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By: Ross Sutton
The Yankees have been playing nearly perfect baseball over the last two weeks as they are 12-1 since April 21st and have climbed up the standings of the AL East and are now just one game back of the Red Sox. The Red Sox haven’t played bad since there 17-2 start, but they have certainly cooled off, as they are 5-5 in their ten games and 22-9 overall. On the other hand, the Yankees are red hot and are now 21-10. The Yankees have gotten great performances from essentially everyone on the roster and a lot of clutch hitting from players such as Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres. In the second game of this four game series, Gary Sanchez hit a mammoth three-run homer off of Astros’ closer Ken Giles in the ninth inning to give the Bronx Bombers the lead. The Yankees would win this game 4-0 after Aroldis Chapman closed out the game in the bottom half of the ninth. After this great win, Luis Severino threw a complete game shutout in game three as he silenced the bats of the Astros. Struggling slugger Giancarlo Stanton also hit two home runs in this game and had all four of the Yankees RBIs for the day. The hero of the final game of the series was rookie Gleyber Torres. The Yankees have seemingly been energized by Torres being called up to the majors, as they are 11-1 since he was called up on April 22nd. Torres has been overshadowed by the spectacular play of young players around the league such as Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies, but Torres has been marvelous during his time in the majors as he has played fantastic defense and is hitting .317. In yesterday’s comeback win over Houston, Torres had an incredibly clutch two RBI single in the top of the ninth to tie the game at five. Aaron Judge then drove in Aaron Hicks on a fielder’s choice to put the Yankees ahead 6-5. After striking out Marwin Gonzalez and getting Brian McCann to pop out, Aroldis Chapman worked into a bit of trouble in the bottom of the ninth. With runners on first and second, Chapman struck out last year’s AL MVP Jose Altuve on three pitches to give the Yankees the win.
The Yankees now get to come home after a long road trip. The Indians are in town for tonight’s game which is the first of three. The Indians haven’t gotten off to a great start as they are just 17-14, but they have been scoring a lot of runs in their last few games. Over their last five games, the Indians have scored a whopping 49 runs, so offense has not been the issue for Cleveland recently. After this three-game series, the Yankees will get a well-deserved day off to prepare for the Red Sox, who come to town for a three-game series. These two series will conclude this rough stretch of the schedule for the Yankees, who have proven that they are a force to be reckoned with.
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