Giancarlo Stanton enjoyed a dream debut and Luis Severino picked up right where he left off in 2017 as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-1 on Opening Day, giving Aaron Boone his first managerial win. << Box score
While Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Giancarlo Stanton's bats stayed quiet, it was the bottom of the lineup that got the job done in this one. Newly acquired third baseman Brandon Drury showed off his opposite field power with a right field rope off the wall in the second to give the Yanks a one-run lead.
Drury, then, lined an RBI single through the left side to notch his second of the game. Tyler Wade also tacked on two runs with a bases-loaded double to knock Jays starter Aaron Sanchez out of the game in the sixth.
Masahiro Tanaka kept Toronto's bats at bay, as he allowed just one blemish -- a Randal Grichuk homer in the second -- over six innings to secure the win. He let up only three hits while striking out eight. Tanaka also set down 13 Blue Jays straight to finish his outing.
Though Aroldis Chapman allowed back-to-back doubles in the ninth to allow another run, he closed the door by striking out Grichuk to secure the victory.
The Yankees are now 2-0 to start the season for the first time since the 2005 season.
Most of the Yankees' success this season will likely come courtesy of the power in the middle of the lineup. However, there will be nights when the big boppers do not produce, and when that happens, someone is going to have to step up.
Tonight was one of those nights as Judge, Stanton, and Sanchez went a collective 0-for-12. No worries, Drury and Wade -- hitting eighth and ninth respectively -- delivered three hits and drove in all four Yankees runs.
If the Yankees are able to derive positive production from the bottom of the batting order more often than not, it will take immense pressure off the middle of the order hitters. More importantly, strong offensive performances from the bottom of the order will drive opponents crazy as pitchers (and managers) attempt to navigate what seems like an incredibly deep lineup.
What's Next: The Yankees play the third game of a four-game set with the Blue Jays tomorrow at 4:07 p.m.