The Toronto Blue Jays Lost The Pitcher’s Battle Even Qith Ace Kevin Gausman
Toronto lost 0-2 against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 27th (Korea Standard Time).
Starter Kevin Gausman pitched seven innings and pitched three hits, two walks, five strikeouts and no runs, but failed to become a winning pitcher due to the lack of scoring support from the batters. Gausman, who signed a five-year, $110 million contract with Toronto in the 2022 season, has 12 wins, 9 losses and a 3.16 ERA in 31 games (185 innings) this season. Gausman, who is expected to play as the first starter in the postseason, is expected to make today’s game his last appearance if he is confirmed to advance to the postseason by the final game of the season.
Toronto’s lineup suffered three hits and a blank slate. The bullpen, led by Eric Swanson (one scoreless inning) and Jordan Romaro (two runs in one inning), gave up the victory. It is painful to see closer Romano collapse.
For the Yankees, starting pitcher Michael King pitched six innings with one hit, five walks and five strikeouts, and the bullpen led by Johnny Brito (two scoreless innings) and Clay Holmes (one scoreless inning) kept the victory. Austin Wells led the day with his third home run of the season.
Both teams had a tight pitching battle on this day. The Yankees walked Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton in the top of the first inning, but Isaiah Kiner-Falepa retired with a grounder to second base with two outs and first and second bases.
Toronto reached base in the bottom of the third inning with one out and Alejandro Kirk hit. Kevin Kiermaier hit a ground ball to first base to put the lead runner on, but George Springer and Bo Bichette drew walks to set up a chance with two outs and the bases loaded. But Vladimir Guerrero Jr. struck out. Toronto’s Brandon Belt and Kiermaier walked in the 4th and 5th innings, respectively, but it did not lead to a scoring opportunity.
In the top of the sixth inning, Yankees leadoff hitter Esteban Florial hit the Yankees’ first hit of the game. However, DJ LeMahieu hit a double play, and Torres also missed the opportunity by hitting a ground ball to shortstop.
The Yankees, who had their first hit in the 6th inning, had a chance to score in the 7th. Stanton hit a double and Kiner-Falepa hit a single, creating a chance for runners on first and third base with one out. Kainer-Falepa succeeded in stealing second base and connected second and third base chances with one out, but Oswaldo Cabrera’s ground ball to shortstop caught the third base runner at home, and Oswald Peraza retired with a fly ball to right field, preventing him from scoring.
However, the Yankees finally took down the Toronto mound in the 9th inning. Toronto brought in closing pitcher Romano, but leadoff hitter Torres reached base with a single and Austin Wells hit a two-run home run to score the first score of the game.
Toronto lost the game in the bottom of the 9th inning when Matt Chapman hit a single, but was unable to create any significant opportunities.