For a baseball fan, it was a fantasy come true. Fans at Yankee stadium came into the stadium Saturday afternoon, getting to watch not one, but two games. Due to a rainout Friday evening in the Bronx, times got shifted and it was an old-style baseball game set-up. Game one started at 1:05 with game two starting thirty minutes afterwards.
The Blue Jays would send Marco Estrada to the mound, as he would look to help his team win game two in the four game series. In exchange, the Yanks would send Michael Pineda to the rubber. Things did not looking promising at the start of the game as Estrada would give up back-to-back home runs in the first two innings.
There would also be concern in the clubhouse as Troy Tulowitzki would run hard into Kevin Pillar while trying to catch a fly ball. Tulowitzki would take his time getting up on the field before heading to the clubhouse for the day. After and MRI was conducted, results showed a small crack in the right shoulder blade. He is now out indefinitely and doctors will be looking at it more thoroughly this week for an estimate on a timetable for his return.
Jose Bautista however would help raise the momentum by launching his own solo shot in the top of the fourth. By the middle of the eighth inning, all the runs home would be thanks to home runs. The Yanks would then score to tie it up heading into the ninth. Extra innings would be needed and that’s where the floodgates opened. The Jays would score 4 runs to help with a huge win that was needed by the club. With game one in the books, they would now turn their attention to game two to help with gaining more ground in the east.
After thirty minutes of rest, the boys in blue would head back onto the field, led by the Stro-show, Marcus Stroman. The second game in this double header would be the debut for Stroman after he was sidelined by an ACL injury during spring training. His counterpart would be Ivan Nova.
The Jays would help support the young pitcher in his debut by scoring six runs in the second inning to start things off with a bang. New York would score three of their own in the bottom of the fifth before the game would be delayed due to rain that just seemed to not want to go away. The game would be held for 33 minutes before the players headed back on the field. With the delay, that would end Stroman’s debut though. His final stat line would show 5 innings, 3 ER, 4 H, & 2 SO.
The blue birds would then go back to do what they did before by scoring four runs in the seventh inning to give them a 10-4 lead. Come the eighth inning, the Yankees would not go quietly climbing back into it making it a three run game. That would all that would take place, as the Jays would end up winning game two of the double header and game three of the series. In the end, there would be nine hours combined of baseball action, as there was a combined census between fans and broadcasters. The Blue Jays simply embarrassed the Yankees at home this weekend.
With a 9-5 & 10-7 win, the Jays have now scored 9+ runs in thirty games this season, with 24 times having scores 10+ runs. It is also the first time since 2009 that they club has had two player with 100+ RBI’s in the same season. The two clubs will wrap up their four game series tomorrow afternoon. The Yankees will be looking to avoid the sweep as they send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound. The Jays will send R.A. Dickey as his counterpart in hopes of a sweep and going up to 5.5 game lead in the AL East over the second place Yanks.