Yankees rebound, win 6-3 vs Rockies

John Allen
Sunday July 16, 2023

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New York Yankees 6, Colorado Rockies 3

DENVER — An excellent performance from Giancarlo Stanton and an equally good start from Clarke Schmidt led the New York Yankees to a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on a memorable Saturday night/

Stanton hit the ball over the fences again, making it the fourth game in a row that he has hit a home run for the Yankees. Also, because of how well he played, he reached a big career milestone: he drove in four runs, which gave him his 1,000th RBI for his career. Stanton’s incredible performance powered the New York Yankees to beat the Rockies and level the series

With two outs in the second inning, Giancarlo Stanton showcased his exceptional hitting prowess by unleashing a remarkable three-run homer that sailed opposite-field, down the right-field line. This powerful shot concluded a five-run inning against Connor Seabold, propelling the Yankees to a commanding 6-1 lead. Stanton, who boasts an impressive tally of 12 homers at Coors Field, kickstarted the scoring in the first inning with a groundout that drove in the first run. Furthermore, his remarkable performance continued to shine through as he accumulated an impressive total of 16 RBI in his last 14 games.

In the seventh inning, Giancarlo Stanton relinquished his position in right field to Oswaldo Cabrera. The decision for the substitution was made by the Yankees after Stanton executed a belated and somewhat ungainly slide into third base during the fourth inning while transitioning from first to third base.

Donaldson injury

Meanwhile, in the seventh inning, Josh Donaldson faced an unfortunate setback as he appeared to injure his right calf while sprinting toward first base on a ground ball. It is worth noting that Donaldson had previously been sidelined from April 5 to June 2 due to a strained right hamstring, making this new injury a cause for concern.

Schmidt boost for the Yankees

In a stellar performance, Clarke Schmidt (5-6) exhibited his pitching prowess by allowing just two runs and three hits over the course of six innings. Impressively, he matched his personal best with eight strikeouts during the game. Since May 14, Schmidt has excelled with a record of 4-2 and an outstanding 2.83 ERA in 10 starts, along with one relief appearance. This impressive run has significantly contributed to lowering his season ERA from 6.30 to 4.31.

Worth highlighting is the fact that all of Schmidt’s strikeouts were achieved through swinging strikes, with four of them resulting from an 86 mph sweeper pitch that effectively kept the Colorado Rockies’ batters off balance throughout the game.

After surrendering a leadoff homer to C.J. Cron in the seventh inning, Clarke Schmidt, who had never before pitched into the seventh inning in his Major League career, exited the game. Notably, Schmidt had a solid outing, only allowing one walk up to that point. However, it is worth mentioning that he did encounter a momentary setback in the first inning when he committed a balk, resulting in the opposition scoring a run.

In the ninth inning, Clay Holmes took the mound and delivered a remarkable performance, allowing just one hit and securing his 11th save out of 13 opportunities. His stellar display ensured a strong finish for the team.

Mahieu returned for the Yankees in time

DJ LeMahieu, showing his prowess at Coors Field once again, contributed significantly to the Yankees‘ offensive effort with three hits, including two doubles. Remarkably, LeMahieu recorded back-to-back multi-hit games for the second time this season, marking his first such achievement since April 23-24.

Gleyber Torres also made a notable impact, collecting two hits for the Yankees. The team’s performance was particularly noteworthy as they scored a total of six runs, matching or exceeding this run tally for the second time in the span of seven games. To kickstart the scoring early on, Torres displayed his skill by tripling on Connor Seabold’s first pitch of the game, setting a strong tone for the Yankees’ offense.

Rizzo continues without a homer

Anthony Rizzo’s notable homer-less streak extended to a career-high 144 at-bats as he stepped up to the plate and went 1 for 4, securing a single during the game. It is worth highlighting that Rizzo has not hit a home run since May 20, showcasing an extended period without a long ball in his offensive contributions.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone acknowledged the difficulty of baseball, highlighting that even talented individuals can find it challenging.

Following a collision with Fernando Tatis Jr. during a pickoff play on May 28, Anthony Rizzo, unfortunately, suffered a neck injury, which caused him to miss three games at the beginning of the aforementioned stretch.

According to Boone, after Anthony Rizzo returned from his neck injury, he encountered a challenging phase lasting for two weeks. During this period, Rizzo faced difficulties with his swing and struggled to perform well. However, Boone mentioned that over the past three weeks or so, Rizzo has shown improvement in his performance. Boone acknowledged that hitting the ball with power and consistency is a demanding task and can be even more challenging when batters start chasing pitches.


In the decisive match of a three-game series, the New York Yankees’ right-handed pitcher, Gerrit Cole, with a record of 9 wins and 2 losses and an ERA of 3.85, will face off against the Colorado Rockies’ right-handed pitcher, Chase Anderson, who has yet to secure a win this season and holds an ERA of 6.89.

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