W: C. Green 2-0
L: N. Tepesch 0-2
L, 0-2 | 4.1 IP | 5 (5) | 8 H | 1 BB | 4 K |
81 PC, B: 27, S: 54 | 9.00 ERA
Brett Gardner led off the game with a double against newcomer Nick Tepesch. The starter was able to strand Gardner after retiring the rest of the Yankees side. Tepesch was acquired from the Twins for cash by Toronto on July 24. He had been playing for the Bisons and replaced Matt Dermody, who was optioned to the minors.
The 2nd inning started badly for Tepesch. Gary Sanchez hit a solo home run to centre field in the leadoff spot. Pillar came close to catching the ball when he climbed the fence, but missed it by inches. The next batter, Todd Frazier, also went deep against the starter. The Yankees went yard back-to-back, taking an early lead, 2-0.
The Yankees got another solo home run with two outs in the 3rd. Didi Gregorius hit a ball to centre field that left the park in a hurry. It looked like Tepesch was going to have a clean inning, but New York wasn’t going along with it. He was able to strike out Sanchez to end the inning, but the team was now trailing 3-1. Tepesch had thrown 56 pitches in 3.0 frames while striking out three batters.
Tepesch works very fast on the mound. He is often ready to pitch before the batter is in the box. Nick was still pitching into the 5th inning, but had himself in trouble again. He walked Aaron Judge and then allowed a double from Didi Gregorius. That would be it for him, as John Gibbons elected to go to the bullpen. Overall, not a terrible outing from Tepesch. He did an alright job as a fill-in starter but he wasn’t turning any heads.
In the 2nd inning, after Steve Pearce walked, Kevin Pillar hit a double down the left field line which put runners on second and third base. Newly acquired Blue Jay Norichika Aoki hit a chopper which scored Pearce. Toronto squandered the rest of the inning on a couple of ground balls. New York starter Tanaka ruined a promising inning for the Blue Jays hitters.
Toronto had the bases loaded in the 3rd after Lopez reached on catcher’s interference and Donaldson and Smoak both drew walks. A run was plated when Pearce hit a sacrifice fly ball to right field. That was all the Blue Jays would manage, but they had narrowed the Yankees lead to 3-2.
Jose Bautista led off the 5th inning with a laser home run to left field. It was the 18th of the season for Bautista who got a hold of an 85 mph splitter from Masahiro Tanaka. After a pitching change, Chad Green struck out three straight Blue Jays to end the inning.
Ryan Goins doubled with one out in the 6th inning. Luckily, Darwin Barney was on first base after reaching on a fielder’s choice. He came around to score on the Goins double as Toronto edged closer to New York and trailed by two runs. Still in the 6th, the Blue Jays had runners at the corners after a wild pitch and a Lopez walk. Donaldson hit an RBI single which made the game 6-5. The team would strand two runners when Justin Smoak struck out to end the inning.
The Jays couldn’t get anything going late in the game. They did well to get within striking distance, but had no answer when the Yankees kept scoring runs against the bullpen. This game had a bit of a ‘B’-team feel to it with many new faces and no explosiveness on the mound or in the batter’s box.
|L. Campos (0-0)||0.2||1||1||2||0||1||18 (5-13)||2.89|
|A. Loup (2-2)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||9 (2-7)||4.71|
|D. Leone (2-0)||1.0||1||1||1||0||0||14 (5-9)||2.63|
|J. Howell (1-1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||6 (3-3)||8.10|
|T. Cole (0-0)||1.0||4||4||6||1||1||41 (16-25)||36.00|
|D. Barnes (2-3)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||7 (3-4)||3.13|
With two on and one out in the 5th, Leonel Campos took the mound in relief of the starter. He struck out Sanchez with a well-placed slider. The next batter, Frazier, hit a double to the gap in right-centre field which emptied the bases. Ellsbury followed with a double of his own to score another run, putting New York ahead 6-2. The inning was ended on a ground ball, but the damage was done. The early move to the bullpen didn’t really work out for manager Gibbons.
Next up was Aaron Loup, who worked the 6th inning. He was effective during his frame, picking up three quick outs including a strikeout of Headley.
For the 7th, Dominic Leone took the mound. He was able to retire the side in order, after facing Judge, Gregorius and Sanchez. Leone gave up a single to Frazier to begin the 8th, which would signal a pitching change for the Blue Jays. John Gibbons tried to get an extended outing from Leone, but he was on a short leash.
J.P. Howell entered the game in the 8th inning with a runner on first base and no outs. He struck out Ellsbury and that would be the end of his outing. Mission accomplished as Howell recorded the out he needed. Taylor Cole took the reins after Howell with one out in the inning. Cole quickly gave up hits to Cooper and Torreyes, which resulted in two more runs for the Yankees. Aoki made a good play in the outfield on a Headley single, throwing out Torreyes at home plate. Cole was able to strike out Judge to end the frame. The Yankees extended their lead from one run to three runs in the inning, making the score 8-5.
Taylor Cole stayed in the game for the 9th inning. He gave up singles to Gregorius and Sanchez, who both had multiple hits in the game. Todd Frazier was hit by a pitch which loaded the bases with no outs. Cole would only record one out while allowing another three runs to score in the inning. It was a rough outing for Cole in his major league debut. Danny Barnes took over to record the final two outs of the inning.
It was a pretty disappointing game from the bullpen. Gibby’s pitching changes didn’t go well at all. He was quick on the draw for many decisions, but then left Taylor Cole on the mound for a painfully long time.
1-4 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .270, OBP: .319, Slug: .379
Picked up an outfield assist in the 8th inning. When Chase Headley hit a single, Aoki made an accurate throw to home plate to get the runner.
1-3 | 1 BB | 1 R | 1 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .221, OBP: .275, Slug: .342
He made an excellent play at shortstop in the 4th inning, robbing Ellsbury of a hit. Ryan picked the ball before it could reach the outfield and was able to make the throw to first base in time.