Tuesday, May 11

Blue Jays’ rookie Borucki makes early exit in blowout loss to Yankees

NEW YORK — Another rookie starter, another maul job at Yankee Stadium.

On Saturday, it was Blue Jays starter Sean Reid-Foley who took his lumps against the Bronx Bombers. Sunday, it was Ryan Borucki’s turn in a 10-2 blowout loss.

The lefty walked Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton to start the game, both on full counts, though the called ball four on Stanton was questionable. Hicks and Stanton then pulled off the double steal, putting runners at second and third with none out.

Four hits later, including a grand slam by first baseman Greg Bird to right field, and the Yankees had a 6-1 lead with none out. Borucki was pulled after getting two outs in the first and replaced by Joe Biagini. Borucki threw 44 pitches.

The Jays were swept and gave up 28 runs to the Yankees in the three-game series.

And the rebuild continues …

The Yanks scored four more runs in the sixth off reliever Tim Mayza.

In the same inning, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was tossed by first base umpire Jansen Visconti after arguing a close call that went New York’s way.

Randal Grichuk, in the first, and Kendrys Morales, in the sixth, both hit solo home runs off ex-teammate J.A. Happ. Both dingers were to left. Grichuk’s came on a 3-0 count.

Happ, 14-6 on the season, left the game with one out in the sixth, the Yankees ahead 6-2. He is now 4-0 since being traded to the Yankees from Toronto on July 26.

Gibbons lit into Kevin Pillar in the sixth after the Jays centre fielder was thrown out trying to steal second. Gibbons’ tirade in the clubhouse went on for around 30 seconds.

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