Rizzo HR Wins It! Taillon Terrific! NY 3 Miami 1

In his 1st game as a Yankee, lefty power slugger Anthony Rizzo broke a scoreless tie in the 6th inning with a 450-foot homer to right, and then later singled and scored a run in the Yanks’ 2-run 8th to lead NY to the 3-0 victory over the Marlins in Miami on a Friday night.

1. Taillon Terrific

Jameson Taillon was Terrific for the Yanks again, pitching shutout ball into the 6th. He finished with 5.2 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 5 Ks, 2 walks. He raised his record to 7-4 4.11.

2. Rizzo Homer Puts Yanks On Top

Taillon was match by Miami’s 6’7 right hander Zach Thompson until Rizzo got a hold of a 90-MPH 4-seam fastball in the 6th for the massive 450-foot homer and the 1-0 Yankee lead.

The John Sterling call:

3. Yankee Insurance Runs

Up 1-0 in the top of the 8th, the Yanks got 2 insurance runs when Aaron Judge was hit by a pitch by Miami’s Richard Bleier, Rizzo singled to center, and Gio Urshela singled off reliever Zach Pop to load the bases with 1 out.

Rougned Odor singled in 2 to make it 3-0 NY.

4. Yank Bullpen Does Job

As with Wednesday night, the Yankee bullpen wasn’t perfect, and filled Yankee Twitter with a lot of agita — but it got the job done.

Jonathan Loaisiga got out of a jam in the 6th — getting the final out on a spectacular play up the middle by Gleyber Torres after an Odor error put runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 out in the 1-0 game.

Loaisiga had an easy 7th.

In the 8th, Zack Britton allowed consecutive singles to lead off the inning, but then got a double play, which scored a run to make it 3-1. Britton then got the final out on a strikeout.

In the 9th, Aroldis Chapman got the first 2 outs, hit a batter to bring the tying run to the plate, then struck out Magneuris Sierra swinging for the old ballgame.


In their first games as Yankees, Joey Gallo (0-4) batted 3rd, and Anthony Rizzo (2-3 with the homer) batted 5th, surrounding Aaron Judge who batted 4th. Giancarlo Stanton was moved back to 6th in the order.

Gleyber Torres was the leadoff batter, and DJ LaMahieu batted 2nd.

If it stays like that — with Aaron Judge batting cleanup — his RBI total will benefit. His RBI total has been artificially low this year due to batting 2nd.

Judge also played centerfield, with Gallo in right.

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