Yankees OF Brett Gardner plated the game-winning run in the top of the 10th as New York came away with the victory in a 2-1 pitcher's duel in Toronto on Sunday >> Box score
Things to know about today's game...
1) A couple of young arms in Domingo German and Ryan Borucki took the Rogers Centre mound, and they showcased their skill. German was cruising for the Yankees until a 4th-inning scare that he eventually worked his way out of. Kendrys Morales would get him with a solo homer in the sixth, but that was all he allowed in his six strong frames. Borucki allowed one run in the first, but the Yankees couldn't figure him out after that. He finished seven innings to earn a no-decision as well.
2) The Yankees played some perfect fundamental baseball to set themselves up for the win in the end. After Greg Bird was hit by a pitch, Austin Romine laid down a great bunt to first base to move Bird to second. That set up Gardner's RBI single, and ultimately showed the Yanks don't have to mash their way to victory every game.
2) The Yankees' bullpen was rock solid after German left. Adam Warren allowed just two hits over his two innings of work, while striking out three as well. Chad Green, who picked up the win, and David Robertson didn't allow a hit in the 9th and 10th innings respectively.
3) It was a good day for the Yankees' big bats in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Judge went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Stanton was 2-for-5 with a double.
Will you look at that: the Yankees can win close games with small ball tactics.
In the 10th inning, the Yankees squeaked across a run courtesy of a hit-by-pitch, a sacrifice bunt and a run-scoring single. The first run of the game came on a ground out, and those two runs were all the Yankees would need with solid pitching throughout. The Yanks still went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, but the one base knock was the game winner.
On the mound, German did everything the Yankees hoped he could and the bullpen was once again spectacular. German is a work in progress, but he showed some guile today when he worked in and out of a bases-loaded jam.
German is going to have ups and downs as a rookie, however, there is a reasonable chance that he can continue to improve in various ways this season as the club's fifth starter.
Highlight's from Today's Game...
The Yankees travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles in a four-game series, beginning with a doubleheader on Monday at 4:05 p.m. CC Sabathia gets the ball for the Yanks in Game 1, while the O's starter has yet to be named. Luis Cessa will face Yefry Ramirez in Game 2.