Pitching, Fundamentals, & 3-Run Homers. Yankees 12 Seattle 1

β€œThe key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and 3-run homers.” — famed quote by famed Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a 3-run homer in the 1st inning; Rougned Odor hit a 3-run homer in the 8th to make it 12-1; the Yanks got great pitching from Jameson Taillon; and played errorless baseball (with a spectacular play by Gio Urshela to help Taillon out of the 7th) to crush Seattle 12-1 in a late-night game on the West Coast.

Baseball is easy if you follow Earl Weaver‘s commandments.

1. The 3-Run Homers & Offense

NY was up against former Yankee prospect Justus Sheffield, whom has been one of the poorer starters in the American League this year, coming in with a 5-7, 5.88 record. The Yanks had acquired Sheffield with Clint Frazier for Andrew Miller, then traded him for James Paxton.

DJ LeMahieu led off the game with a single, Aaron Judge flied out, Gary Sanchez walked, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a missile to left for a 3-run homer.

The Yanks made it 6-0 in the top of the 2nd on a walk, single, walk, wild pitch for a run, hit by pitch, and 2-run single by Luke Voit, chasing Sheffield.

The Yanks made it 8-0 in the top of the 3rd against reliever Hector Santiago on a walk, single, RBI single by LeMahieu, and RBI double by Aaron Judge. The rout was on.

The Yanks made it 9-0 in the 5th on a single, single, walk, infield single on a shot down 3rd by Luke Voit for a run against Santiago.

And to cap it off, Rougned Oder hit his 3-run homer in the 8th.

2. The Pitching: Taillon Terrific

Meanwhile Jameson Tailon was terrific — motoring thru the Seattle lineup — 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 9 strikeouts, 1 walk. The only run he allowed was in the 6th when he allowed consecutive singles with a runner on after 2 were out. He got the final out on a sensational play by Gio Urshela at shortstop (below) and cruised thru the 7th, 1-2-3.

Taillon evened his record to 4-4 5.05 on the year.

3. The Fundamentals

The Yanks played errorless baseball. Gio Urshela played shortstop, with Gleyber Torres getting a night off. And Gio turned in another sensational play to help Taillon.

4. Chapman Getting His Wheels On

Wandy Peralta pitched a shutout 8th and then Aroldis Chapman pitched the 9th to help him get his wheels on. Chapman:

  • allowed a leadoff single,
  • struck out a batter,
  • allowed a walk,
  • struck out a batter,
  • allowed a walk to load the bases, and
  • struck out a batter (Shed Long Jr) to end the game.

Hopefully it will come in time.


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