The unpredictability of baseball did not save us today. The Yankees scored four runs off Jaime Garcia and the Blue Jays couldn’t cash in against Luis Severino. Tesocar provided the sole Jays run and had half the team’s hits.
Didi Gregorius gave his team an early lead with a Yankee Stadium speciality solo shot - 363 feet into the short right porch. It would be nice if we could take advantage of that short porch at some point. Just sayin’.
The Yankees added another two in the 2nd. A lead off walk to Gary Sanchez and a double by Miguel Andujar put two in scoring position with one out. Gleyber Torres struck out in his big league debut, but number nine hitter Austin Romine drove a ball into right field for a two run double.
A double to Gary Sanchez followed by a Tyler Austin single drove Jaime Garcia from the game in the 6th, and an another Andujar double served up by Seung Hwan Oh extended the Yankees lead by three again. The Yankees added one more unearned in the 7th off Danny Barnes. Aaron Hicks singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild throw by Russell Martin that hit Hicks. He then scored on a sac fly.
Top prospect Gleyber Torres was 0-for-4 in his major league debut.
Severino kept the Blue Jays off the bases until the 3rd, when lead off single by Kevin Pillar and a Devon Travis walk put two on with no outs. However, he retired the next three batters in order and the Jays couldn’t score. Justin Smoak led off the 4th with a double one foot shy of being a homer, but he didn’t advance past second base.
The Jays finally scored their first run in the top of the 6th, on a solo shot by Teoscar Hernandez. It was Hernandez’s third of the season, and the first home run Severino has given up this year. There were a decent amount of well hit balls against Severino, they just ended up in gloves.
We were given the ever so slightest glimmer of hope in the bottom of the 9th when Aroldis Chapman issued back-to-back walks to Martin and Kendrys Morales but Chapman retried Pillar and Travis to secure the win.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had a couple wild throws today, one to home in the bottom of the 6th which Martin had to dive for to save a run, and a wide throw to first in the 8th that pulled Smoak off the base. The Yankees challenged the latter and the out was surprisingly upheld, because it really looked like Smoak didn’t make it back to the base. Gurriel did make a nice play from the ground in bottom of the 4th but Travis couldn’t hold onto the ball. He successfully started a double play at the next opportunity, off a Torres ground ball, to end the inning. He also had two very hard hit balls to left field, the second with a hit probability of 89%, but Giancarlo Stanton snagged them both.
It’s unfortunate to finally lose our first series, but the team ended this week at an acceptable 4-3.
Jays of the Day: None, but let’s give one to Teoscar for preventing a shut out. Everyone who kept this game on deserves one too.
Suckage: Yangervis Solarte (-.148, 0-4, 2K), Curtis Granderson (-0.84, 0-4, 3K), and Jaime Garcia (-.152) but he had three really good innings in there.
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NEXT UP: The Jays have a day off tomorrow before hosting Boston to start a six game homestand. JA Happ will take on Rick Porcello Tuesday at 7:07pm ET. We were supposed to avoid Chris Sale this go around but Boston changed their schedule and now we will see him for the finale.