Monday, September 26, 2022

Game #154- New York Yankees (94-59) @ Toronto Blue Jays (87-67) - game recap


Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drove in the winning run in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Yankees in 10 innings

After a convincing win over the Rays yesterday, The Blue Jays opened the final homestand of the regular season, starting with a three-game set against the Yankees, who have won 9 of the 16 meetings in the season series thus far, and have outscored the Blue Jays 68-55. History could be made as Aaron Judge attempts to set the single season Yankees record for HR. He did not homer yesterday in Boston, so he'll be looking to tie and/or set the Yankees single season record for HR (currently Roger Maris, who hit 61HR in 1961). Kevin Gausman got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. The rest of the lineup was same as yesterday. Could the Blue Jays extend the win streak to 3 games? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highklights:

  • The Yankees opened the scoring in the top of the 1st on a sac fly by Gleyber Torres that scored Aaron Judge
  • The Yankees added a run in the top of the 2nd as Isiah Kiner-Falefa bashed a solo blast to left-center 
  • The Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom of the 4th as Teoscar Hernandez doubled scoring Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerero Jr.
  • Luis Severino pitching line: 4IP 3H 2R (both earned) 3BB 4K 76 pitches (49 for strikes)
  • Kevin Gausman pitching line: 6.1IP 6H 2R (both earned) 1BB 7K 94 pitches (68 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays walked it off in the bottom of the 10th as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled scoring Cavan Biggio 
  • Final score: Blue Jays 3 Yankees 2 (10 innings)

My Take:

  • Kevin Gausman battled through 6.1 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 7. The Yankees got to him early, scoring a run in each of the 1st two innings to build a 2-0 lead. He retired 10 in a row at one point. He should start either the 1st or 2nd game of the WC series, depending if the Blue Jays are forced into a game 163 or not. 
  • The bullpen did its job tonight, holding the Yankees to a pair of walks while striking out 7 over the final 3.2 innings. Tim Mayza was credited with his 8th win of the season. Mayza is now 8-0 on the season with a 2.91ERA. He will most definitely be on the playoff roster 
  • Aaron Judge will have to wait another day to tie Roger Maris for the Yankees franchise record for most HR in a single season. Blue Jays pitchers kept him in the ballpark, walking him twice and giving up single.
  • The offense did enough to win this game. Teo tied the game in the 4th with a clutch RBI double with the bases jammed. Cavan Biggio nearly cost the Blue Jays the winning run when he failed to advance to 3rd base on a deep fly to right that had Judge's momentum going deeper in the outfield/ Luckily he hustled on the next play and cashed in on Vlad's single.
  • The Blue Jays were 2-9 with runners in scoring position
  • In terms of the WC race, both the Mariners and Rays were idle so the Blue Jays gained a half game on both. The Orioles were well on their way to a win in Boston. If the score held, the Orioles would  be 3.5 games back of the Mariners.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to extend the win streak to 4 games and notch their 25th series win of the season. Jose Berrios starts against Yankees righty Jameson Taillon