Bronx Bombers Blast Six Homers, Rout Blue Jays 20-6
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Toronto Blue Jays demonstrated this weekend how they were able to bounce back from a humiliating loss, taking the final two games of their three game series with the New York Mets after getting trounced 18-1 in the opener.
Unfortunately the Jays have the opportunity to again show their ability to pick themselves off the mat, this time courtesy of the New York Yankees. Tuesday night the Bronx Bombers blasted six homeruns en route to a 20-6 embarrassment of Toronto in the opener of three game series at Yankee Stadium.
To say the top of the Yankees lineup did some damage may be one of the biggest understatements in baseball history. The one-two punch of D.J. LeMahieu and Luke Voit combined to go seven for eleven with ten rbis, including three homeruns - two by Voit - two doubles and five runs scored. LeMahieu’s long ball came in the eighth inning off Blue Jay shortstop Santiago Espinal, pressed into mound duty in the wake of the rout. Voit’s two homers gives the Yankee slugger 18 on the year, to lead the Majors. Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez, and Cliff Frazier also went deep for the Yankees.
The beneficiary of the Yankees offensive onslaught was 21 year-old righthander Deivi Garcia, who gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings of work to get the win. He walked two and struck out six, improving his record to 2-1.
The Jays actually led 1-0 in their half of the second inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. launching his seventh homerun of the season off Garcia. The bottom half of the frame started innocently enough, Giancarlo Stanton grounding out and Gio Ursula following with a double off Jays starter Tajuan Walker. The inning started to head south however, after Clint Frazier reached on an error charged to Jays right fielder Derek Fisher. Brett Gardner followed with a single to score Urshela to tie the game 1-1, but after Gary Sanchez struck out it looked like the Jays might escape without further damage.
It wasn’t to be. Four straight hits followed, including back-to-back homers by Voit and Hicks and when the dust settled the Yankees led 7-1 after two. New York scored five runs in the third and four in the fourth to lead 16-3 and the rout was on.
Walker worked an inning and two-thirds, giving up seven runs with just one earned following Fisher’s error, to take the loss. Reliever Shun Yamaguchi struggled mightily, giving up seven runs on two hits while walking four over just an inning and a third. In short a miserable night for Toronto pitching.
The two teams are right back at it tomorrow night and the Blue Jays task does not get any easier. They’ll face Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (5-3) while the Jays hand the ball to Tanner Roark (2-1). First pitch 7:07.