A struggling offence going up against Gerrit Cole went about how you’d expect it to go. The Blue Jays drop the first game of the series by a score of 3-1.
Things worth mentioning…
- Things were actually looking pretty good for the Blue Jays’ bats early on. The team scored a run in the first inning when Bo Bichette and Vlad Jr. hit back-to-back singles and then they threatened in the second inning when Lourdes Gurriel walked and Rowdy Tellez (FINALLY) picked up his first hit of the season. But after that? A whole lot of nothing. The Yanks went ahead and retired 20 Blue Jays in a row from the second inning until the eighth when Marcus Semien hit a loop single off of Darren O’Day. In the ninth, Randal Grichuk hit a double off of Aroldis Chapman, but Tellez got rung up on one of the worst strike three calls you’ll ever see…
This was strike 3 to end the Yankees Blue Jay game. A brutal week for MLB umpires. pic.twitter.com/ND0RSuBQ0D
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) April 13, 2021
- On the other side, the Blue Jays pitchers also did a very good job of shutting down New York’s bats. Well, all of them except for one. The Blue Jays held the Yanks to just four hits but two of them were dingers from backup catcher Kyle Higashioka, which accounted for all of New York’s three runs. Higashioka has a career OPS of .619 and he’s magically 12-for-43 against the Blue Jays with five homers off of them. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Higashioka vs Jays: 5 HR in 45 PA (9 PA/HR)
Higashioka vs rest: 7 HR in 167 PA (24 PA/HR)
— Joshua (@JoshuaHowsam) April 13, 2021
- Anyways, as I said, the pitching was quite good on Monday. Robbie Ray made his return from being injured due to falling down the stairs and pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two. He didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning.
- After that, Rafael Dolis had a good outing, picking up five outs, then Ryan Borucki came in and allowed a bomb, which resulted in one of the most hilarious pitcher reaction clips you’ll ever see (posted below). Trent Thornton came in and picked up four outs and then Tim Mayza got the final out of the ninth inning. All told, the Blue Jays allowed four hits, five walks, and picked up eight strikeouts.
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) April 13, 2021
- Next up, it’ll be Hyun Jin Ryu going against Jameson Taillon. You really want to win this one because Ross Stripling is starting the third game and you don’t know what you’re going to get there.