The first weekend of baseball is in the books. The Yanks handled the defending champs this weekend pretty well considering Paxton imploded in game two while they also had to start Johnny Lasagna in game three.
Game one was the Giancarlo Stanton show as he powered the Yanks to a rain-shortened victory while Gerrit Cole made his inaugural start as a Yankee. Cole did not have his best stuff but battled his way through five strong to secure the Yanks an opening day W.
Game two was one to forget for the Yanks as Paxton simply could not finish anyone off. He was pounding the zone, but maybe too much for his own good as he had to be yanked out in the second leaving the bases loaded without nobody out. Luckily Michael King saved his bacon inducing a double play to limit the damage to only one run. The Yanks had a chance to take the lead in the third but squandered a bases-loaded opportunity and after that, the Nats tacked on some insurance runs to cap off a good ole fashion beat down.
The rubber match was Gleyber day for the bombers. With the bats looking sleepy early it seemed as though the Nats would sneak away with a series victory, but not so fast. Gleyber Torres and Luke Voit each smacked solos HR's to tie the game up late. Torres came up big an inning later driving in Aaron Hicks to give the Yanks the lead. Britton made it sweaty in the ninth but got it done.
The Yanks lineup can be the best in baseball especially if Stanton and Judge continue to hit
Gary Sanchez looked rough at the plate and needs to stop taking the bait on the low and away slider
Tommy Kahnle's pants are still tight
The Yankees take on the Phillies for a two and two away/home split series. JA Happ will be on the bump tonight so let's all hold our breath and pray.