A week ago, on a Sunday night, Domingo German pitched his biggest game of the year, against Boston, on national TV. Boston was flying — having crushed the Yankees 3 straight games at Fenway — pulling to within 7 games. German pitched great — into the 6th and leaving with a 6-2 lead against Boston’s red hot lineup; beating Chris Sale for the win (Yanks ended up winning 9-6).
That win put Boston into a tailspin. They haven’t won since.
Today in an afternoon game at the Stadium — a brilliant sun, 80-degree, low humidity day — German again shut down the Boston lineup and beat Sale. This time German was even more dominating — his curveball curving. And Sale was pitching well but couldn’t get out of the 4th after getting 2 outs — the Yanks put up a crooked number (7 runs) on him. Sale is now 5-11 4.68.
— Tom Hanslin (@TomHanslin) August 3, 2019
“We have a lot of confidence in him there’s no question’, said manager Aaron Boone about German. “And certainly he’s pitching with a lot of confidence. And when you have his repertoire, and ability to fill up the zone like he can with all his pitches, there’s a good reason to walk out there with a lot of confidence.” German was helped by some excellent defense by Gio Urshela.
— MLB (@MLB) August 3, 2019
German on Pace for 20 Wins — First Yank Since..
German pitched 7 strong innings — 5 hits, 2 runs (both coming on home runs) — to go 14-2 3.99 on the season. He is on track for 20 wins. He would become the first Yankee pitcher since CC Sabathia in 2009 to win 20. The Yanks before CC: Mike Mussina in 2008, and Andy Pettitte in 2003.
LeMahieu and the Crooked 4th
DJ LeMahieu continued to be the difference maker in the Yankee lineup. He hit a home run to lead off the 1st for the Yanks to put them ahead 1-0.
A career-high 16 homers for DJ 🤖 pic.twitter.com/YeYXySEJvm
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 3, 2019
In the crooked-inning 4th, with 2 out, Breyvic “Who?” Valera — playing 2nd base for the Yankees — got a BIG opposite field single off Sale w bases loaded and 2 out. Brett Gardner singled up the middle for 2 more runs. Then DJ LeMahieu hit a 3-run homer to right for a 7-1 lead. Aaron Judge ripped a drive to left that was one bounce over the wall for a double, and Sale hit the shower. Edwin Encarnacion singled him home. 8-1 Yankees just like that. All with 2 outs.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 3, 2019
This was the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. With the win the Yanks went 12.5 over Boston, and 8 over Tampa.
Jonathan Holder pitched two shutout innings of relief to end the game.