Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees Game Report - August 8, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Blue Jays (6) - Yankees (12)
Gio Urshela hit two home runs for the second straight game as the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 on Thursday night.
The former Blue Jay kept his bat scorching and extended his hit-streak to 10 games. His two-run home run in the third sparked a decisive six-run inning for the Yankees, putting Toronto in a hole they could not climb out of.
Bo Bichette went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, and three RBI. His sixth-inning double set the Major League record as the first player in history to hit a double in nine straight games.
Toronto (47-71) will look to bounce back on Friday in the second game of the four-game series.
Mike Tauchman hit his 10th home run for New York (76-39) who have won nine games in a row, averaging over eight runs per game in that span.
Thomas Pannone (2-5) took the loss in the brutal outing, allowing seven runs on six hits over 2.1 innings pitched. Three of the six hits he surrendered were home runs.
Domingo German (15-2) pitched five innings on Thursday, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out three. The win tied him for the league-lead with 15.
German had allowed just two hits through four innings, but the Blue Jays got to him in the fifth, racking up five straight hits including home runs from Bichette and Derek Fisher.
D.J. LeMahieu got the first hit of the Yankees six-run inning, slapping a single to right field that put men at first and second.
Following a sacrifice groundout that advanced the runners, Pannone uncorked a wild pitch that gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
Urshela then cranked his second home run of the night to left centre field, giving the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
After a pair of singles, Tauchman put an exclamation on the inning with his two-run home run that just cleared the wall in right field putting New York up 8-0.
Fisher sparked the Jays offence in the fifth, leading off the inning with his third home run of the year to centre field.
Following BIchette’s two-run home run, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit an RBI single to bring the Jays to within four runs at 8-4.
The Yankees would respond immediately in the sixth, earning three hits off the newly acquired Zack Godley, finished off with a two-run single from LeMahieu, putting the Yankees back up by six runs.
The Jays would chip away, scoring runs in the sixth and eighth but New York would once again respond with two runs in the top of the ninth, outing the game away for good.
Game two of the series will take place Friday when Sean Reid-Foley (1-2, 2.49 ERA) takes on former Blue Jay J.A. Happ (9-6, 5.24 ERA).