"The last two days have been awesome for this team, for the young kids, playing the best team in baseball and fighting back".
Look out Vladimir Guerrero Jr., there's a new rookie in town.
Teoscar Hernandez hit two home runs for the sixth multi-homer game of his career. He gave up the critical triple to Guerrero. "Thankful is the best way I can put it". It stayed inside the line and went down the line. "Struggles in this game are part of the game. Sometimes those things are going to happen where the ball is not hit solid but still finds a hole". Ten years later, he was just as good, allowing one run on four hits and two walks.
After diving head-first into the bag at third, Guerrero reeled off a couple of fist pumps and fired up both the dugout and the boisterous fans, who are clearly getting a thrill at some of the rookie exploits with this team.
Sanchez is in the midst of another strong season when healthy behind the plate.
In the eighth inning, Hernandez hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot, to give the Blue Jays an 8-2 lead. It is Toronto's longest such streak since a 19-game run in 2010. The homers were his 16th and 17th. He is 0-0 with a 9.72 ERA in his two starts against them, covering 8 1/3 innings.
"Credit to them, they mixed and matched and held us down enough today", manager Aaron Boone said. He is 3-1 on the season with a 4.00 ERA.
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Toronto got its first hit, and its first runs, in the fourth.
The Blue Jays are 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games and 7-1 in their last eight after scoring five runs or more in their previous game. Cavan Biggio and Derek Fisher each added a base hit as well as Toronto also had just five hits as a team in the winning effort. Six Yankees pitchers combined to walk eight and strike out 14. Torres has missed four straight. "When he is doing that, the results will be there all the time", Boone said.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Holder was placed on the 1o-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation. Ozzie Albies went 4 for 5 and hit his 18th homer.
Teheran (7-7) pitched seven innings and departed with a 6-1 lead. It was the last pitch Waguespack would throw in his 3 2/3 innings. "Going into the game, I already knew I didn't have Giles". RHP John Axford had season-ending elbow surgery Thursday.
Fast forward a few months, and now there is quite a good competition brewing in the Blue Jays' outfield.
Kyle Higashioka was optioned to Scranton Wilkes-Barre to make room.
Guerrero lined a single off the left field wall in the fifth. Stanton (120.6 miles per hour on March 28) has the hardest hit of 2019. Masahiro Tanaka will start game four and is 7-6 with a 4.93 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. The 34-year-old right-hander also hit two batters, but improved to 9-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 17 starts dating to his no-hitter on May 7 against Cincinnati.