Holy shit! As evidenced by the post below, it was all shits and giggles at the point when the Jays went up 6-0 in this one, thanks to a Dioner Navarro home run and a Jeter-aided three-run double from Colby Rasmus. But the Yankee statue retaliated immediately, dropping a solo shot into the left field bullpen in the top half of the next inning. Not long after, things turned real ugly real quick, with the Yankees putting up five more runs of their own in a wild seventh inning. Mark Buehrle kept painting the way he’d done all game by striking out Carlos Beltran, but a Brian McCann double (on a ball painfully nearly caught by Melky Cabrera) and a Brian Roberts wall-scraper followed, bringing the score to 6-3. Buehrle got a flyout from Yangervis Solarte for the second out of the inning, but a Brett Gardner double ended his night. Dustin McGowan, looking especially shaky, and promptly walked Jeter, gave up a run-scoring single to Ellsbury on which Melky eggs erroneously threw home (though McGowan did a garbage job of backing up the catcher on the play). Mark Teixeira then nearly killed Edwin Encarnacion. He hit bouncing grounder up the middle, which Reyes — who was to the right of second base because of a shift — got to behind second base. The out-of-position shortstop twisted his body (not planting properly, perhaps because of a knee still sore from a weekend injury?), threw in the opposite direction of where he was moving, and — not for the first time on the evening — short-hopped the throw, which Encarnacion couldn’t scoop. Tough throw, tough scoop, but a play that should have been made. Worse still, Edwin tumbled a bit after stretching for the ball, and his head ended up exactly in the path Teixeira’s elbow, and the result — even apart from the two runs that scored to tie the game — looked bad. Like… concussion bad. Or, at first, ball-in-the-face bad. Gasping, heart-in-throat, season-over kind of bad. And yet he stayed in the game. He seemed groggy — he didn’t seem to realize he’d taken a walk from Dellin Betances to lead off the eighth — but he went first-to-third on a Dioner Navarro single with one out, though he ultimately didn’t score. And it was almost better that he didn’t. Casey Janssen kept the Yankees off the board in the top of the 9th, working around a Brett Gardner single, and then it was back to Reyes. Jose Reyes, who had been the subject of so much inchoate, knee-jerk, sputtering ire from a segment of Jays fans — after a rough night he got a Bronx cheer when he successfully threw out Brian McCann in the eighth — laced a fucking perfect double into the right field corner, and before you knew it, Cabrera bounced a bunt to third that was fielded by Yangervis Solarte, who sailed his throw to first, allowing Reyes to trot home as the winning run.
What a relief! What a game! What a disgrace that fans were hating on Reyes — though, yes, his play was poor, and he hasn’t been great of late — but what a game! I could say a bunch of nonsense like “this is a game that they wouldn’t have won in 2013″ or whatever mystical, magical bullshit you’re supposed to believe in when your team does a thing like this, but let’s not go nuts, and let’s maybe just let this one go. If Edwin is OK — along with Adam Lind, who fouled a ball exactly off the spot where he bruised his foot last week and nearly had to hit the DL — that’s all any of us should ever need from this one. Because that was scary. Fuck!