After only taking one of three from a slumping Baltimore club, the Yankees roared into Toronto and dominated their way to a 12 to 2 victory over the Blue Jays.
Including tonight’s loss, the Jays are 8-2 in their last 10. The Yankees got to Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada early, with an Aaron Judge single and the first of three RBI doubles from Aaron Hicks. It was 4-0 before the Blue Jays really could blink an eye.
The main storyline then shifts to Gary Sánchez. As soon as people questioned his power abilities, the player known as El Kraken drilled two home runs to basically the same spot in the second deck in left field. Per Statcast, they traveled 440 and 434 feet, respectively. Sánchez became the sixth player in MLB history with 4 multi-homer games in first 82 career games.
Despite a solo home run hit by Kendrys Morales, CC Sabathia turned in another fantastic start. Through 6⅓ innings, the lefty scattered seven hits, walked none and struck out seven batters. This was his first start of the year with no walks. Chad Green pitched the remaining 2⅔ innings, allowing a solo homer to Ezequiel Carrera but nothing more.
Aaron Hicks turned in a career high six RBI on three doubles and a single. Chase Headley also put together a promising night, driving in two runners on separate RBI singles. Every starter in the lineup besides Starlin Castro and Chris Carter recorded a hit.
Greg Bird reached base all three times in his six inning rehab stint for the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees. He recorded two walks and a single. He also made an error in the field at first base. Tampa lost to the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays) by a 6-4 score.
Tyler Austin continued his hot-hitting rehab stint, now at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Though the RailRiders lost to the Columbus Knights (Chicago White Sox) by a 6-3 score, Austin collected three hits, including the first home run of his rehab. The 25-year-old now sports an impressive .389/.450/.639 slash line.