The Yankee dominance, especially against the Orioles, continues. Domingo German, the unexpected rising star starter this season, got the start in the second game of this 4-game series against the Orioles. he threw 93 pitches in 5 innings, allowed 5 hits, a walk, and 3 runs (2 earned), and struck out 5 batters.
In fact, he kept the home team scoreless through most of his outing, getting himself out of an earlier jam, and not finding true troubles until his final inning. The lead-off batter was hit by a pitch. The next batter hit a short grounder that German fielded himself to turn into a double play, but a bad throw allowed both runners to be safe and set up the next batter’s big 3-run home run to get the O’s on the board.
David Hale came on in relief for the final 4 innings of the game and also had a fairly strong outing. He only allowed one run. In the 6th, his lead-off batter doubled, moved to 3rd on one ground out, and scored on the next one. But Hale commanded his way through the rest of the game, earning the rare 4-out save (despite the disparity of runs scored).
But it was the Yankees’ offense to dominate the game and give quite the hefty cushion for German and Hale. In the 1st, LeMahieu and Voit kicked the game off with consecutive singles and then scored as part of Gary Sanchez’s big 3-run home run to start the big show today.
Hicks worked a 1-out walk in the 3rd and then scored on Gio Urshela’s 2-out double. Urshela then scored on Clint Frazier’s big 2-run home run. Then in the 5th, with 1 out, Hicks and Torres walked and scored on Frazier’s second big home run, a 3-run power shot up the middle.
This went unanswered by the Orioles in most of the game, but even when they got on the board, the Yankees’ lead was still too large for the O’s to really chip away too much. Plus, the Yankees still had a few more runs to add in the 6th. With 1 out, LeMahieu singled, moved to 3rd on Voit’s single, and then scored when Gary Sanchez hit into a fielder’s choice. Hicks’ single moved Sanchez to 3rd, and Gleyber Torres singled him home to cap off the Yankees runs tonight.
Final score: 11-4 Yankees
Injury updates: Giancarlo Stanton (biceps strain) was to be in Tampa this week working on his rehab assignment. He play in Monday night’s game, even smacking a big home run for the Tampa Yankee fans at Steinbrenner Field. But he ended up feeling a tightness in his left knee and didn’t play in last night’s game. This will be a small delay in his rehab, not joining the team when they visit the Royals this weekend, and may force him to have extended games with another Yankees’ minor league team.
Other Yankees are on the mend. After Masahiro Tanaka took a foul ball off his shin on his last start (Saturday vs. Rays), there was some caution about his next move. But he threw a bullpen session against Aaron Judge today, and Tanaka seemed good to go for his next start, flipping with Sabathia for upcoming starts to give Tanaka one extra day. Sabathia will start Thursday at Baltimore, Tanaka on Friday in Kansas City.
Meanwhile, the at-bats Aaron Judge (oblique strain) took against Tanaka were also a good clue for his recovery. Things are looking good for the injured power-hitter, just slower than I think everyone (including Judge) would hope for. He’s continuing to ramp up his baseball activities and progressing as much as his body will allow on his road to health.
Scranton Shuttle: The Yankees made a move for a fresh arm again before today’s game. They sent reliever Nestor Cortes Jr. back to AAA Scranton in exchange for signing David Hale to the big league roster. Being now out for the rest of 2019 after shoulder surgery, Miguel Andujar was the logical choice to move to the 60-day IL to make room for Hale on the roster.