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Yankees 6, Blue Jays 3: Tanaka outlasts Stroman in pitching duel

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Hitting and pitching did well today

Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Tonight’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays turned out to be a quiet pitching duel between Masahiro Tanaka and Marcus Stroman. Tanaka managed to pitch seven innings, striking out eight and allowing only one run on five hits and a walk. Everything was working well for him tonight and the Blue Jays offense couldn’t make consistent contact.

As for Stroman, he pitched well through five innings but an ugly first doomed him from the start. Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez singled in their first at-bats, and Didi Gregorius walked to load the bases. Chase Headley was then hit by a pitch to bring in New York’s first run, and Jacoby Ellsbury walked to make it 2-0.

Things were quiet for both teams for most of the game until the top of the seventh, when the Blue Jays finally got on the board. Ezequiel Cabrera was hit by a pitch and stole second base.

Things got weird when Gary Sanchez threw the ball wide of second base, causing the ball to escape the outfield. Cabrera advanced to third, while Brett Gardner threw the ball a mile over the head of Headley, trying to get the runner. Darwin Barney then knocked him in.

The Yankees finally blew things open in the bottom of the eighth when Aaron Judge singled and Gary hit a double against the outfield wall. Didi walked again to load the bases before Headley managed to double to right field to score two runs.

Ronald Torreyes tapped the ball to the pitcher, but when the ball was thrown to get the out at home, things got weird again. Didi was able to jostle the ball loose and he was safe at the plate. No one reacted to the loose ball in time, so Headley snuck in to score the team’s sixth run of the evening.

Several other Yankees managed to reach base. Gardner hustled his way into a double. Ellsbury and Headley each had a single of their own, and Chris Carter walked.

Dellin Betances came out in relief for the eighth inning and managed to strike out two batters while walking one. Aroldis Chapman, meanwhile, had a hard time in the ninth. He allowed doubles to Kendrys Morales and Kevin Pillar, letting Toronto score another run. Barney then singled and knocked in another. Chapman finally got the third out when Russell Martin hit a scorching line drive to Chase Headley for the final out. It was a close one.