Clarke Schmidt hits eight, Giancarlo Stanton hits again as Yankees beat Rockies, 6-3

July 15, 2023;  Denver, Colorado, USA;  New York Yankees starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt (36) pitches in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
July 15, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt (36) pitches in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. / Isaiah J. Downing – USA TODAY Sports

DENVER (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered for the fourth time in four games and reached 1,000 career RBIs while driving in four runs to power the New York Yankees against the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Saturday night.

Stanton’s three-run homer in the opposite field on the right-field line with two outs in second capped a five-run inning Connor Seabold who built a 6-1 lead. Stanton, who has 12 home runs at Coors Field, drove in the first inning with a groundout in the first. He has 16 RBIs in his last 14 games.

Stanton was replaced by Oswaldo Cabrera in right field in the seventh. Stanton made a late, awkward slide to third base while going from first to third in the fourth inning.

Josh Donaldson appeared to injure his right calf while running to first base on a groundout in the seventh inning. Donaldson was sidelined between April 5 and June 2 with a strained right hamstring.

Clarke Schmidt (5-6) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings while tying a career high with eight strikeouts. He’s 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in 10 starts and one relief appearance since May 14, lowering his ERA from 6.30 to 4.31.

All of Schmidt’s strikeouts were swinging, four with an 86-mph sweep that threw the Rockies off balance.

Schmidt walked one and left afterwards CJ CronSchmidt’s first homer in the seventh inning – the first time Schmidt had pitched the seventh inning of his big league career. Schmidt faltered in a run in the first.

Clay Holmes threw a ninth hit for his 11th save in 13 chances.

DJ LeMahieu had three hits, including two doubles. Back at Coors Field, LaMahieu played back-to-back games for the second time this season and the first since April 23-24.

Gleyber Torres had two hits for the Yankees, who scored as many as six runs for the second time in seven games. Torres tripled on Seabold’s first pitch of the game.

POWER OUTAGE

Anthony RizoHis career-long unhomered streak reached 144 at-bats when he went 1 of 4 with a single. He has not played on the tour since May 20.

“Baseball”, manager Aaron Boon said. “It’s tough, even for guys who are really good.”

Rizzo missed three games early in that streak after sustaining a neck injury when he collided with Fernando Tatis Jr. on a selection game on May 28.

“When he came back from the neck, he had two weeks where he really struggled, where he didn’t swing very well,” Boone said. “The last three weeks or so, he’s been better. It’s not easy to knock the ball out of the ballpark or to hit for power. It can be even more difficult when you go hunting.

SHORT DELAY

The game was briefly delayed before the start of the eighth inning when a fan ran onto the field and threw a towel at the Yankees shortstop. Antoine Volpe, who jumped. The fan was tackled to the ground by security personnel and taken off the field.

TRAINERS ROOM

Yankees: DE Judge Aaron (toe) practiced batting and increased his pre-game running program. … OF Jake Bauer (shoulder) is to ramp up baseball activity in the coming days, manager Aaron Boone said, before a decision on the roster was made. He is eligible to return from IL on Tuesday. … HPR Jonathan Loaisiga (elbow) “is about to throw live,” Boone said. … HPR Frankie Montas (shoulder) has a follow-up appointment in Anaheim with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed arthroscopic surgery on Montas’ labrum on April 21. “He’s still in the capture stage,” Boone said.

Rockies: DE Randal Grichuk (groin) did not start after being taken out of Friday’s game in the sixth inning. … HPL Ryan Rollison (shoulder) was moved to the 60-day disabled list when RHP Tommy Doyle was purchased from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday. … 2B brandon rogers (shoulder) could make his 2023 debut in the Arizona Complex League next week.

FOLLOWING

Yankees HRP Gerrit Cole (9-2, 3.85 ERA) is to oppose the RHP of the Rockies chase anderson (0-4, 6.89) in the rubber game of a three-game series. Cole is 5-1 with a 2.47 ERA in five starts against Colorado, 1-0 in two starts at Coors Field. Anderson allowed 14 homers in 49 2/3 innings.

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