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Yankees complete the sweep, beat Giants 11-5

If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to sweep the Giants while you’re there.

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Like many of the Yankees’ recent wins, it wasn’t always pretty, but it got the job done. The Yankees put runs up early and often and got out to a comfortable lead. It wasn’t Domingo German’s best start, but he kept the Giants hitters at bay for most of the day. The bullpen followed German with a good collective performance of their own, but the big story of the day might be Gio Urshela and DJ LeMahieu, who both left the game with injuries. Let’s recap.

Dereck Rodriguez struggled today, and the Yankees quickly took advantage. With the bases loaded and no outs in the first inning, Gary Sanchez hit a 109 mph rocket at a normally very sure-handed Brandon Crawford. The double play looked in order, but the Giants’ shortstop booted the ball. Sanchez reached on an error, and a run scored. The double play actually came to fruition on the very next pitch. Gleyber Torres’ weak ground ball to second resulted in two outs, but another run crossed the plate, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

The Yankees’ offense kept it going in the second with another two runs. Gio Urshela led off the inning with a single up the middle, and Tyler Wade followed with a walk. A two-out throwing error from Erik Kratz put Urshela and Wade on third and second, respectively. Luke Voit’s single up the middle brought both runners in, extending the Yankees’ lead to 4-0.

A couple of Yankee home runs brought in runs later in the game too. After Gary Sanchez led off the third inning with a walk, Gleyber Torres put the Yankees up 6-0 with a 400-foot homer to left center. Sanchez delivered the power himself a little later in the game. His two-run bomb in the sixth gave the Yankees an eight run lead, and it was a monster. It was his eighth homer of the year.

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On the mound, Domingo German looked pretty good, at least for the first five innings. The Giants only put two runners on base, but German clearly didn’t have his best stuff. On the season, German generates swinging strikes 14.5% of the time and averages more than one strikeout per inning. Through the first five innings today, his swinging strike percentage hovered around 10%, and he only racked up four strikeouts. Still, the Giants didn’t plate a run and only put two runners on base.

Things fell apart a bit in the sixth inning. German started his third trip through the Giants’ lineup and was clearly at the end of his day. He started hanging his curveball a little too much, and the Giants took advantage. A walk and four hits plated four runs and after six, the Yankees led 8-4. Overall, German’s final line was 6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, and 4 K.

It was a mostly great showing from the Yankee bullpen today too. After the chaotic sixth inning, Jonathan Holder calmed things down with a three up, three down appearance in seventh that included two strikeouts. Despite a walk and some shaky command, Tommy Kahnle added two strikeouts of his own in the eighth.

Adam Ottavino was warming in the pen, but after the Yankees tacked on three more runs in the top of the ninth, Joe Harvey came in to finish the game. He surrendered a lead-off homer to Kevin Pillar, and a walk to the next batter, Gerardo Parra. That was all the Giants had in store for the ninth though. Harvey got a ground out and two strikeouts to end the inning and the game.

Despite what the scoreboard looked like, the Yankees in some ways lost again today. In the third inning, Thairo Estrada subbed in for DJ LeMahieu, who left the game with right knee inflammation.

Apparently, X-rays on LeMahieu’s knee were negative, but whether an IL stint is appropriate is not yet clear. If one injury wasn’t bad enough, injury forced Gio Urshela out of the game in the top of the fifth. Urshela was in obvious pain after taking a pitch to the wrist. X-rays on his wrist were also negative.

Hopefully, the negative X-rays mean neither LeMahieu nor Urshela have to go on the IL. The Yankees don’t have any more infielders left on their 40-man roster and in order to call up a minor leaguer, the Yankees would need to waive a player or put someone on the 60-day IL. Here’s the list of available minor leaguers:

That’s definitely not a list that inspires much confidence. Losing one player would hurt, but two would just kill. We’ll all just have to wait and see, I guess. Until then, we can celebrate the win and great West Coast trip so far. The Yankees have now won nine of their last 10 games and 11 of their last 13. They have tomorrow off and get back in action on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.