Sunday, July 8, 2018

Game #89 New York Yankees (58-29) @ Toronto Blue Jays (41-48) - game recap

Blue Jays rookie Ryan Borucki threw seven strong innings in a losing effort as the Yankees edged the Blue Jays 2-1

Here we are the rubber match of this series. The Blue Jays were looking to win their first series vs. the Yankees this season. In the three previous series, the teams split the first four games to open the regular season, The Yankees won 3 of 4 in New York in Mid-April, and the Yankees swept the 2 game series here in Toronto almost two months later. It has been clear that talent wise, the juggernaut Yankees are far superior to the sub-par Blue Jays team. Could the Blue Jays prevail today? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights

  • The Yankees took the lead in the top of the 1st as Aaron Judge scored on a Miguel Andujar ground out
  • The Blue Jays tied it in the bottom of the 6th as Kendrys Morales homered to right. He became the 5th Cuban-born player to hit 200 career HR.
  • Domingo German pitching line: 6IP 4H 1R (earned) 2BB 5K 100 pitches (64 for strikes)
  • Ryan Borucki pitching line: 7IP 7H 1R (earned) 2BB 5K 107 pitches (71 for strikes)
  • The Yankees took the lead in the top of the 10th as Brett Gardner singled home Tyler Wade
  • Final score: Yankees 2 Blue Jays 1
My Take

  • Ryan Borucki pitched excellent today against a potent Yankees lineup. He held the Bronx Bombers to one run and seven hits and a pair of walks over seven strong innings. Borucki became the second Blue Jays pitcher to throw 6 or more innings and allow 2ER  or less in his first three MLB starts. Ricky Romero was the other Blue Jays rookie to accomplish the feat. There is no question that Borucki will be a part of the future Blue Jays rotation.
  • Tim Lieper was tossed from the game prior to the top of the 8th for arguing with the umpires who were not allowing Seunghwan Oh's interpreter to join Russell Martin on the mound to help relay instructions to Oh. Personally, I'm with Lieper and agree that Oh's interpreter should have been allowed on the field.
  • Once again the offence was pretty quiet. The Blue Jays were 0-4 with runners in scoring position and left the bases loaded in the 4th. 
  • Congrats to Kendrys Morales for hitting the 200 HR plateau, becoming just the 5th Cuban-born player to do so.
  • Up next, after an off-day tomorrow, the Blue Jays hit the road for the final week before the all-star break. They begin in Atlanta on Tuesday, were they will be facing a young, upstart Braves team that is in a tight battle for the NL East title. Marcus Stroman gets the start against Julio Tehran on Tuesday.