Thursday, September 17, 2020

Game #49 Toronto Blue Jays (26-23) @ New York Yankees (29-21) - game recap


Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was 4-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI in a losing effort as the Blue Jays fell to the Yankees 10-7

Afer two blowout losses to the Yankees, the Blue Jays were looking to salvage a game of this series. It was a bullpen day for the Blue Jays who sent righty Julian Merryweather out first. Jacob Waguespack was placed on the 10-day IL with a left back sprain and Hector Perez was optioned back to the taxi squad. Wilmer Font was activated from the IL and TJ Zeuch was recalled from the taxi squad. Teoscar Hernandez made his return to the lineup and was in RF. Vlad got the half day off, serving as the DH with Travis Shaw at 1B. The rest of the lineup was the same as yesterday. Could the Blue Jays salvage a game? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Yankees opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Giancarlo Stanton singled home DJ LeMahieu
  • A batter later, Luke Volt scored on a fielder's choice hit by Gleyber Torres 
  • Julian Merryweather pitching line: 1IP 2H 2R (both earned) 2BB 0K 21 pitches (10 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top pf the 3rd as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. cracked a solo blast to dead center 
  • Four batters later, Bo Bichette singled home Danny Jansen
  • The Yankees added a run in the bottom of the 4th as Gary Sanchez doubled scoring Clint Frazier
  • A batter later, Brett Gardner smashed a 2-run bomb to dead center; also scoring Sanchez
  • A batter later, LeMahieu cranked a solo drive to right
  • A batter later, Volt lined a screamer to right-center 
  • Two batters later, Stanton cracked a solo blast to right-center 
  • A batter later, Torres cracked a solo blast to left-center
  • Both the Yankees and Blue Jays set franchise records for the most home runs hit/most home runs given up in a single inning
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 5th as Gurriel Jr. lined a solo blast to right-center
  • The Yankees added a run in the bottom of the 7th as Sanchez smacked a solo shot to left
  • Masahiro Tanaka pitching line: 7IP 7H 3R (all earned) 0BB 5K 91 pitches (62 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the  9th as Jansen singled scoring Travis Shaw
  • A batter later, Gurriel Jr. scored on a bases loaded walk by Cavan Biggio
  • A batter later, Bo Bichette singled home Joe Panik and Jansen
  • Aroldis Chapman got the final 2 outs for his 3rd save of the season
  • Final score: Yankees 10 Blue Jays 7
\My Take:

  • Today, it was two ugly innings for the Blue Jays pitchers. Julian Merryweather started off the game giving up a pair of runs on 2 hits while walking 2. Chase Anderson had a real ugly inning in the 4th, giving up 7 runs on 7 hits (including 5HR and a walk). That was pretty much the difference in this one. The Blue Jays made a valiant effort with a 9th inning rally, but it was too little too late
  • Ten days ago, the Blue Jays scored 10 runs off Chad Green and Adam Ottavino. Tonight, Ottavino held the Blue Jays to a single, that took an overturned challenge. The Blue Jays did get to Josh Holder in the 9th with 4 runs on 3 hits and a pair of walks before Aroldis Chapman came in an literally blew the door shut with 2 swinging strikeouts on returning player Teoscar Hernandez and Randal Grichuk.
  • Hernandez was 0-5 with 4 strikeouts
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was absolutely on fire, going 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI
  • Up next, the Blue Jays head to Philadelphia, where they will begin the weekend series with a double header. Game 1 will see Robbie Ray starting and in game 2, Ross Stripling will get the ball to start. The Phillies have yet to name their starters for the double header tomorrow.