The New York Yankees won their first series of the year, winning two out of three games against the defending World Series Champion, Washington Nationals. Here are some of the key players from yesterday’s game.
First, Gleyber Torres went three for four with a home run and two runs batted in. His home run in the seventh inning went for 403-feet against Patrick Corbin, the Washington Nationals’ starting pitcher. In the eighth inning, Gleyber hit alow and inside fastball to left field, scoring Aaron Hicks for the game-winning run.
Next, Gleyber is only 23-years-old, and he is already one of the best offensive players in the American League. Last season, he had a .278 batting average with 38 home runs and 90 RBIs.
Tommy Kahnle relieved big time in the eighth inning yesterday! That 90-mph changeup of his is such a fantastic pitch, as it has late movement. First, he used that pitch to strikeout two straight hitters when the bases were loaded with one out to keep the score 3-2. Lastly, 11 changeups were thrown, which accounted for 61% of his pitches yesterday.
Next, I want to give credit to Patrick Corbin, who pitched an excellent game before Gleyber knocked him out of the game in the seventh inning. Ultimately, Patrick’s slider at 80-mph got the Yankees’ hitters to swing and miss. His slider is one of the best sliders in baseball, if not the best. He throws the slider down-and-in to righties, yet down-and-away to lefties. Corbin had eight strikeouts credited to his disposal, on only two hits in 6-1/3 innings pitched.
Today, the New York Yankees play against the Philadelphia Phillies in a four game series starting tonight at 7:05 P.M.
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