The Toronto Blue Jays came into Yankee Stadium determined not to give up Alex Rodriguez’s 600th home run. The Jays set an American League record of doubles in a single inning on their way to a 8-6 victory Monday night. MLB betting trends could fall out of the Yankees favor if they continue to give up high run totals.
Travis Snider led off the top of the fifth with a double to deep right center and was brought home when Edwin Encarnacion hit a ball over the left field wall. Snider came up again in the fifth and doubled again to center, scoring Aaron Hill.
“It really didn’t set in that we were just hitting doubles,” Snider said. “I didn’t realize that until after the game that we had tied the record. Anytime you can put together an inning like that it’s a good step for the ballclub.”
The Tampa Bay Rays moved into a tie for first place in the AL East with the Yankee loss and the Rays victory over the Minnesota Twins. MLB betting lines have the Yankees as the favorite to win the division at -225.
A.J. Burnett was the pitcher victimized by the Jays barrage of doubles in the ninth. Fred Lewis, Jose Bautista, Vernon Wells, and Hill all arrived at second base after their hits along with Snider. Burnett didn’t make it out of the inning as his outing was cut short to 4 2/3 innings. He allowed eight earned runs, walked two, and allowed two home runs.
The 1934 Washington Senators and 2002 Texas Rangers are the only other teams to have doubled six times in an inning.
“For them to string an inning like that together could show the confidence that we have in our team, that we can go out and play that we can compete,” said reliever Scott Downs, who came on for starter Brandon Morrow in the sixth inning.
The bullpen held on to give Morrow the win after the starter gave up five earned runs to the Yankees. The only other run allowed by the Jays was a Nick Swisher home run in the bottom of the ninth.
Yankee fans were hoping to see another home run when Alex Rodriguez came up with two outs in the ninth. Rodriguez was 0-4 coming into the at-bat, and is still resting on 599 home runs after grounding out to Yunel Escobar.
After remaining homerless on the team’s seven-day road trip, Rodriguez will try to homer in the second game of the series at home. The Yankees are set as the favorite to defeat the Jays at -150. MLB betting odds have set Toronto’s underdog line at +130.