The Yankees survived quite the slugfest tonight by combining for 12 hits and five home runs on the evening. Apparently this is the first time any team has ever collected at least eight extra base hits in a game three days in a row. Whether or not that statistic means much, it was good to see the Yankees able to get their hits when they needed them most.
New York struck first in the second inning, starting with a Gary Sanchez single. After moving to second on a ground ball, Neil Walker drove him home on a soft fly ball that managed to dunk in for a double. Gleyber Torres then stepped up to the plate and delivered a two-run home run.
It’s a good thing the Yankees picked tonight to break out the bats because Masahiro Tanaka was not getting the job done. No matter what the Yankees did, Tanaka was simply going to give the runs right back. After three runs scored in the second, Tanaka gave up a solo home run to Joey Gallo. Neil Walker answered in the fourth with a home run in the upper deck, but Rougned Odor delivered his own three-run bomb to tie the game.
Overall, Tanaka was hurt by an inability to throw strikes. He walked four batters and gave up three hits, which led to four runs in five innings. Tanaka managed to get through the fifth inning, but after Aaron Judge homered to break the tie, Aaron Boone was ready to take control of the game. He removed Tanaka, even with just 76 pitches thrown on the night. That’s what happens when you pitch ineffectively.
The Yankees then broke the game open a bit in the sixth after Torres delivered his second home run of the evening to dead center. Brett Gardner then walked and moved to third on a Judge double before scoring on a sac fly. They scored two more on a Didi Gregorius double, which gave the Yankees eight runs overall. Just for fun, they added two more runs in the ninth with two-run shot from Aaron Hicks to make it an even 10 runs scored.
Chad Green pitched two innings and allowed a solo shot from Ronald Guzman to keep things interesting. He made it through two innings before giving way to David Robertson and Jonathan Holder to close out the last two innings.
The offense was easily the highlight of the night with nearly every member of the team finishing with at least one hit. The Yankees got multi-hit games from Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Neil Walker, and Gleyber Torres. It’s a good game when there’s no one player you can point to as the reason the team won the game, though seeing Torres do what he did was a nice plus.
The Yankees get to do this again tomorrow at 8:05 PM. It’s best to prepare for another slugfest after tonight’s results.