The Blue Jays would open up their final homestand with an impressive blow-out victory over the division rival Yankees
The Blue Jays would start of their final homestand of the year tonight against the Yankees. With Boston pulling away with the division lead, the wild card race heating up, and time running out, the Jays need wins more than ever. Francisco Liriano would take the mound in hopes of getting the hometown heroes off on the right foot. Liriano and the Jays wouldn’t let the fans down either, taking the lead early, and rolling on to a dominant victory.
NEW YORK YANKEES: 0 VS TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 9
WP: LIRIANO (8-13) LP: MITCHELL (1-2)
9/23 @BlueJays lineup vs NYY
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The Blue Jays offense would re-ignite against the Yankees tonight, and it wouldn’t take long. The Jays would strike in the bottom of the first taking an early 2-0 lead. The offense would take on another in the third, explode for four in the seventh, and tack on an extra 2 in the 8th.
Troy Tulowitzki would continue to stay white-hot in September. Tulo would single in 2 runs in the second, and single in another pair in the bottom of the seventh. The shortstop would finish an excellent 2 for 4 with 4 RBI.
Devon Travis also continued to be an offensive force. The on-base machine went 2 for 4 and scored twice as a result.
Josh Donaldson would add to the lead in the top of the 8th blasting his second home run in the last 3 games. Donaldson’s 36th home run of the year just adds to the hope that the bringer of rain is back for good.
Donaldson would also make two great defensive plays. This would include a back-hand stab in foul territory and strike to first in the fifth as well as working a 3-5-3 double play.
Ezequiel Carrera was also on his game tonight. Zeke went 2 for 4 with a run, including an excellent bunt for a hit to get things started in the 4 run 8th.
Francisco Liriano looked fantastic, pitching an absolute gem. After pitching himself out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, Liriano would cruise to his second win as a Jay. Liriano would post an impressive line of 6 IP 3 H 2 BB and 6 SO.
The bullpen would also look excellent for the Jays, combining for three innings of no-hit ball to close things out. This included Brett Cecil, who continues to look outstanding of late, pitching his 13th straight scoreless inning.
The game had to end. When the team is playing as well at was it’s always unfortunate to see it come to a close. If there was a spot to nitpick, however, the Jays did leave 9 men on base despite scoring their 9 runs.
NEWS & NOTES:
- As of publishing time Baltimore and Houston are both still playing in tied games. Detroit and Boston however both pulled out wins, maintaining their lead and pace (respectively).
- After going almost a month without scoring 9, the Jays have now done it in 2 of their last 3. Hopefully, a sign of things to come.
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