What a game to be at (as I was)! and what a finish!
The Yanks (90-48) became the first team this year to 90 wins with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Oakland on Sunday. They maintain their 10 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East as the magic number is now 15 to clinch the division outright.
The win also keeps the Yanks one game ahead of Houston for both the best record in the AL and best record in the majors for home field advantage. Houston won yesterday as Justin Verlander tossed his third career no-hitter.
The Yankees and A’s were scoreless through six innings, as J.A. Happ, who has struggled all year long, had a good outing. In the bottom of the fifth, with the bases loaded and two out, A’s 1B Matt Olson made a great play on Mike Tauchman to save two runs.
But the Yanks were limited as to who to replace Happ. Having used a lot of pitchers in Saturday’s extra inning win, and with Zach Britton having a calf problem (it cramped in Saturday’s game), the Yanks were forced to use a couple of callups. Since yesterday (Sunday) was September 1, you had roster expansion. Some callups were OF/DH Clint Frazier, and pitchers Ryan Dull, Tyler Lyons and Chance Adams.
So Dull (who came from Oakland, for whom he pitched 2015-2019) came in for the seventh, making his Yankees’ debut, and gave up three runs. Adams gave up a HR in the eighth, and through 7 1/2 innings, the Yanks were down 4-0.
They got back into the game with three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Tauchman led off the inning with a walk, then D.J. LeMahieu singled. Aaron Judge walked to load the bases. Gleyber Torres moved up all the runners with a SF. 4-1. After Gary Sanchez popped up, Didi Gregorius singled in two runs to make it 4-3.
In the bottom of the ninth, Brett Gardner led off the inning with a HR (19) to tie the game, then Mike Ford PH for Clint Frazier and Ford’s 10th HR of the year won it.
LeMahieu 2 hits .335
Gregorius 2 RBI
Gardner game-tying solo HR (19)
Ford game-winning PH solo HR (10)
Happ 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 W, 5 K. 5.34
Dull 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. 13.50
Adams 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.54 Gave up 1 HR
Ottavino (W, 6-4, 1.69) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.