The Better Team — June 6, 2019: NY 6 Toronto 2

The Yankees finally asserted their dominance over 23-39 Toronto in the 3rd game of this 3-game set, after having lost the first 2 games to break their streak of 9 straight series won. It took a happy J.A. Happ to do it — in an “emotional game”, according to him — as he beat Toronto in Toronto — a place he had forged many years of success, and against some of his old teammates.

Happ pitched 7 innings, allowing only 4 hits and 1 run, and leaving with the Yanks leading 6-1. He pitched the first 5 innings shutout ball. He dominated. He is now 6-3 4.48 on the season.

Yanks Jump Ahead

The Yanks jumped ahead in the 2nd inning off Edwin Jackson. After an error by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.extended the inning, DJ LeMahieu hit a 2-out double to make it 1-0, and then on the next pitch, Aaron Hicks HIT ONE TO THE STICKS in right for a 4-0 Yankee lead.

In the 4th, Gio Urshela smacked a homer to left, and then DJ LeMahieu (again — 3 for 4 on the day now batting .323) doubled in Cameron Maybin to make it 6-0 Yanks.

Green Agita in the 9th

Chad Green came in to pitch a scoreless 8th, getting an inning ending double play of Guerrero after allowing a single. But then he started the 9th with 3 straight singles allowed to load the bases with nobody out in the 9th. Aroldis Chapman came in and immediately got a double play grounder to Urshela at 3rd for 2 outs, and then a lineout to Urshela for the final out. Ballgame.

For the other Yanks, Luke Voit, Kendrys Morales, Gary Sanchez, Clint Frazier, and Thairo Estrada went hitless, although Morales walked and Estrada scored a run. After the game Estrada was sent down to Scranton to make room for Didi Gregorius, finally back from arm surgery that dated back to last season.

The Boxscore

https://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=401075662

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