Remember that bobsled to baseball hell without a brakeman the Yankees couldn’t halt last week?
They have swapped it for an escalator headed to heights recently thought impossible.
Backed by a season-high seven homers, three by reserve catcher Kyle Higashioka and two from DJ LeMahieu, Gerrit Cole dominated the Blue Jays on the way to a 13-2 victory Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
After hitting six homers in Tuesday night’s 20-6 thumping of the Blue Jays the Yankees continued to pound the visitors’ pitching staff.
It was the Yankees’ seventh straight victory (tied for the longest such streak of the season) and pushed them to within three lengths of the AL East-leading Rays, who lost to the Nationals. The three-game deficit is actually four since the Rays won the season series against the Yankees.
With 11 games remaining the Yankees hold a 1½-game advantage over the Blue Jays in the race for second place which brings an automatic bid to the postseason tournament.
Higashioka had seven homers in 178 big league at-bats entering…