Chad Green made his seventh start of the season, and though he was coming off of two great starts, it was clear early on that he did not have his best stuff today. Luckily, the Yankees’ offense was able to pick him up. Although they weren’t quite able to match yesterday’s 14 runs, everyone in the starting lineup picked up a hit as the Yankees won their fourth game in a row.
The Yankees got on the board first after Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez drew back-to-back walks and Mark Teixeira hit an RBI double to right. In the third inning, Tex hit a two-out single, then Didi Gregorius singled on a ball that deflected off of Davis’ glove. Starlin Castro drove in Tex, then things got exciting. With Brian McCann at the plate, the Yankees sent Gregorius home on a double steal attempt. He was initially called out by the home plate umpire, but the Yankees challenged and the call was overturned to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. McCann knocked a double down the left field line to make it 4-2.
In the fourth inning, Gary Sanchez launched his 11th home run of the season into right field. According to Bryan Hoch, that makes Sanchez the fastest player in MLB history to reach 11 home runs over a period of 23 games. Pretty spectacular. Now working with a 5-4 lead, the offense kicked things up a notch in the fifth inning. Gregorius was hit in the forearm to lead off the inning, then Castro blasted a two-run home run to left field. McCann drew a walk, then Aaron Hicks hit a two-run homer of his own.
The Yankees tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning after McCann, Hicks, and Gardner each hit RBI singles. Austin Romine took over for Gary Sanchez in the eighth inning and singled, then Gregorius singled to drive in the Yankees’ 13th and final run of the game.
Things got off to a shaky start for Green after he loaded the bases in the first inning with just one out. However, he was able to get out of the jam by striking out Jonathan Schoop and Pedro Alvarez. After a clean second inning, Green gave up a two-run home run to Chris Davis in the third. Green’s day came to an end after Mark Trumbo and Davis hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning.
Tommy Layne, Adam Warren, and Tyler Clippard combined to give up just three hits through three and one-third innings of work. Kirby Yates came out for the ninth inning and surrendered a lead-off double to Manny Machado, followed by an RBI single to Hyun Soo Kim. He was able to get the final three outs without giving up another run.
Tomorrow the Yankees will have a chance to go for the sweep with CC Sabathia on the mound (Michael Pineda was supposed to start tomorrow’s game, but he will start the first game against the Royals instead). The game starts at 1:05 EST and you can follow along on YES.