Yesterday the Yankees were without Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius, as they got a day off following Friday night’s thriller. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both were held without a hit. The team totaled four hits and Sonny Gray pitched. So the Yankees got shutout right? The Indians probably won 7-0? Nope, the Yanks comfortably won 5-2. That’s the kind of roll this team is on. They didn’t do a damn thing at the plate and they beat a first place Cleveland Indians team basically without a sweat.
It was a beautiful day at the ballpark yesterday, as we held our first Barstool at the Ballpark of the year. It was a smashing success as we sold out a few days leading into the event. Shout out to everyone that turned out and it was great meeting all of you guys. Seeing Tommy Smokes get mobbed by stoolies was fucking hilarious.
People came from all over, including a couple all the way from Toronto who had the best, most polite Canadian accent ever. I cannot wait to roll out the next four dates which should include Sunday Night Baseball against the Sox and Mets. I’m very sunburnt because I totally forgot the sun was a thing, but I just wanted to mention the great stoolie turnout. You guys rock.
Back to the game, Sonny Gray was back to his old self for the second start in a row. Now this hasn’t come against teams like the Oakland A’s or Tampa Rays. No, his two bounce back starts have come against the defending champ Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indians. Sonny went six strong innings, striking out seven, giving up two runs and walking just two. For the second straight start he attacked hitters and really had his curveball going. That’s his recipe for success.
That’s the Sonny Gray we need. Yes, I would love to get him into the 7th inning, but after his horrific start to the year I’ll gladly take six innings of two run ball any day of the week. I think it’s very obvious he needs Romine catching him every time he’s out there because the numbers do not lie. This was the first time as a Yankee Sonny Gray has gone six innings giving up 2 runs or less in back to back starts.
Trevor Bauer pitched for the Indians and got into trouble in the 5th after he walked Neil Walker and Andujar in succession, before surrendering a base hit to Gleyber Torres. That loaded the bases with one out for Ronnie Baseball and he would hit a sharp grounder right at Frankie Lindor.
Two runs scored on the rare double error from the Indians shortstop when it probably should have been a routine inning-ending double play. Gardner would then hit a sac fly and extend the lead to 4-1.
And that was really all she wrote. The Indians never threatened from that point on as Chad Green and David Robertson combined for the game’s final nine outs, allowing just one baserunners in the process. Like I said, the Yankees didn’t do anything special in this one. They cruised while letting the Indians beat themselves. They’ve now won 14 of their last 15 games, a stretch they haven’t been on since 1998. During that stretch they’ve outscored their opponent by 58 runs. The last time they’ve been on this type of run with that scoring differential was 1954.
The Yankees go for the sweep today with Domingo German getting the ball in his first start of the year as Jordan Montgomery is sidelined for the next two months at least. Let’s get the brooms out.