Bronx Bombers Bounce Back In Baltimore

(Gary Sanchez hit three home runs on Sunday – @Yankees)

The Yankees swept the Batimore Orioles on the road over the weekend, capped by a 15-3 win on Sunday afternoon.

The Yankees hit 14 home runs in the three-game series, including seven on Sunday, the most in a game since 1961.

This was just what the Yankees needed after they dropped four out of six at home to open the season.

After the Yankees lost to Detroit Wednesday, Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said it would be “very easy” for them to bounce back, and said, “we’re a resilient group…I’ll hang my hat on our group and know that we’ll find our way through this and get it rolling.”

They proved their manager right over the weekend, as two of the three wins were of the comeback variety, and then they finally busted out on Sunday afternoon.

The series opened on Thursday, which was the Orioles’ home opener, and at the start, it felt like a continuation of how it went in The Bronx as Yankees starter James Paxton staked the O’s to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Gleyber Torres got one of the runs back with a solo home run in the third inning, and then in the sixth, after Gary Sanchez hit a solo homer, Torres went deep again with a three-run shot to make it 5-4 Yankees.

Paxton ended up with the win, as he pitched into the sixth, and his final line was 5 1/3 innings, with 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks, with 9 strikeouts.

Tommy Kahnle threw 1 2/3 innings, allowing no hits and walk, with a strikeout. Zack Britton pitched a scoreless eighth, working around a hit and a walk, while also getting a strikeout, to preserve the Yankees lead.

The Yankees put it away in the ninth when Luke Voit hit a three-run homer to make it 8-4.

On Saturday, Aaron Judge got the ball rolling for the Yankees early, as he hit his first home run of the season, a 412-foot shot in the first inning. He then launched a two-run shot, 418 feet to center field, in the third inning to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead.

The Orioles got a run back in the fifth when Renato Nunez got an RBI single, and that chased Yankee starter J.A. Happ from the game. His final line was: 4 1/3 innings pitched, 2 runs (both earned), 5 hits and 2 walks, with 5 strikeouts.

In the seventh, Jonathan Holder was in for the Yankees and he hit Cedric Mullins with a pitch, followed by allowing a hit to Jonathan Villar, which sent Mullins to third base.

That was all for Holder, and Atam Ottavino got Chris Davis to ground into a fielder’s choice, and Mullins came in to tie it at 3. Villar scored later on when Rio Ruiz hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3.

In the eighth inning, the Yankees got a major contribution from someone up from the minor leagues filling in for one of their fallen stars.

Clint Frazier, who was called up on Monday when Giancarlo Stanton went on the injured list, launched a three-run homer to left field to give the Yankees a 6-4 lead.

Chad Green came out of the Yankees bullpen to pitch the eighth, and he stayed on until there were two outs in the ninth. He did not allow a hit, surrendering just a walk while getting a strikeout.

Aroldis Chapman came on to get the final out and earn his second save of the season.

On Sunday, the Yankees wasted no time getting to Orioles starter Dylan Hess, as Torres and Frazier hit back-to-back solo home runs in the second, followed by a two-run shot for Gary Sanchez, who was the designated hitter in this one, in the third inning.

That was the first of three on the day for Sanchez, as he also hit a solo homer in the seventh and a two-run shot in the eighth. He now has six home runs and nine RBI on the season.

Frazier had two homers on the day, with his second one coming in the ninth, a two-run shot. Overall, the left fielder was 4-for-5 with 4 RBI.

Austin Romine, who was behind the plate, hit a two-run homer to cap off the day and make it 15-3.

Yankees third baseman Giovanny Urshela, who was called up on Saturday, went 2-3 with an RBI, a run scored, and a walk.

The Yankees also got superb pitching from Domingo German, who threw 5 1/3 innings of no-hit ball on the way to his second win of the season. German went six innings, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.

NEXT UP: The Yankees open a three-game series in Houston against the Astros on Monday night when it will be a battle of aces between the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 1.46 ERA) and Houston’s Justin Verlander (1-0, 4.09 ERA).

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