Yankees 2 at Blue Jays 8
The Blue Sox were hit on Friday evening, but they maximized the impact of those they had comfortably broadcasting the Yankees on Friday evening. They had only six hits, but four of them landed over the fence to flatten eight of the 11 hitters to reach safely.
They got the fireworks early from an old friend J.A. Happiness, giving him another brief and miserable exit in the one that is already a big deal for him, because the Jekyll / Happ duality is alias. Bo Bichette walked ahead – his only time reaching, as the 11-game hitting streak to start his career joined his ninth double series in being re-married to the history books – followed by Randall Grichuk doing so with two outs:
That mocked the Jays to a 2-0 lead, which they never gave up. It didn't take them long to add either, as Teoscar Hernandez didn't seem to want to be occupied by the rookie and absolutely demolished a home run ahead of Bichette's second:
They turned a bit through the order, with only Cavan Biggio walking the next turn through the order for 2+ innings before returning at it with two missed meetings in the 4th. Brandon Drury doubled, Derek Fisher walked, leaving it to Danny Jansen to (just barely!) Squeeze the hit kick over the fence:
The bats were again fairly quiet again, with 13 of 14 going through the beginning of the 8th, with the exception of Teoscar's walk. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. walked leading that inning, wiped out a double play before Freddy Galvis doubled to set up Teoscar to give just a little more insurance:
Not quite as majestic as the first, but 420 ft is nothing to sneeze at.
It wasn't Sean Reid-Foley's sharpest exit ever, as he was a bit of a deal breaker with runners for most of the game, but it was more than utilitarian, which almost as much as Jays and fans can reasonably hope for or expect. now. His only perfect play was the second as he went 5 innings, allowing one run on five hits with two free passes against five strikes. The solo run was a home run of – of course – Mike Tauchmann as he worked around the rest.
Tim Mayza, Justin Shafer, Buddy Boshers and Derek Law took the game the rest of the way home, Mike Ford's only real shortage of a lonely home run were they otherwise faced the minimum during the last four innings (Boshers erased a lead single in the 9 on a double play). So that was unexpectedly positive.
The Yankees were not happy with the strike zone and under low strikes, the situation came to a head in the 4th as the exhausted rode home-plate army chief Chris Segal. Brett Gardner was thrown out, and set off, and had to be restrained by Aaron Boone. In fairness, he seemed to get a raw deal as he slammed a bat on the upstairs roof, it seemed to be Boone who said the words Segal attributed to Gardner in tapping him. There is a good though very NSFW breakdown of the dialogue here.
As mentioned, it was Bo Bichette's least productive day on the plate as a great read, but he lightly defended the leather at second base in dropping SRF from the 5th inning:
It's a whole other game if that ball goes through, the Yankees would be right in it.
Joys of the Day: Amazingly, Tesocar (+0.076 WPA) is missing the number, but he certainly gets one. Like Grichuk (+0.161), Jansen (+0.144) and Reid-Foley (+0.138). And Bo for the catch, why not?
Blue Jays: None, though the top of the order combined to go 0/9 though three walks.
Tomorrow, the Jazz and Yankees will return to it with Jacob Waguespack scheduled face-to-face TBD at the nearly normal Saturday start time of 15:00 PM Eastern. TBD guy certainly seems to be around.