In a benchmark series of East meets West, the New York Yankees sent the Seattle Mariners packing with a three-game sweep. This series saw the Yankees beat the Mariners in every conceivable fashion, from a blowout to a comeback and a pair of one-run victories. The Mariners are probably thankful this is their last trip east of the Mississippi for the regular season. New York now has 50 wins on the season, halfway to 100, although I don’t believe the Yankees plan on stopping at the century mark.
Back in the Bronx, the Yankees flexed their muscles at the plate and on the mound, handling the Mariners by a final count of 7-2.
POWERING TOWARD HISTORY
It was almost like the Bronx Bombers were taking aim at the 1997 M’s single-season team home run record in one game against the 2018 M’s.
Trailing 1-0 in the first, the Yankees snapped right back. Giancarlo Stanton continued his hot hitting and at home to boot, crushing a first-pitch curveball from Marco Gonzales. The blast landed in Monument Park and squared the contest at one.
Gleyber Torres capped off the scoring during the eighth, clubbing a 0-1 fastball off Rumbelow to left in the eighth, making it 7-2 Yankees. Torres joined Judge with his 14th home run in 50 major-league games.
Gleyber Torres GOES YARD!!!
The rookie sensation's 14th blast of the year sails into the BLEACHERS.
Domingo German was chucking heat, retiring 20 consecutive M’s batters at one point. German helped pick up his defense in the first, escaping with yielding only a run and his only other blip on the radar was a solo home run to left by Nelson Cruz in the seventh.
German was electric, recording a ledger of nine K’s, allowing two hits and zero walks. The seven frames marked a career-high for the rookie hurler and his third consecutive outing with nine-plus K’s. German has fanned 28 in his past three outings.
This game gave me the 1998 vibes with this squad. Down 5-0 early, the Bronx Bombers rallied with a game-tying blast from Gary Sanchez and a walk-off bomb from Giancarlo Stanton in the ninth. This team doesn’t quit and if those two are locked in and crushing the ball, good luck to you.
STANTON’S SIGNATURE SHOT
Yes, insert “True Yankee” remark here. In all seriousness, this moment had been building to a crescendo with the Yanks slugger. During the ninth, facing Ryan Cook, Stanton destroyed a 0-2 slider to left-center for the two-run walk-off blast.
Later in the frame, a base knock by Torres was followed by a home run into the porch by Andujar, making it 4-0 Yankees. Andujar becomes the fifth Yankee in franchise history with 10 home runs prior to the All-Star break.