Taillon & Yanks Pound Out a Win. 3 Reasons Why NY 6 Detroit 4 on 5-1-21

Jameson Taillon escaped the 5th inning to put himself in line for a win; Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres and the Yankee offense provided him with runs; and the Yankee bullpen wrapped it up. It was Taillon’s first win as a Yankee and first win in 2 years. On a beautiful, 70-degree, sunny Spring May 1st at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are now 7-3 in their last 10 to improve to 13-14 on the season. The starting pitching staff is starting to provide the daily foundation for winning.


1. Taillon Pounded the Strike Zone

Taillon pitched 5 innings, 3 hits, with 8 strikeouts, 1 run. Once again he threw a high percentage of strikes — 52 on 79 pitches. Many of the balls he threw were in the 5th, when he tired.

The Yankees had given him an early lead when they scratched a run against Spencer Turnbull on an RBI single by Gleyber Torres in the 3rd, but Taillon coughed up a homer to 3rd baseman Jeimer Candelario in the 4th to tie it.

In the 5th inning Taillon allowed a leadoff single to shortstop Niko Goodrum, then got a line drive out and got lucky when centerfielder Jacoby Jones hit a grounder between 1st and 2nd that hit the runner Goodrum for an out. With 2 out and Jones on 1st, Taillon walked rightfielder Robbie Grossman and 2nd baseman Willi Castro to set up bases loaded, 2 out. Taillon went 1-2 on 38-yr-old DH Miguel Cabrera, then 2-2 — and then made the pitch of the game — high fastball that Cabrera swung and missed at.

HUGE. It kept the score tied 1-1, gave Taillon 5 innings, and put him in line for a win if the Yanks could score.

And the Yankees promptly did just that.

“I thought it was a good outing for him,” said manager Aaron Boone about Taillon. “He’s continuing to pound the strike zone. He’s getting more and more comfortable and confident and capable of executing at the top of the strike zone with his fastball, and a good curve ball and slider off of that.”

Boone added, “He pounded the strike zone when he got in trouble and had to empty the tank there in the 5th. He executed some really good breaking balls to set up the finishing pitch which was the fastball up that he executed perfectly to Cabrera to get a huge out and get out of that inning and earn the win. You don’t have the kind of strikeouts to walks ratio that he has in the amount of innings he has if you’re not throwing the ball really well.”

2. Gleyber & Judge Pounded the Ball

With Taillon having escaped the 5th, the Yankee offense immediately gave him a lead and possible win — DJ LeMahieu led off the bottom of the 5th with a leadoff single and Aaron Judge doubled him home. NY 2 Detroit 1.

Then after Jonathan Loaisiga pitched a shutout 6th, in the bottom of the 6th, the Yankees loaded the bases with nobody out (Aaron Hicks hit by pitch, Gary Sanchez walk, Clint Frazier walk) but Brett Gardner popped out and DJ LeMahieu struck out.

Aaron Judge stepped up against reliever Jose Cisnero and smoked a single to right scoring 2. “That was a huge hit for us,” said Boone later.

Gleyber Torres then singled in 2 more. NY 6 Detroit 1. And that was the old ballgame. It seemed.

Boone: “I thought Turnbull threw the ball well today, and was staying off our barrel for the most part. We didn’t have a lot of hard contact off him for most of the day other than Judge’s double to left center that got us our first run, and obviously he smoked that ball the other way.” Boone added: “But I thought Turnbull threw the ball well and kept us off balance enough, but we were able to wear him down a little bit and eventually get some big hits to throw another good number up there offensively.”

3. Yankee Bullpen Pounded Out a Save

Justin Wilson came in for the 7th, and walked the first two batters, then got a strikeout and groundout — but then two more singles and he was gone; NY 6 Detroit 3.

It was up to Chad Green to get the final out of the 7th which he did with a strikeout. Green allowed a homer to Goodrum to lead off the 8th and all of a sudden it was 6-4 NY — but Green retired the next 3 batters easily and Aroldis Chapman got 3 straight outs in the 9th (2 strikeouts) for the win.


  • Aaron Judge went 3-4 and is now batting .291 with a .396 OBP.
  • DJ LeMahieu got 2 hits and is now hitting .280 with a .368 OBP.
  • Gleyber Torres went 2-4 and is now hitting .245 with a .333 OBP.
  • Candelario got 3 hits and the homer for Cleveland, and is batting .279 with 2 homers. He has a rocket arm that he used to rob Clint Frazier of a hit on a hard grounder to deep 3rd in the 4th

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