Jays knock off Yankees
TORONTO—The youngsters are getting a shot with the Toronto Blue Jays now that the last-place team essentially is focused on next season.
Players like Ryan Goins, Anthony Gose, and Moises Sierra showed what they could do in yesterday’s 7-2 victory over the N.Y. Yankees.
“This is their opportunity,” said Jays’ manager John Gibbons.
“They bring a lot of energy to the field, a lot of intensity,” he noted.
“It’s fun to watch them play.”
Toronto (60-74) jumped out to an early four-run lead before Edwin Encarnacion made it a 6-0 game in the second inning with a two-run homer.
Starter Todd Redmond (2-2) was effective over 5 2/3 innings as the Jays won the rubber match of the three-game series in front of 36,565 fans at Rogers Centre.
New York (70-63) fell 5.5 games back in the wild-card race and 8.5 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.
“Any loss at this point in the season is rough on us,” said Yankees’ catcher Chris Stewart.
It was Toronto’s first series win of the season against the Yankees. Redmond said team defence was a big factor.
“You have to give it up to those guys,” he remarked.
“The ball is smoked down the line and Edwin made a diving play, Gose running in and making a diving play, and Brett [Lawrie] with that [catch off a] line drive.
“Great plays all around,” Redmond lauded. “I have to take my hat off to those guys.”
Goins has hit safely in his first six major-league games and boasts an impressive .455 batting average.
He showed off his arm in the fourth inning with a perfect throw from shallow right-field to nail Alex Rodriguez at the plate.
Gibbons likes what he has seen from the rookie, who spent most of the season at ‘AAA’ Buffalo.
“You name it—defence, offence, and he’s in tune with things,” Gibbons said.
“He doesn’t look in awe, you know.”
Gose, meanwhile, showed his range in the fifth inning by sprinting into shallow centre-field to make a tremendous diving catch that robbed Stewart of a base hit.
“He can flat out play centre-field with anybody,” Gibbons said.
“He’s like anybody else. He was here last year but he’s still feeling his way around, trying to establish himself.
“He’s doing some nice jobs for us,” Gibbons added.
The Jays batted around in the first inning against New York starter Hiroki Kuroda (11-10). Goins got things started with a double and Adam Lind reached on a walk.
Lawrie, from Langley, B.C., then drove them both in with a two-out double to the gap in left-centre.
After Rajai Davis was hit by a pitch, J.P. Arencibia struck out but ran to first base when Stewart gave up a passed ball.
Stewart’s throw to first was wide and ended up rolling into foul territory, allowing both Lawrie and Davis to score on the error.
Goins singled in the second inning and Encarnacion followed with his 34th home run of the season—a rainbow shot that left him one RBI short of the 100 plateau.
Arencibia made it 7-0 an inning later when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Reyes.
Redmond rolled through the first three innings but gave up a pair of runs in the fourth.
Elsewhere in the AL, Kansas City dumped Minnesota 8-1, Texas pounded Seattle 12-4, Oakland bombed Detroit 14-4, Boston edged Baltimore 4-3, Tampa Bay beat L.A. 4-1, and Chicago downed Houston 6-1.