With this first long home stand of the season now in the books, the Yankees can look back with some fond memories. Plus, they won 8 of their 10 games and are now 3.5 games behind the AL East leading Red Sox.
Jordan Montgomery got the start in this afternoon’s finale against the Twins. He threw 98 pitches in his 5 innings, gave up 4 hits, 3 walks, and 2 runs, and struck out 6 batters. Those runs scored in the 3rd inning. With 2 outs, Montgomery gave up a walk and then a 2-run home run to get the Twins on the board.
Domingo German came on in relief in the 6th and pitched through the 8th to keep the Twins fairly under control. His one allowed run came early, in his 6th inning — a 2-out solo home run to add one more to the Twins’ lead. Dellin Betances had a truly stellar 9th inning — 13 pitches, 3 consecutive batters, 3 consecutive strike outs.
The Twins’ pitching staff was pretty good at keeping the Yankees scoreless for most of the game. The starter held the Yankees to a single hit and 3 walks (and 10 strikeouts) in his 6 innings. With a reliever on in the 7th, Stanton led-off with a double, moved to 3rd on a wild pitch, and then scored on Aaron Hicks’ sacrifice fly to finally get the Yankees on the board.
After being shut out again in the 8th, the Yankees faced an old foe and veteran closer in the 9th inning. Maybe that helped. Maybe it was that the Yankees weren’t ready to go down and finish this series like that, down by 2 runs. Gregorius led-off the inning and made it safely on base all the way to 2nd due to a fielding error. Stanton hit a short single, so Gregorius stayed at 2nd.
So with no outs, Gary Sanchez hit the 2nd pitch deep into the left field seats for a walk-off 3-run home run. That would be Sanchez’s first career walk-off hit at all. And the Yankees first walk-off homer of 2018 and since Gardner’s in July 2017.
Final score: 4-3 Yankees, Yankees sweep series 4-0
Next up: the Yankees are on their way to Los Angeles to face the Angels for a weekend series. The Yankees will travel next to Houston to face the Astros for a 4-game mid-week series before heading back for another home stand.
The ruling came back on the appeal of the suspension for the actions of Tyler Austin in regards to the ejection earlier this month. Initially, he received a 5-game suspension for charging the mound. Upon appeal, the sentence was reduced to 4 games, which will begin tomorrow and thus the Yankees will play with just 24 men on the roster in LA and the first game in Houston. (And if you’re wondering, the pitcher who intentionally threw at Austin in that game was suspended 6 games, lost his appeal, and will serve his sentence this weekend and into next week too as the Red Sox host the Rays and Royals.)
Finally, a big Happy Birthday to Aaron Judge, who turned 26 today.