The Yankees held off the Blue Jays for a 4-3 win in the Bronx as Aaron Judge homered in CC Sabathia's return from the DL. << Box score
Sabathia lasted 4.1 innings in his return, allowing two runs (none earned) on four hits with a strikeout and a walk. The bullpen behind him was stellar, combining for 4.2 innings allowing just one run.
Chad Green, 1.2 innings, and Dellin Betances, one inning, each didn't allow a baserunner, which was particularly important for Betances. David Robertson ran into trouble, giving up a run on two hits and two walks before Aroldis Chapman slammed the door shut by striking out the side, continuing his strong start to the season.
As for the bats, Judge smashed a home run after seeing his hitting streak end on Tuesday. It was his fifth homer of the year.
No Yankee hitter had a multi-hit game but eight of the nine got a hit, with Tyler Wade being the only hitless starter on the day, though he did register an RBI fielder's choice. He is batting just .086 in 35 at-bats.
Didi Gregorius and Ronald Torreyes drove in the other two Yankees' runs, both on singles.
The Yankees knew that they would not get a good deal of length from Sabathia, as he was coming off the disabled list today. That meant that the bullpen was going to have to be at the top of their game in a tight contest.
If this was 2017, confidence would have been at a high, but this season the bullpen has been anything but lockdown. However, Green and Betances came up big in their appearances. Robertson turned in one of his famous Houdini acts, getting out of a bases loaded, no outs jam he created, allowing only a run.
All of that relief work means nothing if the closer cannot do his job and for the first time this season, Chapman looked like the man the Yankees need to close out games. Chapman was electric; clocking fastballs over 100 mph with a nasty mid-80s slider.
If the bullpen can get fully back on track, it makes the Yankees a tough team to beat. Tonight may have been a step in that direction.