Jays Edge Yankees for Third Straight Win
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
A two-run homerun by Jonathan Davis in the second inning was all the support Toronto pitchers would need as the Blue Jays edged the New York Yankees 2-1 at Sahlen Field in Buffalo last night.
Davis, called up to replace the injured Teoscar Hernandez in the lineup, wasted no time in making an impact, blasting a fastball from Yankees starter J.A. Happ over the fence in left in his first at bat of the season. Davis’ homer scored Joe Panik ahead of him, Panik reaching on a two-out single.
Shun Yamaguchi (2-3) got the win in relief of Jays starter Tajuan Walker. Walker worked four shutout innings but struggled with his control, walking five while yielding two hits. He struck out three. Yamaguchi battled through two innings, giving up the lone Yankee run, on three hits while walking one and striking out two.
The Yankees appeared poised to have a big fifth inning, loading the bases with no one out. Yamaguchi fought back however, getting Gleyber Torres to fly out to shallow right before giving up a sacrifice fly to Mike Tauchman that scored Like Voit. Yamaguchi then struck out Yankee catcher Gary Sanchez to end the threat.
The trio of A.J. Cole, Anthony Kay and Rafael Dolis followed Yamaguchi and combined to hold the Yankees hitless over the last three innings, Dolis earning his third save.
It was the third straight win for the Blue Jays who now sit in second place in the American League East three and a half games behind the Tampa Rays and a full three games ahead of the third place Yankees. The Jays will go for a sweep of the three game series with the Yankees tomorrow at Sahlen field, Tanner Roark (2-1) getting the start for Toronto. The Yankees hand the ball to young righthander Deivi Garcia (0-1). First pitch 6:37 p.m.