Like a good Gleyber, Torres was there.
Gleyer Torres hit a 2-run homer in the 4th to put NY up 2-0, and hit a HUGE, 2-out RBI single in the top of the 9th to put NY up 3-2 — the game winner. While Torres was accounting for all the Yankee offense, Jordan Montgomery pitched 5 solid innings, and the NY bullpen shut out Toronto for 4 innings to gain the win.
It was the Yankees 10th win in a row, improving their MLB-leading record to 17-6, and in so doing they sent 2nd-place Toronto to 15-9.
1. A Good Gleyber
Gleyber Torres came into the game having hit the ball hard recently, raising his average to .222 — well off the interstate.
In the top of the 4th, Josh Donaldson singled off Toronto starter Ross Stripling and with 2 outs, Gleyber ripped a 92-MPH fastball for an opposite field homer to right and a 2-0 Yankee lead.
It is Gleyber Day! He puts the Yankees ahead 2-0
Like a Good Gleyber, Torres is There! pic.twitter.com/ktcOvJt23x
— John Sterling Calls (@JSterlingCalls) May 3, 2022
2. Monty Solid
Jordan Montgomery pitched well for another no decision. He has pitched well in all of his 5 starts this season, and has no wins. He is 0-1 2.88.
Monty got into trouble in the 4th — allowing 2 runs while facing the heart of the Blue Jay lineup — one of the best lineups in baseball:
- A leadoff single by George Springer and double by Bo Bichette scored a run to make it 2-1 NY.
- With the runner on 2nd and nobody out, Monty got Vladimir Guerrero Jr.to lineout to Aaron Judge in center, and got Lourdes Gurriel Jr.to groundout.
- But with 2 outs, Matt Chapman singled for a run to tie the game 2-2.
- Monty allowed another single but got out of the inning without more runs coming across and pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning.
After Monty allowed a leadoff single to Bichette in the 6th, Boone brought in the Jonathan Loaisiga with Monty at 65 pitches (49 strikes).
“I think he pitched real well,” said Aaron Boone afterwards of Monty. “He was pounding the strike zone; his secondary stuff was good. He was pitch efficient against a tough righty lineup. He kept it right there and allowed the bullpen to do their thing.”
3. Bullpen Holds Toronto Scoreless
Loaisiga walked Guerrero Jr — the first batter he faced, but then got a big double play ball, and struck out Matt Chapman to end the 6th — a BIG performance from him. He has not pitched well this year — thus the reason why he’s become a 6th inning pitcher versus the setup man.
Miguel Castro pitched most of the 7th — awesome stuff but wild and allowed a walk and a double sandwiching two outs — relieved by Clay Holmes who got a HUGE 3rd out — getting Springer to groundout with 2nd and 3rd, 2 outs.
Holmes escaped the 8th — allowing two singles but getting a Huge double play to get out of the inning.
4. Gleyber Game Winner
Giancarlo Stanton started the 9th by RIPPING a single past the infield to center off reliever Yimi Garia — exit velocity well over 100. Don’t tell the analytics guys that exit velocity doesn’t have meaning.
Tim Locastro ran for Stanton, and stole 2nd base. HUGE. Don’t tell the analytics people that stealing bases is not the strategic thing to do.
Slick ‘n slide. @TimmyLo16 🏃💨 pic.twitter.com/2uHMhtCgxy
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 3, 2022
Josh Donaldson grounded out to 3rd base, and Aaron Hicks struck out — sending Gleyber to the plate with 2 out, runner on 2nd. Gleyber ripped the first pitch to him — an 82-MPH curveball — to right center for the go-ahead win. HUGE.
Have a night, Gleyber 👏 pic.twitter.com/UbiHaix0qV
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 3, 2022
Gleyber finished 2-4 with the homer and 3 RBI’s — improving his slash line to 3-12-.239 (.274 OBP).
5. Green for the Save
The Yanks had a 3-2 lead and all of Yankee Twitter’s eyes turned to the bullpen — to see who would be coming in. Aroldis Chapman had pitched the previous 2 games — would he be coming in for a 3rd straight game?
Not — Chad Green came in.
A huge “Oh Crap” from Yankee Twitter. Green has been a homerun waiting to happen recently.
But Green — facing the bottom end of the order — pitched a 1-2-3 inning — strikeout looking of DH Alejandro Kirk, strikeout swinging of 2nd baseman Santiago Espinal, and fly out to right by right fielder Raimel Tapia for the old ballgame.
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