Blue Jays shut down in series opener with Yankees, Jordan Romano takes another loss
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By Cam Lewis2 months ago
Wasn’t this week supposed to be relaxing?
The Blue Jays returned home from a successful road trip through New York and Tampa Bay and got shut down by the Yankees in a 2-0 loss. The bats didn’t arrive with the team in Toronto but the anxiety surrounding their closer did.
Things worth mentioning…
- Kevin Gausman looked a little shaky to start things off as he walked two batters in the first inning but he settled in and cruised after that. Gausman went seven shutout innings, scattered three hits and the two aforementioned walks, and struck out five batters. If the Blue Jays have clinched a playoff spot by Sunday, Gausman will end his season with a 3.16 ERA over 185 innings with 237 strikeouts.
- The defence was also rock-solid behind Gausman. In the seventh inning, the Yankees had runners on second and third with one out and Bo Bichette gunned down Giancarlo “The Glacier” Stanton at home.
- While the defence came through for Gausman, the bats certainly didn’t. Michael King mowed through the Blue Jays just like he did last week, ultimately tossing six scoreless frames. King wasn’t as dominant this time around, though, the Blue Jays just couldn’t solve him. King walked five batters over his six innings but managed to escape trouble each time.
- Toronto’s best chance to score came in the third inning when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. came up with the bases loaded. Vladdy got ahead in the count 3-0, took a couple of strikes, and was then punched out on a pitch that appeared to be off the plate low and away.
- The Yankees were shut down until the ninth inning when Jordan Romano came out for his first appearance since blowing a save against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. Things didn’t go any better for Romano this time around as he allowed Gleyber Torres to reach with a leadoff single before rookie catcher Austin Wells smacked a ball to left field that scraped over the wall.
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