Thursday, May 18, 2023

Game #44 - New York Yankees (26-20) @ Toronto Blue Jays (25-19) - game recap


Jose Berrios threw 6.2 solid innings in a losing effort as the Yankees doubled ip on the Blue Jays 4-2

After a 3-0 shutout win over the Yankees on the strength of a 3-run 10th-inning walk-off HR by Danny Jansen, the Blue Jays were looking to extend the win streak to 2 games and split this 4-game series. Jose Berrios got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Vlad remained out of the lineup with a sore wrist.Alejandro Kirk served as DH. The rest of the lineup was the same as yesterday's win

Game Highlights:

  • The Yankees opened the scoring in the top of the 1st as Aaron Judge hammered a 2-run bomb to dead center; also scoring Gleyber Torres 
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Bo Bichette cranked a solo jack to left-center
  • The Yankees added a run in the top of the 7th as Aaron Hicks singled scoring Oswaldo Cabrera
  • Jose Berrios pitching line: 6.2IP 6H 3R (all earned) 1BB 8K 96 pitches (65 for strikes)
  • Nestor Cortes pitching line: 6IP 5H 2R (both earned) 1BB 6K 91 pitches (64 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the bottom half of the inning on a sac fly by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. that scored Whit Merrifield 
  • The Yankees added a run in the top of the 9th as Anthony Volpe whacked a solo blast to left
  • Ron Marinaccio pitched a perfect 9th for his 1st save of the season
  • Final score: Yankees 4 Blue Jays 2

My Take:

  • Jose Berrios threw 6.2 solid innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8. The ame didn't start out swell and he was down 2-0 after 2 batters off a single and a 2-run no-doubter off the bat of Aaron Judge. He settled down after that, retiring 15 of the next 16 batters. A decent effort from arguably the most inconsistent pitcher on the team
  • The bullpen gave up a run on 3 hits while walking none and striking out 2 over 2.1 innings. It's unfortunate Nate Pearson gave up a solo HR in the 9th to give the Yankees a 2-run cushion
  • I liked that the Blue Jays immeduately responded with runs in two of the innings the Yankees scored/ However, they could not score in the 9th 
  • Up next, the Blue Jays begin a weekend set against the Orioles. A sweep would put the Blue Jays a half game back of Baltimore and second place in the AL East standings. Last season, the Blue Jays edged the Orioles 10-9 in the season series, outscoring the Orioles 100-83.. Yusei Kikuchi starts against Orioles righty Kyle Gibson.