Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The New York Yankees squeeze past the Toronto Blue Jays

The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.  The game took place at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada and the final score was 3-2.  Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees and pitched well but didn't go deep into the game due to a high pitch count.  Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Chase Headley each had two hits to lead the offense. 

Tanaka pitched five innings giving up three hits and two runs.  He walked four and struck out six.  Johnny Barbato picked up his first win pitching an inning and walking a batter, Chase Shreve pitched 2/3 of an inning walking one and Dellin Betances pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings with three strikeouts.  Andrew Miller picked up his second save of the season pitching a perfect inning and striking out two batters. 

Aaron Sanchez started for the Blue Jays and pitched six innings giving up three hits and two runs with one of them being earned.  He walked three and struck out five.  Brett Cecil pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits and a run with a walk and a strikeout, Jesse Chavez pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up two hits and he struck out two and Gavin Floyd pitched an inning striking out one. 

Ellsbury had two hits and an RBI, McCann had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk and Carlos Beltran drew a walk.  Headley had two hits and drew a walk, Starlin Castro had an RBI and drew a walk and Didi Gregorius had a hit.  Gregorius hit a double and McCann hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 1-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.  Ellsbury had a stolen base and Castro committed an error. 

Kevin Pillar had a hit, Josh Donaldson had a hit and drew a walk and Jose Bautista had a hit, two RBI and drew a walk.  Edwin Encarnacion drew a walk, Troy Tulowitzki drew a walk and Chris Colabello drew a walk.  Michael Saunders drew a walk, Bautista hit a double and the Blue Jays were 1-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.  Donaldson had a stolen base and Sanchez committed an error. 

In the second Castro hit an RBI groundout to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  In the third Bautista hit a two run double to give the Jays a 2-1 lead.  In the sixth the Yankees tied the game on a McCann solo homerun.  In the seventh Ellsbury hit an RBI single giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead and that would be the final score.  The Yankees have won two in a row and are 4-2 on the young season. 

The two teams will play game two of three on Wednesday night.  Michael Pineda will look to rebound from a tough first start. 

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