Blue Jays top Yankees, Brett Cecil for Prime Minister!

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The Toronto Blue Jays made a statement. After a sub-par weekend, the Blue Jays bounced back in game one against the New York Yankees with a 4-2 victory. David Price was the ultimate stopper on Monday night, going 7.0 shutout innings in full control. Brett Cecil saved the Blue Jays late with the biggest inning of his career before Roberto Osuna picked up the save. The Jays are now 3.5 games up on the Yankees in the AL East.

Game Notes:

  • The Blue Jays wasted little time, with Jose Bautista driving in Ben Revere to make it 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Josh Donaldson would soon score on an Edwin Encarnacion ground out before Justin Smoak scored Bautista with a hard double over the head of Carlos Beltran.
  • An error by

    Cliff Pennington

    landed the Blue Jays in a bases loaded, one out scenario on the top of the third. Thankfully Price was able to escape, but Pennington hasn’t been looking comfortable in the field lately. Something to keep an eye on, but as it stands, there’s not much depth to threaten his job.

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    Talk about a playoff atmosphere, too. A “sellout” crowd was on their feet for David Price with two strikes in the count as early as the third inning.

  • Some savvy managing by John Gibbons in the 5th, pinch-hitting Matt Hague for Cliff Pennington against a lefty when the Yankees had nobody warming in the ‘pen. Hague walked to load the bases for Revere, whose fly-out excited Buck a bit too much. Swing and a drive!
  • Donaldson and Bautista would kick off the 7th inning at 2nd and 3rd with none out, and after loading the bases a deep fly ball from Russell Martin moved it to 4-0.
  • After an overthrowing Aaron Sanchez put two runners on base, Brett Cecil entered and allowed an RBI single to Jacoby Ellsbury on a weak grounder. He would then strike out the side, though, earning one of biggest cheers the ‘Dome has heard in decades. There may be a new set up man…
  • Roberto Osuna got back on the horse in the 9th, but not without allowing a solo shot to centre field. The worry with Toronto’s young back end will continue, but Osuna will be just fine.

    A++. The biggest start of 2015 from a Blue Jays pitcher. Price locked the door and recorded 14 straight outs to close out his 7.0 inning performance. The ace struck out seven while allowing just two hits, and if this is how he performs in big moments, October could get interesting.. . <strong>David Price</strong>. STARTING PITCHER

    OFFENSE . C+. Bautista went 2-for-4 on the night with an RBI and a run scored. It wasn’t the offensive outburst we’ve grown used to, but it was enough.. Game Ball. <strong>Jose Bautista</strong>

    B. Aaron Sanchez entered in the 8th and walked the first batter he faced. After a single from <strong><a href=. Game Ball. <b>Sanchez, Cecil, Osuna</b>. BULLPEN

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