Toronto Blue Jays 2, New York Yankees 7
The division is clinched for the New York Yankees, and the playoffs are zooming into focus. However, with a week left of the season, the Yankees still mean business and aren’t taking any prisoners, as the young Toronto Blue Jays learned emphatically on Saturday.
They have been one of the best-hitting teams in baseball this season, and as the Yankees are preparing for the possibility of taking on a pair of heavyweights in the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers during the post-season; they are right in form.
New York flexed some muscles and cruised to a 7-2 decision and victory 101 of the season.
As much as the Jays soaked up the positives of the Yankee Stadium experience with a win on Friday night, they were exposed to the explosiveness of the divisional champs on Saturday.
Stanton connected for the first time since missing nearly three months to injury, James Paxton won his 10th straight start
Stanton also had an RBI double in the fourth. The 29-year-old has only played 12 games this year due to biceps, shoulder, calf and knee injuries, and he is hitting .300 in 40 at-bats.
Paxton allowed an unearned run while pitching over six innings. The left-hander threw just 87 pitches and had a 2.25 ERA during his winning streak. That is the longest in an MLB season since Justin Verlander’s 12 for Detroit in 2011.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge doubled leading off the fourth innings and scored on Stanton’s two-base hit. Mike Ford drove in Stanton with a single two batters later for a 2-1 lead. Ford had three hits and two RBIs.
The series continues on Sunday afternoon, as we enter the final week of the MLB season.