WOW! What a series for the New York Yankees. Coming off of a doubleheader (kind of) against the Nationals on Monday, the Yankees were ready to welcome in the red-hot Mariners for a three-game set.
Going into the series, I fully expected the Yankees to play a bit flat on Tuesday, considering it would have been their third game in 24 hours, but the team came out strong, with home runs from Giancarlo Stanton, (more about him later) Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar.
Domingo German had the best start of his young career, going 7 IP, 1 ER, and 9 SO as he mowed through a very good hitting team. The Yankees played relentlessly in their first game and pretty much set the tone for the remainder of the series.
In game two, the Mariners seemed to be in command with a 5-0, running Yankees rookie Jonathan Loaisiga out of the game after 3.2 IP (84 pitches), but this team decided to not give up. Aaron Judge drove in two in the 5th, (one via an error on Denard Span) and the suddenly, the Yankees were back in it. After Chasen Shreve surrendered a few runs, the bullpen pitched outstanding, not allowing a hit for the final four innings.
Gary Sanchez tied the game with a 2-run BOMB to left field that ended an 18-game homerless streak, but the story of Wednesday night was Giancarlo Stanton. With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th and a runner on first with two outs, Stanton digs in at the plate fully aware that he has not yet had his “signature Yankees moment” since being traded to New York in the offseason.
First pitch was a called strike at the knees, down 0-1 he knows the pitcher may try to sneak a fastball by him which he did, and Stanton fouled a ball very hard to the backstop. On the 0-2 pitch, pitcher Ryan Cook left a breaking belt high and Stanton crushed it, 453 feet for the win.
Stanton finally had his signature Yankees moment and he and the team were ready to celebrate with gatorade coolers being dumped and sunflower seeds being thrown at home plate. This was exciting, we had been waiting for Stanton to break out this year and while his numbers have been good, Stanton has struggled so far at home which makes this walk off THAT much sweeter.
During the final game on Thursday, the Yankees and Mariners had both of their aces on the mound ready to go head-to-head. It didn’t really turn out that way as neither of them had their dominant stuff and the Yankees actually jumped out to a four run lead early in the first inning. A pair of two run shots from Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar were enough to secure the sweep from Seattle.
This series had it all, a blowout in the first game, a walk off in the second game, and also a battle of the aces in the third. This is what the Yankees have been able to do to start the season, beat up on the stronger teams and don’t let up even after a big win. This team just doesn’t give up, and we should never count them out by any stretch.