It’s amazing how fast a game can go from controlling to spinning at 100mph. Everything seemed to be going fairly well for most of the first half of the match. For most of the second half of the game, it looked more like the car accident mentioned above. Then, the offense somehow pulled the skewed car off the slide and was able to correct it back into its lane.
The Yankees were able to get to the plate early with the Rizzo’s solo race at home in the first half. Quickly then in the third, Judge made his 40th home run of the season to score for LeMahieu, who had walked. It was good to see that LeMahieu is back on the right track after a disappointing season last year. Providing powerful basic skills, it allows Judge to deal more damage when he hits a huge blast. At the end of the third inning, the Yankees led the royal family with three.
In the first four rounds, Gerrit Cole blasted through the hitters of the Kansas City Royals. In the first round, Aaron Judge was able to make a potential home run in the right field, away from MJ Melendez’s racket. It was a great catch, and helped ensure the game didn’t start out badly for Cole. The royal family players were making some good contact, but they didn’t make any sustained contact during the first four rounds.
The wheels went out for Cole in the fifth inning. To some extent, he is not responsible for the results. Official scorers have given him five winning innings, but some of the blame lies with the Yankee defense. During this inning, he got two quick points when problems started to brew. Maikel Garcia got his first major league hit when IKF grabbed the ball twice. Two more solos quickly followed after loading bases.
Then Wyatt Merifield hit one song to score twice. At this point, the Yankees were still up to three to two. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Salvador Perez is back from the injured list today. With runners on bases one and three, he hit the cliff sprint at home to center field. This wasn’t a cheap shop – he got the fastball at 100mph. Here’s where you can hang the inning on Cole – the defense left him there longer than he should have been, but the ace needed to close the door after the initial stumble and couldn’t.
On the plus side, Aroldis Chapman had a negative role as relief. Even better, it was a 1-2-3 inning with the strike. There may be some hope that he might finally start to get around the ordinary Chapman. The Yankees can certainly use the old version of it with the injuries they’ve had.
For much of the game, there was a real risk of delaying the match. They played a lot of the game with the rain. Before the start of the eighth inning, after much fiddling with the drying agents, the judges finally took out a tarp. After a relatively short rain delay, Albert Abreu pitched the Yankees’ eighth place finish. He’s been giving some very good advice since returning from Rangers/Royals. This trend has continued today, when he managed to keep the game on hand, with one exception.
At the bottom of the eighth place, the Yankees began threatening with Rizzo dribbling and lining Torres for individuals. Then Josh Donaldson hit a ball to Michael Garcia who couldn’t handle the ball. It got to Garcia’s fault. With the bases loaded, Andrew Benintende came to the board and hit a ball to first base, but was able to pull Nick Prato far enough to his right to reach. It wasn’t amazing, but it was Benientende’s first hit with the Yankees and she scored a run. With the bases still loaded, Aaron Hicks came to the board and took a walk to tie the match. The baton passed to IKF, and the clutch made with one song to give the Yankees the lead for the first time since the fifth inning, with the Yankees going up by one. With the bases still loaded, Jose Trevino hit the dodger who scored another run, but was out for him at first base.
DJ LeMahieu was able to walk to load the bases again. Then the judge came to unload the bases with a great salami of epic proportions. With that race at home, he sits in 41 home runs, tied for most home runs by the Yankee prior to August — with two games to spend. Even better, this home race put the match at 11-5, and the Yankees lead. After a few singles, the roles ended with Josh Donaldson’s pop-up. Wandy Peralta was brought in to lead the ninth inning, and with a bit of heartburn, he managed to score a goalless ninth.
All night long, I would say everything is bad. However, the miraculous eighth round managed to save my angry soul. In fact, I feel like my feelings have gone through a ride of highs and lows. I went from the top of Aaron Judge giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead to the bottom of Cole giving up fifth. Then another rise when the Yankees regained the lead for eighth. With this win officially in the book, I can say this was one of the most emotionally stressful games I’ve ever played. all’s well That ends well. I don’t know about anyone else, but I need a nap.