Sunday, June 4, 2017

New York Yankees ride the long ball and strong pitching to a victory in Toronto

The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.  The game took place at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada and the final score was 7-0.  Jordan Montgomery made the start for the Yankees and he was very good.  The Yankees offense had four homeruns which were all hit in the eighth inning. 

Montgomery pitched six shutout innings giving up three hits.  He walked three and struck out five and won his third game of the season.  Adam Warren pitched an inning with a walk and he struck out two, Tyler Clippard pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Dellin Betances pitched an inning with a walk and a strikeout. 

Joe Biagini pitched seven innings giving up four hits and three runs with one of them being earned.  He walked one and struck out six and lost his fourth game of the season.  Jason Grilli pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up four hits and four runs with a strikeout, J.P. Howell pitched to one batter retiring him and Danny Barnes pitched an inning with a strikeout. 

Brett Gardner had a hit and an RBI, Aaron Hicks had a hit and an RBI and Aaron Judge had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk.  Matt Holliday had a hit and an RBI, Starlin Castro had two hits and an RBI and Didi Gregorius had two hits and two RBI.  Hicks, Judge, Castro and Gregorius each hit a double and Gardner, Holliday, Castro and Gregorius each hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 3-7 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base.  Refsnyder had a stolen base. 

Kevin Pillar had a hit, Josh Donaldson drew a walk and Justin Smoak drew a walk.  Troy Tulowitzki drew two walks, Ezequiel Carrera drew a walk and Luke Maile had two hits.  The Blue Jays were 0-7 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.  Carrera had a stolen base and Tulowitzki committed an error. 

In the third Hicks hit an RBI double and Judge hit an RBI double to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.  In the seventh Gregorius hit an RBI double to extend the lead to 3-0.  In the eighth Gardner hit a solo homerun to push the lead to 4-0 and then Holliday, Castro and Gregorius went back-to-back-to-back to make it a 7-0 game and that would be the final score. 

The two teams will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday afternoon.  The Yankees have won two of the first three but have a final game in Toronto and then a day off Monday before returning home on Tuesday to face the Boston Red Sox. 

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