Hicks hits a three-run homer for Yankees against Jays
Edwin Jackson took full ownership for his performance in Thursday night’s defeat against the New York Yankees.
The right-hander has on four of his five starts since joining Toronto from the Oakland Athletics. With the latest decision being a 6-2 defeat to the Yankees.
“Flat out I just haven’t been getting it done,” Jackson said. “I’ve never been one to make excuses. I’ve always been one to man up and tell it how it is and that’s just how it is right now. I’m not getting the job done.”
Meanwhile, Jackson lasted 3 1/3 innings. He allowed five hits, six runs and two walks. Also, he has given up 26 earned runs over 20 innings since joining the Blue Jays and has a bloated earned-run average of 11.90.
“I think things are coming around,” he said. “I think the most frustrating part is when you feel like you’re so close to getting over the hump and can’t get over it. The story has been too repetitive.
“I’ve had numerous, numerous opportunities to come out and get the job done and I’m not finding a way to make pitches in big situations when I have a chance.”
Meanwhile, Aaron Hicks struck a three-run homer and J.A. Happ worked seven strong innings as New York ended a three-game losing run. Furthermore, they avoided a three-game sweep.
Also, Gio Urshela went deep for New York. Eric Sogard hit a fine solo homer for the Blue Jays. Toronto have dropped 11 of their last 14 games.
With the roof open for the first time this season on a glorious spring evening, Jackson battled some early control issues. He gave up two walks in the first inning. However, he managed to escape unscathed.
However, Jackson should have got out in the second inning. But third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., made a two-out throwing error to extend the frame.
Guerrero’s throw hit Thairo Estrada on the helmet as he ran to the first base. The New York shortstop stayed in the game. Meanwhile, Estrada moved to third on a Cameron Maybin single and later scored when DJ LeMahieu doubled off the wall.
Hicks followed this, with his third homer of the season.
The Yankees tacked on two more runs during the fourth. Urshela hit his fourth homer of the campaign, while LeMahieu drove in Maybin with an RBI single.
Meanwhile, Happ was in great form against his former team.
“I kind of had a lot of emotion tonight so I was trying to be as methodical as I could, just move on to the next pitch,” he said.
Sogard had a leadoff double during the first inning. Furthermore, he was the only Blue Jays runner to reach scoring position off the veteran southpaw. Sogard went deep in the sixth inning for his fifth homer of the season.
“This was a positive series for our team for sure,” he said. “To take two of three from them is big for us. Obviously, this last game slipped away from us. But we have to look at the series as a whole and really see the positives.
“How well we battled and how we were able to get two wins out of it.”
Both teams had eight hits and the game took three hours seven minutes to play.