Anthony Rizzo provides Yankees' 'knockout blow' for 2nd straight evening - big apple post

TORONTO — On Thursday night, Anthony Rizzo homered to end the video game. 

On Friday night, he effortlessly did the equal — in the fifth inning. 

Rizzo crushed a grand slam to cap off an eight-run frame because the Yankees ran away with a 12-three win over the Blue Jays in the series opener at Rogers Centre. 

After his walk-off homer Thursday gave the Yankees a 2-1 win over the Rays, Rizzo left little question along with his round-tripper towards the Blue Jays, clobbering it an estimated 435 feet to the facing above the second deck in correct field. That gave the Yankees a ten-1 lead within the fifth inning, all but inserting their eighth straight win on ice. 

"That's kind of the knockout blow appropriate there," supervisor Aaron Boone referred to. 

It became Rizzo's sixth home run in his past 13 video games as he continued to mash the ball in June. He drilled 9 domestic runs in his first 20 video games, then hit simply two over his subsequent 30 games before his newest sizzling streak. 

Anthony Rizzo celebrates in the Yankees dugout after his grand slam. Anthony Rizzo celebrates within the Yankees dugout after his grand slam. Getty images

Rizzo, who went 2-for-3 with successful with the aid of pitch and stroll on the evening, has additionally been hitting the ball smartly these days, even when he isn't homering. Over his past 14 video games, he is batting .291 (sixteen-for-55) with a .989 OPS and 18 RBI. 

"just ebbs and flows of the season," said Rizzo, who is additionally eight-for-14 with runners in scoring place all through that stretch. "just working through kinks and at all times making an attempt to discover the right position to be in. … once I get hit by way of pitches, I feel love it actually locks me in additional, simply staying on the ball." 

sure satisfactory, Rizzo changed into hit via a pitch on the left thigh to steer off the decisive fifth inning Friday. 

Later in the frame, the Blue Jays intentionally walked Aaron judge to load the bases with one out for Josh Donaldson, who struck out. but Rizzo didn't let them off the hook, obliterating a dangling curveball from Trevor Richards for his sixth career grand slam and the Yankees' third home run of the inning. 

Anthony Rizzo Anthony Rizzo delivered an emphatic homer for the 2d straight evening. AP

"Bases loaded, they walk Judgey and simply to be in a position to come through there — our MVP getting walked, all of us just want to make them pay, perpetually, when anyone receives deliberately walked," Rizzo talked about. "but the 12 months [Judge] is having, we simply want to always have his returned. The grand slam's the most suitable means you can do it. 

After seeing Rizzo scuffle in may with a .167/.268/.313 slash line, Boone is pleased to have him lower back in a groove. 

"It's been respectable, because he was grinding there for that month," Boone noted. "He turned into nonetheless having some large at-bats, however he become grinding via it. It's satisfactory to look him, over the last week or 10 days, really start to — the fine of his contact is getting in reality first rate now."

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