All it took was one bad pitch from New York Yankees’ starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to turn his impressive start into an average one. He surrendered a deep home run to reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson in the fifth inning, which put the Blue Jays up for good.
Eovaldi cruised through the first four innings, as he allowed just three base runners. He worked out of a small jam in the fourth inning, before faltering in the fifth inning. The Yankees provided him with runs in the fourth inning, but he coughed them up an inning later.
With one out in the top of the fourth inning, Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch, which was followed by back-to-back singles from Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann. Carlos Beltran came up with the bases loaded and scored Rodriguez by grounding into a fielder’s choice. Chase Headley walked to re-load the bases, and Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman threw a wild pitch, scoring Teixeira, which put the Yankees up, 2-0.
Eovaldi actually got two outs pretty quickly in the fifth, while allowing just a walk to Blue Jays’ catcher Russell Martin. But Kevin Pillar doubled and Donaldson blasted his fifth home run of the season to deep center field, putting the Blue Jays up, 3-2. Jose Bautista came up next and lined out to end the inning, but the damage was already done.
With one out in the sixth inning, Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo home run to put Toronto up two.
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Stroman dominated the Yankees pretty much all night, allowing just three hits over eight innings, while striking out three. The Yankees only hits were the two in the fourth inning and a Beltran single in the second inning. Between Stroman and Toronto’s closer Roberto Osuna, they didn’t allow a hit from the final 14 Yankee batters. Can’t do that against a lineup this potent in Toronto.
Eovaldi gave up the four runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings, while striking out eight. It was a pretty good start from him, especially against this powerhouse Toronto lineup. His fastball was good tonight, and once he cuts down on the home runs, he’ll be fine.
Johnny Barbato came on for the final 1.1 innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out two.