Starting the second half of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees carried their solid play from the first half. In taking two of three, the pinstripes are now 12-0-1 in their last 13 home series’.
The Yankees started the second half with a clean all-around 4-0 blanking of the Blue Jays.
DOM IS ON
Domingo German picked right up from his previous stellar outing in Queens with six strong frames in the Bronx. Six of his seven strikeouts came via the curveball, as German tossed six scoreless innings, scattering three hits.
Some bloops fall your way and some don’t and that was the difference as the Blue Jays edged the Yankees 2-1. In an odd twist, the Blue Jays seemed to benefit from starting pitcher Clayton Richard only lasting two frames before exiting with an injury.
NO BLOOP FOR YOU
Facing Joe Biagini with the bases packed in the fifth, Sanchez hit the ball too hard or not hard enough to center and was robbed by Randal Grichuk to end the inning.
New York would avoid the shoutout against Daniel Hudson in the ninth. Hicks coaxed a walk to start the frame. Gleyber Torres and Gardner probably swung at pitches during the count which would’ve resulted in walks but both flew out. LeMahieu singled to center to keep the inning alive. Judge ripped an RBI-single to left to get the Yankees on the board. Yet, Luke Voit would go down looking to end the game.
Facing Marcus Stroman in the second stanza, the pinstripes would jump on the board. Voit reached on a single to short and Torres doubled to right. With one down, Urshela roped a two-run single to left.
The Yankees get to Stroman early courtesy of Gio Urshela!
All-Star Masahiro Tanaka provided the Yankees with length and registered five strikeouts during his six frames of work. The blemishes on Tanaka’s afternoon came in the way of a pair of solo home runs by Grichuk and Eric Sogard in the fifth to square the contest at two apiece.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Yet, New York would bounce back in the home half.
Urshela started the rally with an infield single to short. Austin Romine followed with a walk. The inning almost went awry after Tauchman’s pop out bunt to third. After LeMahieu grounded into a force out, the Yankees would benefit from some good fortune.
Urshela scampered home on a Stroman wild pitch and after initially being called out, the replay showed his foot hit the plate under a high tag attempt by catcher Danny Jansen and the Yankees took a 3-2 lead.