Luis Gil outduels three-time Cy Young Verlander, makes Yankees victory special

Yankees' Luis Gil shouts during his pitching against the Astros at Yankee Stadium on May 8, 2024.
Sara Molnick
Wednesday May 8, 2024

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In a stunning role reversal, Luis Gil outshone the typically dominant Justin Verlander for the second consecutive start, having previously outdueled 2021 Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes of the Baltimore Orioles. Luis Gil stifled the Astros’ offense, allowing just one run and one hit over six innings while throwing 97 pitches.

The 25-year-old right-hander’s final stat line was impressive: 6.0 innings pitched, one hit, one run, four walks, and five strikeouts on 97 pitches (57 strikes). This performance lowered his season ERA to a sparkling 2.92.

Building on his strong outing in Baltimore, Luis Gil has now surrendered a mere one run on three hits over his last 12.1 innings of work.

When asked about his recent success, Luis Gil framed it as an opportunity to compete against some of the world’s best pitchers. He stressed the significance of using these matchups as motivation to execute the game plan set for each start.

“When you have an opportunity to face guys that are some of the best pitchers in the world, you gotta see it as motivation to go out there and execute the plan that you have for that outing,” he told about his good run in pinstripes.

Luis Gil dominates Astros assuring Yankees of win

Verdugo’s all-around brilliance was on full display Tuesday night, complemented by Luis Gil’s masterful performance on the mound, as the 25-year-old right-hander decisively outdueled the legendary Justin Verlander.

Gil’s outing was nothing short of exceptional, as he limited the Astros to a single run and just one hit over six efficient innings, despite issuing four walks.

Luis Gil, player, of the new york yankees
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Despite delivering another solid performance, Luis Gil’s command issues resurfaced, as he issued four walks. However, he offset this by striking out five batters and utilizing his blazing arsenal to minimize damage.

The solitary blemish on Gil’s line came in the form of Kyle Tucker‘s towering home run to right field with one out in the top of the first inning. Following that lone hit, Gil refused to yield another before being lifted after six innings and 97 pitches.

Gil navigated through a pair of two-out walks in the third inning, but it required 30 pitches to escape the frame unscathed. This marked the only instance in which Gil allowed multiple baserunners in a single inning.

Manager Aaron Boone praised Luis Gil’s performance, highlighting the right-hander’s diverse pitching repertoire that makes him a challenging opponent for hitters. While acknowledging that the pitcher’s outing wasn’t perfect, with occasional struggles in his delivery and the issuance of walks, Boone emphasized the overall quality of Luis Gil’s pitches and their effectiveness, even when his execution wasn’t flawless.

Aaron Judge contributed to the Yankees’ offensive onslaught with an RBI single off Astros reliever Tayler Scott in the sixth inning, finishing the day 1-for-3 with two walks. Juan Soto had a stellar performance at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a hit-by-pitch, elevating his season average to an impressive .329.

In his return from the injured list, Jon Berti made an immediate impact, driving in a run with an RBI single in the seventh inning. He concluded the game 2-for-4 with a stolen base.

Gleyber Torres, however, saw his four-game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-4 day. After amassing seven hits over a three-game span, the second baseman has since gone 4-for-25 in his last seven games, causing his average to dip to .216 and his OPS to fall to .556 for the season.

All these allowed enough cushion for Luis Gil to attack and dominate the Astros lineup.

Ron Marinaccio entered the game as the first reliever out of the Yankees’ bullpen. He navigated through a leadoff walk to deliver a clean seventh inning and overcame a leadoff single to pitch a scoreless eighth, needing just 24 pitches (16 strikes) to complete his outing. Michael Tonkin took the mound in the ninth to close out the game, but a two-out walk and a throwing error by Berti provided Trey Cabbage with an opportunity to drive in two runs with a single, accounting for Houston’s third hit of the night and setting the final score.

Despite the Astros’ attempt to mount a comeback in the ninth inning, scoring two additional runs, they were unable to prevent the Yankees from improving their record against Houston to 5-0 this season. With their fourth consecutive victory, the Yankees advanced to 24-13 on the year, pulling even with the Baltimore Orioles for the top spot in the AL East. The loss dropped the Astros to 12-23, leaving them tied for last place in the AL West.

The trio of home runs surrendered by Verlander marked the highest total since the Yankees tagged him for four long balls on September 1st of the previous season.

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  1. It’s a shame that Gil won’t be allowed to stay in the rotation all year. But putting together these 12-15 GS, is a good thing, then he gets to prove in the 2nd half what he could do out of the pen.

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