It only took this team four months but they are finally bullying teams that they should be beating with ease. The Yankees opened up their four game set with the Texas Rangers last night back home in the Bronx. It was also the return of JA Happ from his Ebola stint. All of these things propelled the Yankees to their fourth win in a row, the bats are heating up, starting pitching is going deep into games and Judge Watch is on as we await his return. It’s gonna be a fun month!
The story of the night for the Yankees offensively was the long ball. As a team they cracked out 5 bombs in this game. It started in the first inning, after a lead off single for Gardy, Stanton grounded into a double play, not what you want. Gregorius followed it up with a two out walk and gave power threat Aaron Hicks a turn at the plate. And he delivered. On a 3-1 fastball Hicks obliterated this thing into right. Crushed it. 2-0 Yankees and Hicks just continues to mash the dick out of baseballs all over the League.
JA Happ came back to the rotation and showed no signs of rust. He cruised through the first three innings without letting up a hit. Through three innings he already tallied 5 strikeouts and the only bad thing is he hit two batters but isn’t wasn’t any reason to be worried. Happ had a slight hiccup in the 4th inning, with two outs already Happ threw a fastball in the middle of the plate to Jurickson Profar and he didn’t miss it. Profar crushed it to center, 431 feet. His solo shot cut the score to 2-1 in favor of the Yanks.
The Yankees bats helped Happ out some more in the bottom of the 4th. After Bird worked a 5 pitch walk Miguel Andujar stepped to the plate. ROY Andujar connected with a slider that stayed up in the zone on the first pitch of the at bat and smoked it to center field for a two run shot. 4-1 Yankees. His 16th homer of the season. Kid is unreal. But the Yankees weren’t done yet. Next batter up, Neil Walker wanted to join in on the fun and on a 1-1 pitch, he homered to right making it 5-1 Yankees. This team is just out here taking batting practice right now.
Happ would have a rocky 5th inning and cough up a couple runs to make the game closer than most of us would have liked it to be. After a lead off walk followed by a single, the Rangers had two on with no outs. Not an ideal situation. A sacrifice moved both runners into scoring position and both would come around to score after a Shin Soo Choo double. 5-3 Yankees.
The Yanks would get one those runs back in the bottom half of the frame. And guess what? It came from yet another home run. This one off of the bat of Big Dick Stanton. His fourth homer in four straight games. The man is hot!! Also the homerun Stanton hit was the hardest hit homer ever recorded in the Statcast era. 122 MPH off the bat. That’s fucking insanity. The ball soared 449 feet into the left field bleachers and Stanton continues to be a mad man at the plate and I fucking love it. 6-3 Yankees.
The Yankees would tack on one more run in the contest and that would come off the bat of Neil Walker in the bottom of the sixth. His second solo shot of the game. He did the old Jorge Posada special and homered from both sides of the plate. Love it. All these guys stepping up and the bats are heating up. 7-3 Yankees.
Happ would finish the night with a line of: 6 IP, 4 hits, 3 runs, 9 strikeouts. He earned the win tonight and is now 2-0 as a Yankee. Happ has had two very good starts since being acquired from the Jays. Between him and Lance Lynn the rotation is 1000 times better than it was in the middle of July. Robertson pitched a scoreless 7th, followed by Betances throwing an 8 pitch 8th inning. He has been absolutely lights out, completely different pitcher than earlier in the season, beyond happy to see him turn his game around. Boone opted to us Chapman in the ninth for a non save situation. Probably just wanted him to shake some off the cobwebs off after his horrendous outing in Boston on Sunday, Chapman was shaky to start the inning off and it looked like his struggles were going to continue. Chappy walked the first two batters of the inning on 11 pitches, not what you want. Luckily he settled down. After getting a fielder’s choice to get the first out, he struck out both Choo and Odor, swinging, to end the inning and the game. Giving the Yankees the 7-3 win and even cut Boston’s lead to 8 games after they lost to Toronto. 4 in a row, bats are good, starters are good, it’s not over yet folks. Boston we’re coming for you!