Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees

Ruben Hill
September 23, 2017

For the second time this season, the player known more for his staunch defence than his unsafe bat cracked a grand slam that helped the Blue Jays to a convincing 8-1 victory over the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre on Friday night.

Showing up to Rogers Centre with a chance to clinch an American League Wild Card berth with a win and help, the Yankees left with one of their ugliest losses of the season. It is widely speculated that the Blue Jays will not pick up his $17 million option for next season. They went into the game being able to clinch a Wild Card spot with a win and losses by the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels.

Frazier had to scamper back to the base to avoid being doubled off. Goins then burned him by faking a throw to the pitcher and applying the tag when Frazier lifted his foot off the base.

Goins also hit a grand slam in the 6th inning.

The Blue Jays second baseman wasn't the only one to show off his power on Friday; Russell Martin hit his 13th home run of the season, and Teoscar Hernandez hit his third.

Goins' blast came on a flat 0-2 pitch from Tanaka, after pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales drew a two-out walk. He is batting.086 (3-for-35) over his past 10 games.

"There are days where (his off-speed stuff) is really, really good, and you can see how he gets through lineups fairly easily", Girardi said. He led off the inning with a double and was still on second when Jacoby Ellsbury was robbed by right fielder Jose Bautista on a one-out liner to deep right. Judge's September resurgence may earn him enough first-place votes to be named the AL's Most Valuable Player. Gray will make his 10th start for the Yankees Saturday.

The Blue Jays have shut down left fielder Steve Pearce for the remainder of the season following a lingering case of lower back stiffness. Of the six hits he allowed in 5 2/3 innings, three cleared the fence.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Masahiro Tanaka (12-11, 4.73 ERA) vs. He has one start against the Yankees when he allowed four hits, one walk three runs (one earned) while striking out six on June 3. He cracked a line drive on a 1-2 pitch for his third homer in only 19 games this season. While his average with the bases loaded improved to a remarkable.714 (10-for-14) this year, he wasn't brimming with confidence as he stepped to the plate.

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