What Happens When the Injured Guys Get Back? April 17, 2019: Yankees 5 Red Sox 3

All you can ask is what happens when the injured guys get back? Can Clint Frazier play 1st base?

Brett Gardner, old man (35 yrs old) on a 1-year contract, doesn’t look ready to cede left field to Frazier — last night he JACKED the game-winning Grand Slam with 1 out in the 7th for the big Yankee comeback. It looks like 2017 all over again — and 2014 or 2015 — when Gartner had become adept at Jacking homeruns to right field. And his defense still elite.

Meanwhile — Clint Frazier and his QUICK bat — 3 for 4 with an RBI. Luke Voit went 1-3 with a walk last night — getting the start against the righty pitcher — with Greg Bird gone it looks like Voit is getting the full time 1st base job even with the callup of the lefty hitting Mike Ford. When Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks come back — someone — between Frazier and Gardner — is going to have to sit.

Quality Start for Happ

Yankee Twitter was ALL OVER J.A. Happ last night after the first two innings, when he allowed homeruns to J.D. Martinez and Christian Vazquez, putting the Red Sox ahead 3-0. But then Happ settled down and finished with a quality start — pitching into the 7th and finishing with a line of 6.1 innings, 3 runs on 6 hits.

Yank Offense

Frazier doubled in Voit in the 4th to get the Yanks their first run, and then Gardner’s SLAM in the 7th put the Yanks ahead. Big in that inning were the walks that Mike Tauchman and Austin Romine drew (and a leadoff single by Frazier).

Eovaldi & the Red Sox Pen

Nathan Eovaldi shut down the Yankee lineup thru 6 innings, but the Red Sox manager Alex Cora brought in Brandon Workman to start the 7th as Eovaldi had thrown 104 pitches. It was like giving the Yankees a gift. Workman left with bases loaded and Ryan Brasier came in to yield the Grand Slam to Gardner.

Yank Ballpen

The ballpen did their job — Tommy Kahnle looked sharp, Adam Ottavino was cruising thru the 8th but Gleyber Torres booted a tough J.D. Martinez grounder to his right that Didi Gregorius or Derek Jeter would have made an easy play on — that extended the inning and instead of a 1-2-3 inning — a single by Steve Pearce and a walk to Mitch Moreland loaded the bases. But Ottavino got the final out when Yankee Trojan Horse Eduardo Nunez hit the first pitch for an easy fly out to right.

Aroldis Chapman was lights’ out in the 9th. Ballgame.

Other Yanks

In an oddity, Aaron Judge and DJ LeMahieu went hitless. As did Gio Urshela.

The Boxscore

http://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=401074992

 

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