May 7, 2021 | News | No Comments
BALTIMORE — Whatever it is the Yankees caught on this road trip, they hope it’s contagious. Wednesday night, starter Domingo German was dominant and the bats continued to blossom into life as they shut out the Orioles, 7-0, at Camden Yards.
It was the second straight victory for the Yankees (11-13) and it marked just the fourth time this season they have won back-to-back games. It was also their second shutout, coincidentally their second 7-0 shutout of the Orioles this season.
German became just the third Yankee starter to get through seven innings and he was electric in his second start back from the Alternate Site. He was aggressive and efficient to get through the seventh. Combine that with Corey Kluber putting together his best start as a Yankee, going 6.2 inning and winning his first game since 2019, and that’s a huge sigh of relief for the rotation.
“I’ve talked about the confidence I have in this group and what I believe they can be as a staff and as a starting rotation and it’s really good to see , both Corey now and Domingo get deep into ballgames,” Aaron Boone said. “Domingo after a rough first inning, some of it not his own doing, in Cleveland that really didn’t have much to do with pitching now has gone six and seven innings back to back and I feel like he’s in a really good spot moving forward.”
German used his sinker and curveball effectively and efficiently and got stronger as he went deeper. He held the Orioles scoreless on three hits and one walk. He struck out six. German threw 92 pitches, 63 for strikes. He had 11 swings and misses for his second win since September 2019, having missed all of last season serving a suspension under MLB’s domestic violence policy.
German, who struggled in his first two starts after a strong spring training, had a no-hit bid going in the fifth inning. Ryan Mountcastle ended it on a sharp groundball single to third base. German ended his night and the seventh inning by striking out Mountcastle and then showing some emotion on the mound.
“I think it’s, you know, one of those moments in the game I felt I needed to express some emotion there. I felt like, in a way, it was to let people know that I’m back,” German said. “I feel better than before and I think I’m just getting started now.”
There are signs that the Yankee offense might finally be getting started up now, too.
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Wednesday marked just the fourth time this season the Bombers were able to score seven or more runs. Boone said he is starting to see better at-bats and signs the offense could start rolling.
Mike Ford hit his second homer in 16 at-bats, and of the season, to give German a lead in the second. Gio Urshela hit a three-run shot in the third and Aaron Hicks’ sacrifice fly — just the second of the year for the Yankees — scored the fifth run in the fifth inning.
Urshella left the game after the second inning, having gone 2-for-4.
There were plenty of good signs for the Yankee offense. The team collected 11 hits with DJ LeMahieu going 2-for-4, Urshela notching two hits, and Gleyber Torres an RBI double and a single. Giancarlo Stanton continued to hit the ball hard with three singles.
Even Clint Frazier, who made an ugly base-running mistake in the fourth — making the first out of the inning going to third base on a ball to shortstop — snapped a 2-for-41 stretch with a double and a home run. It was Frazier’s first homer of the season after 56 at-bats without one. Those were his third and fourth extra-base hits and just his second RBI.
“I think having good at bats is contagious,” Stanton said. “We see how the pitcher and the opposing team in general is attacking us and we’re taking their best pitches and squaring their best pitches up. It’s good to feed off.”