Double Header Sweep! May 15, 2019: NY 5 Balt 3, NY 3 Balt 1

Due to Monday’s rainout, it was a good, old-fashioned double header sweep:

The Yanks went to 10 games over .500 — 26-16. For about an hour and a half the Yankees were in 1st place, as we waited for the Tampa Bay game to end — they won 1-0 so put themselves back in 1st by a half game over the Yanks. That about sums up the day.

Details — Game 1

Baltimore and NY slugged each other back and forth thru the first 5 innings.

  • Trey Mancini hit a homerun in the 1st inning of game 1 off Happ to give Baltimore a 1-0 lead
  • Gary Sanchez tied the game with a homer in the bottom of the 1st
  • Baltimore took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd
  • Torres tied the game with a homer in the bottom of the 2nd
  • Cameron Maybin gave the Yanks a 3-2 lead with a homer in the 3rd
  • Renato Nunez hit a homer to tie the game 3-3 in the 4th
  • Gleyber Torres gave the Yanks a 4-3 lead with his 2nd homer in the 4th
  • Mike Tauchman singled in Gio Urshela in the 4th to make it 5-3.

And then just like that the scoring stopped. Aaron Boone pulled J.A. Happ with one out in the 6th with only 64 pitches thrown. J.A. Happ was asked what he said when Aaron Boone came out to get him: “I just wanted to make sure he remembered we had a doubleheader today.”

Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman came in for 3.2 shutout innings. Happ got the win to go 3-3 4.44; David Hess took the loss (1-5 5.58).

The Boxscore

http://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=401132483

Details — Second Game

In the second game, which started at the normal 6:35 pm:

  • Domingo German shut down the Baltimore lineup with ease for 6 innings.
  • Luke Voit doubled in a run in the 2nd (he’d get 3 hits on the night breaking out of a slump).

  • Gleyber Torres hit a homerun into Monument Park in the 4th.
  • The Yanks took a 2-0 lead into the 7th when German started to tire, the 3rd time thru the lineup.

Oddly Aaron Boone did not have anyone warming in the pen even after two runners got on, despite the fact that German had run into trouble in the 6th or 7th in his previous 3 starts — German was sailing and maybe Boone didn’t want to mess with his confidence. A single, fly out, single, lineout to Gardner in left, wild pitch to put runners on 2nd and 3rd, and walk loaded the bases with 2 out. German got Joey Rickard on a HUGE groundout to 3rd for a collective PHEW.

It was great to see German show toughness and get through the jam. Boone has been lengthening his starts.

German Reminiscent of Guidry

Domingo German reminds one of Ron Guidry circa 1977 — his rookie year. Guidry was unexpected; he entered the rotation after many injuries to the starting staff, and went 16-7 2.82 to become the Ace of the Staff. Guidry had a tough slider, and a fastball with movement. If German keeps up, he’ll start reminding one of Ron Guidry circa 1978.

Insurance

Luke Voit provided an insurance run with an RBI single to plate Thairo Estrada. Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th respectively for the Yankee win.

Baltimore’s Andrew Cashner pitched 6 strong innings but got the loss, to go 4-2 4.10.

Other Yanks

DJ LeMahieu, hitless in the 1st game, went 1-4 in the 2nd game. Aaron Hicks played in his first game of the season in the 2nd game, and went 0-4. Clint Frazier went 1-4 in the 1st game and 0-3 in the 2nd game. Austin Romine caught the 2nd game and went hitless. Kendrys Morales played his 1st game as a Yankee in the 2nd game, and went 1-2 with 2 walks as the DH.

The Boxscore

http://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=401075364

 

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