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Justin Smoak was the hero in Toronto

By Alfredo Alvarez

Miami, Flo – Justin Smoak bat is “smoking hot”. This afternoon the Jays slugger hit twon homers one of them a grand slam and the Blue Jays beat the Yankees by a final score of 7-4.

The first run of the game came in the bottom of the second, scored by Kevin Pillar thanks to an RBI single from Devon Travis.

On the top of the third, the Yankees would produce a rally of 4, thanks to a double by Didi Gregorius who found Stanton on bases,

then Neil Walker would bring Gregorius to the plate with a single

and two others would be scored thanks to the 2-run home run by Brandon Drury (his first as a Yankee). Scoreboard 4-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, Sonny Gray already had 84 pitches and after allowing a single to Justin Smoak, manager Aaron Boone decided that with 89 pitches it was time to use his bullpen and so he sent Gray to the showers, with 4 innings of labor, 7 hits allowed, 1 run that was earned, 8 strikeouts and 3 walks.

In his help would enter the right-hander Chad Green, who pitched 2 impressive innings, allowing only one hit and fanning 4.

In the bottom of the seventh, the first baseman Justin Smoak, hit a long shot over the center field wall, finding Josh Donaldson on the base pads and this was against the hard thrower Tommy Kahnle. And just like that, the Blue Jays were back on the scoreboard 4-3.

The key moment of the game would come in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded, and the protagonist would be again Justin Smoak. This time facing right-hander pitcher David Robertson, Smoak decided to take the “Queen of the 108 seams” out for a visit to the center field bleachers. This grand slam will give the scoreboard a 360 degree turn and now the Jays took the lead 7-4 to end with Yankees happiness this Easter and literally transformed into an April’s fool.

My analysis

Why walking intentionally Donaldson who’s hitting an anemic 154, to pitch to a hitter who has 7 hits in his last 11 at-bats including a homerun in the previous inning? Why taking out Sonny Gray in the fifth and don’t let him try to complete the inning? He had only 89 pitches. Why not to bring the lefty Chasen Shreve against Smoak? It is well known that Justin Smoak is a better hitter on the left side.

The Yankees are now flying to New York, where tomorrow at 1:00 PM they face the Tampa Bay Rays, in what will be the first game at the baseball cathedral, Yankee Stadium.

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Alfredo Alvarez
Alfre Alvarez, conocido como “El Cirujano del Béisbol”, creador del blog: “Con Las Bases Llenas” (, escribe para 990 ESPN Deportes, Sports Made in USA, Empire Sports Media y la revista “Pisa y Corre”. Locutor y co-creador de Radiografía Deportiva, un programa radial deportivo en y además creador y locutor de los podcast: “Con Las Bases Llenas” y “La Semana de los Bombarderos”.

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