Blowout. Nestor Cortes’ Pitching, Luke Voit’s 4 Hits Power Yanks. NY 10 Minn 2

Finally the Yanks got a blowout. After it has seemed like every game for the last 4 months has featured a roller coaster 9th inning and constant agita — in this one the Yanks cruised to an easy 10-2 win, with Nestor Cortes Jr.plowing through the Minnesota lineup with ease, and the red-hot Luke Voit going 4 for 5 with a Homer to lead the Yankee offense.

After the game, Tampa lost to Chicago in extra innings so the Yanks moved to within 4 games of 1st place, with a 71-52 record — 19 games over .500.

1. Cortes the Conqueror

Nestor Cortes Jr.started for NY and was absolutely dominant again. He pitched shutout ball through 5 innings — allowed a 2-run homer to Josh Donaldson in the 6th — but continued on and pitched a shutout 7th to finish with a final line of: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 7 K’s, 2 BB in 104 pitches thrown. He gets the win to go 2-1 2.56.

2. Voit Red Hot

With Minnesota pitching a lefty, Charlie Barnes — lefty Anthony Rizzo got the night off, with Luke Voit playing 1st base. That meant Luke Voit back to 1st base, Giancarlo Stanton back to DH, Aaron Judge back to right field, and Brett Gardner in center.

Voit and Gardner would combine to go 6-7 — with Voit 4-5 and Gardner 2-2. Manager Aaron Boone is on a hot streak, pushing every right button. He has many good buttons to choose from.

It didn’t take the Yanks long to get to Barnes — in the bottom of the 2nd, DJ LeMahieu walked, Aaron Judge walked, Giancarlo Stanton got hit with a pitch to load the bases with 1 out, and Luke Voit singled in 2.

With 2 out, Gary Sanchez reached on an infield single to load the bases, and Andrew Velazquez walked to force in a run and make it 3-0 NY.

Brett Gardner then singled to left to make it 4-0, although Phil Nevins ran Gary Sanchez who got thrown out at home to Yankee Twitter’s screaming consternation.

3. Judge Pedestrian Dinger

Aaron Judge hit a 2-run opposite field homer to the short porch in right in the 6th to make it 6-0 — the second night in a row NY had a 6-0 lead on the Twins.

The homer — and Judge’s 1-4, 2 RBI’s, 2 Runs, and a walk night — in retrospect seemed pedestrian to the night Luke Voit was going to have.

4. More Voit

With 1 out in the 4th, Joey Gallo walked, Giancarlo Stanton walked, and with Luke Voit hit a grounds rule double for another run — it was 7-0 NY.

In the 7th, Luke Voit hit a solo Homer to make it 8-2.

5. LeMahieu In On the Homer Action

In the 8th, DJ LeMahieu got in on the action with a homer to left for the 10-2 final score.

The Boxscore

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