The Yankees finally got on the board in the top of the 13th thanks to blasts from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to down the Blue Jays, 3-0, in extras Wednesday night. >> Box score
Things to know about tonight's game
1) With the game still knotted in a 0-0 tie in the 13th inning, Judge and Stanton each delivered a blast over the left field fence to put the first runs on the board. Judge waited on a 1-2 curveball from Joe Biagini, and launched it to the seats to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead. Two batters later Stanton hit an absolute laser to left for a solo shot. It measured a 119.3 mph exit velocity.
2) Sonny Gray was lights out for the Yankees, tossing eight shutout innings where he allowed just two hits. He got out of a big jam in the fifth thanks to bad baserunning from Justin Smoak, who was thrown out at home after a grounder to Miguel Andujar. After a walk, he induced a double play ball to end the inning. The two hits allowed in the fifth were the only ones Gray had in his box score at the end of his outing. He struck out eight as well.
3) The Yankees' bullpen was dominant to keep the Jays off the board all night. After Gray allowed just two hits, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman allowed only one hit apiece, while Chad Green and David Robertson were perfect. Chapman notched his 15th save of the season.
The Yankees picked one heck of a time to go scoreless for 12 innings -- when Sonny Gray had his best performance in pinstripes. In the end, it's about the win, and the Yankees walked away with one courtesy of big bombs from their gargantuan right and left fielders.
We know this offense can be explosive, but over the last few games, it has become just as evident that they lack the ability to play small ball when the situation warrants it. Far too many Yankees go up to the plate hacking away for a home run when they can have a better approach and still hit a home run. Today it worked, tomorrow it may not, and it seems the Yankees are fine with it.
The star of the game was still Gray. The Yankees righty, who has been much maligned (and rightfully so at times), has mixed in some very solid efforts with some atrocious ones over his last several outings. Gray has also put together some seriously skewed home/road ERA splits since being acquired by the Yankees last summer (6.44 ERA at home and 2.51 ERA on the road).
Gray's talent level is apparent, but in order for the Yankees to be able to fully trust him, he is going to have to figure out how to pitch in Yankee Stadium. If he can do that, the Yankees might just have the pitcher they believed they traded for last July.
Highlights from Tonight's game...
The Yankees travel back to New York City, but not to the Bronx. Instead, they will face their crosstown rival, the New York Mets, in Queens on Friday at 7:10 p.m. Mets ace Jacob deGrom (1.49 ERA) will face off against Masahiro Tanaka (4.79 ERA).