Okay, so either the Yankees are playing really well or the Tigers are really not. And based on a lot of the game today, it’s the latter. Which isn’t great for the Yankees in the long-run, but it certainly looks great on paper.
Luis Severino got the start tonight in the middle game in Detroit, and showed off why the Yankees should consider him one of their best assets. (Like the hashtag? Hate it? Comment below.) He threw 100 pitches into the 7th inning, gave up 6 hits, a walk, and a run, and struck out 8 Detroit batters.
Severino held off the Tigers for the most part until the 6th inning, where he gave up a lead-off home run and 2 singles before getting those 3 outs to get out of one of the only real jams of the night.
Chad Green continued his strong 2017 season coming in to close out the 7th and sailing his way through the 8th. All 4 of his outs were strikeouts, by the way. Tommy Kahnle came on for the 9th, got 2 outs, gave up a solo home run and a double, and then closed out the game.
So with only 2 allowed runs (and 13 total strikeouts) by the Yankees’ pitching staff, the Yankees offense was ready for a repeat performance of last night’s monster showing. Gary Sanchez started things off tonight in the 1st inning with a 2-out solo home run into the left field seats.
In the 3rd, with 1 out and loaded bases, Sanchez singled home 2 of the runners, and Aaron Judge doubled home the other. Didi Gregorius then singled and scored Sanchez, before Chase Headley’s sacrifice fly scored Judge. Gregorious tagged another run on in the 5th with a 2-out solo home run.
The Tigers only sent 2 pitchers to the mound tonight, and the Yankees hit well off both of them. So in the 6th, the new pitcher walked Frazier and Ellsbury. Ronald Torreyes’ single scored Frazier. And Chase Headley’s 2-out solo home run in the 7th added one more, hitting it deep into the left field seats. In the 8th, with 2 outs and Gardner on 2nd due to a throwing error trying to turn a double play, Aaron Hicks singled and scored Gardner to make it a double-digit score for the Yankees, a second night in a row.
Final score: 10-2 Yankees
I read an interesting statistic early in the game that Gary Sanchez’s last 10 hits have been a home run, a single, 2 home runs, a single, 2 home runs, a single, and 2 home runs (including that 1st inning one). He went 2-for-5 tonight, with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. And he followed the set pattern above by making his 2nd hit of the night a single.
This Sanchez is so reminiscent of the 2016 Sanchez, heating up in August, helping drive the team towards October, suddenly in contention for all sorts of postseason awards (he finished 2nd in AL Rookie of the Year voting). It is fortunate that this is coming, yet again, at a time when the Yankees certainly need an offensive boost if they want to solidify their postseason plans.
Now, if more players can start clicking and heating up, and pitchers can be as sharp as Severino, that 28th title isn’t looking so blurry in the distance.