The Toronto Blue Jays notched a shutout win in the Bronx against the Yankees on Monday night but it wouldn’t have happened without flashing the leather.
Shouldering big expectations this season, the Toronto Blue Jays began the week with a trip to the Bronx to take on the New York Yankees in hopes of making an early-season statement.
Thanks to a great season debut from Alex Manoah, a 2-run home run from George Springer, and an RBI double from Springer for insurance, the Blue Jays were able to do exactly that as they went into Yankee Stadium and blanked the men in pinstripes to earn the 3-0 victory, moving their record to a solid 3-1 to start the season.
However, they wouldn’t have been able to get the win if not for several web gems at key moments that kept the momentum of the game on their side.
Blue Jays: Web gems carry shutout win over Yankees
For starters, with the Yankees threatening to score in the bottom of the third inning, shortstop Bo Bichette made a fantastic stop and throw to get Toronto out of a jam and maintain the two-run advantage.
Later in the proceedings, New York again had men on the basepaths and were looking for a big hit. A lazy fly ball was threatening to drop in shallow right field until Teoscar Hernandez came sprinting and sliding in to make a fantastic grab that helped to avoid any damage.
In that same inning, Bichette showed up yet again as he and Santiago Espinal connected for a beautiful double play punctuated by an absolute laser from Bichette to get the runner at first.
We know what Bichette, Hernandez, Springer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the rest of the lineup is capable of when they’re at the dish. But if the Blue Jays are going to be playing defense like this all season, they are certainly going to earn the label of World Series contender out of the American League.