Monday, June 23, 2014

Whitley Loses For First Time in His Career As Blue Jays Top Yankees, 8-3

Since he was called up in April, Chase Whitley has only done good things. 

In his first 7 major league starts, the rookie prospect has helped the Yankees go 6-1, with the one loss not at all being his fault.

Because of that interesting stat, it seemed logical that he'd at least compete tonight in Toronto, something that surprisingly didn't happen, as Whitley surrendered 8 earned runs in just 3.1 innings as the Yanks fell to the Blue Jays, 8-3.

In the game's bottom of the first, Whitley escaped a jam down just 1-0, making his early struggles appear to be nothing. 

However, that belief was completely destroyed in the Jays' next AB, when #39 was hammered for six trips around the bases, a three-run shot from Adam Lind highlighting the onslaught.

The homer by Lind, his fourth of the year, raised his RBI total to 4, with teammate Dioner Navarro also driving in a pair.

Because of all those runs, which caused Whitley's ERA to skyrocket from 2.56 to 4.07, a top of the fourth blast to straightaway center off the bat of Mark Teixeira didn't matter, with a ninth inning RBI Double from Kelly Johnson also falling into that category.

As for the Yanks' one other scoring play, it was actually somewhat fun to watch, as it came in the form of a routine base hit from Yangervis Solarte.

Solarte, who hasn't gotten a knock since June 8, was riding an 0-for-28 slide going into the AB, probably making the single productive on a phychlogical level.

As for the contest, though, it wasn't all that amazing, as it only made an 8-1 game 8-2 and didn't help the Yanks come back from a brillant performance from Toronto Starter Marcus Stroman, who impressively got through 8 innings allowing just the Teixeira homer.

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