Not a Blowout. But 7th Straight Yankee Win. NY 7 Minn 5

This game was not the blowout it looked like it would be when the Yankees took a 6-0 lead and Jameson Taillon was pitching shutout ball into the 6th inning. In the end, it was 7-5 in the 9th before Chad Green got the final strikeout — although Minnesota never brought the tying run to the plate.

So it was just a little bit of agita for Yankee Twitter — but still an evening to rejoice — as NY won its 7th straight game, to go 18 games over .500 on the season at 70-52, still 5 games behind Tampa which also won.

1. Yanks Jump Out to 6-0 Lead

Manager Aaron Boone settled all the controversy surrounding the return of Anthony Rizzo and the questions of what would happen to the red-hot Luke Voit — Boone put Rizzo at 1st and Voit at DH — putting Giancarlo Stanton in right field, and Aaron Judge in centerfield.

It created the most awesome Yankee lineup seen in some time — with Joey Gallo in left.

But even that awesome lineup didn’t score at first against Minnesota starter John Gant — who looked good through 2 innings. But the Yanks got to him, and got to him good in the 3rd.

It was the bottom of the lineup that did it — Andrew Velazquez led off with a standup triple, and Kyle Higashioka doubled him home and it was 1-0 NY.

Tyler Wade walked and the red-hot Luke Voit — lead off batter — doubled him and Higgy home and it was 3-0 NY.

Anthony Rizzo then hit a sac fly to center for a 4-0 NY lead. Yes that’s right Voit and Rizzo hitting back to back and driving in runs back to back.

In the 4th, Anthony Velazquez reached on an infield single with 2 out and Higgy hit a homer to left for a 6-0 lead. It looked like blowout city.

2. Taillon Terrific; Tires in 6th

The Yanks looked like they had the game in the bag with Jameson Taillon pitching great again — 9 starts in a row now. He had a shutout going into the 6th when former Yankee Jack Cave hit a homer to left to make it 6-1.

And then.. single, double, double made it 6-3 and just like that Taillon was gone.

3. Peralta to the Rescue Again

Wandy Peralta — the hero of the previous night’s second game of the doubleheader — came in to get the last 2 outs of the 6th, stranding the runner at 2nd, and pitch a 1-2-3 7th inning.

4. Giancarlo Insurance

But Zack Britton allowed a 2-out RBI single in the 8th to narrow the Yank lead to 6-4 before striking out Josh Donaldson — the tying run at the plate — to end the 8th.

The romp had turned into a close game. The Yanks needed an insurance run and Giancarlo Stanton provided it with 2 out in the bottom of the 8th — a rocket to left for a 7-4 Yankee lead.

5. Green the Save

Chad Green gave up a 1-out homer to Miguel Sano in the 9th, but then struck out the last 2 batters for the save. It’s never easy, but this one was just a little bit of agita. Then jubulation.

The Boxscore


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