The last time the Yankees didn't have a player 30 or older in the lineup for an April game was 1942, according to STATS. It was a different story this season however, as he was tearing apart Double-A and hitting.347/.382/.510 in 12 games played, also picking up 11 RBI as part of a trio along with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette that feasted on the Eastern League pitchers. The left hander struck out five in six innings.
"I have it in spurts and I just completely lose it at times so it's frustrating", Stroman said of his command. "I just think they're excited to get on a regular routine again - get back home to Toronto and get back in the normal conditions of inside that Dome would be nice". That's what I feel. He struggled at first, hitting just.197 in his 18 games played in Dunedin, but performed much better with the bat after he moved up to Double-A, slashing.241/.286/.371.
He hasn't gotten a lot of help from his offense either. Plus, get every single game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, key Raptors & NBA Playoffs matchups and the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup, all in one subscription.
"We've worked really hard, long before I got here, at building this organization from the ground up and they've done a great job", first-year manager Aaron Boone said. He followed that up by going 1-3 on Saturday as well, giving him a.375 (3-8) batting average in the small sample size. "Just got to do a better job than that".
For the Sunday game, the Blue Jays will be wheeling out LHP Jaime Garcia.
Gregorius hit a solo home run in the first inning.
The Blue Jays' starter was responsible for a large portion of that - three hits, two walks, six runs (four earned) - and only managed to retire one of the eight batters he faced in the frame. But a big effort and especially after he struggled a little bit through that fifth inning, walked a couple of guys, looks like he was exhausted, comes out and has a really clean, really fast sixth inning. The Blue Jays went 4-for-11 in Friday's 8-5 win, and with better execution they might have otherwise headed home with at least a split, if not a series win. The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the third inning, but Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery got himself out of the jam by striking out Teoscar Hernandez and getting Yangervis Solarte to pop up to NY shortstop Didi Gregorious. Over 24 innings, he has allowed seven runs and has 28 strikeouts with eight walks. Yankees 5, Blue Jays 1.
With the Yankees' bullpen depleted because of injuries and a high workload, Jordan Montgomery entered Saturday's game against the Blue Jays even more determined to pitch into the late innings. Montgomery did allow three walks, one of which led to a run in the fifth inning, but he struck out five and came through with huge outs in high-leverage situations to limit the damage.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the first on the sixth homer of the season by Gregorius, a drive to right on a 1-1 two-seam fastball. Although he is pitching against the Yankees for the first time, he has not fared well in matchups with Stanton and Neil Walker. The over's hit in six of those games, compared to four that've cashed the under. Walker is 4-for-10.
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