Saturday, August 15, 2015

Recap: Yankees 4, Blue Jays 1

Masahiro Tanaka tossed a complete game five-hitter and the Yankees easily beat the Blue Jays, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Tanaka Dazzles: The Yankees' ace yielded next to nothing over his nine dominant innings, holding the Blue Jays to just one earned run while walking three and striking out eight. The Jays actually loaded the bases off him with none out in the fifth, but scored just once in the frame after Tanaka retired Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion consecutively.

Belting Again: It's safe to say Carlos Beltran was the hero of the Yankees' victory on Friday, and the momentum he gained from then is apparently still alive. Indeed, Beltran started this one's scoring with a solo blast in the first -- crushing a Marco Estrada offering just past the right-field wall for his eleventh long ball of the year.

Back to Texting: Mark Teixeira hadn't driven in a run in six games going into Saturday, but the first baseman nonetheless came up big when the Yankees needed him most. His solo shot in the sixth broke a crucial 1-1 tie, and his eighth-inning RBI single provided Tanaka with adequate run support.

Didi the Gold Glover?: Didi Gregorius has always been known to have much defensive potential, and after Saturday, it's clear he's beginning to reach it. The Yankees shortstop made impressive stops on grounders in the fourth and seventh, making sure to show off his throwing arm on both plays.

Extra Insurance: John Ryan Murphy and Jacoby Ellsbury gave the Yankees some in the ninth. Murphy led off the inning with a double to left-center -- he later advanced to third on a Stephen Drew bunt -- and Ellsbury plated him with a single up the middle to put the Yankees ahead by three.

Next Up: The Yankees will go for the surprise sweep on Sunday, sending recent call-up Luis Severino (0-1, 2.45 ERA) to the hill versus right-hander Drew Hutchison (11-2, 5.26 ERA). First pitch is set for 1:07 p.m. ET, with YES and WFAN calling the action.

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