By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

July 25th, 2014

Toronto Blue Jays vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: Blue Jays 4 Yankees 6

The New York Yankees were able to get a big win to start the series against the division rival Blue Jays. The victory moves the Yankees to (54-48) on the season, and are now a game ahead of the Blue Jays, and 2.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles.

Hiroki Kuroda didn’t pitch that well on Friday evening, but with plenty of run support, he was able to earn his seventh win of the season. Kuroda would pitch 5.2 innings allowing four runs on eight hits and one walk, with Jose Bautista having a monster game. In the first in Bautista hit a three-run homerun, and then in the third inning, he would hit a solo-homerun, which was his 20th of the season. Kuroda when given the lead however did not give it up.

On offense the Yankees were able to get to starter Mark Buehrle after they were trailing early in the game. In the second inning, they would cut a 3-0 lead to 3-2 starting with an RBI infield single with the bases loaded by Brian Roberts, and then a sac-fly from Brett Gardner. In the third inning with the Yankees trailing 4-2, Buehrle would not be able to hold the lead, as Carlos Beltran hit a solo-homerun, which was his 11th homerun of the season. Ichiro would provide the big blow to Buehrle’s night with a three-run homerun, his first of the season.

After Buehrle left the Blue Jays bullpen did a great job keeping them in the game, as Todd Redmond went three scoreless inning, and Brett Cecil and Dustin McGowan each pitched a scoreless frame.

The formula for the Yankees worked yet again in the win, as Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth inning for his 15th hold of the season, and then David Robertson came on in the ninth to shut the door and earn his 26th save of the season.

Next up for the Yankees will be Game 2 of the series, as Drew Hutchinson (6-9, 4.54) will be facing off against Chris Capuano, who is making his debut with the Yankees.