Blue Jays get swept by Yankees as frustrations mount

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Three things you need to know about the Blue Jays’ 5-3 loss to the Yankees in New York on Wednesday:

Gleyber Day

Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres did it against the Jays last week in Toronto, driving in all three innings for New York in a series-opening win, and he did it. again on Wednesday, driving in the five as the Yankees gave the Jays their first series sweep. of the season.

Torres hit a Yankee Stadium special late in the fourth inning, a 361-foot three-run homer to right field that was just out of reach of a bounding Teoscar Hernández. It would have been a home run at only one other big league park. Torres added a two-run single late in the sixth.

Wasted opportunities

The Jays had the opportunity to blow things up against Jameson Taillon first, starting the game with a walk from George Springer and a single from Bo Bichette before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was hit by a 3-shot. 2. Bases loaded, no one out and the middle of the order arrives.

They managed a run, on a groundout by Hernández. The Jays finished 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position, scoring their other runs on sacrificial flies. They hit the league’s worst .180 in such situations.

Frustration

Think the Jays aren’t upset about losing seven of nine games and falling within two games of the .500 mark? Guerrero expressed that frustration quite emphatically after striking out with a runner on second to end the fifth inning. After running through a cut fastball from Taillon, the Guerrero slammed his bat to the ground and then broke it on his knee as he raced back towards the dugout.

Mike Wilner is a Toronto-based baseball columnist for The Star and host of the “Deep Left Field” baseball podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @wilnerness

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