Toronto Blue Jays Highlights & LowLights: Late Rally Falls Short

The Toronto Blue Jays failed to capitalize on their few scoring chances early, and the Yankees blew it open late to take the series opener.

 

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Coming off the three-game drubbing at the hands of the Boston Red Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays opened up a series tonight against the second place New York Yankees. With this being the second-to-last series before the mid-season break, the Blue Jays were looking to get back in the column. Tonight’s match-up featured Marcus Stroman (8-4, 3.41) going up against New York’s Masahiro Tanaka (6-7, 5.56).

 

Lineups

Blue Jays

Yankees

 

Starting Pitcher Matchup

 

Results

Toronto Blue Jays – 3 R 8 H 1 E

New York Yankees – 6 R 8 H 1 E

 

Highlights

After a rocky start to his outing tonight Marcus Stroman settle in nicely for the remainder of the evening. Unfortunately, his night was cut short by an apparent finger issue which required a trip from the trainer to the mound during the fifth inning. Leaving while trailing 2-0 for Aaron Loup, his final line for the night reads as 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K with 8 groundball outs over 79 pitches (49 strikes).

 

It took a HBP to Ezequiel Carrera, a stolen base, an errant throw, and a bloop RBI single from Darwin Barney in the seventh inning, but the Blue Jays finally got on the board against Tanaka.

 

The offense was able to scratch a pair of runs across in the ninth off Yankees closer, Aroldis Chapman. Back-to-back doubles from Kendrys Morales and PH Kevin Pillar, followed by a Barney single to rightfield made it 6-3 with one out. Sadly, pinch-hit appearances form Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin didn’t produce any results.

 

Lowlights

The rough starts continued for the Blue Jays tonight who found themselves down 2-0 after the first inning in New York. Two soft base-hits from Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez got the ball rolling early, but were certainly aided by two walks and HBP to force in runs. Leaving the inning down only 2-0 was a blessing.

 

The Yankees padded their lead in the eighth inning off reliever Ryan Tepera who was having some issue locating his pitchers. Judge got things started with a single, and advanced the third on a Gary Sanchez double over the head of Steve Pearce.  A walk to Didi Gregorius, followed by a two-run double from Chase Headley widened the lead to 4-1.

 

Somehow a softly hit groundball back to Tepera made things worse when his throw to Luke Maile wasn’t secured properly allowing Gregorius, and Headley to score. When all was said and done, Tepera, was gone from the game in favour of newly called up Mike Bolsinger, and the Yankess held a 6-1 lead.

 

Noteworthy

  • The Blue Jays picked up the recently maligned ex-Chicago Cub, Miguel Montero today in a trade. This would be classified as a potential low-risk, high-reward signing as the remainder of Montero’s salary is being picked up by the Cubs organization.  The catcher was hitting .286/.366/.439 over 112 plate appearances this season.
  • OF Darrell Ceciliani was transferred to the 60-Day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster

  • Roberto Osuna was named the American League reliever of the month for June. The young closer recorded eight saves, 0.79 ERA, 19 strikeouts with one walk over 11.1 innings pitched.  He also held opposing hitters to a remarkable .105/.128/.158 slash line during the month. All of this made more impressive when considering the personal issues the young man has been dealing with of late.

  • Glenn Sparkman, who made his MLB debut this weekend with the club has been designated for assignment. It will be interesting if they decide to keep the young right-hander by working out a trade, or possibly send him back to the Kansas City Royals. Mike Bolsinger will come up to take his place.

 

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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.

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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.