Saturday, June 29, 2024

Game #81 - New York Yankees (53-31) @ Toronto Blue Jays (37-44) - game recap


Bo Bichette scored twice in a losing effort as the Yankees came from behind to rout the Blue Jays 16-5

After a huge win over the Yankes thanks to a pair of 3-run HR off the bat of George Springer, the Blue Jays were looking to extend the win streak to 3 games. Yusei Kikuchi got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. IKF was at the hot corner and Spencer Horwirz got the start at 2B. Addison Barger was in LF. Could the Blue Jays extend the win streak to 3 games? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as George Springer singled scoring Bo Bichette
  • The Yankees tied it in the top of the 4th on a ground out hit by JD Davis that scored Juan Soto
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 5th on a fielder's choice hit by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. that scored Isiah Kiner-Falefa
  • Two batters later, Bichette was forced in after Springer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Springer was removed from the game prior to the top of the 8th as a precautionary measure. Xrays on his hand were negative
  • Marcus Stroman pitching line: 4.1IP 5H 3R (all earned) 3BB 3K 88 pitches (52 for strikes)
  • The Yankees took the lead in the top of the 6th as Soto hammered a 3-run bomb off the basing of the 3rd deck in right; also scoring Jahmai Jones and Anthony Volpe
  • Two batters later, Davis doubled scoring Aaron Judge
  • A batter later, Gleyber Torres belted a 2-run jack to left-center; also scoring Davis
  • Yusei Kikuchi piching line: 5IP 4H 4R (all earned) 1BB 7K 84 pitches (51 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Kiner-Falefa whacked a solo blast to left-center
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Guerrero Jr. smashed a so0lo blast to the opposite field in right-center
  • The Yankees added a run in the top of the 8th as Alex Verdugo doubled scoring Judge. Torres was thrown out at home on the play
  • A batter later, DJ LeMahieu doubled home Verdugo
  • The Yankees added a pair of runs in the top of the 9th as Judge singled scoring Jones and Volpe
  • A batter later, Oswaldo Cabrera singled scoring Soto
  • A batter after that, Judge scored on a sac fly by Torres
  • A batter later, Verdugo singled scoring Cabrera
  • Two batters later, Jose Trevino doubled scoring Verdugo
  • A batter later, Jones singled home Trevino
  • Final score: Yankees 16 Blue Jays 5

My Take:

  • Yusei Kikuchi battled through 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits while walking 1 and striking 7. Kikuchi retired the first 10 batters he faced and had perfect innings in 4 of the 6 innings he pitched in. Even though he was tagged with the loss, he was far from the worst pitcher tonight.
  • That honor could be worn by every reliever but Genesis Cabrera, who retired every batter he faced. Tim Mayza faced five batters and could not retire a single one and gave up a 3-run bomb. The bullpen gave up 12 runs on 11 hits and a walk over 4 innings. Mayza could well see his time in a Blue Jays uniform coming to an end.
  • Offensively, the veterans, Vlad (solo HR and 2 RBI), Bo Bichette (2 runs scored), George Springer (2 RBI) and IKF (solo HR and 2RBI) did the damage tonight
  • To me, this homestand is make it or break it on the decision to buy or sell at the deadline. The Blue Jays pretty much need to sweep the next 6 games and the upcoming west coast swing that will take them to the all-star break. There has been a lot of calls to fire Ross Atkins, but that move is likely coming at the end of the season. Hitting and pitching have been the two biggest issues this season and it's likely you'll see a coach fired since the whole team can't be fired
  • The Blue Jays were 1-7 with runners in scoring position
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to retake the series lead. Chris Bassitt starts against Yankees lefty Nestor Cortes