Did the Yankees just burst out of their slump?

MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays
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In the midst of a potential full-team collapse, the New York Yankees dramatically emerged from their slump on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays, scoring a season-high 16 runs. The game turned on an incident where Marcus Stroman lost his composure and shouted at Gleyber Torres, sparking a remarkable rally that included 18 hits, two homers, and one of the Yankees’ most impressive offensive performances of the season.

Stroman’s Struggles and the Turning Point

Stroman’s outing was cut short after just 4.1 innings, during which he gave up three earned runs and struck out three batters. His performance could have been salvaged during a bases-loaded jam if Torres had made a quicker throw to first base. Unfortunately, the throw was slow, allowing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to beat out what should have been a routine double play. Stroman’s frustration was evident as he exited the game after throwing 88 pitches.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Yankees
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Yankees Take Control with Key Homers

The game’s momentum shifted when Juan Soto hit a three-run homer in the top of the sixth inning, followed by JD Davis doubling to left field and Torres hitting his eighth homer of the season. These pivotal plays helped the Yankees regain the lead and set the tone for the rest of the game.

Late Game Surge Secures the Win

Toronto attempted a comeback, but the Yankees extended their lead in the eighth inning with two additional runs before exploding for more in the ninth. This offensive surge was crucial in putting some of their recent struggles behind them.

Aaron Judge and Juan Soto were standout performers, combining for five hits and five RBIs, continuing their dominant stretch at the plate.

MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays
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Pitching Concerns Persist Amidst Offensive Fireworks

While the offensive explosion provided a much-needed lift, the Yankees’ pitching remains a concern due to its volatility and unpredictability. Nestor Cortes and Chris Bassitt, who will start Saturday’s game, have been solid with ERAs of 3.40 and 3.45, respectively. Cortes, in particular, has logged the most innings for the team but is coming off a game where he allowed three earned runs over seven innings against Atlanta.

Looking Forward: Yankees Aim for Series Win

The Yankees are desperate to translate this victory into momentum for their first series win since their near sweep of the Kansas City Royals in mid-June. Having lost five series and two additional games against Toronto since then, they must overcome their challenges and rediscover the dominance displayed in the first two months of the season.

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