There was a lot going on at the stadium tonight. It was not only Star Wars Day, but also the first home game against Houston with fans in the stands after the sign theft scandal broke out. The victory tonight was sure to be a cathartic experience for many of the lucky participants, as the noises and jesters rained down from the stands. And despite Domingo Herman’s presentation of the bow feed, a combination of discipline with plates, another dominant bull performance and a bit of luck pushed the Yankees’ foul to a 7-3 victory.
Herman took the mound, hoping that his own act could push the Yankees to victory. Unfortunately, he did more like Greedo, who was blown up in the opening act, thanks to Alex Bregman̵
Fortunately, the Yankees received an immediate response to this aggression from the rebel scum. DJ LeMahieu led with a single that bounced off Zack Greinke’s foot in the center field. Giancarlo Stanton, followed by the launch of a 2-0 hanging curved ball into hyperspace. The two-time homer left his bat at 106.3 miles per hour and landed 367 feet in the seats on the left, giving the hosts a 2-1 lead.
Then there was an imperial march of the Yankees, with Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres reaching the base to charge them. Unfortunately, the Yankees failed to deliver the decisive blow, as Clint Fraser turned into a double game to score only one extra run.
Yankees fans have proven that the only people who will rise stronger than a cheating opponent are one of their own players, as they really let the struggling Aaron Hicks hear him when he justifies ending the first inning threat. and keep Astros in the game. At the moment, it looks like Hicks will have a better chance of escaping Sarlak than his current decline, but there may be New Hope on the horizon – something I’ll have more about later this week.
Herman steered the ship through the latter – in terms of his own performance – as he withdrew the country in order, including crossing out Julius Guriel and Kyle Tucker. LeMahieu’s walk was the only action at halftime, as Greinke appeared to have returned and released his targeting computer.
As soon as Herman regained his command in the second, he immediately lost it again in the third, delivering a massive solo kick that Michael Brantley picked up in the executive-level apartments on the right. Jordan Alvarez then separated the middle, and Guriel missed a double home run on the left by about two inches when the ball bounced off the top of the mat. Alvarez scored in the game and although Herman got out of the inning tied 3-3, I had a bad feeling about it – if the Yankees keep driving him there for more work, of course.
The location of Herman’s pitches was usually difficult throughout his trip – he often missed the heart of the plate and was punished accordingly. Aside from that clean second inning, he looked worse than Luke after escaping the garbage can.
I tried not to get excited prematurely from his previous two starts against Cleveland and the Orioles. It is one thing to limit running against two of the most serious offenses in the league; it’s another thing to be completely successful while constantly missing places against playoff teams. His last line at night: five assists, four hits, three runs (including a pair of long balls), one walk, six shots and 83 pitches.
Greinke was surprisingly pulled out after 4 passes and only 85 pitches, as he seems to have settled after this unstable first. Brandon Bielak came out relieved and delivered his first blow to the bottom of the fifth: an ion beam double, 117.4 miles per hour from Stanton’s bat.
Lucas Lutge came in for the sixth and after a one-time single by Bregman challenged a ground ball, which led to one of the most beautiful defensive pieces you will see this year. Torres caught him with a sliding game in the middle and headed for Urschela of the second, who pirouetted and fired a bullet to complete the double game.
The Yankees loaded the bases at the bottom of the sixth through a walk with Torres, a single Hicks and a walk Rougned Odor, bringing LeMachie to the plate with two outs. On the 0-2 pitch, he entered a single field down the line of the third base.
Initially, Bregman tried to shoot him, but the throw was quite wide on Guriel, which allowed Higashioka and Auder to score. There was an unpleasant collision on the plate as Odor’s knee collided with Martin Maldonado’s face, leaving both players with visible pain at home.
Odor had to be helped off the field until Maldonado went under his own power. Fortunately, Odor could be seen standing in the dugout after that, and hopefully that’s nothing serious. * Terrible end to the play, but as it stood, the Yankees led 6-3.
* The Yankees announced towards the end of the game that Odor had a left knee injury and would undergo an MRI later tonight.
Playing on the plate allowed LeMahieu to take second place and he was selected to host Stanton in the third hit of the night on Big G. 3. Tyler Wade replaced Audrey for a second, while Jason Castro replaced Maldonado behind the Houston dish.
Stanton collected his fourth hit of the night in the eighth, 109.9 miles per hour linear drive, bubble left in the center. The Yankees threatened to deal with a full-star destroyer against Astros as Judge and Gio left and went to refuel the bases for Torres. It would have been the perfect time for him to eliminate the goose egg in the home column, but alas, the ball ended the inning and kept the score at 7-3, heading for the ninth.
Chad Green received the last three outs in the game as the Yankees moved above .500 for the first time since April 6. There were a lot of things to like about the offensive performance of this game (nine stretches), and the Yankees pit did its normal job. It was also encouraging to see them win over a potential opponent in the playoffs.
Tomorrow Jordan Montgomery will face Louis Garcia. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET, so join us in the game thread. For now, good night and may the power be with you!