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Series Recap: Yankees tame toothless Tigers in sweep

BRONX, N.Y. β€” The New York Yankees took care of business in their sweep of the lowly Detroit Tigers. They won with power. Won without power. Plus, good Lord did they strike out a bunch of Tigers?!

This is what you need to do against lousy opponents. I’m happy A.J. Hinch has to watch 162 games of that lineup, that’s punishment. It was a nice way to top off April baseball and begin May baseball.

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GAME 1

It was a pretty self-explanatory game, as the Yankees rode power hitting and power pitching to hang 10 on the Tigers, with a 10-0 shutout.

PULVERIZING PINSTRIPES

A Gio Urshela RBI single jump-started the offense in the first frame against Tarik Skubal. From there it was the Bronx Bombers show.

Clint Frazier homered to left in the second stanza.

Aaron Judge clobbered a solo swat to dead center in the third inning.

Aaron Hicks capped off the outfield homer trifecta with a big fly to left-center in the third as well.

Judge returned for more in the fourth fame, launching a Buck Farmer fastball to right for a grand slam.

Hicks would double home a run off Bryan Garcia that inning too.

During the fifth frame, it was Rougned Odor tattooing a full-count cutter off Tyler Alexander to right.

COLE ON A ROLL

Gerrit Cole was dealing and not messing around. The Yankee ace struck out a dozen with six scoreless innings, scattering four hits and walking zero. He became the first pitcher in franchise history with three consecutive starts with 10+ Ks and zero walks.

Between Cole, Luis Cessa, Wandy Peralta, and Lucas Luetge, Yankee pitchers fanned 18 Tigers batters.

GAME 2

New York didn’t need any home runs in their 6-4 victory. The Tigers are such a bumbling team, it’s remarkable that this contest was even that close on the scoreboard.

GLEY DAY AND JUDGEMENT DAY

Gleyber Torres and Judge accounted for the offensive output. Torres got the Yankee lineup going with an RBI single to right off Spencer Turnbull in the third inning.

With the contest knotted at one in the fifth frame, an RBI double to left from Judge reclaimed the lead for the Pinstripes.

Judge and Torres were back for more in the sixth inning, with a pair of two-run singles respectively to cap off the scoring for New York.

FINALLY A WINNER

Two years to the day of his last victory, Jameson Taillon stabilized enough to toss five frames for the victory. Taillon started strong once again but didn’t falter like he did at Cleveland. His lone blemish was yielding a solo homer to Jeimer Candelario in the fourth frame. In total, Taillon struck out eight.

GAME 3

Once again the Yankees blanked the Bengals, 2-0. Overall it was a pretty tight and tidy getaway game.

HIGGY HAPPENING

The second stanza was interesting for the Yankees. Facing Jose Urena, Urshela singled on a ball that nicked the third-base bag. Following a Hicks walk and a Mike Ford line out, Kyle Higashioka smoked an RBI double to left for the 1-0 edge. Brett Gardner followed with a rip sac fly to right to double the Yankee advantage at 2-0.

CHANGE IS GOOD

Corey Kluber was locked in during the Sunday matinee. Kluber had his changeup working and struck out 10 Detroit hitters. The veteran righty tossed eight scoreless frames of two-hit ball and walked only one. Yes, the Tigers lineup is abysmal but Kluber provided the Pinstripes with length once again and proved he’s not a lost cause.

ON DECK

At 14-14, the Yankees host the Houston Astros* for a three-game series at Yankee Stadium, beginning Tuesday evening.

Pitching probables, Zack Greinke vs. Domingo German, Luis Garcia vs. Jordan Montgomery, Lance McCullers Jr. vs. Gerrit Cole.