Looking back at tonight in the record books, it will be what it is, a loss. The Jays headed into tonight’s contest against the visiting New York Yankees with a eleven game winning streak on the line. Ahead of the Yankees in the AL East, they looked to gain more ground, but instead they ended up losing it.
Throughout the first 7 innings of the sold-out game in from of over 46,000 Toronto faithful and a hand full of out of town visitors, it was truly a pitching duel. Both Nova and Price pitched through seven innings while the Jays were able to capitalize by scoring three runs in the third. There were several times where it looked however as if the Yankees were going to come back and score some runs of their own. Price on the other hand, had some different plans set in place. Price would go 7.1 innings giving up eleven hits, but managed to only let three be earned. Nova would see three earned runs of his own go across the plate, but only off of four hits given up to the boys in blue.
Then things started to get interesting on both sides of the plate. Heading into the top of the eighth, Price would end up getting pulled after tossing 112 pitches and giving up one run to start off the inning. His successor would wind up being Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez would then see the pinch hitting Carlos Beltran who would hit a 405 foot bomb off a 97 MPH fastball thrown up and just outside. This would give the Yankees the lead by one run as they then headed to the bottom of the inning where the Jays were unable to get any run support.
The stage was then set. Bottom of the ninth, Jays down by one. In hopes of going to twelve wins and gaining ground, the Blue Jays took their time in hopes of getting the right pitches needed to walk it off. Colabello would get the motivation started by getting walked to first, before being replaced by Pennington as a PR. Pillar would then single to centre and then while Revere was at the plate, a wild pitch would fly past McCann which would move the runners up. Revere would then strick out and it was Tulowitzki up to the plate in hopes to win. After a twelve pitch battle, Tulo would find himself stricking out, and the Jays would wind up losing 4-3.
As both teams walked off the field, it felt like the hot sticky air was being sucked out of the Rogers Centre, as fans took a minute to realize the streak was over. Fans would then take a breath, walk towards the exits, and realize tomorrow is a new day. As David Price tweeted out shortly after the game; “Tonight happens in this game…WIN tomorrow! #GoJaysGO.” There is definitely still optimism in the room as there should be as the Jays will continue their battle with New York tomorrow afternoon back at the dome.