The Toronto Blue Jays keep things rolling with their fifth consecutive series win in the Bronx. Happ gets win #17.
A day after the Blue Jays beat up the Yankees bullpen to the tune of 12 runs over 3 innings, both teams sent out veteran left-handed starters for Wednesday’s rubber match.
Despite racking up 7 strikeouts through the first three innings, Toronto, was able to break through against Sabathia with 3 runs in the second inning. Troy Tulowitzki got things started with a 1-out single, which was followed by a Melvin Upton base on balls. With 2 on, and 1 out, Ezequiel Carrera (8) delivered a double off the left-field wall to cash in the first run of the afternoon.
Before the dust could settle, Darwin Barney (10) would take the next pitch down the third baseline for a double of his own, and 2 RBI. Toronto would jump out ahead 3-0.
Sabathia would hold the Jays bats silent over the next two innings while Gary Sanchez (5) and Starlin Castro (15) each hit solo homers for the Yankees to make it a 3-2 game. Not ideal, but at least Happ kept them to single shots.
After some dubious infield defense by the Yankees in the fifth inning, Toronto was able to extend the lead to 4-2 thanks to the hot hitting Russell Martin. His single cashed in Devon Travis who reached on his own single to lead off the inning.
Big Bossman Jr. aka Melvin Upton (17) delivered his first home run (and his first XBH) since being acquired at the deadline. His opposite field shot cashed in 3 runs to give the Blue Jays a 7-2 lead after their half of the 5th. It is important to note that while Upton has been struggling, no secret, his last few games have shown some promise. Him drawing walks and hitting the ball hard the other way, are usually a sign he is getting comfortable at the plate.
Happ would allow his third solo home run on the afternoon in the 6th. This one came courtesy of Yankee third baseman Chase Headley (11) and brought the score to 7-3.
Sabathia would leave the game after surrendering 7 ER on 98 pitches through 6 IP. The lefty struck out 12 Blue Jays on the afternoon, but did surrender 9 hits and a walk in the process. Including 3 XBH.
Happ, despite the 3 solo home runs, would put together another very solid start. He put in a work-man like 7.1 IP, 7 hits, and 4 ER, while striking out 9 with 1 BB.
His replacement Joaquin Benoit would surrender 2 consecutive singles which allowed Happ’s runner to score. With the score 7-4 and 2 runners on, Gibby, didn’t take long to make a move to his closer.
Osuna would have an easy time carving his way through the Yankees 7-9 hitters in the ninth. In recording his 27th save, Osuna also set a MLB record.
— Alykhan K. Ravjiani (@AlykhanKR) August 17, 2016
Final Score 7-4. Happ gets win #17, Osuna save #27. Team record: 69-52.
PLAY OF THE GAME
The JFtC play of the game goes to Yankees SS, Didi Gregorius. Not often the play of the game comes on the first out, but this one was a gem. His over-the-shoulder grab robbed Devon Travis of sure hit.
Today’s game ball goes to the newly acquire Melvin Upton. His afternoon consisted of reaching base 3 times by going 2 for 3, with 2R, 3 RBI, BB. Let’s hope there is more where that came from and this kick starts his time with Toronto.
— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) August 17, 2016
Honorable mention goes to, Russell Martin. A day after hitting 2 huge home runs in the electric Jays comeback, Martin starred in the afternoon game by going 3 for 5, 1R, with an RBI. Thankfully the boys are off tomorrow, as I am sure Martin will need the rest.
Today’s turning point came in the Blue Jays half of the 5th inning. The Yankees had scratched out 2 solo home runs to get themselves back into the game. Toronto took advantage of some defensive miscues in the inning, and Upton delivered his 3R opposite field home run.
NEWS & NOTES
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi updated us on the plans for Kevin Pillar‘s road back from the disabled list. As much as he is bagged on for his plate performance, Pillar will be a welcomed addition to the lineup.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) August 17, 2016
Barry Davis also sat down with newly acquired reliever, Scott Feldman, on how he is fitting in with the Blue Jays.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 17, 2016
The Blue Jays have an off day on Thursday before resuming their road trip in Cleveland. Toronto will face the American League Central leading Indians in a three game series over the weekend. Check in with us here at JFtC for the in-depth series preview tomorrow.
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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.