Despite an overall good outing from the Toronto Blue Jays bats, the pitching would falter and end the Jays three game streak
Looking to build on their first mini winning streak of the season, the Toronto Blue Jays returned for game two of three in Yankee stadium. On paper, the pitching match-up was quite lopsided in favor of the Yankees, who would send staff ace Masahiro Tanaka to the mound. The Jays countered with Buffalo Bison turned fourth starter, Mat Latos. Latos had an excellent line his last time out but was hit hard in the process. Here’s how he and the rest of the Blue Jays fared.
Toronto Blue Jays: 5 R, 11 H, 1 E
New York Yankees: 11 R, 16 H, 0 E
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 2, 2017
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 2, 2017
Steve Pearce finally broke out of the terrible funk that he was in. After starting the game with a single, Pearce did his damage in the top of the fifth with a 401-foot blast to left center. The home run would put the Blue Jays on the board, but Pearce wasn’t done just yet. Pearce hit yet another home run in the top of the 7th to left field. As a result, the left fielder accounted for two of the Jays five runs on the night. Pearce closed his game out in the bottom of the 8th with a double, ending the day 4 for 4.
Devon Travis looked excellent as well in the losing effort, going two for four and accounting for two of the other runs. One, a double off of a line drive to center in the fifth put Travis on. He would score on the next at-bat, a single off of the bat of Chris Coghlan. The second baseman would score the second run in the top of the seventh on one of the strangest balks you will ever see, that represented what looked like a Gr. All in all, Travis has looked much more comfortable at the dish of late and that’s good news for the Jays moving forward.
The Blue Jays would have an opportunity to jump on staff ace Masahiro Tanaka early with a Kevin Pillar lead off double. Unfortunately, the Jays would squander the opportunity off of a Jose Bautista fly ball, Russell Martin strikeout, and Kevin Pillar caught stealing.
The Yankees started the bottom of the first the same way as the Blue Jays, with a leadoff double, but they would take advantage. Following the double off of the bat of Brett Gardner, Chase Headley would bunt for a hit and Matt Holliday would cash in Gardner with a double. Luckily, the Blue Jays would escape with just the minimal damage, off a Starlin Castro line out and a 1-3-4-2 double play.
Mat Latos had a second inning that he and Blue Jays fans alike would love to have wiped from their collective memories. The righty gave up a total of 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk including a home run to both Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner.
Things would get only slightly better for Latos in the third, where he would only give up one home run, this time to Aaron Judge. Not to be outdone by himself in the fourth, Latos would surrender yet another bomb, this time to Brett Gardner. Latos completed the fourth, but that would be all for him on the night. He would finish with a brutal line of 10 H 7 ER 1BB and 5K.
Kendrys Morales got a fantastic opportunity to tie the game up in the top of the seventh. Down 8-4, a Pillar single along with walks from Bautista and Martin loaded the bases for Morales to face Dellin Betances. In an anti-climactic at-bat, Morales struck out on three pitches, failing to cash in.
The Blue Jays have had the bases loaded 18 times this year. They are batting .143/.278/.357, and a 22.2% strikeout percentage
— Spencer James Harden (@Spenred) May 3, 2017
Jason Grilli put forward an absolutely brutal outing continuing his struggles on the season. The reliever was unable to get even a single out in the bottom of the seventh. Grilli gave up three earned runs on two hits and a walk.
After Judge's three-run shot to left, Jason Grilli has now allowed 10 ER over 8 2/3 innings this season. #BlueJays
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) May 3, 2017
For some good news, a look down to the minors had Bo Bichette continuing to impress.
#BlueJays prospect Bo Bichette, who entered tonight with a 1.035 OPS, just hit a 3-run home run in the 1st. Hes now hitting .380 in Lansing.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) May 2, 2017
Ryan Borucki also had himself a day today as well
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) May 2, 2017
Finally, I’m just going to leave this riiiiiiight here……
— Buffalo Bisons (@BuffaloBisons) May 2, 2017
Player of the Game
I mean, I'll still do a PotG tweet, but…it's Pearce.
— Roy-Z ☘ (@rolewiii) May 3, 2017
Okay seriously though….
Blue Jays get whomped on by the Yankees, but we still need a Player of the Game for @JaysFromCouch! Who's yours?
— Roy-Z ☘ (@rolewiii) May 3, 2017