TORONTO – The Yankees show on Monday night. After months of speculation and worry about whether the Yankee will be able to bring their entire roster through the strict Canadian COVID vaccine travel requirements for players, the first-place Bombers showed up with their full roster on Monday night. Gleber Torres homed and singled out the Yankees’ full offense as they defeated the Blue Jays 3-2 at the Rogers Center in the first of a three-game series.
In Torres’ ninth inning, an RBI single gave the Yankees (17-6) their 10th consecutive win and 12th of their last 13 matches.
“It’s exciting, those situations. When we face really good teams, I have the opportunity to do something for my team and try to be myself. Try to be in control. …. I don’t want to be overly aggressive. I just want to get the ball in play and help my team,” Torres said. “I know the people behind me. So mentally wise it is really relaxing. If they don’t throw anything to hit me, I know the guy behind me can do the job. So this is a plan for me. Whenever I wake up in that situation, I just try to do my job.
“At the end of the day, I’m just trying to help my team win.”
Torres has scored nine runs in his last six games, and the three he scored on Monday night were huge, as they were up against the Blue Jays (15–9), whom the Bombers know are part of the American League East. Will fight for the whole season. Opportunity.
Giancarlo Stanton took the lead in ninth place with a ground-ball single in the middle. Running to the right fielder, Tim Locastro finished second to get into the scoring position. Matt Chapman caught Josh Donaldson’s broken bat, soft ground ball well and checked Locastro into second before being dismissed first. Aaron Hicks was dismissed for a second time before Torres regained the lead to take Locastro from a line-drive single to right-center field.
“We’ve seen it all year – even when he struggles, he’s been late in those tough situations, it’s almost like I think he’s been like that throughout his career.” He really fought and he has so much ability to use the whole field and go the other way. And when he’s at his best, he does it,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. And I think he focuses a little bit in those situations. So when he got there I was thinking no one is better right now. And he put a big swing on it. ,
Jordan Montgomery allowed two earned runs off six hits. He did not play a batsman and got out for five runs. He got 13 swings and misses, six each on his changeup and curveball and one on his sinker.
Torres gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the fourth. The second baseman drove an opposite field home into the visitors’ bullpen in right field. The 376-foot shot was Torres’ third home run of the season. This went to Donaldson, who had reached a single.
That’s all he got support, but Montgomery has gotten used to it. He has been supported by an average of 3.74 runs per start since the start of the 2021 season, which is the fourth lowest among the majors.
“I think it would be very selfish for me to think like that,” Montgomery said of his lack of run support. “I’m trying my best. They’re all trying their best. They’re playing great defense. Stanton played a great game. Lots of ground balls that (Isiah Kiner-Falefa) got into the hole. Which wasn’t easy. So I’m just trying to go out there and throw strikes and keep us in it.
And despite giving those two runs back at the bottom of the innings, Montgomery and the bullpen battled a dangerous lineup. George Springer led with a single and scored from Bo Bichette’s double. Matt Chapman drives with a single at the Blue Jays’ shortstop.
Montgomery delivered a leadoff single to Bichette in the sixth and Boone went on to get a lefty. Jonathan Loisiga, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., walked in as the first batsman he encountered, before coaxing a double play ground ball from Lourdes Guriel, Jr., before hitting Chapman to trap Bichette in third.
Miguel Castro came in for two dismissals and then Clay Holmes played a scoreless innings of 1.1. Chad Green came in to close it, earning his first save of the season.
There were concerns about strict vaccine requirements for overseas visitors to Canada’s Yankees this spring, with some players still unaffiliated as of March. On Monday, however, every player on the 26-man roster was in Toronto – meaning they were vaccinated – and available to play.
“It’s clearly what I expected. And luckily we’re in the position that we’ve all been able to be here,” Boone said before Monday night’s game.