Friday, July 12, 2019

Game #92 Toronto Blue Jays (34-58) @ New York Yankees (58-31) - game recap

Domingo German threw 6 shutout innings as the Yankees shutout the Blue Jays 4-0

After four days off for the all-star break, the Blue Jays resumed play in Yankee stadium, facing a Yankees team that swept them in Toronto just over ten days ago. Aaron Sanchez got the ball first to start the unofficial second half. He was looking to snap an ugly personal 8-game losing streak. Sanchez is in the midst of the worst season of his career. As many as three players (Eric Sogard, Freddy Galvis and Justin Smoak) may not be Blue Jays in a couple of weeks with the trade deadline fast approaching. Could the Blue Jays start the unofficial 2nd half on the right foot? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:
  • The Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the 5th as Brett Gardner scored on a groundout by DJ LeMahieu
  • Four batters later, Edwin Encarnacion doubled home Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks
  • Aaron Sanchez pitching line: 5IP 7H 4R 2BB 2K 95 pitches (54 for strikes)
  • Domingo German pitching line: 6IP 3H 0R 0BB 7K 78 pitches (54 for strikes)
  • Final; score: Yankees 4 Blue Jays 0 
My Take:
  • Both Domingo German and Aaron Sanchez threw 54 strikes. The difference is it took Sanchez 95 pitches and he coughed up 4 runs on 7 hits and a pair of walks over 5 innings. German was much more efficient, scattering 3 hits over 6 innings while striking out 7 and not walking a batter. Sanchez essentially had one lousy inning where he allowed four runs on four hits and a hit batter. He got the first four batters he faced, until Edwin Encarnacion singled off him. To me, this was one of Sanchez's better starts. It didn't help the lack of run support he received (0 runs)
  • After Eric Sogard led off the game with a single, 15 straight Blue Jays were outs. Sogard certainly helped his trade value with 2 hits.
  • Fresh off his mammoth performance in the HR derby, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 1-4 with a single (he was thrown out at 2nd trying to stretch it into a double) and a strikeout. Guerrero Jr. made the final out of the game
  • The all-star break did not cool off the bat of Danny Jansen, who was 1-3, but struck out twice. He also threw the ball away trying to pick off Brett Gardener at 2nd base.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to tie the series in a battle of the southpaws as JA Happ faces his former teammates for the first time this season. Clayton Richard gets the ball for the Blue Jays