Clarke Schmidt Carries Yanks Again! NY 6 Colorado 3

Clarke Schmidt pitched another strong outing, leaving with a 6-2 lead in the 7th inning — to carry the Yanks to the 6-3 win over the Rockies on a Saturday night in Colorado.

Gleyber Torres (2 hits) and DJ LeMahieu (3 hits) continued their hot hitting and Giancarlo Stanton capped a 5-run 2nd inning with Another Homer — this one a 3-run missile to opposite field right for a 6-1 Yankee lead. Stanton has now hit homers in 3 of his last 4 games.

Schmidt improves his once horrid record to 5-6 4.31. At the end of April he was 0-3 6.84 and on May 26th, 2-5 5.58.

“He’s been really good now for going on a couple of months,” said manager Aaron Boone about Schmidt afterwards. “Just a good outing. Get into the 7th inning. I don’t think it was his best, or perfect — but that’s what he’s capable of there. He continues to make huge strides.”

NY improves to 50-43 but actually loses a game to Tampa which won a double header. Baltimore and Toronto both also won but the Yanks did manage to pull out of a tie for last place as Boston lost. NY is now 9 behind Tampa, 2 behind Toronto, and 7 behind Baltimore. Colorado drops to 35-58, in last place in their division.

1. Schmidt Great

Schmidt’s final line was 6 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 8 strikeouts, 1 walk, in 92 pitches. Beautiful and just what the Yankees needed.

“The (Jurickson) Profar at bat, where he’s fouling off a ton of pitches — 3-2 count — to me 6 weeks ago that’s ending in a walk,” said Boone afterwards. “You’re seeing less of those outlier pitches where he’ll be really good 3 or 4 pitches and then make that mistake — whether it’s getting a little bit over-amped, trying to make a pitch a little better than it needs to be, instead of just ‘I trust myself now execute where I want to go with this’ and he’s doing a lot better job of that — and as a result it’s netting him a lot fewer mistakes.”

2. Gleyber Triple Ignites Yanks’ 1st Rally

Gleyber Torres led off the game with a triple off Connor Seabold. Next batter Giancarlo Stanton grounded out for a run and just like that it was 1-0 Yankees.

3. LeMahieu, Gleyber Ignite Rally in 2nd. Stanton Missile

Colorado tied the score with a run off Schmidt in the bottom of the 1st — Jurickson Profar got hit with a pitch, moved to 3rd on 2 groundouts, and scored on a balk.

But the Yanks came right back at Seabold (whose record falls to 1-7 7.18).

DJ LeMahieu led off the 2nd with a double, Harrison Bader reached on an infield single, and Anthony Volpe worked a walk to load the bases with 1 out.

Kyle Higashioka hits a sac fly for a 2-1 Yankee lead.

Gleyber Torres got a clutch 2-out RBI single to make it 3-1 NY.

And Giancarlo Stanton hit a missile to opposite field right — a 3-run homer and 6-1 NY lead.

4. Both Bullpens Shut ‘Em Down

And that was it for the Yankees scoring — the Colorado bullpen of Gavin Hollowell, Matt Koch, Tommy Doyle, and Brad Hand shut NY out for 7 innings.

Schmidt allowed a leadoff homer to C.J. Cron in the 7th and was relieved by Wandy Peralta who allowed a double sandwiched by 3 outs.

Tommy Kahnle allowed a leadoff double to Profar in the 8th, then a walk to make it 1st and 3rd nobody out, but got a big double play (scoring the run) and lineout to Volpe at shortstop to end the inning.

Clay Holmes allowed a 2-out single in the 9th, but got pinch hitter Michael Toglia to ground out for the old ballgame.


  • Gleyber Torres went 2-4 to raise his average to .259 (.330 OBP). He is 33rd in the American League in batting. In the late 90’s, between 25 to 27 guys a year batted .300 in the American League — meaning a .260 average today is near a .300 average in the 90’s — as far as the number of players doing it.
  • DJ LeMahieu went 3-4 to raise his average to .232.

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