NEW YORK -- The Yankees beat the Mets, 5-1, at Citi Field on Wednesday night in Domingo Germán's return from the injured list. German had been sidelined with a left hip flexor strain since early June. German said after the game that he did not feel the injury at all during his outing.
“Stuff, tempo, command, everything. That was the good, dominant version of Domingo we saw so much the first couple months of the season,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It was exciting to see him pitch that well.”
German, who notched his 10th victory, allowed just one run over six innings, striking out six batters while not issuing a walk. He threw 80 pitches, which matched up with the pitch-count range Boone mentioned before the game.
“For him to be that efficient, get us through six innings like he did, great having him back and really, really excited for him that he came out and pitched so well,” Boone said.
German allowed a leadoff home run to Jeff McNeil, but settled down from there, allowing just four more hits over his six innings, with a double to Pete Alonso being the only other hit for extra bases.
“First pitch, McNeil takes him deep, and you kind of watch him react to it, and there’s no reaction,” Boone said. “It’s just like, ‘OK, start making pitches.’ And he’s done a really good job of that, I feel like, not getting emotionally distracted by good things that happen on the mound or even in times when he’s struggled a little bit. He’s really been under control, and I think tonight he certainly was.”
McNeil acknowledged after the game how good German was after that first pitch.
"He mixed really well,” McNeil said. “He threw a lot of offspeed pitches, and that kept you honest with his fastball. He was locating. He did really well.”
German got off to a sparkling start this season for the Yankees, posting a 9-1 record and a 2.60 ERA in his first 10 outings -- nine starts and a two-inning relief appearance. But in his final three starts before being placed on the injured list, he had an 8.59 ERA in 14 2/3 innings.
Based on his results on Wednesday, it appears he’s back to being the pitcher he was early in the season, at least for now.
The Yankees provided German with plenty of offense, getting out to a 2-0 lead before German even took the mound on first-inning RBI hits from Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres. They tacked on later in the game on back-to-back home runs from Didi Gregorius and Gio Urshela in the sixth, as well as another RBI single from Torres in the seventh.
Urshela dazzles on defense, stays in game after injury scare
Urshela has had a knack for magnificent defense at third base this season, and Wednesday was no exception as Urshela made a handful of spectacular plays, including one where he threw from a seated position. Not only that, but he also knocked his seventh homer of the year in the sixth inning.
“If there was a camera on me in the dugout [as Urshela made his plays], you would’ve seen a lot of excitement,” Boone said. “It was special. Some big-time plays over there by him. We’ve seen it all year. We’ve seen him make some really, really special plays that not a lot of guys do, frankly. And then swinging the bat really well tonight, big homer to extend the lead. He was great.”
However, that home run almost took away Urshela’s chances at more defensive wizardry -- including that seated-position play, which came in the eighth. While rounding the bases on the home run, Urshela felt his left glute tighten up, and he went down for treatment after reaching the dugout.
Boone said that he initially thought they were taking him out of the game but was told to wait, and Urshela emerged from the clubhouse and took the field after some stretching with a trainer.
“That made it more impressive … that play he made from the seat of his pants followed that, where he was a little banged up out there,” Boone said.
German wasn’t in the game for the eighth-inning play, but he also benefited from Urshela’s defense earlier in the game.
“In my humble opinion, I think he’s a candidate to win the Gold Glove there at third base,” German said through a translator.