Getting walked off is never a good feeling, but it’s even worse when it’s a game that the Blue Jays would admit they should have won.
Toronto struggled to get runs across all day, and, despite a clutch Danny Jansen home run in the 9th inning, they were walked off in the bottom of the frame by DJ LeMahieu as the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 3-2.
LeMahieu was given a very good opportunity to end the game, as there were no outs and the bases were loaded. Anthony Rizzo led off the inning with a double, and from there, Jordan Romano was unable to reach stability on the base paths.
Blue Jays Nation’s Player of the Game: Alek Manoah
Almost a week after Alek Manoah failed to live up to his end of a pitcher’s duel against Shane McClanahan and Tampa Bay, he got a second chance against one of the game’s elite this afternoon against Gerrit Cole. This time, Manoah looked the expectations in the face and exceeded them, as he dominated the Yankees’ lineup this afternoon.
Alek Manoah, 94mph Two Seamer and 83mph Slider, Overlay pic.twitter.com/qUsR2H5skd
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 22, 2023
With the kind of introduction I gave, it’d almost be criminal not to hand this title to The Big Man. For the day, he threw seven innings while only giving up two hits, no runs, one walk, and five strikeouts. While the numbers are great, Manoah looked like the pitcher we knew in 2021 and 2022: nothing short of dominant.
With only two hits given up, Manoah had a pair of long streaks of retired batters. He …
Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation