Revenge Game: NY 20 Toronto 6 — Sept 15, 2020

Just a week ago to the day was the “Falling Knife” game, where Toronto scored 10 (ten) runs in the 6th inning to turn a 6-2 Yankee lead into a devastating 12-7 loss, increasing Toronto’s lead over NY for 2nd place to 1.5 games (they had just leapfrogged them the game before). Chad Green and Adam Ottavino got pummeled. The Yankees were in free fall. The sky was dark and falling.

A week later, the Yankees are rising. The sun is out. NY has won 6 in a row. And this was the Revenge game.

Deivi Falls Behind Early

Deivi Garcia, who last Thursday stopped the bloodshed and NY’s 5-game losing streak — was on the mound for his 4th major league start — the previous 3 having been excellent. And he was excellent again.

Yankee Revenge

Deivi allowed a homer to Vladimir Guerrero the 2nd to fall behind 1-0, but the Yankee offense countered with a BARRAGE of runs: 7 runs in the 2nd and 5 runs in the 3rd — to take a 12-1 lead.

In the 2nd:

  • DJ LeMahieu singled in a run,
  • Luke Voit hit a 3-run homer to take the American League lead at 17, and
  • Aaron Hicks hit a homer, back to back and belly to belly.

In the 3rd:

  • Gary Sanchez and Tyler Wade were both hit by pitches with bases loaded to score 2 runs, and
  • DJ LeMahieu doubled in 2.

Deivi allowed a 2-run homer to 2nd baseman Lourdes Gurriel Jr in the top of the 3rd to make it 12-3; the Yankees countered with 4 more runs and it was 16-3. In that 4th:

  • Gary Sanchez hit a 3-run homer, and
  • Luke Voit singled in another run.

The Yankees weren’t done — at one point taking a 20-3 lead:

  • Luke Voit hit a homer in the 6th, padding his AL lead with his 18th (now 2 ahead of Mike Trout),
  • Clint Frazier hit a 2-run homer in the 7th, and
  • DJ LeMahieu hit a homer in the 8th.

Deivi Excellent Again

Meanwhile, Deivi Garcia had another excellent start — he “pitches to contact” with stuff that Moves, causing easy fly ball outs and keeping his pitch count low. He pitched 7 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 6 K’s, 88 pitches. Very Efficient.

As Bellmore Jim put it, “Have to love the fact that Garcia pitched to contact once given the big lead… and also the fact that he was able to hit 94 with location in closing out the 7th. Really has been impressive.

King Barely Survives the 9th

With the score 19-3 it was up to Mike King to finish it off. He pitched a shutout 8th, and then, up 20-3, tried to finish the game in the 9th but ran into trouble. Toronto scored 3 runs and loaded the bases with 2 outs, before King was finally able to get the final out — Guerrero on a grounder to 1st. Had he not gotten that final out, it would have been a tough night’s sleep for him. At least he did get the final out and pitched that shutout 8th.

King has been overtaken as Yank top starting pitching prospect by Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt. King is trying to keep his Major League starting pitcher hopes alive — he blew thru the Yankee farm system in 2018, finishing with a combined 11-5 1.79, but ran into some trouble in 2019 in the minors — 3-2 5.48 overall, although he was 3-1 4.18 at AAA Scranton.

Urshela and Stanton Back

Gio Urshela and Giancarlo Stanton were back from injury. Stanton went 0-4 — the only Yankee batter to not get a hit; obviously rusty. Urshela went 3-4 with 3 runs scored and as usual made some spectacular plays in the field:

In the 7th Urshela did this:


With 12 games to go in the season:

  • DJ LeMahieu went 4-6 with 5 RBI, and raised his batting average to .363. Tim Anderson of the White Sox has been RED HOT (4-5, 2-4, 3-5, and 3-5) his last 4 games to take over the batting lead with a .377 average; LeMahieu is 2nd.
  • Luke Voit went 3-5 with 5 RBI’s and the 2 homeruns to lead the league now with 18.
  • Clint Frazier ended up 2-3 with 4 runs scored and is batting .292.

The Boxscore



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