James Paxton and Mike Tauchman hadn’t done too much in their brief stints as Yankees before last night but that all changed in an 8-0 win for the Yankees (7-9) over Boston.
Paxton showed the ace-like quality he may possess in pitching eight innings of shutout baseball, giving up just two hits and striking out 12.
This is the Paxton the Yanks traded for. There were rumors that earlier this season he was tipping his pitches. Well, he sure corrected that last night in a dominating performance.
Tauchman, a reserve OF pressed into service because of all the injuries, drove in four runs and hit his first MLB HR.
The Yanks got two in the third on a double by Gardner, who scored on a two-out single by LeMahieu. After a walk to Judge, Voit singled in LeMahieu.
Clint Frazier led off the fourth with his fourth HR of the season. Two outs later, Austin Romine singled and scored on a double by Tauchman.
Tauchman hit a 3-run HR in the sixth, his first MLB HR, to make it 7-0, and Gleyber Torres homered in the seventh (4) for the final score of 8-0.
Aaron Judge had 2 hits, and Gio Urshela made a great defensive play.
Paxton (W, 2-2, 3.91) 8 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 12 K. 1 HBP
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0 .00
Earlier in the day, Greg Bird was placed on the DL with a torn plantar fasciitis. It’s been a rough go for Bird, who always appears to be injured. He’ll be out a while. He was struggling this season, going just 6 for 35 (.171) with only one extra base hit. His HR was his only RBI. In his 35 at bats, he had struck out 16x.
Sad to say, but eventually the Yanks have to wonder what to do with Bird. If he’s always hurt, he isn’t helping you. Eventually, the Yanks may have to cut the cord with him.
To replace Bird, the Yanks called up Mike Ford, lefty-hitting 1B, from AAA. Ford is a “Yankee Doodle Dandy” born on the 4th of July who turns 27 this July. In 10 games for AAA SWB this season, Ford was hitting .410 with 5 HR and 14 RBI.
Last season, in 102 games for AAA SWB, Ford hit .253-15-52. In 2017, between AA/AAA, he hit .270-20-86 and drew 94 walks. (126 games, 101 at AA).
For Mike Ford, opportunity knocks.