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Yankees 2 Blue Jays 1 | German and Gardner win series for the Yanks

Stacey Gotsulias

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Domingo German pitched six strong innings, giving up one run on four hits with five strikeouts and Brett Gardner provided the spark in extras to defeat the Blue Jays 2-1 in 10 innings. The Yankees won the series and now head to Baltimore for a doubleheader on Monday.

Turning point:

Greg Bird walked to start off the top of the 10th inning and Aaron Boone went to the bench, getting the newly called up and speedy Tyler Wade to pinch run for the notoriously slow Bird. The Yankees then played a little small bird with Austin Romine laying down a sac bunt to advance Wade to second. Then the oldest tenured Yankee, Brett Gardner delivered what would become the game-winning single.

Three Takeaways:

—The Yankees are still having issues getting hits with runners in scoring position. Of course, the one hit they did get helped them win but this has been an issue for the past week or so. The offense, once again, scored to open up the game, which is a good thing but they had chances to score more than one run all game and couldn’t do it until the 10th inning.

—Adam Warren and Chad Green combined for three scoreless innings after German exited. Warren gave up two hits in two innings while striking out three. Green pitched one inning and struck out one. He also picked up the win.

—David Robertson came in to pitch the bottom of the 10th and had no trouble setting down Curtis Granderson, Teoscar Hernandez, and Yangervis Solarte to end the game, the series and pick up the save. The good thing about the Yankees bullpen is that they have a number of guys who can fill in as closer while Chapman is nursing his knee injury. Robertson is one, Dellin Betances is another.

Player of the game:

I’ll go with Garder today. He provided the Yankees with their winning run which was an opposite-field hit to left. It was his only hit of the game, and he was having issues with stranding runners on base so it was good to see him snap out of that funk in time to pick up the win.

Stacey Gotsulias is a writer based in New York. She currently writes for BP Bronx and is an author of Baseball Prospectus. You can follow her on Twitter @StaceGots.

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