Donaldson 2 HRs, Blue Jays beat Yankees 7-5; Judge hits 18th

Posted June 05, 2017

After a hot month of May returned the Blue Jays to respectability, the start of June will bring a stiff test: a visit from the first-place New York Yankees. By Statcast estimates, Grilli gave up about 1,150 feet of home runs.

Jason Grilli (2-4) pitched one inning for the victory as the Blue Jays won for the eighth time in nine games and finished May at 18-10.

Will the Yankees pull off the upset this afternoon in Toronto when they take on the Blue Jays at 1:07PM ET?

The Blue Jays have a handful of players that can hit the ball more than the length of the field, starting with Jose Bautista. "The timing would be ideal". If all goes well, we could be seeing Sanchez back on the mound shortly.

But New York (32-21) had set the tone much earlier, scoring two unearned runs after a rare Tulowitzki fielding error in the third.

Travis has been snakebitten during his tenure with the Blue Jays with an assortment of ailments and initially, this did not look like the prognosis would be a positive one. "They've got a lot of power".

Severino and Stroman were both flawless through their first three innings.

The W actually went to reliever Joe Smith (2-0). Lucas Duda hit two homers - a two-run shot in the second and a solo blast in the fifth - for NY.

"The tendency is to get on the defensive and he didn't do that", catcher Maile said of Osuna. But he's also really good at throwing baseballs.

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And that is why the Blue Jays are so encouraged by Biagini's ability as a starter. Like I said, it was just one of those nights. "I think the surgery was well-needed, it cleared up the problem that I was having and that was blisters on the side of my nail from the curve ball".

This was the fourth time the Yankees have hit four homers in an inning - they last did it on October 1, 2012, against Boston. Kendrys Morales to second. Luke Maile and Kevin Pillar singled to open the bottom of the third, but Jordan Montgomery was able to elicit a Josh Donaldson popup and two swinging strikeouts to get out of trouble. Chicago reliever Wade Davis worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 11th save.

It appears the Blue Jays may have dodged a bullet as they are finally close to being completely healthy.

The Yankees had six hits, the first time in seven games they had been held below seven. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 6.34 ERA) will face Boston LHP Drew Pomeranz (5-3, 4.24). His blast Wednesday snapped an 0-for-13 skid. Hicks had never before driven in more than three runs in a game.

Gardner started the barrage, leading off the inning by launching his 12th homer of the season over the right-field wall.

It had been a slow start for catcher Sanchez, who previous year had 20 homers in his first 53 games.

A Athletics 10, Nationals 4: Ryon Healy had two doubles and two homers, Jed Lowrie doubled twice and homered, and Oakland topped visiting Washington. Estrada is 3-0 with a 3.16 ERA in his past four outings. Instead, they handed New York's team a 7-5 loss, according to The Star.

The 26-year-old has gotten off to somewhat of a rough start this season, entering Sunday's action with a slash line of.257/.285/.437 with five home runs and 24 RBI over 194 plate appearances. In 1986, Rose finished his career with 4,256 hits, setting an all-time Major League Baseball record that to this day has yet to be broken. But it did mean the Jays had to burn Danny Barnes in a completely meaningless 9th inning (though I don't really see why Howell didn't come back out, but alas). Not a great day at the ball park.