This afternoon’s finale against the visiting Padres was rather reflective of a typical midweek afternoon game — decently paced (2 hours, 39 minutes), strong pitching, a little small ball, a few big ones, and a home team win on a rare cooler day in early summer.
James Paxton is back on the mound with his start today and threw 4 great scoreless innings in just 66 pitches. He only gave up 2 walks and struck out 7 San Diego batters in his brief outing. He handed the game off to a series of relievers who kept up the scoreless streak — Green, Ottavino, Holder, and Cortes to split the final 5 innings of the game.
The Yankees also gave their pitchers decent run support to help coast them into the win column this afternoon. In the 1st, DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit hit back-to-back solo home runs to kick off the Yankees’ offense. And Gio Urshela joined in with a 1-out solo home run in the 2nd.
After a momentary offense break, the Yankees came back in the 5th for some small ball. LeMahieu led-off with a walk, and Voit hit into a slow defense, allowing both runners to make it to base safely on a fielder’s choice. With 1 out, Torres hit a short single to load up the bases, but Brett Gardner’s sacrifice fly only scored LeMahieu in that inning.
With a new pitcher an 1 out in the 6th, Cameron Maybin singled and stole 2nd. After another out, Maybin made a dash for 3rd, but thanks to a bad throwing error, he ended up scoring a run. And Voit hit a lead-off triple in the 7th and scored as part of Gleyber Torres’ big 2-run home run to cap off the Yankees’ offense today.
Final score: 7-0 Yankees, Yankees win series 2-1
Next up: The Yankees will host their long-time rivals, the Boston Red Sox, for a 4-game weekend series, starting tomorrow. After an off-day on Monday, the Yankees hit the road to face the Blue Jays and Indians. They’ll head back home briefly for a quick series against the Mets before finishing their road trip against the White Sox.
Roster moves: As predicted, the Yankees activated today’s starter James Paxton, coming off the IL after a lingering knee issue. Yesterday, they optioned reliever Joe Harvey to AAA Scranton to allow room for Paxton.
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