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Yankees offense explodes in 8-2 win over Guardians in Game 2 of doubleheader

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Yankees offense explodes in 8-2 win over Guardians in Game 2 of doubleheader

Juan Soto scored his third home run of the season in support of Cody Poteet while the Yankees completed the doubleheader sweep Saturday night with an 8-2 victory over the Guardians in Game 2.

Here are the takeaways…

-The Yankees’ lineup made things very difficult for the young righty Triston McKenzie. They scored two runs in the first inning and forced McKenzie to throw 30 pitches. Unfortunately for the Yankees, they had the bases loaded with no one out and were unable to score anymore.

It looked like the Yankees would squander another opportunity in the fourth inning with men on first and third base with one out. Austin Wells then popped out to third base Anthony Volpe single house Gleyber Torres to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Soto then stepped up and blasted a 400-foot homer to center field as he flipped a 3-0 fastball over the plate.

-It turned out that the two runs in the first inning would be enough for Poteet. The 29-year-old right-hander was on the mound for his first MLB appearance since 2022. Poteet threw six innings (77 pitches, 50 strikes), giving up one run on six hits while striking out four.

His only error was a hanging breaking ball to the former Yankee Estevan Florial which dumped the outfielder over the right field wall.

Giancarlo Stanton was back in the lineup after missing Game 1 Aaron Judge could DH. The slugger went 0-for-4, but walked and got an RBI.

Speaking of Judge, after the former MVP went 2-for-5 in the first game, he went 1-for-4 with a walk. After the doubleheader, he is now hitting above .200 for the first time since the start of the season.

-Volpe continues to lead the way for the Yankees and it continues to work. The second-year shortstop finished 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs after going hitless with a walk in Game 1. In three games since being moved to the leadoff spot, Volpe is 3-out -11 with four walks.

Torres has also benefited a bit from leaving the top spot. He finished 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs in Game 2 on Saturday. In three games since the move, Torres went 2-for-10 but walked three times.

Anthony Rizzo seems to have found his niche in Cleveland. The first baseman went 2-for-3 with a walk in the first game and continued that trend in Game 2 with two more hits and an RBI. He entered the weekend series hitting .245 and after two games he has increased his average to .281.

-Prior to the Cleveland series, Oswaldo Cabrera was out of the lineup for five consecutive games, as manager Aaron Boone chose to use Jon Berti. Between games on Saturday, the Yankees placed Berti on the IL, so Cabrera will see the bulk of starts moving forward. He blasted a home run in Game 1 and went 1-for-5 with an RBI double in Game 2.

Game MVP: Cody Poteet

When you saw Clarke Schmidt and Cody Poteet pitch Saturday’s doubleheader, you thought the bullpen would be taxed. While Schmidt got through five innings, Poteet helped the bullpen immensely by going six-man.

Honorable mention for that Dennis Santana who pitched two scoreless innings to give the bullpen more reprieve.

Highlights

What’s next…

The Yankees look forward to the three-game sweep against the Guardians on Sunday afternoon. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:40 p.m

Nestor Cortes (1-1, 3.50 ERA) will take the mound against Logan Taylor Allen (2-0, 4.60 ERA).

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