This season has had it’s fair share of whiplash. The Yankees got off to a great start before falling off of a cliff, and now they’re on a massive upswing. They’ve torn through their division rivals in the Orioles and Blue Jays, who are surprisingly playoff contenders in this expanded field, reasserting themselves in the hunt for a top four finish.
For the second night in a row, the offense and the pitching each hit their peaks, delivering a huge blowout victory. The final score this time was 13-2 in favor of New York, and in the words of Yogi Berra, it got late early out there. Let’s get into the highlights.
Winners of the Game
Raise your hand if you had Kyle Higashioka as the next Yankee to hit three home runs in a game. The backup catcher had only one home run this season entering the night, but he tore the cover off the ball facing the Blue Jays pitchers. The first came in the third off of Tanner Roark, a two-run blast to center field. The second was a solo shot in the sixth off of Jacob Waguespack, this one going out to left field. Finally, Higashioka faced off with Hector Perez and deposited another ball, this one a two-run shot to right-center.
The early story of this game was Gerrit Cole, and we won’t forget about his performance. There was a no-hit watch brewing after Cole silenced the Toronto lineup through five, allowing just a single baserunner on a walk. The no-hitter would not become reality, as the first batter of the sixth broke it up, but Cole still put together a gem — seven innings, one run on three hits and eight strikeouts. That’s the type of performance Cole is expected to put up, and it’s what he expects of himself too.
Honorable Mention: Luke Voit, for extending his MLB-lead in home runs
Loser of the Game
Surprisingly, after another night of double-digit scoring and dominant pitching, there’s no losers in sight.