The Yankees put up a fight, with Aaron Judge and Castro hitting two-run homers that nearly helped the team crawl back from a five-run deficit. But when Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna blew a 95-mile-per-hour fastball past Judge for the final out, it capped a night that was largely a three-hour exercise in Murphy’s law.
“You’re not going to play a perfect game every night — that’s the bottom line,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “And some of our miscues cost us today.”
Pitcher Michael Pineda fell down fielding a bunt and gave up a run on a wild pitch, and Matt Holliday smashed a ball with the bases loaded, but it went right to third baseman Josh Donaldson, who started an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play. And when Castro made a superb play to field a grounder in right field in the eighth inning, first baseman Chris Carter was unaware and missed the bag when he received the throw.
An omen for the evening came early: Brett Gardner reached third leading off the game when left fielder Ezequiel Carrera dropped his fly ball. But he remained there when Gary Sanchez, Judge and Holliday could not bring him home.