New York Yankees Post Game: Yankees Pull Off Improbable Comeback Win Over Toronto Blue Jays


New York Yankees Post Game

The New York Yankees looked to be well on their way to their second consecutive loss to start the season against the Toronto Blue Jays. A stellar start by Michael Pineda looked to be going to waste until an improbable comeback was put on by the Yankees in the eighth inning.

The Yankees bats were once again quite, as they were stifled by the knuckle-balling R.A. Dickey. Dickey had a strong performance for the Blue Jays, going 6 ⅓ innings, giving up four hits and three walks but only one run. He also struck out four batters and was in line for the victory until the Blue Jays bullpen imploded an inning later.

Aaron Loup was called on to start the eighth inning, but was unable to even record an out, allowing two hits and hitting Brett Gardner with a pitch. All three players would eventually come across to score as closer Brett Cecil was unable to keep his inherited runners from scoring. Cecil recorded an out, but also allowed a walk and hit in addition to his one out. Roberto Osuna would come on and get the last two outs, but the damage was already done as the Yankees took a 4-3 lead.

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The Yankees were lucky to have that lead, as Dellin Betances made his first appearance of the season, carrying over his spring training struggles. Betances threw 32 pitches, but only 15 of them went for strikes. He gave up one hit and walked two batters, leading to one unearned run. It could have been much worse for the Yankees and Betances, as the Blue Jays looked poised to blow the game open.

Betances was able to work around a Brian McCann error and actually picked up the victory Wednesday night. It was still not an encouraging outing for the reliever though, as he still threw more balls than strikes, which is never a recipe for success.

More encouraging for the Yankees though was that Andrew Miller came in and got two groundouts that sandwiched a strikeout of rookie Devon Travis.

The Yankees also have to be pleased with the performance they got from Pineda. With Masahiro Tanaka dealing with his elbow, and C.C. Sabathia looking like a shell of himself, Pineda could be leaned upon as the ace of this staff. Tonight he did well, shutting down a potent Blue Jays lineup for the most part.

The Blue Jays didn’t tee off on Pineda like they did Tanaka, as their runs came off of an infield single and sac fly. On the evening, Pineda allowed six hits and one walk that resulted in two runs to go with six strikeouts in six innings.

At the plate, the Yankees had two players register multi-hit games. Jacoby Ellsbury got on base in all four of his at-bats, walking twice, getting two singles and scoring twice. He also swiped his first bag of the season.

Chase Headley also had two hits in the game, going 2-4 at the plate with an RBI. His RBI single proved to be the deciding factor in the game, as it knocked home the fourth and final Yankees run.


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