One might imagine Baltimore’s strategy going into this game was to shut down Aaron Judge at all costs. Judge who had hit 2 homers the game before; Judge who has pummelled Baltimore for 3 years now.
Mission accomplished. Collateral damage: everyone else in the Blitzkreig Yankee lineup dropped BOMBS on the Oriole pitching staff.
- Gleyber Torres started it off with a homer (he went 2 for 5, and his second hit was a double high off the right field wall that probably would have been a homer at Yankee Stadium).
- Clint Frazier hit a homer, and later a second homer; he finished 4 for 5 with 4 RBI’s.
- Then Gary Sanchez took over. He finished with 3 (three) homers — and was 3 for 6 with 6 RBI’s and tied the AL lead for homeruns with 6.
- Austin Romine hit a homer off a Baltimore position player — sent in to pitch in the 9th to save the Oriole staff in the blowout.
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- Gio Urshela — up from the minors to play 3rd Base with all the injuries — went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI.
- Luke Voit got a hit, DJ LeMahieu got a hit, and Brett Gardner got a hit — in fact everyone in the Yankee lineup except Judge got a hit (and Tyler Wade who came up once and walked).
- Judge did walk so Baltimore didn’t shut him down completely.
On the Mound
Even on the mound, the Yankees dominated. Domingo German was scintillating thru 4 innings — pitching a perfect game — his fastball had Movement as did all of his 4 pitches. He had a no hitter thru 5, broken up in the 6th. In the 7th, he screwed up a little nibbler back to the mound, then walked a batter and was gone. Stephen Tarpley came in and allowed a couple of hits and 2 runs (charged to German) before registering the final out.
Luis Cessa came in to pitch a scoreless last 2 innings. Ballgame.
David Hess started and went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs. In came Mike Wright, who allowed the homer to Clint Frazier last night — and he got lit up again — 4 runs in 1.2 innings. Dan Straily was worse — 5 runs in 1.1 innings. Baltimore brought in 2nd baseman Hanser Alberto who allowed 2 runs in the 9th, including the homer to Austin Romine. Alberto got 2 hits during the game so can eat dinner tonite knowing he did all he could.