Yankees’ Domingo German was ‘electric’ on Wednesday: ‘I’m just getting started’

Andres Chavez
New York Yankees, Domingo German
iJul 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (65) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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.

“He was pretty electric with his stuff,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone told Betelhem Ashame of MLB.com. “There were a number of times where I was like, ‘That was a pretty special finishing pitch right there.’ 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.”

The Yankees love to see German’s pitch distribution

German struck out six hitters and has strung together two strong outings. His ERA is down to 4.05.

“Germán was really good,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. “He 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 didn’t square many balls up. … We had a tough time with Germán, and rightfully so; he had really good stuff tonight.”

The Yankees’ righty threw 26 four-seam fastballs, 26 curveballs, 21 changeups, and 21 sinkers.

“Love to see it,” said Giancarlo Stanton. “The ball’s going all over the place when he’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, it’s a very difficult at-bat. And he was on all cylinders.”

The Yankees’ pitcher has been through a lot, mostly because of his own behavior, but seems determined to succeed. “I felt like, in a way, it was to let people know that I’m back. I feel better than before, and I’m just getting started now.”