The Yanks’ overcome a bad start by CC Sabathia and beat Toronto 8-6 on Wednesday night to go to 17-9 on the season. They got HRs by Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge in the victory. They are off today and head to Chicago for a weekend series against the Cubs. They should be getting Gary Sanchez back Friday as well.
CC gave up 4 runs in the first inning, but the Yanks got three back on Holliday’s HR, his fifth of the season and #300 of his career.
But CC gave up two more in the top of the second.
Judge got two back in the third with his 13th HR of the season.
The Yanks had the bases loaded in the fifth, and at this point, probably every Yankees’ fan was rooting for Kyle Higashioka to finally get his first MLB hit, but he struck out. Higashioka will be sent down for Sanchez, and unfortunately will be taking an 0 for 18 back with him.
Joe Girardi didn’t like the umps’ strike zone and was ejected.
Shortly after the ejection, with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Judge singled, Headley doubled him to third, and Carter singled to tie the game. PH Didi Gregorius singled to make it 7-6 Yanks, and later on Aaron Hicks walked with the bases loaded to give the Yanks an insurance run.
Gardner 2 Hits and drew 2 walks. Holliday 3-run HR.
Judge 3 hits, inc. HR. 2 RBI. Carter 2 hits, RBI. Hicks walked 3x.
Sabathia 4+ IP, 6 R, 7 H, 4 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.45
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 H, 1 K. 0.63
Clippard 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 w, 2 k. 1.54
Betances (w, 3-1, 0.93) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.87
The Yanks’ bullpen cleaned up for CC, going 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 6 K. And check their ERA’s.
Sam Mele died a few days ago at the age of 95. He was an OF/1B for the Red Sox 1947-1949, Senators 1949-1952, White Sox 1952-1953, Orioles 1954, Red Sox again 1954-1955, Reds 1955 and Indians 1956. He led the AL in doubles in 1951. His 162 game average was .267-12-84 OPS+ 97.
He managed the Twins from 1961-1967, winning the 1965 AL pennant. They lost that series in 7 to the Dodgers. He had a .546 winning percentage. His teams also finished second in 1962 and 1966.