Now the teams are hot and there are times when they can seem unbeatable, but what the Yankees have done at plate over the past three days is beyond absurd. Consider Chase Anderson’s ambush in the fourth inning of Thursday’s 10-7 final – a result made closer than it was by a four-point rally in the ninth – when the Yankees passed Gary Sanchez RBI, Brett Gardner, homer, DJ LeMahieu homer and Luke Sees homer on consecutive throws off the right.
After a three-ball strikeout from Aaron Hicks – what was he doing? – Giancarlo Stanton went deep on the next pitch before Gleyber Torres needed to see six offers before sending a cutter over the wall. The five-home run tied a major league record, and New York’s 19 home runs in the series set a three-game record.
It was almost as if they knew what was coming.
“They took good swings on all of these terrains so I wondered if I was doing something,” Anderson said of the fateful fourth.
Considering everything we’ve learned about the Houston Astros in the past few months, nothing is out of the realm and it’s interesting that Danny Jansen was using multiple signs even with empty bases. “I’m just trying to change, to try to compete,” he explained.
Still, it all starts with a ghastly execution first and foremost, then continues with a look at the planning of the game and, finally, a search for tipping.
“It’s something that we always do, check everything, what’s going on, just in case,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “We will do all of this for sure.”
Anderson followed up with lead Julian Merryweather, who allowed two runs in the first after charging in goals with one out, and kept the Yankees in check during the second and third innings before lightning continued to hit the mound in the fourth. .
The problem started with an out, when Clint Frazier walked 10 lengths. After falling behind Sanchez 1-0, he threw a quadruple at Sanchez in the happy zone which became an RBI double. LeMahieu hammered a lead up and in the opposite field, Voit hit a knife to the knees, Stanton scored a four tailors in the middle while Torres lit an intermediate knife.
“I think after the third maybe we should have tried to throw a ball and see if they swing,” Jansen said of the shoot-off. “Obviously it was a tough game and the whole game was about this round. Try to mix things up, try to keep them out of the way, not really cheating on them, but it’s a round that got a little out of hand, and maybe I should have paid a visit to a mound earlier just to relax, get on board and try to pitch more competitive. ”
Sanchez went further into the seventh, this time off TJ Zeuch, the first round of 2016 recalled from the Rochester alternate training site to become the final cleanup arm added to churn. The Blue Jays added Jacob Waguespack and Hector Perez ahead of Wednesday’s 13-2 stroke, and the two were knocked out Thursday afternoon with Waguespack on the injured list with a left back strain, to make room for Zeuch and Wilmer Font, who graduated from IL.
Font, with 1.1 scoreless innings, and Anthony Bass, who posted an outing Wednesday, were the only 14 Blue Jays pitchers to take the mound of the series so as not to give up points.
“That’s a good question,” Anderson replied when asked what the Blue Jays should consider before the teams re-engage. “I think about a lot of things. Thrown at Yankee Stadium, the ball goes into right field quite easily. With the balls now I feel like they fly more than they ever have, home runs have been on the rise in the league for the past couple of years. I have to make better locations, better sequence. It’s cumulative, (there are) a lot of things we need to do better, not just one thing. Definitely go back and look at a few things. “
There may be even more churn ahead of Friday’s double-game against the Philadelphia Phillies, when Robbie Ray starts Game 1 and Ross Stripling starts Game 2. While the Blue Jays (26-23) are now 2.5 games behind the Yankees (29-21) for second place in the AL East, they are still comfortably in possession of a playoff berth, 4 1/2 games over the Seattle Mariners and five over the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers.
Either way, they don’t want to give real hope to others, which means they have to take matters into their own hands quickly.
“At the end of the day I have to be better, we have to be better to just get ahead and avoid those 2-0 counts, these hitter-friendly counts,” Jansen said. “I have to do a better job keeping my guys on the plate earlier and developing later. Obviously difficult series, but we look to the next one, we have important games ahead of us. We’re going to empty it, move on, and we’ll play them back in four days. I’m looking forward to it. ”
Their pitching problems in the Bronx overshadowed their lack of significant attacking, though they wiped out an early 2-0 deficit in Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s first of two home runs and Bo Bichette’s RBI single in the third. round against Masahiro Tanaka.
Gurriel went further in the fifth, but by then it was too little, too late, although they loaded up the bases in the ninth and scored four on Jansen’s single from the field, the not loaded with bases from Cavan Biggio and the two point single from Bichette closer to Aroldis Chapman. , offering a little lift before the bus trip to Philadelphia.
“Honestly, it really feels like (offering a lift), because after you got hit like that and they fought again, it shows you what kind of a team we have in there,” Montoyo said. “They are hungry and they want to win. Its good. Tribute to the other team who did a good swing of the bats, and credit to my team who came back and had them use their closer today.
The Phillies won’t throw anything as intimidating as Tanaka, Gerrit Cole and Deivi Garcia at the Philadelphia Blue Jays, so there will be a chance to make hay, but four more dates with the Yankees are looming after, a streak still set to be be a litmus test, but one that might carry a little more weight now too.