The Yankees may have been tired on Monday night, but they were able to overcome it — even as Aaron Judge got the evening off.
After playing a 6-hour, 5-minute, 18-inning marathon that ended at 2:13 a.m. ET Monday morning, the Yankees flew into Cincinnati, landed at 5:08 a.m. and took care of business later that evening behind much-needed length from Masahiro Tanaka (7 IP, 10 H, 4 R) and yet another offensive explosion.
The Yankees (21-9) have now won six games in a row. Matt Holliday and Brett Gardner both homered, giving the Bronx Bombers 50 as a team.
PLAY OF THE GAME
The Reds loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth, but couldn’t capitalize. Masahiro Tanaka got Jose Peraza to pop up to second and induced Tucker Barnhart to ground into an inning-ending 6-3 double play. It prompted Tanaka to roar. Hitters are 2-for-14 with the bases loaded against Masahiro Tanaka since 2016.
Brett Gardner hustled to first and reached on an error by Rookie Davis to lead off the game. Aaron Hicks followed with a single, Jacoby Ellsbury drew a one-out walk and Gary Sanchez whacked a two-run single into left. Didi Gregorius followed with an RBI single, and the Yankees were ahead 3-0 just like that.
STAR OF THE GAME
Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and his sixth homer of the year — a bomb to straightaway center.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Yankees have scored at least 10 runs six times this season.
Gregorius had two RBIs and made some really slick plays at short. He hasn’t missed a beat since returning from the disabled list.
Chase Headley had a tough night at the plate and in the field. He hit the ball hard in his first three at-bats only to come away with three outs. He also made a low throw that inexperienced Matt Holliday couldn’t handle and booted a scalding grounder off the bat of Joey Votto in the shift. It was Headley’s seventh error of the season.
Tuesday at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. CC Sabathia (2-1, 5.45 ERA) vs. Tim Adleman (1-1, 4.22)