It wasn’t your stereotypical Yankees victory, as a barrage of basic hitting in the fourth and a pair of runs via a small ball in the final innings won the day. Jameson Taillon wasn’t great, but neither was Mike Foltynewicz in a game that always promised races.
The Yankees threatened early with a hard touch. DJ LeMahieu had some bad luck, lining up an at-’em ball in Gallo on the right. Brett Gardner collected one, adding substance to the magical powers of both holes in the Yankees lineup. However, Aaron Judge relied on a double play to complete the round.
Taillon needed a rebound from his previous tough outing against the Rays, but got off to an unsuccessful start by giving Willie Calhoun a brace. He hit Nick Solak on a high fastball and was saved by a nice catch from Gardner on a deep flyball to the left center. Joey Gallo is out to end the threat.
Rougned Odor played his first revenge against his former team, in singles during his first at bat. Again, however, the Yankees only managed one baserunner up the round.
Taillon continued to be hit hard in the lower half, as his breaking throws weren’t fooling anyone. He was bailed out by one of the best double plays you’ll see, with Odor performing a slippery backhand kick. He turned it blindly over the shoulder to Gio Urshela, who spun over the sack to make a strong throw, catching Kiner-Falefa at the start.
The wheels really started to come off for Taillon in the third. He ceded a double with an out to Jonah Heim, who Gary Sánchez almost caught with a laser beam back-pick in second place, although the replay canceled the original call. Taillon took him to two outs, but gave up a single to Solak to score Heim and headed for Nate Lowe and Gallo, charging up the bases. Adolis García burned a single in the middle, scoring Solak and Lowe. Taillon escaped yet another calamity, but given how the Yankees offense had played so far in Texas, the 3-0 deficit threatened to be insurmountable towards the fourth.
Fortunately, the Yankees (and Foltynewicz) had other ideas. The judge made a single with a cutout in the middle and was brought home on Urshela’s line, double to the left. After Odor came out, Sánchez lined up a carbon copy of Urshela’s double to fix the latter and reduce the deficit to one. Miguel Andújar arguably recorded his greatest moment with the Yankees since 2018, drilling a single on the left to score and tie Sánchez.
A Mike Ford single booming off the wall and a walk from Ryan LaMarre loaded the bases, kicking Foltynewicz out of the game. After neutralizing the Yankees bats by threes, he completely lost command in the fourth, leaving ground after throwing in the middle of the plate.
Kolby Allard came in and gave up a two-run brace to LeMahieu, as the Yankees completed the counterattack and took a 5-3 lead in the lead of the fourth.
Considering Jonathan Loaisiga was warming up in third, I was a little surprised to see Taillon come back for fourth, but I was glad I was wrong. It was a difference day and night, as he gave up the team one-two-three on eight shots. Odor continued his redemption tour at Arlington with a brace in the lead in the fifth, but that was all a shame the Yankees would do.
Taillon couldn’t carry his performance from fourth to fifth and was kicked out of the match on a solo shot from Solak to the right. Thus, the struggles of Taillon continued, since it is his second consecutive game allowing four points without succeeding five innings. He needs to find a way to sharpen his side offers, as his fastball just isn’t good enough to get massive multi-turn outs in control.
So a few final thoughts on Taillon’s night: his stuff isn’t deceptive / devastating enough to overcome his occasional lapses at the controls. The breaking stuff was not sharp or fooling hitters as the big damage was done on the center cut fastballs: pic.twitter.com/psExjL51rZ
– Pinstripe Lane (@pinstripealley) May 19, 2021
Wandy Peralta came from the reliever box and got the last two outs in the fifth, including some sparkling diving play from LeMahieu. The left-hander also ended up picking up the first of sixths, and the three strikeouts plus Taillon’s short outing were enough to give him his first victory in stripes.
The Yankees again created traffic in the sixth, as Andújar chose for his first multi-shot game since last September. Mike Ford walked, and Andújar moved up to third on a LaMarre ball, allowing LeMahieu to lead him on a long ball in the middle that nearly came out a few feet. Nonetheless, he extended the Yankees’ lead to 6-4.
Sánchez was replaced by Kyle Higashioka in the sixth with left hamstring cramps. We hope to provide you with more updates, but for now it looks like the Yankees dodged a bullet because after the win Aaron Boone said Sánchez was ” fineAt the end of the game. He might have a day off tomorrow, but he was going to have one on a Wednesday or Thursday anyway since it will be a day game after a night game.
Jonathan Loaisiga got the last two strikeouts in the sixth and left the team in sequence in the seventh on seven shots. Chad Green worked a stress-free bottom of the eighth to bring the evening to its final frame.
The Yankees did a tack on an insurance run in the ninth, putting the runners into the no-out turns via a Gardner walk, wild throw and a simple judge. Urshela tackled Gardner with a weak third-place dribbler for his second RBI of the night, giving the Yankees a 7-4 lead. Chapman came in for the save and was perfect aside from a two-out double from Andy Ibáñez. The closest wrapped it up with a 103 mph fastball dotted through the inside corner to secure the 7-4 victory.
The offense had a nice comeback tonight, although a lingering concern for the Match Team must be Taillon’s continued inconsistency. It could still be rust, but with each passing start the doubt sets in more. The enclosure was stellar as usual, topped off by another dominant backup from Chapman. Corey Kluber recovers the ball tomorrow against Hyeon-Jong Yang. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET, so join us in the thread.
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