Backed by seven strong from Estrada, the Toronto Blue Jays win their third straight game, and take the series opener in the Bronx.
Fresh off their first series win of the season this past weekend, the Toronto Blue Jays head into the Bronx for a three games set with the New York Yankees. Tonight’s pitching match-up featured a beautiful contract of styles with the change-up wielding Marco Estrada taking on the hard-throwing Luis Severino.
Toronto Blue Jays: 7 R, 12 H, 2 E
New York Yankees: 1 R, 7 H, 0 E
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 1, 2017
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 1, 2017
After Devon Travis got the inning started with sharp single into right field, Toronto’s shortstop got them on the board in a flash. Ryan Goins‘ second homerun of the season measured 399 ft off the bat, and put the Blue Jays ahead 2-0 early.
The Blue Jays padded their lead in the top of the sixth with an odd sequence of events. Justin Smoak hit a hard line drive off the glove of Greg Bird for a single to get things started. This was followed by an opposite field double over the head of Judge. The ball took a weird hop off the wall, and skipped into the stands to set up a second and third with zero outs for Goins. After working a 3-0 count, Goins, with a rare green light in such situations, drilled a fly ball to wall in centre-field causing Ellbury to crash hard into the wall. Despite making an incredible catch both runners were able to score after he tumbled to the ground unable to get the ball back in time. A very rare moment when two runs score on a sacrifice-fly.
Chris Coghlan stretched the lead to 5-1 in the sixth with his first homerun of the season. His drive would end the night for Severino who would leave with a final line: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
Carrera and Bautista struck quick in their half of the seventh inning. After extending his hitting streak to eleven games with a single to left-field, Jose Bautista drove him home with his second long-ball of the season. The deep drive into the bullpens gave Toronto a 7-1 lead.
The magician known as Marco Estrada put together another terrific start on this night. His effort tonight gave him five quality starts over his six starts this season, and would be his first win of the season. His final line would read as: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K on 102 pitches. He lowered his ERA on the season to 2.43.
Newly called up, Danny Barnes, pitched himself two solid innings in relief tonight. He got into a little trouble after Darwin Barney dropped a routine pop-up, but he steadied himself to close things without any damage.
The Yankees lineup put together a streak of three straight hits with one out in the fourth inning to cut the lead in half, 2-1. Second-baseman Starlin Castro put together a tough at-bat by fouling off several offerings from Estrada before singling to centre-field. Castro was followed by Jacoby Ellsbury who lined a single to left-centre, and Aaron Judge who cashed in a run with his 21st RBI of the season with a single to right-field. Nothing was hit overly hard, but effective nonetheless.
Toronto had a golden opportunity to add to their lead in the fifth inning after Chris Coghlan singled, and Kevin Pillar drew a base-on-balls to begin the inning. After being pushed up a base on a Ezequiel Carrera sac-bunt, sluggers Jose Bautista went down swinging a full count slider in the dirt, and Kendrys Morales hit a hard liner to left. What will go unnoticed was the missed opportunity to score by Coghlan on an apparent passed ball. Not picking up the ball immediately caused his to hesitate on what could have been a fairly easy scamper home.
- The Blue Jays were forced to put starting pitcher, Aaron Sanchez, back on the 10-day disabled list this afternoon. With this fingernail now split, it was best to get him the time to fully heal. Reliever, Danny Barnes was called up to add an arm to bullpen.
- Ezequiel Carrera’s single in the seventh innings extended his hitting streak to 11 games. The longest such streak of his career.
- Ryan Goins’ two RBI sac-fly was the first of it’s kind since Wil Myers accomplished the feat in 2014. Which oddly enough also involved Jacoby Ellsbury.
Player of the Game
The Jays are on a "winning streak." I had to look up what it meant. Anyways, who's your @JaysFromCouch Player of the Game?
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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.