Last night at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees took back second place in the East from the Toronto Blue Jays. The not only did they win the game but did it insanely, hitting 6 homers in the game, two of them from Luke Voit, who leads Mike Trout, and Nelson Cruz for the most home runs in baseball (18). Not only did the Yankees retake second place, but they had their sixth win in a row, and are presently playing better ball than the East-leading Tampa Bay Rays, in the last ten games.
The New York Yankees starter, Deivi Garcia, pitched brilliantly in his second win over the Blue Jays within a week. Garcia deviated a bit from the first time he faced the Jays by throwing more changeups. Setting the tone for the game, he put down the Jays throwing just nine pitches in the first. He went seven innings again and struck out six again. He has struck out six again for the fourth straight game. Ever since his major league debut last month, Garcia has impressed as all business, unflappable, and exuding confidence.
The Yankees had a huge second inning, against the Jays and Taijuan Walker, they made him look silly in the inning. At the bottom of the frame, the returning Gio Urshela would start it off with a double to far left that hit the wall. Frazier walked, Brett Gardner sent one to the centerfield wall, driving in Urshela to tie the game at one. Tyler Wade stepped to the plate with men on the corners and two outs, singled driving in Frazier. DJ LeMahieu drove in Gardner, Luke Voit with 2 on, hit a long home run into the left field bleachers. Aaron Hicks backed that up with back to back homers, and just like that it was the New York Yankees 7 and the Blue Jays 1.
At the bottom of the third inning, with the bases loaded with Yankees, DJ LeMahieu hit a 3 run double clearing the bases for the Yankees 12-1 lead. At the top of the fourth inning, Gurriel Jr got a 2 run homer off of Garcia to shink the Yankee lead, but the Yankees would answer with four more runs in the bottom of the inning, when Gary Sanchez erupted with a three run homer. At the bottom of the sixth, Luke Voit would get his second home run of the night, a solo shot. At the bottom of the seven, with one on base, Clint Frazier got his homer into the right field stands. DJ LeMahieu also would homer in the inining for the 20-3 lead.
Michael King came on in the eighth to relieve Garcia and walked two, allowed five hits and three earned runs over the last two innings of the game. Final score, the Yankees 20 and the blue Jays 6. Deivi Garcia got the win and Taijuan Walker took the loss for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays used six pitchers in the game, Shun Yamaguchi gave up seven runs in the game.
Not everything was rosy for the Yankees, Gleyber Torres was out of last night’s game with a reinjured calf, he is day to day. Giancarlo Stanton in his return to the field remained hitless on the night on four at bats. Also, the Yankees did give up six runs in the outing.
The super bright spots in the game included the show that Gio Urshela put on at third base, making super play after super play. DJ LeMahieu went 4-6, including a homer while driving in five Yankees. Luke Voit went 2-5 with two homers, and Gio Urshela went 3 for 4 on the night. Then there of course was the well pitched game by Deivi Garcia, putting him in contention for a spot in the postseason rotation. Garcia has had back to back wins against the Jays, and interesting his next start will be against the same Blue Jays, in Buffalo.