German Engineering with Insurance HR by Volpe. Yankees 4 Dodgers 1

Domingo German pitched a shutout into the 7th inning, locked in a pitchers’ duel with young Dodger phenom Bobby Miller. The Yankees scratched some runs late, and Anthony Volpe put the game away with a 2-run homer in the 9th to guide the Yankees to the 4-1 victory, in LA on a nationally broadcast Sunday night game.

Clay Holmes got the win, coming in with 2 outs in the 7th in a 1-1 tie after the Dodgers finally got to German — a J.D. Martinez game-tying solo homer. Oswaldo Cabrera put NY up 2-1 in the 8th with a Clutch, pinch-hit nibbler to the pitcher, scoring the runner from 3rd.

“Some winning things are happening, which is good,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “Look it doesn’t mean everyone’s hot, everyone’s doing great — some guys are struggling. But when you do things that help you win games, that’s what it’s about. And I feel a lot of those things are happening and it’s just a credit to them. Walk into the the building with an edge, prepare your butt off, and go compete — and rinse and repeat. And they are doing that at a really high level.”

NY takes 2 of 3 in the 3-game series, and improves to 36-25 — 6 back of Tampa and 2 back of Baltimore. LA falls to 35-25, still tied for 1st in the NL West with Arizona.

1. German Fantastic

Domingo German was simply fantastic again. He has looked this season like the guy who went 18-4 4.03 in 2019. His curveball is Tough, he spots his fastball making his off-speed pitches tougher, and mows through orders with ease — pitching late into games which is why he gets a lot of wins.

German didn’t get a win this time but did lower his ERA — he now slashes 3-3 3.69.

German had a 2-hit shutout going in the 7th when J.D. Martinez hit a game-tying homer to left. David Peralta followed with an infield single and German was gone at 99 pitches.

German had a wicked curveball this evening, and a tough changeup.

“We wanted to be aggressive and execute and command all the pitches facing this lineup,” said German afterwards thru the Yankee translator. “Part of the attack plan was to make sure I had good command of the curveball and changeup, facing their righties and lefties. It was a priority to get strike 1 and extend when I needed to — and I think tonite we were able to do that.”

2. Miller Fantastic Too

Meanwhile the Yankees were being shutdown by the Dodger’s young phenom Bobby Miller — who came in with a 2-0 1.64 record. Miller is a 24-year-old, 6’5 lefty who throws a 99 MPH sinker and has an assortment of good secondary pitches.

Miller was the 29th pick of the 2020 June draft — the Yankees picked 28th and selected catcher Austin Wells — currently doing well in AA (8-26-.270 (.365 OBP) in 100 at bats).

Miller pitched 6 innings of 1-hit, shutout ball, striking out 7. He was thankfully relieved after 6 innings at 86 pitches.

3. Higgy Puts NY Up 1-0 in 7th

The Yankees finally got their offense going against reliever Brusdar Graterol in the top of the 7th. Jake Bauers slashed a 1-out single to opposite field left, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa reached on a bunt single — the runners moving to 2nd and 3rd on an error by Graterol fielding the ball.

Kyle Higshioka grounded out to shortstop and Bauers scored from 3rd — NY 1 LA 0.

4. Oswaldo Clutch Nibbler

After J.D. Martinez tied the game in the bottom of the 7th, the Yanks got to work again in the top of the 8th — Anthony Rizzo worked a 1-out walk against Evan Phillips, and Giancarlo Stanton ripped a double to center — putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out again.

This time Oswaldo Cabrera got a CLUTCH 1-out grounder to score the runner from 3rd — a little nibbler to the pitcher but good enough for a 2-1 NY lead.

5. Volpe HUGE Insurance HR

Up 2-1 in the 9th, Isiah Kiner-Falefa worked a 1-out walk off Caleb Ferguson, and with 2 outs, Anthony Volpe ripped a 2-run bomb to left for a 4-1 Yankee lead. HUGE.

6. Wandy Has the Magic Wand

Clay Holmes got the last out of the 7th and the first 2 outs of the 8th before being relieved by Wandy Peralta — who had pitched badly his last outing.

Boone was going with the book — as Freddie Freeman a power-hitting lefty was due up and it worked — Wandy got him out on a nibbler back to him.

Wandy then pitched the 9th, and allowed a leadoff walk — but then picked him off 1st base.

Wandy then got Max Muncy to fly out and J.D. Martinez to groundout for the old ballgame.


During the evening it was announced Nestor Cortes has been experiencing shoulder soreness after the last few starts and will be undergoing tests. Afterwards, he said he has been feeling soreness on the 2nd and 3rd days after starts — not just the day after as normal. This has caused him to not be as aggressive in bullpen sessions. Nestor said he’s never experienced this before, but is not worried — he feels it is some inflammation.

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