the top of the sixth.

Unfortunately, it was not New York’s night for pitching as the bullpen proceeded to give up 7 more runs and doom the Yanks.

"You don't make too much of one game," manager Joe Girardi said, "but it was not a good game on our part."

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