For the first time in years, the New York Yankees found themselves in San Francisco to take on their old New York rival in the Giants.
And they sure took their bats on this trip, collecting 15 hits as they took down the Giants 7-3.
Welcome Cameron Maybin
Cameron Maybin didn’t wait long to get his first Yankee hit.
He lined the first pitch he saw to center for an RBI single, batting fifth in his first game in the road grays.
But for the most part, the big guns led the way.
For the second consecutive night, Luke Voit had three hits and extended his on-base streak to 37 and his hit-streak to 13. Voit also drove in three, and his average now sits at .276.
After a little rough patch, DJ LeMahieu is getting hot again, also collecting three hits. His average has now risen over .300 again.
Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela batted three-four in the order, each picking up two hits and driving in a run. Romine, Tauchman, and Estrada each picked up a hit and Mike Ford had a pinch-hit single.
Solid Start For Big Maple
James Paxton had a solid start coming off two lights-out starts.
Over 5 and 2/3 innings, Paxton gave up three runs off five hits, walking two. He struck out eight on the night.
Paxton has sure proven that he is a strikeout pitcher in his short tenure with the Yankees. He got 14 swing and miss strikes, and in comparison, Masahiro Tanaka had just one on Thursday night.
For every two fly-balls he worked, he got a ground-ball, and got first pitch strikes to 18 of the 24 batters he faced.
Tommy Kahnle would eventually relieve Paxton to get the final out in the sixth. Zack Britton had the seventh, but was pulled after walking the bases loaded, still one out away from the end of the inning.
But, Adam Ottavino bailed him out and also pitched a scoreless eighth before Aroldis Chapman came in to lock it down in the ninth.
Game two of the series takes place at 4:05PM (ET) on YES and Fox Sports Go. JA Happ gets the ball for the Yankees against Derek Holland of the Rangers.