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New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)


MLB Weekly Recap: Victories Galore!

Monday 4/23: vs Minnesota Twins (W 14-1, 12-9)

Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Didi Gregorius and Tyler Austin led an offensive barrage on Monday evening. Stanton went 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI’s, and a walk. Andujar collected two hits and a home run. Gregorius hit a grand slam, while Austin doubled and homered in the rout. Rookie second basemen Gleyber Torres also recorded his first hit in the contest, leading off a six-run eighth inning with a single. Masahiro Tanaka pitched 6.2 strong innings, striking out five and allowing just one earned run on three hits. Chad Green pitched 0.1 of an inning to relive Tanaka, while David Hale finished the Twins off over the two remaining frames.

Tuesday 4/24: vs Minnesota Twins (W 8-3, 13-9)

Big nights from CC Sabathia, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres led New York to its fourth consecutive victory against Minnesota. Judge was a triple shy of the cycle, Sanchez homered twice, Gregorius hit his eighth homer, and Torres recorded his first RBI and multi-hit contest. Sabathia pitched extremely well tossing six strong, striking out four, and allowing one unearned run on just two hits. In all, the Yankees made four errors, not including another mental error that won’t show up in the stat records. The defense was so bad that just one of the three Twins runs were earned. Dellin Betances struggled command wise and holding runners once again. The three-time All-Star pitched 0.1 of an inning, walked two, and allowed one run to score. The run was unearned due to his throwing error on a pickoff attempt. David Robertson rescued Betances, pitching very well under duress.

Wednesday 4/25: vs Minnesota Twins (W 7-4, 14-9)

Didi Gregorius hit his fourth consecutive home run in the Yankees series clinching victory. The homer tied the game at two, after his RBI-single in the first put the Yankees on the board. In all, Gregorius went a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks. Tyler Austin had a huge night as well, homering in his second consecutive game. Austin also took Twins starter Lance Lynn deep in the third for a three-run home run, padding the Yankees lead to 5-2. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hit sacrifice fly’s in the bottom of the fourth and eighth, respectively, to cap off the ‘Bombers’ scoring. Sonny Gray looked shaky, going 4.2 innings allowing three earned runs on six hits and five walks. Chad Green relieved Gray and allowed one run in 1.2 innings. Chasen Shreve, David Robertson, and Aroldis Chapman combined to shut out the Twins for the remainder of the game, striking out three and permitting just one lone baserunner. The victory pushed the Yankees win streak to five games.

Thursday 4/26: vs Minnesota Twins (W 4-3, 15-9)

Superstar catcher Gary Sanchez turned on a 96 mph inside fastball from Twins closer Fernando Rodney and deposited into the Yankee stadium seats for a three-run walk-off home run. The walk-off was the youngsters first of his career. Sanchez sent Yankee fans home happy and extended his teams win-streak to six games. Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4 with a double, recording two of the Yankees five hits and the only ‘Bomber’ to have a multi-hit contest. Stanton scored following his seventh inning double on an Aaron Hicks sacrifice fly. Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery pitched five strong, striking out six, allowing just two earned runs on four hits and three walks. The runs came via the longball as Eduardo Escobar took him deep for a two-run homer in the top of the third. Robbie Grossman added to the lead with a solo-shot of his own off reliver Domingo German in the top of the sixth. That was the only damage that German permitted as he fired three innings of stellar relief. Dellin Betances pitched the ninth and earned the victory. Betances looked the best as he has all season, striking out each of the three Twins that he faced.

Friday 4/27: at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (W 4-3, 16-9)

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Make it seven straight! Didi Gregorius’ tenth inning solo-shot off of former Yankee reliver Blake Parker led the Yankees to their seventh consecutive victory. Gregorius went 3-for-5 in the contest and was joined by Miguel Andujar as the only Yankees to record a multi-hit game. The other three Yankee runs were products of an Aaron Hicks, Neil Walker, and Brett Gardner (pinch-hit) sacrifice fly in the fifth, sixth, and ninth innings, respectively. Luis Severino turned in a quality start, going seven strong, striking out eight, and allowing three runs on just five hits and a walk. Shohei Ohtani got the best of Severino in the bottom of the second, taking the righty deep for a solo-homer. A bases-clearing triple to Andrelton Simmons was the only other run-scoring blunder Severino had in the contest. Jonathan Holder and David Robertson both tossed perfect innings to follow Severino, with the ladder earning the win. Aroldis Chapman entered in the tenth and promptly slammed the door shut, earing his fifth save of the season.

Saturday 4/28: at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (W 11-1, 17-9)

New York cruised to its eighth straight victory after scoring 10 runs in the first two innings. The two-inning run barrage was plenty enough support for starter Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched six strong. Tanaka struck out nine and permitted just one run on a solo-homer by Zack Cozart. A.J. Cole made his Yankee debut allowing four hits and a walk in two shutout innings of relief. Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius were the only two Yankee starters to not record a hit. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks, Neil Walker, Miguel Andujar, and Gleyber Torres each logged at least two base-knocks on Saturday evening. Sanchez doubled twice, while Hicks tripled and drove in three runs.

Sunday 4/29: at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (W 2-1, 18-9)

The Yankees swept the Angles behind CC Sabathia‘s strong start on Sunday night in Anaheim. Sabathia held Los Angeles’ offense in check all night long, lasting seven innings in this appearance. The California native struck out four, walked one, and permitted just one run on five hits. Chad Green and Aroldis Chapman earned the hold and save, respectively, as they both fired one inning of scoreless relief. Catcher Gary Sanchez drove in the Yankees lone runs on a 447-foot two-run blast in the top of the fourth inning off of Angels starter Tyler Skaggs. New York has now won nine straight games.

On Deck

Monday 4/30: at Houston Astros, 8:10 pm

Tuesday 5/1: at Houston Astros, 8:10 pm

Wednesday 5/2: at Houston Astros, 8:10 pm

Thursday 5/3: at Houston Astros, 2:10 pm

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Friday 5/4: vs Cleveland Indians, 7:05 pm

Saturday 5/5: vs Cleveland Indians, 1:05 pm

Sunday 5/6: vs Cleveland Indians, 1:05 pm

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