Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees Game Report - September 22, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Blue Jays (3) - Yankees (8)
In CC Sabathia’s final regular season game at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees honored the possible Hall of Famer with a touching tribute and a decisive 8-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The ceremony began with two tribute videos of former players describing Sabathia’s impact on the game of baseball and the impact he had as a person.
The pitcher was moved to tears when teammates walked his wife and mother onto the field to join the celebration. The festivities ended when Sabathia threw out the first pitch to his own mother.
Fueled by emotion, the Yankees jumped out to an early lead. Aaron Judge opened the scoring with a solo home run to left field in the first inning.
After two straight walks, Wilmer Font served up a fastball right down the middle that Brett Gardner sent into the second deck in right field, giving the Pinstripes a 4-0 lead.
The home run parade would continue in the second inning off of bulk reliever Trent Thornton. D.J. LeMahieu would crush a two-run home run of his own, giving the Yankees a 6-0 lead.
Font (4-5) took the loss on Sunday, allowing four runs on two hits, both home runs, and two walks. It was the first time he has allowed more than two runs since becoming an opener.
With the loss, Toronto (63-93) failed to win a series for the first time since September 9th.
Luis Severino (1-0) earned his first win of the season on Sunday in just his second start of the season. The Yankees’ star pitcher had missed the entire season due to rotator cuff and lat injuries.
New York (102-55) is now tied with Houston for the top overall seed in the American League.
The Yankees added two insurance runs on a sacrifice fly and a single in the fifth inning, extending their lead to eight runs.
Billy Mckinney smacked a pair of home runs in the seventh and ninth innings to close the deficit to 8-3, but the Blue Jays could not mount a comeback.
The Blue Jays will begin the final week of their season on Monday, in a home matchup against the Baltimore Orioles. Veteran Clay Buchholz (1-5, 6.48 ERA) will start for Toronto.