The New York Yankees are on the rise. They won last night against the Baltimore Orioles behind a very good pitching performance by right-hander Domingo German, who has really righted the ship after two mediocre starts to open the season.
The Yankees decided to give German another chance after the 2019 domestic violence incident and the subsequent suspension. He is taking advantage of the opportunity.
German used his whole arsenal almost evenly and had the Orioles stymied. He allowed his first hit in the fifth inning, on a ground ball. All in all, he pitched seven scoreless frames to earn the victory, and became the first Yankees pitcher not named Gerrit Cole to stay on the mound that long.
â€œHe was pretty electric with his stuff,â€ Yankees manager Aaron Boone told Betelhem Ashame of MLB.com. â€œThere were a number of times where I was like, â€˜That was a pretty special finishing pitch right there.â€™ And he did it with everything. He had some freeze breaking balls, he had some changeups for soft contact and I thought probably his best command and stuff with the fastball and the sinker.â€
The Yankees love to see Germanâ€™s pitch distribution
German struck out six hitters and has strung together two strong outings. His ERA is down to 4.05.
â€œGermÃ¡n was really good,â€ said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. â€œHe was throwing all pitches for strikes. Keeping the ball down in the zone but elevating when he wanted to. You saw a lot of changeups we tapped to the pull side; we didnâ€™t square many balls up. … We had a tough time with GermÃ¡n, and rightfully so; he had really good stuff tonight.”
The Yankeesâ€™ righty threw 26 four-seam fastballs, 26 curveballs, 21 changeups, and 21 sinkers.
â€œLove to see it,â€ said Giancarlo Stanton. â€œThe ballâ€™s going all over the place when heâ€™s throwing mid to upper 90s, so just the reaction time and the pitch selection they have to deal with is really tough. When you can throw four pitches in the zone, starting in the zone and breaking out, itâ€™s a very difficult at-bat. And he was on all cylinders.â€
The Yankeesâ€™ pitcher has been through a lot, mostly because of his own behavior, but seems determined to succeed. â€œI felt like, in a way, it was to let people know that Iâ€™m back. I feel better than before, and Iâ€™m just getting started now.â€