“A lot of that was because he had trouble seeing the signs,” said Higashioka, when asked about New York’s launch difficulties after the game, according to the Toronto Sun’s Rob Longley. “It’s pretty dark there. Once it really gets dark, yeah. I had the stickers on my fingers but it still seemed like it didn’t help much. ”
He added, “I guess I’ll have to take a look to see if they might have been rocking or something. We’ve been a bit erratic this round. ”
The lighting at Sahlen Field was a question mark before the Blue Jays decided to play their home games for the 2020 campaign in Buffalo, and improvements have been made to bring the baseball stadium up to MLB standards.
Blue Jays prospect Adam Kloffenstein took a friendly hit with the Yankees on Twitter for their lighting issues:
Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino, who was charged with six earned runs without registering a single out, admitted that the Toronto hitters might know what was going to happen.
“It’s just weird,” Ottavino said. “Myself and (our relief mate Chad Green) haven’t had a swing and missed this entire set and we’re both way above par and we missed pitchers.
“Not having swings and misfires is either an indication that my business wasn’t good, that my pitch wasn’t good, or that they had something on me. They had a good approach or they knew what was going to happen, all that. ”
New York have lost 14 of their last 19 games.