Things like Marcus Semien going several steps to his left and diving to trap a DJ LeMahieu one-hopper bound for right field, throwing his knees to save a race, finish fifth and prevent the round from unfolding. This set the stage for Teoscar Hernandez’s home draw in the start of the sixth.
Things like Tyler Chatwood succeeding Hyun-Jin Ryu at the bottom sixth from the right after Chad Green neutralized a rally in the top half against Gerrit Cole, and doing the same after the Blue Jays ace left with a and one in the Frame.
Things like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. not only commanded plate appearances against the crushing Cole, but also bullets on throws in the dirt around the diamond.
Things like David Phelps delivering a miracle lead down 2-1 in the scoring to Aaron Judge with goals loaded, producing a sharp ground ball just to third base Cavan Biggio for a late inning double play.
Things like Hernandez starting the line on a routine grounder in the ninth to capitalize on a Gleyber Torres ball for a field single to create an opportunity in an unrealized inning.
Things like Biggio lining up a LeMahieu helicopter in the ninth and giving Danny Jansen a perfect throw at home plate to cut Mike Tauchman with the winning run.
That’s what it will take for the Blue Jays to be a legitimate post-season contender in a world of five-team playoffs, and on Thursday it all added to a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees. decided by the double RBI of Randal Grichuk. in the 10th round.
Grichuk, back in the middle of the field with George Springer opening the season on the injured list, ripped a Nick Nelson lining over the head of the judge on the right to bring home Jonathan Davis, running in place of Rowdy Tellez at the second base to open an additional frame.
Julian Merryweather, the afternoon’s fifth reliever for the Blue Jays, got the ball in the lower half and caught looking Aaron Hicks, then swung Giancarlo Stanton and Torres.
The Blue Jays, on the second opening day since COVID-19 capsized daily life, clashed with the Yankees in front of a 20% capacity crowd, with division rivals offering three hours and 44 minutes of masterpiece theater.
Ryu, baffling the Yankees by splitting the plate with his fastball and change, delivered the same 5.1-innings, two-run pitch line as Cole, who struck out eight by pushing a seated fastball at 96, 8 mph and an array of sliders on the Les Gorges des Blue Jays.
Back-to-back singles from Hernandez, Guerrero and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. opened the scoring in the second and the Yankees responded in the lower half when Gary Sanchez hit a two-run homer.
Things stayed there until Hernandez crushed a Cole’s mid-mid slider deep to the left.
The Blue Jays then survived tightrope walks in the seventh and ninth innings.