Anthony Volpe shines in Yankees walk-off win over the Blue Jays

A dominating pitching dual between Gerrit Cole and Alek Manoah ended with a walk-off win for the Yankees


Anthony Volpe shines in Yankees walk-off win over the Blue Jays

[Anthony Volpe batting. Pic Credit: NY Daily News]

In a heated clash spiced up with the pre-match drama, the New York Yankees walked it off 3-2 against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. Youngster Anthony Volpe was the shining star in this victory. The clash saw Gerrit Cole go face-to-face with Alek Manoah. The duo does not see eye to eye after Manoah referred to Cole as a “cheater” and charged him for the usage of banned substances and sticky materials to improve his pitching.

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The whole incident started in August last year when Manoah accidentally hit Aaron Judge with a fastball. The duo got into a fight over it. Cole stood up for his teammate, which thus sparked this rivalry between the two pitchers. The Yankees went into the game, having already lost the series opener. Volpe continued his impressive form, driving one ball to the opposite field for a two-run home run.

This was the moment that broke the tie in the game in the eighth inning as the two starting pitchers went full-on, unwilling to blink an eye for their rival. The Blue Jays managed to level it up at 2-2 in the next inning thanks to a two-run blast from pinch-hitter Danny Jansen.

The Yankees were in no mood to lose. With the bases loaded up, the Yankees brought in pinch-hitter DJ Lemahieu. He successfully connected to drive in the winning run as the Bronx exploded with a walk-off win.

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An intense pitching dual left the batters run for their money

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[DJ LeMahieu walking it off against the Blue Jays. Pic Credit: NY Post]

The game was dominated with headlines revolving around the pitcher dual between Gerrit Cole and Alek Manoah. Both pitchers showed their strong will as they threw scoreless innings. Cole went 5.2 innings, giving up four hits and striking out four batters. Manoah on the other hand went seven full innings while giving up two hits. He managed to pick up five strikeouts as well.

Their dominance was clearly felt on the pitch. Runs started to flow in when both of them were relieved of their duties. Anthony Volpe was the one to open up the runs account of the game. He was given a curtain call by the Yankees fan. “I didn’t even know where to go or what side of the dugout or anything like that,Volpe said in his response to the curtain call.

This home run was just his second in the big leagues. Before this home run he was 0-for-3 for the game while facing Manoah. The Yankees will go into the final game of the series looking for their sixth series win of the season.

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Clarke Schmidt and Kevin Gausman will lead the pitching line-up for the Yankees and Blue Jays, respectively. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays would be hoping to hand their opponents their first series loss of the season.

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