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Smoak’s Big Game Carries Jays to Victory Over Yankees

John Salvatore

photo credit:Jonathan Dyer USA Today Sports

The Yankees were four outs away from winning three out of their first four games of the season. One untimely pitch by David Robertson to Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak in the 8th inning changed that in an instant.

The Pitching

Sonny Gray made his first start of the season in this game. The result was a mixed bag, as he only gave up one earned run, but his elevated pitch count limited him to pitch only four innings. Additionally, the right-hander struck out eight batters, but walked three, and gave up seven hits.

Chad Green tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Gray. Green racked up four strikeouts while only giving up one hit and no runs.

Tommy Kahnle struggled in his 2/3 of an inning pitched. He allowed a 2-run home run to Justin Smoak.

David Robertson finished off the 7th inning in relief of Kahnle. In the 8th, Robertson opted to intentionally walk Josh Donaldson in favor of facing the switch-hitting Smoak. On the ninth pitch of his at bat, Smoak slugged a grand slam off Robertson for his second home run of the game. Smoak would finish the game with 6 RBIs.

 

The Bats

Miguel Andújar started his first game of the season. Andújar would DH, going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. Brandon Drury capped off a four run 3rd with his first home run of the season.

 

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton combined for only one hit in this game. However, the pair walked five times and were on base in 6 of their 10 plate appearances.

The Other Side

Marcus Stroman made his first start of the season. The right hander struck out eight batters, while walking three and giving up four earned runs. Once again, the Blue Jays bullpen managed to quiet the Yankees bats.

Blue Jays relievers combined to pitch four innings, giving up only two hits and no runs while striking out four.

Although the Jays offense managed to score only one run on eight hits after six innings, their final four hits resulted in six earned runs off of Yankee relievers.

So far in 2018, some relievers in the highly-touted Yankee bullpen haven’t lived up to the hype. Nevertheless, it’s still much too early to start worrying about the bullpen.

 

The Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays tomorrow at 1:05pm EDT. Jordan Montgomery will be making his first start of the season, facing Austin Pruitt of the Rays.

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