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About Last Night: Yanks Win 9-5

By Paul Semendinger

June 6, 2024


About Last Night - The Yankees won again. They keep on keeping on...

The Yankees are now 44-19. They are 25 games over .500. They are on pace to win 113 games. They have won seven consecutive games.


Quick Stats:

  • WP - Carlos Rodon

  • LP - Chris Paddack

  • NYY HR - None

  • There were three triples in the game. Aaron Judge and Anthony Volpe tripled for the Yankees

  • The Yankees are 5-0 against the Twins this year

The Big Story:

I have often alluded to the famous Jacob Ruppert quote about the Yankees jumping out to a big lead and suddenly putting the game away. Last night, the Yankees scored four runs early. The dynamic duo of Anthony Volpe and Juan Soto each singled. Aaron Judge then had a run scoring ground out. Following an Alex Verdugo strikeout, Giancarlo Stanton singled home Soto. Anthony Rizzo then doubled Stanton to third. Both Rizzo and Stanton scored on a bloop ground rule double by Gleyber Torres. After one inning, the Yankees led 4-0. A great start.

The Yankees also flashed some leather. In the top of the first, Alex Verdugo made an outstanding catch in deep left field just as the ball, and he, reached the wall. It was an amazing spectacular catch. Later, in the top of the fourth, Juan Soto made an excellent catch reaching into the seats to catch a flyball. (Of note, for all the complaining, criticism, hand wringing, nonsense, and more, Juan Soto has played a very good rightfield for the Yankees.)

No team scored again until the Yankees broke the game wide open in the bottom of the fifth... DJ LeMahieu walked, Volpe singled, Soto walked, and then Aaron Judge drove them all home with a three-run triple. Judge then scored on a sac fly by Verdugo. 8-0 felt pretty good at this point.

Carlos Rodon caried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Seemingly tired, he allowed two runs on three hits in the sixth before exiting the game.

The Yankees brought in Dennis Santana (maybe to make the game close). He gave up two runs in the seventh inning. He also gave up a run in the eighth.

Michael Tonkin closed out the game.

Player(s) of the Game:

  • Aaron Judge: 5 runs batted in

  • Carlos Rodon: 6 ip, 3 hits, 2 runs


Notable Performances:

  • Anthony Volpe: 3 hits. He is now hitting .290 for the season

  • Juan Soto: 2 walks, 1 hit, 2 runs

  • Giancarlo Stanton - 2 hits


Better to Forget:

At this point, I'd rather forget that we have a "better to forget" category. The Yankees are rolling. Let's hopefully forget all the heartache since 2009 as we watch the Yankees drive to a World Championship in 2024.


Next Up - The Yankees conclude this series with the Twins tonight. Marcus Stroman takes the hill at 7:05 as the Yankees look for the sweep.


Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
Jun 06

There has been a lot of critique on this page of Michael Tonkin, primarily because of his poor first outing when he first joined the team. But Tonkin has actually pitched well for the Yankees, allowing just two earned runs over 15 innings while striking out 11 entering play Tuesday. He also pitched well yesterday closing out the game.


Jun 06

Soto is playing good defense this season

BUT it's far from nonsense to note that his defense in earlier seasons was not at all ....good.

additionally, when we make note of hand-wringing and such........... let us not forget to remember our concerns concerning Judge playing center

let us not forget to remember the reason why Judge stepped away from right and into the middle.

let us appreciate the actions of a captain.

and let all of us share the sweetness of the AL's early-season best team

Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Jun 06
Replying to

Bader has played five more innings than Judge in CF. He is at +3 DRS, one more than Judge. That projects to 8 DRS/year for Bader and 6 for Judge. Bader 2.70 RF/9; Judge 2.52. In other words, Bader will make 1 more play than Judge every fifth game and is going to save 2 more runs over the season with his glove. How many batting runs do you think Judge is put up over a full season compared to Bader? (Hint: Judge currently leads the Majors in oWAR with 4.2. Bader is at 8.0.)

Put another way, Judge hits like a corner outfielder -- a darn-good hitting corner outfielder. When you get production like that from a CF, yo…


Alan B.
Alan B.
Jun 06

Better to Forget: P Dennis Santana. At some point, the kids in the minors need to have a spot or 2 in the pen, and cannot just wait with these guys until Schmidt, Effross (is he?), and Trinvino (is he?) show up. When Ferguson does his job it's more of a surprise. Tonkin, is here, why? What is up with Gonzalez?

Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Jun 06
Replying to

I don't mind having a garbage-time innings-eater in the pen, or having Tonkin be the guy with the knife and fork. What bothers me is that there are FOUR of those guys there, Tonkin, Santana, Gonzalez, and Caleb T. Ferguson, guys you want nowhere near a high-leverage situation.

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