Thursday, September 29, 2022

New York Yankees clinch AL East with win over the Toronto Blue Jays


The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.  The game took place in Toronto, Canada and the final score was 5-2.  Jameson Taillon started for the Yankees and he pitched great.  Aaron Judge in his quest for 61 walked four times, Gleyber Torres and Kyle Higashioka each had three hits. 

Taillon pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up seven hits and two runs.  He didn’t walk a batter and struck out six.  Taillon picked up his 14th win of the season.  Lou Trivino picked up his 11th save of the season pitching 1 2/3 innings and giving up a hit and he struck out one. 

Jose Berrios started for the Blue Jays and he lost his seventh game of the season.  He pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up nine hits and five runs with two walks and seven strikeouts.  Zach Pop pitched 2/3 of an inning givin gup a hit and he walked one, David Phelps pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and a walk with three strikeouts.  Anthony Bass pitched 1 2/3 innings with three strikeouts. 

Judge drew four walks, Anthony Rizzo had two hits and an RBI and Torres had three hits and three RBI.  Oswaldo Cabrera had two hits, Higashioka had three hits and Aaron Hicks had a hit and an RBI.  Higashioka and Hicks each hit a double and the Yankees were 5-13 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base.  Judge and Hicks each had an outfield assist. 

George Springer had two hits and an RBI, Bo Bichette had a hit and Vlad Guerrero Jr. had a hit and an RBI.  Alejandro Kirk had a hit, Raimel Tapia had a hit and Whit Merrifield had a hit.  Cavan Biggio had a hit, Bichette hit a double and Springer hit a homerun.  The Blue Jays were 1-3 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base.  Bichette committed an error and Tapia had an outfield assist. 

In the bottom of the first Springer hit a solo homerun to give the Jays a 1-0 lead.  In the third Rizzo hit an RBI single to tie the score at one.  Torres hit an RBI single to make it 2-1 Yankees.  In the fifth Torres hit an RBI single pushing the lead to 3-1 for the Yankees.  In the sixth Hicks hit an RBI double and it was 4-1 Yankees.  Torres hit an RBI single and the lead was extended to 5-1.  In the bottom of the sixth Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI single cutting the lead to 5-2 but that would be the final score. 

The Yankees with the win clinched the AL East.  It was their first division title since 2019 and 20th overall.  The Yankees will now play out the string and try to get Aaron Judge to break the AL record for homeruns which is 61.   

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