Saturday, August 10, 2019

Game #120 New York Yankees (76-41) @ Toronto Blue Jays (49-71) - game recap

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first career triple to lead the Blue Jays to a 5-4 victory over the Yankees

After laying a beat down on the Yankees thanks to the bats of Danny Jansen (3-run HR) and Teoscar Hernandez (2 HR; solo shot and 2-run dinger) the Blue Jays were trying to make it 2 in a row against one of the better teams in the league. It won't take much for catastrophe to strike. The Blue Jays are taking a huge risk with a 2-man bench with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on the 10 day IL. For today, Reese McGuire and Brandon Drury were the only ones on the bench in the event of injury. Bo Bichette got the half day off, serving as the DH. Could the Blue Jays make it two in a row vs. the Yankees? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:
  • Chad Green pitching line: 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K 24 pitches (12 for strikes)
  • Wilmer Font pitching line: 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K 37 pitches (26 for strikes)
  • The Yankees opened the scoring in the top of the 4th as Gary Sanchez lined a solo shot to left
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Teoscar Hernandez hammered a 3-run bomb to the second deck in left also scoring Justin Smoak and Derek Fisher
  • The Yankees got a pair back in the top of the 6th as Gio Urshela smashed a 2-run blast to dead center also scoring Aaron Judge
  • The Yankees took the lead in the top of the 6th as Mike Ford scored on a sac fly by DJ LeMahieu
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom half of the inning on Vladimir Guerrero Jr's first career triple scoring Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio
  • Derek Law got the final 4 outs for his 3rd save of the season.
  • Final score: Blue Jays 5 Yankees 4
My Take:
  • Both openers were perfect with Wilmer Font firing 2 innings and Chad Green throwing 1 inning. The next pitcher's up for both teams didn't fare as well. Jacob Waguespack gave up 3 runs on 3 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 2 over 3.2 innings. Yankees lefty Stephen Tarpley fired 2.1 innings, allowing a pair of runs on a hit while walking 4 and striking out 4. Using an opener is always a risky move because you risk running out of pitchers if the game goes past 9 innings. Also, if a pitcher gets hurt or is unavailable, as Ken Giles was today, it puts pressure on the rest of the bullpen. The next day, it also affects the bullpen if the starter has a ad game or gets hurt early in the game.
  • Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run HR to make it three HR in two days and 6 RBI.
  • Vlad had a big day at the plate with a 2-3 effort, including his first career triple that drove in the game-winning run
  • Up next, the Blue Jays go for the series win. Trent Thornton takes to the mound for the Blue Jays against Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka