Marco Estrada tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball and Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson both hit solo homers as the Blue Jays blanked the Yankees 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
It’s the eighth consecutive victory for the Blue Jays, who now stand just 1 1/2 games back of New York in the American League East standings.
Toronto beat the Yankees 2-1 on Friday and 6-0 on Saturday. This is the first time the Yankees have been shut out in back-to-back games since May of 1999, per MLB’s Stat of the Day Twitter feed.
Troy Tulowitzki must be loving all this winning stuff. He’s been a part of 11 wins and only one loss since leaving the last-place Rockies on July 28.
Game two of the three-game showdown between the first and second place team in the AL East is going on in the Bronx as we speak. And the results are thus far unspeakable for Yankees fans. The Jays currently hold a 5-0 lead entering the top of the eighth inning.
It was a pitchers matchup until the top of the sixth when Ivan Nova loaded the bases with one out thanks to two walks and a single. At that point he was at 100 pitches and clearly didn’t have anything left. Yet, for reasons he’ll hopefully provide after the game, Joe Girardi decided to let him stay in to face one more batter, Justin Smoak. Nova tossed a hanging curveball. Smoak did this:
d it was 4-0. In the seventh, Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo shot to make it 5-0, which is where we stand now.
If the score holds up the Jays will be two and a half back of New York, who has, as of this writing, scored four runs in their past four games.
The Dbacks are trading dudes off to contenders left and right. First Oliver Perez to the Astros, now Cliff Pennington to the Blue Jays, reports Chris Cotillo. The return: infielder Dawel Lugo.
Pennington is hitting .237/.314/.281 with one homer and 10 RBI in 135 at-bats on the season. He’ll likely serve as a backup to Ryan Goins and Troy Tulowitzki. Lugo, 20, plays for high-A Dunedin where he’s hitting .219/.258/.292 on the year.