Happ stifles former team, offense explodes again, in 10-2 win
On a cool, cloudy afternoon in The Bronx, the Yanks dominated the Blue Jays, 10-2, to close out a three-game sweep of their divisional foe. After a rough start to the week, the Yankees got back on track this weekend with the sweep of Toronto. In doing so, they closed out their home stand with a 4-3 record.
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Today’s game was a special one for J.A. Happ, who got to take on his former team for the first time since being traded to the Yankees on July 26th. As he has done in all four of his starts since coming to New York, Happ pitched a solid game and picked up a win. Despite it being his shortest outing in pinstripes (5.1 innings), Happ allowed only two runs and struck out eight. The 35-year-old lefty is now 4-0 with a 2.24 ERA in his first four starts with the Bombers. He has been everything the Yanks hoped for and more. Out of the bullpen, Jonathan Holder and Sonny Gray combined to throw 3.2 scoreless innings to finish off the win. Of note is that Aroldis Chapman has not pitched since Tuesday, so beware next time he pitches.
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With the win, the Yankees establish a new high-water mark for the season at 32 games above .500, but still trail the Boston Red Sox by 9.5 games in the AL East.
The Yankees get to enjoy their first off day since July 30th as they head down to Miami for Giancarlo Stanton’s homecoming and a two-game series with the Marlins. The probables for Tuesday are Masahiro Tanaka (9-4, 4.03 ERA) for New York and Pablo Lopez (2-3, 4.79 ERA) for Miami. The game can be seen on YES at 7:10pm
Recap by: Jake GrazianoFollow@JakeGraziano Follow@BronxBomberBall