At this point last year, no one would have guessed that Domingo German would be the Yankees’ best starter in 2019. In fact, nobody would have guessed that in spring training. Yet, here he is.
German had another good outing, allowing just one run in seven innings. He ran into trouble a couple times, allowing six hits on the day. He continued to get swings and misses, however, striking out seven hitters, with three of those coming with runners on base. The offense didn’t have a great night following this afternoon’s home-run derby, but they didn’t need to. German made sure what they got was enough in a 3-1 win over the Orioles.
The Yankees opened the game’s scoring in the third inning. Down to their last out of the frame, DJ LeMahieu kept the inning alive with a single. Luke Voit’s been slumping of late, but this time he came though. Voit doubled home LeMahieu, who just beat the tag at home, to give the Yankees the lead.
After hitting two home runs in game one, Gleyber Torres kept that going in the second game. He led off the fourth, and hit his third home run of the day, doubling the Bombers’ lead.
The Orioles cut the lead in half in the very next inning, however. Stevie Wilkerson led off the fifth with a single, after a good Clint Frazier throw kept him at first. That didn’t end up making that much of a difference, as Rio Ruiz followed that with a single that moved Wilkerson to third. German then got a fly out, but it was deep enough for the runner to tag up and score.
Following that run, German managed to get into and out of trouble more than once in the next couple innings. Then in the seventh, the offense were able to get him and the bullpen an insurance run. With one out in the inning, Thairo Estrada doubled. Two batters later, Voit drove him home with a single for his second RBI on the day.
As it turned out, the insurance run wasn’t needed. Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman both made their second appearances of the day, and both threw scoreless innings. Britton got into a bit of a jam in the eighth, but escaped, while Chapman threw a perfect ninth to finish off the game.
In his first game as a Yankee, Kendrys Morales went 1-for-2 with two walks.
Between the rain and the doubleheader, you’d be hard pressed to find a more bizarre sweep, but the Yankees got it done.