At this point last year, no one would have guessed that Domingo German would be the Yankees' best starter in 2019. In fact, no one would have guessed it in spring training. However, here it is.
The German had another good start, allowing only one race in seven innings. He got into trouble a couple of times, allowing six hits a day. However, he continued to take hits and failures, striking out seven batters, with three of them with runners at the base. The offense did not have a great night after the home runs derby this afternoon, but it was not necessary. The German made sure that what they got was enough in a 3-1 victory over the Orioles.
The Yankees opened the game in the third inning. Until his last out of the picture, DJ LeMahieu kept the entry alive with a single. Luke Voit has collapsed lately, but this time it came though. Voit doubled home, LeMahieu, who just beat the mark at home, to give the Yankees the lead.
After hitting two homers in game one, Gleyber Torres kept that in the second game. He led the fourth and hit his third homer of the day, doubling the Bombers' lead.
However, the Orioles cut the lead in half in the next inning. Stevie Wilkerson led the fifth with a single, after a good pitch by Clint Frazier kept him at the beginning. That did not end up making a big difference, as Rio Ruiz followed up with a single that moved Wilkerson to third. The German then got a raise, but it was deep enough for the runner to score and score.
After that race, the German managed to get in and out of trouble more than once in the next two innings. Then, in the seventh, the offense was able to get him and the bullpen an insurance race. With one out at the entrance, Thairo Estrada doubled. Two batters later, Voit took him home with a single for his second run driven on the day.
As it turned out, the insurance race was not necessary. Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman made their second appearances of the day, and both threw blank entries. Britton went a bit into the eighth, but he escaped, while Chapman threw a perfect ninth to finish the game.
In his first game as Yankee, Kendrys Morales went 1-for-2 with two walks.
Between the rain and the double title, it would be hard to find a weirder sweep, but the Yankees made it.