Whoever decided that Saturdays were meant to be fun and relaxing did not have today in mind, looking at the Yankees‘ performance over 20 innings of misery.
The incident happened in the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Yankees Stadium on Saturday.Tulowitzki backpedaled to catch a pop fly off the bat of Didi Gregorius and Pillar ran into him while trying to chase down the ball.
The addition of Tulowitzki to Toronto is almost synonymous with the Blue Jays winning surge up the AL East. The loss of Tulowitzki, or anything less than a 100 percent Tulo could impact the Blue Jays, but at this point it appears the offense is too good to fall off.
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Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki exited Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader with the New York Yankees with a shoulder injury after colliding with center fielder Kevin Pillar. Nobody ever gives up.
In the clubhouse afterward the Yankees did their best to sound confident. “That’s pretty special to have”.
The Blue Jays delivered a potentially shattering combo of gut punches to the Yankees’ division title hopes Saturday, sweeping the twin bill to drop the Bombers 4.5 games back in the American League East standings with just 21 games left.
Travis d’Arnaud led off the ninth with a ground-rule double against Arodys Vizcaino (2-1), and pinch-runner Eric Young Jr. scored from second on Johnson’s single for a 5-4 lead.
The Nationals out-hit the Marlins 7-5 but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, and their lone run was unearned. “We still have four games with (the Blue Jays)”. Brett Gardner, however, was locked in all day, and sent a 2-0 sinker to the right field seats for a 3-run homer.
Shortstop Ryan Goins accounted for the first run of the night with an infield single and second baseman Cliff Pennington drove in the next two with a two-run home run.
He was taken out after a 33-minute rain delay in the middle of the sixth. “And it’s only going to get better from here”. “I tried everything in my book to throw strikes. This offence is incredible, I realize that, so I just tried to attack out there”. This time, the Yankees struck first with the long ball when Brett Gardner hit a home run in the first inning. But the highs on this day for the Yankees were minimal, to say the least.
“Bautista”s second homer of the afternoon, a solo shot on a 99-mph Dellin Betances fastball to lead off the eighth, gave Toronto a 5-4 lead but its bullpen could not hold on, often the case over the years against the Yankees.
“It actually felt like an instructional league game”, Gibbons said playfully. “Nobody there and you hear all the rags”.
Added Lowe: “We travel so well”. “It seems like we’ve found renewed energy in the fact that we’re in first place and we’ve got a chance”. He struck out seven and walked two after losing consecutive starts and four of his last five decisions. Josh Donaldson leads Toronto with 169 hits and 119 RBI while Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista have combined for 200 RBI.
“I’m proud of these guys”, said Jays manager John Gibbons.
Bryan Mitchell walked the first batter he faced. Yet another pitcher the Yankees might have been rumored to acquire pre-trade deadline. His nine RBIs set a Royals record for one game.
Tulowitzki was attended to by a trainer and walked off on his own, although with a limp.
“Bird hammered it”, said Pennington.