Monday, May 30, 2016
Right-hander Marco Estrada rose to the occasion when the Blue Jays needed him the most, tossing eight scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday night at Rogers Centre.
Estrada scattered three hits and three walks while striking out six in his seventh quality start of the year. He has gone at least seven innings during each of his last three starts and has now picked up a victory against New York in back-to-back outings.
The veteran starter could not have picked a better time to go deep into a game. The Blue Jays had four relievers unavailable, and manager John Gibbons lamented the health of his bullpen prior to the game. Almost everybody needed a day of rest, and Estrada provided it.
“He was great again,” Gibbons said of Estrada, who became the second pitcher in Toronto history to defeat the Yankees in back-to-back outings. “It was really the exact outing we had to have.
“To be honest, I’ve seen him do that many times, so I can’t say he had one of his best outings, because he does that a lot. But he stepped up, and he just faced these guys the other day. That makes it even tougher on a pitcher, when everybody is familiar with you. He has been a great pitcher for us.”
Right-hander Ivan Nova picked up the loss for the Yankees after allowing four runs on eight hits, a walk and four strikeouts. The big blows came on RBI doubles by Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders, plus a solo home run by shortstop Ryan Goins.
Ivan Nova was not good, but this was once again pretty much all on the offense. Another pathetic performance. This clearly will not be even a decent team if no one on the team can hit.