Well, at least the Yankees didn’t suffer any injuries tonight. After Gary Sanchez and Edwin Encarnacion’s ailments spoiled a doubleheader sweep yesterday, it was a welcome sight to see New York make it through a game seemingly unscathed. In less positive news, Masahiro Tanaka looked uneven again, and the Yankees couldn’t score outside of a five-run fifth inning as they fell in extras to the Blue Jays.
Winner of the Game
This was a game filled with pretty nondescript performances, so it’s hard to choose a winner. Per FanGraphs’ win probability added metric, not a single hitter added more than nine percentage points to the Yankees’ chances of winning. We can default to Austin Romine, who continued to perform admirably during Gary Sanchez’s absences. Romine collected two hits, an RBI, and one run scored. After an awful first half at the plate, Romine really has had a strong second half, posting an OPS of .993 in 28 games after the All-Star break.
Loser of the Game
The Yankees went through a good chunk of their bullpen tonight, and they ended up with Tyler Lyons on the mound in the bottom of the 12th. The veteran lefty has made just five appearances with the Yankees, and he’ll likely want to forget this one, as Bo Bichette took him deep to end the game:
Also warranting a mention is Adam Ottavino. The Yankees as a team made a few mistakes throughout the game, perhaps the worst of which was Ottavino’s balk in the seventh. After putting runners on the corners with one out, Ottavino made a move towards first base without stepping off the rubber, giving away a 5-4 lead. He recovered from there, but the Yankees may have managed a win in regulation had Ottavino avoided pushing a run across there.