NEW YORK — Over five seasons with the Blue Jays, Justin Smoak has always had a sense for the moment.
Smoak rises to the occasion in the tightest and latest moments of games, and he had at least one more of those moments left in his bat on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, as the veteran first baseman launched a two-run shot to right-center in the seventh inning to put the Blue Jays ahead for a 4-3 win over the Yankees.
Starter Jacob Waguespack was challenged with facing a great Yankees lineup in back-to-back starts and pushed through five innings after going just 3 2/3 last week at home. Waguespack opened with three scoreless innings, mixing in three strikeouts and plenty of weak contact, before Aaron Judge took him deep in the fourth inning for New York’s first hit of the night. Waguespack gave up a two-run shot to Tyler Wade in the fifth but stayed aggressive throughout, finishing the night with six strikeouts.