W: J. Happ 5-8
L: C. Sabathia 9-5
S: R. Osuna 3-3
W, 5-8 | 5.2 IP | 1 (1) | 4 H | 4 BB | 5 K |
97 PC, B: 40, S: 57 | 3.77 ERA
J.A. Happ left the game to a standing ovation after a solid 5.2 inning outing. Happ’s performance was far from perfect as the lanky lefty conceded four hits and four walks along the way, but he managed to come up clutch in almost every high-leverage situation he faced. His high-rotation fastball proved to give some of the younger Yankees’ bats, Frazier and Judge specifically, some trouble.
Toronto’s first game of three against the contending New York Yankees saw the offense come to life early on. Josh Donaldson’s broad shoulders carried the Jays through the early innings of tonight’s game as his first two at-bats resulted in two home runs and four RBI. Other notable offensive contributors include Steve Pearce who finished 2-3 with a walk, and Justin Smoak who had a double and a walk of his own.
|D. Leone (2-0)||0.1||0||0||1||0||0||8 (3-5)||2.50|
|D. Barnes (2-3)||0.2||0||0||2||0||0||8 (1-7)||3.18|
|R. Tepera (6-1)||1.1||1||1||0||1||1||29 (13-16)||3.45|
|R. Osuna (S, 3-3)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||9 (3-6)||3.40|
Dominic Leone recorded a single out and allowed a single hit in his brief outing before being replaced by Danny Barnes between innings.
Much like Leone, Barnes didn’t have his lights-out stuff tonight, but he didn’t need it as he was able to grind his way through the majority of the 7th inning.
Ryan Tepara hit two batters to start the 8th inning and was fortunate to be able to hold the Yankees to just a single run. Though it was far from his prettiest outing, Tepara was able to hand the ball off to Roberto Osuna with the lead intact.
Osuna’s clean 9th inning should help him regain some of the confidence and swagger that Toronto fans are accustomed to seeing from the young Mexican. When Roberto’s in command of his fastball, he seems virtually unhittable.
1-4 | 0 BB | 1 R | 1 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .216, OBP: .321, Slug: .384
Jose Bautista’s leadoff double helped set the tone for what would be a very productive first inning. Jose is not the home run threat he once was, or the magician at finding himself on base that he was even a year ago, but he still brings a veteran mentality to the diamond night in and night out. Bautista has a history of success against C.C. Sabathia which he was able to take advantage of. Unfortunately Bautista was unable to add to his double following Sabathia’s premature departure from the game.
2-4 | 0 BB | 2 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 2 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .247, OBP: .370, Slug: .486
Josh Donaldson is an elite baseball player, and it was evident for all in attendance on Tuesday night against the New York Yankees. Not only did JD catapult his Blue Jays into an early first inning lead with a two-run homer, he helped add to the lead with a second two-run homer, then held down the fort at the hot corner to preserve the lead. It was the kind of performance that acted as a time machine of sorts for Jays fans, back approximately two years to when the best player in the American League was sporting blue and white. The reality is, when Donaldson is playing anywhere near his potential, he is likely the best player on the diamond on any given night. Unfortunately, this year has been a disappointment by Donaldson’s lofty standards ever since sustaining an early-season injury.
1-4 | 0 BB | 0 R | 1 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .251, OBP: .314, Slug: .455
Kendrys Morales has become the posterboy for mediocrity this season. Morales’ 1-4 tonight matches his .250 average coming into tonight’s clash. Although Kendrys has the type of effortless power that hitting coaches fantasize about, he has been far too inconsistent with runners in scoring position this season. This trend has plagued the majority of Blue Jays this season, but it hurts more when the struggles to drive runs in are coming from your cleanup hitter.
2-3 | 1 BB | 0 R | 1 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .266, OBP: .338, Slug: .467
Steve Pearce reached base safely three times in four at-bats, recording a single, a double, and a walk. Pearce seems to be playing with boatloads of confidence ever since his historic two grand-slam week.
0-4 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .245, OBP: .296, Slug: .395
Remember when Kevin Pillar looked likely to be Toronto’s representation at this year’s all star game in Miami? It’s difficult to even comprehend that the Kevin Pillar of late is the same Kevin Pillar of a few months ago. KP is now a sub .250 hitter who is basically as close to a sure-fire out as there comes with runners on base. Three of Pillar’s four outs came with at least one teammate in scoring position. Thankfully, Superman hasn’t experienced the same deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball as he has with the bat in his hands.