At the end of this month, Aaron Boone could be more fried at a Cheech & Chong film festival than a pizza delivery guy.
Could you keep up with the chess game of this laser show? Luckily for the Yankees, Boone could.
The Yankees scored the first stroke of the American League Division series and defeated their old friends the Twins on Friday night at Yankee Stadium with a 10: 4 count. strong defense of Aaron Judge, a few things and, in nostalgic recognition of the one-sidedness of this rivalry, a crucial mistake by Minnesota's first baseman CJ Cron.
But perhaps it would not have ended so seamlessly (with DJ LeMahieu's twin packs and a healthy pillow) that Boone was armed ̵
"I think there were some places where I felt good for certain people," Boone said afterwards. "And the other good thing about tonight is that like all our people, I feel like I'm back in the game for [Game 2 on Saturday] and we do not necessarily push them forward.
You win Yankee's Bullpen Bingo when you bring the team's helpers into the game in this order: Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Chad Green, Zack Britton, JA Happ (!) And Aroldis Chapman. This sextet allowed a run in four innings, with Kahnle's victory for the eleventh time in succession after the Yankees' win over Minnesota earned meekly 1: 9 with runners in the scorer's position, as Yankees starter James Paxton made his debut after season four Fighting Frames – a guy eliminated from qualifying for the win in 1999 would have made big headlines, not so much now – and then found the matchups he wanted. It could be argued that Boone, if he ever made a mistake, stayed with Paxton too long when the left-back put on a single for switch hitter Jorge Polanco in the fifth.
"I felt good going through Polanco and Polanco had a great night, but we'll keep him on this side, dearest," Boone said.
Boone then went to a reliever three times in the middle of an inning with at least one runner on the base. Twice the pitcher has done his job to extinguish the fire. Another time, Ottavino made a fifth inning walk to the dangerous Nelson Cruz, left him immediately and saw Kahnle clear that up by retiring Eddie Rosario on a fly-in with inning-finish sixth, but if you guessed the threat of several innings If Green had returned to seventh place with a 7-4 lead, you would not have been alone – and you would have been wrong. Britton came in surprisingly and we all asked each other: Britton and Chapman for nine outs? Yes, that was the plan, Boone confirmed: "We were ready to try to split the seventh, eighth and ninth with Britton and Chappy in the spot. "
" No surprise for me, "Britton said, explaining that this plan had been in progress for quite a while.
The pitcher Happ warmed himself with the realization that he would be in for the eighth if his With the LeMahieu double Happ came and navigated through a pair of base runners.
"I thought he was really good at throwing the ball," Boone said.
"It was exciting," Happ said of his new assignment, "definitely an adrenaline rush."
Chapman finished ninth.
Overall, it was a tough task to watch, and certainly more, to play and And this is how the squatter Yankees have to be successful this month: Rework and rethink their adversaries, grind physically, mentally grind, and if in doubt, change the pitcher.
It's not beautiful the baseball you've ever seen. For the Yankees and their followers, it certainly felt very nice.