The Yankees took the first of three games against Seattle with a 7-2 victory over the Mariners. Starting pitcher Domingo German and the power-hitting offense deserve equal credit for the win, as this team managed to truly dominate their opponent on both sides of the ball.
German started off shaky by allowing a solid hit to Dee Gordon in the first at-bat of the game. Though he eventually came around to score on an unearned run, German quickly regrouped in order to pitch four no-hit innings. He eventually allowed a solo home run to Nelson Cruz in the sixth inning, but that was the only other blemish on an otherwise perfect night. Overall, the righty allowed just one earned run on two hits, while striking out nine batters in a career-high seven innings. No one was getting to him tonight.
The offense did their job as well, as Mariners starter Marco Gonzales was not fooling anyone tonight. Giancarlo Stanton started things off with a solo shot in the bottom half of the first inning. After that, Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks teamed up in the fifth to hit back-to-back two-run home runs. The Yankees scored again in the seventh with Andujar, Hicks, and Aaron Judge each hitting a single in the inning to bring around a run. Gleyber Torres put the cherry on top by launching a solo shot into the bleachers in the eighth.
Leading the offense was Aaron Hicks, who had three hits and two RBI on the night. Both Andujar and Torres had two hits of their own. Didi Gregorius and Clint Frazier each had a hit, and Greg Bird walked once. After German left the game, A.J. Cole pitched for the first time in nearly a month. Yes, believe it or not, he’s still on the roster. The right-handed struck out three in two innings of work to close out the game.