Summer Breeze — July 20, 2019: NY 11 Colorado 5

It was the hottest day of the year — 96 degrees with a blistering sun and SUPER HIGH humidity and a 1 pm start at Yankee Stadium. Imagine having a seat in the bleachers! Or the upper deck left field! I’m sure many fans got sunburned and roasted today. And so did Colorado starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela, melting in front of our eyes — the Yanks scored 6 runs on him before the 2nd inning was over, and left the bases loaded.

Chad Bettis came in and got the Rockies to the 4th before melting — the Yanks scoring 3 runs on him.

NY 9 Colorado 0 and it was the 4th inning.

Tanaka: HEAT & HUMIDITY Are His Middle Names

Meanwhile Masahiro Tanaka was pitching like HEAT and HUMIDITY were his middle names. Masahiro Heat Humidity Tanaka pitched 1-hit shutout ball through 5 innings. But in the 6th, the SUN and TIME got to him — as it was only a matter of TIME before he melted too — allowing a single, a double, a walk, a homer, a double, and a single in consecutive at bats before getting a force out where Gleyber Torres threw to 2nd for the force instead of the easy out at 1st and JUST BARELY got the out. During the replay review Tanaka, melting, walked by the dugout and grabbed a drink of water. The Yanks won the review and Tanaka struck out the last batter to end the inning. It was NY 9 Colorado 5. Amazing that Aaron Boone kept him in to finish the inning.

The Yanks put 2 more runs on the board in the 7th to breeze to the win. Summer Breeze. Tommy Kahnle pitched a shutout inning of relief and David Hale — who has become an integral, reliable part of the Yankee ballpen, pitched 2 shutout innings to finish it.


The Yanks scored the 11 runs without a homerun. DJ LeMahieu with 3 hits in 4 at bats is now batting a league leading .334. Aaron Judge with 1-3 and a walk; Edwin Encarnacion 2 hits and 3 RBI’s; Gleyber Torres got 3 hits; and Didi Gregorius and Austin Romine 2 hits each.

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