In a satisfying switch, the 2019 edition of the New York Yankees were able to sweep a doubleheader at home against the hapless Baltimore Orioles. The Bronx Bombers played Powerball on both sides of the ball and put the O’s to bed. While they won’t play the series finale until Aug. 12, it marks the fourth straight series victory for the pinstripes. Although the Yankees got the worst but inevitable news of losing Miguel Andujar for the season, it was next man up and the club continued to roll along.
I went to a home run derby and a baseball game broke out. Fans at Yankee Stadium were treated to tater trots in the early tilt as the ball flew out left, right and center. In the end, the Yankees finished off the Orioles with a 5-3 victory.
WHEN I’M 64
Will you still need me? Will you still feed me? When I throw 64 pitches? That’s all J.A. Happ was granted on the afternoon, as he did not Ja Rule the Yankee Universe. Happ had trouble busting in on the hands of the cartoon birds but eventually stabilized enough to turn over a lead to the bullpen.
Happ yielded a solo home run to center to Trey Mancini, basically their lone legit hitter at this point, in the first inning. In the second stanza, an Austin Wynns double to left and botched relay by Gleyber Torres enabled Hanser Alberto to score and make it 2-1 O’s.
The veteran lefty would also allow a solo shot to left-center by Renato Nunez in the fourth frame.
Later in the inning, Cameron Maybin displayed some porch pop with his first home run in pinstripes. The homer provided New York with a 3-2 edge. Maybin became the lone player on the current roster with a home run in the old and current Yankee Stadium. It was also sweet because “the foul ball guy,” who shall not be named in this space, was robbed of the home run in the stands.
During the fourth, Torres would line a solo laser home run to left on a 3-1 offering for home run No. 7 on the season. The Yankee shortstop has four career multi-home run games, three of which have come against Baltimore. It was t-shirts aplenty for the Bronx faithful.
Later in the frame, after Gio Urshela reached on a three-base error by Mancini in right, Mike Tauchman recorded an RBI-single to center. He’s not the best 26th Man in the league for nothin’ folks.
BULLPEN PICKS UP THE SLACK
Boone would fashion together the rest of the game with the bullpen. Ottavino had his slider working with two K’s in one inning. Tommy Kahnle worked his changeup and fastball for a pair of K’s in his 0.2 of work. Zack Britton was filthy against his former team, recording a strikeout in his scoreless frame. Aroldis Chapman was dotting the black with 101 mph heat and recorded the save.
In the nightcap, the Yankees ramped up the power even more. In all facets, at the plate, starting pitching and relief pitching. Plus, there was the return of Aaron Hicks and the debut of Kendrys Morales. It all added up to a 3-1 victory.
LIFE WITH LOUIS
Breaking out of his 0-for-22 slump in a big way was Luke Voit. The first baseman posted the pinstripes to a 1-0 advantage with an RBI-double off Andrew Cashner in the third, plating DJ LeMahieu. Voit would also chip in an insurance run by driving home Thairo Estrada with a single in the seventh. It was all part of a three-hit evening for Voit.
During the fourth frame, Torres crushed a 3-1 changeup to straightaway center off Cashner. The home run doubled the Bronx Bomber lead, was No. 3 on the doubleheader and No. 8 on the season. In addition, another lucky Bronx Pinstripes follower is getting a free t-shirt!
Domingo German is a Godsend for this squad. It’s beyond thank goodness he’s a reliable option to wow he’s a legit All-Star Game candidate. After Boone ran through the bullpen in the first game, German provided the pinstripes with seven solid frames. German had Uncle Charlie working and did what any savvy pitcher would do against a Triple-A lineup, broke out the curve. Six of German’s eight K’s came via the curveball. German scattered six hits and yielded one free pass and only allowed one run on a sacrifice fly by Alberto in the fifth.
Britton and Chapman were absolutely sizzling in the eighth and ninth respectively.
What’s more daunting than the drop of a Britton sinker? How about a diving fastball combination with that sinker? On MLB it was listed as a sinker but on the YES Network broadcast, they were calling it a 95-96 mph fastball diving down in the zone. Either way, the result was the same, in a scoreless eighth with a pair of strikeouts.
Chapman was dialing it up again with triple-digit darts. Two of his K’s came by virtue of pitches clocked at 100 and 101 mph respectively. Even Mariano Rivera was impressed.