Yanks Hand Washington a 3-2 Loss to Take Series. 5 Reasons How

Giancarlo Stanton RIPPED a walk-off, game-winning single in the bottom of the 9th off Brad Hand to give the Yanks a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals on a rain-starting-to-fall, Mother’s Day Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. It gave the Yanks 2 wins in the 3-game weekend series and put their record at 18-16.


1. German Pitched Great Into the 7th — One Mistake

Domingo German had another Great start. He is so much fun to watch — his ball MOVES so much and he is in command of the strike zone. He motored thru 6 shutout innings, and took a 2-0 lead into the 7th.

German allowed a leadoff double to Josh Bell to start the 7th, but got Starlin Castro on a popout to Gary Sanchez behind the plate and looked to be on the way to pitching another shutout inning. German went to 1-2 on Kyle Schwarber, but a front-hip sinker elevated to the front of the plate (according to Yankee broadcaster and former catcher John Flaherty) and Schwarber hit one into the upper deck in left for a 2-2 tie.

Michael King came in and pitched 1.1 shutout innings. The 6’3 righty out of Rochester NY has now pitched 12.1 innings this year and has yet to allow a run — his ERA at 0.00.

2. Hicks Put Yanks on Top

Aaron Hicks batted 3rd instead of Aaron Judge who got the day off. In the 3rd, Hicks came thru with an RBI single after Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton had walked off of Washington’s starting pitcher Joe Ross.

3. Gleyber With His 1st Homer

With the Yanks up 1-0 in the bottom of the 6th, Yankee analyst and former right fielder Paul O’Neil was just saying “In this day and age, with One swing of the bat you could lose the game” and BAM Gleyber Torres slammed a home run to left for his 1st homer of the season.

4. Yank Bullpen Spotless Again

Besides King’s 1.1 shutout innings, Wandy Peralta got an out in the 8th and Aroldis Chapman pitched a shutout top of 9th setting up the game-winning rally in the bottom of the 9th.

5. Giancarlo Hands Hand the Loss

Washington brought in Brad Hand despite his wildness and loss the night before, and wildness and loss to the Yanks in the final game of the Cleveland-Yanks playoff series last Fall — and Hand was wild again. He walked Tyler Wade on 4 pitches to lead off the bottom of the 9th.

Aaron Judge pinch hit and he walked on 6 pitches.

DJ LeMahieu hit a shot to 3rd that looked like a double play but Judge SLAMMED HARD into 2nd to breakup the double play — the throw to 1st going in the dirt.

Giancarlo Stanton then stepped up, and the count went 2-2 before he RIPPED the game winner to left for the win.

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