This has been the most anticipated series for the Jays since the all-star break. They headed into Yankee Stadium 4.5 games back of the Yankees who lead the AL East. The Blue Jays marched into the Bronx looking to take Game #1 in the away series before the Yankees make the trip north of the border next week to the Rogers Centre to play the Jays.
The starting pitchers for tonight’s matchup were R.A. Dickey (6-10) for the Jays and Nathan Eovaldi (11-2) for the Yankees. For the Blue Jays, R.A. Dickey is on the list of pitchers who have the most consecutive starts, with 6 or more innings and 2 or fewer earned runs allowed versus the Yankees since 1969. The leader of the list? Mike Caldwell with 8 games going back to 1978-79.
Things got off to a quick start however as Josh Donaldson hit his 30th home run in the top of the 1st. However, Mark Teixeira would answer back with his 30th home run in the bottom of the second. Teixeira’s home run would then be reviewed; as yet another fan would interfere with Ben Revere as he attempted to rob the homerun. The play would then be confirmed as a home run because the ball was seen deflected into the playing field by a fan.
As the game reached the top of the 7th, things got interesting as the Blue Jays loaded the bases with two outs and Donaldson up to bat. By this point, Joe Girardi reached out to his bullpen to bring in the righty Dellin Betances to face Donaldson. Betances got Donaldson to ground out to second base to end the threat. Dickey finished up his work after the 7th inning and only allowed 1 run on 6 hits, with 2 walks and 3 punch outs. Dickey’s 113 pitches gave the Blue Jays a chance to win. LaTroy Hawkins pitched in the 8th and Brett Cecil pitched in the 9th.
Free baseball! In the top of the 10th, Jose Bautista launched a bomb on what looked to be a slider that lacked movement. The Jays took game #1 with a 2-1 win and now sit 3.5 games back of the Yankees in the AL East. They will be back at it tomorrow afternoon. The pitching matchup will be Ivan Nova for the Yankees versus David Price for the Blue Jays.