The Yanks lost a good game, 2-1, that had a controversial ending.
It came down to a battle of HRs. Justin Turner hit a 2-run HR for the Dodgers in the bottom of the third, and Aaron Judge a solo HR (15) for the Yanks in the top of the fourth and that was all the scoring.
CC went four. He hasn’t won in two months, is stuck with Bob Gibson at 251 wins and you wonder when or if he will get another win, especially since he sometimes doesn’t even go the five innings to qualify for one anymore.
Except for that one mistake to Turner, he pitched well today.
The story of the game is the top of the ninth. Didi led off, tried to get on base by beating the shift with a bunt. But he fouled off both the 3-1 and 3-2 pitches to strike out. On the 3-2 pitch, instead of just laying it down, he jabbed at it. Fatal mistake.
Gleyber Torres then singled, and then Brett Gardner beat out an infield hit. Gio Urshela hit a slow roller and the Dodgers went for the force at second. Gardner was ruled out but he and the ball got there almost simultaneously. The slide was hard, but good and clean and Max Muncy, the Dodgers’ 2B, was shaken up and hurt. Gleyber Torres saw that and tried to come home.
But time was called by Dodger pitcher Kenley Jansen while Torres was starting to come home.
A review showed Gardner was safe, but instead of granting Torres home to tie the game, he was sent back to third.
The Yanks had bases loaded, one out, but both Mike Tauchman and Gary Sanchez struck out.
Should Torres have been granted home and the game be tied? Tough call. But that call decided the game.
But hey, there was still bases loaded, one out, and Tauchman and Sanchez couldn’t come through.
That ending had a postseason feel to it, and if this WAS a WS game, it would be talked about for ages.
Tampa lost, so the Yanks’ (84-47) lead remains at 8 and the magic # is now 24.
Judge solo HR (15).
Torres 2 hits.
Sabathia (L, 5-8, 4.99) 4 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Gearrin 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.86
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 5.23
Ottavino 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.63
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.22
On a sad note, I lost an uncle this morning. He was 90. My confirmation godfather. Kind, gentle man who will be missed. Godspeed, Uncle John.