Article Written by Travis Aylward (@travaylward)
Coming into this series, it was all about Saturday's pitching matchup; Happ vs. Severino. Nonetheless, let’s take a look at the series opener.
Game 1 of this three game series featured Sam Gaviglio vs. Sonny Gray. As mentioned in the series preview, Sonny Gray has been struggling as of late, and that trend continued against Toronto. Gray pitched just 2 innings Friday night - his shortest outing of the season - giving up 6 hits and 5 earned runs. The Blue Jays did most of their damage against Gray in the bottom the 2nd inning. It started with a double by Randal Grichuk. Aledmys Diaz followed and instead of trying to do too much, he had a fine piece of hitting -- intentionally grounding out to Neil Walker to move Grichuk up to third. Devon Travis then singled to drive in Grichuk. Travis is later brought home by a Granderson single. Yangervis Solarte then gets on base with a single of his own. Solarte and Granderson are both brought home after Smoak homers on an 0-1 count.
Gaviglio on the other hand was cruising. He was getting 1st pitch strikes, his fastball was good, and he was mixing in his breaking ball which was also good. All was well, and then the fourth inning rolled around. Romine, Gardener, and Judge all singled to load the bases. Gaviglio then walked Hicks to bring in Romine from third. That was the end of Sammy G’s night after just 4.1 innings. John Gibbons then called in Joe Biagini to get out of the inning. Biagini got out of the jam by striking out Stanton and getting Gregorius to line out. Joe Biagini ended up pitching 1.2 innings where he gave up 0 hits, 0 runs, and didn’t walk a batter.
Following Sonny Gray’s departure from the game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone called on David Hale from the pen. Hale was outstanding. There aren’t many relievers left that can give you multiple innings, nevermind 5 innings. Hale pitched 5.2 innings giving up only 5 hits. After Biagini came in and did his job, Loup, Oh, Axford, and Clippard managed to finish the final 3 innings.
Kevin Pillar went 1/3 on the night, while adding to his highlight reel in the top of the 2nd.
J.A. Happ takes the mound tonight against Luis Severino in the very anticipated battle of the aces. The outing starts at 4:07 PM EST and can be caught on Sportsnet.
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