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Luis Cessa (4.17 ERA and a 4-0 record) started the game for the New York Yankees and he made a mistake early in the ballgame leaving a ball up in the zone to Edwin Encarnacion who crushed it to left field to give the Jays an early lead. His 37th of the season.
1-0 Blue Jays
Aaron Sanchez (13-2 with a 2.88 ERA) took to the mound for the Blue Jays coming off a 6 inning, one run (not earned) start at Baltimore following his 10-day rest. With help of a strong-ish, but mostly accurate throw from Jose Bautista to get Starlin Castro trying to stretch a single, Sanchez worked his way through the first two innings relatively easily.
In the third the Yankees managed to get two on via walks to Tyler Austin and Jacoby Ellsbury before getting Gary "The Sanchize" Sanchez to roll over on one and ground out to Devon Travis to end the threat.
However, the 4th wasn't as kind to Sanchez as Brian McCann got a hold of one and destroyed it to right to tie the game.
Tie Game 1-1
A Kevin Pillar single and an infield single by Devon Travis gave the Jays two on for Bautista who broke his bat but had enough muscle to push it into left field in front of Brett Gardiner allowing Pillar to score from 2nd and give the Jays back the lead. It may have been more runs but Chase Headley made a fantastic diving stab on a Josh Donaldson shot down the line, managing to snag it and get the throw to first in time to get the MVP at first. Encarnacion then flew out to end the threat but the Jays had the lead.
2-1 Blue Jays
Luis Cessa was done in the 6th. His final line: 5.1, allowing 2 ER on 6 H, striking out 3 and walking a pair. James Pazos entered the game to face Michael Saunders, allowed him to single, and was promptly pulled from the game. Adam Warren came in to relieve him and then walked Kevin Pillar bringing up Justin Smoak with the bases loaded... And he'd ground into a double play to end the inning. Fun.
The 7th wasn't ideal for the young Blue Jays Ace. After allowing a single to Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin got a hold of one driving it to right centre and over the wall to give the Yankees their first lead of the game.
A lot happened in the 8th, so buckle in.
Troy Tulowitzki singled, and then was replaced by Dalton Pompey, who would move to 2nd on a wild pitch thrown by Tommy Layne, who would then walk Melvin Upton Jr, who was hitting for Michael Saunders (who Layne was supposed to be brought in to face). Then Ben Heller came in to pitch and immediately after Kevin Pillar doubled off the left field wall, which took a funny bounce around the padding of the wall, allowing both runners to score. Heller then walked Smoak, and Chasen Shreve then entered to face Devon Travis... who K’d to end the inning.
4-3 Blue Jays
That was Sanchez's final inning. His final line: 7 IP, 3 ER on 5 H, 4 K's with 2 BB's, and improbably left in line for the win.
Jason Grilli came on in relief for the Jays in the bottom half of the 8th. A walk (Ellsbury) and strikeout (Sanchez) brought Didi Gregorius to the plate and he’d triple over the head of Pillar in CF to score the tying run. Castro then hit a medium depth flyball to RF which was enough to score Didi from 3rd, giving the Yankees back the lead. Then, after a McCann walk, Headley homered to right-centre to extend the Yankee lead. That was all for Grilli as Bo Schultz entered the game.
Dellin Betances came in to close it in the 9th for the Yankees. Things got crazy, again.
Betances ran into some struggles with command, throwing a ton of breaking balls, walking both Bautista and Josh Donaldson to start the inning. Though he got the benefit of a blown call on what should have been catcher’s interference, Edwin would manage an RBI infield single up the middle beating out the throw from Castro. Martin K’d but Dioner Navarro walked to load the bases for Upton. By this point Betances had thrown 34 pitches. Upton hit a slow roller forcing Mark Teixeira to field it, and Betances didn’t get to the bag in time. A run scores, bringing the game to within one, with the bases loaded and still just one out. Blake Parker then relieved Betances and struck out Pillar.
Justin Smoak, for all the times I harp on him, drove a ball deep to left field sending Brett Gardiner slamming into the wall. Unfortunately, the ball stayed in his glove after the impact and it ended the game. Not much more Smoak could do, he hit it well.
Toronto Blue Jays 6 - 7 New York Yankees
Jays of the Day
I don’t like to give them out in losses, but Navarro, Pillar, Bautista, and Upton all have the number, for whatever it is worth.
Jason Grilli (-.668), Justin Smoak (-.444), and Tulowitzki (-.100). Technically, Sanchez has the number but 7 IP and 3 ER, seems unfair to give him a suckage. Breaking all the rules, now!
The Jays and Yankees wrap up the series tomorrow with Marcus Stroman (9-6 and a 4.58 ERA) facing off against... Score App says Bryan Mitchell (no stats).