The ‘Alek Manoah Is The Blue Jays’ Ace’ campaign is off to a great start
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By Cam Lewis9 months ago
After a weekend full of ugly starting pitching, Alek Manoah came through and tossed a gem.
The Blue Jays beat the Yankees by a score of 3-0 to kick off their four-game series in The Bronx.
Things worth mentioning…
- The Yankees simply weren’t able to handle Manoah’s pitches on Monday night. He went six innings and allowed just one hit while striking out seven, as a harder fastball than usual and a change-up with a bit better command had the Yankees looking confused. The only time Manoah got himself into trouble at all was when he lost the zone, as he walked four batters all told. The Yankees walked three times in the third inning and loaded the bases for Giancarlo Stanton, but Bo Bichette made a great play to keep them off the board.
- One thing that was very noticeable in this game was how much better the left side of Toronto’s infield looks. There’s obviously that Bo play above, but Matt Chapman just makes everything look easy out there, which is a game-changer when you have Manoah on the mound, who induces contact to the left side. He’s one of the pitchers who really should benefit a lot from having Champan behind him.
- Pretty much the entire offence came from George Springer. He smashed a two-run bomb early in the game to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead and then gave them some insurance later on with a double that cashed in Santiago Espinal. Springer was hearing Cheater chants from the Yankee fans in the outfield but that really didn’t seem to have the effect they were intending.
- Jordan Romano came into the game in the ninth inning and worked around a pair of hits to record his 26th consecutive save, which sets a Blue Jays franchise record. His slider was looking ridiculous, so that’s a great sign.
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