THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS SPLIT THE FOUR-GAME SERIES AGAINST THE NEW YORK YANKEES WITH A 3-2 WIN ON SUNDAY FINISHING OFF THEIR HOMESTEAD 7-3
The Toronto Blue Jays wrapped up their ten-game home stand today against the AL East leading New York Yankees. The series had been an up and down affair for the Blue Jays thus far, dropping two games by a total of 17 runs, but winning game two of this series 7-5. Yesterday, starter Joe Biagini gave another great outing, but the offense was only able to collect two hits on route to a 7-0 loss. The Blue Jays sent Marcus Stroman to the mound, while the Yankees countered with Luis Severino who has allowed only two earned runs over 19.1 innings pitched in his last three starts.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 3R, 7H, 1E
NEW YORK YANKEES: 2R, 6H, 0E
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 4, 2017
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 4, 2017
The Blue Jays pitching staff was stellar again today. Stroman was good in his start, going 6IP, allowing 5H, 2ER, 1BB, 4SO, but a 26 pitch 4th inning drove his pitch count high enough to pull him from going any further in the game. The bullpen combo of Aaron Loup, Joe Smith, and Roberto Osuna were tremendous, allowing only 1 hit in 3IP, no runs, no walks, and 5SO. The pitching staff held the hot Yankees lineup at bay today, with the Blue Jays struggling early, the pitching staff did a great job of keeping it close enough for the Blue Jays bats to thunder back in the late innings.
The Blue Jays offense was kept silent for a majority of the game, starting pitcher Luis Severino had yet another nice outing, going 7 innings, 2ER, 1BB, and 7SO. With two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning, Kendrys Morales started a rally with a single to left field. The red hot Justin Smoak finally ignited the Jays offense, tying the game up with a moon shot hit 429 feet to centre field for his 14th home run of the season.
With Tyler Clippard brought in for the 7th inning to face the heart of the Blue Jays order, Josh Donaldson wouldn’t waste anytime getting to the Yankees bullpen. Donaldson worked a 3-2 count, but on the sixth pitch Clippard tried to finish him off with a high fastball, Donaldson smacked an opposite field home run 384 feet for another clutch hit from the Bringer of Rain. This home run ended the scoring for the day for both teams, giving the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead heading into the ninth where Osuna shut the door.
The Yankees opened up the scoring in this one in the top of the fourth inning. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hit a single the opposite way to right field. On a stolen base attempt Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile committed a throwing error right over the top of second baseman Devon Travis, Judge would advance to third base. Matt Holiday came up and hit a double hard to the centerfield wall, scoring Judge easily.
The Yankees extended their lead in the 6th, with runners on the corners the Blue Jays were looking for a big ground ball to end the inning. The Jays got the ground ball they were looking for, but the double play developed a hair too slow. With a bang-bang play at first, the Blue Jays only got one out, and the Yankees scored Brett Gardner in from third, extending their lead to 2-0.
- Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reported that Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez is scheduled for his first throwing session on Monday. Sanchez has been on the DL three times this year with lingering blister problems. This throwing session marks a big milestone in his recovery. If all goes well, we could be seeing Sanchez back on the mound shortly.
- Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis exited today’s game when he was hit by a pitch on the wrist in the bottom of the seventh inning. Travis ran the base paths that inning, but there was clearly still some discomfort in his wrist, and he was lifted for Ryan Goins as a defensive replacement in the 8th inning. Stay tuned to Jays From the Couch for updates on Devon Travis’ injury.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
#BlueJays split the series with the Yankees with a big 3-2 win today. Who's your player of the game?
— Spencer (@Spenred) June 4, 2017
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