Sunday, August 21, 2022

Game #120- Toronto Blue Jays (65-55) @ New York Yankees (74-48) - game recap


Alek Manoah threw 6 strong innings in a 4-2 loss to the Yankees. Manoah got a no-decision.

After winning off a strong effort from the bullpen and a 4 run 5th inning yesterday, the Blue Jays were going for their 5th straight win and 5th straight series sweep. Before the game, Paul O'Neill's #21 was retired by the Yankees. He became the 23rd Yankee to have their numbers retired. George Springer missed his third straight game with a sore knee and elbow. Alek Manoah got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Teo got the half day off as DH after fouling a ball off his foot yesterday. Whit Merrifield took his spot in RF. Jackie Bradley Jr. got the start in CF. Could the blue Jays win their 5th straight and complete the 5th sweep? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Yankees opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as DJ LeMahieu singled scoring Anthony Rizzo. The run was unearned because of a throwing error on the play by Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
  • The Blue Jays tied the game in the top of the 3rd as Whit Merrifield belted a solo jack to dead center 
  • The Yankees retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning as LeMahieu singled home Andrew Benintendi
  • Alek Manoah pitching line: 4H 2R (1 earned) 2BB 8K 104 pitches (61 for strikes)
  • Nestor Cortes pitching line: 6IP 3H 1R (earned) 1BB 5K 103 pitches (71 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays tied the game in the top of the 7th on a bases loaded walk to Jackie Bradley Jr. that forced in Matt Chapman
  • The Yankees retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Benintendi hammered a 2-run bomb to the second deck in right; also scoring Jose Trevino
  • Final score: Yankees 4 Blue Jays 2

My Take:

  • Alek Manoah battled through 6 innings, giving up a pair of runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 8. An ill-advised throw by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to try and nail Anthony Rizzo at 3rd went awry and allowed Rizzo to scamper home for the 1st run. The second run came after Manoah walked a pair and allowed DJ  LeMahieu to single home Andrew Benintendi. The Yankees certainly made Manoah work today by working the count.
  • The normally reliable Adam Cimber was tagged for the loss after giving up a 2-run blast in the 7th that proved to be the difference. Trevor Richards kept the score where it was at in the 8th with a perfect inning and 2 strikeouts 
  • Oh what could have been. Bases loaded with 1 out in the 7th. All the Blue Jays could muster was a bases loaded walk. After that, the Blue Jays had just one base runner, on a one out awlk in the 9th to Whit Merrifield.
  • George Springer got an AB, singling in the 7th to load the bases. He's missed the last 3 games after fouling a ball off his knee Thursday.
  • Up next, after an off-day tomorrow, the Blue Jays continue the road trip with 3 in Boston. The Blue Jays have won 10 of the 13 games in the season series so far and have outscored the Red Sox 82-42. Neither team has set their rotation for the series.