Yankee Power & German Engineering. NY 7 Seattle 2

Anthony Rizzo hit a 3-run homer, Aaron Judge hit a 2-run homer, and Jose Trevino hit 2 solo homers to power the Yanks to the 7-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on a summer Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

On the hill, Domingo German rope-a-doped the Seattle lineup for 5 innings to get the win, and the Yankee bullpen backed him up with 4 shutout innings.

It was the night before the trade deadline and so the other story of the evening was the Yankees trading for Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino. Aaron Judge said Montas “is a dominant starter. He’s got some ridiculous stuff. A good heater/splitter combo; mixes that slider in there as well. He works the edges well.” Judge said he’d be checking Twitter later in the evening to see what else was going on.

NY improves to 70-34, 12 games ahead of Toronto and 15 ahead of Tampa. Seattle falls to 55-49, in 2nd in their division, 12 games back of Houston.

1. German Engineering

Domingo German teased Yankee Twitter and the Mariners alike by rope-a-doping through this start — doing just enough to get through each inning without major damage being done. He allowed:

  • A single and walk in the 1st inning, but got out of it,
  • A homerun to Kyle Lewis in the 2nd to make it 3-1 NY at the time,
  • A 2-out walk, single, walk to load the bases in the 3rd, before getting a groundout to end the inning to a big PHEW,
  • A 2-out double and RBI single by Adam Frazier in the 4th to make it 5-2, before getting the final out on a LONG FLY BALL to the wall in right, caught by Aaron Judge — which came ‘this close’ to making it a 5-4 game, but didn’t,
  • A leadoff single in the 5th.

And just when Yankee Twitter was screaming for his exit and calling him all sorts of names, German got 3 straight groundouts — the first two near double plays — to end the 5th up 6-2.

He had done his job, and done it well.

“When you’re pitching and you have 5 runs to play with, certain things change — you want to be more aggressive more frequently,” said German through the Yankee translator Marlon Abreu afterwards. “You want to cut the length of the innings. There were a couple of innings there that went a little too long than what I would want, but it gives you room to play with.”

2. Rizzo 3-Run Blast Puts Yanks Ahead 3-0

Meanwhile the Yankees JUMPED on top again — the iftieth game where they scored runs in the 1st inning — the top of their lineup so dangerous.

This time it was DJ LeMahieu leading off with a single against Seattle starter Marco Gonzalez, who came in with a 6-10 3.66 record.

Aaron Judge followed with a double to deep left, and Anthony Rizzo hit a 428-foot BOMB into right center — 3 batters and a 3-0 Yankee lead.

3. Judge 2-Run Blast Makes It 5-1

In the bottom of the 2nd, the Yankee top of the order came up again with 2 outs, and it was more runs — DJ LeMahieu walked, and Aaron Judge hit a 420-foot BOMB into the back of the bullpen in left — his 43rd homer of the year — for a 5-1 Yankee lead.

4. Trevino HR’s Add Insurance

And the rest of the night in terms of Yankee offense belonged to their All Star Catcher Jose Trevino, who hit 2 solo homers for insurance.

Trevino hit a solo homer in the 4th to make it 6-2.

In the 8th, Trevino hit a 423-foot BOMB to center for a 7-2 lead — what would be the final score.

5. Bullpen Terrific

Manager Aaron Boone used 4 relievers — each pitched a shutout inning.

  1. Ron Marinacchio pitched a 1-2-3, shutout 6th.
  2. Aroldis Chapman pitched a shutout 7th — strikeout, single, doubleplay — and is looking sharper and sharper.
  3. Jonathan Loaisiga pitched a 1-2-3 shutout 8th (lineout, popout, foul out), and
  4. Wandy Peralta pitched a shutout 9th (error LeMahieu, doubleplay, ground out) for the old ballgame.

The Boxscore



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