It feels like it’s been weeks since watching a Yankee game was fun. Well, watching Deivi Garcia step up tonight to put a halt to the Yankees’ latest losing streak was a joy. After seeing the team slog lifelessly through their late-summer schedule while slipping back to .500, the top prospect injected some life into a club that desperately needed it.
The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 7-2 to stave off a sweep and move to 22-21 on the year. They still have plenty of work to do to truly stabilize after a nightmarish stretch, but at least for one day, Yankees baseball was fun again.
Winner of the Game
The aforementioned Garcia shined. Sent out to stem the bleeding after a five-game slide, the 21-year-old shoved for seven strong innings. Precisely like J.A. Happ last night, Garcia made just one mistake, a fastball right down broadway that Derek Fisher turned into a two-run homer in the second. Garcia’s outing was otherwise spotless. He showcased an excellent changeup, generating six whiffs on nine swings against the pitch en route to six strikeouts overall. He allowed just five hits and walked none.
The youth movement was in full effect, as Gleyber Torres broke out to carry the lineup. Torres opened the scoring with a solo homer in the second:
He also gave the Yankees some breathing room with a two-run double in the fifth and an RBI groundout in the ninth to finish with four driven in. Let’s hope that we see numerous Garcia-Torres-led victories throughout the next decade.
Loser of the Game
This space has been very easy to fill in recent weeks. It was a little harder today, but this still wasn’t a perfect night, as the lineup’s 6-7-8 of Miguel Andujar, Brett Gardner, and Gary Sanchez struggled, combining to go 0-11 with two walks. 17 games left for those guys to get going.