Toronto Blue Jays Highlights And Lowlights: Jays Play Spoilsport At Yankee Stadium

The Toronto Blue Jays put an and to their five-game slide against the Yankees putting a damper on their July 4th celebration

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A series starting loss to the New York Yankees last night pushed the Blue Jays to a five-game losing streak. A poor June has now bled into a terrible start to July, and time is running out. The Jays need a turnaround and fast, but it’s easier said than done against the 44-37 Yankees.  For today’s Fourth of July afternoon special, JA Happ took the mound to go head to head with CC Sabathia.

 

Lineups

Blue Jays

Yankees

 

Starting Pitcher Matchup

Results

Toronto Blue Jays –  4 R 9 H 0 E

New York Yankees – 1 R 4 H 0 E

 

Highlights

The Blue Jays actually got out in front on this one. All too often this year the Jays have made a terrible habit of falling behind (frequently in the first inning even). That changed today though, as Toronto scored four runs in the top of the third. It was looking pretty grim with CC Sabathia retiring the first eight batters to begin the outing, but a two-out walk to Darwin Barney was the catalyst for change. Barney was followed with a Bautista single, Russell Martin single, Josh Donaldson walk, Justin Smoak walk, and a Kendrys Morales single to put the Jays up 4-0.

 

With the Jays being absolutely abysmal with runners in scoring position recently, the train of runs was a very welcome site. The Blue Jays finally taking advantage of some runners within striking distance is a definite highlight, and hopefully, a trend that continues.

 

Jose Bautista continued to excel in the leadoff spot. Bautista went three for five on the day, and in the process hit a very impressive milestone. The RBI in the third inning was Joey Bats’ 900th, good enough for the 16th most among active batters.

 

 JA Happ was incredible again, rolling through six complete with a line of 6IP 4 H 1 R 1 ER 2 BB and 6 SO. The only blemish was a solo shot to Aaron Judge. Happ evened up the score, however, striking him out in the other two appearances they met up. Since a couple of shaky games coming back from the DL on May 30, Happ has been lights out for his last five.

The bullpen was a highlight for the Jays yet again, stepping in to close out the final three innings once Happ took a seat. Dominic Leone, Jeff Beliveau, Ryan Tepera and Roberto Osuna combined for three innings of no-hit baseball locking down the win.

 

Lowlights

A couple of slumps continued through today despite the Jays actually scoring runs. First of all, Kevin Pillar‘s pinch hit against Aroldis Chapman sparked a little bit of hope, but Pillar continued his downward trend going 1 for 4 on the day with a strikeout.

 

Josh Donaldson had another rough day at the plate as well, going 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts, one of which included him chucking his bat across the diamond. At least there was this slide, which was reminiscent of better times.

 

Noteworthy

 

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A group benefits consultant by day, Dustin is sports fanatic who loves talking sports more than anything. A self-glossed stats geek, he loves diving into the numbers behind the game. A proud father of 2 amazing kids, Dustin was born in Calgary, and now lives in Morinville.

Dustin Reddon

A group benefits consultant by day, Dustin is sports fanatic who loves talking sports more than anything. A self-glossed stats geek, he loves diving into the numbers behind the game. A proud father of 2 amazing kids, Dustin was born in Calgary, and now lives in Morinville.