Miguel Andujar hit his first career grand slam and CC Sabathia limited the Blue Jays to two runs as the Yankees cruised to a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday. >> Box score
Things to know about tonight's game
1) Sabathia allowed just three hits -- two of them were home runs -- and lasted seven innings for the Yankees. He gave up a solo home run to Teoscar Hernandez in the sixth and another one to Kevin Pillar in the seventh.
2) Andujar had four RBI on his seventh-inning grand slam and Aaron Hicks hit a three-run home run an inning later. Hicks finished with three RBI thanks to his homer. Giancarlo Stanton and Greg Bird each doubled, and Stanton finished with two hits.
3) David Robertson and Chasen Shreve each pitched scoreless innings to wrap up the win for the Yankees.
After four straight mediocre to poor starts, Sabathia scattered a couple of solo home runs and was otherwise on top of his game tonight matching a season-long seven innings of work.
The Yankees can always use the depth from their starters in an effort to throttle back the innings being used by relievers. The Yankees took a major hit today with Jordan Montgomery gone for the season, meaning Sabathia will be crucial to the team's success. Games like tonight's will go a long way for the Yankees searching out for just one starter versus two via the trade market.
The Yankees live and die by the long ball and they received two of them today in a game in which they had failed once again in securing a simple base hit with runners in scoring position until the Andujar grand slam. I won't go on a ridiculous "too many homers" rant, I like them and understand their value as much as anyone, however it would behoove the Yankees to try to be better as situational hitters. Becoming more sound as a situational hitter does not impede home runs, in fact, it can help produce them in the long run.
Highlights from Tonight's game
The Yankees will conclude their brief two-game serise with the Blue Jays in Toronto on Wednesday at 7:07 p.m.
Sonny Gray (4-4, 5.50 ERA) will face Sam Gaviglio (2-1, 3.32 ERA)