By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 17, 2014
Toronto Blue Jays vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Blue Jays 1 Yankees 3
The New York Yankees after a lengthy road-trip to the Mid-West and the West Coast were able to return home on Tuesday and defeat the Toronto Blue Jays behind once again a great start from Masahiro Tanaka. The victory moves the Yankees to (36-33) on the season, which puts them in second place in the AL East, 3.5 games behind the Blue Jays.
Tanaka was once again magnificent for the Yankees on Tuesday afternoon, as he was able to notch his MLB-best 11th win of the season, and his ERA moved to under a two. There was only one mistake made by Tanaka, and that was on the first pitch of the game to Jose Reyes, who hit over the wall in Right Field. After Reyes, Tanaka would retire 18 of the next 24 batters, and is the only Pitcher in baseball to pitch at least six innings in his first 14 starts of the season.
Once again the Yankees offense was lacking, but they were able to score enough with Tanaka on the mound to get the win, and hand Marcus Stroman his second loss of the season. Stroman went just 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks, but saw his pitch count almost reach 100 in the fourth inning. Brett Gardner provided the power for the Yankees, who are lacking that at home with a two-run homerun in the third inning that scored Kelly Johnson, and was his sixth homerun of the year.
In the fifth inning the Yankees would score one more run off of Aaron Loup, as Mark Teixeira was able to single home Derek Jeter, who had a nice two for four day at the plate.
The bullpen did a very good job after Tanaka, as Dellin Betances came in to pitch two scoreless innings, earning his 10th hold of the season, while striking out three batters. David Robertson came in for the ninth inning, and struck-out two more Blue Jays to earn his 17th save of the season, as the three Yankee Pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts, with Brett Lawrie Being the only Blue Jay to not strikeout at least one in the game.
The victory for the Yankees meant that it was the 600th time the Joe Girardi won as the manager of the Yankees, becoming just the sixth Yankees manager to reach the 600-win mark.
Next up for the Yankees will be game two of the series with the Blue Jays, as Chase Whitley (2-0, 2.41) will be facing off against Mark Buehrle (10-3, 2.28).