1st Win of the Year! 5 Reasons Why NY 5 Toronto 3 on 4-3-21

Corey Kluber pitched well enough, Gary Sanchez hit another homer, the new lefty Jay Bruce got a big 2-RBI hit, and the bullpen did their job in carrying the Yanks to their 1st win of the year, 5-3 over Toronto at a sunny but chilly 55-degree, Saturday afternoon in the Bronx.

The reasons why it was 5-3 NY:

1. Kluber Danced thru 4 Innings

It was Corey Kluber‘s first game as a Yankee. He finished with 4 innings, 5 hits, and 1 run allowed. He struck out 5; walked 3. He was able to pitch through most of the trouble. In the first he allowed the first two batters — shortstop Marcus Semien and 2nd baseman Cavan Biggio — to single, but then got a double play and struck out cleanup hitter and right fielder Teoscar Hernandez — his first strikeout as a Yank.

The Yanks gave Kluber the lead in the bottom of the 2nd when a DJ LeMahieu infield single plated a run. In the 3rd, Kluber walked 2, in between 3 strikeouts. On the second strikeout, Gary Sanchez tried to nab the runner on 3rd but threw errantly allowing the runner to score and make it 1-1.

But the Yanks got more runs for Kluber in the 4th, giving him a 3-1 lead — a Gary Sanchez homer made it 2-1 NY, and an Aaron Hicks infield single with bases loaded later in the inning made it 3-1 NY.

Kluber allowed a lead-off homer to Semien in the 5th and was lifted for Jonathan Loaisiga.

2. Sanchez with Another Homer

Gary Sanchez belted his second homer in 2 games — a blast to left in the bottom of the 4th to put the Yankees up 2-1.

3. Bruce with the Big Hit

Jay Bruce — acquired as a lefty power bat in this almost entirely righty Yankee lineup — who now has become the regular 1st baseman until Luke Voit returns — got a big 2-out, 2-strike, bases-loaded bloop hit to the opposite field to plate 2 runs in the 7th to give the Yanks a 5-2 lead.

4. Bullpen Did It’s Job

Jonathan Loaisiga pitched 2 shutout, no-hit innings, and struck out 3. He is an important pitcher for the Yanks this year. There are some who whisper he might be a young Mariano Rivera?

Darren O’Day pitched ok and Chad Green came in throwing smoke in the 9th; all Toronto could do could pop his rising 95 MPH fastball up for pop outs. He got the save; Loaisiga the win.

5. Yank Batters Get Hits

Aaron Judge got 2 hits; Gio Urshela got 2 hits; Clint Frazier went 1-3 with a walk; Gleyber Torres got a hit and a walk; DJ LeMahieu got 2 hits; Giancarlo Stanton walked twice. Great day for the batters as Yanks got 11 hits. Yanks did leave 12 on base but who cares they won.

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