Aug 20, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (56) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays Can't Survive Rough Start from Mark Buehrle

It’s almost funny: I might’ve jinxed the Toronto Blue Jays last night.

After the Jays took a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of Jose Bautista‘s suddenly hot bat, I said to my friend, “If the Boston series taught us anything, it’s that 3-0 leads in the first don’t last.”

Of course, I meant it as a harmless joke, but I was relieved when Mark Buehrle closed out the first frame without suffering any damage.

“We’re finally going to do it – we’re finally going to win in New York,” I said.

From there, however, everything unraveled in a New York minute.

Buehrle struggled through the second inning, allowing two runs off three hits and one walk. Bautista responded with a solo shot in the top of the third inning – his second home run of the night – and I thought maybe that’ll be enough to hold the Yankees back.

I was wrong.

If Buehrle looked uncomfortable in the second inning, he was completely out of place in the third inning. Everything he threw was hittable and when the dust finally settled, the Yankees had a 6-4 lead.

Carlos Beltran tagged Buehrle for his 11th home run of the season, but the real damage came from noted slugger (!) Ichiro Suzuki‘s three-run blast to right field. The four runs were enough to put New York ahead permanently and Buehrle was pulled after the third inning, making it his shortest start of the season.

For whatever reason, Buehrle can’t seem to beat the Yankees. His career record against them is 1-12, but he’s not the only one who can’t shake the Bronx Bombers. The Jays have lost their last 17 games in the Big Apple – that’s unacceptable for any team and hopefully the law of averages takes hold at some point.

Toronto will try their luck again this afternoon when Drew Hutchison takes the mound.

I’m going to avoid telling jokes today.

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