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Well, you can’t win ’em all. The Toronto Blue Jays handed the Yankees their first loss of the 2018 season, 5-3.
CC Sabathia gave up only one earned run in his five innings pitched. The veteran lefty had five strikeouts, along with four walks and five hits. Adam Warren came on in relief of Sabathia in the 6th inning. Warren would record two outs, but unfortunately the second out came after a come backer off the bat of Blue Jay Aledmys Diaz hit Warren in the ankle. Warren recovered in time to record the out, but was taken out of the game for precautionary reasons. He was joking around with teammates on the bench afterwards, so it doesn’t appear too serious.
In addition to Warren’s injury, Billy McKinney also left the game early after landing awkwardly against the outfield fence.
The Tyler Austin Power Clinic
Tyler Austin had a big day at the plate. The big first baseman hit this 2 run no-doubter in the 5th inning off of Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada.
Austin’s monster two-run homer (00:39)
— Ballpark Videos (@BallparkVids) March 31, 2018
Austin would take Estrada deep again in the 7th inning, this time a solo shot. Aside from Austin’s two home runs, Estrada handled the rest of the Yankees bats quite well. The veteran right hander gave up only two other hits. One was a two out double to Giancarlo Stanton in the 1st inning. The other was a two out double to Didi Gregorius in the 6th inning. Estrada escaped both times without allowing a runner to score.
Mixed Bag From Betances
Dellin Betances received his first opportunity of the year to pitch more than one inning. Although the righty struck out four Blue Jays batters, Betances gave up a solo home run to Yangervis Solarte, putting the Jays ahead 4-3.
Betances also gave up four stolen bases in the 8th inning. Kevin Pillar became the first player in Blue Jays history to steal three bases in an inning, while inducing a wild pitch from Betances as Pillar stole home.
The Yankees looked to pull off another rally in the 9th off of young Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna. However, the 23 year old right hander quickly induced a soft ground out from Gary Sanchez, a line out to left field from Brandon Drury before catching Brett Gardner looking at strike three.
Game four of this series is tomorrow at 1:07 EDT. Sonny Gray gets his first start of the season, facing Blue Jay Marcus Stroman.