Blue Jays 6 Yankees 2
I don’t know about you, but I really needed this victory.
Steven Matz was great. I can’t imagine a pitcher doing a better job than Matz today. First inning, 3 strikeouts. Second round, a single, 2 strikes and a soft lining. Third, 2 strikeouts, single, fly away. Fourth, no strikeouts, but 3 up, 3 down. Fifth, 2 strikeouts, a single and a rollover. Sixth, three ground outs around a single soft. Seventh jump, out, and what should have been an out, but for a bad home plate umpire, instead of a double, a single, and he’s out of play.
In all, Matz had 6.2, 6 soft hits, 1 won, no walk and 10 strikeouts. Just amazing. 112 shots would have been less if the plate umpire could have given him a three-call strike.
Tyler Chatwood arrives with a runner first. And the first batter walks, but he returns a ball to the ground to finish the inning. He gave up a march in the eighth, but came out of the set with an excellent 5-4-3 double play.
Jordan Romano started the ninth with a 5 point lead, but as it is, I’m okay with accompanying him there. There have been complaints, but it was heating up when it was a four-point lead, and I’m fine with the team not inviting any drama. With the help of the referee, who again missed a strike call three and an error in the outfield, he retired a run.
In attack? Well we should have scored more. We have marked:
- Two in the third: Bo made a single and Vlad hit his 16th league-leading home run.
- One in the third: Lourdes Gurriel hit a solo homerun. He hit one yesterday. Hope this is a trend.
- Two out of seven: Singles from Randal Grichuk, Rowdy Tellez and Gurriel loaded the bases. Pinch-hitting Santiago Espinal (Can’t we open up a spot on the list for someone who can actually swing a bat in a pinch role?). He failed short, but Gleyber Torrez threw wild at home (Rowdy was crossing past him as he tossed, maybe that caught his eye, or maybe he’s a shit shortstop. ). Two tries mark the error.
- One on the ninth: Randal goes deep.
We had 13 hits in all, with 3 home runs and 4 walks. So we should have done better than 6 races. With RISP we were 2 for 12. A few more hits in those spots, and it would have been a more comfortable win, but I’m not complaining about the success.
We had two successes each from Semien, Bichette, Guerrero (and a walk), Grichuk and Gurriel.
The only hitter in the starting lineup who didn’t touch was Joe Panik, and he walked and came out of the game for Espinal to hit by pinch.
Jays of the day: Matz (.305 WPA) and Vlad (.166).
No one had the Suckage number.
Tomorrow we have the second game against the bad guys. A minor league scrub begins for the Jays, Alek Manoah? Never heard of him.
We had 984 comments in the GameThread (and after this weekend’s games I thought I would be alone in there. DangYouToHeck got us to a much needed win. Great job, young man.