Blue Jays: 6 Evil Empire: 11
This game seemed like it was over pretty early, and quickly turned into one we merely endured to see how the kids do. The late offense by the Jays was a welcome reprieve.
Unfortunately, Sean Reid-Foley against the Yankees went how you were afraid it would go. He had some shaky defense at times behind him, but he also gave up three homers. He had moments were his stuff had the Yankees hitters off balance, and he did accumulate six strikeouts. However, his command continues to be an issue as he was often way out of the zone, or up in it. He walked 3 batters, with two of those coming around to score. He ended up going 4.1 innings, allowing 8 runs (6 earned).
The Yankees jumped to an early lead in the first. Reid-Foley issued a lead off walk to Brett Gardner on eight pitches, then two outs later served up a homer to Didi Gregorious. It wasn’t a Yankee Stadium cheapie either, as it landed 382 feet away in right center.
The Yankees tagged on another run in the second when Gleyber Torres had a lucky single on a good pitch, advanced to third on an attempted steal of second and airmailed throw by Jansen, and scored on Austin Romine sac fly.
For good measure, another three runs were added in the third. Stanton sent a flare into right field that Teoscar took the most curious of routes to, Aaron Hicks walked, and Miguel Andújar scored them both with a double. John Gibbons made a rare visit to the mound and whatever he said must have helped because Reid-Foley got a weak grounder from Torres, but Devon Travis overthrew the ball to Smoak and was charged with an error. Andjuar scored on a groundout.
That route by Teoscar Hernandez on Stanton's single pic.twitter.com/4XaIcPP9oh— Daren Willman (@darenw) August 18, 2018
The 4th inning was better for Reid-Foley, as he got two strikeouts and a ground out, but he did give up another monster homer to Stanton. A third homer off the bat of Andújar followed by a single from Torres finally ended Reid-Foley’s day in the 5th. Jake Petricka closed out the inning, stranding the baserunner.
Petricka also pitched a clean 6th. He will be an interesting guy to watch down the stretch.
Jaime García got the first two outs in the 7th, allowing a hit
Luis Santos got the last out in the 7th, striking out Torres. He gave up a home run to Greg Bird in the 8th, then gave up back to back singles and hit Stanton, loading the bases and forcing Gibbons to put Ryan Tepera in. Santos has been given many chances by now and he continues to prove he’s not a capable major league reliever.
Tepera walked in a run but got the final two outs.
Offensively, the Jays struggled to get push anything past Luis Severino, who wasn’t looking quite as sharp as we are used to. His command was off as he missed badly at times, fell behind in counts and walked two, but still seemed to get strikeouts when he needed to.
The Jays had a good chance to score in the 5th when Diaz and Ureña had back-to-back one out singles, but McKinney and Travis struck out to end the threat.
The Jays did finally put up five runs in the 6th.
- Curtis Granderson led off with a double, then advanced to third after Gardner had a Teoscarian experience in left field chasing the ball and bobbling it twice
- Smoak drove him in with a single to end Severino’s night
- Tommy Kahnle gave up a single to Teoscar Hernandez to put two on for Danny Jansen
- Jansen scored Smoak with another single to charge Severino with another earned run
- Richard Ureña walked to load the bases and end Kahnle’s night
- Jonathan Holder came on and served up McKinney his first single as a Jay, a ball which sailed into right field and bounced just over Neil Walker’s glove giving him an error (he has looked rough out there, the Yankees could use McKinney), clearing the bases. McKinney was thrown out oversliding 3rd
The Jays scored one more off A.J. Cole. Pillar doubled home McKinney, who led off with a single.
TLDR; How did the Baby Jays do?
Billy McKinney: a walk, got picked off, two strike outs including one looking on a slider down the middle ending a 10 pitch at-bat. He also two hits including a bases clearing single, and was thrown out at third
Danny Jansen: had two hits including a double and a RBI single, giving him at least one hit in his fourth straight game, becoming first catcher in team history to do so. He allowed two steals with high throws, and received his first error.
Richard Ureña: walk, single, foul tipped a ball into Austin Romine’s face, forcing him to leave the game in the next inning
Sean Reid-Foley: some stuff was pretty good, some stuff was poorly commanded and the Yankees hit some homers.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr: is on a rehab game today with the Fisher Cats
Let’s end this recap with a little sunshine. Here is Baby Maile!
Lineup addition! Welcome sweet Evelyn Charles Maile! Born 8/17/18 right around when the 1st pitch of the Jays-Yankees game was being thrown in NY. A 7 lb, 6 oz, 19.5" bundle of cuteness! Congrats to Paige & Luke on their first! pic.twitter.com/gIXQTWOtE0— Pro Star Management (@prostarmgmt) August 18, 2018
Suckage: Sean Reid-Foley (-.318), whose large run deficit prevented any of his teammates from accruing significant amounts of WPA. Let’s give one to Luis Santos too.
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Tomorrow the Yankees will go for the sweep behind good friend J.A. Happ at 1:00 EDT. The Jays will counter with Ryan Borucki.