Yankee takeaways from Thursday’s 4-2 win over the Blue Jays, including a quality start from Nestor Cortes

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May 18, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes (65) throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. / Nick Turquiero-USA TODAY Sports

nestor cortes had a quality start and Yankees‘ The offense got by enough to defeat the Blue Jays 4–2 and win the four-game series.


,aaron judge continued to mash against the Jays on Thursday night, gleiber torres Leadoff single in the first inning to put the Yankees on the board, 2–0. It was Judge's 32nd career home run (102 career games) against Toronto, the most by any Yankee. He surpassed Jorge Posada, who hit 31 homers in 186 career games against Toronto. It was also Judge's fourth home run in the last four games.

Leading off the sixth inning, Judge launched one again to center field, but this time it was near the wall high in right-center. It hit the top of the wall and came back with Judge at second. The umpires gathered and called it a home run. Jace would challenge and it was overturned. The judges would be stumped on the other. He finished the game 2-for-4.

Cortés had a bad start to the game. They bo bechete The Yankees had given them a two-run lead to start the evening. matt chapman almost followed suit with a long flight out to right field that landed in the glove of Osvaldo Cabrera Warning on track.

Cortes would go through the Jays lineup twice with minimal damage, but whit merryfield to lead the seventh, Aaron Boone will relieve Nestor for Ryan Weber,

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Cortes' final line: 6+ IP (91 pitches/64 strikeouts), hits, two runs, one walk and six strikeouts.

– Again asked to put the bullpen to some work. Weber came in for Cortes in the seventh and immediately gave up a single and walk to load the bases with no one out. he will get brandon to fly out aaron hickswhose arm forced Merrifield not to go home. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.— who missed Wednesday's game due to — pinch-hit and got a sac fly to put the Yankees ahead 3-2. george springer Lined up to eliminate the threat.

albert abreu Came on in the eighth and pitched 1-2-3 innings with two strikeouts. ron marinasio It came in the ninth to get the Jays to pick up their first save of the season.

Here's how the bullpen broke down:

  • Weber: 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk

  • Abreu: 1 IP, two strikeouts

  • Marinacio: 1 ip

For Jazz, jose barrios Was on the mound with two solid starts in a row. After Judge gave up a homer, the 28-year-old cruised until the seventh inning. He gave up a leadoff double to Cabrera – the second straight inning the Yankees got the leadoff man – but Berrios was close to getting out of the jam, striking out the next two batters. But Hicks hit a 3–2 sinker into right field for a single to put the Yankees up 3–1.

Thursday was Hicks' first start since Monday and he went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Anthony Volpe Will tacked on an insurance run in the ninth inning after hitting a solo shot over the left field wall. It was Volpe's seventh home run of the season and now tied for second with the Rangers. josh jung (8 HR) For most rookies this season.

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what will happen next

The Yankees will begin a three-game series with the Reds on Friday night in Cincinnati at 6:40 p.m. ET.

Clark Schmidt is scheduled to pitch against Ben Lively.