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What a bunch of homers! Yankees slug seven more in second rout of Jays in as many nights

Author of the article:Frank ZicarelliPublishing date:Sep 17, 2020  •  Last Updated 2 hours ago  •  4 minute read

Kyle Higashioka, left, of the New York Yankees celebrates with Tyler Wade after Higashioka hit a two-run home run during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 16, 2020 in New York City. PHOTO BY SARAH STIER /Getty Images

Six home runs one night, seven the next as the Blue Jays once again showed they are not in the same ball park as the surging New York Yankees.

Two games into a three-game series and it’s been men against boys, no contest, with New York taking big leads early, fuelled by its booming bats, and cruising the rest of the way, including Wednesday’s 13-2 win.

What a bunch of homers! Yankees slug seven more in second rout of Jays in as many nights

Two games and the Bronx Bombers have outscored the Jays by a combined 33-8 in back-to-back blowouts.

How bad was it? Yankees backup catcher Kyle Higashioka slammed three of the seven homers on the night, one to each field.

And as hot as the Yankees’ bats have been, their pitching has been just as good.

Deivi Garcia stymied the Jays on Tuesday. Then along comes baseball’s premier hired gun, Gerrit Cole, and his $36-million-a-year right arm.

Cole no-hit the Jays through five innings, the bid coming to an end when Jonathan Villar jumped on his first pitch of the sixth with a double to right.Villar came around to score Toronto’s first run.

Cole went seven strong and threw 95 pitches.

Joe Panik hit his first homer of the season for the Jays with two out in the ninth.

Jays starter Tanner Roark faced the Yankees last week and didn’t hold back when asked why he wasn’t allowed to pitch deeper into the game.

In today’s analytics-obsessed world, the Jays never wanted their big right hander to face the Yankees’ batting order for the third time and hence the hook after four innings.

Roark couldn’t get into the fifth once again, allowing six earned runs to drop to 2-2.

Roark convened with catcher Danny Jansen for a mound meeting in the fourth as D.J. LeMahieu came to the plate for the third time on the night with two out and a runner at first.
With the count full, LeMahieu went the opposite way for a two-run blast, his second deep ball of the night.

The Yankees, now with seven wins in a row, are only going to get stronger with Giancarlo Stanton (on Tuesday), Aaron Judge (on Wednesday) and Gleyber Torres (soon) rejoining the lineup off the injured list

In their absence, players such as LeMahieu and Luke Voit have received more attention and acclaim. Voit hit two homers Tuesday to raise his MLB-leading total to 18, the added No. 19 on Wednesday.

GILES ON THE SHELF

Ken Giles’ regrettable season hasn’t officially come to an end, but all signs point to that unfortunate fate.

The lights-out closer strained his right forearm when the team opened its 60-game season in Tampa.

Giles missed close to seven weeks. When he returned, he made two appearances in low-leverage situations, including a one-inning outing Tuesday.

In each outing, Giles gave up a homer.

Officially, Giles moves to the 10-game injured list.

During his pre-game availability Wednesday, manager Charlie Montoyo said the team is awaiting results of an MRI.

“He gave it all he had and it just didn’t work out,” said Montoyo. “That’s how he felt (Wednesday). I wouldn’t think he’s coming back this year. That’s just speculating. I don’t know that for a fact, but there’s not that much time left.”

The Jays have 12 games left in the season and are 1.5 games behind the Yankees for second place in the AL East.

GONE FISHIN’

Derek Fisher, who struggled mightily in the outfield on Tuesday, has been placed on the injured list. During one of his mishaps, Fisher awkwardly collided with the wall.

Then, during Wednesday’s batting practice, Fisher was hit by a pitch on the right knee by Matt Shoemaker.

Everyone was pinning Toronto’s blowout loss on Fisher, but the truth is the Jays have been among the worst fielding teams in baseball.

In other moves, the Blue Jays optioned left-hander Anthony Kay and activated outfielder Teoscar Hernandez along with right-handers Hector Perez and Jacob Waguespack.

Montoyo also confirmed RHP Chase Anderson will start Thursday’s series finale.

Perez made his MLB debut when he entered Wednesday’s lopsided loss in the seventh. He became the seventh Blue Jays player this season to make their big-league debut.

The first batter Perez faced drew a walk. He then coaxed a double play ball on a routine 6-4-3 out. And then came another walk before yielding d Higashioka’s third moon shot on the night. Aaron Hicks struck out on a 97-mph fastball as Perez recorded his first major-league K.

SPRING IN THEIR STEP

All 30 big-league teams will begin their 2021 spring training games on Feb. 27. Toronto will open against the Phillies in Clearwater before wrapping up its exhibition schedule on March 29.

The 2021 regular season will open on April 1 with the Blue Jays playing against the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium.

MLB also announced the spring training schedule is subject to change as the sport continues to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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