June 11: Toronto 9, New York 1
The first three Blue Jay batters all singled and came around to score against Bob Shawkey. Shawkey was the Yankees’ opening day starter, but has had a miserable season. His ERA stands at 6.35 after his latest rough outing.
Shawn Green typically only plays the outfield for Toronto when they are facing a right-handed starter, and is just shy of having enough plate appearances to qualify for rate stat leader boards, but launched his 13th dinger of the year to work his way on to the top 10 homer hitters list.
Ray Halladay was in his finest form of the year and gave up just four hits and two walks in eight splendid innings. Babe Ruth did take Halladay yard for New York’s only run, but it was not a problem since the Toronto batters continued running up the score against Sparky Lyle and Dave Righetti after Shawkey was pulled. Every Blue Jay had at least one hit, led by Roberto Alomar’s four singles. Toronto improved to 9-7 against Original Division opponents.
R H BB NY 000 001 000 - 1 5 3 TOR 302 002 11x - 9 17 3 HR: B. Ruth (17), S. Green (13) starters IP R ER HR BB SO B. Shawkey 3.0 5 5 1 0 0 R. Halladay 8.0 1 1 1 2 4 NY 35-26, TOR 31-30
June 12: New York 5, Toronto 3
Lefty Gomez has been New York’s most reliable starter, though the bar is pretty low— Gomez’s 4.22 ERA is barely better than the league average of 4.29. He gave the Yankees the quality start they needed in this one to right the ship after the previous day’s embarrassment.
Jesse Barfield played just his fifth game of the year and smacked a homer, took a walk, and singled, but his Toronto teammates combined for just two singles and one walk.
Joe DiMaggio was the leading hitter for New York with a walk and three singles.
R H BB NY 210 010 100 - 5 11 4 TOR 000 210 000 - 3 4 2 HR: J. Barfield (1) starters IP R ER HR BB SO L. Gomez 8.0 3 3 1 2 11 D. Stieb 7.0 5 4 0 4 2 NY 36-26, TOR 31-31
June 13: New York 8, Toronto 2
Roberto Alomar didn’t mind facing Ray Caldwell and collected a single each of the three times they squared off. But the rest of the Jays couldn’t figure Caldwell out and combined for just two singles and two walks.
Most of the Yankees hit Jimmy Key hard. Charlie Keller had a monster game, reaching base safely in all five plate appearances with two walks, two singles, and a homer, and he scored four runs.
Ruth had tied Lou Gehrig for the home run lead in game one, and Gehrig responded in this one with a two run shot to take the lead back all for himself. All year, Gehrig has seemed to respond with a quick homer anytime another player has the gall to tie him for the lead. He reached safely seven times in the series as he continues playing ball on a different planet than the rest of the league.
Toronto backed themselves into a tie for second with Kansas City. The two teams are just one game back of first place Texas.
R H BB NY 101 001 230 - 8 12 6 TOR 100 001 000 - 2 5 3 HR: C. Keller (10), L. Gehrig (18), Y. Berra (5) starters IP R ER HR BB SO R. Caldwell 7.0 2 1 0 2 3 J. Key 6.1 5 4 1 4 5 NY 37-26, TOR 31-32