J.A. Happ put together a quality start tonight throwing six innings, giving up seven hits, and only one run to the Yankees. He was helped along to the win by Ryan Goins, who got the offense going tonight; going 3 for 4 with two RBIs. In his first at bat he hit a double to right center field that scored Russell Martin from first base. Goins continued knock the ball around the ball park with another double in the 5th inning, and finished his night with an RBI single in the 8th inning. For the first time this season, the Blue Jays offense looked dangerous putting up a double digit hit total, with contributions from both the top and bottom of the lineup. The Blue Jays led the Yankees 3-1 until the 8th inning, when the Yankees got within a run. However, the Blue Jays answered back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, breaking the game open in convincing fashion.
Top Play of the Game by WPA
In the 5th inning, Ryan Goins smacked his second double of the night, (+.133 WPA) sending Justin Smoak from first to third after reaching on a walk. Smoak came around to score on the next play, a throwing error by Ronald Torreyes.
Bottom Play of the Game by WPA
I the third inning, Austin Romine lined out to first base and Ronald Torreyes was double up at second. (-.087 WPA) snuffing out the start of a Yankee rally.
The Blue Jays Can Score Late
To say that the Blue Jays have had an uneven run distribution this season is a supreme understatement. Prior to tonight, this is how their runs scored by inning looked.
From innings six to nine, the Blue Jays had combined for three runs, all season. However, that all changed tonight. As mentioned earlier, the team broke open for four runs in the 8th, more than they had scored in innings six to nine all season. Is there a reason for it? Almost certainly not, but it’ll be nice to see this squad make a few more exciting late inning comebacks as the season goes on.
The Blue Jays and Yankees are back at it tomorrow night at 7:07 pm. The Yankees will send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound to face Marcus Stroman in his second start at home this season.
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