Luke's Yankee Roundup: Taming the Tigers
The Yankees were on the money on Tuesday night as they continue to chase down Boston in the American League East and stay ahead of the ravishing wildcard pack. The offense exploded for the first time in forever as the Yanks secured a 13-4 victory against the Detroit Tigers.
While Gary Sanchez continues to show that the lunch with Alex really paid off, he replaced Judge in the number three slot in the line-up and crushed 2 HR's, with one of them going an outstanding 493 feet (MLB' s second longest Home Run in 2017). ‘The Toddfather’ continues to hit for the Yankees, as he hit a triple (his first of the season) to put the game out of reach.
Tanaka did his part, with an efficient effort; in seven innings, he allowed three runs on six hits and no walks, and struck out four. Two of the runs came on a seventh-inning homer by Nick Castellanos. Tanaka was handed a 3-0 lead before throwing his first pitch. After being contained by the Red Sox starters over the weekend, the Yankees preyed on the left-hander Matthew Boyd.
Aaron Judge was moved to 4th in the line-up which I thought was stupid, and he finally broke his strikeout streak which ends at 37 games. The strikeout streak ended when Jacoby Ellsbury was sent up to pinch-hit for him in the seventh inning. Girardi said he didn’t have the streak in mind when he made the decision, but agreed that it was good the streak was over.
Holliday, Bird, and Castro all continued their rehab assignments.