Another home run for Yankees in 10-8 victory over Jays
Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton ensured that New York’s home run streak reached a record-tying 27 games, as the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8 on Monday evening. Stanton and Hicks each hit three-run drives, and the Yankees matched the mark set by Alex Rodriguez and the 2002 Texas Rangers.
“Nothing surprises me that they do,” Boone said about his club, which set a major league record last year with 267 homers. “I wouldn’t set out to predict they’re going to break that one. That’s kind of an obscure one. But now that it’s happened, with our group, does it surprise me? No.”
Meanwhile, CC Sabathia pitched six innings of two-run ball for his 251st career victory. He threw 104 pitches, this was his most in a game since 2016. He struck out a season-high nine. The 38-year-old left-hander whiffed Billy McKinney with his final pitch, and earned a big roar from the Bronx crowd.
Furthermore, Stanton hit his shot during a seven-run sixth inning for his first homer in a season spoiled by various injuries.
New York batted around during that inning. This was their fourth time turning over the order in the past seven days. The blowout came just a night after the Yankees ended their eight-game winning streak.
Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez allowed seven runs in his 5 1/3 innings. Toronto went into the game having won three of their last four.
Hicks turned on Sanchez’s fastball during the fifth inning to make it 3-2 with his fifth homer of the season.
Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres led off the next inning with consecutive singles, and then the Yankees were off. DJ LeMahieu. They matched a career high with four hits, and also had a single. Meanwhile, Luke Voit had an RBI double and Gregorius singled again before reliever Sean Reid-Foley finally ended the frame with New York up 10-3.
However, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit his 10th homer for the Blue Jays to lead off the eighth. Nine of those have come in the 29 games since he was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on May 24th.
Gurriel’s shot was the first of five straight hits allowed by Jonathan Holder. With the last being a grand slam from Freddy Galvis. The right-hander was pulled after that without getting an out. Meanwhile, Gurriel batted again during the five-run inning and struck out on three pitches against Adam Ottavino.
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman allowed an unearned run during the ninth inning but got his 22nd save.
“We don’t quit,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “We made them use their setup man, their closer. So outstanding. I love this team.”
Sanchez looked sharp early, especially when he back-doored running fastballs to Voit and Hicks for consecutive looking strikeouts in the third.
“He pitched better than what his numbers show for sure,” Montoyo said. “He had his good stuff.”
Sabathia struck out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the second inning. He also struck out Guerrero’s Hall of Fame father 10 times, last in 2011.
“When I’m facing Cavan Biggio and Vlad Jr., it’s time for me to go home,” Sabathia said.