Guerrero Jr.’s Unlikely Triple Helps Blue Jays Defeat Yankees 5-4

Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. stands in the dugout before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone planned to put this one in the win column by sticking with his go-to closing lineup (Ottavino, Britton, Chapman) as the Yankees had a 4-3 lead in the 7th inning vs the Toronto Blue Jays.

It didn’t work this time.

First, the scorching rookie, Bo Bichette walked with one out to start a rally. Then, Cavan Biggio singled to right to put the tying and go-ahead runs on for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who cleared the bases by chopping a perfectly placed grounder inside the first base line and into the right-field corner for a two-run triple.

It was an unlucky break on a triple that almost defied physics on a baseball field. Catcher Gary Sanchez. who made his return after 16 games, supported Ottavino’s pitch.

“I think it was a good pitch,” Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez said. “It was a defensive swing by (Guerrero). He was able to put the ball in play and it stayed inside the line and went down the line. It’s part of the game. Sometimes those things are going to happen when the ball is not hit solid but still finds a hole.”

With a questionable and often criticized starting rotation, the Yankees relievers know they have to play at a higher level.

“It is what it is. No excuse. Gotta get it done and I didn’t today,” said Ottavino.

The Yankees offense had trouble getting going as Brett Gardner singled with two outs in the Yankees eighth facing Blue Jays righty Jason Adam, but was left on base when righty Derek Law struck out Cameron Maybin. DJ LeMahieu, uncharacteristically grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Gio Urshela went deep for the fifth time in his last four games to bring his season total to 17 on the season.

It didn’t take long for Sanchez to pick up where he left off. He He did so by blasting a solo homer in the fourth inning off Blue Jays reliever Jacob Waguespack, his 25th of the season where he leads all catchers in that category.

Other Notes

— Second baseman Gleyber Torres didn’t play for the fourth game in a row due to a core muscle issue, but appeared to have no issues hitting and fielded grounders on the field before the game. He will return to the lineup later today as the Yankees try to split the 4 game series vs the Blue Jays.

— The Yankees tied a franchise record by hitting multiple homers in nine consecutive games. They have hit a total of 29 during there power surge.

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