TORONTO — The ballpark may have changed but the Yankee offense continued to stay red hot in a 12-6 series opening win at the Rogers Centre.
Gio Urshela jumpstarted the offense with two-run homers in both the first and third inning. The three hit night bumped up his average to .323 for the year as the third baseman continues an unbelievable run as one of the team’s main producers.
Speaking of unlikely, Mike Tauchman hit another home run tonight and drove in four runs in the win. He remains one of the second half’s hottest hitters. Combined with Cameron Maybin‘s three hits and two runs scored, Brian Cashman’s ability to find talent from the unlikeliest of places is paying huge dividends for a team ravaged by so many injuries to key stars.
Not to be forgotten, the always consistent DJ LeMahieu had another three hits at the top of the Yankee order. His .338 average continues to pace the American League, putting him in prime position to win the AL Batting crown.
As for the pitching, Domingo German did not have his best stuff tonight, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits in just five innings of work. Thankfully for him, the Bomber offense gave him more than enough runs to work with.
Chad Green then went an inning and gave up a run, while Luis Cessa was credited with his first save of the year after pitching the last three innings of the victory.
The Yankees look to keep their winning ways going tomorrow at 7:05 ET, with J.A. Happ on the mound opposing Sean Reid-Foley.