The afternoon half of Monday’s doubleheader went about as well as possible, didn’t it? The Yankees unleashed a barrage of home runs against the Orioles and picked up a solid outing from their starting pitcher. It’s tough to complain about that.
I’ll have a full recap up shortly, then we’ll go with the game thread for the evening portion. In the meantime, here are some highlights.
Winner of the Game
Every Yankee who hit a home run this afternoon deserves a nod: Didi Gregorius for his three-run bomb, Gio Urshela and his tape-measure shot into left field, and Cameron Maybin with the insurance homer. Gleyber Torres’ solo homer in the first inning, however, stands out. That marked his 11th home run against Baltimore this season, an entirely ridiculous feat.
Honorable Mentions: James Paxton for bouncing back after a laborious first frame, allowing three runs over six innings
Loser of the Game
It’s tough to pick a “loser” when the team wins, but Luis Cessa stands out as an obvious candidate. Aaron Boone tasked the right-hander with soaking up the final two innings of the game, but instead he recorded only one out. Cessa loaded the bases twice in that span and got charged with two runs.
Honorable Mention: Breyvic Valera for ending an inning on the basepaths