Thursday, June 27, 2024

Game #80 - New York Yankees (52-31) @ Toronto Blue Jays (37-43) - game recap


George Springer hit a pair of 3-run HR in a 9-2 rout over the Yankees

After an unexpected (mostly) day off due to yesterday's rubber match being suspended in the 2nd inning due to inclement weather, the Blue Jays began an 8-game home stand starting with tonight's game against the Yankees. The two teams split the first 6 games of the season series with the Yankees outscoring the Blue Jays 28-26. Ace Jose Berrios got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Daulton Varsho was back in the lineup and in CF after missing a few days with a back injury. Davis Schneider was in LF and Ernie Clement was at the hot corner. IKF got the start at 2nd base. Could the Blue Jays make it 2 straight wins? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled scoring Bo Bichette
  • A batter later, Justin Turner singled scoring Isiah Kiner-Falefa
  • A batter after that, George Springer hammered a 3-run bomb to the second deck in left; also scoring Guerrero Jr. and Turner
  • The Blue Jays added a trio of runs in the bottom of the 2nd as Springer annihilated a 3-run bomb to left-center; also scoring Kiner-Falefa and Turner
  • The Yankees got a pair back in the top of the 5th as Trent Grisham whacked a 2-run blast to the oppoite field in left and into the Blue Jays bullpen; also scoring Oswaldo Cabrera
  • Carlos Rodon pitching line: 5IP 10H 8R (all earned) 1BB 8K 107 pitches (69 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 6th as Guerrero Jr belted a solo jack to left-center
  • Jose Berrios pitching line: 7IP 2H 2R (both earned) 3BB 8K 93 pitches (60 for strikes)
  • Final score: Blue Jays 9 Yankees 2
My Take

  • Jose Berrios fired 7 strong innings, giving up a pair of runs on 2 hits while walking 3 and striking out 8. It must have felt great for him to pitch with a 5-run cushion before he ever through a pitch and an 8-run cushion after 2 innings. He retired 9 in a row at one point. 
  • The bullpen gave up a walk and a hit while striking out 3 over the last 2 innings
  • The offense has really come alive the last few games. Tonight, they jumped all over Yankees lefty and ace Carlos Rondo, scoring five runs before even recording an out. The veterans, George Springer (two 3-run HR), Vlad (2 runs score, 2RBI, including a solo HR to cap the scoring) led the charge. Springer hit a milestone with his 250th career HR. Maybe a trip to Fenway park is what the Blue Jays needed to cure their hitting woes
  • The Blue Jays were 5-9 with runners in scoring position 
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to make it 3 straight wins. Yusei Kikuchi starts against Yankees righty Marcus Stroman