Even With Sandler in Attendance, Yankees Fall

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst IJune 3, 2008

In what was a highly anticipated game by many, the New York Yankees fell to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night by a score of 9-3.

It's no secret that Joba Chamberlain's first major league start was the biggest news of the day. Going into Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, the optimistic Yankees limited Chamberlain to 70 pitches in his start, figuring he would go five innings in a best case scenario.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, Chamberlain's start did not go as planned. Chamberlain only lasted a meager 2.1 innings in his first start, surrendering two runs (one of them earned) on one hit, while walking four batters and striking out three. He left the game after tossing 62 pitches and Dan Giese, a recent call-up from Triple A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, got the call.

Giese went another 3.2 innings, giving up five hits and one earned run, blowing the lead but keeping the Yankees in a one run game. After Giese departed, the Yankee bullpen showed its true colors by imploding in the seventh inning by giving up six runs, and thus taking the Yankees out of the game. The Yankees were trailing by one run going into the seventh, and trailing by six runs at the end of the seventh.

In the eighth inning, star of the new movie "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" and life-long Yankee fan Adam Sandler was seen fleeing the ballpark.

As countless fans snapped pictures of Sandler, and practically mobbed him as he was leaving, the Yankees continued to struggle. The offense could not generate any runs as the Yankees lost the first game of a three game set to Toronto.

Roy Halladay, the starter for the Jays, improved his record to 7-5 while Giese took his first major league loss. Game two is tomorrow night at 7:05. Mike Mussina of the Yanks (8-4, 4.26 ERA) goes up against Jesse Litsch of the Bluebirds (7-1, 3.18 ERA).