Yankees starting pitcher, Sidney Ponson, just did not have anything in the two plus innings he pitched, in the Yankees 14-3 loss to the Blue Jays yesterday. “Sir Sid” allowed seven earned runs, on eight hits, one walk, and no strikeouts before being removed from the game in the third inning, after six batters reached base withount any outs.
The Yankees were down, 7-0, in this game, at the end of three innings. Basically, the game was over at this point, as Blue Jays starter, Roy Halladay, was totally baffling the Yankee batters with his wicked breaking pitches that were literally taking four foot drops after arriving at the plate, then sailing into catcher, Rod Barajas’ glove, as the Yankee hitters kept swinging right through the pitches without making any contact.
Roy Halladay, (15-9), produced seven strikeouts in his first five scoreless innings of work, while his teammates in the Blue Jays lineup pounded three Yankee pitchers, Sidney Ponson, (7-4), David Robertson, and Billy Traber, with 16 hits, for a 13-0 lead at the end of the 5th.
Hideki Matsui hit a three-run homerun in the top of the 7th, to break up the shutout, and put the Yankees on the board, 13-3.
Halladay, who has 8 Complete Games his season, was finished after the 7th inning, as the Jays bullpen closed out the game, pitching two scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th.
The Blue Jays scored one more run in the bottom of the 8th inning to complete the scoring in their 14-3 victory.
The Yankees lost two of the three games in this series against the Blue Jays. Not much more to say about that, other than, this is not exactly what the Yankees had in mind when they arrived in Toronto at the start of this very important three-game series.
There is a pennant race going on in the AL EAST. Winning games is the only thing that matters if the Yankees expect to make the playoffs this season.