Wednesday, June 18, 2014

McCann's 5 RBIs Help Yankees Blowout Blue Jays, 7-3

Since May 23's walk-off loss to the White Sox, Yankees Catcher Brian McCann hasn't collected a home run. 

The $85 million backstop, hitting .220 going into tonight, has arguably been the team's biggest disappointment so far this season, recording just 28 RBIs.

Despite that, the veteran came out and brought that total up to 33 this evening, as the Yanks beat the Blue Jays again, 7-3.

To start off his impressive performance, McCann lined a two-run shot to right in the bottom of the fourth (surrendered by Mark Buehrle, who gave up 3 runs/2 earned over 6 innings), giving the Bombers a 3-2 lead. 

The advantage obtained by #34's eighth homer of the year was added onto four more times in the seventh, when Ichiro Suzuki (pinch hitting for Alfonso Soriano) walked with the bases loaded and McCann drove another offering from Brett Cecil into the right-center field gap.

At first looking like a routine out, the ball ended up carrying past the glove of the diving Colby Rasmus, giving McCann 3 more RBIs and allowing him to reach third.

At that point, the Bombers were up 7-2, helping Chase Whitley eventually collect his third consecutive win.

Whitley, who's gotten at least 21 outs in each of his last two starts, lasted just 5 innings in this one, giving up 2 earned runs and 5 hits.

In the top of the fourth, with two on and two out, Whitley surrendered a pair of singles to Dioner Navarro and the before-mentioned Rasmus, blowing a 1-0 lead Soriano gave him with a bottom-of-the-first single.

On that hit, interestingly, Brett Gardner scored easily from third, one of two runs he had in his 4-for-5, four single performance. 

Besides him, Adam Warren also contributed silently to this W, tossing perfect sixth and seventh frames while impressively striking out three. 

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