Tuesday, the New York Yankees stumbled into Buffalo to play three games against the Toronto Blue Jays, playing just over .500 baseball. They were swept by the Red Sox, failed a sweep of the Minnesota Twins, and swept by Joe Girardi’s Philadelphia Phillies. Concern was mounting that the Yankees couldn’t get out of their own way. Meanwhile, manager Aaron Boone and General Manager Brian Cashman said this is not the team we are. We are better than this. The Yankees seemed to come alive in this series, with the Blue Jays, with the hitting and the bullpen leading the way as they swept the rival Blue Jays in three games. The score yesterday was 8-4.
Michael King was adequate
You can’t say that Michael King was stellar in last night’s game, but he was adequate in keeping the Yankees in the game. He went into the fifth inning, giving up three earned runs. In the game, King got his sinker working and was saved by inducing ground-outs. Upon King’s exit, the bullpen did their work allowing only one run in 4 2/3 innings.
Yankees made great plays
The New York Yankees got a little help in the game last night as the Blue Jays played some pretty sloppy baseball. Not so with the Yankees. The Yankees have been criticized for poor baserunning, and rightly so, but the Jays hit into a triple play that was highland by some pretty bad moves on the base paths. Guerrero’s grounder to King turned into a triple play.
Toronto runners Bo Bichette and teammate Marcus Semien were caught close together at third base. LeMahieu acted quickly. he fired to shortstop Gleyber Torres. Torres saw Semien take off for home; he threw the ball to Sanchez, who fired to Urshela, who tagged out Semien. Urshela instantly threw to Torres, who tagged out Bichette to complete the triple play. It is seldom that you see a 1-3-2-6-5-6 triple play. Other than the unconventional play, the Yankee’s second triple play this season was the first time the Yankees have had two in the same season.
In another great play, right fielder Aaron Judge climbed the right-field wall to rob the Blue Jays of a home run. Judge is always an excellent defender, but in the sixth inning, Judge made that known when he reached over the wall in right stole a two-run homer away from Cavan Biggio. If Judge hadn’t made the play, the Jays would have gone three ahead; instead, it remained a one-run game. However, Giancarlo Stanton erased that in the next inning with his own two-run homer. Gio Urshela also homered in the game.
Gleyber Torres exits with back stiffness
Torres left last night’s game slightly limping and did not come out to play in the next inning; instead, Rougned Odor took over at second base, and Tyler Wade took Torre’s place at shortstop. It’s unclear how the injury occurred; it may have been a bad slide. Later Meredith Marakovits stated that Torres left the game with back stiffness. Manager Boone feels it is nothing too serious but will be further evaluated back in New York today.