TORONTO — Brett Gardner was at a loss for words to describe his latest ejection.
That was ironic, considering Gardner insisted he hadn’t opened his mouth before getting tossed.
Gardner lost his cool and the Yankees lost their nine-game winning streak, beaten by the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Friday night.
“Just super frustrating,” Gardner said. “Just when you think you’ve seen it all. I don’t even know what to say.”
Teoscar Hernandez homered twice, Danny Jansen hit a three-run blast and Randal Grichuk added a two-run shot. Toronto connected three times off homer-prone lefty J. A. Happ (9-7).
Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette went hitless for the first time in his 12-game career, ending a major league record streak that saw him hit at least one double in nine consecutive games. But Bichette, a 21-year-old shortstop, bailed the Blue Jays out with his glove, making a run-saving catch on Didi Gregorius’ bases-loaded liner to end the fifth.
Gardner was ejected and had to be restrained from going after home plate umpire Chris Segal in the fourth.
Segal called Cameron Maybin out on a third strike that appeared to miss low but was lifted into the strike zone by Jansen, the Blue Jays’ catcher. Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, bench coach Josh Bard and Gardner protested before Segal ejected Gardner following another low strike during Mike Tauchman’s at-bat.
“He just wanted to assume or wanted to take a guess, and he was wrong,” Gardner said of Segal. “Then he lied to me about it which was a huge problem, and that’s what made me a little upset.”
At first, Boone came out alone to argue with Segal. Initially calm when he left the dugout, Gardner soon lost his temper when he learned he’d been ejected and had to be restrained by Boone, Tauchman and crew chief Dan Iassogna. Gardner had doubled and struck out earlier in the game.
“Gardy is as competitive and as fiery as they come,” Boone said. “If you’re going to get kicked out of a game you want it to be justified and warranted, so I understand how fired up he was.”
Television replays appeared to show that Maybin, who was seated next to Gardner on the bench, made the comment that led to the ejection.
Hernandez hit a solo homer in the second and added a two-run drive off Tommy Kahnle in the eighth for the sixth multihomer game of his career.
The Yankees’ Gio Urshela, who homered twice at Baltimore Wednesday and did it again in Toronto on Thursday, went 0 for 3 with a walk.
Happ (9-7) allowed six runs and four hits in five innings. He has given up a career-worst 29 home runs this season, tying him with Houston’s Justin Verlander and Seattle’s Yusei Kikuchi for most in the majors.
“Right now it seems like if it can go wrong, it will,” Happ said. “It’s frustrating.”
SOURCE : https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/10/sports/-yankees-streak-yankees.html