The Yankees won their second of as many games of the 2018 season by a score of 4-2 over the Blue Jays on Friday night. Masahiro Tanaka picked up his first win of the campaign, going six innings while allowing only three hits and one run and striking out eight without walking a batter. Billy McKinney made his Major League debut for the Yankees in left field after being called up due to the injury of Aaron Hicks, and he went 1-4 on the night with a single in his very first at bat. The Yankees got on the board first in the second inning on an RBI double by third baseman Brandon Drury off of Blue Jays’ starter Aaron Sanchez that scored Gary Sanchez. Toronto would answer back in a hurry with a solo home run by Randal Grichuk, his first with his new team, in the next half inning. After a scoreless third, Drury struck again with an RBI single to score Didi Gregorius in the fourth, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
With Sanchez still pitching for Toronto, Tyler Wade came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, and delivered a two-run double, scoring Didi and Neil Walker, to put the Yankees up 4-1. Toronto manager John Gibbons proceeded to remove Sanchez from the game, and brought in Danny Barnes to get the final out of the inning. Tanaka set down the top of the Jays’ order in his final inning of work in the sixth, and Tommy Kahnle pitched a 1-2-3 inning of his own in the seventh. Tyler Clippard set down Sanchez, Walker, and McKinney in order in the eighth, and after Kahnle recorded the first out of the inning, David Robertson came on to finish the inning and move the game into the ninth.
After Roberto Osuna set Drury, Wade, and Gardner down in the top of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman came on for his second appearance and first save situation of the season. Chapman struck out the first two batters he faced in Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak, but ran into a little trouble with two outs, giving up back-to-back doubles to Steve Pearce and former Yankee Yangervis Solarte to make the score 4-2 Yankees. He still managed to nail down the save, striking out Grichuk to end the game. The Yankees move to 2-0 on the young season, and are right back at it again tomorrow with CC Sabathia set to make his season debut opposite Blue Jays’ veteran Marco Estrada. First pitch is at 4:07 PM ET at Rogers Centre.