The Yankees finished up their jaunt to Toronto with an extended pitchers’ duel, extra innings, and a chilly Wednesday evening. An open roof allowed the lovely June weather in Toronto to breeze into the stadium at 57° at first pitch, as fans bundled up in sweatshirts and jackets to settle in for a good game tonight.
Sonny Gray got the start for the Yankees tonight, and after a rough season so far, Gray needed a night like tonight to boost his morale. He threw 99 pitches in his 8 scoreless innings, pitching a no-hitter through 4 innings. He gave up 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 8 Toronto batters.
Unfortunately, the Yankees’ batters were faced with a similar situation from the Blue Jays’ starter, who also threw a strong scoreless game, and his bullpen continued that strength and was matched by their Yankees’ counterparts — Chad Green (for the 9th and 10th innings), Dellin Betances (11th), David Robertson (12th), and Aroldis Chapman (13th).
In fact, despite some meager hits throughout the game and even getting runners into scoring position periodically, the Yankees had to hit it out of the park in order to score any runs tonight. And that wouldn’t happen until the 13th inning. With 1 out, Brett Gardner hit a long single to get on base. And then Aaron Judge hit a strong 2-run home run to finally break the tie.
A certain young Judge fan holding a special sign in the right field bleachers was overjoyed, finally getting his wish. The kid got a batting practice ball hit by Judge earlier tonight.
As if they needed the insurance, Giancarlo Stanton hit a fast 2-out solo home run into the left field seats. Then in the bottom of the inning, despite allowing a 1-out double, Chapman closed out the Blue Jays and handed the short series to the Yankees.
Final score: 3-0 Yankees, in 13, Yankees sweep series 2-0
Next up: The Yankees head back to New York, but will face off against the Mets at CitiField for a 3 game weekend series starting Friday. Then, they’ll head back to the Bronx to face the Nationals for 2 games and the Rays for 4 games next weekend.
MLB Draft: The amateur player draft completed today as the teams selected the young players for rounds 11-40. Today, the Yankees picked up 18 pitchers, 4 catchers, 6 infielders, and 2 outfielders — Tanner Myatt, Matt Pita, Isaiah Pasteur, Kyle Gray, Nick Ernst, Derek Craft, Barrett Loseke, Alex Guerrero, Alex Junior, Marcus Evey, Mitchell Robinson, Keegan Curtis, Justin Wilson, Blakely Brown, Sean Boyle, Jack Thoreson, Mickey Gasper, Max Burt, Jackson Bertsch, Tyler Johnson, Patrick Winkel, Sincere Smith, Charlie Ruegger, Matt McGarry, Austin Wells, Jack Anderson, Landon Marceaux, Dan Metzdorf, Brady Allen, and Reid Anderson.
The young potential prospects are now “on the clock”, so to speak, to make their own decision as to what works best for them. It’s worth noting that the Yankees selected just 8 high school seniors overall, focusing the remaining 32 on college players (2 sophomores, 16 juniors, and 14 seniors). The Yankees’ 1st round draft pick (Anthony Seigler) has already indicated that he will sign (as 1st round picks tend to do), but like I said yesterday, you got to do what’s right for you.
Who knows which of these prospects could be the next hot jersey on sale in your nearby Yankees’ fan shop?