Jacob Waguespack wasn’t missing many bats today.
- In the first inning he gave up a 1-out walk to Aaron Judge, but got out of the inning on a strikeout/throw out double play, with a very nice tag by Brandon Drury.
- Second inning started with a single and a walk. Then a ground ball just past Bo Bichette. The polite thing to say would be that it went under Bo’s glove. Less polite, two guys on, you have to at least block that from going to the outfield. Double scored one, and put runners on second and third with no outs. But Waguespack got a pop out, and two strikeouts to get out of the inning with only 1 run scoring.
- Third inning the Yankees helped us out a ton. Two singles started the inning and gave them runners on the corners. First single was a ground ball that Vladimir Guerrero made a nice stop on and tried to get the out at first on a throw from his butt, coming up just late on the throw. Next batter hits and grounder to Vlad, and we had the weirdest rundown I’ve ever seen I’m sure. There was almost no running. Glad got the ball threw to Danny Jansen (runner didn’t move), Jansen doesn’t take a step throws back. The runner is confused and is just watching the all go back and forth. Vlad throw back (they still aren’t any closer to the runner than when this started. This time Danny ran forward and tagged a confused DJ LeMahieu. In the entire rundown I don’t think he took four steps.
- After that, a ground-rule double scored a run. Next batter lined out to short, but the runner on third, Gleyber Torrez took off for home and was doubled off. Two of three outs were on runners wandering off third.
- Fourth inning Jacob gave up a leadoff homer. Then after 2 outs, he hit a batter and gave up a single and that was his day.
Brock Stewart got the last out of the inning. Jacob went 3.2, allowed 7 hits, 3 earned, 2 walks with 4 strikeouts. He got some help from the Yankees bad baserunning, or it would have been worse.
Steward gave up a 3-run homer in the fifth inning and it looked like game over. Stewart would give up a 2-run homer (Torres) and a solo homer (Volt) in the sixth. And stayed in the game (though by the second one the game was good and over).
Elvis Luciano got into the game in the seventh. He gave up a couple of hits but got out of the game on a bit of bad Yankee base running. On a fly to right the runner on first base took off and ran past the runner who was on second. I thought Elvis would get two innings but no.
Jordan Romano pitched in the eight and got hit by a hard grounder up the middle. He came out of the game but it doesn’t appear that he was hurt by the ball, but he twisted his ankle. That’s two relievers injured in two games. And I’m not at the ballpark.
Justin Shafer came in for Romano, finished the inning, and gave up four runs in the ninth.
Brett Gardner hit 2 home runs. Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, and Mike Ford had 1 each for the Yankees.
James Paxton gave us trouble through the first 4 innings. We did get a couple of base runners in the first, but a Vlad pop out, chasing out of the zone and a Teoscar Hernandez strikeout ended it.
We scored in the fifth. Brandon Drury singled and went to third on a bad throw from Torres. It appeared that Torres was hurt on the play but he stayed in the game. After a Jonathan Davis walk, Bo hit a sac fly. Randal Grichuk singled, but Lourdes Gurriel struck out to end the inning.
The Blue Jays made an effort at a come back in the 9th, scoring 2 runs on a Richard Urena double. Anthony Alford hustled to get an infield single for his 3rd hit of the season. The Jays had 2 on for Vlad but he struck out to end the game.
We managed 9 hits on the day. Gurriel had 2 of them in his first game back from the IL. He wasn’t running well. I’m not sure that I wouldn’t shut him down for the season, but they much know that he’s unlikely to further injure himself.
Jay of the Day: Gurriel (.102 WPA).
Suckage: Waguespack (-.156), Stewart (-.127) and Vlad (-.111, 1 for 5, 2 K. He’s in a bad slump).