Joe Ross walked four batters in the first three innings, one of whom came around to score, but gave up just two hits through five. The third hit of the day for the Yankees went out to left, however, on a solo home run by Gleyber Torres, 2-0, and Ross’s fifth walk of the game ended his outing one batter later in the sixth.
New York’s starter Domingo Germán gave up just three hits through six scoreless, but Josh Bell doubled to start the seventh and scored one out later when Kyle Schwarber hit one to right field for a game-tying two-run blast that ended the Yankees’ starter’s outing, 2-2.
It was tied until the ninth when Brad Hand walked two batters and gave up a walk-off single by Giancarlo Stanton. Final Score: 3-2 Yankees.
Ross vs NYY: Joe Ross tossed eleven scoreless innings in his first two starts this season, and he’d given up three runs on 10 hits in 11 1⁄3 IP in his last two outings before this afternoon’s in Yankee Stadium.
Between those starts, Ross had one appearance in which he blew up, giving up eight hits, three walks, and 10 runs (all earned) in 4 1⁄3 IP, but overall, the 27-year-old has been a solid contributor to the Nationals’ rotation.
Last time out before today, the sinker-balling right-hander allowed two runs on five hits over 5 1⁄3 innings against Atlanta in the nation’s capital.
Joe Ross, 94mph Sinker (called strike) & 86mph Slider (swinging K), Overlay. pic.twitter.com/Tb2ZnNAwJC— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 9, 2021
“He threw the ball okay. He threw a couple balls up in the zone. I always like Joe when he’s down in the zone,” manager Davey Martinez said after the appearance.
“Got a couple balls up and got hit fairly hard, but that’s why we play defense. We had some opportunities. Trea [Turner] made a couple errors today, one was costly. But I thought he threw the ball good.”
Start No. 6 in 2021 for Ross began with two scoreless in which he worked around walks, one in each frame, without giving up a hit, but leadoff and one-out walks in the fourth led to the Yankees’ first run, with Brett Gardner, who walked to start the bottom of the inning, and moved up on a free pass to Giancarlo Stanton, scoring on an RBI hit to center field by Aaron Hicks, 1-0.
Ross gave up just the one hit through four, and he worked around a single in the fifth, but in the first at bat of the sixth, he fell behind Gleyber Torres, 2-0, and gave up a 411-foot blast to left field in Yankee Stadium that put the home team up 2-0.
A walk in the next at bat ended Ross’s outing...
Joe Ross’s Line: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 Ks, 1 HR, 97 P, 53 S, 5/2 GO/FO.
Germán vs D.C.: After losing each of his first two outings this season, Yankees’ right-hander Domingo Germán came into today’s matchup against the Nationals unbeaten in his last three turns in NY’s rotation, with a 2.50 ERA and a .206/.239/.353 line against in 18 IP over that stretch.
Germán struck out six of 18 batters faced over five scoreless innings today, working with a 1-0 lead after the third, and walking just one batter while allowing three hits.
He was up to 63 pitches overall after retiring the Nationals in order in a nine-pitch, 1-2-3 fifth inning, and Germán set the side down in order in the sixth as well, giving him seven-straight outs and 9 of 10 retired going back to a two-out walk to Starlin Castro in the 4th (see below for note).
Josh Bell doubled to left-center for just the fourth hit of the game off the Yankees’ starter in the first at bat of the seventh, and one out later Kyle Schwarber hit a 2-run shot 387 feet to right field for a game-tying blast that ended Germán’s outing...
Domingo Germán’s Line: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks, 1 HR, 80 P, 54 S, 4/5 GO/FO.
Patient Starlin: Starlin Castro’s walk in the fourth inning this afternoon was his 6th in his last five games and 20 plate appearances, after he walked just three times in his first 25 games and 100 PAs this season. That’s all. Just some patient Castro appreciation here. Move along.
Bullpen Action: Sam Clay inherited a runner after Joe Ross’s fifth walk of the game ended his outing with no one out in the sixth and the Yankees ahead, 2-0, and got a backwards K and a double play to end the inning and keep it a two-run game.
Michael King took over for the Yankees in the seventh and kept it tied at 2-2 after the two-run shot by Kyle Schwarber knotted things up in the series finale.
Austin Voth gave up a one-out, ground-rule double to left-center by Brett Gardner in the bottom of the seventh, then walked DJ LeMahieu in front of Giancarlo Stanton, who hit a grounder to second to start an inning-ending 4-6-3 DP.
King and Wandy Peralta combined for a scoreless top of the eighth to keep it tied.
Voth returned to the mound in the bottom of the eighth and walked Aaron Hicks to start the frame. Two outs later, an intentional walk to Mike Ford brought Clint Frazier up with two on and two out, and Frazier popped up to end the eighth.
Aroldis Chapman worked around a one-out single by Starlin Castro for a scoreless top of the ninth.
Brad Hand walked the leadoff hitter, Tyler Wade, on four pitches in the first at bat of the bottom of the ninth, in front of Aaron Judge, who walked as well. Two on, no one out.
DJ LeMahieu stepped in next and grounded into a force at second for out No. 1, but Wade took third on the grounder.
Giancarlo Stanton got a shot with the winning run on third, and singled to left to win it.
Final Score: 3-2 Yankees
Nationals now 13-17