Game 124: NYY vs. DET — Bronx Bombers in Motor City

Well, that certainly made up for some Fenway failure this last weekend. So tonight’s opener against the Tigers in Detroit was a mix between some pretty great pitching and some just stellar offense.

Recently activated off the DL, tonight’s starter was Masahiro Tanaka, who threw 90 pitches in his 7 innings. He gave up 6 hits, no walks, and 3 runs, striking out just 4 Detroit batters. In the 3rd, a lead-off single scored on a 2-out double to get the Tigers on the board. And a 1-out double in the 7th scored as part of a 2-run homer for a few more runs for the home team.

Chasen Shreve continued a pretty good start with 2 innings of his own to close out the game. One of the 2 allowed hits was a 2-out solo inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to add one more run for the Tigers in tonight’s game.

Meanwhile, the Yankees kicked off tonight’s game by making a big offensive show and then continuing to do so throughout the game, just dominating the Tigers all night. The first 3 pitchers for the Tigers only pitched 2 1/3 innings a piece, struggling to get control of the game. In the 1st inning, Hicks hit a 1-out single and then scored on Gary Sanchez’s monster 2-run home run, a 493 foot shot nearly hitting the big scoreboard out in left field (more below). Then Judge works a walk and ends up at 3rd on Gregorius’ double before scoring on Tyler Austin’s sacrifice fly.

In the 3rd, in a pseudo-moment of deja vu, Judge worked a lead-off walk, moved to 2nd on Gregorius’ single, and then scored on Tyler Austin’s single. Todd Frazier hit a deep 1-out triple that scored both Gregorius and Austin. {No media link, sorry!} That was the end of the Tigers’ starter, but the new reliever gave up a sacrifice fly to Torreyes that scored the waiting Frazier from 3rd.

Consecutive singles led-off the 5th, and a force out at 2nd put runners on the corners. A belated fielder’s choice (though it looked more like a fielding error) allowed Hicks to reach safely and also scored Frazier. Aaron Judge’s single scored Gardner and kicked another Tigers’ pitcher out of the game.

Gardner tripled to lead-off the 7th and then scored as part of Aaron Hicks’ 13th home run of the season, a 2-run shot into the right field seats. And Wade hit a lead-off single in the 9th and scored as part of Gary Sanchez’s second home run of the game, his 25th of the season to just solidify the Yankees’ huge lead in tonight’s game.

Final score: 13-4 Yankees

Tonight, Gary Sanchez hit two big home runs. His first onefirst one in the 1st inning was a 493 foot shot, the second longest home run of 2017. Second to his teammate Aaron Judge, who hit a 495 foot homer back in June.

And speaking of Aaron Judge, he has been on a weird streak in the last month. In the last 37 games, he struck out at least once in every game, breaking former strikeout streaks (mostly by players even I’ve never heard of). So with tonight’s line score reading much better — going 1-for-1, with 3 walks, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI — I’m sure he’s glad that strikeout streak is done. Not exactly the best thing to have the record for, but I’m guessing the 37 home runs so far this year is the one we’ll remember more.

Roster moves: after Sunday’s game, the Yankees optioned reliever Bryan Mitchell back to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in anticipation for tonight’s move. They activated tonight’s starter Masahiro Tanaka from the 10-day disabled list, after dealing with some shoulder inflammation.

Go Yankees!

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