Without Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius, it was expected that the power of the Yankees would be severely reduced.
Luke Voit filled the gap a bit, but lately his bat has cooled down in the long ball department. However, he had three hits and drove in two runs in the last cup.
Only Gary Sanchez has flexed consistent muscles and missed two weeks in April. Hicks returned from the disabled list and started the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.
However, even though the injury list seems to grow every day, the Yankees kept winning despite the power drop that resulted in two homers in the previous five games when entering the first round on Wednesday.
With Gleyber Torres leading the way with two homers and Cameron Maybin and Sanchez, each of the Yankees defeated the Birds, 5-3, in front of a picturesque Yankee Stadium meeting that resembled a small crowd of spring coaches.
The power was reduced in the last cup when Torres returned to jonear and Domingo German provided seven strong innings in a victory by 3-1 that was witnessed by 41,138.
Zack Britton contributed to each win with a scoreless inning and Aroldis Chapman recorded two saves and has 11 in 12 opportunities.
The sweep was tempered by the news that Miguel Andújar will undergo end-of-season surgery on Monday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
"We have two days of rest and they all tried to hit the ball," Torres said after the first game after the teams rained on Monday and Tuesday night. "Try to put the ball in play and do damage."
Torres said his right elbow, where he was hit by a pitch on Friday night, is painful when he throws, but not when he hits, and it showed.
Torres hit a home run in the fourth inning of Andrew Cashner's second game for his eighth of the season. Voit, who was hitless in 21 at-bats and had a hit in the previous 30, doubled in a run in the third and one single placed another in the seventh.
The 26-16 Yankees won 18 of 24 and entered the second game midway through the Rays, leaders of the Eastern League.
The German improved to 8-1 by limiting the Orioles to one run and six hits in seven innings. He has won his last five starts.
The first four hits of the Yankees in the first game were home runs solo and produced a 4-3 lead. O's right fielder, Trey Mancini, converted Gio Urshela's fourth inning into the corner of right field in a three-base error and scored on Mike Tauchman's single with two outs in the middle for the final run of the game.
Aaron Boone looked around the stadium and saw the light crowd for the starter, he knew that his team had not played since Sunday and was starting a game at 3 p.m., which is uncomfortable. No wonder, the manager wondered what kind of energy his club would have.
Four home runs in four innings calmed those fears, and Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton and Chapman provided 3 ² / ₃ relief tickets with no points to make a winner of JA Happ, who improved to 3-3 despite being replaced by one was in the sixth, a movement that did not see coming but could not argue since the bullpen was dirty.
"I wanted to make sure he remembered that we have a double title today, but he has his reasons," Happ said of his conversation with Boone, who replaced him with Ottavino with one out and the number of left-handed pitches was of 64. " The four The guys that came were as unpleasant as the ones I've seen all year. They were disgusting. "
Happ gave a solo homer to Mancini in the first, a double producer to Austin Wynns in the second and an initial homer to Renato Núñez in the third. After that, the veteran lefty retired six of seven before leaving.
Ottavino left Kahnle with Joey Rickard at second base and one out in the seventh and Kahnle's excellent season continued when he struck out Chris Davis and Wynns. Britton worked a perfect eighth and Chapman managed to overcome Rickard's double rule in the ninth inning.
"That ball that Gary hit, it's a long road," Boone said of Sanchez's twelfth home run that landed on the Yankees' bullpen in the center of the right and was measured at 443 feet. "A good way to start the day".
In the absence of home run hitters, the Yankees have won games with a solid pitching pitching, a great job on the feather and a reliable defense, if not spectacular.