New York Yankees Inside Pitch 2009-09-07

Just in case the Yankees' growing lead over Boston in the AL East and the Angels in the race for home-field advantage increased their cap sizes too much, New York found a way to make sure it stayed humble.

Very humble.

In the Yankees' 14-8 loss to Toronto on Sunday, they offered their ugliest game of the season. The defeat featured:

--A season-high four errors.

--Four runs allowed on walks and a hit batsman -- all in an eight-run fifth inning for the Blue Jays.

--Eleven runs yielded -- nine earned -- by starter Sergio Mitre, who did not make it out of the fifth inning.

--Several "Keystone Cops" plays that weren't even errors, including a missed fly ball by Nick Swisher and a collision between outfielders Melky Cabrera and Johnny Damon.

The only solace for the Yankees was they had built an impressive enough body of work in the previous week that they could absorb capping the seven-game road trip in such ugly style.

"We had a great road trip," Mark Teixeira said of the team's 5-2 mark. "This doesn't take anything away from what we've accomplished."

Well, it did leave a bit of an eyesore out there to remind everyone the Yankees were capable of playing truly brutal baseball. And it did drop their lead in the East to 7-1/2 games.

But with a 10-game homestand and Derek Jeter poised to offer another iconic moment in a season full of them -- he's just four hits from breaking Lou Gehrig's all-time club hits record -- better days do seem ahead.

It'd be hard to find worse ones.

BLUE JAYS 14, YANKEES 8: The Yankees committed a season-high four errors and Toronto piled on with eight runs in the fifth inning as New York ended its road trip with one of its ugliest games of the year. Starter Sergio Mitre, who had improved in his last two outings, coughed up 11 runs -- nine earned -- in 4 1/3 innings, recording just one out against the eight batters he faced in the fifth and walking in a run. Relievers Mark Melancon and Josh Towers sent three more runs home on a pair of walks and a hit batsman, respectively. Derek Jeter picked up three hits, leaving him four away from Lou Gehrig's all-time club record. Nick Swisher hit his 24th home run -- 21st on the road -- of the season.

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Added: September 7, 2009