Yankees takeaways from Tuesday's 2-0 win over Blue Jays, including Austin Wells' ninth-inning homer

Sep 17, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Yankees catcher Austin Wells (88) reacts at second base after hitting a double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park.

The Yankees and Blue Jays were scoreless until the ninth inning, when Austin Wells' two-run shot lifted New York to a 2-0 win on Tuesday night in Toronto.

Here are the takeaways…

It was a pitcher’s duel to start this game. Neither team would pick up a hit until the bottom of the third, when Alejandro Kirk hit a one-out single up the middle off starter Michael King, who entered the game with a 1.27 ERA over his last six starts. The Blue Jays would load the bases with two outs before King struck out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. looking to end the threat.

King settled down to get through six innings, although he didn’t have the best command. The young righty pitched six innings on 98 pitches, giving up just one hit but walking five batters and striking out five.

- Kevin Gausman would breeze through the Yankees lineup, especially without Aaron Judge and Anthony Volpe starting. He didn't allow a hit through the first five innings, with the only base runners being Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton walks in the first. They wouldn’t get a hit until Estevan Florial led off the sixth with a single.

The Yankees would finally get to Gausman in the seventh. Stanton hit a one-out double before Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled the opposite way to put runners at the corners. After IKF stole second, Oswaldo Cabrera grounded to the shortstop after a 10-pitch at-bat, and Bo Bichette gunned Stanton down at home. Oswald Peraza hit a shallow fly ball to right, but George Springer ran it down to end the Yankee threat.

Gausman pitched seven scoreless innings (105 pitches), giving up three hits, two walks and striking out five batters.

- In relief of King, Jhony Brito pitched two scoreless innings to send the game to the ninth. Torres led off with a single before Austin Wells hit an opposite-field blast off of closer Jordan Romano to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead. Romano tried to slip a 96 mph fastball over the middle of the plate to start the at-bat, but Wells went with the pitch and sent it 367 feet. It was Wells' third homer in his last five games.

Clay Holmes came on to close out the game in the ninth. After giving up a one-out single, the righty got Brandon Belt to pop out and Daulton Varsho to fly out and preserve the 2-0 win.


What’s Next

The Yankees continue their three-game series with the Blue Jays on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m.

The Yankees will send Gerrit Cole (14-4, 2.75 ERA) to the mound to finish his Cy Young campaign. He will be opposed by RHP Jose Berrios (11-11, 3.58 ERA).