Coming into this game, the New York Yankees were on a two game losing streak. They lost last night’s game by a final of 4-2 to the Baltimore Orioles. In the eight inning of that game Gio Urshela hit a single to left field that would have scored two runs if Aaron Judge was not thrown out at third base from Orioles left fielder Austin Hays. Manager Aaron Boone wanted to challenge the play to see if DJ LeMahieu scored before Judge was thrown out, but according to the umpires he took too long. Aaron Boone was furious but it did not matter because the Yankees were unable to comeback and win the game. The Yankees looked to rebound for Corey Kluber as he was looking for his first Yankees win.
The Yankees offense had to face Bruce Zimmermann. In the first inning Gio Urshela drove in the Yankees first run with a sacrifice fly. This was the Yankees first sacrifice fly of the season. This proves the Yankees struggles this year with situational hitting. Then the Yankees got their second run from a bullet home run curtsey of Aaron Judge. Then the Yankees took a 3-0 lead with a Kyle Higashioka solo blast to right field. According to Aaron Boone, Higashioka has earned himself more playing time. If he continues to hit like this he will continue to get a lot more playing time. It is nice to see Higashioka is taking advantage of his playing time. Gio Urshela added another run with an RBI single. This made the score 4-0. Giancarlo Stanton got into the party as he hit a bomb to straight away center field. This changed the score to 5-1 Yankees.
Corey Kluber had his best outing of the season as he went 6.2 innings and only one run given up. Kluber was strong on all of his pitches, especially his slider which was use as his swing and miss pitch. This could be great sign for Kluber going forward for the Yankees as he was important addition this offseason by Brian Cashman. To start the year he was having a hard time due to walking too many hitters, but in this game he had only 2 walks.
Jonathan Loaisiga was brilliant as well in tonights game. First he got out of Kluber’s jam in the seventh inning with a groundout to Rougned Odor. Loaisiga in his second inning of work he was able to hit 100 on his fastball. He was able to compete the eight inning without giving up any runs. That was an impressive relief outing for Loaisiga. Lucas Luetge competed the ninth as the Yankees went on to win by the final of 5-1. Could this win spark the Yankees to end April on a positive note.