Josh Towers and the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t have an answer for a Yankees offence that seemed to threaten with every turn at-bat. The end result was the exact opposite for a Jays team that loaded the bases twice early on in the game against Al Leiter, only to squander each opportunity.
After retiring the Yankees in the first, Towers would surrender a lead off home run to Alex Rodriguez, his thirty-first of the season. Hideki Matsui would follow up with a double which allowed Jason Giambi to single into right field to bring home New York’s second run of the game.
New York would continue to add to their lead in the third on an RBI single by Gary Sheffield to score Jeter. The Yanks would score twice more in the fourth on an RBI single from Tino Martinez and a double-play groundout by Tony Womack that scored Jorge Posada to make it 5-0.
Josh Towers would finish his day with two scoreless innings but allowed five runs, three earned, on ten hits in his six innings of work. Jason Frasor would come on to pitch the seventh but would allow a run to score on a Giambi single to right to stretch the lead to 6-0.
The Blue Jays would load the bases again in the eighth but would finally succeed in scoring this time after failing in their previous two attempts. With one out, Eric Hinske would fly out to left field that allowed Shea Hillenbrand to score Toronto’s first run. Hideki Matsui, the New York outfielder, was unaware of how many outs there were but was able to throw out an aggressive Gregg Zaun at third base, who tried to tag up from second, to end the inning.
Toronto would score a run in the ninth against Tom Gordon on a run scoring single by Vernon Wells to make it 6-2, but Yankees skipper Joe Torre would call upon his closer, Mariano Rivera, who would retire the final out for his twenty-ninth save of the season.
Al Leiter (2-3), who struggled with his command by throwing just as many balls as strikes, would collect the win after working five and two-third inning without allowing a run on four hits. Josh Towers would take the loss, dropping his record to (8-9) on the season.
After losing two of three from the Yankees, the Blue Jays will now welcome the Detroit Tigers to the Rogers Centre for a four-game series beginning on Monday which will see David Bush (2-5) of Toronto take on Mike Maroth (9-11) for the Tigers.
The game on Monday can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet starting at 7pm EST with radio coverage on The FAN 590am.
InsideTheDome’s Game Notes: The Toronto Blue Jays received a spec of good news on Sunday where they expect their ace pitcher Roy Halladay to return to the mound sometime within the next week to ten days…Mike Maroth, who will be facing the Blue Jays on Monday, has a 2-3 record in five career starts against Toronto with a 6.75 ERA.