CC Sabathia returned to the lineup for the Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton moved down to the cleanup spot, and Aaron Judge became the fastest major leaguer to hit 61 home runs.
After spending some time on the DL with back spasms, Sabathia returned to the lineup Thursday. The 37 year old lefty threw 4 1/3 innings, while allowing no earned runs. The Yankees bullpen were solid, throwing 4 2/3 innings, allowing only 1 earned run in the process. The bullpen struck out eight batters, while walking only 2 and allowing 2 hits.
David Robertson allowed the bases to be loaded in the 8th inning, but would get out of the jam with the lead intact.
For the Blue Jays, starter Aaron Sanchez went six innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. Former Yankee Tyler Clippard allowed the go-ahead solo home run to Judge in the 8th inning.
Hits Spread Evenly
The Yankees hitters had eight hits from eight different players. Judge and Neil Walker had the only extra base hits for the Yankees, and only four players had walks. The Yankees also stranded 14 batters in this game, though the Blue Jays stranded an amazing 26. Give credit to the Yankees pitchers for keeping the Jays from capitalizing on all their chances. No Yankee scored more than one run, and Tyler Wade was the only starter who finished the game without a hit.
No Callup for Gleyber Torres Yet
Bryan Cashman said before the game that the Yankees don’t expect to have Gleyber Torres joining the lineup yet. The Yankees top prospect is hitting .372 in 43 at bats for Scranton Wilkes-Barre this season. He has 3 doubles, a triple and a home run, and has 11 RBIs in 12 games. Even with a learning curve at second base, it’s going to be harder and harder for the Yankees brass to justify keeping a struggling Wade at second while Torres is red hot in Triple-A. It doesn’t seem like it will be much longer than a week before Torres receives his callup, barring Wade going on an absolute tear starting ASAP.
The Yankees are in action again today, as Sonny Gray will take on Marco Estrada of the Blue Jays. Game time is 7:05pm EDT.