BRONX, N.Y. – The New York Yankees completed a come from behind victory on Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, which marked their sixth series victory out of their last seven.
CC Sabathia had another pedestrian start for the Yankees as he was rocked early on by the Blue Jays. In the first inning alone, he allowed four earned runs – the big shot coming from Steve Pearce, who launched a three-run HR off of the big lefty. Sabathia’s struggles continued into the second inning, where he loaded the bases and ended up walking in a run. He ceded another run on a fielder’s choice.
Sabathia lasted only four innings and worked his pitch count up to 84 in his brief outing. The big man also walked four on the night while allowing eight hits and six earned runs. Sabathia has combined to allow 13 earned runs in his past two starts, but luckily his offense has bailed him out in both appearances.
Following the Blue Jays’ four spot in the first inning, Yankees’ designated hitter Matt Holliday hit a three-run HR, his 300th, to reduce the deficit to 4-3. Sabathia’s opposition, Marcus Stroman, didn’t have his best stuff on the night either, as he exited after only three innings of work with arm tightness.
After the Blue Jays added to their lead in the second inning, Yankee slugger Aaron Judge brought his team right back. The big man went deep for his 13th HR of the season and the Yankees trailed only 6-5 after three innings.
A lull in the scoring was followed by a huge seventh inning for the Yankees. They plated three runs to finally take the lead, 8-6, and would not relinquish it for the remainder of the game, but not before skipper Joe Girardi was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Home plate umpire Bill Welke’s strike zone was questioned by both managers a majority of the night.
Joe Girardi has just a few words to say about Bill Welke’s strike zone. He now gets to watch the rest of the game from his office.
Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman pitched a flawless 2.1 innings, combining for three strikeouts. With the win, the Yankees improved to 17-9 on the season and moved into sole possession of first place in the division. They will head to Wrigley Field to take on the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon.