Toronto Blue Jays 0, New York Yankees 1
Masahiro Tanaka ensured the Toronto Blue Jays remained off-balance with a three-hit, eight-inning performance on Sunday evening. He helped the New York Yankees end a two-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.
Tanaka fell three outs short of a complete game shutout as Aroldis Chapman finished the game. However, the Yankees closer needed 13 pitches and seven foul balls to retire Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The rookie was the first of three batters he faced in the ninth, and he received a standing ovation for his effort.
Speaking to the media afterwards, Charlie Montoyo said: “I’ve never seen somebody hit a double-play ball and get a standing ovation from the fans. That at-bat with Vladdy, against the best closer in baseball, was just awesome.
Meanwhile, Tanaka allowed Bo Bichette to reach on an infield single. However, he did not permit another hit over the next seven innings. The second hit he yielded was a single to Justin Smoak during the eighth.
Speaking after his performance, Tanaka said: “It was good I was able to get strikes on different pitches.
“As far as pitching command goes, I would say I was throwing with accuracy today. I was focused on facing every batter.”
The Japanese right-hander was entrusted to start the ninth. However, he was relieved by Chapman after Brandon Dury led off with a clean single to the left field.
Also, Gio Urshela and Brett Gardner hit back-to-back doubles off Trent Thornton during the fifth to produce the only run of the game for the Yankees.