The Blue Jay feel-good story of the day came and went in a New York minute Friday, shredded, in part, by the double-edged sword of instant replay.
A sell-out crowd of 48,197 at Rogers Centre arrived hoping against hope that Dustin McGowan could conjure up some Opening Night magic, nearly six years after he had last been one of the teamís chosen starters.
It didnít happen. The New York Yankees got to him early and often in what turned out to be a 7-3 win for the Bronx Bombers.
After McGowan somehow survived a first-inning onslaught, he was gone in the third, an inning punctuated by a call overturned against the Jays in the first play challenged at their home stadium.
McGowan had induced a lazy bouncer into the middle of the diamond off the bat of Ichiro Suzuki. Ryan Goins fielded it and Suzuki was called out by first base ump Dan DeMuth. The Jays, leading 3-2 at the time, started to head for the dugout, believing Suzuki was the third out.
New York manager Joe Girardi challenged the call and the video evidence backed him up. Suzuki had beaten the throw by an eyelash.
McGowan had to gather himself to face third baseman Yangervis Solarte with runners at the corners. Solarte looked at a ball, then at a strike, before lashing the next pitch off the wall in right-centre, scoring two runs and giving them a lead they never relinquished.
That was the end of McGowanís night, signalling a parade of five Toronto relievers to the mound.