Yankees Begin New Streak With 4-2 Win Over Jays

About 18 hours after the Yankees seven-game winning streak ended with an 8-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners, the Yanks began a new winning streak, defeating the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2, in the first game of a four-game, 4th of July Holiday weekend series, on a beautiful Friday afternoon in the “Beautiful Bronx”.

Yankees starting pitcher, A.J. Burnett (7-4), was brilliant in his seven innings on the mound, allowing the only two runs the Jays scored, on six hits, [including a long homerun off the bat of Blue Jays centerfielder, Vernon Wells, in the 6th inning]; two walks; and, seven strikeouts.

Burnett’s solid effort got the Yankees back on the winning track, after an awful pitching performance by CC Sabathia in the Yankees 8-4 loss to the Mariners, in the final game of that series, that derailed the Bombers winning ways until today’s victory.

Sabathia (7-5), lasted only 5.2 innings in his losing start, while giving up six runs, on ten hits, three walks, and eight strikeouts.

A.J. Burnett’s victory tied him with CC Sabathia at seven wins apiece, so far, in their first season with the New York Yankees. Andy Pettitte leads the Yankees pitching staff with eight wins.

It is interesting, the Yankees almost let Andy Pettitte walk away from the team, just like they did with Bobby Abreu. But, Andy has pitched very well, and is on pace to win 17-18 games. I think it would have also been a good idea to re-sign Abreu, who would “still” be the Yankees best all-around outfielder if he was on the team this year. Just Saying.

Anyway, back to this game.

Robinson Cano gave the Yankees an early 1-0 lead with a solo homer, his 13th, in the second inning.

The Jays tied it up with a RBI single by Alex Rios in the 4th.  

And, the Yankees took the lead again in the 5th, on a bases-loaded walk to Mark Teixeira off Jays starter Brian Tallet; and, a passed ball by catcher Raul Chavez that scored Johnny Damon, moving the Yanks into the 3-1 lead.

Vernon Wells 6th inning homer cut the Yankees lead to 3-2, and completed the scoring for the Blue Jays.

Brian Tallet (5-6), finished his work on the mound for the Jays after six innings. He allowed three runs (two earned), on six hits, four walks, and three strikeouts.

After seven strong innings pitched by A.J. Burnett, manager Joe Girardi made the call to the bullpen at the start of the 8th and brought Phil Coke into the game to face one batter, who Coke retired.

Phil Hughes was then called into the game, and recorded the final two outs of the inning, after also giving up a hit. Hughes was firing 96 mph fastballs up to the plate during his appearance, and may have moved ahead of Brian Bruney as the eight-inning set-up man, building the “Bridge to Mariano”.  

Alex Rodriguez capped off the scoring by the Yanks with an opposite field solo homerun into the right field seats, his 14th of the season and 222th of his Yankees career, that moved A-Rod into ninth place on the Yankees all-time homerun list, tying the great Yankees first baseman, Don Mattingly.

The Yankees now had a little more breathing room with the 4-2 lead; and, “The Great Mariano” was called into the game to preserve the victory. 

Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect 9th inning, recording his 21st save of the year, and career save number 503, protecting the Yankees 4-2 win.  

All winning streaks begin with the “first win” of the streak. 

The Yankees have now started another winning streak with their 46th victory this season.


Side Note: I watched this game on the Yes Network, and clearly in sight during the game were these two guys sitting in seats right behind home plate dressed in full umpire uniforms, masks and all. They actually looked like real umpires.

Throughout the game, these guys were calling balls and strikes along with the home plate ump, even standing up to call batters out on third strike calls. This was one of the most bizarre sights I have even seen at a ballpark.

I don’t know who these guys were, or where they came from, or even if they are Yankee fans. But, they both were sitting in $1,250.00 seats, and looked like they were having a good time every time they were shown on the television screen by the Yes Network.

All I know, the night before, Jack Nicholson was at the Yankee game, sunglasses and all, and was also sitting in one of the seats behind home plate, in just about the same area these “fake” umpires were sitting, at today’s game.

Jack looked as “cool” as ever, as opposed to the very puzzling behavior of the two guys dressed as umpires.

As famous New York Post columnist Cindy Adams would say, “Only in New York, kids, only in New York.”   


Everybody, have a “Happy” and “Safe”, 4th of July, Holiday weekend !!!

— Jimmy Curran, “BY&L”  



  1. crazy19canuck

    Congrats on the win today. That was quite a game. I’ll give the Yankees a lot of credit, they had a great pitcher to be against in Halladay and they just kept after him. Good luck to the Yankees for the All Star selection, i’m thinking of a couple of names right now that should be on that list.

  2. JQuist

    *I’ve seen the ‘fake umps’ at other games actually. Not neccessarily the same people, but the same concept – masks, making calls, etc. Looks like a blast. (Sitting the $1,000 seats that is…) Check out my Yankees rant…


  3. juliasrants

    Jimmy – maybe the “fake umps” are auditioning to take over for some of the “real umps” – not sure they could do any worse! lol! Your Yankees are on quite a tear – but I still have faith in my Red Sox! I hope you had a great 4th of July. It was fitting of MLB to honor both Baseball legend Lou Gehrig and our return Veterans on the weekend of our Nations birth.

    Have a wonderful day! It is the second day in a row that I have woken to sunshine in ages!!!


  4. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Dillon … Thanks for the kind words !!!

    The Yankees are playing well, only one game behind the Red Sox (as of July 7th) … Let’s hope we see the Yanks move into first place by the All-Star Game !!!
    — Go Yankees !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

  5. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Canuck …

    The Yankees had a great game against “Doc” Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays, winning three of the four games over the “4th of July” weekend … The Yanks are playing great ball right now, and the race for first place in the AL East will be fun to watch the rest of the season !!!
    Both the Yankees and Rays are well represented on this year’s All-Star Game …
    * The Yankee All-Stars: Jeter, Teixeira, and Rivera !!!
    * The Rays All-Stars: Longoria, Bartlett, Zobrist, and Crawford !!!
    So, now, all we have to do is root for the American League to continue their dominance over the National League with a big win in next week’s All-Star Game !!!
    Maybe, one of the Yankees or Rays will be the MVP of the Game !!!
    Thanks for the visit, Canuck !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

  6. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Matthew … Thanks for the visit !!!

    I guess those “fake” umpires wanted to make some sort of a statement; and, maybe they are on the road visiting different ballparks !!! … The seats they were both sitting in cost $1,250.00 each — so, they are going first class, and in style, while having a lot of fun on their trip !!! … And, I also wonder which teams they are fans of [maybe, they are rooting for the umpires on the field] … That’s it !!! … They are fans of the umpires !!!
    Anyway, take care, Matthew !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

  7. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, JQuist … Thanks for stopping by !!!

    You may have the answer … These “fake” umpires must be on some kind of a road trip visiting different ballparks !!! … It is very bizarre, though !!! … But, they are sitting in the best seats in the house, and having fun; they must be doing something right !!!
    Take care, JQuist !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

  8. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Julia …

    You may be right, Julia … In the Yankees final game of the four-game series against the Blue Jays, the umpires made three bad calls that really hurt the Yanks, including in the first inning when Derek Jeter was on second base and tried to steal third … On the replay Jeter clearly looks like he avoided the tag by moving his hands away from the tag by the third baseman, but the ump called him out !!! … Very rarely do you see Jeter argue, but he did on this play, causing Joe Girardi to come running out of the dugout to also argue — Girardi was tossed out of the game, and the out was of course not over-turned … In an interview after the game, Jeter said he “argued the call because of the explanation the ump gave for calling him out” — the umpire said he called Jeter out because “the ball beat him to the bag” !!! … Jeter and Girardi were puzzled by that obvious misinterpretation of the rule, and that is why both argued the call !!! … Very strange, and kind of shows how today’s umps [or, at least the third base ump in this game] are not totally clear about all the rules, and certainly not as good as umps from the past !!! … Maybe, those two “fake” umps could have called a better game than the “real” umps, and should have been called into action !!!
    Julia, I had a great 4th of July, and I hope you also enjoyed your holiday weekend !!! … Baseball did have a very nice tribute to Lou Gehrig, and our military Veterans at all ballparks on the Fourth of July [Gehrig and our Veterans are true heroes] !!!
    Finally, the sun also arived in New York, and the Division race for first in the AL East is also heating up !!!
    Take care, Julia !!! … Have a great day !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

  9. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Dillon …

    Thanks, again, for the nice words about my blog !!!
    I hope you had a great “4th of July” weekend !!!
    Take care, Dillon !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

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