13 Hits & a Strong Bullpen. Reasons Why NY 7 Texas 4 on 5-18-21

The Yanks survived another poor start by Jameson Taillon, scoring 5 runs in the 4th to come back from a 3-0 deficit, and then handed it over to their bullpen for 4.1 shutout innings en route to a 7-4 victory on a Tuesday night in Texas.


1. Taillon Tagged Again

Jameson Taillon didn’t get out of the 5th for the 2nd straight game, and 5th time in 8 starts this season. In his last start, the Yanks lost 9-1 when he allowed 4 runs in 4.2 innings against Tampa.

In this start, he allowed a leadoff double in the 1st, but got out of it, allowed a single in the 2nd, but got a double play to end the inning, and then really got into trouble in the 3rd. A fly out, double, line out, and single plated a run. Then a walk, walk, single plated 2 more to make it 3-0 Texas.

The Yanks gave him 5 runs for a 5-3 lead in the top of the 4th, and he pitched a 1-2-3 4th on 8 pitches — so looked like he might be settling down.

But then in the bottom of the 5th, he allowed a homerun to Nick Solak to narrow the Yankee lead to 5-4 and was gone. He was at 76 pitches.

2. The 5-Run 4th

The Yankees batted around in the top of the 4th against Texas starter Mike Foltynewicz to score 5 runs.

Brett Gardner made the 1st out (fly out) but then:

Brett Gardner made the last out.

3. Insurance Runs

The Yanks tagged on an insurance run in the 6th on an Andujar single, walk to Mike Ford, and sac fly by DJ LeMahieu, and then a second insurance run in the 9th on a Gardner walk, Judge single, and RBI groundout by Urshela.

4. Bullpen Shut ‘Em Down

Wandy Peralta pitched a shutout inning, Jonathan Loaisiga pitched 1.2 shutout innings, Chad Green pitched a shutout 8th, and Aroldis Chapman struck out 3 for a shutout 9th and the save.

5. Andujar in Left forms Higgy & Miggy Show

The Yankees banged out 13 hits — it was nice to see; and part of that was Miguel Andujar going 2 for 4, playing left field. The injuries to Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton have provided Andujar with an opportunity, which he is taking — the time he spent learning to play left field and 1st base is paying off.

Gary Sanchez had to leave the game with cramping in his hamstring (not expected to miss a game), and Kyle Higashioka came in for him — giving the Yanks the Higgy and Miggy show at the 6-7 spots of the lineup.


Judge, Odor, Andujar, and Ford got 2 hits apiece as the Yanks banged out 13 hits. Odor also made some terrific plays in the field at 2nd.

The Boxscore


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