Game 52: NYY vs. TOR — The Big Smoke clouds the Yankees’ night

After last night’s rather dominant start from the Yankees, the Blue Jays decided that turnabout was fair play and copying the Yankees’ example to set themselves up for a win. And while imitation is usually the sincerest form of flattery, it’s really not in sports. Not that the game went anything like last night’s game.

Michael Pineda got the start in tonight’s game and got roughed up in his 5 innings. He threw 87 pitches, giving up 10 hits, 3 walks, and 5 runs, striking out just 1 batter. In the 1st, he gave up a 1-out solo home run, a 2-out walk and a 2-run home run to give the Blue Jays a nice early lead. A lead-off walk in the 3rd moved to 3rd on a single and then scored on a sacrifice fly. And in the 4th, a lead-off single ended up at 3rd on a 2-out single and then scored on Pineda’s wild pitch.

Jonathan Holder came in for the 6th inning, having a pretty good outing save a single pitch that ended up becoming a solo home run to continue expanding the Blue Jays lead. In the 7th, Adam Warren had a bit of a struggle, due to some fielding mistakes. A missed catch error allowed the first batter to reach 1st. The Yankees challenged the out at 1st, but it was upheld as safe. That runner ended up at 3rd on a double and then scoring on a sacrifice fly. But Warren got out of trouble. Chasen Shreve’s 8th was a 16-pitch flawless outing.

The Yankees were quite stifled in their offense tonight, not even getting on the board until the 6th inning. The Blue Jays starter only gave up 2 hits and 2 walks going into the 6th inning. Then Sanchez singled, and Aaron Judge hit a 2-run home run to get the Yankees on the board and end the Blue Jays’ starter’s night. Under a new reliever, Holliday worked a walk and then scored as part of Starlin Castro’s 2-run home run to double the Yankees’ score.

And in an effort to edge further into the Blue Jays’ lead, Judge worked a 2-out walk and then scored on Matt Holliday’s double to cap off the Yankees’ runs tonight, falling just short of the Blue Jays.

Final score: 7-5 Blue Jays

And Aaron Judge was honored again as the American League Rookie of the Month, this time for May, of course. Not really a surprise to anyone really. He hit his 18th home run tonight, currently batting .326, with an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.122 (which is insane). He is the first Yankee to win ROTM more than once, and the fourth Yankee to ever be awarded (also Cano, Matsui, and Sanchez) the honor. Add in Judge’s high standings in the All-Star Game voting, and Judge is having quite the year.

And it’s only June 2, people!

The weekend continues tomorrow in Toronto, “The Big Smoke”. Apparently, such a nickname was originally given to larger Australian cities by its native people due to its industrial production (or air pollution). It was then affectionately applied to London (for much of the same reason — the notorious London “fog”). And along the way, it was applied to Toronto and stuck. It’s certainly a better nickname than “Hogtown” or “The City That Works”.

Makes you kind of appreciate the “Big Apple”, “Gotham City”, and the “City That Never Sleeps”…

Go Yankees!

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