The Blue Jays were out hit Friday night, but they maximized the impact of the ones they had in comfortably dispatching the Yankees Friday night. They had just six hits, but four of them landed over the fence to plate eight of the 11 batters to reach safely.
They got the fireworks started early off old friend J.A. Happ, handing him another short and miserable outing in what’s been a very trying season for him as the Jekyll/Happ duality takes another turn. Bo Bichette walked leading off — his only time reaching, as the 11-game hit streak to start his career joined his nine game double streak in being relegated to the history books — followed by Randall Grichuk doing this with two out:
That staked the Jays to a 2-0 lead they never relinquished. It also didn’t take them long to add on, as Teoscar Hernandez apparently didn’t want to be one-upped by the rookie and absolutely demolished a home run leading off the second that rivaled Bichette’s yesterday:
They went a little for a turn through the order, with just a Cavan Biggio walk the next turn through the order for 2+ innings before getting back at it with a two out rally in in the 4th. Brandon Drury doubled, Derek Fisher walked, leaving it to Danny Jansen to (just barely!) sneak the knockout blow over the fence:
The bats went pretty quiet again, with 13 of 14 going down through the start of the 8th, the exception being a walk by Teoscar. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. walked leading off that inning, erased a on double play before Freddy Galvis doubled to set up Teoscar up to give just a little more insurance:
Not quite as majestic as the first, but 420 ft is nothing at which to sneeze.
It wasn’t Sean Reid-Foley’s sharpest outing ever, as he walked a bit of a tightrope dealing with runners on base for most of the game, but it was more than serviceable which about as much as the Jays and fans can reasonably hope for or expect right now. His lone perfect inning was the second, as he went 5 innings, allowing a run on five hits with two free passes against five strikeouts. The lone run was a home run from — of course — Mike Tauchmann as he worked around the rest.
Tim Mayza, Justin Shafer, Buddy Boshers and Derek law took the game the rest of the way home, the only real blemish a solo home run by Mike Ford was they otherwise faced the minimum over the last four innings (Boshers erased a leadoff single in the 9th on a double play). So that was an unexpected positive.
The Yankees were not happy with the strike zone and low called strikes, the situation coming to a head in the 4th as the dugout rode home plate umpire Chris Segal. Brett Gardner was ejected, and proceeded to go berserk and had to be restrained by Aaron Boone. In fairness, he appeared to get a raw deal as while he was banging a bat on the dugout roof, it appeared to be Boone who said the words that Segal attributed to Gardner in tossing him. There’s a good though very NSFW breakout of the dialogue here.
As mentioned above, it was Bo Bichette’s least productive day at the plate as a big leaguer, but he did flash the leather defensively at second base in bailing out SRF out of the 5th inning:
It’s a different game entirely if that ball goes through, the Yankees would have been right at it.
Jays of the Day: Amazingly, Tesocar (+0.076 WPA) falls short of the number, but he certainly gets one. As do Grichuk (+0.161), Jansen (+0.144) and Reid-Foley (+0.138). And Bo for the catch, why not?
Blew Jays: None, though the top of the order combined to go 0/9 albeit it with three walks.
Tomorrow, the Jays and Yankees are back at it with Jacob Waguespack scheduled face TBD at the quasi-normal Saturday start time of 3:00 PM eastern. That TBD guy sure seems to get around.