Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees Game Report - August 11, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Blue Jays (0) - Yankees (1)
Masahiro Tanaka outdueled Trent Thornton as the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 in a low-scoring Sunday afternoon affair.
The Jays nearly won the game in the bottom of the ninth as Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio each had their shot against Aroldis Chapman, but the Yankees closer was up to the task against Toronto’s young trio, earning his 31st save of the season.
It was a tense few moments for New York, as Guerrero nearly ended the game with one swing but his towering shot off the 500 level went just foul.
Tanaka (8-6) was brilliant on Sunday afternoon, shutting out the Jays over eight innings. He allowed just three hits and walked none. It was Tanaka’s first win in four starts and a good rebound outing after allowing 19 runs over his previous three.
Thornton (4-8) was excellent to start the game, striking out six over four perfect innings. He finished the game having allowed run on three hits and one walk with the six strikeouts over six innings pitched.
It was Thornton’s best start since coming off the DL at the start of the month and a good bounce-back performance after allowing six runs in his last start against the Rays
Bichette went 2-for-4 and now has reached base in every game of his major league career.
Toronto (49-72) was unable to claim the series win against the AL-East leading Yankees, they will instead settle for a split against one of the league’s best teams.
With the win, New York (77-41) avoided their first series loss since July 27th against Boston.
The Yankees finally got to Thornton in the fifth when the red-hot Gio Urshela hit a lead-off double for New York’s first hit of the game.
Brett Gardner immediately followed up by hitting a ground-rule double to right field, putting the Yankees ahead 1-0.
The wheels nearly fell off Thornton in the sixth. After walking D.J. LeMahieu with one out, the Jays starter gave up a single and hit a batter to load the bases.
The rookie was allowed to stay in the game and was able to get out of his own mess, getting Urshela to ground out into a double play. Justin Smoak made a fantastic play on the sharp grounder to first, making a strong throw to get the runner at home before running back to first base to catch the return throw.
The Jays will begin a series with the Texas Rangers on Monday.