Now that the All-Star break is over, the Yankees can get back to their winning ways. Four days of rust (and the Toronto Blue Jays) proved no match, as the Bombers quickly snapped their two-game losing streak from before the break with a breezy 4-0 win in the Bronx. The second-place Rays blew out the Orioles tonight, keeping the Yankees’ AL East lead at 6.5 games, but that is of little concern in light of a solid open to the second half.
Winner of the Game
Domingo German has made just two starts since returning from injury, and they’ve both been excellent. Tonight, he sliced through the Toronto offense with ease, totaling six shutout innings while only yielding three hits. He struck out seven and walked none, bringing his ERA down to 3.40, and, for those interested in such things, he moved to a spiffy 11-2 on the year. The Yankees should absolutely still be on the look out for rotation depth, but it’s a huge help to potentially have the German from the first several weeks of the season back.
Honorable mention: Edwin Encarnacion got his second half off to an encouraging start, breaking open the game with a bases-clearing, three-RBI double in the fifth.
Loser of the Game
Gio Urshela, Didi Gregorius, and DJ LeMahieu all who went hitless in four at-bats? Tommy Kahnle for giving up two hits in relief? There weren’t any clear choices for a loser of tonight’s game. Little went wrong for the Yankees tonight, a quality typically found in shutout victories.