The New York Yankees lost a quiet opener on a nine-game west coast trip, falling to the Oakland Athletics, 6-2.
The New York Yankees are on a west coast trip. This means that as a New Yorker, the games aren’t ending until the middle of the night.
As such, I’ve decided that the only way to accurately write the postgame reports is to write them as if I’m Matt Damon in The Martian.
West coast trip log, day one:
The journey back home has only just begun, but I feel as though we’ve been here for seven years. The Yankees dropped a rather uneventful game to the Athletics by a score of 6-2. The sounds of giant drums and an unending barrage of vuvuzelas will undoubtedly haunt my dreams in whatever little sleep I can manage to steal.
Domingo German struggled in his first start in Oakland. He tossed 5.1 innings and allowed six runs on eight hits. Four of those runs came in the first two innings, putting the Yankees in a hole the couldn’t climb out of.
On the other side, the Yankees offense had a hard time scoring runs. They came up with 11 hits but the only runs came on monster solo shots by Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge.
High socks, high fly to deep center.
Yanks up early courtesy of Gary Sanchez.
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Judge’s home run in the eighth is the first long ball he’s hit to left field the entire season.
Additionally, Gio Urshela recorded another multi-hit game. He’s been one of the hottest hitters in baseball in the month of August and shows no signs of slowing down.
And it's yet another hit for Urshela. 2 for 2 tonight. Now 26 for his last 56
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) August 21, 2019
Savage of the Game - Aaron Judge
All season, Yankees fans have been waiting for Aaron Judge to get on one of his power-hitting tears. If a 467-foot pulled shot is any indication, Judge may be coming out of a rough slump.
Adding Judge’s expected production to this lineup should terrify the league.