The Yankees were starting to heat up on Friday night when they smacked Justin Verlander around a little bit on their way to a series-opening win. They not only finished heating up, they straight up boiled over on poor Alfredo Simon last night. They hammered him for 7 earned runs on 8 hits before the end of the 3rd inning and kept the onslaught going on their way to a laugher of an Old Timers' Day victory.
The scoring started off harmlessly enough, on a run-scoring fielder's choice error by Andrew Romine in the bottom of the 1st. Then it snowballed from there. Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run and Alex Rodriguez a sac fly to make it 3-0 in the 2nd. Carlos Beltran and A-Rod each homered in a 5-run third to make it 8-0. Beltran went yard again and Chris Young singled to make it 10-0 in the 4th. And a single, bases loaded HBP, and RBI groundout made it 13-0 after 5. It was a thing of beauty.
Underneath all that run support, Nathan Eovaldi put together a pretty good start in his first after getting shelled on Tuesday. He was scoreless through 6 before tiring and giving up a few meaningless runs in the 7th. All in all it was a 2-run, 6-inning outing, and while there still weren't enough swings and misses, Eovaldi did locate much better in the strike zone and got plenty of groundball outs.
Chris Young hit the last Yankee homer of the day for good measure and the extra point in the bottom of the 8th, and the recently recalled Bryan Mitchell picked up a 3-inning save in relief of Eovaldi. Always nice when you qualify for a save despite having a double digit lead. The series victory has been wrapped up, another sweep can be secured today.
- All offense today. 18 hits, 6 walks, 5 home runs. You're going to win a lot of games with that output.
- 7 different players had 2 or more hits. The only starter without one was Teix and he drew 2 walks and scored a run.
- 2-3 with 5 RBI for A-Rod, who hit a 3-run homer for his 3,001st hit. Not a bad way to break the tie with Clemente.
- Back-to-back games with a dinger for Didi. Without looking it up, I'm going to say that's the first time he's done that in his Major League career.