Friday, June 2, 2017

Kraken Krushes Jays

The Yankees opened a 4-game series at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, with those pesky Blue Jays. Good thing the currency exchange rate doesn't apply to the distances of batted balls.

This game was over in the 1st inning. Brett Gardner led off against Jays starter Marco Estrada, nearly hitting one out, settling for a double. Gary Sanchez' lineout advanced him to 3rd base. Aaron Judge singled him home. Matt Holliday singled. Starlin Castro drew a walk to load the bases. Didi Gregorius struck out, but Aaron Hicks cleared the bases with a double.

In the 2nd inning, Sanchez, a.k.a. The Kraken, launched a home run into the 2nd deck in left field, measured at 430 feet. He did it again in the 4th, this one "only" 416 feet. These homers gave him 6 on the season. Sanchez has been able to thrive in peace, in comparison to his performance late last season, partly thanks to Judge's blasts in the 1st 1/3rd of this season.

If he's doing well because he hasn't gotten much attention, that's fine with me. I don't care why a Yankee does well, as long as he does it. If you think you're doing well because you changed your swing, or because you're seeing the ball better, or because an injury has healed, or because you're engaging in a whacked-out superstition, I'm not gonna tell you that's not the reason. I'm just gonna stay out of your way and let the dog eat.

The Yankees had given CC Sabathia a 4-0 lead before he even took the hill, and he cruised through the 1st 6 innings. He allowed a long home run of his own, to Kendrys Morales, in the 7th. Chad Green then came on, and allowed a long homer to Ezequiel Carrera in the 8th. But it didn't come close to mattering.

Yankees 12, Blue Jays 2. WP: Sabathia (6-2). No save. LP: Estrada (4-3).

The series continues tonight. Michael Pineda starts against Francisco Liriano.

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