NEW YORK – Maybe it's in the air of the Bronx at low altitude. The night the Colorado Rockies visited Yankee Stadium for the first time in four seasons, a trio of former Rockies showed up, proving why the New York Yankees thought it wise to acquire all three at the beginning of this year.
] "It felt really good," said current Yankees coach and former Rockie Adam Ottavino following the 8-2 win in New York on Friday night. "Everyone wants to perform well against known people."
For Ottavino and his colleagues DJ LeMahieu and Mike Tauchman, however, these were not just "well-known people". These were the people who believed that they could set up a competitive team again this season without any of their services.
Therefore Tauchman had to smile when asked if they wanted to go 3 to 4 with a double and two runs. A stolen base and a central outfield support the victory. It is also why Ottavino was not shy to say that his three elimination fights (in order) help him to take a more positive direction on the hill.
"It was cool to play against these guys, but I had the expectation of getting the job done, going out and performing as if it were some other game," Tauchman said.
Collective performances like these make members of the Yankees In LeMahieu's case, the story of the game was a career in RBIs he undertook against the team with whom he had started his earlier career , best grade. It's a mark he has toppled over more than two months this season to play. He has 67 RBIs in 88 games this season
"DJs have done well against almost every team this year, and Otto too," Tauchman said. "But it was great for them, I'm sure they were looking forward to playing the Rockies … they've been there much longer than me."
When it came to letting Ottavino and LeMahieu go, the Rockies' desire to become cheaper and become younger outweighed them. So signed the former batting master and multiple gold gloves award winner LeMahieu in January with the Yankees. Three days later, Ottavino, the right-handed man, whose pitches dance virtually every corner of the 60 feet and 6 inches, signed with them.
Two months later, when the Bronx bombers broke camp and completed spring training Tauchman joined them. Tauchman was exchanged for the 25-year-old leftist Phillip Diehl, a former Yankees draft picker of the 27th round, who had gained importance over the spring, and arrived in a move that not only confused some fans. That's because trading with Diehl was not the only surprise. The Yankees had turned supersupport Tyler Wade into a pretty dependable outfielder, but suddenly another outfielder was added.
Nights such as Friday are proof that Brian Cashman and the men and women in the departments below knew exactly what they were doing.
"Kudos goes to the office to look for another rough diamond," said Yankee banker Josh Bard, who ran the Friday game while Aaron Boone was betting on the game.
About Tauchman, Bard added, "He only creates a lot of run-value."
In particular, Bard referred to Tauchman's ability to create not only runs ̵
In the second inning On Friday, Tauchman had one of the most unusual defensive games of the night, in which the fast Garrett Hampson, who was third and wanted to score in a sacrificial fly, scored a goal from the left field.
to Statcast, Tauchman's pitch clocked 91.3 mph. Hampson, who is credited with the seventh fastest sprinting speed in baseball, was dropped just as he slipped onto the record. Statcast also notes that Hampson has an average sprint speed of 30.0 feet per second, a measured speed that is considered "elite."
"This is a big, big game that shifts the game prematurely," said Bard support Yankees starter JA Happ got out of early trouble as he escaped the inning 2-0 when at least one more run could have taken place , Happ, who finished after five innings, allowed only these two runs.
The 36-year-old pitcher, who has played for five teams himself, understands exactly what it's like when a player wants to play well, when he meets a former team.
"You try not to think it over," said Happ. "You can get into a situation where you're a bit of a pitcher, you could say, 'Oh, these people know me so well because they've been playing with them for so long.' But you somehow hoping that as soon as the game starts, you'll just fall into the rhythm of the game.
"But yeah, there's something where, if you've been anywhere for a while, you kinda wanted it to be some kind of" maybe should you have clung to me? " Or whatever motivation works. "
Tauchman would not dare to say if he was motivated by the trade in this game, but Ottavino definitely went that route for him.
"[Mike] played an incredible all-around game against a team that honestly did not give him many chances," said Ottavino. To come here and get his best foot forward means a lot to me.
Along with Tauchman's success both on the plate and on the field, Ottavino's three-time sixth inning and LeMahieu's 2-for-5 line, which contained two RBIs, one of which came as a diver from third on a chopper in the A fourth former Rockie was in Yankees Pinstripes on Friday.
Reliever Tommy Kahnle warmed up late in the game, but never came. Unlike the other three, Kahnle did not come directly from Colorado to New York. Before being traded by the White Sox to the Yankees in 2017, Kahnle traded from the Rocky Mountains to Chicago in 2015. The player he was traded for, Yency Almonte, scored four goals and three runs in two innings against the Yankees on Friday's opener. Tauchman's squad home was the first of the three runs that Almonte gave up. A batter later hit LeMahieu when Aaron Judge hit a two-run to the right.
As much as it would have felt to them to play against the Rocky Mountains, the Yankees' former miners claim that they have no ill will to their former employer.
"Obviously the Rockies pulled me in and I made my debut there," Tauchman said. "I have a lot of good memories, but I'm very excited to be where I am right now, and with the group we have and the goals we have as a team."
"That's the stuff that I am very excited. "