MLB Game Recap - NY Yankees at Toronto
Thu Aug 8, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

NYY
12
TOR
6
F
ATL
2
MIA
9
F
CHC
12
CIN
5
F
KC
8
DET
10
F
LAA
0
BOS
3
F
CLE
7
MIN
5
F
PHI
0
SF
5
F
COL
3
SD
9
F

August 8, 2019 7:07 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

NY Yankees (76-39)

2

0

6

0

0

2

0

0

2

12

15

1

Toronto (47-71)

0

0

0

0

4

1

0

1

0

6

12

1

W: German (15-2)

L: Pannone (2-5)

S: Cessa (1)

NYY - HR: Urshela 2 (16) , Tauchman (11)

TOR - HR: Bichette (4) , McGuire (2) , Fisher (3)

Urshela HRs twice, streaking Yanks outslug Bichette, Jays
Thu Aug 8, 2019 11:55 PM

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette had fitting competition during a record-setting first game in Toronto - a Yankees lineup led by a player plenty familiar with Rogers Centre.

Gio Urshela hit two home runs for the second straight game and New York outslugged Bichette and the Blue Jays 12-6 Thursday night to extend its winning streak to a season-best nine games.

The Yankees have hit a record 19 homers over their last four games, including at least five in each win during a three-game sweep at Baltimore this week. Urshela hit two-run homers in the first and third innings, his 15th and 16th of the season, and outfielder Mike Tauchman also had a two-run shot during New York's six-run third.

Urshela's homer barrage comes almost exactly a year after the Yankees purchased him from the Blue Jays.

"They've been impact players for us," manager Aaron Boone said of Urshela and Tauchman. "They do it on both sides of the ball."

Playing at home for the first time, Bichette became the first player in major league history to double in nine consecutive games. He also homered, giving him an unprecedented 13 extra-base hits in his first 11 career games. Bichette is the first rookie to have an extra-base hit in nine straight games since Ted Williams in 1939, according to STATS.

"When I hit the homer, that was the first chills moment I've had in the big leagues so far," Bichette said.

Bichette's 11 game-hitting streak to start his career is the longest ever by a Blue Jays player.

"We're watching history," manager Charlie Montoyo said.

The Yankees have homered in 12 consecutive games, hitting two or more in a season-high seven straight. New York is an AL-best 51-7 when hitting two or more homers this season.

"As an offense, we're kind of in the zone right now," Tauchman said.

Urshela hit .233 with one homer in 19 games with Toronto last season before being demoted to the minors in early July. He was sold to New York on Aug. 4.

"That's a big change for my career, coming to the Yankees from the Blue Jays," Urshela said. "I feel good to be here now."

Urshela has homered in three straight games for the first time.

Domingo German (15-2) pitched five innings to win his sixth consecutive decision for New York. The right-hander allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits, improving to 9-0 against AL East opponents. He is unbeaten since June 7 at Cleveland.

New York improved to 76-39 and leads the AL East by 10 1/2 games for the first time since September 2009.

Both of Urshela's homers came off left-hander Thomas Pannone (2-5), who matched a career worst by giving up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Tauchman connected off right-hander Zach Godley, who was making his Toronto debut after being claimed on waivers from Arizona on Wednesday.

Chad Green worked the sixth and Luis Cessa pitched the final three innings for his first save.

Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire had a career-high four hits, including a solo homer off Cessa in the eighth. Derek Fisher also homered, his second in four starts since being acquired from Houston last month.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: INF Gleyber Torres (core injury) remains day to day, Boone said. ... C Gary Sanchez (strained left groin) went 0 for 2 with a walk in seven innings behind the plate at Triple-A Scranton and could return as soon as Saturday, Boone said. ... RHP David Hale (lumbar spine strain) threw a 30-pitch bullpen before the game. ... RHP Luis Severino (right rotator cuff) is scheduled to throw off the mound Friday. ... 1B Luke Voit (sports hernia) has resumed running, Boone said.

Blue Jays: OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. left in the ninth with a cramp in his left quadriceps muscle. Gurriel grabbed at his leg while running out an infield hit and was replaced by Brandon Drury. Gurriel is day to day.

ROSTER REPORT

To make room for Godley, the Blue Jays optioned RHP Brock Stewart to Triple-A Buffalo.

REPEAT PERFORMANCE

Urshela is the first Yankee with back-to-back multihomer games since Aaron Judge did it September 24 and 25, 2017.

CORN BALL

The Chicago White Sox will host the Yankees next summer at the corn field in eastern Iowa where the movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed. The game is set for Aug. 13 in Dyersville, about 200 miles west of Chicago. A temporary 8,000-seat stadium will be built to accommodate the first major league game played in Iowa.

UP NEXT

Yankees: LHP J.A. Happ (9-6, 5.24) is 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays this season.

Blue Jays: RHP Sean Reid-Foley (1-2, 2.49) has allowed just one earned run in his past nine innings.

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Pitchers of Record

NY Yankees IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
D. German (W, 15-2) 5 8 3 1 3 5.40 1.800
L. Cessa (S, 1) 3 2 1 1 5 3.00 1.000
Toronto IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
T. Pannone (L, 2-5) 2.1 6 7 0 1 27.00 2.571

Batting Leaders

NY Yankees AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
G. Urshela 5 3 3 2 4 0 9 0 5.4
C. Maybin 5 3 2 0 1 0 5 0 3.0
Toronto AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
R. McGuire 4 4 3 1 1 0 8 0 8.0
B. Bichette 5 2 1 1 3 0 6 0 2.4

Team Comparison

NYY TOR
At Bats 42 40
Hits 15 12
Batting Average .357 .300
On Base Percentage .386 .333
Slugging Percentage 0.667 0.600
Doubles 4 3
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 3 3
Total Bases 28 24
Walks 0 2
Strikeouts 5 11
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 5 9
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 6/14 2/10
Double Plays Fielded 0 0
Errors 1 1

2019 Regular Season - NYY Leads Series 7-3

Date Result Winner Loser
Tue Jun 4 NYY 3 @ TOR 4 D. Hudson M. Tanaka
Wed Jun 5 NYY 7 @ TOR 11 S. Gaviglio Z. Britton
Thu Jun 6 NYY 6 @ TOR 2 J. Happ E. Jackson
Mon Jun 24 TOR 8 @ NYY 10 C. Sabathia A. Sanchez
Tue Jun 25 TOR 3 @ NYY 4 N. Cortes Jr. C. Richard
Wed Jun 26 TOR 7 @ NYY 8 Z. Britton N. Kingham
Fri Jul 12 TOR 0 @ NYY 4 D. German A. Sanchez
Sat Jul 13 TOR 2 @ NYY 1 J. Biagini J. Happ
Sun Jul 14 TOR 2 @ NYY 4 M. Tanaka M. Stroman
Thu Aug 8 NYY 12 @ TOR 6 D. German T. Pannone

Game Information

Stadium: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 34,108
Game Time: 3:06
Weather: 78F, Partly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?