Blue Jays’ inability to capitalize allows Tanaka and the New York Yankees off the hook early. Dickey stumbles once again.
As they have done a lot in the last several games, Toronto jumped on the opposing starter in the first inning. Devon Travis got things started with a leadoff double, and was cashed by an RBI single for Jose Bautista. Despite a one-out single by Edwin Encarnacion the offense would fail to extend the early lead.
Ellsbury would drive in his third run of the day in the third inning. His single to right field would push across Tyler Austin who reach earlier on a double.
For a second consecutive game Gibby and the Blue Jays didn’t get much help from the starting pitching. After yesterday’s 2.2 IP from Happ, the bullpen could have used at least six from R.A. Dickey today. Unfortunately, the knuckleballer was chased after 4 IP, 7H, 5ER, 1BB, 5K, with a 5-1 deficit.
The score, however, was very much deceiving at that point. The Blue Jays offense was able to put together seven hits and two walks for a total of nine baserunners through five innings. Going 1-7 with RISP, and leaving six runner on base through five innings against Masahiro Tanaka, is the definition of letting opportunity pass you buy.
Of course having runners thrown out on the bases does not exactly put your team in a position to take advantage of potential opportunities. Yeah, I am looking at you, Jose Bautista.
Liriano would provide two quality innings in relief of Dickey. Considering his last relief appearance, his first in four years, didn’t go so well, it must have been a welcomed sight by Gibbons and company.
Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka, with the help of some TOOTBLANs from Bautista, did what he always does against the Blue Jays. Throw a quality start. His final line of the day reads as 6.1 IP, 7H, 2ER, 3BB, 4K. He left with a runner on base, in favour of Jonathan Holder.
After Holder, with the help of expanded rosters, Girardi, would go to two young relievers in trying to quell a rally. Toronto would eventually push across two runs to make it a 5-3 game, thanks to a two-out, two-run double by Encarnacion. His league leading 109th and 110th RBI of the season.
Unfortunately for Toronto, 5-3, would be as close as they would get on this day. Tyler Clippard (8th) and Dellin Betances (9th) would shut the door in the their respective innings. Betances would record his ninth save of the season on just 10 pitches in the ninth.
PLAY OF THE GAME
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Today’s game ball goes to Encarnacion. The 1B/DH would go 3 for 4 on the day with 2 RBI.
Tyler Austin’s two-run double in the fifth inning put the Yankees up 5-3 at the time, and proved to be the turning point for the Yankees. One does have to wonder, however, what the game would have looked like if Toronto would have capitalized on even half their early opportunities. But, that’s baseball.
NEWS & NOTES
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Toronto will stay in the Bronx to complete the three game series with Yankees. Both remaining games are evening start times. Check out our series preview for an in-depth view of the pitching match-ups.
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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.