Hicks’ six RBIs and Sanchez’s two homers back Sabathia in 12-2 victory

The Yankees have struggled on the road vs their AL East foes over the last few years, yet that was not the case Thursday night, as the Yankee bats got on the Blue Jays early and never let up. The Yankees defeated Toronto 12-2 on Thursday night, as the offense was terrific while C.C Sabathia turned in a great outing, picking up his sixth win of the year. The offense was led by superb performances by Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez, who combined for six hits and nine RBIs.
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The Yankees had a tough task in front of them in Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada, who came into the game with a 3.14 ERA and was outstanding in his two prior starts. Yet the Yankee offense did not seem to notice, as they tacked on four runs in the first inning behind an Aaron Judge RBI single and a Hicks bases clearing double and were far from done.

Just when it looked like Estrada was getting back on track after getting two quick outs to start the second inning, Gary decided to have a night, launching a hanging changeup 440 feet into the left field upper deck, the longest home run of his career thus far. He followed that up with another home run that also found its way into the left field upper deck. This one was a two-run shot in the fourth inning that scored Brett Gardner, who picked up his 1,000th career hit in this game. This was Sanchez’s first multi-home run game of the season, and the fourth of his career.
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Sabathia was once again solid, and now has picked up a win in each of his last four starts. C.C faced trouble early on when the first two batters in the second inning both had base hits, but Sabathia got the next three hitters out and proceeded to get through the middle innings without much trouble. His lone mistake of the night came in the seventh inning, when Kendrys Morales lead off the inning with a solo shot that just got over the wall past Aaron Hicks outstretched glove. Sabathia stayed in for one more batter after giving up the home run, but was pulled with one out in the seventh.  The Blue Jays would hit another solo shot, this one off of Chad Green off the bat of Ezequiel Carrera, but it was too little too late.

The Yankees continued to pile it on after Estrada was out of the game, as Hicks kept on adding to his monster day with an RBI double in the seventh inning that scored Didi Gregorius, who needed to slide head first for a close play at the plate which was challenged unsuccessfully by the Blue Jays. Chase Headley followed Hicks with an RBI single, scoring Hicks from second and putting the Bombers up by nine.  
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Aaron Hicks however was not done after his two RBI doubles, as he capped off his night with his third double and fifth and sixth RBIs of the night with a two-run double in the ninth inning to make the score 11-2. Chase Headley once again drove in Hicks with an RBI single to make the score 12-2 headed to the bottom half of the ninth inning, where Chad Green finished out the game after coming in for Sabathia in the seventh.

The Yanks improve to 31-20 on the season, as the Blue Jays fall to 26-28. These two teams are back at it tomorrow night at 7:07, as Michael Pineda gets the ball vs Francisco Liriano.

Winning Pitcher: C.C Sabathia (6-2, 4.12 ERA) 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 7 K, 0 BB
Losing Pitcher: Marco Estrada (4-3, 3.86 ERA) 3.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 4 K, 2 BB
Notables:
Aaron Hicks: 4-5, 3 2B, 6 RBI, 2 R
Gary Sanchez: 2-5, 2 HR (6), 3 RBI
Chase Headley: 2-5, 2 RBI
Matt Holliday: 3-5, 2 R
Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Article by: Matt Luzzi

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