Playing power ball, the New York Yankees used Yankee Stadium to their full home field advantage against the Chicago White Sox. If we’re being real, some of the moon shots hit in this series would have left Yellowstone. When all was said and done the Bronx Bombers took their rightful place atop the AL home run chart with 22.
Going for their eighth straight victory in Game 1, the Yankees played host to the aforementioned White Sox in the final leg of their homestand.
If you’re a gym rat like me, your weight training goals probably look something like Matt Holliday. After experiencing a bout with lower back stiffness, Holliday was back to crushing the baseball. With Pete Kozma and Aaron Hicks on base, during the third inning, Holliday blasted his second home run of the season and first in the home pinstripes, to deep left, off Derek Holland.
Moving to the fifth frame, Judge launched a two-run bomb for his
fifth fourth round-tripper of the season and the Bronx Bombers were ahead 7-0.
LINEUP IS ALL RIGHT
Going by his binder, manager Joe Girardi decided to sit down Greg Bird against the lefty Holland. Holland isn’t Carl Hubbel, Sandy Koufax, Warren Spahn or Whitey Ford. Heck, Jacoby Ellsbury, also left handed, collected a pair of hits. Perhaps Girardi thought he didn’t want to send Bird back into a funk against a lefty. However, coming off a breakout game where he goes 3-for-3 with a home run, one has to wonder why he wouldn’t keep him out there and let him settle into a groove. It’s not like Chris Carter is setting the world on fire.
GUMBY BENDS BUT DOES NOT BREAK
He’s here and he will be sure to stay. Gumby! If Jordan Montgomery keeps pitching like this, he will stick in pinstripes. Montgomery’s second start resulted in his first major-league victory. For the line, the rookie southpaw threw six innings, scattering seven hits, fanning four and allowing three runs. Montgomery’s only blemish was a three-run homer yielded to Yolmer Sanchez in the seventh.
Attempting to push their winning streak to nine straight in Game 2, the Yankees probably wished they could have saved some runs from the night before. A duel between Miguel Gonzalez and Luis Severino resulted in a 4-1 Yankee loss, their first at home this season.
SEVERINO DOWNING THEM
Aside from a pair of mistakes and his defense failing him, Severino was solid. Retiring the first eight White Sox batters faced, Severino became the youngest Yankees pitcher since Al Downing to record consecutive games of 10 strikeouts or more. He also became the youngest Yankee starter to record 10 K’s without issuing a walk. Severino fanned 10 and only gave up three hits through eight frames but they were equal parts timely and costly.
WHO AM I?
GONZO THE GREAT
Last night took an L, but tonight I bounce back. Game 3 saw the Yankees follow the sage words of Big Sean and they bounced the White Sox back to Chi-Town with a 9-1 victory. New York pounded out a season-high four home runs and finished off the homestand with an 8-1 ledger.
At 10-5, your Bronx Bombers became the first team in the AL to record 10 victories. The Yankees didn’t register their tenth win until May 6 last year.
BOMBEROO… IT… IS… GONE!
Chase Headley returned refreshed at third base. Hitting .396 with a 1.146 OPS, Headley smashed a two-run home run to center off Dylan Covey in the first. The drive was Headley’s third of the season.
Fast forward to the fifth where Starlin Castro’s third home run, a three-run jolt to center, was only the appetizer.
Before one could even digest the Castro blast, Aaron Judge smashed a solo bomb, which still hasn’t landed. Judge’s swat to left was such a no-doubter, Covey didn’t even bother turning around. Judge’s
sixth fifth home run of the campaign gave the Yankees an 8-1 advantage. At age 24 or younger in a single season, only Mickey Mantle and Bobby Murcer (both seven apiece) have more home runs through their first 15 games.
How strong is @TheJudge44?
During the eighth, pinch-hitting appearance, Aaron Hicks ripped a wall scraping screamer for his fourth of the season, making it 9-1 for good measure.
Pinch-hit HR for @AaronHicks31 in the 8th and we're up 9-1!
Season-best 4 HR tonight for the Yankees! pic.twitter.com/gsDRLza3vk
At 10-5 on the campaign, the Yankees travel to Pittsburgh and take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game series starting Friday evening. Coming off a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Buccos are 6-9.