The Yankees are right back in the game after Giancarlo Stanton’s home run.
James Paxton put the New York Yankees in a hole after giving up three earned runs in one inning of work. Manager Aaron Boone pulled him before he could get an out in the second inning and replaced him with Michael King, who’s been cruising through two innings.
The Bombers made good contact in the first couple innings but couldn’t find the right spots. But then came the third. DJ LeMahieu wasn’t no time in his return to the leadoff spot and ripped an RBI single after Gio Urshela took advantage of a couple of errors by the Nats’ defense.
He waited on the curve and ripped it to center to make it 3-1.
Textbook. Man, we’ve missed that, haven’t we? LeMahieu getting hot after a slow start to the delayed season surprises no one after what he showed the Bronx in his debut season last year.
The Yanks weren’t done there though. Giancarlo Stanton continued his destruction of Nationals Park with a monster home run off Erick Fedde, who got the start in place of the injured Stephen Strasburg.
This one wasn’t quite his 459-foot bomb off Scherzer … it was 483 feet! Absolute missile.
Here come the Yanks. It’s only a matter of time — this is what they’ll be doing to opposing staffs all season as long as they can stay healthy.
Fedde’s night could be over soon, too. After the Stanton home run, he loaded the bases but got LeMahieu to ground out to first to end the inning. The Machine can’t come through every time, guys.
If King can continue to eat innings and the Yanks can get to the Nationals bullpen, that 3-0 lead for Washington might feel like a century ago.