Canada has always hated fun. Look no further than their anti-gun laws and Celine Dion as evidence. Yesterday was no different, as Toronto spoiled the New York Yankees’ bid to sweep the Blue Jays for the first time since 1995. Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang retired the first 11 batters he faced and cruised through the first six innings, but the Blue Jays crashed the party in the seventh, amassing four hits and three runs en route to a 3-2 win.
Bobby Abreu gave the Yankees an early 2-0 lead when he lined a two-run double into the left-centerfield gap in the first inning. But Toronto starter Dustin McGowan quickly settled down after that, regrouping to toss seven strong innings of four-hit ball. Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill provided the game-tying triple in the seventh and then scored the eventual winning run on catcher Greg Zaun’s single.
The win pulled Toronto within three games of New York, who now sits seven back in both the AL East and Wild Card races after the Boston Red Sox lost and the Cleveland Indians won. The Red Sox have been known to suffer from severe cases of larynx-tightening, however, so this race is nowhere near over.