Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees - Game Report - June 24, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Blue Jays (8) - Yankees (10)
The rally fell short for the Toronto Blue Jays as they were defeated 10-8 by the New York Yankees on Monday night.
The Blue Jays jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, off of a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. double and a Rowdy Tellez single, but the Yankees would proceed to score 10 unanswered runs in the fifth an sixth innings.
Home runs from Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton gave the punctuated the Yankees offense, putting the game out of reach by the sixth inning.
The Blue Jays mounted a valiant comeback attempt in the late innings, as home runs from Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Freddy Galvis brought Toronto within three.
A sacrifice fly from Rowdy Tellez was all the offense they could muster in the final two innings before Aroldis Chapman ended the rally, earning his 22nd save of the season.
C.C. Sabathia (5-4) got the win for New York, allowing just two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out nine across six solid innings.
New York (50-28) has now tied the 2002 Rangers record for most consecutive games with a home run, having hit at least one in 27 straight.
Aaron Sanchez (3-10) struggled once again, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings pitched. He has now given up at least five runs in four straight starts and lost six straight overall.
Five players had multiple hits for Toronto (29-50) who will look to even the series Tuesday night.
Hicks got New York on the board with a three-run home run in the fifth, capitalizing on two straight singles given up by Sanchez.
Things fell apart in the sixth for the Toronto starter, as he allowed three hits to begin the inning, the third being a Gio Urshela single that gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead.
After a fielders choice extended the lead to 5-2, Sanchez allowed another single before being pulled by manager Charlie Montoyo.
Reliever Derek Law proceeded to allow a two-run double to Luke Voit, the first batter he faced.
After walking Hicks to put runners at first and second, Stanton crushed his first home run of the season to centre-field, putting the Yankees ahead 10-2.
The Jays started off the eighth inning quickly, starting with Gurriel Jr.'s lead-off home run to make it 10-3.
After three consecutive singles, Galvis closed the deficit to three runs, smashing a grand slam to right field for his 12th home run of the season.
Toronto hit two more singles in the inning before Gurriel Jr. struck out in his second at-bat of the inning to end the threat.
Tellez's sac-fly brought Toronto to within two, but the Yankee's closer would end any chance of a second comeback in three games.
Toronto will look to win the second game of the series on Tuesday night, with Clayton Richard (0-3, 7.46 ERA) on the mound.