Yankees Massacre Guardians 13-4, in 1st Game of Doubleheader

Matt Carpenter GOLFs a homer in the 9th -- his 2nd homer of the game.

The Guardians left the door open.

The Yankees burst through with 4 runs in the 3rd, and 9 runs in the last 4 innings to mix their metaphors and massacre* Cleveland, 13-4.

It was a game in which Gerrit Cole allowed back-to-back home runs in the 2nd inning to put the Yanks behind 2-0. But Cole found himself and was filthy after that — pitching 6 strong innings and not allowing another run.

1. Cole Filthy After Mistakes In 2nd

Gerrit Cole allowed a leadoff homer to Josh Naylor in the bottom of the 2nd, and then just as soon as that sunk in, Franmil Reyes hit one over the fence in right for a 2-0 Cleveland lead.

After that, Cole was light’s out — getting better as the game went on. Cole:

  • Walked a batter in the 1st (who was thrown out trying to steal by Jose Trevino),
  • Walked a batter in the 2nd after the homeruns,
  • Walked a batter in the 3rd, and
  • Allowed a double in the 4th.

But otherwise got everyone else out — including 1-2-3 innings in the 5th and 6th. By that time he was up 8-2.

“He was good. They’re a good contact team and they’re pretty patient,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards about Cole and Cleveland. “So they did a good job of laying off some close pitches. They made him work quite a bit. I thought his fastball was really good today. And really just the two mistakes.”

In that 4th, Cole was helped by a terrific play by DJ LeMahieu at 3rd — snaring a shot down the 3rd base line and turning it into an out while holding the runner on 2nd.

2. Andujar & Hicks Lead Turn-Around 3rd

The Guardians’ Kirk McCarty made his 2nd Major League start and pitched well until his second time through the Yankee order in the top of the 3rd inning.

DJ LeMahieu — the leadoff batter — on his second look at McCarty hit a homer to right and it was a 2-1 ballgame.

Aaron Judge walked, Gleyber Torres singled, and after a Giancarlo Stanton strikeout, Miguel Andujar — back with the team as their 27th man for the doubleheader — singled in a run.

Next up, Aaron Hicks — the much beleaguered Aaron Hicks — singled in another and it was NY 4 Cleveland 2.

McCarty then settled down — pitching shutout ball in the 4th and 5th. Not a bad start he lasted 5 innings.

3. Yanks Romp in Late Innings

Cleveland brought in Anthony Gose to guard the game in the 6th and that was a bad move. The Yanks JUMPED on him: Aaron Hicks — there’s that Aaron Hicks again — walked, and Matt Carpenter hit a 2-run homer to right for a 6-2 Yankee lead.

It was Carpenter’s 7th homer as a Yankee — and he has 10 hits so far. The first time that has ever happened, it was reported.

LeMahieu walked again and Aaron Judge doubled to knock out Gose. Reliever Anthony Castro was brought in and Gleyber Torres met him with a single for 2 more runs and it was 8-2 NY.

The Andujar-Hicks duo caused more damage in the 7th. Andujar hit the ball hard in every at bat all day — including the top of the 7th when he hit a shot that went under the glove of 2nd baseman Andres Gimenez for an error. Suzyn Waldman on the radio felt it should’ve been ruled a hit.

Aaron Hicks followed with a single, Carpenter singled in Andujar, and Trevino grounded into a double play that plated Hicks. NY 10 Cleveland 2.

4. Chapman Horrible

With a 10-2 lead in the 7th, manager Aaron Boone brought in Aroldis Chapman who hadn’t pitched in a month, healing from tendonitis in his left achiles tendon.

  • Chapman went 2-2 on the first batter he faced, but walked him,
  • Chapman went 1-2 on the 2nd batter he faced, but walked him,
  • Chapman went 1-2 on the 3rd batter he faced, but walked him.

That loaded the bases with nobody out and Chapman was YANKED by Boone.

5. Marinaccio Saves Chapman with “Dead Arm”

Ron Marinaccio came in and got groundout, groundout, flyout to end the inning — a run scored on each groundout and it was 10-4 NY.

After the game it was revealed that Marinaccio had a ‘dead arm’ and that he would be put on the injured list with ‘shoulder inflamation’. The coaching staff noticed something was up while he was pitching because his fastball wasn’t hitting the normal 97 MPH.

Afterwards he said he had been feeling some discomfort the last few appearances. He said he’s had this before in rookie ball. Tests, he said, showed no structural issues.

6. Guardians Give Up in 9th

The Guardians gave up in the 9th — bringing in utility infielder Ernie Clement to pitch. He threw batting-practice-type pitches and the Yankees took advantage.

Matt Carpenter GOLFED a homerun to right  — that made it 8 homers of the 11 hits he’s got as a Yankee.

Jose Trevino followed by Golfing a homer to left for a 13-4 Yankee lead.

7. Weber Back. Wraps It Up

Lucas Luetge pitched a shutout 8th and Ryan Weber surprised everyone by still being on the team — it seemed he’d asked to be let go a week ago.

Weber had actually asked to become a free agent, the Yankees did so, then resigned him 2 days later on June 22nd. The veteran righty who once pitched for the Red Sox and was the hero of The Ryan Weber Game in June pitched a shutout 9th for the old ballgame.


  • Gleyber Torres went 3-4 with a walk and is now at .256 (.312 OBP).
  • Aaron Judge went 1-3 with the double and 2 walks and is at .286 (.364 OBP)
  • Aaron Hicks went 2-3 with 2 walks and is at .225 (.347 OBP)
  • Matt Carpenter went 3-4 with 2 HR’s and is at .293 (.420 OBP)

*They are not the Indians anymore so it seems ok to use ‘massacre’ again.

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