TORONTO — Marwin Gonzalez made a rare start in left field, scoring two doubles in the Yankees’ 9-1 blowout win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night as the Bombers continue to be without Joey Gallo since they started Saturday’s game with a close one Defeat have left left bar.
“He’s prepared,” Aaron Boone said of Gonzalez. “It’s so reassuring to have him with you with his experience and courage. He’s a trusted, highly skilled big league player who you can throw into any situation and know he’ll handle it.”
Gonzalez also made a key play in the seventh inning – he eluded a tag from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on a rundown that allowed him to score and extend what became a six-run inning.
Boone said he was watching the other runners involved in the game to see if they would advance to second and third places and “next thing you know, [Gonzalez] twists and turns and shakes hands with us [in the dugout].”
The Blue Jays and Guerrero argued the call, saying it was tagged or ran off the baseline — or both — but the safe call stood.
As for Gallo, Boone said IL doesn’t matter even though he missed three games in a row.
“I don’t think so,” Boone said. “I think he’s good. … I think we did it.”
When the Yankees traded Gary Sanchez to the Twins and then brought in Jose Trevino from Rangers, they made a firm decision to emphasize defense behind the plate.
There’s no contesting the decision up to this point in the season, as the two backstops have been credited with helping out nearly the entire pitching staff — which are among the best in the majors.
But the Yankees need to get something out of position offensively, and after a promising start to the year from Trevino and an encouraging spring from Kyle Higashioka, both catchers were in prolonged jitters.
Trevino did a fine job Tuesday catching Jameson Taillon but was again held without a hit and is 5-9 at 0-22 since the start of the season. And Higashioka is hot on his heels in a 4-for-22 slide his seven spring practice home runs.
“I think both were great back there, but we also expect them to score,” Boone said. “In Jose’s case you look at the quality of his bats and you feel like he hit the ball and wasn’t rewarded. [Higashioka] will get his show of strength going here.”
Right now, however, they have by far the lowest OPS on the team – which is understandable – but both are far from their usual numbers, with Trevino at .406 (.625 career OPS) and Higashioka at .386 (career .595). .
“Their impact behind the record was tremendous,” Boone said. “But we need these guys to make a contribution.”
The bullpen had not allowed a run in the last 17 innings since April 29. One of the new faces at Pen, Miguel Castro, has played a key role in this success.
The right-hander was hit in just one of his 11 appearances as a yankee, but he had run a whopping eight batsmen in nine innings before refusing a walk in a scoreless eighth.
“The walks are in there, but he also has tremendous stuff,” Boone said. “I love having him on our team. He’s fit and he wants the ball. He’s kind of fearless and he gives us a really good option.”
Walks have been a problem for Castro throughout his career, at a rate of 4.9 per nine innings, and his strikeouts have been on the decline thus far.
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