Yankees 15-3 Brewers: Bombers make big bang return to winning ways

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Milwaukee.

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New York Yankees 15-3 Milwaukee Brewers

MILWAUKEE — On Saturday night, Yankees’ pitcher Carlos Rodón commanded the mound with six impressive innings, limiting the Milwaukee Brewers to just two hits and one run. Simultaneously, the Bronx Bombers unleashed a barrage of four home runs, sealing a commanding 15-3 victory.

The New York Yankees’ offense ignited from the get-go as Alex Verdugo ignited the scoring with a three-run homer in the opening inning. Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo then capitalized in the sixth, each launching powerful two-run homers, expanding the lead to a dominant 11-1. Judge’s blast marked his fifth of the season, with Rizzo tallying his fourth.

Giancarlo Stanton continued the onslaught, crushing another three-run homer in the ninth, his sixth of the campaign. This feat came against the unexpected pitching of infielder Owen Weaver, who took the mound for the final two innings.

Rodón Shines, Bullpen Holds Strong

Carlos Rodón (2-1) took the mound for the Yankees and put forth a commendable performance. Despite a solo homer by Rhys Hoskins in the first inning posing an early threat, Rodón quickly found his rhythm. The seasoned left-hander effectively subdued the Brewers’ offense, surrendering only a leadoff double to Joey Ortiz in the sixth inning. Wrapping up his outing on a high note, Rodón racked up eight strikeouts while issuing just one walk. Upon Rodón’s departure, reliever Luke Weaver stepped in and delivered two solid innings, keeping the Brewers off the scoreboard to maintain the lead. Although the Brewers managed to tally a couple of runs in the ninth inning against catcher Jose Trevino, he demonstrated control by landing 11 of his 18 pitches in the strike zone.

The New York Yankees‘ bats ignited with remarkable intensity, notching season-best figures of 15 runs and 19 hits. This offensive onslaught not only propelled them to victory but also put an end to their two-game losing streak.

In contrast, Brewers starter Joe Ross (1-3) encountered difficulties on the mound. He conceded seven runs (six earned) on eight hits across five innings. While he managed to strike out five batters, his three walks and a hit batter only fueled the Yankees’ offensive onslaught.

Yankees Plate Early on Verdugo’s Blast

The New York Yankees wasted no time in taking control of the game. In the top of the first inning, Alex Verdugo smashed a powerful three-run homer, swiftly putting his team ahead 3-0. The inning commenced with Anthony Volpe reaching base after being hit by a pitch, followed by a walk to Juan Soto. Although Aaron Judge struck out, Verdugo stepped up to the plate and sent the first pitch he saw soaring 389 feet to right-center field for his fourth home run of the season.

While the Brewers countered with a solo homer by Rhys Hoskins in the bottom half of the inning, Verdugo’s early offensive prowess established the momentum for the Yankees’ eventual victory.

In the top of the third inning, the New York Yankees took charge of the game, exploiting control issues from Brewers starter Joe Ross. With one out, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton drew walks, and Anthony Rizzo reached base with an infield single, loading the bases. At that critical moment, Gleyber Torres, who had been relatively quiet offensively thus far with only 2 RBI in his first 27 games, stepped up and delivered. He crushed a line drive double into the gap in right-center field, clearing the bases and bringing home all three runners. This offensive surge extended the Yankees’ lead to a comfortable 6-1 advantage. The Bronx Bombers added another run in the fifth inning, unearned, further widening their lead to 7-1.

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Up next

Sunday’s matchup will showcase a duel between right-handed pitchers. Marcus Stroman, a seasoned veteran boasting a 2-1 record and a 2.70 ERA, will take the mound for his sixth start with the Yankees. Meanwhile, the Brewers aim to level the playing field with rookie Tobias Myers, who holds a 0-1 record and a 1.80 ERA, making just his second appearance in Major League Baseball.

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