Tanaka lit up as Yankees fall to Toronto 8-1

The Yankees would look to stay hot behind the arm of Masahiro Tanaka, who has been fairly
consistent in the second half of the season. His split finger fastball, which is his go-to with two
strikes, has been very electric. Coming into the game, the Yankees could clinch a playoff spot with
a win, an Astros win, and an A’s win.  Unfortunately, Tanaka didn't have anything going for him tonight and buried the Yankees early en route to a crushing 8-1 defeat, all but ending any remaining chance this team had at snatching the AL East title from Boston.

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The Yankees wasted no time getting on the board in the top of the first, as Aaron Judge deposited a 469 foot bomb into the left field seats. According to Statcast, this was his second-longest of the year, with an exit velocity of 114 mph and a launch angle of 25 degrees.

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In the bottom half of the inning, after a leadoff single from Teoscar Hernandez, Starlin Castro
was handcuffed by a routine double play feed from Todd Frazier. The E-4 put runners at first and
third with nobody out for the Blue Jays. Tanaka got a huge strikeout of Justin Smoak, but then
faced Jose Bautista, who’s 36 career homers are the most actively against the Yankees. He
got Bautista to chop out to third, but it wasn’t hit hard enough to cut down the run at home, and
the Blue Jays tied the game at one.

Todd Frazier led off the top of the third with a thumbs down, which is always a good thing, as he
hammered a double to right field. The Yankees RISP failures would rear their ugly head again, however.  After a Clint Frazier pop out, Ellsbury smoked a ball that looked to be a clean double over Bautista’s head, but he was able to track down the liner for the second out of the inning. Todd Frazier was called out at second base during the play after Ryan Goins pulled the hidden ball trick on him.

For a team in dead last and nothing to play for, this seemed a bit bush league, but credit the Blue Jays for wanting to play spoiler and the blame still does lie on Frazier for not being more aware of what was going on.

The following inning, Teoscar Hernandez cranked a ball off Tanaka in the third to give the Jays a 2-1 that surprisingly enough ended up being all they would need the rest of the night. After the Yankees weren't able to push across a run in their next at bat, Russell Martin lined a two run homer to left as well, because of course he did. The Blue Jays went up 4-1 and the night was only about to get worse.

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Judge led off the sixth with a hard hit double to left, but after a lineout, a popout, and a ground
out, the Yanks couldn’t get him in. For the second time tonight, a leadoff double didn’t score.

A walk, a single, and another walk loaded the bases for the Blue Jays in the bottom half of the
sixth. With two outs, Ryan Goins put a dagger in Tanaka and the Yankees with a Grand Slam to
right field, giving he Blue Jays an 8-1 lead. Tanaka allowed another three homers tonight.

The Yankees offense couldn’t put anything together in the late innings and ultimately dropped this one to the Blue Jays by a final score of 8-1.

Winning Pitcher: Marco Estrada (10-8, 4.70 ERA) 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Losing Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka (12-12, 4.94 ERA) 5.2 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Notables:
Marco Estrada: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Teoscar Hernandez: 2-4, 2 R, HR (3)
Russell Martin: 1-4, 2 RBI (32), HR (13)
Ryan Goins: 1-3, 4 RBI (59), HR (8)
Aaron Judge: 2-2, 2B (21), HR (46), 2 BB

Article by: Noah Clement

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