NEW YORK – A balanced and confident Alec Manoah dominated the Yankees to win his major league debut with six innings of a two-hit ball, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York 2-0 in a doubleheader opener on Thursday.
Marcus Semien and Bo Bichette hit back-to-back homers in the third inning of Domingo German (4-3), and Toronto improved to 6-3 against the Yankees this season by winning Wednesday night’s rain makeup .
The 23-year-old right-hander, ranked 11th in the 2019 amateur draft, was brought in by Manoh (1-0) after throwing only 35 professional innings in the minor leagues.
Her mother Susanna, wearing a white blue jazz jersey with her son’s name on her back and her son on the back, was part of an enthusiastic class that stood out among the sparse crowd for an early afternoon and when she faced A.L. She was seen crying while she was there. Batting champion DJ Lemhiu will begin his big league career. She later blew off the stands kissing her son.
“I think everyone was listening to Manoh today,” said the pitcher with a laugh.
Manoh became the second Blue Jays starting pitcher after Mauro Gozo in 2019, making six scoreless innings in his debut.
“I just want to get it done and really enjoy the moment,” Manoah said. “Obviously. There’s another walk in five days, so I had to get ready for that, but for today, just want to hug my whole family and I think I’m going to enjoy it the most, how many People came out to see me, called sick (work), whatever the case may be, made excuses. They made sure to stay here, so I think that is what I will remember the most. “
Manoh, an approximately 6-foot-2, 260 pounds, wore the jersey number 6, his Triple-A number, and his favorite as LeBron James wore it with the Miami Heat.
Manoh drove Lamahieu on four pitches, but then dismissed Rugand Odor on three pitches, which was the last change. Aaron Judge tried so hard to miss the fastball 3-1 that he fell, then trailed to strike out on a full-count pitch at 97.3 mph, Manoah’s fastest of the game.
“He was trying to hit 1,000 feet. I was like, Man, this is fun,” Manoah said.
Manoh retired Gleiber Torres on a flyout.
Manoah said, “I think those first four pitches were the most nerve-wracking, the most excitement I had all day, and then after those four, I was like I don’t want to suck.” “So let’s close this here and let’s start pitching. Forget everything else, we have to pitch.”
Manoah allowed singles to Miguel Andozer in the second and fifth innings. He scored seven runs and scored two runs, throwing 60 of 88 pitches for strikes and making 10 swings and misses. He threw 30 fastballs, 26 sliders, 19 sinkers and 13 changeups.
“It was a little weird,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Manoh’s cheer section. “Playing here was a little unique and definitely different.”
Jordan Romano worked 1-2-3 seventh for his second defense, eliminating the two-hitter under pandemic rules in a seven-innings game. New York did not advance a runner past first base as the Yankees were evacuated for the second time this season. Toronto scored its fourth shutout.
Semian and Bichet hit 374-foot homers in the interval of four pitches to give the Blue Jays a 2–0 lead.
Semian tied his 13th homer in the 2–1 fastball line on the left and Bichet converted a 1–1 left in his 10th.
The German allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings, falling 4–1 in seven starts since being called back on April 22.
The Yankees suffered their second consecutive defeat after a six-game winning streak. New York went 8-0-2 in their last 10 series since being swept home by Tampa Bay on April 16-18.
Jordan Montgomery (2-1) started the second game for the Yankees, the series finale, and Robbie Ray (2-1) for the Blue Jays.
Blue Jays: George Springer (tension in right quadriceps) caught fly balls and threw to base. Manager Charlie Montoyo said Springer liked it best since injuring his quad, but did not say what the next step would be. Springer has been limited to four matches due to injury. … RHP Travis Bergen (left shoulder injury) was placed on the retrospective, injured list on 24 May. … LHP Tommy Milone (shoulder inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day IL. …. RHP Anthony Kay (Blister), who was selected for Triple-A Buffalo last week, was placed on the injured list and is expected to begin a rehabilitation on Sunday.
Yankees: RHP Corey Kluber (sprained right shoulder) was placed on the injured list and was awaiting a second opinion. He was ruled out of Tuesday’s game with a right shoulder stiffness and is expected to miss two months. … 1B Luke Voight (oblique strain) was placed on the injured list. … DH Giancarlo Stanton (left quadriceps tense) could be activated for Friday’s series opener in Detroit. … LHP Jack Britton (bone spur in left elbow) will begin a rehab assignment for Double-A Somerset on Saturday. … RHP Luis Severino, who had Tommy John surgery on February 27 last year, threw nearly 35 pitches at hitters on Wednesday and is getting closer to starting a minor league rehab assignment. . Estevan Florial and RHP Albert Abreu were recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre to replace Kluber and Voight.
Blue Jays: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (4-2, 2.53 ERA) opens the first match of Friday’s series in Cleveland.
Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (6-2, 1.81 ERA) makes his Friday series debut in Detroit.
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