James Paxton allowed his usual 1st-inning runs — putting the Yanks down 2-0 — but Gleyber Torres hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 1st to put the Yanks on top 4-2. And that — was ballgame.
No runs were scored in the 8 innings that followed. Paxton pitched great — threw 19 curveballs to great effect — and the Yankee bullpen was scintillating: Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman — Chapman even had a 1-2-3 9th inning.
A Beautiful Baby Grand 👋 pic.twitter.com/bx6bpWBzPl
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 2, 2019
What a Difference a Week Makes
A week ago, the Yanks were getting schellacked by Boston at Fenway — losing the first 3 games by scores of 19-3, 10-5, and 9-5, Boston pulling to within 7 games of NY and with momentum. It took a terrific pitching performance by Domingo German to beat the Red Sox in the final Sunday night game, 9-6.
A week later — a whole different story. The Red Sox went to Tampa and lost 3 straight. The Yankees went home and split a 2-game set with Arizona. With the win tonite, the Yanks are 8-4 against Boston this year — 6-1 at Yankee Stadium. NY is now 11.5 ahead of Boston, and 7.5 over 2nd-place Tampa.
That’s baseball, Suzyn.
Even when James Paxton (now 6-6 4.61) has pitched good games this year, he’s allowed runs in the 1st inning and this game was no different. He walked Xander Bogaerts and then J.D. Martinez hit a homer to make it 2-0 Sox.
But the Yankees had DJ LeMahieu back in their lineup and what a difference maker he is. He led off the bottom of the 1st with a single off Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez (Boston’s top winner who came in at 13-4 and left 13-5 4.19). Aaron Judge and Edwin Encarnacion walked to load the bases with nobody out. Aaron Hicks struck out but Gleyber Torres came up to win the game, in the 1st inning.
Strong game from James 💪🦅: https://t.co/l54QehAVkf
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— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 3, 2019
For some reason many Yankee fans on twitter started asking where Giancarlo Stanton was at about the same time last night. He’s been gone most of the season and isn’t expected back until September, due to the knee injury he suffered when he returned.
Gio Urshela went 1-3 with a walk, and is batting .311 with a .354 OBP. It is August.
This was the 40th anniversary of Thurman Munson‘s death. His wife was at the game to throw out the first ball. Reggie Jackson tweeted “We miss ya buddy!”
The Great Thurman Munson! We miss ya buddy!
— Reggie Jackson (@mroctober) August 2, 2019
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