Eight takeaways from Tuesday's game
1. The Yankees learned their lesson from last Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. They faced RHP Taijuan Walker and eventually left 16 runners on base against Toronto's pitchers, suffering a fifth straight defeat.
Walker (3-3, 3.05 ERA) was not so fortunate his second time facing the Yankees. He allowed seven runs (one earned) on six hits in 1 2/3 innings pitched, striking out two while walking zero but allowing two homers.
2. While the Yankees benefited from a costly second-inning error by RF Derek Fisher on sixth hitter Clint Frazier's fly ball, leading to Walker's six unearned errors, the bats got hat when they needed a couple of big hits. LF Brett Gardner roped an RBI single to center, scoring 3B Gio Urshela -- who hit a one-out double to left, creating a 1-1 tie.
After C Gary Sanchez's strikeout, SS Tyler Wade's deep fly to right-center field, got past Fisher and scored Frazier, going up 2-1. 2B DJ LeMahieu singled to right, scoring Gardner, and then the Yankees broke out the long ball.
3. 1B Luke Voit belted a deep home run to left, bouncing high up the empty bleachers before rolling back down. Measured at 426 feet and 107.2 mph, Voit's homer -- his 17th, giving him the MLB lead over Los Angeles Angels CF Mike Trout and Minnesota Twins RF/DH Nelson Cruz, who entered Tuesday with 16 apiece -- sparked the Yankees' rout.
4. CF Aaron Hicks followed Voit with a first-pitch solo shot into the middle deck of the right-field seats. Hicks' fifth homer of the season edged Voit's prior blast at 428 feet and 108.6 mph, tacking on another run for the Yankees' 7-1 lead in a back-to-back sequence.
5. The Blue Jays replaced Walker with RHP Shun Yamaguchi to end the second inning, but the Yankees kept raking in the third frame. Yamaguchi (2-3, 6.65 ERA) kept the ball in the park, but surrendered seven more runs (all earned) while walking four and hitting two by pitches through 1 1/3 innings pitched.
The Yankees' five-run third inning started with five straight free passes -- three walks and the two hit batters -- scoring Urshela and Frazier. With the bases loaded and none out, LeMahieu pulled a clearing double down the line and put the Yankees up 12-1.
6. Sanchez got involved on the action with a three-run homer in the fourth inning. After Urshela's double and Frazier's walk, Sanchez hit a 393-foot bomb down the left-field line at 111.8 mph. The home run, off LHP Anthony Kay, padded a 15-3 Yankees lead.
LeMahieu added a double two batters later and Voit followed up with an RBI single, bumping the Yankees' 16-3 lead.
For Sanchez, the home run was his eighth of the season and first since Sept. 4, a 6-5 Yankees win over the Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore. He has 16 hits, meaning half have come via the long ball.
7. Voit's second home run came in the sixth inning, a solo shot to left-center field, putting the Yankees up 17-3. His 18th homer went 389 feet at 107.9 mph, padding an MLB lead even further.
He was not the last Yankees long ball. Frazier (374 feet, 98.2 mph) and LeMahieu (397 feet, 100.5 mph)
8. Overshadowed by the Yankees' offensive outburst, RHP Deivi Garcia kept rolling. The 21-year-old Garcia (2-1, 3.28 ERA) followed last Wednesday's 7-2 win over the Blue Jays at Sahlen Field in Toronto with another gem.
After getting the Yankees back on track to snap a five-game skid, Garcia rode the run support. In seven innings, Garcia threw 88 pitches (58 strikes), yielding three runs on six hits (two homers) while striking out six and walking two.
Garcia's next possible outing is projected be his first against the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees' three-game series, starting Friday, puts Garcia on track to start Sunday's 1:07 p.m. game at Fenway Park in Boston.
After dominating Tuesday's opener, Yankees (27-21) continue their three-game series with Wednesday's 7:05 p.m. contest against the Blue Jays (26-21) at Yankee Stadium. Ace RHP Gerrit Cole (5-3, 3.20 ERA) takes the mound vs. RHP Tanner Roark (2-1, 5.60 ERA) as they look for their seventh straight win.
Cole's first start against the Blue Jays in 2020 comes after his best outing of the season. He pitched a seven-inning complete game in last Friday's 6-0 win over the Orioles, pitching a shutout and yielding two hits while striking out nine and walking one.
Roark's most recent outing was a 7-2 loss to Garcia and the Yankees last Wednesday at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. He allowed two runs on two hits -- both long balls -- while striking out three and walking three in his four innings of work.