The New York Yankees were in Toronto, Canada, tonight for the first game of three against the Toronto Blue Jays in a three-game series that may decide if they go to the postseason or not. The Yankees miraculously swept the Red Sox in a three-game series with their rival. The Yankees have won their lasts six games in a row. Coincidentally ever since Nestor Cortes Jr. bought the Yankees a pet turtle that they named “Bonxie” the Yankees have won. Bronxie or more likely Giancarlo Stanton led the Yankees to their seventh win in a row. The score was the Yankees 7 and the Blue Jays 2.
Bronxie accompanied the team to the visitors’ clubhouse at Fenway Park and was with them tonight at Roger’s Center in Canada. It may be superstition, but the Yankees players hoped that Bronxie would give them the same luck they had at Fenway Park. Whatever the case, the Yankees had to play their best to beat the Blue Jays co-ace Hyun Jin Ryu. Jameson Taillon was on the mound for the Yankees in his return from the IL due to an ankle injury. Unfortunately, the ankle caused him to leave the game early, possibly ending his season.
Ryu had to face DJ LeMahieu leading off for the Yankees, who ground out to short. Anthony Rizzo singled up the middle. Aaron Judge doubled to right, with Rizzo going to third. Giancarlo, the Red Sox hero, tipped into the catcher’s glove for the second out. Joey Gallo popped out to the infield to allow Ryu to get in and out of trouble. In the bottom with Jameson Taillon on the mound, George Springer led off and walked on four straight balls from Taillon. Springer stole second. Marcus Semien struck out, Vlad Guerrero flew out to center. Bo Bichette singled driving in Springer as the Blue Jays got on the board first. Bichette then stole second. Teoscar Hernandez flew out to Judge in right to end the inning. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.
The second inning was led off by Gleyber Torres, who flew out to right. Gary Sanchez singled through the shift in left. Brett Gardner hit into a force out with Sanchez out. Gio Urshela went down swinging to end the half. At the bottom, Lourdes Gurriel led off and ground out to third. Cory Dickerson flew out to Judge right in front of the wall in right field. Santiago Espinal flew out to Gallo in left for the 1-2-3 inning for Taillon. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.
The top of the lineup for the Yankees led off for the Yankees in the top of the third. LeMahieu flew out to center. Rizzo lined out to Bichette at short. Judge with nobody on and two outs hit a homer over the right-field wall. Giancarlo Stanton ground out to end the inning, but the Yankees tied the game up with Judge’s home run. At the bottom, Danny Jansen struck out looking. But after that out, Taillon left the game apparently with another ankle problem. Michael King took over for Taillon. King faced Springer, who went down on strikes. Semien walked. Guerrero ground out to first to end the inning. New York Yankees 1 Blue Jays 1.
Joey Gallo led off the fourth inning and popped out to left. Torres was called out on strikes. Sanchez flew out to far left to end the half. Bichette led off the bottom by singling in front of Gallo in left. Hernandez ground out to Torres, but Bichette made it to second. Gurriel ground out to short, with Bichette advancing to third. Dickerson got an RBI double down the right-field line scoring Bichette for the Jays lead. Espinal flew out to Gardner in center to end the inning, but the Blue Jays regained the one-run lead.Â Blue Jays 2 Yankees 1.
The fifth inning was led off by Brett Gardner, who ground out into the shift. Urshela singled to right field. LeMahieu worked a walk. Rizzo singled, driving in the tying run as Urshela scored. Judge faced the new pitcher Adam Cimber and got a sac fly scoring LeMahieu for the Yankee first lead in the game. Stanton ground out to short, but the Yankees picked up a run. At the bottom, Jansen, with King still on the mound, ground out to first. Springer flew out to Judge. Semien flew out to Gardner in center to end the inning. New York Yankees 3 Blue Jays 2.
The sixth inning was led off by Gallo facing new pitcher Nate Pearson and stuck out. Torres ground out up the middle. Sanchez walked. Gardner, with one on and two outs, went down on a 100mph fastball. At the bottom, Guerrero facing new Yankee pitcher Clay Holmes walked. Bichette ground into a force out. A wild pitch from Holmes allowed Bichette to get to second. Another pitch that got away from Sanchez, but firing to third, he got Bichette trying to reach. Hernandez walked. Another wild pitched allowed Guerrero to go to second. Gurriel struck out to end the inning.Â New York Yankees 3 Yankees 2.
Gio Urshela led off the seventh inning against new pitcher Trevor Richards and flew out to right field. LeMahieu singled to right. Rizzo popped out to right-center. Judge walked, moving LeMahieu to second. Stanton, with two outs and two on, hit a monster home run driving in three runs. Gallo facing Jullian Merryweather, struck out swinging. At the bottom, Dickerson facing Chad Green lined out to LeMahieu at third. Espinal flew out to Judge in right. Jansen struck out in order against Green. New York Yankees 6 Blue Jays 2.
At the top of the eighth, Torres singled. Gary Sanchez hit into a double play, and Gardner struck out to end the half. At the bottom against Luis Severino, Springer struck out swinging. Semien ground out to LeMahieu. Guerrero flew out to Judge in right for the 1-2-3 inning for Severino. New York Yankees 6 Blue Jays 2.
Gio Urshela led off the ninth inning for the Yankees and hit a homer into the left-field stands. LeMahieu flew out to right-center. Rizzo popped up to the infield for the second out. Judge walked. Judge was on base all four times. Stanton doubled, moving Judge to third base. With two on and two outs, Gallo struck out, but the Yankees tacked on another run. At the bottom, with last licks on the line for the Blue Jays, Bo Bichette faced Wandy Peralta and went down on strikes. Hernandez flew out to Gardner. Gurriel ground out to end the game and give the Yankees their seventh win in a row.
The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Blue Jays 2. The winning pitcher was Michael King, and the loser was Hyun Jin Ryu.