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Yankees 13, Orioles 5: All rise, thumbs down

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Aaron Judge hits two three-run home runs, and Todd Frazier hits another, as the Yankees crush the O’s.

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The Yankees are a home run team, in a home run stadium, facing a team that allows nearly 1.5 home runs per nine. The Yankees obliged, clobbering four home runs, three of them three-run blasts. Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t perfect but was still incredibly good, and the offense was absolutely clicking as they start their home stand. This team has now won 10 of their last 14, which is exactly the pace they need to continue if they want to win the division.

Wade Miley is usually lackluster, but tonight that was an understatement. This was his entire outing:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury singles.
  • Aaron Judge hits a bloop single.
  • Gary Sanchez doubles down the left field line.
  • Matt Holliday grounds out to third, Judge scores.
  • Chase Headley singles.
  • Didi Gregorius singles.
  • Todd Frazier homers.

Six runs allowed, and Miley is replaced by Mike Wright with just one out in the first inning. That’s a 162 ERA, in case you’re wondering.

The game was relatively quiet until the fourth, when the Orioles answered back with a Jonathan Schoop solo home run to left, a ball that spent most of its life looking foul. The Yankees answered right back in the bottom of the inning, as they scored three runs in classic 2017 Yankees fashion: Clint Frazier smacked a base hit, Ellsbury walked, and Aaron Judge cranked a home run into the right field bullpen.

It was pretty much the same pattern in the sixth. Tanaka allowed a solo home run to Trey Mancini, and the Yankees came roaring back in the bottom half. Richard Rodriguez replaced Wright, and he performed... predictably against the heart of the order. Clint Frazier doubled, and repeat again with me: Ellsbury walked, and Judge smacked a home run (this time to the second deck in left). Gary Sanchez made it back-to-back with a homer to center field, and the Yankees had themselves an 11-run lead.

Tanaka got into in one more jam in the top of the seventh, but squeaked out of it with a pair of strikeouts. His command definitely wasn’t perfect, but he still struck out eight over seven innings. If you think about where he was in April and May, I think it’s fair to say he’s normal again.

That was just about it. Bryan Mitchell relieved for Tanaka, and allowed two runs in the top of the eighth. Giovanny Gallegos came in to wrap it up in the ninth, and despite allowing a home run to Chance Sisco, the first of his career, he closed the door, and the Yankees won 13-5.

Game two of this four-game set will take place tomorrow at 7 PM EST, as Luis Severino will take on Gabriel Ynoa. You can catch the game on MLB.tv or WPIX.