Today was a good day to be a Yankee fan! In fact, the whole weekend went well for the Bronx Bombers, which is nice to see as during the week they were far from savage. After a brutal eight game losing streak, the Yankees set things right by taking three in a row from their cross-town rivals. The Mets fought hard all weekend and each game came down to the very end.

J.A. Happ was flawless in his start on Saturday, while rookies Michael King and Deivi Garcia also impressed in Sunday’s double-header. King cruised through his first few innings of work but ran into some trouble in the fourth. Nonetheless, he pitched well enough before the bullpen came in and allowed a whole lot of runs … something the Yankee faithful has gotten used to seeing over the last week. But with some late-inning heroics by Aaron Hicks and Gio Urshela, the Yankees were able to win the first game 8-7.

If game two was any indication of the future, it looks bright. Deivi Garcia made his MLB debut against the Mets and he shut them right down. After five innings of striking people out and keeping his opponents’ off the base paths, Garcia finally let up an unearned run in the 6th inning following a Luke Voit error. While Deivi technically didn’t get the win, he was every bit the reason the Yankees were able to pull this one out. That and a very overdue Gary Sanchez grand slam in extra innings. The Mets then got to the Yankee bullpen again tacking on one more run and loading the bases against Jonathan Holder. Luis Cessa was called upon to get the final out and he did so by sitting down Wilson Ramos on strikes securing a 5-2 Yankees victory.

After watching their early season lead in the standings disappear, the Yankees are still firmly in the playoff picture. They’ll have to do a better job against playoff teams however if they are going to make an expected championship run. Of course, it does not help that majority of their starting lineup is on the IL and their bullpen has been missing some crucial pieces due to injury as well. Ever since their big stars have gone down, the Yankees have constantly stranded runners in scoring position and let late inning leads disappear. These wins may have been ugly, but a W is a W in the books regardless. Let’s hope today is the start of a hot rest of the season for Gary Sanchez and the Yankees starting pitching can keep up their recent success.

 

DEIVI GARCIA: 6INN 0ER 4H 0BB 6K

  1. ground out (1), pop out (1), K (1) looking
  2. K (2) swinging, fly out (1), fly out (2)
  3. K (3) swinging, K (4) looking, K (5) looking
  4. hit (1) single, K (6) swinging, ground out (2), pop out (2)
  5. hit (2) single, fly out (3), fly out (4), hit (3) single, pop out (3)
  6. reached on error, pop out (4), hit (4) RBI single [1-1], ground out (3) double play

 

JONATHAN HOLDER: 1.2INN 0ER 2H 0BB 2K

  1. K (1) swinging, ground out (1), fly out (1)
  2. K (2) swinging, walk (1), ground out (2), hit (1) RBI single [5-2], hit (2) single

 

LUIS CESSA: 0.1INN 0ER 0B 0BB 1K

  1. K (1) swinging

 

 

DJ LEMAHIEU (1-4): single, K looking, fly out, ground out,

 

LUKE VOIT (0-4): double play {line out}, K swinging, K swinging, reached on error

 

AARON HICKS (1-2): K looking, single, walk

 

BRETT GARDNER (0-1): fly out

 

CLINT FRAZIER (1-3): single, K looking, fly out, walk,

 

GIO URSHELA (0-2): K swinging, walk, walk, fly out

 

MIKE TAUCHMAN (0-2): K swinging, walk, K swinging, walk

 

ERIK KRATZ (1-3): ground out, K swinging, single

 

GARY SANCHEZ: (1-1 1HR 4RBI 1R): grand slam home run [5-1]

 

TYLER WADE (1-4 1HR 1RBI 1R): home run [1-0], fly out, double play {ground out}, K looking,

 

THAIRO ESTRADA (1-2): ground out, single

 

MIKE FORD (0-1): pop out

 

JORDY MERCER (0-1): pop out

 

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