A Good Team Win. NY 6 Philly 4

When Luis Cessa gets the win — you have to figure it was a good team win. And this one was:

  • Domingo German provided 4 decent innings to start,
  • Cessa pitched 1.1 shutout innings midgame to allow the Yankee AAA squad in tandem with old-man Brett Gardner to come back from a 2-1 deficit and take a 3-2 lead,
  • Lucas Luetge helped Cessa out, and when he got in trouble, Chad Green came in to strike out 2 batters with bases loaded and the game on the line in the 7th, and
  • NY sluggers traded Salvos with Philly at end-game to get the Yankees this win on a Tuesday summer night at The Stadium.

1. German Good

Domingo German pitched pretty well — 4 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 5 K’s. After two straight 1-inning appearances in relief, he is getting his mojo on again.

He allowed a solo homer to power hitter Rhys Hoskins in the 2nd (Hoskins’ 21st HR of the year), and a 2-out RBI double to old friend Ronald Torreyes in the 4th to give Philly a 2-1 lead.

2. Allen Energizes; Florial Impresses

With several Yankees out due to COVID protocol (including Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela, and Kyle Higashioka), and other Yankees injured (Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar, and of course Aaron Hicks) — NY has been forced to bring half their AAA team from Scranton up.

The energy and effectiveness of the youngsters has helped energize the team — most noticeably Greg Allen — not such a youngster but a 28-yr-old outfielder who previously was with Cleveland and San Diego and was picked up by the Yankees in a trade with the Padres this winter for right hander James Reeves (who is in AA for San Diego).

Allen has been playing great in Scranton, and so too with the big club this past few games. In the 3rd inning of this game against tough Philly starter Aaron Nola, Allen led off with a triple, and came home to tie the score 1-1 on a groundout by Estevan Florial.

Florial IS a youngster (22 yrs old) and was getting his 1st start of the year in centerfield.

Later in the 5th, with NY down 2-1 — Greg Allen led off with a walk, stole 2nd, went to 3rd on a fly ball to deep center by Florial, and scored when Tyler Wade lined out to shortstop Didi Gregorius — who threw to 3rd trying to pick the fleet Allen off but threw the ball away.

“It’s all about scoring runs; that’s how I look at it,” said Allen afterwards. “If I can get myself — and as a team — if we can get ourselves — in a position to score more runs by using our legs, so be it.”

The next batter was old man Brett Gardner who parked one into the short porch for a 3-2 Yankee lead.

3. Cessa Gets the Win

Luis Cessa relieved German and pitched a shutout 5th, while the Yanks came back in the bottom of the 5th (above) to take a 3-2 lead and give him the opportunity for a win.

In the 6th, Cessa walked Hoskins to lead off, got a force out on a grounder — and was gone for Lucas Luetge. Luetge got 2 outs sandwiching a walk to Torreyes — the final out on a strikeout. It was good work by Luetge, to keep Cessa in line for the win.

4. Green Good

But Luetge got in trouble in the 7th, staked to a 4-2 lead on a Gary Sanchez solo bomb (below). Luetge allowed back-to-back infield singles with 1 out — and with 1st and 3rd, was removed for Chad Green. Green walked the first batter to load the bases, then struck out Hoskins and Didi Gregorius to end the threat.

5. Sluggers Trade Salvos

Gary Sanchez hit a solo bomb in the 6th to give NY a 4-2 lead.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo bomb in the 7th to give NY a 5-2 lead.

Zach Britton allowed 3 straight singles for a run, before getting a HUGE double play to get out of the 8th.

The Yanks got the run back on a solo bomb by Florial in the 8th.

Aroldis Chapman allowed a solo homer to former Yank and #4 hitter for Philly, Andrew McCutchen in the 9th, but struck out the last two batters for the save.

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