Saturday, August 20, 2022

Game #119- Toronto Blue Jays (65-54) @ New York Yankees (73-48) - game recap


Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in a pair of runs and scored a run in a 5-2 come-from-behind win over the Yankees

After a strong win on the back of 7 strong innings from Kevin Gausman and a 2-run bomb from Teo, the Blue Jays were looking for their 4th straight win, 3rd straight over the Yankees and their 17th  series win of the season. Mitch White got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. George Springer missed his second straight game after fouling a ball off his kneecap Thursday. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. got the complete day off with Raimel Tapia in LF. Santiago Espinal was at 2B after yesterday off. Jackie Bradley Jr. got the start in CF. Could the Blue Jays make it four straight wins and 17th series win? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Yankees opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd as Estevan Florial singled scoring Jose Trevino
  • Mitch White pitching line: 4IP 7H 1R (earned) 0BB 5K 73 pitches (52 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 5th as Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled scoring Santiago Espinal and Danny Jansen
  • Three batters later, Alejandro Kirk doubled scoring Bradley Jr and Raimel Tapia
  • Gerritt Cole pitching line: 6IP 5H 4R (all earned) 2BB 5K 106 pitches (68 for strikes)
  • The Yankees got one back in the bottom of the 8th as Gleyber Torres bashed an opposite-field solo blast to right
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 9th as Matt Chapman belted as solo bomb to dead center 
  • Yimi Garcia pitched a perfect 9th for his 1st save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 5 Yankees 2

My Take:

  • Mitch White battled through 4 innings, giving up a run on seven hits while walking none and striking out five. White escaped the 1st inning after allowing back-to-back singles. He wasn't able to escape the 2nd inning unscathed after the Yankees had runners on the corners with one out after a double and yet another Bo Bichette error. The pesky New Yorkers knocked in a run with an RBI single. Is White a better option as a #5 starter than Yusei Kikuchi? Early results say definitely. Although White wasn't overly efficient today and the Yankees, at least he threw strikes and was able to make enough pitches to escape innings.
  • The bullpen did its job, holding the Yankees to a run on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 6 over the final 5 innings. Adam Cimber was credited with his 9th win of the season and still has a shot at the MLB record for wins by a reliever (18 by Roy Face of the Pirates in 1959). Yimi Garcia notched his first save of the season with a perfect 9th.
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. drove the offence with a 2-run double and scored three batters later on Alejandro Kirk's 2-run double. Matt Chapman added an insurance run in the 9th with a bomb to dead center 
  • Since having his 22 game hit streak snapped last Sunday, Vlad has hits in 5 of the last 6 games, including today. Neither of his two hits today left the infield.
  • Every Blue Jaysa starter except Bo Bichette reached base at least once and all but Bichette, Teo and Danny Jansen had at least one hit
  • It's disgusting the way the Yankees "fans" treated the team as they came off the field after giving up four runs in the 5th inning. Sure, boo the team, but don't hurl insults at the players.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to complete their 5th sweep of the season and also extend the win streak to 5 games. Alek Manoah starts against Yankees lefty Nestor Cortes