The Blue Jays Bats finally get Goins, in a win over Yankees

The Toronto Blue Jays played host to the New York Yankees for the second of a three game set.

 

Veteran lefty, J.A. Happ, made his second start of the season, his first at Rogers Centre, tonight against the New York Yankees. The Yanks countered with Michael Pineda who was looking to bounce back after a bad start in his initial start against the Houston Astros, but has been notoriously tough on the Jays lineup over the past few seasons.

Happ battled his way through his start. Despite allowing seven hits, and three walks through six innings (101 pitches/63 strikes) he made big pitches when needed. Inducing two double plays, getting weak contact for outs, and key strikeouts in high leverage situations. It wasn’t pretty by any means, but it was a much-needed gritty performance that the team needed from the lefty.

Pineda was equally tough through his six innings of work. Allowing five hits, three walks (105 pitches/66 Strikes) and striking out six. He was leaning on his slider early and often, and it was extremely effective. His undoing was being unable to keep Ryan Goins off the basepaths, who touched him up for two key doubles.

The Blue Jays bats came alive in this one, notching double digits hits (10) for the first time in the 2016 season. They also were able to get the ‘scoring late in games” monkey off their back by scoring four runs in the eighth inning off Yankee reliever, Ivan Nova.

 

Play of the Game:

The big first baseman, Justin Smoak, turned an unassisted double play in the third inning. After a leadoff single by Torreyes, Austin Romine smashed a hard line drive just inside of the bag. Smoak picked it off the dirt cleanly and touched first to end the play. After the Blue Jays just scored in the bottom of the second, it snuffed out any chance of the Yankees of grabbing that run back.

Game Ball:

Tonight’s game ball goes to the man, John Gibbons, affectionately calls GoGo. Goins had himself a great night at the plate collecting three hits (two doubles), two runs batted in, and one run scored.

Turning Point:

The game was a tight affair until the Blue Jays busted it open with four big runs in the eighth inning. The big bats of Josh Donaldson (double), Jose Bautista (RBI double), Troy Tulowitzki (RBI single), Michael Saunders (double) followed by a Russell Martin (Sac-Fly RBI) and Goins’ third hit (RBI single) put the game out of reach, and took some pressure off the lineup.

 

News & Notes:

John Gibbons went back to struggling reliever Brett Cecil tonight in the seventh inning. It seemed surprising he would be brought in during a close game, but Gibby’s hunch was correct and Cecil rewarded him with a clean inning.

Newly called up switch-pitcher Pat Venditte got into the game, and worked a clean inning to close it out. Should he stick with the team, it should be a treat for everyone, fans and teammates alike, to watch him perform his magic act on the mound.

 

 

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W Black

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.