Things were going smoothly for the Toronto Blue Jays in the first five innings in the two-game series in the Bronx stadium. Yusei Kikuchi, the starting pitcher of the Jays, held the New York Yankees without a hit and had built a 3-0 lead. But then, the sixth inning came. Let’s see what happened.
Things Made a Turn for the Blue Jays
David John LeMahieu, a New York Yankee infielder, broke up the no-hitter of Kikuchi with a leadoff double. Aaron James Judge, a right fielder for the Yankees, followed with a single. Reliever Yimi Garcia, from the Toronto Blue Jays, came in and served up a game-tying home run down the right-field line to Giancarlo Stanton from the Yankees. That happened on a ball that would have been a homer in only one other major league park.
The next Yankee batter, Josh Donaldson, was hit by Yimi Garcia with a fastball and it isn’t clear whether it was intentional or not. After a brief umpire conference, Garcia was taken out of the game. Before Garcia was thrown out of the game by the crew chief and first base umpire Alfonso Marquez, no warnings was issued. The ejection of the Blue Jays player brought out their manager, Charlie Montoyo, out of the dugout to plead his case. Yimi Garcia had to be restrained by his teammates before he left the game.
More People Left the Game
On top of that, several Jays’ coaches ran out onto the field when the pitching coach Pete Walker was made to leave the game. Charlie Montoyo remained on the field but was ejected from the game one inning later. This was because of arguing when a pitch from the reliever Jonathan Loaisiga from the Yankees brushed back the shortstop, Bo Bichette.
In the eighth inning, the Blue Jays took a 5-3 lead. However, Judge hit a three-run homer off closer Jordan Romano in the bottom of the ninth, which gave the Yankees a 6-5 walk-off win.