The Yankees and the Pirates must have had an extra serving of Wheaties this morning.
A total of five home runs were hit between the two teams, three by the Yanks and two by the Bucs. Included in the Yankees’ three home runs was a pinch-hit homer in the top of the 8th inning by Chris Carter, the first in a Yankee uniform for the 30-year-old slugger.
Carter led the National League in home runs last season as a Milwaukee Brewer with 41. The Yankees might have found themselves a bargain when they signed Carter to a 1-year, $3.5 million deal this past offseason. His primary role, as of now, is to come off the bench, but he might play his way into an extended role as a first baseman or designated hitter. His home run today was the 16th Carter has hit during a tie ballgame since the beginning of last season, which is the second-most in that span.
Aaron Judge also hit a home run in today’s game, coming in the top of the 9th inning. If you haven’t seen video of it yet, you might still have time to give it a look before the ball lands. Judge came up to bat with the Yankees already up 10-5 and proceeded to launch a 457-foot, 115.6 MPH blast into left-center field. The 6’7″ 282-pound beast-of-a-rookie now has six home runs on the young season and most of them have been rockets just like today’s.
A man who physically is pretty much the opposite of Judge, Ronald Torreyes [5’8″, 155lbs], went 4-5 in today’s game, pushing his average on the season to .296. Torreyes has been very impressive filling in for the injured Didi Gregorius so far this season at shortstop and will be a nice contributor who can play multiple infield positions off the bench when Didi comes back.
Michael Pineda, who started today’s game, pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and struck out six. He was opposed by the young, promising Jameson Taillon who went five and a third, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five.
The Yankees will look to take the rubber game of the series tomorrow at PNC Park with Jordan Montgomery on the hill. He will be opposed by former Yankee Ivan Nova, facing his old club for the first time.