On Wednesday, the Yankees captured their 8th straight series win vs the Padres. The Pinstripes started the game off by jumping all over rookie James Paddock as both DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit hit back-to- back homeruns in the first two at-bats of the game.
The opening Homers and second inning blast by Gio Urshela provided an early spark, but it was Yankees SP James Paxton who received the loudest ovation as he pitched 4 straight hitless innings vs the Padres. Paxton also added 7 strikeouts in his first start since May 3rd. Yankees skipper Aaron Boone was pleased with his return.
“When he’s out there, he can be a dominating force on the mound,” Boone said. “Hopefully now as we build him back up, [he’s] a guy that not only can go out there and dominate, but a guy that hopefully we can look to to really pitch us deep into games, because that’s certainly what he’s capable of.”
Paxton will look to get back to mid season form, but with his fastball registering in the mid 90’s, it had a lot of his teammates including Luke Voit raving.
“Unbelievable. He looked like he didn’t miss a month,” Voit said. “His fastball was effective up in the zone and he got guys chasing his slider down and in. We needed that, and it’s nice to have one of our big studs back, and for him to come out and do that was pretty awesome.”
The Yankees bullpen continued to dominate as Chad Green came in relief for Paxton and followed with Adam Ottavino, Jonathan Holder, and Nestor Cortez. Jr pitching shutout innings as the Yankees won in a 7-0.
The Yankees are getting heathier by the week and will look to win their 9th straight series as game 1 against the Boston Red Sox starts tonight at 7:05pm.
J.A Happ will look to continue his Red Sox dominance against SP Chris Sale whom has also had success against the Bombers. The lefty is 7-5 with a 1.93 ERA in 20 appearances against New York, including the postseason.
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