On Saturday, the Lghtning had no issues setting up in the offensive zone and rotating the puck for long possessions. The Devils — namely goalie Cory Schneider — kept the puck out of the net. But the Lightning’s play at even strength forced the Devils’ goalie and PK into those tough situations.
The Yankees were paying close attention all month as Gleyber Torres, one of baseball’s best prospects, followed a lackluster spring training by looking big-league ready playing Triple-A ball.
They’ve watched Torres rake pretty much since Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s season began, and as usual, see him be an elite defender playing all over the infield … shortstop, second base and third.
Most notably, left-hander starter Jordan Montgomery came up big in a one-run, six-inning outing and rookie third baseman Miguel Andujar was 2-for-4 with a bases-clearing double in the sixth.
With the game scoreless in the third inning, Brett Gardner worked a two-out walk before Judge received a green light on a 3-0 pitch and crushed a big-time mistake from Stroman, middle-in, 93-mph fastball that had hit-me written all over it.
Down 2-0, the Jays got a run back in the fifth, but Montgomery limited the damage and the Yankees maintained the lead.
“He’s getting better and better at laying off some pitches that they want him to chase and I think it’s a result of him getting a little more comfortable and him being a really talented hitter.”
Hyun-Jin Ryu (L), 8 percent, Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres: If Ryu were assured of a full season’s worth of starts, he’d be a much more popular hurler. His history is pitching well between injuries, hence the widespread availability. The Padres don’t pose much of a threat, ranking in the bottom third with regard to runs scored. With Robbie Erlin likely returning for the Padres, Ryu should get plenty of run support.