New York Yankees Recap: Jose Bautista’s 10th Inning Home Run Lifts Blue Jays to 2-1 Win


Tonight, the New York Yankees began a three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, who trailed New York in the AL East by 4.5 games. While these two teams usually put up a lot of offense, runs were at a premium as the starters, Nathan Eovaldi, and R.A. Dickey, pitched deep into the game. The game would go to extra innings and in the top of the tenth, Jose Bautista’s solo home run would be the difference as the Blue Jays defeated the Yankees by a final score of 2-1.

The Blue Jays got the scoring started against Eovaldi in the top of the first inning. With one out, Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run to right field for his 30th of the season. Eovaldi would walk Jose Bautista and give up a double to Edwin Encarnacion, but he got himself out of trouble by getting Justin Smoak to flyout and Russell Martin to groundout to hold the damage at one run.

The Yankees would come right back against Dickey by putting up a run in the bottom of the second inning. Mark Teixeira would lead it off by hitting a ball that was initially ruled a double. But, the umpires took a look and determined the ball went over the wall, which overturned the call to a home run. Teixeira’s 30th of the season tied the game at one.

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From there, it would be a pitcher’s duel as Eovaldi and Dickey would not give up any runs throughout the rest of their outing. Tonight, Eovaldi went 6.1 innings, gave up one run on five hits, struck out three, and walked two on 112 pitches (70 strikes) in a no-decision

As for Dickey, the Yankees’ offense was not able to get much offense going against the second knuckleballer they have seen in three days. Dickey went seven innings, gave up one run on six hits, struck out three, and walked two on 113 pitches (73 strikes) in a no-decision as well.

In the seventh inning, the Blue Jays had a chance to take the lead. Ryan Goins reached on an error by Teixeira and Kevin Pillar reached base via an infield single with one out. Joe Girardi would go to the bullpen and bring in Justin Wilson, who would end up getting Ben Revere to strikeout swinging.

After that strikeout, Girardi brought in Dellin Betances. Betances would walk Troy Tulowitzki on four pitches, but he would get Donaldson to ground out to second to end the inning and strand the bases loaded. Betances went 1.1 innings, gave up no runs on one hit, struck out two, and walked one.

After a scoreless ninth by Andrew Miller for the Yankees and Brett Cecil for the Blue Jays, the game would go to extra innings. With one out in the top of the tenth, Jose Bautista hit a solo shot to left field off of Branden Pinder to give the Jays a 2-1 lead. It was Bautista’s 25th home run of the season.

Roberto Osuna would pitch the bottom of the tenth and retire the Yankees in order to record his ninth save of the season. Cecil (3-4, 3.68 ERA) picked up the win while Pinder (0-1, 2.87) took the loss.

Next Game: The New York Yankees (61-47) will continue their three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays (59-52) tomorrow afternoon at Yankee Stadium. You can catch the game at 1:05 PM ET on YES. Ivan Nova (4-3, 3.10) gets the start for the Yankees against David Price (1-0, 1.13) for the Blue Jays. Price will be making his second start with Toronto since being traded from the Tigers.

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