Yankees come back to sweep Giants on thunderous Juan Soto home run, Volpe heroics

THAT was your closer?
New York Yankees v San Francisco Giants
New York Yankees v San Francisco Giants / Brandon Vallance/GettyImages

The San Francisco Giants have an All-Star flamethrowing closer. Juan Soto, Anthony Volpe, and the New York Yankees do not care.

In an effort to summarize this madness in as few gushing words as possible, here were the pitching matchups for the Yankees against a finding-their-footing Giants team this weekend to wrap a lengthy West Coast trip:

Marcus Stroman vs. Jordan Hicks
Cody Poteet vs. Logan Webb
Nestor Cortes Jr. vs. Blake "He Turned Down How Much From Hal?!" Snell

Previous Yankee teams would've likely stumbled and dropped a few of these forgivable schedule losses. Previous Yankee teams definitely would've started Jahmai Jones and Trent Grisham on Sunday after taking the series.

This Yankee team fell behind early, equalizing on Alex Verdugo's clutch bases-loaded, two-strike double in an at-bat that came against two different pitchers. Blake Snell left mid-inning with an injury. He turned down HOW MUCH from Hal?!

Unfortunately, after reliever Dennis Santana hit Curt Casali on the hand with two outs, then surrendered a tiebreaking two-run single, the Yankees were forced to pack it in and hea--I'm sorry, I'm just receiving word that they, instead, rallied against 102 MPH chucking Camilo Doval for the sweep.

First, Anthony Volpe lined a triple into the gap the other way on an inside fastball, eerily reminiscent of what he did to Emmanuel Clase in a similar clutch situation in April. He's evolving.

Two pitches later, Juan Soto saw a 98 MPH heater down the pike.

He opted not to miss it.

Yankees rally against All-Star closer Camilo Doval with Anthony Volpe triple, Juan Soto monster home run

Juan Soto leads the league in batting average, by the way. In addition to being able to send baseballs towards McCovey Cove on rocket trajectories to flip ninth-inning deficits, he's also Luis Arraez. He's also been worth 1 OAA and ranks in the 94th percentile in arm strength. Asking Yankees management to give him a "blank check" is a little gauche, but really ... they should give him something approximating a blank check.

Or he could always choose the Mets, we guess.

Oh, yeah, right, Giancarlo Stanton extended the lead with the 1,500th hit of his career, a gapper double that might've been Stanton's first triple in forever if it hadn't skipped into the stands. It was both one of the most impressive lace jobs we've seen this season, and also the third-most impressive hit of the inning.

These New York Yankees are, undoubtedly, more talented, more tenacious, more ridiculous on the mound, and more creative than the 2022 team that threatened to rewrite the record books until they collectively realized they weren't all that good. This victory pushes the Yankees to a surprisingly low 3-15 when they trail after eight innings, but also, they've only trailed after eight innings 18 times all year?! Special statistic, and this is one of those wins you'll savor all summer long as you attempt to theorize just how great this team can be when the bright lights turn on in October.