The Yankees have been said to rely too much on the home run. The thought was that with the way the team is currently constitued, that the team wouldn’t rely as much on the homer. Well tonight, the home run ball carried them to victory, as they homered in three consecutive innings to come back and beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 in the opener of this four game set.
Hiroki Kuroda didn’t have his quality stuff early in this game. With two outs in the first, Jose Bautista walked and then Edwin Encarnacion hit his fifth homer of the year. Brett Lawrie then followed with his first homer of the year. That’s all they would get on this night.
Vernon Wells answered for the Yankees in the bottom half of the second with his sixth homer of the year. In the third, Jayson Nix singled with one out. Brett Gardner followed with a single. After Ben Francisco flied out, Robinson Cano hit his seventh homer of the year to give the Yankees the lead. They added to the lead when Francisco Cervelli hit his third homer of the year to give some insurance.
Notes: Prospect Mason Williams was arrested in Florida for DUI early Thursday. Derek Jeter had a press conference today to update on his rehab. He will probably be out until July at the earliest. Kevin Youkilis missed his fourth straight game with a lower back injury.