Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Game #137 Toronto Blue Jays (75-62) @ New York Yankees (78-60) - game recap


Alejandro Kirk swatted a pair of home runs and scored a 3rd run in a 5-1 win over the Yankees

After a dominant shutout win over the Yankees, the Blue Jays were looking to keep the momentum going with their 6th straight win. Steven Matz got the start with Reese McGuire behind the plate. George Springer sat out after taking a foul ball off his injured knee. Alenjandro Kirk served as DH. Corey Dickerson was in CF and Jake Lamb was at the hot corner. Could the Blue Jays make it 6 straight wins? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 2nd as Alejandro Kirk whacked an opposite-field shot to right
  • The Yankees tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd as Anthony Rizzo singled scoring Andrew Velazquez
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 3rd as Teoscar Hernandez scored on a sac fly by Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
  • Two batters later, Kirk scored on a sac fly by Reese McGuire 
  • Gerritt Cole pitchng line: 3.2IP 5H 3R (2 earned) 2BB 2K 70 pitches (46 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 5th as Marcus Semien hammered a solo bomb to left
  • Steven Matz putching line: 6IP 7H 1R 0BB 6K 93 pitches (65 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 8th as Kirk bashed a solo bomb to right-center 
  • Final score: Blue Jays 5 Yankees 1

My Take:

  • Steven Matz gave the Blue Jays what they needed tonight: 6 solid innings, giving up 1 run on 7 hits while walking none and striking out 6. Matz retired the final 4 batters he faced and made the pitches when he had to.
  • The bullpen was excellent tonight, allowing one hit while striking out 2 over the final 3 innings
  • Alejandro Kirk had the hot stick today, swatting 2 solo shots ad scoring a third time on a sac fly. Marcus Semien added a solo shot of his own (he's 2 back of Vlad in the 40 HR club)
  • The Blue Jays were 0-4 with runners in scoring position
  • In terms of the WC race, the Red Sox lost, the Mariners were up by 2 in the 9th and the A's and White Sox were tied at 1 in the 4th innning. The Blue Jays are now just 2 games back of the 2nd WC spot with no teams between them. The Mariners sit a hakf game back of the Blue Jays and 2.5 games back of the Red Sox.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to extend the winning streak to 7 games. Alek Manoah gets the Start against Yankees righhty Luis Gil