After a dismal loss and news of two starting pitchers testing positive for COVID-19, the Yankees dusted themselves off and burst out laughing, crushing the Orioles 13-1 on Tuesday night in the Bronx.
Led by two guaranteed nights of DJ LeMahieu, Anthony Rizzo, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres – after the entire squad gathered just three hits in total on Monday – the offense exploded to a top of the line. season with 15 hits to provide Luis Gil with plenty of cushion for his MLB debut.
Gil, 23, called up earlier Tuesday to start for COVID-19 positive Gerrit Cole hardly needed all the support, pulling six white sleeves for a strong first impression. The right-hander allowed just four singles and a walk while striking out six of 88 shots.
The Yankees (57-49) have won for the sixth time in eight games – and 16 of 24 – including a 4-1 record since adding a trade deadline with headlining Rizzo and Joey Gallo .
On a day when they learned Jordan Montgomery would join Cole on the COVID-19 injured list, putting a dent in their rotation as they chased a playoff berth, the Yankees secured nine innings from a pitching trio who were still in Triple-A on Monday night. Stephen Ridings and Brody Koerner joined Gil to make their MLB debut on Tuesday, Ridings pulled out three and Koerner pitched two innings to wrap up the win.
The Yankees gave Gil a lead to work on in the second inning. After Sanchez scored a single with two strikeouts, he scored first on a double away from Torres.
Gil responded with a quick third inning before the Yankees followed with five points late in the period.
Greg Allen started the rally when he was hit by ground and came to score on LeMahieu’s double on the sidelines. Rizzo came next and continued to produce in his new uniform, lining up only one in the middle. LeMahieu stopped at third base, but Cedric Mullins’ throw from center field hit second and rebounded, allowing LeMahieu to score for the 3-0 lead.
After Aaron Judge’s single, Stanton lined up another single in the middle to tackle Rizzo. Sanchez then netted a brace in left field to make it 5-0 and kick Orioles starter Alexander Wells out of the game.
Torres finished the big inning with a sacrifice ball, which gave the Yankees a 6-0 lead.
Stanton took the lead in the fourth when he hit a three-run homerun – his first since July 20 – to bring the score to 9-0.
After the Orioles crossed out a run in the start of the eighth on Koerner, the Yankees ended the blowout with four runs in the bottom half. Tyler Wade netted a two-run brace, Rizzo scored an RBI in his fifth straight game as a Yankee and Judge hit a solo homerun.