Yankees Overcome Early Pitching Struggles, Defeat Blue Jays 8-6

The New York Yankees would improve to 17-9 on the season after Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.  After CC Sabathia gave up 6 runs in the first 2 innings, the Yankees Bats came alive to bail him out and the bullpen held the Blue Jays scoreless late to salvage the game.

Sabathia did not look good from the very start.  After giving up 4 runs in the 1st inning, he gave up 2 more in the 2nd.  Luckily he was able to settle down over the next few innings, and the Yankees pitching staff didn’t look back.  He would finish the game with 4 innings pitched, 7 hits, and 6 earned runs.  The bullpen would only give up 1 hit over the last 5 innings.

After being down by 4 runs in the first, the Yankees bats kept up with the Blue Jays from the start. After a Gardner single and a Hicks walk, Holliday smashed a 3 run home run to center field, the 300th of his career.

In the 3rd inning with the score 6-3, Starlin Castro would hit a bloop single to center field.  Next up, none other than Aaron Judge would blast a 2 run home run to center shaving the Blue Jays lead to 1 run.  That home run would be his 13th on the season, which leads the Major Leagues.

One thing that persisted throughout the game was the home-plate umpire’s lack of consistency in the strike zone.  In the 6th inning, Brett Gardner would get struck out looking at a pitch outside of the zone and would take his frustrations out on the dugout recycling bin.  Matt Holliday would also later get caught looking at a bad strike call for the 3rd out of the inning.  During Starlin Castro’s at bat in the 7th, Yankees’ Manager, Joe Girardi had had enough and subsequently let the umpire know his feelings on the matter.  He was tossed from the game of course.

Sparked by Girardi’s ejection, the rest of the Yankees’ scoring would occur in the bottom of the 7th.  It all began with an Aaron Judge single to left followed by a Chase Headley double down the right field line.  With 2 men in scoring position, Chris Carter would hit an inside pitch, breaking his bat, over the short stop’s outstretched glove which would score Judge from 3rd, tying the game.  Didi Gregorius would then pinch hit for Ronald Torreyes hitting a ground ball to the pitcher who was unable to make a timely throw to 1st for the out.  Headley would score on the play giving the Yankees the lead 7-6.  Brett Gardner would later draw a walk, and an Aaron Hicks walk with the bases loaded would score Chris Carter from 3rd plating the 8th Yankees’ run.

The Yankees head to Chicago to take on the Cubs in what looks to be a fantastic series this weekend.  The first game will begin Friday at 2:20pm.  It’ll be interesting to see if Judge can continue his hot streak and hit a few tape measure shots out of Wrigley.

 

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