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The Yankees Offense Exploded, August Gary Stayed Red Hot, And Aaron Judge Didn't Strikeout

Man oh man did the Yankees need a game like last night. Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd had absolutely nothing to bring to the table and the offense jumped on him early and often. Gary Sanchez got things cookin’ early with the second furthest hit ball all season.

Nothing like a 493 feet shot to left off of the back wall to get things going. August Gary is probably better than any hitter of all time…Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth? Nope, I’m taking El Gary in August over those bums. How’s seven homers in ten games sound? Would that be something you might be interested in? Well, it was one of those nights where seemingly everyone was knocking in runs, and you couldn’t wait to grab another at bat. By the third inning, Boyd was knocked out of the game after a two run triple by Todd Frazier, giving Tanaka a juicy six run cushion to work with.

Against a relatively struggling lineup, Tanaka wouldn’t come close to needing that many as he cruised for seven innings in his first start since going on the DL for shoulder fatigue. All night long he threw a ton of strikes, got ahead early, and as a result got quick outs. He would only need 90 pitches to get through the seven frames, allowing just six hits, three runs, without walking a batter. That’s the Tanaka we need to see the rest of the way, where every pitch is low, getting hitters to chase and get minimal contact because of it. It was especially nice to give the bullpen a night off, as Chasen Shreve finished up the job with two innings of garbage time work.

Aaron Hicks showed some signs of life, going 2-6 with a two run bomb in the 7th. Hicks had been struggling since coming off the disabled list earlier in the month, entering the game hitting 7 for 45 (.155) with just four extra base hits. These are types of games that gets everyone’s heads in the right places, and no one needed that more than number 99 Aaron Judge.

The strike out streak finally came to an end, after 37 consecutive games (tying the all time record). Judge worked three straight walks to start the game, and then ripped an RBI single into left in the 5th inning. Girardi decided to pull him before his next at bat, as the game was out of hand, in what I agree was a good call. He had already had four good at bats, reaching base all four times, and I think it was a good a time to get him out of the game and get positive thoughts in his head. Some people think this was a soft move and to that I say fuck you. I need my big guy to get back on track and a clean night without getting out, never mind striking out will hopefully be another step in the right direction. Expect to see Judge in that 4 spot once again on Wednesday night,

Tonight is Severino vs. Zimmermann in another game the Yanks should win. Zimmermann shutout the Yankees earlier this month through seven frames, but over his last two starts he’s giving up 14 runs combined. Bet the over