Yanks avoid late scare, top Blue Jays 4-3 in historic fashion
The New York Yankees entered Tuesday as the hottest team in baseball having won nine of ten ballgames. Coming into the night they had a five-game lead on the Rays, an eight-game lead on the Red Sox, and were a half-game back of the Twins from holding the AL’s best record. Their hot play continued as the Bronx Bombers topped the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3, clinching a series win ahead of Wednesday’s matinee.
Though they left some runs on the board (six runners LOB to be exact), the Yankees once again proved they can win games in a multitude of ways, the mark of a truly great team. Not only did the Yanks win their 51st game of the season, they set a team and MLB record for most consecutive games with a home run, 28.
It started in the bottom half of the first as the Yankees wasted no time getting on the scoreboard when leadoff hitter DJ LeMahieu lifted his eleventh homer of the season into the left field bleachers. Following LeMahieu, Aaron Judge came to the dish for his thirteenth plate appearance since he was activated off the IL. Judge brought Yankee Stadium to its feet for the first time since April 20th as he launched a 406-foot blast to right center, adding to the Bombers early lead.
The Yankees added to their lead, and MLB home run title, when Gleyber Torres hit a wall-scraping two-out solo shot down the right field line in the second inning. It was Torres’s nineteenth home run on the year, and the Yankees 131st as a team.
From that point forward the Yankee lineup struggled to put more runs on the board. Blue Jays starter Clayton Richard had a solid outing, but New York had a few bad breaks. Luke Voit was hosed at the plate to end the fourth inning, and Aaron Hicks hit a two-out, bases loaded screamer to right field that stayed up for half a second too long to end the sixth.
Edwin Encarnacion did add what proved to be a very important insurance run via a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth. It was his 24th homer of the year, and third in a Yankee uniform.
On the opposite side of the ball it was a bullpen day for the Yanks. Chad Green pitched the first inning unscathed, handing the ball over to Nestor Cortes who would hopefully give Aaron Boone some length.
Cortes retired the first nine batters he faced, and twelve of the first thirteen batters that came to the plate. It started to get a little rocky in the top of the sixth as Freddy Galvis led off the inning with single followed by a double from Danny Jansen, leaving two runners in scoring position with no one out. Cortes got the next batter to hit a sac fly to center, but an RBI single from Vlad Guerrero Jr. ultimately knocked him out of the game. Tommy Kahnle came in and limited Toronto’s damage to just two runs.
The Yankees held a 3-2 lead after six, never giving it up as the bullpen had a very solid performance.
The recently called up Stephen Tarpley pitched a perfect seventh, followed by a perfect eighth inning from Zack Britton.
Aroldis Chapman came in for the ninth, looking for his 23rd save of the season. He got into some trouble, giving up a single followed by catcher’s interference that left Blue Jays on first and second with no one out. Chapman struck-out the next two batters, but a two-out single from Randal Grichuk scored the Blue Jays third run and moved the tying run to second base.
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Chapman, however, was not phased as he got Freddy Galvis to ground out to second to end the game. The Yankees strong home-stand continues.
What’s Next? The Yankees are back at home Wednesday for the third and final game of this series against the Toronto Blue Jays. James Paxton is set to face Trent Thornton for the 1:15 EST start time.
Some unfortunate injury news was announced during the game after Giancarlo Stanton was removed during the bottom of the first inning after a rundown saw him tagged out at third.
Giancarlo Stanton update: right knee contusion. He is going for an MRI.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 26, 2019
Article by: Shane Black