Bottled-up Yankees burst into big boom after Boone ‘stirs it up’

Yankees' Alex Verdugo reacts after hitting against the Brewers at American Family Field, on April 28, 2024.

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The Yankees’ bats, held in check for weeks, finally unleashed their pent-up power in a 15-3 demolition of the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. This offensive explosion marked the Yankees’ most dominant performance of the season.

Recognizing the need to jumpstart his team’s offense, manager Aaron Boone opted to “stir it up a little bit.” hoping to spark a surge in production.

His strategy proved to be a masterstroke. The Yankees erupted for a season-high 15 runs on a staggering 19 hits, including four home runs. This offensive outburst resulted in a commanding 12-run victory.

New cleanup hitter Alex Verdugo played a key role in igniting the offensive fireworks. He wasted no time setting the tone for the night, launching a three-run homer in the very first inning. The Yankees rode this momentum throughout the game, cruising past the Brewers at American Family Field.

Yankees’ big boom with bats

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The New York Yankees put on a display of offensive dominance on Saturday night, erupting for a season-high 15 runs against the Milwaukee Brewers. Every member of the starting lineup reached base at least once, contributing to a season-best 19 hits, including a staggering four home runs. The recently revamped middle order proved to be the catalyst for this scoring outburst.

Newly minted cleanup hitter Alex Verdugo wasted no time making his mark. Facing Brewers’ right-hander Joe Ross in the top of the first inning, Verdugo launched a three-run homer on the very first pitch. This explosive start set the tone for the night, and Verdugo finished the game with a stellar three hits, solidifying manager Aaron Boone’s decision to shake up the lineup. Boone, citing Verdugo’s consistent quality at-bats, opted to temporarily swap Verdugo and Anthony Rizzo in the batting order.

Further expanding the lead in the third inning was Gleyber Torres. Batting from the unfamiliar No. 7 spot, Torres ripped a bases-clearing double, driving in three crucial runs. This breakout performance was a welcome sight for Yankees fans, as Torres had been struggling to produce early in the season.  

Anthony Rizzo, who had also gotten off to a slow start, joined the offensive party with a three-hit performance of his own. While moved down to the sixth spot in the lineup, Rizzo didn’t miss a beat. He solidified the Yankees’ commanding victory with a powerful home run to right field in the sixth inning.

This dominant offensive display serves as a reminder of the Yankees’ offensive prowess when all components are operating in unison.

Yankees pummel Brewers

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The New York Yankees put on a dominant offensive display in their 15-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. The win was a welcome change for the Yankees, who had seen 21 of their first 27 games decided by a narrow margin of three runs or fewer (most in MLB).

The onslaught began in the sixth inning when Aaron Judge, who had been mired in an early-season slump, smashed a two-run homer to straightaway center field. This blast, his fifth of the season and second of the week, traveled an impressive 417 feet. Anthony Rizzo followed suit later in the inning, launching a two-run homer of his own to extend the lead to a comfortable 11-1. Rizzo’s homer was his fourth of the season and third this week.  

The scoring continued throughout the game, with Giancarlo Stanton adding a three-run homer in the ninth inning against Brewers infielder Owen Miller, pushing the lead to a commanding 15-3. Even substitutes Taylor Trammell and Jahmai Jones got in on the action, collecting their first hits as Yankees this season – both singles off Miller, who pitched in unconventional relief duty for the Brewers.

While every starter contributed at least one hit, including Rizzo’s three-hit performance, catcher Jose Trevino was the lone exception as he did not get a plate appearance. However, he made a memorable debut on the mound in the ninth inning, surrendering three runs.  

The strong offense provided much-needed support for starter Carlos Rodon, who pitched six impressive innings, striking out eight while allowing only one run. This efficient outing kept the bullpen fresh after a taxing 11-inning loss the previous day. This dominant victory snapped a streak of 13 out of the Yankees’ last 16 games being decided by two runs or fewer. With a grueling 17-game stretch in 17 days underway, this offensive explosion serves as a momentum booster for the Yankees moving forward.

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