Blue Jays vs. Yankees Game Recap - June 4, 2019

Jamie Branje
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Eric Sogard led the way with three hits and some dazzling defence as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees 4-3 Tuesday night in Toronto.


Randal Grichuk and Freddy Galvis each hit home runs for the host Jays, with Galvis’ home run giving the Jays a lead they would not surrender in the fifth. 


Clint Frazier hit a two run home run and Aaron Hicks hit a solo homer to provide the offence for the Yankees. 


This win snapped a six game skid for Toronto (22-38), and is just their second win in their last 12 contests.


The Yankees (38-21) have been hot since the beginning of May, but couldn’t find a win against the lowly Jays tonight. 


Toronto’s starter was Clayton Richard (0-1), and he finished his outing with two earned runs allowed on four hits and three walks in four and 2/3rds innings pitched. He struck out four and the lone blemish was a home run by Frazier that scored two. He did not factor into the decision.


Thomas Pannone (2-3) picked up the win with just a third of an inning pitched. He walked two and didn’t allow any hits.


Masahiro Tanaka (3-5) sailed for the Yankees until the fifth inning, and finished his outing with six innings pitched and four earned runs allowed on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts. All four runs were surrendered in the fifth. 


Hicks hit a no-doubter to begin the eighth to the second deck in right field, which brought the Yankees within one run. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made a nice play fielding a ground ball wide of third base but couldn’t hit the throw as Gio Urshela reached for a single. This pushed manager Charlie Montoyo to call on closer Ken Giles with two out in the eighth. 


Kendrys Morales pinch-hit for Maybin and walked, then was replaced by pinch runner Thairo Estrada. The hard-throwing right-hander induced a routine fly ball off the bat of Gardner to retire the side. 


Giles completed the four-out save for his 11th save of the season, after striking out the side in the ninth, each on a wicked slider down in the zone.


Grichuk offered the first counter for Toronto, after the Yankees took a two-run lead early, with a well-hit home run to left field off of a hanging slider by Tanaka in the bottom of the fifth. This brought the Jays within one run. 


Cavan Biggio walked and stole second on a play that required review. The ball dropped out of Gleyber Torres’ glove immediately after applying the tag which the second base umpire missed. Galvis cashed in the overturned review immediately with a two-run home run to right field to give the Jays a 3-2 lead. 


Still in the fifth, Sogard came up with two outs and the bases empty and hit a double to the right field corner. He scored when Guerrero Jr. hit a ground ball single between the shortstop and third baseman. Justin Smoak flew out to centre to end the inning with the Jays up 4-2.


Toronto’s right handed starter was close to getting out of the fifth inning and ending his outing on a positive note before a tough single off the end of the bat for Luke Voit followed by a double by Gary Sanchez forced Montoyo to go to the bullpen and call on Thomas Pannone.


Pannone’s first pitch induced an easy fly ball to end the threat with runners on second and third. 


He threw nine pitches before being pulled in the sixth inning - eight balls and one strike, walking the first two batters. Daniel Hudson entered to relieve Pannone with none out and two on in the sixth. Hudson retired the next three batters to preserve the lead at two. 


Hudson pitched one and a third innings and allowed just one hit, before being pulled for Joe Biagini with one out in the top of the seventh after allowing a double by DJ LeMahieu. 


Biagini got out of the inning on a fantastic double play turned by Toronto - Galvis fielded a sharp grounder at short and threw back to second to get a straying LeMahieu on a tag by Sogard, who fired a strong throw to get Sanchez in time at first. 


New York got on the board in the top of the fourth, when Hicks hit a double down the right field line followed by a booming home run to left field by Frazier, the designated hitter. 


These two teams meet again tomorrow for game two of the three game set at the Rogers Centre, with Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.53 ERA) pitching for the Jays and James Paxton (3-2, 2.81 ERA) going for the Yankees.