The Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-0, at the Rogers Centre in the second game of the series. Michael Pineda pitched well in his fourth start since coming off of the disabled list, but the Yankees lost because the only had one hit off of Drew Hutchison in seven innings and were held hitless in two innings against rookie Aaron Sanchez.
This was Pineda eighth start this season and it was his eighth start where he has allowed two runs or less. He allowed a two-run homer to Jose Bautista in the first-inning that scored Jose Reyes. It was his only mistake pitch as he said that he left the slider higher in the strike zone than he wanted to. He rebounded very well after that since he only allowed three hits between the second and sixth innings.
However, the Yankees had their worst offensive performance since September, 4 2009, when they also had one hit. Against Drew Hutchison, who had a 4.68 ERA coming into the game, the only hit that the Yankees had was a double by Mark Teixeira. His double in the fourth came after Beltran was hit by a pitch, but Martin Prado flied out to center with the bases loaded after Brian McCann had also been hit by a pitch. This was the only inning that the Yankees had a runner get to second.
McCann was impressed with Hutchison and had never seen him perform better. “This was the best that I’ve seen him locate,” McCann said. Chase Headley credited Hutchison’s delivery with him having so much success on Saturday. His deception makes the fastball play up,” Headley said.
The Yankees will look to win the series on Sunday when they play the Blue Jays at 1:07 p.m. They will have the pitching edge once again as Brandon McCarthy will be pitching against J.A. Happ. The need to win the game to keep pace with the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners.