Yankees 9-8 Blue Jays: New York old guard bombs Toronto


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New York Yankees 9-8 Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees unleashed a barrage of three home runs, courtesy of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Anthony Rizzo, which resulted in Toronto’s Kevin Gausman exiting the game by the second inning. This offensive onslaught propelled the Yankees to a hard-fought 9-8 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday night.

Bronx Bombers Erupt Early, Judge & Stanton Lead Charge

In the first inning, Judge and Stanton combined to launch a three-run homer off Gausman (0-1), setting the tone early. Rizzo added to the home run parade in the fifth inning against White, hitting his first of the season. By the sixth inning, the Yankees had established a commanding 9-2 lead, fueled by RBI singles from Soto and Stanton’s resurgence at the plate after a slow start (3 for 24).

Luke Weaver (3-0) secured his third win of the season despite pitching only 5 2/3 innings across three appearances. In his latest outing, he allowed three runs over two innings.

A lively crowd of 42,250 filled the Bronx on Saturday night, a rare sight, as the New York juggernaut improved to a 7-2 record. This win reinforced their dominance, extending their winning streak to 32-4 whenever Judge and Stanton both hit home runs, including playoffs.

Trailing by seven runs, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. kick-started a Toronto rally in the seventh inning with a leadoff home run off Weaver. His homer sparked a three-run surge, and as Guerrero Jr. rounded third, he pointed demonstratively towards the previously booing crowd, followed by a playful shushing gesture.

Despite Toronto narrowing the gap to three runs (9-6), Clay Holmes sealed the victory by earning his fourth save. The Yankees reliever secured two crucial outs after giving up an RBI grounder by Alejandro Kirk and a pinch-hit RBI single by Cavan Biggio. Holmes silenced the comeback attempt by striking out the dangerous George Springer.

Kevin Gausman’s fastball showed a noticeable drop in velocity, averaging only 91.4 mph compared to 94.7 mph in his first start. This decrease in speed coincided with a challenging performance, as he was pulled after just 1 1/3 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) and two walks. This outing marked his shortest start since May 2019, a stark contrast to his prior success at Yankee Stadium, where he had tossed 20 consecutive scoreless innings before this game.

Yankees Uncork Early Offense with Back-to-Back Homers

Juan Soto battled back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk, setting the stage for a power surge by the Bronx Bombers. Aaron Judge, facing a similar 0-2 count, demonstrated his prowess by launching an inside splitter from Gausman over the left-center wall for his second homer of the season. Notably, this marked Judge’s fourth career homer against Gausman, tying him for the most against any pitcher (alongside Marcus Stroman, Tyler Wells, and Taijuan Walker).

The offensive display continued with one out. Giancarlo Stanton wasted no time, turning on a first-pitch fastball and driving it towards the right field wall. The ball narrowly cleared the top of the wall and was caught by a fan’s glove positioned beyond the fence. A video review confirmed the two-run blast, firmly placing the Yankees in control of the game.

The Yankees exploded for six runs in the second inning, taking advantage of a pivotal early call reversal. Initially struck out to lead off the frame, Anthony Volpe was given a second chance after a video review overturned the call due to catcher interference on Brian Serven. This turn of events sparked the Yankees’ offensive surge.

Following the reversal, Gleyber Torres hit a sacrifice fly, narrowly missing a grand slam but driving in the first run. A throwing error by Serven on a return throw to the pitcher allowed another run to score, and Juan Soto contributed an RBI single to extend the lead. Despite giving up two runs over 4 1/3 innings, Yankees starter Clarke Schmidt held his ground on the mound.

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Starting on the mound for the Yankees in Sunday’s series finale will be right-handed pitcher Luis Gil, who currently holds a 0-0 record with a 1.93 ERA. On the Blue Jays’ side, right-hander Bowden Francis, with a record of 0-1 and an 11.81 ERA, will take the mound as the opposing pitcher.

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