Domingo Germán and the New York Yankees offense clicked again tonight, cruising to a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Backed by 3 HRs and 12 hits, the Yankees were in sync on the mound and in the box this evening. Let’s take a look at how the win came to be.
Two Ws in a Row for Domingo
After earning his first win since 2019 in his last outing against Cleveland, Germán sparkled again for the Yankees. He went 4.2 innings before allowing a hit, an infield single by Ryan Mountcastle. His command was strong, missing barrels and controlling all four of his pitches in and around the zone. Kyle Higashioka buttressed Germán’s performance for the 2nd straight game, framing countless pitches for strikes and snatching a tough popup in foul territory with a runner on in the 2nd.
Most interesting for the Yankees was how Germán grew into the game. While he only got one swing and miss in the first turn through the order, Germán tallied 10 more whiffs in his 2nd and 3rd turns. Likely due to his consistency with all four pitches, the Orioles batters were constantly off-balance and guessing, often incorrectly. Michael King took over for German in the 8th and continued his dominant 2021, striking out two and inducing a game ending double play. It’s evident King has earned a more permanent spot on the roster, and with the minor leagues opening their seasons in May, that should be the case.
Yankees Slug 3 HRs, Stay Hot
With Aaron Judge on the bench with “lower body stiffness,” Aaron Boone reshuffled the Yankees lineup following DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton. Gleyber Torres moved up to 3rd, with Gio Urshela and Mike Ford following. After a searing 119.4 MPH grounder from Stanton turned into a double-play for Baltimore in the 1st, Ford led off the 2nd with an opposite field HR to put the Yankees on the board.
After Brett Gardner popped out to short in the 3rd, the Yankees rattled off four straight hits, culminating in Urshela’s 4th HR of the year: a 3-run bomb to left-center. Clint Frazier ran himself into the Yankees 13th out on the base paths this season in the 4th. Following his leadoff double, Frazier inexcusably tried to advance to third on a grounder to short and was tagged out easily. Aaron Hicks would go on to tack on a sacrifice fly in the 5th, padding the Yankees lead to 6-0 and ending Orioles spot-starter Dean Kremer’s miserable line. However, Frazier redeemed his gaffe in the 8th by rounding out the scoring with his first HR of the year, a solo shot to left-center on a middle-in fastball.
Onto the Next One
Tonight’s win brought the Yankees to 11-13, still 4.5 games back from the 1st place Red Sox, but trending in the right direction. On the back of two strong starts and wins, the Yankees will turn to Jordan Montgomery on Thursday afternoon. Gary Sanchez should return behind the plate to catch the lefty following the night game and two straight starts for Higashioka.