About The Second Game: The Yanks beat the Orioles 3-1. Domingo German threw 7 innings and Gleyber Torres hit his 3rd homer of the day. Also, Aroldis Chapman closed out his second game of the day. Two Yankees games. Two Yankees Wins. Two Chapman saves. ( I didn’t think it was a great idea to use Chapman in both games, but I guess Aaron Boone had little choice. The good news is that he worked quickly and efficiently. All told, he threw only nine pitches in this game (seven strikes) to close it out.)
With the sweep, the Yankees are just a half game out of first place.
Who’s Hot? The Gleybermeister is HOT. He’s on fire. After the two homers in the first game, he bashed his third dinger of the day in the bottom of the fourth inning. With the depleted roster, the Yanks really need Torres to start hitting consistently. Luke Voit had a big game going 3 for 4 with a double and 2 ribbies. In his first game as a Yankee, Kendry Morales went going 1 for 2 with 2 walks. That’s a .750 OBP - get that man on the All Star Ballot!
Domingo German continued to do his best Pedro Martinez impression by recording 8 Ks and allowing only one run over 7 innings. For the season, German is now 8-1 on the season.
Who’s Not? Clint Frazier went 0 for 3 and is now down to .280/.302/500. He’d better step it up before the big boys get back - with his fielding, he needs a big bat to stay in the bigs. Brett Gardner went 0 for 1 - and is down to .197/.290/.387.
Why it Matters? The Yankees eeked out yet another narrow win over a bad team. They keep winning, that’s what matters. Domingo German showed amazing poise and maturity when he pitched out of a bases loaded jam in his last inning of work. Zack Britton pitched a strong 8th inning (1 hit, two strikeouts) before passing the ball to Chapman for the save.
Other Thoughts/Pet Peeves: Aaron Hicks had not had an at bat in the Major Leagues all year. So what dis Aaron Boone do for his first game back? He batted him third, right in the middle of the lineup, of course. How did he do? He went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts, of course.
Boone was either a genius for leaving German in to finish the seventh (and getting him experience getting out of jams) or very foolish for jeopardizing a win since Zack Britton available in the pen. Using the “history is written by the winners” theory, I guess it’s the former. The move worked out, and the Yankees won.
Final Takeaway: Once again, the AAA Yankees found a way to another win. Thank the Baseball Gods for every win and hope whichever Baseball God of Health the Yankees displeased before the season gets over it as quickly as possible.
Tomorrow’s “Game”: The Yankees are off and play Tampa at Yankees Stadium on Friday. It will be CC Sabathia vs Blake Snell.