9. Blue Jays hang a very crooked number on Yankees
So far in 2020, the Toronto Blue Jays have played baseball games in three months; July, August and Yankees.
With all 10 of their games against the Bronx Bombers coming in the month of September, the Blue Jays knew they would be playing for their playoff lives against a team picked by many to win the World Series this season.
So, what better way to open up against New York than with a game that featured a 10-run inning?
After jumping out to a 6-2 lead by the sixth, it didn’t look like it would be the Blue Jays’ night in Buffalo. But, as cliché as it is, the Blue Jays simply never gave in.
To lead off the bottom of the sixth, Santiago Espinal grit his teeth through a 10-pitch battle with Chad Green to work a walk. After Danny Jansen flied out (don’t worry, he’ll be back), Cavan Biggio walked and Randal Grichuk reach on an infield single, loading the bases for Rowdy Tellez.
Green got Tellez to ground to first, but Yankees 1B Luke Voit couldn’t handle the slow roller. Tellez reached and Espinal scored, making the score 6-3. That was the end of the line for Green, as Adam Ottavino was set to take over. Spoiler alert, he didn’t fare much better.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled to right to score Biggio and Grichuk. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. singled to score Tellez and mover Guerrero Jr. to third. After a Jonathan Villar walk, Travis Shaw singled to score Guerrero Jr. and Gurriel Jr. The Blue Jays now had the lead, 8-6.
With still only one out, Joe Panik took a walk to load the bases yet again. Danny Jansen stepped to the plate, and promptly blasted a grand slam to left centre.
Although they fell one run short of tying their franchise record for most runs in an inning, the Blue Jays won the game 12-7 and split their 10 games with the Yankees 5-5. Not bad, considering the payroll discrepancy.