For the first time since 2011, the Yanks won on Opening Day, and what a Yankees’ debut for Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton became the first Yankee to homer twice on Opening Day since Joe Pepitone in 1963.
He became the first Yankee to homer twice in his first game as a Yankee since Roger Maris on Opening Day of 1960.
What the Yanks did in their final exhibition game against the Braves on Monday night carried over to today. Get an early HR to take an early lead. Get another HR to add onto it. Get great starting pitching and a lights out performance from the bullpen.
I’ll take that recipe all year long.
In the first, Gardner reached on an error, and after Judge struck out, Stanton, in his first official AB as a Yankee, hit a 2-run HR.
In the fifth, with two out, Judge walked, and back-to-back doubles by Stanton and Sanchez gave each an RBI and made it 4-0.
Brett Gardner, who was robbed of a couple of hits earlier on well-hit balls, hit a HR in the seventh to make it 5-0 Yankees.
Luis Severino went 5 2/3 and Chad Green 1 1/3 of one-hit ball. So the Yanks had a shutout and a one-hitter going into the bottom of the eighth but Dellin Betances gave up a HR.
In the top of the ninth, Stanton hit his second HR of the game to make it 6-1.
I have to admit, John Sterling’s HR calls for Stanton were horrible. Just say “give that man a Stanton ovation” …..works better than what he used.
The Blue Jays have to be worried about 3B Josh Donaldson’s shoulder. The 2015 MVP made poor throws to first on each play he had today. Very poor throws.
Gardner solo HR, robbed of two hits
Judge 2 hits, single and double, walked, struck out twice
Stanton double, 2 HR, scored 3 runs, drove in 4
Sanchez RBI double
Hicks 2 hits.
The Yanks’ pitchers threw a 2-hitter with 12K.
Severino (win) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 7 K
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Just a reminder that there will be posts on the minor leagues once the minor leaguers start next week, so you can keep up on Torres, Sheffield, McKinney, Adams, Florial and others…
So Aaron Boone wins his MLB debut as a manager…. of course the team made it easy for him….