New York Yankees Recap: Yankees pull off second walk-off win to win the Nats series

Today at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals met up in the rubber game of the three-game set. The Nationals won the first game 11-4, and the Yankees had a 4-3 walk-off win yesterday. Today the Yankees Domingo German was set to start against the Nationals’ Joe Ross, who had never pitched at Yankee Stadium in his career. The Yankees got their second walk-off win in as many days. Yankees 3 Nationals 2.

With Domingo German on the mound in the first inning, he faced Trea Turner, who singled on an off-line throw by LeMahieu. Josh Harrison flew out to Frazier in right field. Juan Soto hit into a double play ending the half. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu led off against Ross and ground out to short Giancarlo Stanton walked. Aaron Hicks had a long out to center. Gleyber Torres went down on strikes to end the scoreless inning.

The top of the second had Josh Bell at the plate; he flung his pink bat into the camera well before going down looking. Starlin Castro doubled with a ball to the left-field wall that died. Kyle Schwarber went down on strikes. Yan Gomes popped out to Ford behind first base. Leading off the bottom was Gary Sanchez, who struck out. Mike Ford walked of four pitches. Clint Frazier flew out to right. Miguel Andujar ground out and was 0 for 7 since being called up. No score.

The third inning had Yadiel Hernandez at the plate facing German; he struck out. Victor Robles ground out to LeMahieu. Turner dropped in a single to no man’s land in center. Harrison flew out to Frazier. At the bottom, Brett Gardner led off with a walk. LeMahieu flew out to the far right field. Stanton walked. Hicks had an RBI single scoring Gardner. Gleyber Torres ground into a force with Stanton going to third. Sanchez went down on strikes, but the Yankees took the lead. New York Yankees 1, Nationals 0.

Soto led off the fourth, flying out to Brett Gardner in left. Bell struck out. Castro got a walk off of German, his first one. Schwarber ground out to Ford to end the half. Ford led off by sticking out at the bottom. Frazier went down on strikes. Andujar ground out. Yankees 1 Nationals 0.

Gomes struck out against German in the fifth. Hernandez ground out to Gardner. Robles struck out for German’s sixth put down of the game. The bottom was led off by Brett Gardner, who ground out to second. LeMahieu singled to center. Stanton struck out be DJ stole second base. Hicks struck out to strand LeMahieu. New York Yankees 1 Nationals 0.

At the top of the sixth inning, Turner flew out to Hicks in center. Harrison flew out to left. Soto ground out as German put away 7 Nationals in a row. With only one run scored in the game, it was turning into a pitcher’s duel. At the bottom, Torres Gleyber Torres got the monkey off his back with his first home run of the season; a 411′ shot to left. Sanchez walked on four pitches, knocking Ross out of the game. Mike Ford faced Sam Clay and struck out. Frazier hit into a double play, dropping his batting average even further. Yankees 2 Nationals 0.

The seventh inning had Bell doubling off the left-field wall. Castro popped out to Sanchez. Schwarber had a two-run home run to tie up the game at 2 apiece. Gomes facing Michael King got a single. For the second game in a row, the game was up to the bullpens of both teams. Hernandez hit into a double play to end the half. At the bottom, Austin Voth took the mound for the Nationals against Andujar, who went down on strikes. Gardner hit into a ground-rule double when his hit bounced into the bullpen. LeMahieu walked with Stanton coming to the plate. He hit into a double play for the second DP of the game for the Yankees. The game tied at 2.

In the eighth inning, Robles ground out to Torres. Turner got a base hit to center. Harrison flew out to Hicks in center. Wandy Peralta came in to face Juan Soto; he popped out to Torres. At the bottom, Hick fouled a ball off his shin, dropping him to the ground for some time. Hicks walked it off and remained in the game; he ended up walking. Torres ground out to short, but Hicks moved to second base. Sanchez recorded his 3rd strikeout of the game. Ford was walked intentionally. Clint Frazier popped out to second to keep the game tied at 2.

Aroldis Chapman came on at the top of the ninth to hold it tied. Bell ground out to LeMahieu. Castro got a one-out single to center. Schwarber popped out to Torres. Gomes went down on strikes. At the bottom of the ninth, Wade faced the Nationals’ closer Brad Hand, and Wade walked on four straight pitches. Aaron Judge pinch-hitting for Gardner walked. LeMahieu ground out, but Wade moved to third with one out as they couldn’t complete the double play. Stanton singled to win the game for the Yankees driving in Wade. Final score New York Yankees 3 Nationals 2. The winning pitcher was Aroldis Chapman, and the loser was Brad Hand.

New York Yankees: Washington Nationals series preview

The New York Yankees will start the completion of their longest homestand of the season with game one at Yankee Stadium against the Washington Nationals. The Yankees have been playing outstanding baseball that has gotten them out of the AL East cellar. They are one game above .500, after going 7-3 in their last ten games. The Yankees have played most of their games against AL East opponents, but tonight they will play their second inter-league game.

The Yankees are coming off a series win of the Houston Astros. They were hoping to sweep the series, but although ace Gerrit Cole although he left the game after six innings with the lead in the game, the bullpen that is usually great, failed miserably giving up five runs over four innings of work. The New York Yankees are now going into a three-game set with the Nationals, a team that won the World Series just two years ago. The Nationals team, the Yankees, will face, although some of the names are the same, they are not the same team that won that World Series. They ended the last season at the bottom of the NL East.

Today, May 7th, 7:05 pm.

Tonight at the Stadium, the Yankees’ Jameson Taillon will face the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin. After two years of not winning a game, Taillon got his first victory in his last outing against the Detroit Tigers. Taillon pitched five innings of one-run ball while striking out 8 Tigers. Patrick Corbin is well known to the Yankees; they have faced him twice during his career. Although both games were no-decisions for Corbin, he kept his ERA down to just 1.35 across the two games. I give the edge to the New York Yankees.

Corbin started the season horribly for the Nationals; he gave up 15 earned runs in his first two season games. He has pitched better since then, lowering his ERA to 8.10. His best outing was his last against the Marlins, when he gave up 2 runs over 7 innings. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the YES Network, MASN in the Baltimore Washington market, and on MLBN out of market.

Saturday, May 8th, 1:05 pm.

Saturday’s matinee at Yankee Stadium will feature the Yankees’ Corey Kluber (2-2) facing the Nationals’ Max Scherzer (2-2). Corey Kluber is coming off his best-pitched game of the season and the AL pitcher of the week after going 2-0 off the Orioles and Tigers. In his last start, the 2 time Cy Young award winner got a career-high 13 swings and misses on his changeup. A very slight edge goes to the Nationals.

Max Scherzer is a thirteen-year veteran pitcher that hasn’t had a losing season since 2010. He has had two 20+ winning seasons. The 36-year-old has a career record of 177-95. He is a strikeout king. This season he has 39 strikeouts in five games and is coming off a complete-game win over the Miami Marlins. The game will be televised on the YES Network, MASN, and MLBN out of market.

Sunday, May 9th, 1:05 pm.

Sunday’s game is the most difficult to predict the outcome; much has to do with which Domingo German shows up. German (2-2 ERA 4.32) will face the Nationals’ Joe Ross (2-2 ERA 4.39). Between his 2 starts against the Orioles and Cleveland, German went 12 innings scoreless, but in his last outing, he went only five innings giving up three earned runs; in a game, the Yankees eventually won over the Astros.

Joe Ross has never faced the New York Yankees before and has not experienced Yankee Stadium and its fans. He is 3-2 in interleague games in his career. So far this season, the Nationals had lost 3 of his 5 starts, including his last start against the Atlanta Braves, when he went 5.1 innings giving up 2 earned runs while striking out 3 and walking 2 Braves. The Sunday matinee will be televised on the YES Network, MASN, and MLB out of market.

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from Yankees win over the Astros

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

Last night the New York Yankees met the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium for the first time since 2019 and the first time since they were found to cheat in the 2017 season by an investigation by MLB. The Yankees fans at the Stadium showed their displeasure. Domingo German started the game for the Yankees and pitched well. The hitters did their job hitting nine hits, and the Yankees bullpen, as usual, was outstanding. Several times during the game, the Yankee fans chanted Jose Altuve showing their hatred for the little person Astro player. The Yankees won the game 7-3.

Big game feel, and fully engaged fans

The game last night was extraordinary. The first time the Yankee fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium got to show the Astros how they felt about them possibly stealing a World Series appearance from them. For the first inning, it seemed not a single fan remained seated. When Jose Altuve approached the plate to lead off the first inning, the crowd of 10,800 made the most noise I have heard at the Stadium this season. Most of those loud boos were for Jose Altuve that may have cost Aaron Judge a Rookie of the Year Award and an MVP award.

The MLB found after an investigation that the Houston Astros cheated during the 2017 season and postseason, which may have cost the Yankees a trip to the World Series. Yes, A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora lost their jobs for a year. Both are now in other managing jobs. The Yankees’ issue is that they did not lose their Championship win or their rings even though they cheated. MLB punished no player. The Yankees will never forget this, and the Astros will always be known as the team that cheated their way to a World Series win.

I must note that the New York Yankees fans showed class; they booed and showed signs saying things like you cheated and big X’s on their championship, they remained civil and showed the class you would expect from a New York Yankee fan. That being said, Altuve took the brunt of the fan’s scorn. Several Yankees players said after the game that it has a “playoff feel.”

The Yankee starting pitching was good, not great

The New York Yankees starting pitcher was Domingo German coming off a seven-inning stint where he went 7 scoreless innings, he was not great in this one, but he did keep the Yankees in the game. He gave up three runs in five innings of work, striking out six Astros while walking only one. But as in most games this season, the Yankee bullpen, the best in baseball, came to his rescue.

The New York Yankee bullpen went four scoreless innings saving the Yankees from the possible loss. Lucas Luetge came in in the sixth inning and pitched a scoreless sixth. The Yankees thanked him by scoring four more runs in the bottom of the inning, giving him the win. Jonathan Loaisgia and Wandy Peralta pitched two scoreless innings, and Chad Green came in to close it out for the Yankees by striking out 2 Astros in the ninth.

Giancarlo Stanton is on a tear

Giancarlo Stanton has been nothing short of fantastic in recent days. Last night he went 4 for 5 with a monster home run in the bottom of the first inning. In just a few short games, he has taken himself from the interstate to a batting average of .297. He has now completed his 10th straight game with a hit. He now shares most home runs (7) and most RBI’s (18) with New York Yankee slugger Aaron Judge. Stanton does have more hits than Judge and a higher batting average.

The Yankees will meet up with the Astros again tonight when Jordan Montgomery will face the Astros’ Luis Garcia, 3-0. The finale will be a matinee that will feature the Yankee ace Gerrit Cole facing his old team. The game will be broadcast on the YES Network and ATT Sports Net SW.

New York Yankees Recap: Astros punished by the Yankees for cheating

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Santon

The New York Yankees met up tonight with its most hated rival, the Houston Astros, at Yankee Stadium for the first time since they were charged with sign stealing in the 2017 season. The Yankees lost out on a possible World Series appearance and a Rookie of the year award from slugger Aaron Judge in his rookie year. The tension between the two clubs was obvious, although several Astros players said it would be no different from the boos they have been getting since the MLB decision was reached. Tonight the Yankees Domingo German faced the Astros Zack Greinke.

In the first inning, Domingo German faced the most hated Astro in Jose Altuve, and he struck out. Michael Brantley ground out. Alex Bregman homered to left for the lead in the game. Yordan Alverez struck out, but the Astros picked up a run. At the bottom, DJ Lemahieu singled. Giancarlo Stanton hit a monster two-run home run to left. Aaron Judge walked. Gio Urshela singled, moving Judge to second base. Gleyber Torres, still with no outs, walked to load the bases. Clint Frazier hit into a double play. Aaron Hicks ground out, but the Yankees brought three runners home. New York Yankees 3 Astros 1.

Yuli Gurril stuck out at the top of the second. Gorrea ground out. Kyle Tucker struck out for a 1-2-3 inning for German. At the bottom, Kyle Higashioka led off for the Yankees by grounding out. Rougie Odor stuck out. LeMahieu walked. Stanton ground out for a scoreless inning for both teams.

Myles staw led off the third inning by grounding out to short. Martin Maldonado ground out to Odor. Altuve, still being loudly booed, struck out again. Aaron Judge led off the bottom and struck out against Greinke. Ursheal flew out. Torres ground out. Yankees 3 Astros 1.

Michael Brantley led off the fourth inning by hitting a blast into the upper stands of right field. Bregman struck out for German’s fourth strikeout of the game. Alverez singled to center. Gurril doubled, tieing the game at 3. Gorrea ground out, Gurril moved to third base. Tucker struck out for German’s sixth strikeout. Both teams tied at 3. Clint Frazier, at the bottom, went down looking. Hicks struck out. Higahisoka walked with two outs. Odor stuck out to end the inning. New York Yankees 3 Houston  Astros 3.

Myles Staw walked on four pitches to start the fifth inning. Staw was called out on review with a failed stolen base attempt. Maldonado flew out to Judge in right field. Altuve ground out to end the half. Top of the lineup for the Yankees at the bottom. LeMahieu faced Brandon Bielack and struck out. Stanton had standup double. Judge ground out to third. Urshela gave it a ride to the centerfield wall, but it was caught to end the scoreless inning. Yankees 3 Astros 3.

Domingo German out of the game, Lucas Luetge faced Brantley, who ground out to Urshela. Bregman singled to left. Alverez hit into a beautiful 6-5-3 double play turned by Odor to end the half. At the bottom of the sixth, Torres walked on four pitches. Frazier popped out behind first. Hicks singled to left, moving Torres to second base. Higashioka reached on a force out of Hicks. Odor faced the new pitcher Bryan Abreu and walked to load the bases with Yankees. LeMahieu doubled three runs in, but both Odor and the catcher Maldonado were hurt in the play at home. Odor had to be helped off the field. Maldonado finally left the field on his own power. Both were taken out of the game. Castro was the new catcher for the Astros. Stanton singled driving in LeMahieu. Judge went down on strikes to finally end the inning. New York Yankees 6 Houston Astros 3.

Gurril led off the seventh inning, singling off new pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga. Gorrea stuck out. Tucker hit into a double play ending the half. At the bottom, Urshela faced Andre Scrubb and flew out to center. Torres walked. Brett Gardner in for Frazier flew out to right for the second out. Torres stole second. Torres took third on a wild pitch. Hicks walked. Higashioka, with men on the corners and two outs, struck out, but the Yankees picked up another run. Yankees 7 Astro 3.

Wandy Peralta on the mound for the Yankees faced the Astro’s Staw, who struck out. Castro in for Maldonado singled to left. Altuve, still being booed, had a line drive directly to Tyler Wade at second. Brantley ground out to Wade to end the half. At the bottom, Tyler Wade in for Odor faced Joe Smith, ground out. Stanton got his fourth hit of the night. Judge singled, moving Stanton to third base Urshela walked, loading the bases. Torres ground out, leaving the bases loaded with Yankees. Yankees 7 Astros 3.

With last licks on the line for the Astros, Chad Green took to the mound to close it out for the New York Yankees. Alex Bregman struck out for the first out. Alverez singled over Urshela’s head. Gurril struck out swinging. And down to their last out, Gorrea flew out to Brett Gardner in left for the final out of the game.

The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Houston Astros 3. The winning pitcher was Lucas Luetge, and the loser was Brandon Bielak. The Yankees are now over .500.

 

New York Yankees: Houston Astros series preview, A team the Yankees hate comes to the Stadium

New York Yankees, Domingo German

Today the New York Yankees meet up with the Houston Astros for a three-game set at Yankee Stadium. This is the first time the two teams that don’t like each other since it was revealed that the Houston Astros cheated the Yankees and others. But it’s more real for the New York Yankees than the other teams because the Houston Astros may have prevented the Yankees from going for a win in the World Series in 2017.

Unlike Poxatony Phil, the groundhog, whether the sun shines today or not it will make no difference in how the Houston Astros are greeted at the Stadium today. This will be the first time the two teams have seen each other since Major League baseball proved that the  Astros did steal signs illegally during the 2017 season, and maybe beyond. And particularly in the post-season that may have caused the New York Yankees to go to a World Series and win their first postseason since 2009. That cheating wasn’t the end of it; It may have cost Aaron Judge from the Rookie of the year award that was won by a hair by the Astro’s Jose Altuve.

The New York Yankees lost the East to the Boston Red Sox in 2018, but again in 2019 they lost the ALCS to the Astros, many industry officials and fans believe they cheated again in 2019 although it was not proven by MLB. Whatever the case it will not be a happy time for the Texas team tonight at the Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Considering the harsh treatment that may occur, it would not be a surprise if the umpires issued a warning to both teams, even before the start of today’s game.

Today, May 4th 7:05 pm:

Today, the New York Yankees meet the Houston Astros in game one of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees’ Domingo German will start for the Yankees and he will face the Astros’ Zack Greinke who is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.44. German is 2-2 with an ERA of 4.05. Greinke is coming off one of his worst starts of the year where he gave up four runs in four innings of work against the Seattle Mariners. German is coming off his best start of the season, going seven scoreless innings against the Orioles. The game today will be televised nationally in ESPN, ATT Sportsnet SW, and on the YES Network.

Wednesday, May 5th 7:05 pm:

This is not going to be a great weather week for baseball in the Northeast, but if any day is impacted by inclement weather it will be on Wednesday. Jordan Montgomery 1-1 4.39 is scheduled to take the mound for the Yankees. On the mound for the Astros will be Luis Garcia 0-3 ERA 2.70. He has been a good pitching, bad luck pitcher this season. Jordan Montgomery is coming off a no-decision outing giving up two runs over 5 innings of work, a game the Yankees eventually lost to the Orioles. The game will be televised on the YES Network and ATT Sportsnet SW.

Thursday, May 6th 1:05 pm:

Thursday’s game is a matinee and will be started for the New York Yankees by ace Gerrit Cole. Cole has been totally dominant this season so far. He had 62 strikeouts in April for second on the all-time strikeout list for the month of April, only behind Ron Guidry’s 64. In his last start, he struck out 12 over six innings of scoreless ball against the Tigers. The Astros will have Lance McCullers Jr. on the mound, he is coming off his best start of the season, holding the Tampa Bay Rays scoreless over seven innings of work. The game will be televised on the YES Network, ATT Sportsnet SW, and on MLBN out of market only.

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

New York Yankees, Domingo German

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.”

New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from German’s win over the Orioles

Last night the New York Yankees had their third game of a four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at Orioles Park at Camden Yards and came away with their second win in a row. Domino German pitched brilliantly in the game, and the Yankees bats were alive with 12 hits, 3 of them long balls as the Yankees improved their record in the AL East. They are now just two games under .500.

German was lights out through seven innings.

There isn’t a lot to say about Domingo German‘s third regular-season start other than he was brilliant. Domingo German pitched awesomely in spring training, but when the regular season came alone, his first start was a disaster on April 4th. He gave up three runs in three innings for the Yankee’s loss. The Yankees sent him down to the alternate site to figure things out. He remained there until April 22, when he returned to the majors for his second start. It wasn’t great, but he kept the team in the game for a win for the New York Yankees.

Last night no one knew what to expect from German, but after putting down the Baltimore side in the first inning, it seemed like he had command of his pitches. As the game progressed get got only better. He had a no-hitter through four innings. He ended up pitching seven complete innings with 92 pitches, 63 of which were strikes. His record for the game included giving up just 3 hits without a walk in a shoutout outing.

The hitting dead are rising up.

For the most part, the New York Yankees hitters have been dead at the plate with only a few exceptions, puzzling everyone as to why the most powerful lineup in baseball couldn’t hit the ball. That is beginning to change. DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Glyber Torres seem to be heating up. Gio Urshela has been relatively constant in the season continues to get even better.

Last night the Yankee hitters again had 12 hits, 3 of them home runs. Mike Ford, Gio Urshela, and Clint Frazier had long balls. Clint Frazier that has been hitting very poorly hit his first home run of the season. I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it when the Yankees hit home runs, they win games; when they don’t, they usually lose.

Kyle Higashioka turning heads

Kyle Higashioka didn’t hit a home run last night, but he does lead the team in home runs per game played. Last night he worked seamlessly with Domingo German for the Yankee’s second win in a row. He also caught Corey Kluber’s first win on the season. He will next catch Gerrit Cole’s start against the Detroit Tigers. “Higgy” is quickly showing that he is the better catcher behind the plate than Gary Sanchez.

Higashioka has always been a good defensive catcher, but he seems to have only gotten better over the last two seasons. He is becoming a framing expert and works better with the pitchers, which translates into wins. The Yankees have always stuck by Sanchez because of his pop at the plate. The big difference now is that short term anyway, Higgy is the one with a better batting average and more consistent power than Sanchez. All manager Aaron Boone has said is that Higgy will get plenty of playing time.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Domingo German lights out in Yankees win over the O’s

New York Yankees, Domingo German

Tonight the New York Yankees met up with the Baltimore Orioles in the third game of the four-game set. Domingo German was on the mound for the Yankees and Dean Kremer for the Baltimore Orioles. At game time, it was 84 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The O’s won the first game, and the Yankees won the second game 5-1.

DJ Lemahieu lead off the game by singling. Giancarlo Stanton hit into a double play for two outs in the inning. Gleyber Torres doubled to the far-right field. A wild ball allowed Torres to go to third base. Gio Urshela struck out, but two hits didn’t help the Yankees because they remained scoreless. At the bottom, Cedrick Mullins led off against Domingo German, and he flew out to center. Austin Hays ground out to short. Trey Mancini also ground out to Torres to end the inning scoreless.

Mike Ford lead off the second inning by homering into the first row of the left-field stands. Aaron Hicks flew out to the warning track in center field. Clint Frazier struck out swinging. Kyle Higashioka struck out swinging, but the Yankees picked up a run on Ford’s home run. At the bottom, Maikel Franco led off by grounding out to Urshela. DJ Stewart walked on four pitches. Pedro Severino popped out to Higgy in an incredible catch. Ryan Mountcastle flew out to Gardner in left. New York Yankees 1 O’s 0.

Brett Gardner led off the third inning and popped out to short. LeMahieu singled up the middle for his 80th multi-hit game that leads the majors. Giancarlo Stanton got a base hit that ate up the shortstop. Gleyber Torres had a blooper into no man’s land in center for a single driving in LeMahieu. Gio Urshela, with two on and one out, homered to left field for a three-run hit. Mike Ford struck out. Aaron Hicks lined out to short. Rio Ruiz led off the bottom by flying out to Frazier in left field. Valaika flew out. Mullins ground out to second for a 1-2-3 inning for Domingo German. New York Yankees 5 O’s 0.

Clint Frazier led off the fourth inning by singling to left. Higashioka singled, but Frazier was caught going to third by a mile. Gardner singled, but the O’s got the force at second for the second out. LeMahieu ground out to second. At the bottom, Hays ground out to second. Mancini struck out. Franco went down swinging for a no-hitter for German through four innings. Yankees 5 O’s 0.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the first inning with a single. Gleyber Torres that was 2 for 2, flew out to left field. Gio Urshela, who homered, singled beyond the shortstop. Shane Armstrong came in to replace Kremer. Mike Ford, with two on and no outs he walked. Aaron Hicks, with the bases loaded, had a sac fly driving in Stanton as the Yankees tacked on another run. With two out and two on, Clint Frazier popped out for the final out of the half. Stewart led off the bottom by flying out to Gardner. Severino went down looking. Mountcastle got the first base hit for the O’s. Ruiz ground out to second for five straight shutout innings for German. Yankees 6 O’s 0.

Higashioka popped out to third for the first out of the sixth inning. Brett Gardner struck out chasing. LeMahieu ground out to second to end the half. At the bottom, Pat Valaika went down on strikes. Mullins lofted to Hicks in center for out two. Hays ground out for a 1-2-3 inning for German, who only thrown 75 pitches through six innings of work. Yankees 6 O’s 0.

Giancarlo Stanton struck out against the new pitcher Tyler Wells to lead off the seventh inning. Torres flew out to right. Urshela flew out to center. Mancini led off the bottom of the seventh by singling to left. Franco went down looking. Stewart hit into a force for the second out of the inning. Severino singled to left, moving Stewart to second. Mountcastle struck out, looking for a great outing for Domingo German. New York Yankees 6 O’s 0.

Mike Ford led off the eighth by flying out to deep left-center. Aaron Hicks flew out to catcher. Severino had to run a long way to make the catch. Clint Frazier homered well into the left-field stands. Higashioka went down on strikes, but the Yankees got tacked on another run. At the bottom, Ruiz was up against Michael King and struck out. Valaika flew out to Gardner. Mullins ground out for a 1-2-3 inning for Michael King. Yankees 7 O’s 0.

Gardner ground out to start the top of the ninth. LeMahieu flew out to far-right. Stanton singled to go 3 for 5 in the game. Torres ground out to Ruiz to end the Yankee scoring in the game. With Last licks on the line for the Orioles Hays at the plate and King still on the mound, Hays struck out looking. Mancini singled to left. Franco hit into a double play to end the game. The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Orioles 0. The winning pitcher was Domingo German, and the loser was Dean Kremer.

 

Can Domingo German be a trustworthy starter for the Yankees?

New York Yankees, Domingo German

After everything that happened in the past, the New York Yankees decided to give pitcher Domingo German a second chance. He missed the whole 2020 season while serving a suspension for a domestic violence incident, but the team opted to move on after several apologies, public and private.

On the field, everything was going smoothly during spring training. He was missing bats with all of his pitches, and was destined to have a great start of the season for the Yankees. However, after two mediocre outings, he was optioned to the alternate training site because the team wouldn’t need a fifth starter for a while.

He returned and had a pretty rough beginning to his outing against Cleveland on Thursday, giving up three early runs, but settled down to earn a quality start by hurling six innings with three runs (two earned) and six strikeouts.

For the season, his ERA stands at 6.23, with a 5.79 FIP and a much more decent 4.31 xFIP.

The Yankees would like to see him command the fastball

For German, the key will be fastball command. He can get whiffs with his mid-90s fastball, curveball, and changeup, but it won’t matter if he keeps leaving pitches in the fat part of the zone.

The Yankees had him work on his fastball command during his time at the alternate training site and hope to see better results. Yesterday’s outing against Cleveland was a good start, as he retired the final seven hitters he faced after the rocky beginning.

“You’ve got to stay calm,” Germán said to MLB.com through an interpreter. “That’s what it’s all about, executing pitch after pitch to find your rhythm. I think it was key for me that I was able to get some quick outs. That allowed me to go deep into the game.”

The Yankees have a few options should German falter. Mike King has looked good, and Deivi Garcia is ready, for example. But they want German to succeed and claim the fifth spot for good, at least for now.

New York Yankees: 4 major takeaways from Yankees 6-3 win over the Indians

New York Yankees, Domingo German

German shakes the rust off

The New York Yankees nurtured Domingo German after not pitching for over a year. He played great in spring training but failed in his first two starts of the new season. The Yankees sent him down to Scranton to figure it out. Yes, he had a bad first inning last night but then pitched five scoreless innings, keeping the Yankees in the game. Other than that first inning, German impressed the Yankee management.

In addition to German’s good start, the New York Yankee bullpen was again great, not allowing another run in the game. Aroldis Chapman on the season has now pitched a record with 16 straight innings with 2 strikeouts or more per inning.

Torres learned his lesson

Gleyber Torres is an amazing Yankee player that hasn’t put his all into the last two seasons. After not running hard in the loss to the Braves, he was called into the manager’s office. Manager Aaron Boone expressed to him that he has to do better.  The result was that Torres played the game last night with new aggressiveness and energy, getting three hits in five at-bats. Last night Torres had his first two-hit game of the season.

Odor again rescues the Yankees

Rougned Odor was again a Yankee hero breaking the game tie wide open with this two-run single. Although his batting average is not all that good Odor has been keen on being a great situational hitter. The Yankees have won only seven of 18 games, and that is partially due to Odor, he provided the deciding run in two of those wins.

What’s new with Yankee hitting?

The New York Yankee hitting wasn’t wonderful in last night’s game, but it was a big improvement over the last few games. The Yankees behind Domingo German seemed to have more energy in the game and showed it with several hitters hitting better than they have recently.

The Yankees had more hits in this game than the last two series with 8 hits. But the Yankees had several walks and still left 8 on base, going 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position. That means if they had more situational hitting, they could have driven in more runs, but in a 162 game season, it was a good start.

Kyle Higashioka is becoming the Yankee premium catcher.

At the beginning of the season, the manager made it known that Gerrit Cole would not have a personal catcher in Kyle Higashioka, much to fans’ surprise. Since then, he has done nothing but impress. Aaron Judge has more home runs on the season, but actually, the best Yankee home run hitter is Kyle Higashiona, who has three home runs in just five games.

Tomorrow’s game will be a battle of the aces. Gerrit Cole will face Shane Bieber. The two are probably the best two pitchers in the American League. The can’t miss game will be at 7:10 pm.