Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Game #61 New York Yankees (40-18) @ Toronto Blue Jays (26-35) - game recap

Aaron Judge hit the game-winning 2 run HR as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 3-0 in 13 innings to sweep the 2-game series.

After a rough game where the Yankees scored 7 runs off a grand slam and a three-run HR last night, the Blue Jays were looking for the series sweep. Here is today's game recap.

Game highlights

  • Sam Gaviglio pitching line: 7IP 3H 0R 3BB 4K 104 pitches (65 for strikes)
  • Sonny Gray pitching line: 8IP 2H 0R 2BB 8K 99 pitches (63 for strikes)
  • The Yankees took the lead in the top of the 13th as Aron Judge hit a 2-run HR that also scored Brett Gardner
  • Two batters later, Giancarlo Stanton hit one out to left
  • Final Score: Yankees 3 Blue Jays 0
My take

  • Sam Gaviglio had his third solid start this season. He pitched 7 innings of 3 hit ball and gave the Blue Jays a chance to win it. He has been one of the better producers on the Blue Jays overall this season in a year where positives have been few and far between.
  • Joe Biagini had a rough outing, giving up 3 runs on 2 no-doubters. I still think this is his ideal role (relieving as a multi-inning option) but he has to get back in the mindset of relieving. Relief pitchers need to come in throwing strikes. They don't have the luxury of easing into the game like a starter does.
  • The offence continues to struggle mightily. They left the bases loaded in the 5th inning and managed just three more base runners the rest of the game (a Devon Travis Single, a Curtis Granderson walk and a Kendrys Morales double). At this point, I don't think a fully healthy Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki and Steve Pearce would make any difference. Tulo might not even be effective given he hasn't played any baseball and probably won't until after the all-star break.
  • I don't know what to say... I've been a fan of the Blue Jays since the first World Series in 1992. I've seen some pretty bad teams. I think a lot had to go right for the Blue Jays to contend with the Yankees and Red Sox and unfortunately it hasn't come together. The first month of the season looked promising as the team was healthy and batting above what was sustainable. Now, the whole team is slumping at the plate, the starting pitchers still can't consistently go deep in games and our relievers are showing the effects of being overworked. John Gibbons probably won't last much longer as something needs to be done to shake things up in the clubhouse.
  • The Yankees became the second team to hit 40 wins, three back of the Red Sox, who also won tonight
  • Up next, the Blue Jays begin a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Believe it or not, the Blue Jays actually won the series in Baltimore back in April. Jays lefty Jaime Garcia will be looking to bounce back from a rough outing where he could not escape the second inning. The Orioles will counter with right-hander David Hess.