The Yankees take their first loss of the 2018 campaign as they fall to the Blue Jays by a score of 5-3. Strap in because this one was a doozy. Oh, and your starting center fielder? Aaron Judge...
CC Sabathia started for the Yankees for the first time this year and he did pretty well despite not having his best stuff. He went 5 innings giving up 2 runs, only 1 earned.
The offensive action started in the bottom of the first. Josh Donaldson at the dish for the Jays ripped one off the left center field wall out of the reach of a leaping Billy McKinney who crashed into the wall and was removed from the game. X-Rays came back negative but he was placed on the 10-day DL. He joins Frazier, Hicks and Ellsbury on the DL. The plethora of outfielders the Yankees have is starting to thin out. To add insult to injury, Justin Small singled in Donaldson to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
No more action until the bottom of the 3rd, with Steve Pearce on 1st it was Justin Smoak again with an RBI knock, now 2-0 blue jays.
Tyler Austin at the dish in the top of the 5th, with a man on 1st he launched one to left for his first dinger of the 2018 campaign to tie the game at 2.
Sadly, more injuries. In the bottom of the 6th Adam Warren replaced CC Sabathia. Aledmys Diaz came to the plate and scorched one off the leg of Warren and he would leave the game. Warren shouldn’t see any DL time, but it’s definitely not fun seeing guys exiting the game so frequently. Jonathan Holder came in, but wasn’t able to keep it at 2-2, as Luke Maile lined an RBI single to left to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead.
Top 7 now and Tyler Austin AGAIN with a home run to tie the game! 3-3 now as Tyler Austin, so far, has proved he isn’t just any backup first baseman.
Bottom 7 now with Dellin Betances on the mound former Yankee Curtis Granderson singled to left. It’s no secret Dellin has had trouble holding guys on base, so Granderson took off for 2nd but Gary Sanchez unleashed one of the best throws you’re going to see by a catcher to nail Granderson trying to steal. That really helped get Betances through the inning unharmed.
Sadly the bomber bats would stay quiet and with the Jays back at the plate former Yankee Yangervis Solarte would crush a home run to dead central to give the Blue Jays the lead once again. With Kevin Pillar on 1st the stolen base barrage would commence. Kevin pillar stole second, Gift Ngoepe reached base and stole 2nd as Kevin Pillar stole 3rd and just when you thought this game couldn’t get wild enough... Kevin Pillar stole home. Yep, you read that correctly, Kevin Pillar stole all 3 bases in the same inning.
Obviously, it’s entirely to early to judge Boone’s managerial performance, but leaving Betances in for over 40 pitches, while he clearly was a mess on the mound, is a real head scratcher to say the least.
Top of the 9th, last chance for the Yanks and they would go down 1-2-3 and suffer their first loss of the year.
Other than Tyler Austin belting two homers, there weren’t many positives that came out of this game. However, it’s only game 3 of 162. Plenty more heartbreakers to come and plenty more thrilling victories as well.
The will Yanks finish up the opening series in Toronto tomorrow and look pick up their first series win of the year. Sonny Gray gets the ball for the Yankees at 1:05 PM.