Blue Jays squander countless opportunities to bury the Yankees and self-destruct in the later innings for yet another devastating loss.
After getting smoked in Tuesday night’s Mat Latos-sponsored Home Run Derby, the Blue Jays took to New Yankee Stadium to salvage the rubber game of a three-game series in the Bronx. The Blue Jays sent out their top starter and hometown-ish Marcus Stroman (2-2, 2.97) to face off against the never-know-what-you’ll-get Carsten Charles Sabathia (2-1, 4.24 ERA).
Blue Jays 6 R, 8 H, 0 E
Yankees 8 R, 12 H, 0 E
Toronto Blue Jays
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 3, 2017
New York Yankees
5/3 @Yankees lineup vs TOR
— MLB Lineups (@mlblineups) May 3, 2017
Despite putting up six runs in the early going, the offense is still pretty flaccid when it counts, but six runs is still a welcome sight. The suddenly hot Steve Pearce provided the vast majority of offense with a first inning home run, and the next three came as a result of a botched double play by Chris Carter and CC Sabathia (who has serious knee troubles and isn’t expected to cover first.)
Joe Baigini battled against the Yankee Stadium strike zone to strike out hitless rookie Kyle Higasghioka with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, further solidifying his role as the “highest-leverage” reliever on the Blue Jays. Biagini struck out the first four batters he faced, all on called third strikes. The magic wouldn’t last, though, as Biagini allowed a single, double, and another single to finally relent the lead in the seventh.
As what often happens with sinkerballers, some days they’re just not going to have the right stuff, and tonight was that kind of night for Marcus Stroman. He wasn’t necessarily bad, but home plate umpire Bill Welke’s persnickety strike zone and overall umpiring on the night certainly didn’t help. The troubling part, though, is the Blue Jays refusal to adapt to adversity and to change their approach, as was evident with serving up another home run to phenom Aaron Judge, when he could have been worked around to face the struggling bats of Chase Headley and Chris Carter.
Stroman lasted just three innings, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks. All of his runs came off the two home runs from Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge. His early hook was somewhat injury-related, and hopefully not that big of a deal:
A source at the Blue Jays told me that Marcus Stroman was feeling "discomfort in his armpit" (throwing arm)
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) May 4, 2017
That’s a new one.
- Over at Baseball America, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette make up the left side of the infield for their Prospect Team of the Month for April. Guerrero Jr. hit another home run for Lansing this morning, as well. Anthony Alford also makes the list.
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been released. Signed to a MiLB deal and only earning about $1.25 Million this season, he’ll likely sign on with another team for the league minimum, and it just so happens the Yankees could use some catching depth…
- In today’s At The Letters podcast, Shi Davidi joined Ben Nicholson Smith on the hole the Blue Jays have dug and why projections and such don’t necessarily spell out doom when considering the second Wild Card spot.
- Is Mat Latos on his way out of town already? Not quite. Despite tweets of his locker being cleared out before tonight’s game, but the cromulent explanation of “personal reasons” was given.
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