Yankees 11, Blue Jays 6

Today’s Yankee Birthday: Former Yankee coach Mike Ferraro is 74 today!  https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/ferrami01.shtml

Today’s Lineups: https://twitter.com/YankeesPR

Today’s pregame notes:
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/documents/7/3/4/290865734/NYY_Game_Notes_08_18_18_vs._Toronto.pdf

Game Summary: After Luis Severino set the Jays down scoreless in the first, the Yanks got things rolling right away with a Didi Gregroius two-run homer. They scored at least one run in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, running up an 8-0 lead. Long balls also supplied by Stanton (32nd) and Andujar (20th).

Severino in the meantime was keeping Toronto scoreless, and looking like vintage Sevy after striking out the side in the fourth after a leadoff walk. Things did get a bit dicey after allowing two singles in the fifth and falling behind 2-0 on old friend Billy McKinney. You just started to feel the inning get away. Sevy came back though, brought the count full, then pumped four 98+ mph fastballs in a row which McKinney fouled off. On the tenth pitch of the at bat he retired McKinney with a slider for called strike three. Devon Travis was then retired on a groundout and the threat was over. Good inning for Sevy.

In the sixth, the Jays led off with a Curtis Granderson double and an RBI single by Justin Smoak. Aaron Boone went to the recently recalled Tommy Kahnle to relive Severino, and he was no relief as he couldn’t get out of the inning, allowing two hits and a walk and was lifted for Jonathan Holder. Holder allowed a single to Billy McKinney, which was misplayed by Neil Walker and ended up being a three-run single, with McKinney thrown out at third. The game suddenly was a lot less comfortable, with the lead cut to 8-5.

Zach Britton and Dellin Betances stopped the bleeding as both spun scoreless innings. The Yanks added two insurance runs in the eighth, including a Greg Bird homer. AJ Cole closed out the game with a messy ninth, allowing a run and three hits, but the Yanks went away with the win, 11-6.

What went right: Severino looked really good for five innings, hopefully a step forward…Andujar just keeps hitting and made a nice tag on McKinney to end the sixth ……Stanton had another homer. He has nine home runs and is slugging .690 since Judge’s injury….Nice at bat by Bird in the eighth when he hit his homer.

What went wrong: Kahnle and Holder just added gasoline to the fire…Austin Romine left the game in the fifth inning after taking a brutal foul tip off the mask – hoping he is OK…Walker’s error in right on a “tweener”. I’m thinking a more experienced right fielder keeps that ball in front of him.

Here’s the boxscore: https://www.mlb.com/gameday/blue-jays-vs-yankees/2018/08/18/531263#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=531263

Quote: I’ve never been a part of a team who collectively day in and day out thought about one thing – and that was winning that particular game.”  - Derek Jeter in his recorded message during the 1998 team celebration.

Takeaways: A lot to like about today – good performances by the players the Yanks will need in the important games.

Final Thought: Today the 1998 Yankees were honored before the game. Catcher Jorge Posada used to say about that team “we grind it” as they methodically won game after game. While the 2018 Yankees are not quite ready to be compared the historic squad of twenty years ago, this was a good “grinding” victory, as they scored in six of their eight innings. Let’s hope for more wins like this.

Next:  JA Happ (3-0, 1.89 as a Yankee) looks to keep his undefeated streak going against the Jays rookie lefthander Ryan Borucki (2-2, 3.29). Get the sweep!