Friday, April 15, 2022

Game #7 - Toronto Blue Jays (4-3) @ New York Yankees (4-3) - game recap

 Alejandro Kirk had a pair of hits in a 3-0 shutout loss to the Yankees. It was the second shutout loss in three days. The Blue Jays were shut out 3 times all last season

After a solid win on the back of a three-homer night from Vlad and a strong effort from the bullpen, the Blue Jays were looking to with the first road series of the year. Kevin Gausman got the start and was looking for his first win in a Blue Jays uniform. Teoscar Hernandez was placed on the 10-day IL  with an oblique strain and Gasuke Katoh was recalled. Alejandro Kirk was behind the plate. Cavan Biggio got the start at 2B and Santiago Espinal was at the hot corner (Matt Chapman had the complete day off). Bradley Zimmer was in CF with George Springer getting the half day off as DH. Could the Blue Jays win the first road series of the season? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Yankees opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Jose Trevino singled scoring Isiah Kiner-Falefa
  • The Yankees added a run in the bottom of the 5th as Trevino singled scoring Kiner-Falefa
  • Luis Severino pitching line: 5IP 3H 0R 2BB 6K 83 pitches (56 for strikes)
  • Kevin Gausman pitching line: 5.2IP 6H 3R (both earned) 0BB 9K 83 pitches (67 for strikes)
  • The Yankees added a run in the bottom of the 8th on a groundout by Giancarlo Stanton that scored Aaron Judge
  • Michael King got the final 2 outs for his 1st save of the season
  • Final score: Yankees 3 Blue Jays 0

My Take:

  • Kevin Gausman threw 5.2 solid innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits while walking 0 and striking out 9. Gausman showed why the Blue Jays signed him, keeping the Yabkees hitters off balance all night. He retired the first seven batters he faced. Unfortunately he got no run support.
  • The bullpen held the Yankees to a run on 2 hits while walking one and striking out one, Tim Mayza came into a tough situation with 2 runners on with two outs and struck out Joey Gallo on three pitches
  • Once again the offence was feast/famine, all/nothing. They couldn't do anything with the bases loaded and one out in the 2nd inning. In the 9th inning, Aroldis Chapman walked the bases loaded and George Springer struck out swinging followed by Bo Bichette grounding into a DP to end the game
  • The Blue Jays were a brutal 0-9 with runners in scoring position.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays head home for a weekend series against the A's. Ross Stripling starts against A's righty Daulton Jeffries