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Jays finish off sweep of the Yankees

Great game, great pitching and just enough power. Jays are just 1.5 back of the Yankees.

Donaldson in mid home run trot.
Donaldson in mid home run trot.
Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays 2  Yankees 0

Can you believe it? A 3 game sweep of the Yankees, in New York, and we only allowed them 1 run (an iffy one at that) in the series.

Yet another great start from a Blue Jays pitcher, this is almost getting boring, almost. Marco Estrada was darn near unhittable for 6.1 innings. He allowed 3 singles and 3 walks, with 6 strikeouts. Very little was hit hard off him. I guess a couple of fly balls almost to the track, but really nothing scary at all.

He came out of the game in the 7th, after getting Brian McCann to ground out, he gave up an 8 pitch walk to Carlos Beltran (I thought he was robbed on a couple of those pitches) and a soft, semi-line drive to short left, by Chase Headley and Gibby took him out of the game.

LaTroy Hawkins came in and gave up a hard line drive that, thankfully, found Josh Donaldson's glove. Donaldson immediately threw to first to try for a double play. If he had a moment to think throwing to second was the play, but he didn't have a second to think. Then Hawkins struck out Stephen Drew, to keep  the shutout going.

Aaron Sanchez got the 8th. He gave up a one out walk but got Alex Rodriguez to hit into a weak ground out (just a tiny bit too weak for a double play) and then struck out Mark Teixeira.

Roberto Osuna got the save, his 10th of the season, on 2 ground outs and a strikeout.

On offense, we didn't do all that much. Masahiro Tanaka only gave up 3 hits, with no walks, in his 6 innings. The good part was that 2 of the 3 hits were home runs. One from Donaldson, in the first, and one from Jose Bautista, in the 4th.

We had a good chance to run away with the game in the 7th, Bautista singled, Dioner Navarro walked and Chris Colabello was hit in the elbow by a pitch (that one looked scary, I thought Chris was hurt but he stayed in the game) to load the bases, with no outs, against reliever Adam Warren. But Justin Wilson replaced Warren and got Justin Smoak and pinch hitter Cliff Pennington to strikeout and Kevin Pillar to pop out. Those extra runs would have come in handy.

We got 2 runners on in the 8th, with one out Troy Tulowitzki walked and Donaldson singled. But Bautista struck out and Navarro ground out.

We had 5 hits and 3 walks in total. 2 hits (and 1 home run) each for Donaldson and Bautista. Colabello had the other hit.

Jays of the Day: Estrada (.265), Hawkins (.149), Bautista (.108) and Donaldson (.098).

Smoak gets the Suckage away (-.120) for a 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. He did make a very nice play in the 9th, knocking down a ground ball down the first base line and getting it to Osuna in time.

We had an amazing 2145 comments in the GameThreads. Great total for a Sunday. JaysWillRise led us to victory. Good job sir.

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