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Series Recap: Yankees brush off Reds in series sweep

All of a sudden the New York Yankees are not only winning series but sweeping them as well. After taking two from the Cincinnati Reds, the Bronx Bombers have won three straight, five of six, eight of 12 and ran their home record to an AL-best 28-17. This club is rolling with positive vibes once again.


Back in the Bronx for the first time since the All-Star break, the Yankees outclassed the Reds, doubling them up by a final count of 4-2.


During his Bronx debut, Todd Frazier received his first role call from the Stadium crowd and then proceeded to record the first out. His first at-bat would be some kind of surreal in the second inning.

With the bases loaded and zero outs, Frazier banged into your classic 6-3-5-6 inning ending triple play. In fairness to Frazier, the third out was recorded when Didi Gregorius was caught between second and third. A run did score before said out was made and the Pinstripes took a 1-0 edge.


During the fourth, the Yankees would score via manufacturing and miscue. Aaron Judge set the table with a single to right off of Luis Castillo. Following a Matt Holliday ground out, Judge would advance to third on a Castillo balk. A solid at-bat by Gregorius resulted in a sacrifice fly-RBI to right.

An inning later Frazier would single to left but was soon erased on a Tyler Wade fielder’s choice. Yet, this turn of events would benefit the Yanks. An Austin Romine double to right sent the rookie infielder flying around the bases for a 3-0 advantage.


Jordan Montgomery was back in his first half form and held the Reds in check. Montgomery did not yield a hit through the first five frames and recorded six K’s in 6.2 innings of work.


Dellin Betances was spotty again with his control. The All-Star reliever fell behind on all five batters he faced and only threw 11 of his 24 pitches for strikes. Betances alternated two walks between two outs, before a Billy Hamilton RBI-double to right. Zack Cozart coming up lame at third was the only reason the game wasn’t tied until Adam Warren came on to retire the side.


Gregorius was back to victimized his former team in the home half of the eighth. The red hot shortstop is closing in on his 2016 numbers after missing a month of action. Gregorius’ homer to right-center off of Michael Lorenzen gave the Bronx Bombers some breathing room and was No, 15 on the campaign.


The Yankees capped off a series sweep with a 9-5 matinee victory. It wasn’t as much of a slugfest as the score might indicate but the Bronx Bombers busted out their bats late to put an exclamation point on the series.


Luis Severino looked every part the Yankees ace on the afternoon. While the All-Star starter saw his 17-inning scoreless streak come to a close, he stymied the Cincy bats. Severino’s ledger included nine K’s across seven frames, yielding two unearned runs and three hits. Only five of the 27 batters Severino faced hit the ball out of the infield, two by Joey Votto.


Clint Frazier factored into much of the offense for the pinstripes. With two-outs and runners at first and second in the third, Frazier notched an RBI-single to right, plating Ronald Torreyes.

Facing Homer Bailey with the same scenario in the fifth, Frazier delivered by plating Torreyes on an RBI-single to left. The rookie outfielder also scored from first base on an RBI-double by Gary Sanchez in the seventh.


After doubling the lead to 4-0 on an RBI-single to right-center by Headley and a RBI ground out to shortstop by Torreyes, the Bronx Bombers blasted the Reds bullpen in the seventh.

Following the aforementioned Sanchez RBI-double, Holliday notched a single to left, chasing Bailey from the game.

Facing reliever Tony Cingrani, Gregorius clobbered a home run in his third consecutive contest for No. 16 on the campaign. Sir Didi missed a month of competition and he’s closing in on his career high of 20 from a season ago. The Yankees shortstop is hitting .517 amidst an eight-game hitting streak.

Later during the frame, Todd Frazier capped off the scoring by launching his first home run in pinstripes, a solo shot to left. “In Todd We Trust” indeed.


At 53-46, the Yankees play host to the Tampa Bay Rays in a four-game series starting Thursday night.

Pitching probablesย Chris Archer vs. CC Sabathia, TBA vs. Masahiro Tanaka, Blake Snell vs. Caleb Smith, Jacob Faria vs. Jordan Montgomery.