Baseball roundup: Yankees sweep Guardians
CLEVELAND — Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton blasted back-to-back homers, Nestor Cortes shut down Cleveland for six innings and the New York Yankees continued their torrid winning streak as they beat the Guardians 6-1 to complete a double-header sweep on Saturday .
Matt Carpenter hit two home runs and Gerrit Cole gave up consecutive home runs in New York’s 13-4 opener.
The Yankees are 25-6 since May 31.
Cortes (7-3) gave up a homer in the first to Amed Rosario and nothing else. The southpaw allowed one run and three hits and struck out six, including Guardians star José Ramírez three times.
The New York bullpen took it from there, but it wasn’t easy.
Michael King squirmed from a base-loaded jam in the seventh and worked the eighth. Wandy Peralta also loaded in the ninth, forcing manager Aaron Boone to close in on Clay Holmes to get slugger Steven Kwan for the final and his 15th save.
At 58-21, New York not only runs away with the AL East, but has the second-best record after 79 games by any team in 93 years. Only the 1998 Yankees (59-20) were better, and this version is so far stepping with those World Series champions.
Rizzo and Stanton homered in the fourth off Aaron Civale (2-5), who held the Yankees to no hits the first time on their command. The second time was not as good.
Rizzo and Stanton connected for two-out homers in the fourth. Civale had just rebounded Aaron Judge on a double play before giving up 841 homers to Rizzo (409) and Stanton (432).
It was the 10th time this season the Yankees had hit back-to-back homers. They also did it in the ninth inning of Game 1.
New York opened the scoring with four runs in the seventh, scoring on Josh Donaldson’s RBI double, an errant pick pitch, Isiah Kiner Falefa’s RBI single and Kyle Higashioka’s sacrificial fly.
Rosario put the Guardians ahead 1-0 in Game 2 with his third home run. He drove a fastball from Cortes over the center field wall, barely out of reach of a leaping 6ft 8in judge.
Carpenter has given the Yankees everything they could ask for since signing the 36-year-old in May after the three-time NL All-Star was released as a minor leaguer by Texas.
He homered eight in 41 at bats and was successful every time manager Aaron Boone called him.
“You see a rejuvenated guy,” Boone said.
Carpenter said the chance to play for baseball‘s most legendary team gave him a boost.
“I feel like a little kid every time I put on the uniform,” he said. “The franchise that’s just iconic, and I’m just grateful to be able to put it on every day and go out and play.”
Cole (7-2) was scored for back-to-back homers in the second inning by Josh Naylor and Franmil Reyes before settling. The right-hander allowed Cleveland just one more hit and struck out six.
DJ LeMahieu added a solo shot off rookie Kirk McCarty (0-2) and Jose Trevino hit Guardians utility Ernie Clement in the ninth for the Yankees.
Another unremarkable victory for the Yankees in Game 1 had a hiccup. Reliever Aroldis Chapman’s first major league outing on May 22 did not go well.
The southpaw, who was activated on Friday after being sidelined with Achilles tendonitis, replaced Cole to start the seventh and walked three straight batters before being fired by Boone after 19 pitches.
“He’s healthy,” Boone said. “He has to go out and not think about throwing the ball but just trust it and let it rip and let the results fall where they can. I think he just takes care to make sure he doesn’t throw a ball.
“We just have to get him over the hump.”
The Guardians wore jersey patches commemorating the 75th anniversary of Larry Doby breaking the AL color barrier with Cleveland.
Doby’s son, Larry Jr. threw out the ceremonial first pitch and fans received a replica No. 14 jersey.
Yankees: Boone said RHP Ron Marinaccio, who relieved Chapman in Game 1, was controlled after complaining of a “little dead arm.” He has allowed no runs and only one hit in 13 consecutive appearances.
Goalkeepers: OF rookie Oscar Gonzalez has been placed on the injured list with an intercostal (rib) strain. He didn’t report any problems until Thursday, and an MRI revealed the strain. Gonzalez will be arrested for at least a week. … RHP James Karinchak (shoulder strain) was activated from the 60-day IL and opted for Triple-A Columbus. Guardians have been encouraged by two recent releases that want it to be consistent.
Cleveland’s Triston McKenzie (4-6, 4.03 ERA) better be careful leaving throws in the zone against the Yankees. He allowed 16 homers in 80 innings. Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 3.27) leaves for New York.
Locos 4, Sprites 1
ROYAL OAK, Mich. — Game-winning pitcher Matt Gauer (Indiana State) allowed one run, four hits and one walk while striking out six in six innings. Bryant Herring (Kennesaw State) had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs and Diego Gines (Indiana State) had a hit and two RBIs as well for the Locos, who play at the Royal Oak at 4:05 p.m. Sunday.
Host Minster will face Celina at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by Coldwater vs. New Bremen at 8 p.m. in District 4. The winners will play at 6 p.m. Wednesday while the losers of Tuesday’s games will meet at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
New York Yankees’ Miguel Andujar slides home safely to score as Guardians’ Sandy Leon blocks the ball in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday at Cleveland.