Yankees beat Phillies behind Gary Sanchez and Aroldis Chapman
NEW YORK – Walking around the pitch from the visitors’ canoe at Yankee Stadium, Joe Girardi was asked about the new look of his former team’s roster these days.
“It’s a different kind of roster,” the Philadelphia Phillies manager said ahead of Tuesday night’s game. Still, “it’s an attack that is capable of scoring a lot of points.
Yes, the ex-Yankees skipper noted the nine spots that a judge-free order Aaron suspended Sunday night on the Boston Red Sox, with other regulars matching on COVID rosters and injured.
And then, Girardi saw the Yankees use their sudden mix of old-school National League baseball and timely power to win a third straight game.
With their entire opening day on the board, the Yankees dropped a simple curry, found a triple, advanced runners – and also clubbed four home runs – in a 6-4 win in front of 36,106 fans.
“It’s a fun brand of baseball here these last few days,” said manager Aaron Boone.
Oh, and Aroldis Chapman – struggling with mechanical flaws and a crisis of confidence – recorded his first save since June 20.
Facing the heart of the Philadelphia Order, Chapman ceded a home run with one putout to Andrew McCutchen but ended up taking out the side – ending with Didi Gregorius.
A lively crowd arrived at ooh and ahh again at Gary Sanchez’s solo explosion in the left field bleachers.
Moved into first place when DJ LeMahieu (stomach flu) became a late roster scrape, Brett Gardner sent a solo homer in the fifth inning into the first row of seats on the right.
Giancarlo Stanton was heard, throwing a solo shot in the seventh inning left for a 5-2 lead.
After Zack Britton gave up a point in the eighth, then got off the hook by starting a double play on a JT Realmuto comebacker, Estevan Florial returned to racing with his first big-league circuit.
And Greg Allen’s professional hitters and his disruptive speed that made the difference again.
Allen tripled and scored in the third inning. He walked and scored in the fifth.
And it was a different story this time against Phillies starter Aaron Nola, charged with four runs on seven hits – including two homers – in 5.1 innings.
On June 13, Nola pitched 7.2 scoreless innings in a 7-0 win over the Yanks in Philadelphia.
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Making his first start since June 30, Domingo German lasted four innings (70 shots) and came out with the Phillies leading 2-1.
Since July 7, when he underwent emergency root canal surgery in Seattle, German has made three consecutive rescue appearances, affecting his length as a starter.
Luis Cessa came in in the fifth and pitched 1.1 inning for the win, but the key battle came in the seventh, with the Yanks ahead 4-2.
In relief from left-hander Lucas Luetge with one out, Chad Green quickly got Andrew McCutchen on to charge the goals and trailed Rhys Hoskins 2-0.
By this point, Hoskins had made a home run (against the German) and walked twice, but Green came back to punch him, then swung his old friend Didi Gregorius around, ending the threat.
Philadelphia’s second round against the German came in the fourth, when little Ronald Torreyes – yet another ex-Yankee – netted an RBI brace over Gardner’s left header.
To have an impact
Left-handed hitter Florial was called up on Tuesday and started at center, and he was a subtle offensive presence – until he faced his first career homerun in the eighth.
After Allen tripled the header from right fielder Bryce Harper to the right, opening the Yankees’ third inning, Florial’s RBI withdrawal to the right side made the score 1-1.
And after Allen’s walk on walks and his stolen base on fifth base, Florial’s deep fly to the middle allowed Allen to move up to third base.
Allen scored to make it 2-2 when Gregorius, at a shortstop, grabbed Tyler Wade’s liner but took off from third as he tried to pass Allen.
Then Gardner threw up his home run – just his fifth hit in his last 35 at-bat.
Along the way, Rougned Odor dropped another free kick (but the Yanks missed a scoring opportunity in the fourth inning).
And Rob Brantly, a receiver making his debut for the Yankees at first base, played adequate defense and scored a brace as Luke Voit (knee) is on the IL.
Pete Caldera is the Yankees Beat Writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Yankees analysis, news, transactions and more, please register today and download our app.