Yankees beat Jays before heading to London
The New York Yankees hit two more big flies before jetting off to see Big Ben in London, as they beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 on Wednesday evening.
DJ LeMahieu and Didi Gregorius connected as the Yankees extended their major league record to 29 straight games with a home run. Meanwhile, Gleyber Torres won it with an RBI single during the ninth inning.
The AL East leaders overcame two homers and a double by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Also, an early 5-0 deficit, to finish a power-packed 9-1 homestand.
Now, they will head straight from Yankee Stadium to England. Where they’ll enjoy two days off before playing the Boston Red Sox on Saturday and Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in the first major league games in Europe.
“It’s different, for sure. It’s unique, obviously,” LeMahieu said. “To some of the guys it feels like we’re going on a field trip.”
Manager Aaron Boone was among several Yankees set for “the flight across the pond” to see the British capital for the first time ever. He said his family is already overseas and had sent him pictures of a red phone booth, Heathrow Airport and a popular bridge.
“I got some work to do to figure out some touristy things to do,” Judge said.
This was the Yankees final home game until after the All-Star break, on July 12 against the Blue Jays. Therefore, during a break before the bottom of the eighth, the stadium sound system blasted “London Calling” by The Clash.
Zack Britton wasn’t so great in giving up Cavan Biggio’s RBI single during the ninth that made it 7-all. However, Britton wound up with the win to close out a three-game sweep.
Meanwhile, Gregorius got an infield hit off Nick Kingham with one out during the ninth. Also, Aaron Hicks walked and Torres followed with his hit.
Furthermore, LeMahieu stretched his streak to 10 games of getting a hit and scoring a run. This was the team’s longest such string since Johnny Damon’s 10-gamer in 2009.
Gurriel also hit a three-run homer during the first and a solo in the fifth inning for a 6-5 lead. Danny Jansen also connected for the Jays.
Gregorius homered off Trent Thornton and Judge also had three hits.
“Every single one of those guys can run the ball out of the yard, especially at a park like this,” Thornton said. “So that’s when it comes down to really executing your pitches and slowing the game down and getting ahead in the count and making them hit your pitches.”
Slugger Giancarlo Stanton suffered a knee injury and went back on the ten-day injured list for the Jays. Meanwhile, Boone said it’s likely Stanton will be sidelined for longer than ten days. OF Mike Tauchman was called up from Triple-A.
After a day off, the Jays open a four-game series at home against Kansas City. Manager Charlie Montoyo was still putting together his pitching plan for the opening game.