Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees - Game Report - June 6, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Blue Jays (11) - Yankees (7)
Three home runs in the eighth inning completed the comeback for the Toronto Blue Jays as they defeated the New York Yankees 11-7 on Wednesday night.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. stepped up to the plate with Toronto (23-38) down 7-6, and put the Blue Birds ahead with one swing, hitting his seventh homer of the season on a line drive to centre field.
The rookie went 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored in the high scoring affair.
Randal Grichuk also went 2-for-4 with three RBI, and now has driven in five runs in his last two games. His third home run of the series extended the lead to 10-7.
Brandon Drury smashed the third homer of the inning for the Jays, putting them ahead 11-7.
Trent Thornton (1-4) allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over five innings of work. Thornton has not factored into a decision since his first career win on May 14.
D.J. LeMahieu had three hits for New York (38-22) who saw their nine-series win streak snapped.
Canadian James Paxton (3-2) pitched 4.2 innings for the Yankees, allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks.
Toronto jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Following a Guerrero Jr. walk, Grichuk hit his second home run in as many nights, kickstarting the normally quiet Blue Jays bats.
Cavan Biggio extended the lead in the second, lifting a single to centre field, scoring a returning Teoscar Hernandez to push the lead to 3-0.
Gary Sanchez closed the gap in the fourth inning, earning the first hit off Thornton on the night, crushing a no-doubter over the wall in left to close the deficit to 3-1.
New York chipped away at Thornton in the fifth and tied the score at 3-3.
Cameron Maybin began the rally with by slapping a sharp ground ball to right field with runners on first and second, scoring Brett Gardner to make it 3-2.
D.J. LeMahieu followed up with another single to centre, tying the game at three.
Gary Sanchez completed the comeback, slapping a single into left to give the Yankees the 4-3 lead with one out in the fourth.
Toronto wasted no time tying the game at 4-4 scoring on a Gio Urshela throwing error in the bottom of the fifth.
D.J. LeMahieu stepped up to the plate with the score tied in the six, but scorched the 1-0 pitch to straight-away centre field to put the Yankees ahead 7-4.
Hernandez continued his successful return to the majors in the seventh, connecting on his second double of the game to score two runs and close the gap to 7-6.
Former Blue Jay J.A. Happ (5-3, 4.83 ERA) will pitch in the series finale Thursday against the struggling Edwin Jackson (0-3, 13.22 ERA).