While the score may prove otherwise, it was pretty much smooth sailing for the Bombers early on. Voit hit the first of his two homers in the first inning, before a Tyler Wade groundout doubled the Yankees’ lead in the second.
Still facing starter Chris Stratton in the fifth, Mike Ford hit a drive deep to right field for his first Major League homer, a two-run shot, to make it 4-0 Yankees.
Stratton ended the night with a rough line, giving up four runs, all earned, on nine hits in just five innings.
On the other side, Domingo German gave Aaron Boone exactly what the doctor ordered. A night after a 14-inning affair, the young right-hander went for 6.2 strong innings, giving up just an unearned run in the fifth inning. German also struckout five Angels, while only giving up four hits.
The Bombers then added two more runs in the seventh and another in the eighth, Voit’s second long ball, to give them a comfortable 7-1 lead entering the late innings.
While reliever Chad Green was able to get out of the seventh unscathed, he was destroyed by Los Angeles the next inning. Green, who has been struggling mightily all year, allowed the first three batters to reach safely in the eighth, before a grand slam from Justin Bour cut the Yankee lead to 7-5. Green’s ERA now stands at 16.43 to start the 2019 season.
Luckily for New York, Luis Cessa was able to escape further trouble after he entered the game and allowed a double and a walk to the first two batters he faced. A strikeout to Brian Goodwin and a Kevan Smith 5-4-3 double play did the job.
With Adam Ottavino and Aroldis Chapman seemingly unavailable for tonight’s game, Boone called on Zack Britton to close out the game. The left-hander then made easy work of the Angels, retiring the size 1-2-3.
In the game, Thairo Estrada also made his first start at second base, earning his first Major League hit at the top of the second inning. He ended the night two for four.