Stanton Does It Again! Huge HR Lifts Yanks for 4th Straight Game: NY 7 Toronto 2

For the 4th straight game, Giancarlo Stanton hit ANOTHER game-altering Home Run to carry the Yanks to a victory. This time he effortlessly golfed a 421-foot homer into the left field stands to turn a 3-2 Yankee nail-biter lead into a 6-2 rout in the top of the 7th, en route to the 7-2 NY victory in Toronto.

The other heroes were the Yankee bullpen — Michael King, Clay Holmes, Chad Green, Luis Severino, and Wandy Peralta — who pitched 6.2 innings of 1 run ball in relief of Jameson Taillon, who was pitching well but pulled himself out in the 3rd when he reaggravated his sprained ankle.

The win put the Yanks 3 games over Toronto and 2 games ahead of Boston (which lost) for the wildcard.

1. Taillon Reaggravates Ankle

George Springer led off the game with a walk, stole 2nd, and scored on a 2-out Bo Bichette single off Jameson Taillon to put Toronto up 1-0. Taillon pitched a 1-2-3 second inning and got a strikeout to start the 3rd — but in doing so came down hard on his ankle and had to leave the game, reaggravating the injury that caused him to miss 3 starts.

2. Judge Ties It with Homer

Meanwhile, Aaron Judge tied the game with an opposite field homer off Hyun Jin Ryu in the top of the 3rd.

3. Judge Sac Fly Puts Yanks Ahead

Michael King relieved Taillon, and got the last 2 outs of the 3rd — then allowed a run in the 4th on a 2-out RBI double to Corey Dickerson.

But the Yanks came right back in the top of the 5th off Ryu — a 1-out single by Gio Urshela, a walk to DJ LeMahieu, and a single by Anthony Rizzo tied the game 2-2.

Aaron Judge then ripped a line drive to opposite field — right field — for an RBI sac fly putting NY ahead 3-2.

4. Yank Bullpen Superb

King pitched a shutout 5th, and yielded to Clay Holmes for a shutout 6th, the Yankees by that time clutching that 3-2 lead.

“I was frustrated when I got hurt, so I made it a thing to come back as strong as I could and impact this team in any way possible,” said King afterwards. “And it was good having a couple of good outings to start my way back — they were good for my confidence — and now I feel like I’m kind of rolling, and pitching — instead of thinking mechanically or sequences — I’m just going out there and competing and that’s the best way to do it.”

“Also the Kluber ball is helping me out. Kind of going the other way of hitters,” added King. “I introduced that a little bit before I got hurt, but still didn’t have great confidence in it. But now I feel I have better control of it. It gets hitters off my fastball and makes me more unpredictable which is a good feeling.”

5. Stanton Puts It Away with ANOTHER Home Run

The Yanks were still clinging to the 3-2 lead when Trevor Richards walked Aaron Judge to put 1st and 2nd, 2 outs in the top of the 7th. Giancarlo Stanton stepped up and GOLFED an 84-MPH changeup into the left field seats for a 6-2 Yankee lead.

6. Yank Closers Close It

Chad Green pitched a 1-2-3, shutout 7th inning and Luis Severino an easy, shutout 8th. Gio Urshela hit an insurance homer in the top of the 9th to make it 7-2.

That left Wandy Peralta with a wrap-up 9th — which he cruised through, 1-2-3 for the old ballgame.

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