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Game Of The Week: Jays Blank Yanks 3-0 As Wild Card Madness Continues

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There is just one week of regular season baseball left and to with a tight American League Wild Card race, it is not the time to falter.

This week’s edition of “Game of the Week” took place at the Rogers Centre as the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays met for second of the four game set.

The Yankees seem to be on the outside looking in as of late. After a disappointing weekend series last week as they were swept by the Boston Red Sox and then rebounding taking two games from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yanks are failing offensively once again.

The Yankees were shutout by the Rays on Thursday evening and then by the Jays on Friday evening and Saturday unfortunately was no different.

New York sent veteran lefty CC Sabathia to the mound against the Blue Jays’ opening day starter RHP Marcus Stroman.

The scoreboard stayed blank on both sides through seven and a half innings.

Sabathia cruised through seven innings of no-run ball with just four hits and three walks striking out two batters.

Stroman was also stellar as he also  pitched seven shutout innings with just one hit allowed, walking three and striking out five.

It was then up to the bullpen and just one three run inning by the Blue Jays to shut the Yankees out for the second consecutive day.

In the bottom of the eighth, Yankees’ reliever Tyler Clippard allowed a three-run homer by Jose Bautista, his twentieth blast of the season to secure the 3-0 win.

Clippard was charged with the loss and falls to 3-5 on the season, RHP Jason Grilli earned the win for the Blue Jays for his eighth inning of work allowing one hit and striking out two; he advances to 7-5 on the season.

The Toronto Blue Jays still hold the first Wild Card spot two games up. The Detroit Tigers were the second wild card team until their ninth inning loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon making them just a half game behind the Baltimore Orioles who are now back in the second spot.

The Yankees however, well, it looks like all hope will soon be completely lost. With this three game skid, the Yanks are now four games back in the Wild Card with just a little over a week to go,

Top Performers:

New York Yankees

Brett Gardner: 1 for 3

Aaron Hicks: 1 for 3

Toronto Blue Jays

Jose Bautista: 2 for 4: HR; 3 RBIs

Josh Donaldson: 2 for 4; R

Edwin Encarnacion: 1 for 2; R

 

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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