There was a new opponent, a new pitching staff to face, but the result was the same. The Yankees’ bats continued to stay red hot, and the winning streak is now at a season-high nine games.
Things unraveled quickly for the Toronto Blue Jays, who sent Thomas Pannone out to attempt to put out the Bombers bats. DJ LeMahieu greeted him with a double, and Gio Urshela followed up with a two-run blast to left-center to get the Yankees on the board immediately.
Pannone got around the lineup in order in the second, but wouldn’t escape the third. Breyvic Valera started the inning with a hit-by-pitch, and LeMahieu moved him into scoring position with a single through the right side. Aaron Judge tapped a groundball just fair on the third base side that advanced the runners, and a wild pitch from Pannone allowed a run in. Urshela worked a favorable count against Pannone before mashing a fastball down the middle of the plate for his second home run of the night.
Pannone served up two more singles and fired off another wild pitch to exit with a 6-0 deficit, but the Bombers weren’t done. Zack Godley came on to face Mike Tauchman, who turned on a curve on the inside part of the plate, depositing a ball to right and giving New York an 8-0 lead.
Toronto didn’t give up after surrendering those runs, however. Domingo German limited the opportunities for the Blue Jays throughout the first four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth. Derek Fisher led off with a home run, Reese McGuire slapped a ground-rule double and came around to score on a home run from Bo Bichette. Suddenly German was under pressure.
Cameron Maybin didn’t help German out, misplaying a ball off of Cavan Biggio’s bat, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. singled him home to cut the deficit to four, but German ultimately escaped the inning. German lasted long enough to pick up his fifteenth victory, tying him with Justin Verlander for the major-league lead.
The Blue Jays crawled their way back, but the Yankees never let Toronto get close enough to threaten. LeMahieu continued his hot hitting with runners in scoring position in the sixth, driving a single up the middle to bring home two runs. In the ninth, Tauchman found a hole through the infield to bring home another two runs and effectively ice the game.
The bullpen relieved German after his rocky fifth, and managed to provide the star relievers with rest while keeping the game in control. Chad Green entered in the sixth and struck out the side, but gave up back-to-back hits that allowed a run to score. Luis Cessa got the ball starting in the seventh, and despite a solo shot from McGuire in the eighth worked an efficient three innings to close the game out and pick up a save.
The Yankees will look to push the winning streak to double digits tomorrow as J.A. Happ goes against his former team, and we’ll have more on that tomorrow.