Thursday, September 9, 2021

Game #139 Toronto Blue Jays (77-62) @ New York Yankees (78-62) - game recap

 Bo Bichette was 3-5 with a ru scored and 2 RBI in a 6-4 win over the Yankees

After grinding out a season-high 7th straight win, the Blue Jays were looking to sweep the Yankees and get within a half game of a wild card spot. Jose Berrios got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. The rest of the lineup was the same as yesterday. Could the Blue Jays make it 8 in a row? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 1st as Bo Bichette led off the game by hammering a solo bomb to left
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 5th as Randal Grichuk drilled s olo bomb to the second deck in left
  • The Yankees tied the game in the bottom of the 6th as Anthony Rizzo bashed a 2-run bomb to right-center; also scoring Aaron Judge 
  • Nestor Cortes Jr. pitching line: 6IP 6H 2R (both earned) 0BB 5K 103 pitches (74 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays retook the lead in the top of the 7th as Bichette singled scoring Danny Jansen
  • Jose Berrios pitching line: 6.2IP 5H 2R (both earned) 2BB 8K 109 pitches (71 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 8th on a bases loaded walk to Jansen that forced in Breyvic Valera
  • The Bue Jays added a run in the top of the 9th as Vlad bashed a solo blast to the opposite field in right
  • Three batters later, Valera doubled scoring Teoscar Hernandez
  • The Yankees got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Gary Sanchez drilled a solo bomb to left\
  • A batter later, Luke Volt bashed a solo blast to left-center 
  • Final score: Blue Jays 6 Yankees 4

My Take:

  • Jose Berrios threw 6.2 solid innings, allowing 2 run on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 8. Berrios really just made the one mistake pitch and he had 2 out streaks of 6 in a row. He has blossomed after an adjustment in his mechanics from Pete Walker.
  • The bullpen bent but didn't break. Tim Mayza had to deal with runners on the corners with 2 outs. Nate Pearson gave up back to back jacks before striking out Gio Urshela to end the game.
  • Bo Bichette had the hot bat, blasting a leadoff shot and driving in another run.
  • One key thing the Blue Jays have been doing well lately is etching late runs. They scored 4 combined runs in the final three innings
  • The Blue Jays were 3-10 with runners in scoring position
  • In terms of the wild card race, the Blue Jays are just a half game back of the Yankees for the 2nd WC spot and 1.5 games ahead of the A's and Mariners, who are both 2 games back of the Yankees for the 2nd WC spot,
  • Up next, the Blue Jays head to Baltimore for 4 games in 3 days, including a double-header Saturday. On Friday, Robbie Ray gets the start against Orioles righty Chris Ellis