TORONTO — Wednesday’s game between the Blue Jays and Yankees was a parade. A hit parade for New York and a parade from the bullpen to the mound for Toronto.
The Yankees spanked Toronto pitching for 17 hits, including three home runs early off Nick Tepesch, an emergency starter for the Jays with Aaron Sanchez still out with a blister issue and Joe Biagini being stretched out in Triple A Buffalo. Tepesch pitched as well as could be expected but it was the long ball provided by Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and Todd Frazier that paced the Yankees to a 11-5 victory over the Jays. Frazier went 3-for-4, with a double. Jose Bautista hit a homer for Toronto off New York starter Masahiro Tanaka.
The Jays burned through six relief pitchers and the Yankees five.
Right-hander reliever Taylor Cole made his Major League debut for the Jays in the eighth and though he did strike out Yankees phenom Aaron Judge, he struggled, giving up four runs on six hits in one inning of work, but was thrilled to get his first taste of the Big Leagues.
“It’s something I’ve always dreamt of doing,” said Cole.