Sonny Gray was lit up for five runs in the second inning and the Yankees were unable to recover in a 6-2 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto on Friday night. >> Box score
Things to know about Friday's game...
1) Sonny Gray has allowed at least five runs in back-to-back starts and at least four runs in three straight outings. He has not been able to complete three innings in either of his last two starts.
2) Devon Travis and Curtis Granderson each hit RBI singles in the second inning before Justin Smoak hit a three-run home run, giving the Blue Jays a 5-0 lead. Teoscar Hernandez added an RBI double in the eighth to pad to Toronto's lead.
2) Aaron Hicks generated both of the Yankees' two runs in the game. He hit a solo home run in the third inning and walked with the bases loaded in the fifth. Brett Gardner had two hits, while Miguel Andujar and Austin Romine also hit singles.
The Yankees have a massive problem in Sonny Gray and the only way to fix it may be to get him off the roster.
Gray has been completely miserable over four of his last five starts, each time putting the Yankees into holes that are not easy to dig out of, even with their high-powered offense. The Yankees might not want to admit their mistake, but it has come to the point that Gray is doing nothing but give them reasons to look for reinforcements for the starting rotation.
While David Hale did a fantastic job of keeping the game as close as possible, the Yankees offense once again failed tremendously with runners in scoring position (0-for-6, with nine stranded runners). The defining moment was Giancarlo Stanton's fifth inning at-bat with the bases loaded in which he got the count to 3-0. He tried to hit two balls out of the strike zone through the roof of Rogers Centre and then watched strike three go right down the middle.
The inability to have productive at-bats with RISP has been a major theme over the last several weeks, but the Yankees do not seem to be the least bit concerned about it as the approach never changes. It's a problem than needs addressing sooner rather than later.
The Yankees will continue their series with the Blue Jays on Saturday at 4:07 p.m.