If after the top of the first inning, someone told you this game would be rain-shortened, that would have seemed like bad news for the Yankees. As it turns out, everything was fine.
Lance Lynn gave up four first inning runs, and wouldn’t last five frames, as he ran into his first real struggles as a Yankee. Thankfully for him, the offense picked up the slack after a disappointing series against the Rays. Neil Walker provided a crucial three-run home run, and a couple more runs after that would be the difference as the Yankees won a 7-5 rain-shortened game over the Blue Jays.
This game pretty much automatically became Lynn’s worst game as a Yankee thanks to the first inning alone. After a lead-off walk, a force out, and another walk, Kendrys Morales plated a run with a single. Thanks to a series of more walks and singles, the Blue Jays were sending the nine hitter up to the plate, and it was already 4-0.
The Yankees did some work in the bottom half of the inning is to dig out of the hole. After the first two hitters of the inning went down in order, Aaron Hicks kept the inning alive with a walk. Didi Gregorius then brought him home with a triple after a ball got past Kevin Pillar and into the gap. Miguel Andujar followed that with a double, scoring Gregorius to cut the deficit to two runs.
A couple innings later, the Yankees got all of the runs back, and more. With one out in the inning, Gleyber Torres and Greg Bird made moves to end their slumps, doubling and walking, respectively. Neil Walker then continued his hot hitting, homering to give the Yankees the lead.
The lead was not destined to last long, however, as the Blue Jays tied the game in the top of the fifth inning. Curtis Granderson led the Blue Jays’ rally with a double. Devon Travis followed that with a single, and Granderson just managed to beat and evade that tag after Walker’s throw from right field, getting home safely. Boone would come out and remove Lynn from the game after that.
Lynn allowed five runs on six hits and three walks in four innings. It was really his first and last inning that did him in, as he was perfectly good in between that. It still goes down as his worst game as a Yankee. Chad Green came in for him and escaped the fifth inning with the score still tied.
With the possibility of rain in the forecast still, the Yankees then quickly moved to take the lead back. Aaron Hicks walked to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Two batters later, Andujar singled, with Hicks moving to third. Torres then nearly grounded into a double play, but beat out the throw at first, allowing Hicks to score, putting the Yankees ahead again.
In the seventh, the Yankees got an insurance run in a big way. Giancarlo Stanton absolutely demolished a baseball 431 feet, over the Yankees’ bullpen for a home run.
Shortly after Stanton’s home run, the tarp came on and the game went into delay. As it turned out, that would be it for the day. After a decently long delay, the game was eventually called after 6.67 innings.
The Yankees win, and they did have to use that many people out of the bullpen in a game where their starter didn’t last very long. That works!
David Robertson also got the randomest save of his career, so that’s cool.