So we hit the quarter pole and the Yanks are at 28-12 (unfortunately, so is Boston). You can do the math. We don’t expect both teams to end up at 112-50, but winning the division means so much more. You don’t want to go, say, 103-59 but NOT win the division and find yourself playing in that sudden-death, one-game only, wild card game.
Luis Severino didn’t have his great stuff today, labored a bit, but still pitched six innings of one-run ball. Hopefully he keeps this up all year and gets the CYA at the end of the year.
He got the offensive support from Giancarlo Stanton, who went 4 for 4 with 3 RBI.
In the first inning, Gardner singled, Judge doubled and Didi walked. Bases loaded, no one out for Stanton, who singled in two. After a DP, Hicks singled in a run to make it 3-0 and with Seve on the mound, you knew it would be enough.
The A’s got a run in the top of the fifth but Stanton got it right back in the bottom of the fifth with his tenth HR of the season.
In the seventh, Judge walked, and with one out, Stanton doubled. After a walk to Sanchez, Hicks’ force out made it 5-1 Yanks.
In the eighth, Andujar singled and with two out advanced on a WP. Judge singled him in to make it 6-1.
The A’s got a HR off of Shreve in the ninth, but the final score was 6-2 Yankees.
Gardner 2 hits.
Judge 2 hits, walk, rbi.
Stanton 4 for 4, HR, 3 RBI.
Hicks 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits.
Severino (W, 6-1, 2.14) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.
Green (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.45
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.00. Developed a blister.
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.52
Robbie Cano for Seattle will be out 2 months. HBP, broken finger.
Chase Headley DFA’d by SD after starting the year .115. Bryan Mitchell has stunk for them, too.
The Yanks are off Monday. Two-game series in Washington Tues. and Wed. Tough series. Tanaka vs. Gonzalez, and CC vs. Scherzer. Hoping for a split.
The Yanks then travel to KC and Texas, both teams are bad, hoping for 4 or 5 out of 6 there.