By Alfredo Alvarez
Miami, Flo-The Italians say that “La vendetta è un piatto che si mangia freddo”, which means: “Revenge is a dish that is eaten cold”. That’s what Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Yangervis Solarte did this afternoon when, in front of a wild Dellin Betances, he hit the ‘’108 seams Queen’’ over the center field fence to put his team ahead in the box score. And the Jays end up beating the Yankees 5-3.
Solarte, Major Leagues debut was with the New York Yankees in 2014. After having an amazing Spring Training that year, he finally got a in the 25 man roster. The reality was, he did well with the Bombers. Yangervis was a bit like Ronald Torreyes, but with more power. When he was hitting for an average of 254, with 6 homers and 34 RBIs, on July 22, he received the call from Girardi’s office, that call no player wants to receive. There, he was informed that he had been traded to the San Diego Padres, in exchange for third baseman Chase Headley and some cash. Sources close to Solarte say that he was very sad, but determined to continue his career wherever he went.
Today, after waiting 4 years, he face his former team, to which, without a doubt, he “spoil the party” as they say.
The first run of the game came in the bottom of the first. Josh Donaldson hit a line drive against the left field wall, over which rookie Billy McKinney, in an attempt to catch it, suffered an injury and was pulled from the game.
Then Justin Smoak, would bring Donaldson home with a single. Match 1-0.
Then on the bottom of the third, again the executioner Smoak, drove another run. This time a double to left, bringing home his teammate Steven Pearce. The scoreboard 2-0.
Top of the fifth, it would be the turn for first baseman Tyler Austin. At the first pitch he saw coming out of Marco Estrada, he destroyed the ball, hitting a 2-run homerun who landed on the 3 deck. Tied game.
Yankees starter C.C Sabathia had a decent start. Five innings pitched, 5 hits allowed, 2 runs scored, although only one earned, 4 strikeouts and 2 walks was his performance.
In the bottom of the sixth, manager Aaron Boone, called Adam Warren from his bullpen, in what was his first outing this 2018. Warren, dominated first inning hitter Randall Grichuk on a grounder to third. Then he gave a walk to center fielder Kevin Pillar and the next batter, Aledmys Diaz, connected a line straight to the mound, hitting Warren’s right foot, this despite the pain, he could complete the out at first, however he had to be immediately taken out of the game by the intense pain.
In his rescue would come Jonathan Holder, a boy who won the position this Spring. Holder, in a one-ball and one-strike count, allowed Luke Maile, the second catcher on the Toronto roster, to single, putting his team ahead 3-2.
The Bombers did not give up, and again Austin, showing his power, hit another home run to the left, this time he did not find anyone on base. Game tied at 3.
The fateful 8th episode of this Bronx soup opera would arrive. Betances came to pitch since the 7th inning. But manager Boone, decided to give one more episode of work to Dellin, despite the fact that in his previous outing he had allowed a run and previously, in the 7th inning, if not by a canon shot to second by catcher Gary Sanchez, who caught stealing Granderson, it would have been complicated.
In a 2 balls no strikes count, as you already know, Solarte kiss “Doña Pelota” good bye.
After striking out Grichuk, Pillar got a hit and then Betances gave Diaz a chocolate (strikeout). With Maile at bat, Pillar went out to steal second and came successfully, because Dellin did not take care of it at all. There began the well-known control issues of Betances, giving base on ball to Luke Maile and with Gift Ngoepe at bat, Pillar decided to put his bandit mask and stole third base with impunity. Also Maile would steal second, in front of a Dellin that was not paying any attention to the runners. Then, to top it off, Kevin Pillar, who was still a kleptomaniac, went out to steal homeplate and Betances with a wild pitch allowed him to get through without problems, scoring the Jays’ 5th and last run.
The winner was Ryan Tepera (1-0), and the lost went to Betances (0-1), Roberto Osuna saved the game (1).
Why leave Betances open the eighth? Why Boone did allowed him to reach 40 pitches, when it is known that Dellin is not at his best? Having, in addition, a bullpen so deep.
The series between Toronto and New York will reach its final tomorrow, when at 1:00 PM, Marcus Stroman will climb the mound for the Blue Jays while for the Yankees the right-hander Sonny Gray will take the ball.
Images were taken from MLB.tv
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