For weeks, the New York Yankees kept taking punches in the form of painful losses. Each defeat was a jab, an upper, or a cross to the chin: it hurt. But the fight is far from over, and fortunately, the Bombers are showing strength, determination, and heart at the same time. They are, finally, starting to fight back.
The Yankees pulled off a crucial 8-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays that guaranteed a sweep in Sahlen Field, in Buffalo. Home runs by Gio Urshela and Giancarlo Stanton, and a crucial run-scoring single by Chris Gittens, were the keys to the win.
The three straight wins come on the heels of Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman publicly backing manager Aaron Boone and his coaching staff.
“Look, we’ve gone through some tough challenges already this season, clearly, but this is a big series for us,” Boone told Betelhem Ashame of MLB.com. “This is a good team we’re playing over there, obviously a division rival, a team that’s beaten us a little bit already this year. … To come up here and really bounce back and have some gut-check wins — we had to come from behind a little bit, a lot of people contributing, guys coming off the bench, it was exciting to pull this out tonight.”
A unique night for the Yankees
It was an exciting night in which the Yankees turned a bizarre, unique 1-3-6-2-5-6 triple play and Aaron Judge robbed Cavan Biggio of a home run.
The Stanton home run was a game-changer. “It was big,” Boone said. “He hit one like not many guys hit, where [it was a] good pitch, looked like down and away, and just — line drive the other way. G’s one of those few guys that can do it.”
The 36-32 Yankees are in control of the third place in the AL East, and dropped the Blue Jays below .500 (33-34).
“There’s only so long all of us can underperform or take this beating inside and out. It’s not a fun environment in the clubhouse or going out there not play to our abilities,” Stanton said. “So it’s time we got to step up and start punching back. That’s what we’ve been doing. One or two series ain’t gonna cut it; we’ve just gotta keep rolling.”