The Yankees jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on for an 8-5 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon in Toronto. >> Box score
Things to know about today's game...
1) Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge hit solo home runs in the first inning and Brandon Drury hit a two-run double later in the inning to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Gardner drove in a pair of runs in the third inning when he hit a triple, giving him three RBI in the game.
2) Luis Severino wasn't at his best, but still turned in a quality start as he allowed three runs in five innings. He fell victim to the long ball: Kevin Pillar hit a two-run homer in the second and Randal Grichuk hit a solo shot in the fourth. Severino finished with five strikeouts and two walks.
3) Relievers Jonathan Holder and Chasen Shreve each allowed a run to score, but the Yankees clung to their lead. Didi Gregorius added an RBI single in the ninth to drove in Miguel Andujar for the team's eighth run.
4) LHP CC Sabathia was ejected in the third inning after arguing a called strike three while Kyle Higashioka was batting.
Highlights from today's game...
Got the jacks goin' back to back. pic.twitter.com/YD3tcfKwho- New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 7, 2018
The Yankees got off to a fast start and then tacked on (the offense even got some hits with runners in scoring position) to hold off the Blue Jays in a game in which their ace was not nearly as effective as he has been most of the season.
Severino was all over the strike zone, but the Blue Jays were fouling off pitches, extending their plate appearances. Severino allowed two home runs, which is enough proof that he was off his game, having allowed just six homers in his previous 18 starts.
The opposing starter, Happ, who the Yankees have been linked to as a trade option to bolster their rotation, didn't provide anything that would push the Yankees to pull the trigger. Obviously, the Yankees won't make their decision based on one start especially with Happ's impressive track record against teams in the American League East. Plus, the fact that he's a left-handed starter bodes well in Yankee Stadium, which means to stay tuned.
The Yankees and Blue Jays will wrap up their series on Sunday afternoon at 1:07 p.m. Domingo German will face Ryan Borucki in an afternoon matchup.