New York Yankees (38-22) @ Toronto Blue Jays (23-38)
Vladito taketh, then Vladito giveth away! Just 24 hours after he sent the Yankees back to their hotels a loser, he gifted them four free runs in what ended up being a sweep-avoiding win for the Yankees.
In the top of the second inning, in a game-defining moment, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. made a horrible throw on a routine ground ball to third base. He threw the ball up the line, forcing Smoak off the bag, and actually hitting Thairo Estrada in the head as he ran up the line; actually hit him in the head with the ball. I mean, I know dodgeball was one of the best activities in gym class, but damn Vladito, that’s harsh!
This play occurred with two outs and extended the second inning. What followed virtually ended the game. Cameron Maybin singled. D.J. LeMahieu roped a double off the center field wall, scoring Estrada. Then, Aaron Hicks hit a frozen, 108.3 mph rope into the right field seats to clear the bases, giving the Yankees a 4-0 cushion they never relinquished.
Gio Urshela would hit a rocket shot of his own (107.0 mph exit velocity), extending the lead to 5-0 in the top of the fourth. This proved to be plenty for Yankees’ starter, J.A. Happ. The worst Yankee starter in their current rotation with a 4.83 ERA coming into the game, allowed just one run on four hits over seven innings of work.
The only real negative aspect of this game was the fact that the Yankees were forced to bring closer Aroldis Chapman into the game with a 6-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. Chad Green couldn’t record an out in the final inning, loading the bases and forcing Aaron Boone to call on the flamethrowing closer.
By the way, Yankees, thank you, thank you so much for coming through and providing a beatdown on a pitcher that came into the game with a 13.22 ERA. You’d already lost two games in a row to these fucking Blue Jays, so thank you again for not losing a third. We all would have been fucking livid with you if you had. But, you didn’t, so we’ll see you in Cleveland!