JAYS FROM THE COUCH BREAKS DOWN THE HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS OF TODAY’S 7-6 WIN AGAINST THE NEW YORK YANKEES.
The Blue Jays have been spiraling recently. After a dismal four game series against the Boston Red Sox, being outscored by 23 runs in total, the Blue Jays would finally snap their five game losing streak yesterday with a 4-1 win against the Yankees. Today they looked to pick up their first series win today since June 9-11 against the Seattle Mariners.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 5, 2017
(We'll add a Didi-Emoji-Translated version of the lineup too 🤔🤔)
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 5, 2017
STARTING PITCHER MATCHUP
Toronto Blue Jays – 7 R, 11 H, 0 E
New York Yankees – 6 R, 6 H, 0 E
The Blue Jays got on the board quickly in the top of the first, giving themselves a very rare early lead. All-Star first baseman Justin Smoak delivered an opposite field double with Jose Bautista standing on first. The ball was bobbled in the outfield, giving Bautista enough time to round third and score the first run of the game. In the past seven games, the Blue Jays have failed to score first five times.
Smoak continued to show off his skills at the plate in the third inning, with Russell Martin on first, Smoak crushed a home run to deep right field, for his 23rd home run of the season. Kendrys Morales followed up Smoak’s home run with one of his own, hitting his 16th home run of year. The Blue Jays home runs wouldn’t stop there. Leading off the fourth inning, Kevin Pillar would hit his 10th home run of the season, extending the Blue Jays lead to 5-0, and knocking Yankees starter Michael Pineda out of the game.
The 5-0 cushion didn’t last long, after the Yankees hit and managed to get five quick runs off Estrada in the 4th and 5th inning, and the Blue Jays were facing yet another deficit in the final three innings. Russell Martin wouldn’t let the Yankees keep that lead for too long, hitting a solo shot over the head of Jacoby Ellsbury. Even after his home run, Martin wouldn’t stop there. His next at bat in the eighth inning was a huge spot with the bases loaded. The Blue Jays wouldn’t get much out of their no out/bases loaded situation, and it was Martin drawing a walk that scored the only run of their rally, but giving the Blue Jays a 7-6 lead.
Estrada may have had another rough outing today, but the stellar play of the bullpen kept the Jays in this one. Both Aaron Loup and Danny Barnes worked more than their usual one inning of work. Loup went 1.2 innings, although he did walk two batters, but kept the Yankees lineup at bay, allowing no runs, and getting a lot of weak contact into the outfield. Barnes pitched 1.1 innings, not allowing a hit, and striking out three hitters. Osuna continued his ninth inning dominance, shutting the door with a huge strikeout against Aaron Judge giving the Blue Jays a 7-6 win, and a series win!
Marco Estrada was rolling for the first three innings. The Yankees failed to register a hit in the first three innings, and it was looking like Estrada had something special brewing. After a leadoff walk for Brett Gardner, the dangerous Aaron Judge would strike the first two runs for the Yankees, smashing his 29th home run into the Yankees bullpen.
Things continued to unravel for Estrada in the fifth, after surrendering a walk to Austin Romine, first baseman Ji-Man Choi hit a deep home run to right centre field, giving the Blue Jays a very slim one run game. Estrada would continue to struggle in the fifth, loading the bases, with one out. Didi Gregorius would come up with a clutch two-out hit, scoring two and giving the Yankees a 6-5 lead.
In the top of the eighth inning, the Blue Jays had an opportunity to open this game wide open with the bases loaded and no outs. Martin would end up drawing a walk and taking the lead, but the Blue Jays inability to score easy runs in these situations has been what’s holding back their offense for a large part of the season. This outcome from this half inning wasn’t terrible, but it could have been a lot better.
- Jon Morosi of MLB.com, reported this morning that the Blue Jays will be big seller at the upcoming non-waiver trade deadline. The extent of how much the Blue Jays will sell is still unknown, but Morosi reports that the Blue Jays might be willing to part way with Josh Donaldson, and the St. Louis Cardinals have interest if Donaldson becomes available in trade talks.
- Blue Jays backup catcher Luke Maile went on the disabled list yesterday with right knee inflammation, but it was reported today by both Arden Zwelling and Arash Madani that Maile has a meniscus issue, and will likely require surgery. Maile is the 20th different player to hit the DL this year, adding to the Blue Jays insane injury struggles this year.
- Newly acquired catcher Miguel Montero played his first game in a Blue Jays uniform today. He went 0-4 with a walk, and scored the game winning run in the eighth inning.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
A series win! Vote for your JFtC #BlueJays Player of the Game
— Jays From the Couch (@JaysFromCouch) July 5, 2017
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Spencer Redmond is a Graduate of the University of Wisconsin. His loves in life are the NBA, MLB, Stats, and his dog Parker.