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Blue Jays edge Yankees 4-3

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And a good night on the farm, including the Jr. Jays doing the same to the Jr. Sith

New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Yankees 3 Blue Jays 4

Though he’s not going to be confused with an ace anytime soon, Clayton Richard turned out another decent start, which for this team these days is practically the same thing. He threw 87 pitches over 4.2 innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, and walked three. He was the victim of a tough Angel Hernandez balk call as well, trying to pick off a runner on first.

Richard held the Yankees hitless until the fourth, when the two hits he gave up unluckily led to his two earned runs. He gave up a double to Aaron Hicks, then a home run to Clint Frazier. He gave up another two with two outs in the 5th: a base hit to Luke Voit and a double to Gary Sanchez, which ended his day. He did his job and kept the Jays in the game. Thomas Pannone got the last out of the 5th.

The Jays got on the board, and took the lead (!) in the 5th. Randal Grichuk led off with a homer on a ball straight down the middle, right after Angel Hernandez called the previous pitch straight down the middle a ball:

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Cavan Biggio followed with a walk, and was initially called out on an attempted steal of 2nd, but Gleyber Torres couldn’t hold onto the ball so the Blue Jays challenged the call and it was overturned. That proved to be highly beneficial, as one out later, Freddy Galvis homered as well to put the good guys ahead. One out later, Eric Sogard doubled and Vladimir Guerrero Jr drove him home with an RBI single and the Jays were up by 2.

Thomas Pannone came out for the 6th, and issued walks to two batters he faced. Daniel Hudson did an excellent job retiring the next three batters to escape the threat. Hudson was sent back out for the 7th, and he gave up a lead off double and got a strikeout, giving way for Joe Biagini.

Biagini closed out the inning with a spectacular double play made behind him. Gary Sanchez lined a one hopper to Freddy Galvis, who threw to Sogard at 2nd. Sogard tagged out LeMahieu who was trying to get back to second base safely, then threw to first to retire Sanchez. Buck’s enthusiasm for this play was second only to Danny Jansen’s fly out in the bottom of the 7th.

The Jays threatened in the 7th. Sogard got his 3rd hit of the night, then a Vlad Jr pop up to first dropped out of Voit’s reach, but since Sogard had to hold up at first, he was forced out at 2nd. Smoak singled Vlad to 3rd, but Tellez struck out to end the inning (his 2nd rally killing moment of the game). Speaking of which:

Biagini gave up a solo shot to Aaron Hicks in the 8th, reducing the Jays lead to one run. Two outs later, Gio Urshela reached when Vlad Jr tried to make a tough play and threw slightly wide of first, which brought in Ken Giles. Giles walked old friend Kendrys Morales, who was pinch ran for by Thairo Estrada, but got Brett Gardner to flyout and end the threat.

After a 1-2-3 bottom of the 8th, Giles was back out for the 9th. He overpowered D.J. LeMahieu with his slider, but Luke Voit managed to turn around a 98 fastball and send a liner into right field. That brought up Gary Sanchez, who hit the home run off him last summer that led to the famous meltdown. This time, Giles leaned hard once again on his slider, Sanchez swinging through it three times for the punchout. Aaron Hicks drew a walk, but Giles blew away Gleyber Torres for the strikeout and win. Not exactly the cleanest of saves, but you take what you can against the Yankees (and Giles was more dominant than not).

One down, 50 million 18 to go...

And with that, the Jays not only beat the juggernaut Yankees, but it capped a clean affiliated org sweep on the evening (sorry, DSL, you don’t count):

  • Scranton Wilkes-Barres 4 at Buffalo 5
  • Bowie 0 at New Hampshire 3
  • Charlotte 0 at Dunedin 1
  • Lansing 8 at Great Lakes 0

That’s four (FOUR!) wins against AL East rivals!

Also of note, Gurriel got hit on the left hand in the bottom of the 6th, only Tanaka’s second hit batsman of the season. Thankfully, Gurriel stayed in the game, but it didn’t sound good.

Jays of the Day: Giles (+0.223 WPA), Galvis (0.195) Hudson (0.179) and let’s give Sogard (0.084) one too for three hits in the lead off spot and the spectacular defensive play.

Suckage: Tellez (-.130), Pannone (-0.091)

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Tomorrow Trent Thornton will oppose Canadian James Paxton. Same time, same place, hopefully not the same number of hits as the last time he was on the mound at Rogers Centre.