Marwin Gonzalez steps in for injured Yankees slugger

TORONTO — Marwin Gonzalez got a rare start in left field and hit two braces in the Yankees’ blowout 9-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night, as the Bombers continue to be without Joey Gallo, who has since been absent. that he left Saturday’s game with a tight left groin.

“He’s ready,” Aaron Boone said of Gonzalez. “It’s so heartwarming to have him there, with his experience and his moxie. He’s a great confidence and quality player that you can throw in any situation and you know he’ll handle it.

Gonzalez also played a key role in the seventh inning – escaping a tag from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on a preview that allowed him to score and extend what became a six-run inning.

Boone said he was watching the other runners involved in the game to see if they would move up to second and third and “the next thing you know, [Gonzalez] twists and turns and he shakes our hands [in the dugout].”

The Blue Jays and Guerrero disputed the call, saying he was tagged or missed the baseline — or both — but the safe call stood.

As for Gallo, Boone said the IL was not a consideration, despite missing three straight games.

Marwin Gonzalez comes out of a jam to score in the seventh inning.

“I don’t think so,” Boone said. “I think he’s good. … I think we’re done with that.

When the Yankees traded Gary Sanchez to the Twins and then got Jose Trevino from the Rangers, they clearly chose to focus on defense behind the plate.

At this point in the season, you can’t argue with the decision, as both backstops have been credited with helping just about the entire pitching staff – who are among the best at the majors.

But the Yankees need to get something out of their position offensively and after a promising start to the year from Trevino and an encouraging spring from Kyle Higashioka, both catchers have been in for extended funks.

Trevino did a good job catching Jameson Taillon on Tuesday but was again held without a hit and is 0 for 22 since the start of the season 5 for 9. And Higashioka is down 4 for 22 in stride of his seven spring training circuits.

“I think both were great there, but we also expect them to hit,” Boone said. “In Jose’s case, you look at the quality of his shots and you feel that he hit the ball and was not rewarded. [Higashioka] will get its punch here.

For now, however, they have by far the lowest OPS on the team – understandably – but both are far from their usual numbers, with Trevino at .406 (.625 career OPS) and Higashioka at .386 (.595 career).

“Their impact behind the plate has been huge,” Boone said. “But we need those guys to contribute.”

The bullpen hadn’t allowed a run in its last 17 innings since April 29. One of the new faces in the bullpen, Miguel Castro, played a key role in this success.

The right-hander was tagged in just one of his 11 appearances as a Yankee, but he had walked eight batters in nine innings before not allowing a walk in a scoreless eighth.

“Walks are in there, but he’s got some great stuff too,” Boone said. “I love having him in our team. He’s fit and wants the ball. He’s a bit fearless and gives us a really good option.

Walks have been a problem for Castro throughout his career, going 4.9 per nine innings and his strikeouts have been down so far.

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