Well, that was less than a great way to start the new week, the new month, and the new series. Maybe the Yankees had to be generous to the last place (in the AL East, 2nd to last in the AL and MLB) to boost their morale or something. And that is my so-called positive spin on the game. To use Girardi’s own press conference cliche: “It’s not what you want.”
Luis Severino certainly had a rough time tonight in the opening game of this series against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. Severino threw 105 pitches into the 6th inning, giving up 8 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs, striking out just 3 batters. So, we’ll call it an off-day for Severino.
In the 2nd, the lead-off batter singled and then scored as part of a 2-run home run to get the Blue Jays on the board and in the lead early. Severino kept them to that score for most of his outing until the 6th inning. A lead-off single moved to 3rd on a ground-rule double, and then both scored on a sacrifice fly in which Ellsbury hit the back wall far too hard. Then a 2-out solo home run added more to the increasing lead of the Blue Jays and called an end to Severino’s night.
Severino turned things over to recent call-up Luis Cessa (more later), but Cessa had his own struggles in the 7th inning. As if repeating the pattern, a lead-off single scored as part of a 2-run home run to finalize the Blue Jays’ score tonight. Cessa was able to keep the Blue Jays from adding anything else through the 8th and 9th innings.
The Yankees were able to tally up 7 hits off the Blue Jays great starter (who often gives them trouble), but they weren’t able to do much except for in a single inning, the 4th. With 1 out, Castro singled, moved to 2nd on Ellsbury’s single, and then scored on Aaron Judge’s single to finally get the Yankees on the board when the game was much closer. The Yankees just didn’t capitalize on any more opportunities in the game.
Oh, and Jacoby Ellsbury also got his first catcher’s interference of the year on his at-bat in the 6th inning. He had 12 last year alone, bringing his career total now to 27. This stat almost became something of a joke last season because how often do you have this call. It’s like an infield fly or a balk. It’s just not something you see every day, unless it’s 2016 and you’re Jacoby Ellsbury.
Final score: 7-1 Blue Jays
Before the game, the Yankees, in need of a fresh arm in the bullpen, moved some players around. They sent Bryan Mitchell to AAA Scranton in exchange for Luis Cessa, who made his 2017 debut in tonight’s game. Cessa’s outing tonight allows for the exhausted bullpen an extra day of rest.
Okay, everyone. It’s that time of year. It’s time to vote for the All-Star Game ballot. In July, your favorite players have a chance to be standing in Marlins Park in Miami for the 88th annual All-Star Game. Fans everywhere can cast their votes for starters up to 35 times, up to 5 times a day, until 11:59 pm EST on June 29, 2017. And one lucky voter will win an all-expenses paid VIP trip for 4 to the All-Star Game events.
I cast my five votes today… who gets your votes?