Controversial call helps Yankees beat Blue Jays, extending MLB’s longest winning streak to 11 games

On Tuesday night at the Rogers Center, the New York Yankees achieved the longest streak of the season at 11 games thanks to a six-run seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays (NYY 9, TOR 1). Aaron Judge scored a solo home run in the sixth inning, then opened the game with a two-run double in the seventh.

The seventh inning was not without controversy. With runners on the corners and one out, catcher Jose Trevino hit a ground ball to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at first base, and Guerrero shot through the diamond to catch Marwin Gonzalez in a run between third and home. Gonzalez avoided the tag and scored on the game to take the Yankees 4-1 lead, though replays showed Guerrero tagged him on the back. Here is the video:

And here is Guerrero’s screenshot applying the tag to Gonzalez:

The Blue Jays lost the match early in the inning and were unable to review the game. Bo Bichette pulled Vlad Jr. out of the bag with a Giancarlo Stanton ball to the ground and the Blue Jays challenged that Guerrero had kept his foot on the bag, but with no luck. The replay team did not see enough evidence to cancel the call. Toronto was therefore unable to challenge Gonzalez’s play later in the inning. Teams lose their challenge if unsuccessful.

Had Gonzalez been eliminated, the Yankees would have had runners in first and second place with two eliminations and a 3-1 lead (81.1% chance of winning). Instead, they finished with runners in second and third place with one eliminated and a 4-1 lead (93.6 percent chance of winning). Quite significant swing there.

Gonzalez, Judge, and former Blue Jay Josh Donaldson all had double points in the seventh inning. Aaron Hicks also contributed an RBI single. Seven of the first eight batters the Yankees sent to the pot in the seventh inning made it to base. Tuesday’s game has been a pitching duel until then: starters Jameson Taillon and Alek Manoah each held the other team to one point in six very strong innings.

Controversial recap aside, the game’s undisputed highlight came in the sixth inning of the home run of Judge’s draw, although the highlight isn’t the home run itself. He’s the Blue Jays fan who catches the ball and hands it to a young Yankees fan wearing a judge’s jersey. This is the good stuff:

Tuesday’s victory was New York’s 11th straight. It’s the longest winning streak in baseball this season – the Dodgers, Marlins and Twins each had a seven-game winning streak – and the longest winning streak for the 13-player Yankees last April.

The win also broke Toronto’s streak of winning streak in matches started by Manoah. They had won each of his last 12 starts dating back to last season. This is the second longest winning streak in franchise history behind 13 streak starting from the late Hall of Famer Roy Halladay in 2003.

At 18-6, the Yankees have the best baseball record. They finished third for points scored per game and second for fewer points allowed per game arriving on Tuesday. The Blue Jays dropped to 15-10 with defeat.

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