07/19 21:36 CDT Encarnacin, ex-Rockies help Yankees beat Colorado 8-2
Encarnacin, ex-Rockies help Yankees beat Colorado 8-2
By JAKE SEINER
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) --- Edwin Encarnacin hit a go-ahead, grand slam, a trio of
ex-Rockies beat up on their former team and the New York Yankees defeated
Colorado 8-2 Friday night.
Encarnacin lined his 12th career slam in the third inning off Kyle Freeland,
and first-year Yankees DJ LeMahieu, Adam Ottavino and Mike Tauchman poured it
on in their first games against their old club. LeMahieu had two hits and two
RBIs, Ottavino struck out the side in a perfect relief inning and Tauchman had
a career-high three hits, a stolen base and threw out a runner at home plate
from left field.
Aaron Judge added a two-run homer, and J.A. Happ (8-5) struck out eight while
pitching two-run ball over five innings for the Yankees. New York came from
behind to win for a fourth straight game and improved to a major league-best
63-33 --- 30 games over .500 for the first time this season. The Yankees lead
second-place Tampa Bay by a season-high nine games in the AL East.
Ryan McMahon, LeMahieu's replacement at second base, hit his 10th homer for
Colorado, which has lost 12 of 14. Freeland (2-7) allowed five runs in four
innings, striking out six.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone served a one-game suspension from Major League
Baseball, a day after going viral for a profane rant aimed at a rookie umpire
in a doubleheader opener against the Rays. Boone said the ban didn't surprise
him since he made contact with plate umpire Brennan Miller with the bill of his
Bench coach Josh Bard managed in his place. Bard is from Colorado and played
for Rockies manager Bud Black in San Diego.
Black was ejected for the first time this season, by plate umpire Doug Eddings
after Chris Iannetta's strikeout in the ninth inning.
Stephen Tarpley struck out six over three scoreless innings for his second
save, finishing a 17-strikeout night by Yankees pitchers.
Encarnacin lost his grip and whipped his bat past the mound whiffing on strike
three in the second inning. His right hand slipped off again on a swing in the
third, but his left was strong enough to drive the ball to a fan in the first
row in left field and put New York ahead 4-2. Freeland allowed consecutive
walks that loaded the bases prior to Encarnacin's 29th homer.
Colorado traded Tauchman to New York at the end of spring training. Speedy
Garrett Hampson tested Tauchman's arm in the second, attempting to score from
third on a fly ball. Tauchman one-hopped a 91 mph throw to catcher Gary Snchez
to nab him at the plate.
Tauchman scored for both of LeMahieu's RBIs. The latter came on a bold dash
from third on a slow roller to third baseman Nolan Arenado, a six-time Gold
Glove winner. Tauchman narrowly beat Arenado's feed.
LeMahieu and Ottavino signed with New York as free agents in the offseason.
LeMahieu set a career high with his 67th RBI and increased his batting average
to .330 in his first season away from Coors Field. Ottavino pitched a perfect
Nicknamed LeMachine in New York, the focused, mild-mannered LeMahieu got a
different moniker from Blackmon before the game: "silent assassin." Black said
LeMahieu was "a thinking man's player."
Judge also had an outfield assist in right, picking off Arenado in the third
after Arenado aggressively rounded second on Ian Desmond's single.
Happ was visited by head athletic trainer Steve Donohue prior to the fourth
inning because of a calf cramp on the 91-degree night but remained in the game.
He struck out his next two batters.
Rockies: All-Star OF David Dahl was a late scratch due to a bruised left foot.
Dahl fouled a ball off his foot during a game against San Francisco on
Yankees: Cameron Maybin (left calf) took batting practice on the field and is
progressing well. He's expected to start a minor league rehab assignment next
week. ... RHP Ben Heller will be shut down for a week with a small flexor
strain in his right arm.
Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-5, 3.81) makes his first career start against
the Rockies. Tanaka has allowed four homers over his past six starts and has a
6.63 ERA in that span. RHP Antonio Senzatela (8-6, 5.79) is up for Colorado. He
allowed eight runs against Cincinnati but still got the win in a 10-9 victory
last time out..
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