New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays watches the flight of his eighth inning home run against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)


One of the games preeminent hitters, the Yankees had no answer for slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who slugged three home runs in the Bronx to power the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-4 win.

Guerrero was a perfect 4-for-4 on the day with three runs scored and four RBI, raising his batting average to .391 on the young season.

Both home runs came off Gerrit Cole in the first and third innings, respectively. It marked the second straight uneven start for Cole this season after struggling against the Red Sox last week. Cole’s ERA stands at 5.59.

The Yankees tried to rally in the middle innings, the only way they seem to know how to in 2022, with the longball. Both Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge went deep to cut the Blue Jays lead to 3-2. D.J. LeMahieu tied it at three on an RBI double, scoring Josh Donaldson.

The Blue Jays would return the favor, flexing their muscle with a run scoring single by George Springer and another solo blast by Guerrero to push the Jays to a 5-3 lead.

The Yankees were able to trim the deficit down to 6-4 on a Gleyber Torres home run in the eighth, and even had a what appeared to be a chance to tie it when Giancarlo Stanton got into one to left. However the ball died at the warning track and wound up in the glove of left fielder Raimel Tapia. The play would have been forgotten were it not for a now infamous call by John Sterling, who like many watching, thought the ball was out of the park.