Giancarlo StantonHis 400th career home run lifted the Yankees in a 5-1 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees’ win improved their record to 69-69, the first time they have held that record since 1969.
Here are some takeaways…
–Gerrit Cole, in pursuit of his first Cy Young, bolstered his case Tuesday. After getting out of a first-inning jam, the Yankees ace would go through five innings unscathed, but that would change in the sixth.
After a triple start Kerry Carpenter, Miguel Cabrera would request a tie. Although Cole would get out of the sixth with just one run, he had to improve on that start. He scattered a lot of hits and didn’t get a lot of swing-and-miss stuff, but Cole gave the Yankees everything he had on a hot, humid night in the Bronx.
Cole went six innings (104 pitches), giving up just one run on eight hits, no walks and seven strikeouts. He has dropped his ERA to 2.91.
– Cole hasn’t gotten much support this season and tonight was very much the same. With the ace limiting the Tigers to one run, the Yankees were only able to get one run thanks to DJ LeMahieu that started with a leadoff homer. It’s LeMahieu’s second home run in four games. In his first 103 games, LeMahieu hit eight home runs in 414 plate appearances. In his last 13 games, the utility infielder has hit seven home runs in 54 plate appearances.
It wouldn’t be until the sixth when the Yankees would add a few more runs when Giancarlo Stanton hit a missile over the left-center field wall to put the Yankees back on top, 3-1. It was Stanton’s 400th career home run and he is the 58th player in MLB history to hit that number. He is also the fourth fastest to reach the milestone, taking only 1520 games to achieve it.
– Gleyber Torres would give the Yanks some insurance in the eighth with a two-run double to extend New York’s lead to 5-1.
– Jason Dominguez made his debut at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday and had a rough time at the plate. He struck out in his first at bat, and reached on a fielder’s choice in his second. In his last at-bat, Domínguez hit a double that split the center and right fielders. The hitting outfielder finished 1-for-4 and is 4-for-17 to start his career.
The Yankees continue their three-game series with the Tigers on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.