After a dismal start that ending on a high note in April, the calendar has been flipped for the Toronto Blue Jays. Things are slowly starting to look brighter for the Blue Jays after tonight.
The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees find themselves at opposite ends of the standings in the American League East. Both teams are meeting for the first time this seaon with the Blue Jays taking the first game of the series.
Toronto would get on the scoreboard first. Ryan Goins hit a 2-run shot to right-centre field on a 3-1 count to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead.
New York would get on the board in the bottom of the fourth. After the Yankees hit three straight singles, Aaron Judge would hit a RBI sinlge to right field, scoring Starling Castro and cutting the Blue Jays lead in half 2-1.
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Goins would add to the lead in the top of the sixth. Go-Go hit a sacrifice fly to score both runners on base. Chris Coghlan would add to the lead with a solo homerun to right field to make it 5-1 Blue Jays.
Severino would be pulled after allowing the three runs. The 23-year old threw 104 pitches in 5.2 innings while he allowed five earned runs on eight hits, two breaking balls, and three strikeouts. Luis Cessa came into the game after being called up by the Yankees Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, earlier in the day.
Cessa would extend Ezequiel Carrera’s hitting streak to a career high 11 games. Jose Bautista, who is fresh off hitting 1,000 career hits, hit his second home run of the season to centre field on a 1-0 count. Giving the Blue Jays a 7-1 lead in the top of the seventh.
Cessa would be the only pitcher the Yankees used after Severino.
Estrada had a very strong outing. The 33-year old located 102 of his pitches really well. He pitched seven innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits, and five strikeouts. Danny Barnes took over in the bottom of the eighth- Barnes was called up from Buffalo earlier today after Aaron Sanchez was placed on the 10-day DL.
It got a tiny bit intense in the bottom of the ninth, but the Blue Jays (9-17) won their third in a row. Beating the Yankees (15-9) 7-1. Estrada (1-1) finally picked up his first win of the season and Severino (2-2) was creditied for the loss.
Mat Latos (0-0, 3.27 ERA) will be on the mound for the Blue Jays as he will take on Masahiro Tanaka (3-1, 4.20 ERA in the second game of the series tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. ET back at Yankee Stadium.