Paxton & the Replacements Lift NY — April 26, 2019: Yankees 7 Giants 3

Sounds like a band. James Paxton provided another strong performance and the Replacement lineup put 7 runs on the board — with remnants from the starting lineup Luke Voit, DJ LeMahieu, and Gleyber Torres at its core aided by Gio Urshela, Thairo Estrada, Mike Tauchman, and newest Yankee Cameron Maybin — to beat the Giants in San Francisco on a cool Friday night game that ended at 1:40 AM NYC time.

Maybin in fact got a hit in his first Yankee at bat to plate a run in the top of the 1st.

Contact Replacement Hitters Better than the Bazookas?

The Yankee lineup continues to muster runs with contact hitters the way the Red Sox did last year in winning the World Series. Are the Yankees onto something here? Yankee Bazookas Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius remain out — and Gary Sanchez is back but rested last night. In his stead, Austin Romine went 1 for 4 and scored a run.

With Yankee machine gun Clint Frazier out for 10-14 days with a sprained ankle (with minor tear) — the other Yankee machine gun DJ LeMahieu continued to break out of his mini slump of last week, leading off the game with a double, and finishing 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored.

Madison Bumgarner is not the Bumgarner of years past. He allowed 11 hits and 5 runs in 5 innings against the Yanks.

Voit — Hits One to Detroit

Luke Voit, the lone Yankee bazooka left in the lineup — continued to pummel the ball as he’s been doing all week. He put the game away in the 9th with a 2-run Shot to dead center and went 3 for 4 with a walk on the night, raising his average to .276. “Voit — hits one to Detroit !!!” — exclaimed John Sterling on the radio.

Paxton Sharp Thru 5

James Paxton started the game shaky, but got out of the 1st with only 1 run allowed and then was scintillating thru 5. The Yanks developed a 5-1 lead and it was looking good.

But then Paxton tired in the 6th. Aaron Boone left him in for ‘just one more batter’ which was an RBI single to former Yank Yangervis Solarte. Tommy Kahnle came in to put out the fire.

The Ballpen

It was up to the rest of the Yankee bullpen to protect the 5-3 lead. Zack Britton was next up — in the 7th. He got the first 2 outs, and was 1-2 to Pilar, then proceeded to throw 9 straight balls en route to walking 3 straight batters. Adam Ottavino came in to get a HUGE STRIKEOUT for the final out. PHEW.

As R.ScottTilley put it on Twitter, “I’m confident that every Yankees fan with even a little knowledge of the game will agree with me that Boone’s biggest weakness is bullpen decisions and handling the pitching staff….let’s guys dig too many holes.”

Ottavino cruised thru the 8th and then Voit put the game away with that 2-run blast to center in the 9th, giving Aroldis Chapman a 7-3 lead for the 9th. Chapman walked one but had an uneventful inning, giving the Yanks the win.

Etcetera

Boone sat many lefties against the lefty Bumgarner — Mike Ford, Brett Gardner, and Tyler Wade all entered the game later on — Ford and Gardner as pinch hitters, and Tyler Wade as a runner for Estrada; he stayed in to play left.

The Boxscore

http://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=401075115

 

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