Domingo German (13-2 4.08) pitched the Yanks to his most important win of the year — holding Boston at bay into the 6th inning and leaving with a 6-3 lead in the Yanks 9-6 victory at Fenway. It kept the Yanks from being swept in the 4-game series by Boston, and buoyed their 1st place lead over Boston back to 9 games.
That’s what Ace’s do — stop losing streaks — and Domingo has been the Yankee Ace this year. Domingo threw strikes, his curveball curving, and was in command — often striking out 2 men an inning — finishing with 9 strikeouts, 1 walk and 4 hits allowed.
“I felt it was my responsibility to put a stop to it,” said German after the game.
"I felt it was my responsibility to put a stop to it" – Domingo German pic.twitter.com/1dbnrezbLa
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 29, 2019
Yankee Offense Chopped Away at Sale
The Yankee offense chopped away at Chris Sale, who has been struggling this year. Austin Romine hit a 2-run homer off Sale in the 3rd, and Didi Gregorius hit a 2-run homer off him in the 4th for a 4-0 lead.
Sir Didi style. pic.twitter.com/Zv11dIj1Vx
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 29, 2019
Andrew Benintendi hit a German mistake for a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 4th to make it 4-2 NY.
In the 6th, up 6-2, German walked the leadoff batter Rafael Devers, and allowed a double to Xander Bogaerts. With 2nd & 3rd, nobody out — German got J.D. Martinez to ground out for a run. Tommy Kahnle came in and struck out Andrew Benintendi — who got on 1st anyway with the pitch getting away as a wild pitch — but got Brock Holt on a line drive out.
Boston Defense Gifts Yanks Runs
The Yankees were gifted some runs by Boston as well. In the 7th, Aaron Hicks walked, Edwin Encarnacion hit a big Double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd; and Luke Voit walked to load the bases with 1 out. Didi Gregorius flied out to Jackie Bradley Jr.in center — but Bradley tried to double Voit off 1st base and rifled a throw there. Unfortunately the Boston 1st baseman was not there — Bradley threw the ball at the Yankee 1st base coach — the ball went into the stands for 2 Yankee runs.
In the 9th the Yanks got an insurance run when Cameron Maybin scored on a 2-out wild pitch.
Yankee Bullpen Puts Fans to Edge of their Seats
Meanwhile the Yankee bullpen put fans to the edge of their seats — after the Yanks escaped the 6th with the 1 run, and entered the bottom of the 7th with an 8-3 lead, Boston plated a run and left runners on 2nd and 3rd as Adam Ottavino got the big strikeout to end it.
In the 8th, with the Yanks up 9-4 — Boston got the first two runners on against Zack Britton. He then walked the bases loaded with 1 out — but beared down to strike out Bradley Jr and get the final out on a groundout. PHEW.
In the 9th, Aroldis Chapman did his usual high-wire act — walking the leadoff batter, then allowing a couple of singles to make it 9-6 NY, with a runner on and the tieing run in the on-deck circle. With Fenway Park alive and cheering, he struck out pinch hitter Michael Chavis to end the game.
Aaron Judge went 0-5 to continue his mini slump that has seen his average drop from .311 to .284.
Just before this game started, Marcus Stroman was traded from Toronto to the Mets for two prospects. This after weeks of speculation that he’d be traded to the Yankees. It was a stunning trade, and means the Mets are either lining up to trade Noah Syndergaard who has reportedly been on the block, or looking to make a run at the wildcard — they are only 6 games back.
Also just before this game started, Trevor Bauer, whom the rumors have the Yanks possibly acquiring — gave up 7 runs and when manager Terry Francona came out to get him, he threw the ball over the centerfield wall. This caused much Yankee Twitter stir — with fans deriding and defending him, and arguing back and forth.
Trevor Bauer got a little upset today. pic.twitter.com/cZ3ZdfdwIt
— ESPN (@espn) July 28, 2019
Also before this game, it was noted that Clint Frazier has changed his Twitter profile to say he is a member of the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders, not the Yankees. This caused much Yankee Twitter stir — with fans deriding and defending him, and arguing back and forth.