In what felt like their first series of the year in Toronto, the New York Yankees dropped a somewhat frustrating and bizarre series to the Toronto Blue Jays. Manager Aaron Boone was understandably playing it safe with some guys on the turf and the Yankees did gain some reinforcements, but one hopes these losses aren’t costly when it comes to home-field advantage in the playoffs.
Blame it on the full moon or Friday the 13th, but some weird stuff happened in the Yankees 6-5 loss. DJ LeMahieu made an error. A butterfly landed on Zack Britton’s glove. Blue Jays pitcher Tim Mayza looked like he broke his arm. Adam Ottavino balked in a run. Let’s play oddball!
Masahiro Tanaka turned in another blah outing. Tanaka surrendered a homer to Randal Grichuk in the second, who always seems to homer against the Yankees this season. Toronto built up a 3-0 lead on a Reese McGuire RBI-double and an errant throw to first by Gleyber Torres on a single by Teoscar Hernandez. Tanaka would also give up an RBI-single to Cavan Biggio in the fifth to round out his five and fly evening.
Things got downright spooky for Ottavino in the seventh. Richard Urena set the table with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Following a walk to Bo Bichette, a Biggio ground out advanced Urena to third. With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at the plate, Ottavino balked in Urena to tie the game.
Bret “Hitman” Hart is from Canada but Brett Gardner put the sharpshooter on the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon and he even wore the shades. Gardner got the ball rolling against Jacob Waguespack in the second with an RBI-double to left.
After Luke Voit doubled the lead with a ground-rule double to right in the third, Gardner was back for more in the fourth.
Gardner cracked a solo shot to center to make it 3-0.
Facing Brock Stewart in the fifth, Gardner popped a three-run blast to center, increasing the advantage to 6-0.
Blame it on the baseball, but the bottom line is Gardner has 25 home runs, he’s durable, plays his heart out, his teammates love him and he deserves to be on this club in 2020.
James Paxton grinded out five frames and extended his scoreless innings streak to 19.1 until yielding a sac fly RBI to Bichette in the fifth.
If you can’t tell I’m a hockey fan by now, I don’t know what to tell you.
During the ninth, New York kept the offense flowing. Facing Justin Shafer, Thairo Estrada knocked an RBI-single. Tyler Wade plated a run on a ground out. Mike Ford, in for Voit, thumped a two-run tater to center to cap off the scoring.
During the fourth frame, Betances tossed eight pitches and struck out two. He was so excited that he forgot how many outs there were but that’s OK big guy, we’re all excited to see you back on the bump!