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Seven-run sixth inning propels Yankees past Jays

Following a tough 8-5 loss to Toronto in the first game of a four-game set, the Yanks handed the reins to Jordan Montgomery to face off against Jays’ ace Marcus Stroman for Saturday matinee baseball. Montgomery pitched solid, and the Yankees’ bats erupted for seven runs in the sixth to lead the Yankees to a 9-1 victory.
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Action picked up in the bottom of the third inning, as Aaron Judge got himself into a 3-0 count with Brett Gardner on first base before he turned on a fastball that was sent mighty far into the second deck out in left field for a two-run jack, his sixth of the year.

The Blue Jays’ lone run came in the fifth inning, when a Randal Grichuk walk and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. single allowed Steve Pearce to come to the plate with no outs to push a single into left field to make the score 2-1. Montgomery was able to escape the inning without any further damage.

From there on out, the Bombers did some mashing in the sixth.

After flashing some serious leather laying out for a line drive earlier in the game, Didi Gregorius continued his hot start with a base hit in the 6th inning that scored Judge and gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Giancarlo Stanton followed his at-bat with a walk, which loaded the bases with no outs in the inning.

Aaron Hicks then came to the plate and produced a swinging bunt back to Stroman, however the ball was bobbled by Luke Maile behind the dish, which allowed Judge to score making the lead 4-1.

Two batters later, rookie third baseman Miguel Andujar smoked a long double into left-center that cleared the bases and gave the Yankees a huge 7-1 lead. Stroman then exited after five and a third innings, while shooting his earned run average up to 8.55 on the year.
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The Yankees continued their rout by batting around in the sixth and ultimately sending 12 men to bat, as Gardner scored Andujar on a sacrifice fly, and Judge tallied his third RBI with a single that scored catcher Austin Romine. This gave the Yankees their eighth and ninth runs, respectively.

Chasen Shreve came on in the seventh to relieve fellow lefty Jordan Montgomery who was marvelous through six innings. Shreve retired the Jays’ hitters 1-2-3 going into the eighth inning.

The bats fell quiet towards the end of the game, as the Yankees sealed their second victory of the homestand by a score of 9-1 after Jonathan Holder cleaned up the Jays by pitching two innings of no-hit baseball. The Yankees hold a 10-9 record, still good for third place in the AL East and seven games out of first.

What’s Next?
The Yankees face off in the final game of this four-game series as Luis Severino takes the mound against veteran and former Yankee Jaime Garcia, Sunday at 1:05pm from the Ballpark in the Bronx.

Winning Pitcher: Jordan Montgomery (2-0, 3.80 ERA) 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
Losing Pitcher: Marcus Stroman (0-2, 8.55 ERA) 5.1 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR


Aaron Judge: 2-4, 1 HR (6), 3 RBI, 2 R
Miguel Andujar: 2-4,1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 R
Didi Gregorius: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 R
Brett Gardner: 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 R

Article by: Gianmarco Castronovo