Gian Carlo StantonThe 400th home run of his career lifted that Yanks to a 5-1 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees’ win improved their record to 69-69, the first time they had that record since 1969.
Here are some takeaways…
-Gerrit Cole, in search of his first Cy Young, strengthened his case on Tuesday. After getting out of a jam in the first inning, the Yankees ace came through unscathed for five innings, but that was to change in the sixth inning.
After a leadoff threesome Kerry Carpenter, Miguel Cabrera would bring the decisive run home alone. While Cole would come out of sixth with just one run, he had to fight his way to that start. He dished out a lot of hits and didn’t get a lot of swing-and-misses, but Cole gave the Yankees everything he had on a hot, muggy night in the Bronx.
Cole got through six innings (104 pitches) and gave up just one run with eight hits, no walks and seven strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 2.91.
– Cole hasn’t had much running support this season and tonight was similar. Since the ace limited the Tigers to one run, the Yankees only managed one run thanks to it DJ LeMahieu who started with a leadoff home run. It’s LeMahieu’s second home run in four games. In his first 103 games, LeMahieu hit eight home runs in 414 plate appearances. In his last 13 games, the utility infielder has hit seven home runs in 54 plate appearances.
It wasn’t until the sixth game that the Yankees would add more runs Gian Carlo Stanton blasted a rocket over the left midfield wall and put the Yankees back 3-1 ahead. It was Stanton’s 400th career home run and the 58th player in MLB history to hit that number. He’s also the fourth fastest to reach that milestone, taking just 1520 games to reach it.
– Gleyber Torres would give the Americans some insurance runs with a two-run double in the eighth round to extend New York’s lead to 5-1.
– Jason Dominguez made his Yankee Stadium debut Tuesday and had a rough time on the record. He slammed in his first shot and hit a fielder’s choice in his second. In his final swing, Dominguez hit a double that separated the midfielder and right fielder. The outfielder, who is able to take turns, ended his career with 1:4 and 4:17.
Anthony Volpe went with a walk 0:3, Everson Pereira 1:3 ended and Oswald Peraza went unhit while striking twice in three at-bats.
Austin Wells wasn’t in the lineup Tuesday, as Cole likes to pitch Ben Rortvedt. Rortvedt took a 2-0 lead with a walk.
–Tommy Kahle (1 IP), Jonathan Loaisiga (1 IP) and Clay Holmes (1 IP) came in behind Cole and completed the win by throwing three innings scoreless.
The Yankees continue their three-game streak with the Tigers Wednesday night. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Yankees will broadcast Clark Schmidt (8-8, 4.56 ERA) in the opener against RHP Matt Manning (5-4, 3.62 ERA).