This game should have been a walk. It should have been 3-0, it easily could have been 5-0, and it wouldn't have taken much more than that to make it a 7, 8, or 9-0 blowout. Instead the Yankee bats could never get the big hit when they needed to and they clung to a 1-0 lead all the way to the end.
Seriously, you want to talk about wasted opportunities?? The Yanks had the first 2 batters on with nobody out in the 1st, 2nd, and 8th innings and came away with nothing. They wasted a leadoff double in the 5th, a leadoff single in the 6th, and only went down in order in the bottom of the 3rd. The one run they managed to scrape across came in the 4th, when back-to-back 1-out walks put a runner in scoring position for Aaron Judge. Judge laced a double to the right field wall on the first pitch he saw to score Brian McCann and get the Yankees on the board. Even then the Yankees couldn't take full advantage of that situation. The next 2 batters struck out with runners on second and third.
With minuscule margin for error, rookie starter Chad Green went out and turned in the best start of his young big league career. 6 shutout innings, 2 hits, no walks, and 11 strikeouts. And it wasn't like the Jays were going down looking on borderline calls and lining balls into guys' gloves. Green manhandled the Toronto lineup, pounding the strike zone with fastballs to get ahead, challenging hitters upstairs and winning, and diving out of the zone with nasty sliders for swings and misses. It was a fantastic performance by Green and one of the most unexpected great starts of the year for the Bombers.
Of course there had to be a little drama in the 9th. Dellin Betances walked the number 9 hitter to start the inning and put himself in big trouble when Josh Donaldson singled with 1 out to bring up Edwin Encarnacion. Betances was battling his command again, but he got Encarnacion to ground into a hard double play ball on the first pitch of the at-bat and the Yankees made the turn. Big win considering how many opportunities they wasted.
- Gary Sanchez and Judge each went 2-3 with a walk at the bottom of the lineup. The rest of the veterans around them went a combined 4-26.
- As a team the Yankees went 2-18 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base. I the other hit that wasn't Judge's double didn't even score a run. Brutal.
- Big ups to Chad Green. I haven't watched him pitch much this year and I was really impressed with what I saw. He's got legit stuff and he's not afraid to use it. He pitched inside, he worked the slider in and out of the zone to change hitters' views of it, and he got 16 swings and misses on 70 strikes. Really, really nice job by him.
- Tyler Clippard and Adam Warren were strong as the bridge to Betances again. They've combined to allow 1 ER in 18 appearances since being re-acquired.
- That's 3 straight games with an XBH and an RBI for Judge to start his career. He's the first Yankee to ever do that. I guess he can stay.