Ponson Pounced, Yankees Drop Finale to Blue Jays

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst IAugust 21, 2008

The New York Yankees were squashed by the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday night, losing 14-3.

Sidney Ponson pitched for the Yankees, and did not bring his game with him. Ponson went a meager two innings, gave up seven earned runs on eight hits, walked one, and did not record a strikeout.

Roy Halladay started for the Bluebirds. He was superb, going seven innings and giving up three runs on five hits. Halladay walked two and struck out nine.

The Jays started their offensive onslaught in the bottom of the first inning, getting an RBI single from Alex Rios to score Joe Inglett.

In the bottom of the second, the Jays added another run with an RBI and sacrifice fly from Rod Barajas to score Adam Lind, and the Blue Jays jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

The Jays broke out and scored five times in the bottom of the third inning, getting offensive contributions from Rios, Lind, and John McDonald, who all recorded RBI in the frame. The inning lasted nearly 26 minutes.

In the bottom of the fourth, Matt Stairs smacked a three-run double to score Marco Scutaro, Rios, and Lind, giving the Blue Jays a large, 10-0 cushion.

The Jays weren't done. In the next inning, Scutaro smacked a three-run homer, his fifth of the year, to put the Blue Jays up 13-0.

The Yankees finally put themselves on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh. Hideki Matsui, who recently came off the disabled list, crushed a three-run homer, his eighth homer of the year, and the score was then 13-3.

The Jays got one of those runs back in the bottom of the eighth. Scutaro knocked an RBI double to score Barajas, and put the Jays up 14-3.

It was over from here as the Jays went on to take the game and the series two games to one.

Halladay gets the win and his record now stands at 15-9.

Ponson lost and is now 4-7 overall.

The Yankees allowed a season-high 21 hits to the Blue Jays, and were down by 11 runs, also a season-high.

The Yankee bullpen tossed a combined six innings, and gave up seven runs on 13 hits.

"It just wasn't a game that was well-pitched on our side. Sidney got too much of the plate, he couldn't find his rhythm, and they hurt us," said Yankees' manager Joe Girardi. "It doesn't matter who we play, we've got to win games."

The Yankees will now head to Baltimore to open up a weekend series with the Orioles.

Mike Mussina (16-7, 3.35 ERA) will look to put the Yankees back on track. Penciled in at press time is Radhames Liz (4-3, 7.47 ERA) as the O's probable starter.