Back home and back winning — that’s just what the doctor ordered. The Bombers took to Yankee Stadium, and they made a little history in the process. Tough pitching and a record breaking home run resulted in the Yankees topping the Angels by a score of 2 - 1.
The Yankees got on the board in the second inning, and of course Gleyber Torres was involved. With the bases loaded and two outs, he beat out an infield single to third to drive in a run. While the Angels struggled to field the ball, Aaron Hicks broke for home. He was thrown out at the plate, but you can’t be mad with the decision. It took a perfect throw to nail Hicks, and the Bombers had the lead.
Torres came up big again, this time in the seventh inning. Jim Johnson was pitching, and when he takes the mound in the Bronx, the ball tends to fly out. Ask Raul Ibanez about that. The veteran right-hander threw a two-seamer down the middle, and Torres sent it into the right field seat. He gave the Yankees a 2 - 1 lead, and became the youngest player in American League history to hit home runs in four consecutive games. Gleyber isn’t just good, he’s incredible.
Luis Severino once again didn’t have his best stuff, but he found ways to get outs. His defense helped a lot, too. Take the third inning for example. With two on and two outs, Justin Upton hit a single to right field. Kole Calhoun headed home but Aaron Judge fired a strike to nail him at home. Credit to Gary Sanchez for the assist, as he made a great tag on the play.
Severino wouldn’t be so lucky in the fifth inning. The right-hander left a fastball over the plate to Mike Trout, who reached out and hit it for a home run. Severino challenged Trout with his heater, and Trout won. That tied the game at one run apiece.
All told, Severino allowed one run over six innings. His stuff wasn’t great, but he found a way to get outs. Give him some credit. Even when he’s off, he’s still really good.
The Yankees bullpen took over from there, and it was a mostly stress-free evening. Judge helped Chad Green out in the seventh inning with another tremendous assist. This time he threw Martin Maldonado out at second; the Angels catcher was trying to stretch a single into a double.
David Robertson came on in the eighth, and he mostly held his own. He issued a walk to Upton, sandwiched between two outs. That brought Shohei Ohtani to the plate, and Aaron Boone went for the kill. He called on Aroldis Chapman to handle the two-way star. The Yankees closer fed him a steady diet of fastballs, and Ohtani caught up to them all. After a short battle, he grounded out to end the eighth. Chapman came back out for the ninth and closed things out without drama.
Game two takes place tomorrow night, where Jaime Barria is scheduled to face Sonny Gray. First pitch is at 7:15 PM, and StubHub can get you in the door if you’re interested in attending!