It was an eventful night at the Rogers Centre, but another late-inning home run from Aaron Judge sealed New York’s second straight win over Toronto with a 6-3 victory on Tuesday night. If you were looking for a game with sticky stuff ejections, coaching staff-to-coaching staff chirping, and an emphasis on the coach’s boxes along the foul lines, this one was for you!
Erik Swanson gave up the home run to Judge in the 8th inning, and it came on his slider, a pitch he seldom throws. Swanson loaded the bases after the homer, but he was able to escape the jam without any further damage. Nonetheless, it was probably Swanson’s worst outing as a Blue Jay, and it came at a cost. After the game, the Sportsnet crew mentioned how Swanson’s best pitches are his fastball and splitter, and that’s what he needs to use when facing the game’s best.
It’s not exactly where you want to throw a slider to Aaron Judge. #BlueJays pic.twitter.com/LV1F1kwryC
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) May 17, 2023
Blue Jays Nation’s Player of the Game: Kevin Gausman
It wasn’t a scoreless outing of dominance, but it was a much-needed excellent start from Gausman tonight. He went seven innings on the night, giving up five hits, two earned runs, two walks, and ten strikeouts. Tonight marked Gausman’s 4th 10+ strikeout game of the season.
While the splitter was once again elite, Gausman’s best pitch of the night was a four-seam fastball he threw in the 5th inning to strike out Judge. Judge was up to bat with a runner on third and two outs, and it was a situation that the Blue Jays could’ve very easily put him on base with …
Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation