The other side of Yankees’ ‘really tough’ 5-2 win over Tigers

Yankees starter Nestor Cortes is pitching against the Tigers amid rain at Yankee Stadium on May 5, 2024.

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Sunday’s Yankees vs. Tigers showdown at Yankee Stadium endured persistent rain for 7 ¹/₂ innings. However, after the top half of the eighth concluded, officials deemed the conditions too severe to continue. The game was suspended and eventually called off following a 56-minute delay.

Yankees starter Nestor Cortes described how every ball he received felt heavily saturated with moisture, requiring constant rubbing to maintain a grip. Outfielder Juan Soto echoed this sentiment, expressing concerns about potential injuries due to the adverse conditions.

Soto painted a picture of an exceptionally challenging playing environment, labeling it the worst he had ever experienced. The Yankees slugger emphasized the difficulty posed by the field’s condition, with players more focused on avoiding injuries than on the game itself.

“It was the worst. It was really tough,” the Yankees’ outfielder said. “I felt like everyone on the field was worried more about getting hurt than even the game. It was a really tough field today.”

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Following the Yankees’ rain-shortened 5-2 victory in the Bronx, manager Aaron Boone addressed the demanding circumstances faced by both teams. He highlighted the taxing nature of the final two innings, with puddles forming on the field. Boone recounted a moment when even second base umpire Alan Porter acknowledged the seriousness of the situation, describing the challenges players faced while navigating the deteriorating field conditions.

“The last two innings or so were pretty bad,” the Yankees manager explained. “Puddles were forming. When we had the bases loaded, that line drive that [Alex Verdugo] hit that [Andrew] Chafin caught, I know even [second base umpire] Alan [Porter] came in and said, ‘It’s pretty bad, the puddles and stuff.’ Watching guys move down the line it was rough.”

A Yankees fervor

Out of the 36 games played by the Yankees so far, 27 have been decided by a margin of three runs or fewer, with 24 of those games being determined by just two runs or less. This signifies the highest number of closely contested games in Major League Baseball this season.

Yankees starter Nestor Cortes is pitching against the Tigers at Yankee Stadium on May 5, 2024.
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Sunday marked the end of a taxing stretch for the Yankees, as they completed 17 consecutive games without a rest day, their longest stint without a break this season. Despite the challenge, they managed a commendable 10-7 record during this period, pushing them to their season peak of 10 games above the .500 mark.

Aaron Judge‘s homer in the first inning was his seventh of the year. When the captain hits a home run, the team boasts an impressive 6-1 record this season and an astounding 174-54 record throughout his career.

The Yankees’ offense has shown consistent productivity, scoring at least four runs in 22 of their 36 games and exceeding the five-run mark in 19 contests. In the 2024 season so far, no other team in the American League has surpassed the Yankees in accumulating games with five or more runs scored.

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