Back in the win column! A (mostly) nice and easy win tonight, 8-4 over the White Sox. And hey, a trade was made mid-game too. It’s late on a Saturday so without further small talk, let’s get into the takeaways:
Who needs a starter when you have Chad Green? Okay okay, the Yankees still need a starter (or two), but the opener strategy went swimmingly tonight. In two innings, Green faced seven batters and struck out six. That’s straight up dominant.
The one batter Green didn’t sit down on strikes? Eloy Jiménez. After his two homer game yesterday, the budding star nearly took Green deep tonight. He hit a 365 foot single, which was as close as Green got to any real damage being done.
After tonight’s outing, Green has a 3.00 ERA since returning from the minor leagues. That also includes 23 strikeouts in 15 innings. He’s had a couple of shaky outings since rejoining the team, but he looks a lot more like his old self.
Nasty Nestor was fantastic. Cortes was responsible for the “bulk” innings today, and he did just that. Over five innings, the lefty fanned seven and allowed two runs en route to his first big league victory.
It’s funny how things work out. Last night, after Luis Cessa bombed and David Hale had to work multiple innings, I was concerned about the Yankees getting length out of Cortes today. So much for that.
Unlike Green, Cortes isn’t effective because of a blazing fastball. He averaged 90 miles per hour on the gun and mixed in sliders, curves, and changeups from all sorts of arm angles:
Yeah, you’re not going to get the same look from Cortes very often. It’s a pretty nice change of pace from Green which Chicago seemingly struggled to adjust to.
Those two runs on Cortes’s ledger weren’t totally his fault, by the way. Aaron Boone removed the southpaw after he gave up two singles to open the eighth inning while the score was 7-0. In came Jonathan Holder…
…who made things interesting. It looked like it would be a ho hum outing for the righty as he retired the first two batters he faced. Instead, Jose Abreu singled in a run and James McCann followed with a three-run jack to cut the Bombers’ lead to three. So four runs came across with Holder on the mound, though two of those were charged to Cortes.
Tonight was yet another rough outing for Holder this year. His ERA is now above five and his strand rate is a frustratingly low 59.5 percent. Using him in this situation was fine, it just did not work out. He’s far from high leverage innings at the moment.
A balanced offensive attack. Eight runs, ten hits, seven walks, and two dingers will do. Only two players didn’t have a hit: Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner. That being said, the former was the only one not to reach base as Gardner walked three times.
The Yankees opened the scoring in the fourth inning. Gary Sánchez doubled in Luke Voit and Aaron Hicks, who led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Later in the inning, Gleyber Torres clubbed his fifteenth homer of the season to make it 4-0.
Good thing the Bombers scored some insurance runs. The Yankees tacked on four more runs in the sixth, seventh, and ninth innings:
- 6th inning: Gleyber Torres sac fly (5-0)
- 7th inning: Cameron Maybin solo homer (6-0) and Gary Sánchez RBI groundout (7-0)
- 9th inning: Didi Gregorius RBI walk (8-4)
Always good to keep tacking on runs. You never know when you’ll need ’em, even in a game that seems like a laugher.
Time to salvage a series split tomorrow afternoon. Let’s see if James Paxton can get things back in order. He’ll square off against Odrisamer Despaigne at 2:10pm.