The New York Yankees had a rather unique Major League Baseball record going into their game with the Toronto Blues Jays on Sunday, August 9. The Yanks had not been shutout in consecutive games since 1999. a string of 2,066 innings, something never done by any other club. But it’s all over now as Toronto shut the Yankees out for the second straight day and swept a 3-game series in New York.
Not only did they shut down the Yankees two straight games, but after Mark Teixeira’s solo homer in the second inning of the first game of the series on Friday night, the Jays pitching and defence didn’t allow another run for the final 25 innings of the series; Toronto won the three games by scores of 2-1, 6-0 and 2-0. They handcuffed the league’s second most potent offence over 3 games.
Oh, the league’s most potent offence? That would be the Toronto Blue Jays. As of this writing, they’ve scored 597 runs this season and except for the Yankees, with 529, no other MLB team has hit the 500 runs mark (the Colorado Rockies are a run shy of doing so).
When Toronto acquired Troy Tulowitzki, LaTroy Hawkins and David Price around the trade deadline, pundits suggested they had a chance for the second wildcard spot. But with their latest win they have now won 8 straight and are in first place in the wildcard race (they’re just a half-a-game up on the L.A. Angels).
Not only that but they are but a game-and-a-half behind the Yankees for first place in their division. And not only that but they have the satisfaction of ending New York’s unique MLB streak of 2,066 innings without being shut out twice in a row.
You think the Yanks don’t miss Derek Jeter?