W: J. Happ 3-5
L: C. Sabathia 7-3
S: R. Osuna 2-0
W, 3-5 | 6.0 IP | 1 (1) | 4 H | 2 BB | 6 K |
115 PC, B: 41, S: 74 | 3.47 ERA
In the 1st inning, Happ was making good pitches and had managed to strike out two batters. The Yankees were staying in the count and hitting many foul balls. It took Happ 21 pitches to get through the first frame. After that, he really got into a groove on the mound. He was having no problem putting the ball where he wanted.
It really doesn’t matter where you put the ball against Aaron Judge. He got a hold of one from Happ and took it deep to centre field. It was a solo shot to lead off the 4th inning, but the Blue Jays were still in front 4-1. The next time Judge was at the plate was in the 5th with two outs and two runners on. Happ struck him out to end the inning. He had to be feeling pretty good after that.
To lead off the 6th, Happ walked Gary Sanchez. At that point, he had thrown 100 pitches. Long at-bats by the Yankee hitters had driven up his count. With his bullpen a bit worn out, John Gibbons was giving Happ a long leash on the mound. There was still some gas left in the tank for J.A., which he demonstrated by striking out the side to end the 6th. He threw a great game today, keeping the dangerous Yankees at bay with his excellent control.
Early on, the Blue Jays hitters were having some trouble with C.C. Sabathia. The first base runner for the team was Darwin Barney, who walked with two outs in the 3rd inning. Barney advanced on a wild pitch, then was driven in on a Bautista single to right field. Still in the 3rd, Toronto had the bases loaded after Martin hit a single and Donaldson walked. The team picked up a few runs when Smoak walked and Morales hit a two-run single. That would be the day for Sabathia and the Jays would be facing the bullpen for the rest of the afternoon.
After the 3rd, Toronto had managed a few singles here and there, but were not able to drive anyone in. Highlighted by three singles by Bautista, and two each for Martin and Tulowitzki. Fortunately, their rally in the 3rd inning held up thanks to excellent pitching.
|D. Leone (1-0)||0.2||0||0||0||1||0||14 (8-6)||2.97|
|J. Beliveau (1-0)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||8 (3-5)||4.09|
|R. Tepera (4-1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||14 (5-9)||3.35|
|R. Osuna (S, 2-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||12 (3-9)||2.18|
Looking to preserve the lead, Dominic Leone took the mound in the 7th inning for the Blue Jays. He walked the leadoff batter, Chris Carter. Leone then retired the next two with two fly balls. Gibbons was going to play match-up, so that was it for Leone.
Lefty Jeff Beliveau came into the game to face left-hitting Gardner. He battled and got the strikeout to end the inning. That worked out very well for Gibby, indeed.
Ryan Tepera was the next pitcher out of the bullpen. He was looking to recover from his last rough outing. He had a great inning, including strikeouts against Judge and Gregorius. Tepera appears to have 8th inning duties locked while Joe Smith is injured.
Looking near unhittable for the month of June, Roberto Osuna came into the 9th in a save situation. He is an absolute strike machine. He struck out the first two, and then got a ground out to end the game. He threw 12 pitches, 9 of them were strikes. Osuna picked up his 19th straight save on the season.