Monday, July 31, 2017
Just hours after the Yankees acquired pitcher Sonny Gray, their bats were on full display as they thumped the Tigers, 7-3, on Monday at Yankee Stadium.
The Tigers made it interesting when they loaded the bases in the ninth inning and forced the Yankees to bring in closer Aroldis Chapman. Detroit added its third and final run on a fielder’s choice from Mikie Mahtook before the final out was recorded.
First baseman Chase Headley gave the Yankees their first spark when he barreled up a bases-loaded two-run double in the fourth inning to put his team up, 2-1. Todd Frazier followed with a two-run single, giving starter Luis Severino a three-run cushion to start the fifth.
It’s important to note that Michael Fullmer won the AL Rookie of the Year last year. The Tigers’ Twitter account seriously posted that (presumably a swipe at Gary Sanchez almost taking it from his last year) at a point in the game when Fullmer was cruising. The Yankees would then jump on him and they managed to hold on despite some shaky work from Severino and the bullpen (they bent but they did not break). Big win.
Let’s hope that CC Sabathia can keep the good times of these last week or so going tomorrow against the Tigers (we’ll have to wait until next series to see the pinstriped debut of brand-new Yankee, Sonny Gray).
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