Blue Jays Take Series 2-1 Over Yankees

By Matt Harrison@MattHurrison

When I tuned in to the second game between Toronto and New York, Blue Jays pitcher Tim Mayza had just inherited a two-out situation with bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth. The score was 3-2 and Jay Bruce was up to bat for the Yankess with a career average of .280 and 9 grand slams with bases loaded.

With a 2-2 count Bruce hit a ball that dropped between three Blue Jays, bringing LeMahieu and Aaron Judge home to score. The inning ended with a 5-2 Yankee lead.

The Jay’s were only able to score one more in the 7th, losing 5-3. The third and final game of the series would be in New York the next day.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. came into game 3 with a .400 batting average and started the day with a homerun in the top 2nd, his first of the season. In the same inning Lourdes Gurriel Jr. got himself on base before Randal Grichuk hit a two run homerun to put the Jays up 3-0.

Domingo German had a rough start for the Yankees, throwing 68 pitches in 3 innings, giving up both homers in the process.

In the bottom half of the third Aaron Judge stepped aboard with two on and one out. He hit a fast grounder to Marcus Semien who played the ball to Bo Bichette at second. In one fluid motion Bichette spun off the base and fired to first to make the double play and end the inning with the finest defensive play of the game

In the top of the fourth, with two on for the Blue Jays, Yankee catcher Gary Sanchez reached too far for an 0-2 pitch and interfered with the swing of Cavan Biggio. Biggio was awarded first, loading the bases for Bo Bichette. A career .273 hitter with bases loaded, Bichette was thrown out after hitting a bouncing grounder to the second baseman.

Bichette recorded his 100th career hit with a double in the top of the first. Playing his 78th career game, Bichette became the fastest player in Blue Jays history to record their 100th hit. Finishing the day just 1 for 4 Bichette showed what else he’s capable of with several significant defensive plays across the game.

Pitcher T.J. Zeuch started the day pitching for the Blue Jays. Zuech isn’t known for strikeouts but with a good defense behind him he was able to get the job done for Toronto. He pitched a shutout through 4 innings before being pulled for middle reliever Trent Thornton. In 4 innings Zeuch averaged 16 pitches per inning with only 3 hits allowed.

The only Blue Jay pitcher to struggle today was Thornton who, at one point, threw seven straight pitches called ball and allowed the only Yankee run of the afternoon. Thornton allowed two doubles in 1.1 innings pitched and was failed once by his fielders who again allowed a ball to land between three of them.

Blue Jay hitters didn’t have much success against Yankees reliever Michael King who entered the game after 4 rough innings from German. King allowed just one hit in the last 6 innings while striking out 3.

For Toronto, David Phelps started the 7th and struck out 2 while Jordan Romano made short work of the top of the Yankee lineup in the 8th.

Julian Merrywhether came out to close out after a strong 10th inning in game one. Merrywhether struckout two of the three batters he saw, recording the second save of his career and the second Blue Jay win of the season.

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