The Yankees (76-39) won their 9th straight game, 12-6 over Toronto, as Gio Urshela and Mike Tauchman stayed red-hot.
Urshela became only the second 3B ever with back-to-back 2 HR, 4 RBI games. The other is Matt Williams.
Tampa Bay was idle, so the Yanks’ lead in the AL East increased to 10 1/2 games. They have the best winning percentage in the majors by .003 over the L.A. Dodgers. They play the Dodgers in L.A. in two weeks.
Urshela got the Yanks going with a 2-run HR (15), his first of the game, in the first inning. 2-0 Yanks.
The Yanks got six in the third inning to make it 8-0. Breyvic Valera was HBP and D.J. LeMahieu singled him to second. Both runners moved up on an Aaron Judge groundout, then moved up again on a WP that made the score 3-0. Urshela’s 2nd 2-run HR of the game (16) made it 5-0. Didi Gregorius then singled, moved up on another WP, and Cameron Maybin singled him home to make it 6-0. Then came a pitching change, an error on a pickoff attempt that enabled Maybin to move up to second, then Mike Tauchman hit a 2-run HR (11) to make it 8-0.
Domingo German was fine for four innings but fell apart in the fitth, giving up four runs, three earned, on two homers. Fortunately for German, who improved to 15-2, he had that nice cushion to work with. Bo Bichette, Dante’s son, hit one of the homers, becoming the first rookie since Ted Williams in 1939 to have an extra base hit in nine consecutive games.
The Yanks came right back with two runs in the top of sixth with two runs to make it 10-4. Austin Romine singled and one out later, Valera doubled. LeMahieu then singled in both runs.
Chad Green gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 10-5.
Luis Cessa gave up a HR in the eighth that cut it to 10-6.
The Yanks scored two in the ninth for the final score of 12-6. Urshela singled, and one out later, Cameron Maybin, who had a rough day in the field, doubled. Tauchman singled in both runs.
LeMahieu 3 hits, 2 RBI .338
Urshela 3 hits, 4 RBI. Two 2-run HR (16) .323
Maybin 3 hits, RBI .335 Rough day in the field. One error, could have had two.
Tauchman 2 hits, 4 RBI. 2-run HR (11)
Romine 2 hits
German (W, 15-2, 4.05) 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.93
Cessa (S, 1) 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K. 3.70
Next year, on August 13, 2020, the Yanks will play the White Sox in Iowa at the site of the Field of Dreams’ movie ballfield, what with the cornfield and all. Chicago will be the home team. The temporary seating will only seat about 8000.