Yankees defeat Blue Jays in thrilling 7-6 comeback

The Blue Jays got on the board quickly in the first inning when Edwin Encarnacion deposited a Luis Cessa pitch into the left field seats for a solo home run to put the Jays up 1-0. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Brian McCann launched a solo shot of his own into the right field stands, his first since August 19th, to tie the game up at one a piece. The tie didn’t last long as Kevin Pillar scored on a broken bat single by Jose Bautista in the top of the fifth to retake the lead, 2-1. Things were looking bleak for Yankees fans before Tyler Austin hit a two-run moonshot into the right field bleachers, making it 3-2, Bombers. The lead didn’t last long, however as the Yankees bullpen did what they did best and gave the lead back on a two run double by Kevin Pillar in the top of the eighth to give the Jays the lead once again at 4-3. But again, the lead changed in the bottom of the eighth when Didi Gregorius laced a RBI triple just out of the reach of Pillar and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro. Chase Headley added some insurance runs with a two run home run.

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Luis Cessa did his part in keeping the Toronto bats at bay by only allowing two runs in five and a third innings pitched while striking out three. James Pazos relieved Cessa to make his season debut, but allowed a hit to his only batter. Adam Warren came on in relief as he allowed only a hit, walk and run in two and a third innings pitched. The ninth inning got quite ugly as Dellin Betances was un-Dellin like and allowed two runs and left the bases loaded with one out for Blake Parker who miraculously got out of trouble with a game saving catch by Brett Gardner to end the game. Overall Joe Girardi used eight total pitchers in the game, utilizing the September call-ups.
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The Yankees return to Yankee Stadium to face the Blue Jays in the final game of a three game set. Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 0.00) makes his anticipated return as he will face up against Marcus Stroman (9-6, 4.58).

Win: Chasen Shreve (0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K)
Loss: Jason Grilli (0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K)
Save: Blake Parker (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K)

Notables:
Tyler Austin: 1-2, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB
Brian McCann: 1-3, HR (17), BB
Didi Gregorius: 1-4, 3B, RBI, R
Chase Headley: 1-4, HR (13), 2 RBI
Edwin Encarnacion: 2-5, HR (37), 2 RBI
Kevin Pillar: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB

Article by: Julian Bussells
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