Yankees vs. Blue Jays – Game Recap – June 18, 2022

TORONTO — Jameson Taillon and two assists combined a five-hitter, Aaron Hicks lined a three-run double and the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to nine by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Saturday.

Taillon (8-1) allowed four hits and knocked out eight in 5 2/3 innings to win his eighth straight decision.

Michael King played two innings and Clay Holmes got the last four outs. The Yankees scored their 11th shutout of the season, going 49-16 to one of the major league bests.

Toronto put the runners in second and third, with one falling out in the second inning, but Taillon pulled out the next eight straight batters.

Alek Manoah (8-2) lost for the first time in 16 career home starts, disappointing a sell-out crowd of 45,055. Manoah went 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four career starts against New York, but allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck five.

Anthony Rizzo grabbed a one-out walk at the Yankees in fourth, Gleyber Torres followed with a single and after Joey Gallo slammed, Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit an infield to load bases for Hicks, who headed to the right doubled.

It was Hicks’ first extra base hit in a full bases situation in more than five years, and the Blue Jays were the opponents the last time he did it. Hicks had a career-best six RBI as the Yankees won 12-2 in Toronto on June 1, 2017.

After a hilltop visit, Manoah beat Jose Trevino with a throw and the Yankees’ catcher gained first base. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo argued Trevino swung on the court and was kicked out for the fourth time this season.

The Yankees went on an 11-game winning streak from April 22 through May 3. That streak ended in a loss to left-hander Yusei Kikuchi in the final of a three-game streak in Toronto. Kikuchi starts for the Blue Jays on Sunday.

TRAINING ROOM

Yankees: LHP Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles tendonitis) was scheduled to throw live BP Saturday at New York’s spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., manager Aaron Boone said. If he’s feeling good, Chapman will host another live BP session next week while the Yankees are in the Tampa area visiting the Rays.

Blue Jays: Toronto said LHP Hyun Jun Ryu underwent Tommy John surgery. He is under contract until 2023 but will need 12 to 18 months to recover. … The Blue Jays put RHP Trevor Richards (strained neck) on the 15-day IL and recalled Triple-A Buffalo’s LHP Matt Gage. … SS Bo Bichette (right foot) returned to the lineup after sitting out Friday. Bichette left Thursday’s game with an inning after fouling a pitch off his foot.

ATTENTION!

When the judge’s stick broke on an infield grounder in the fourth, the run sailed out of the infield and landed in the flat left.

roster moves

New York signed INF Chris Owings to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Orioles released Owings on Monday.

WALK THIS WAY

Taillon walked more than a batter for the first time in 13 starts this season. … George Springer went twice against Taillon and finished with three walks.

FAMOUS BATTLE

Saturday marked the 45th anniversary of the 1977 Fenway Park clash between late Yankees manager Billy Martin and star right fielder Reggie Jackson. After Martin Jackson substituted for not being outfield in a nationally televised game, the two nearly erupted in a fight in the visitors’ dugout.

NEXT

RHP Luis Severino (4-1, 2.80) returns to the mound in New York on Sunday after suffering a scratch from Thursday’s start due to illness. Kikuchi (2-3, 4.80) starts for the Blue Jays. The left-hander has not won in five starts.

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