I have family in CA, outside of LA, and my sister, a Yankees’ fan like me, has the bragging rights in the household for now since the Yankees took the weekend series from the Dodgers with a 4-1 win Sunday night.
The Dodgers won 8-4 Friday night, but the Yankees (36-25) won 6-3 Saturday night then the 4-1 win tonight.
My family members in CA were supposed to go to the Friday night game but had to sell their tickets when something else came up.
The Yanks played the game without Aaron Judge, whose toe was sore after banging it against the fence in making his great catch Saturday night. Hopefully with an off-day Monday, he will be ready to go on Tuesday and not require an IL stint again.
Going to the IL, however, will be Nestor Cortes with a shoulder issue. Hopefully it’s only a start or two.
In the game, Domingo German was excellent, pitching into the seventh. It was a tight pitcher’s duel throughout.
The Yanks struck first, scoring a run in the top of the seventh when Jake Bauers got a one-out single. Isiah Kiner-Falefa bunted, and not only reached but both runners moved up a base on a throwing error by the pitcher. Kyle Higashioka got an RBI broken bat groundout to bring the run in.
With two out and an 0-2 count on J.D. Martinez in the bottom of the seventh, German made his only mistake, and Martinez hit a HR to tie the game.
With one out in the top of the eighth, Anthony Rizzo walked and was doubled to third by Giancarlo Stanton. Oswaldo Cabrera got an RBI groundout to put the Yanks up 2-1.
Neither Higashioka’s nor Cabrera’s groundouts were hit hard, but that may have been a good thing. The slowness of their nubbers enabled the runner to score. Sometimes you just get lucky.
Anthony Volpe ensured the Yankees’ win with a 2-run HR (9) in the top of the ninth.
There were only nine hits total in the game.
Volpe 2 hits, 2-run HR (9)
German 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.69
Holmes (W, 4-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.84
Peralta (S, 4) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.84