Gre­go­rius hits 2 HRs, Sev­erino cruises

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK — Didi Gre­go­rius home­red twice for the sec­ond time this sea­son, Gary Sanchez had three hits and three RBIs, and the New York Yan­kees romped to a 12-1 vic­tory over Derek Jeter’s Mi­ami Mar­lins on Mon­day night.

About the only Yan­kees bop­per who didn‘t get in on the fun was Gian­carlo Stan­ton, who went hit­less and got booed again by the home­town fans in his first game against his for­mer team.

Aaron Judge be­came the fastest ma­jor lea­guer to hit 60 ca­reer homers, and Gre­go­rius fin­ished with three RBIs. New York scored in each of the first five in­nings and built an 11-0 lead for Luis Sev­erino (3-1), who al­lowed one hit in six score­less in­nings and struck out eight.

Judge hit his fourth home run this sea­son and reached 60 in 197 games, five fewer than Mark McGwire.

Jeter did not at­tend the game, the first be­tween the teams since the for­mer Yan­kees cap­tain be­came Mar­lins CEO last Oc­to­ber. Jeter in­vested in the group headed by Bruce Sher­man that bought the club from Jef­frey Lo­ria.

An­other for­mer Yan­kees cap­tain was in Mi­ami’s dugout: Don Mat­tingly. Start­ing his third sea­son as Mar­lins man­ager, Mat­tingly was wel­comed by the Bleacher Crea­tures, who chanted “Don-nie Base­ball!” dur­ing their firstin­ning Roll Call. He tipped his cap in ac­knowl­edg­ment. Stan­ton went 0 for 3 with two strike­outs, a bases-loaded foulout, a walk and was hit by a pitch. The four-time All-Star, twotime NL home run cham­pion and reign­ing NL MVP was dealt to the Yan­kees in De­cem­ber as part of a Jeter-di­rected pay­roll purge. Stan­ton’s fifth-in­ning strike­out trig­gered scat­tered boos, and loud ones fol­lowed when he fanned on three pitches in the sev­enth — rais­ing his

strike­out to­tal to 27 in 15 games. Stan­ton is hit­ting .210 with three homers and 10 RBIs.

Mat­tingly was not sur­prised Stan­ton was booed dur­ing the Yan­kees’ first home­s­tand, when he twice struck out five times.

“It’s New York. You strug­gle, you pay, right? That’s all there is to it. It’s a day-in, day-out place. It don’t mat­ter what you did last year,” Mat­tingly said. “You don’t re­ally have any money in the bank. When you come here … you have no col­lat­eral, so you’ve got to go show it.”

Like Jeter, Mat­tingly spent his en­tire play­ing ca­reer with the Yan­kees. He was ap­pointed cap­tain by owner Ge­orge Stein­bren­ner from 1991-95, a role held by Jeter from 2003-14.

“It’s like grow­ing up in the same fam­ily with the same par­ents,” Mat­tingly said. “We both came through the sys­tem. You know what’s ex­pected. There’s a way to go about your busi­ness, and I think that’s what Derek is bring­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Gre­go­rius hit a two-run homer in the fourth off the sec­ond deck in right and a solo drive in the sev­enth that hit ads be­hind the Yan­kees bullpen in right­cen­ter. His sec­ond mul­ti­homer game this sea­son raised his home run to­tal to five.

Adam War­ren and Chasen Shreve strug­gled, and Dellin Be­tances fin­ished the five-hit­ter. Af­ter a pair of rain­outs at Detroit last week­end, the Yan­kees

moved back above .500 at 8-7.

Be­gin­ning a nine-game trip, the last-place Mar­lins dropped to 4-12. Cen­ter fielder Cameron May­bin lost Sanchez’s third-in­ning popup in the lights as it fell for a sin­gle, and right fielder JB Shuck got turned around in the sixth as Miguel An­du­jar’s fly sailed over him for An­du­jar’s sec­ond dou­ble.

Sec­ond base­man Star­lin Cas­tro, traded to Mi­ami as part of the Stan­ton deal, was 0 for 3.

Left-han­der Caleb Smith (0-2), who pitched in nine games for the Yan­kees last year, al­lowed his first three bat­ters to reach, needed 42 pitches to get the first three outs and lasted just 21⁄3 in­nings and 84 pitches. He al­lowed five runs, five hits and five walks.

Tyler Cloyd was just as bad, giv­ing up six runs and eight hits in 32⁄3 in­nings. Mi­ami threw 217 pitches in eight in­nings.


Top Yan­kees prospect Gley­ber Tor­res, ex­pected to be called up soon, was lifted for a pinch hit­ter in the fifth in­ning of Scran­ton/Wilkes Barre’s game at Gwin­nett in the Triple-A In­ter­na­tional League. Tor­res left the game with stiff­ness.


Brett Gard­ner was robbed of an RBI sin­gle in the sixth when his 105 mph grounder hit a leg of sec­ond base um­pire Bill Welke. An­du­jar would have scored from sec­ond but had to stop at third, and then the um­pires sent him back to sec­ond base on the dead ball.

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The Yan­kees’ Didi Gre­go­rius hits a two-run home run in the fourth in­ning of Mon­day’s 12-1 win over the Mar­lins in New York.

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