A victorious start for the Blue Jays


Blue Jays fans were treated to 10 innings rather than nine on opening day in major league baseball and the Toronto team started the season with a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Thursday afternoon at New York.

Positioned on the second cushion to start the extra heat, as required by the rules, substitute runner Jonathan Davis came across home plate at the start of the 10th heat on a double from Randal Grichuk. He thus scored the point that made the difference.

Dominant, the Blue Jays reliever Julian Merryweather for his part prevented the Yankees from scoring at the end of the 10th, to the chagrin of the 10,850 fans gathered at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees seemed in a position to win late in the ninth inning, however, when runner Mike Tauchman, after stealing the second and third pillows, was pinned to home plate after a ground infield. Tauchman had previously taken advantage of the somewhat slow motion of reliever Jordan Romano to commit his theft.

The defensive game also pleased manager Charlie Montoyo, who did not hide the fact that the emphasis was placed on this aspect of the game during the offseason.

« It was our goal from the start, » he said after the game, according to the daily « Toronto Sun ». Rightly so, the conversation during the offseason was about our offense, but I told our team that in order to win and get to the playoffs, pitchers and defense [feront la différence]. « 

“It’s great to see that all the hard work has already paid off in Game 1. Our defense was exceptional. ”

Used at first on defense, Vladmir Guerrero Jr. did well in this first game of the season, securing a hit in two official batting appearances, having also drawn two walks. Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez was the big offensive hero for the Blue Jays, with three hits, including a solo homer, and two runs.

Taming Gerrit Cole

Facing excellent starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, the Jays scored two runs at his expense. In the second set, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. pushed Hernandez home with a single when there was no out. With two runners on the trails, Cole stifled the threat, however, when Rowdy Tellez first kicked a ball to first pad while Grichuk and Danny Jansen were later struck out.

Hernandez also hit his long ball against Cole. Then allowing Guerrero Jr. a walk, the Yankees ace left the game after five and a third innings of work, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. He had eight strikeouts, however.

Blue Jays starter Hyun-jin Ryu also allowed two runs in five and a third innings. Gary Sanchez hit a two-run homerun against Ryu late in the second inning.

After a day off Friday, the Blue Jays and Yankees will face off again on Saturday and Sunday in New York. The TVA Sports network will also be presenting the third duel in the series on Sunday afternoon, starting at 1 p.m.

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