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ALDS Game 3. Yanks survive 1-0 behind Tanaka gem, Bird HR and Judge catch.

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By the skin of their teeth, the Yankees survive to play another game. They won Game 3 of the ALDS 1-0 Sunday night to avoid being eliminated by Cleveland. Cleveland still leads the best-of-five series two games to one.

Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant, pitching seven shutout innings. He got two strikeouts after a one-out Kipnis triple in the fourth to get out of trouble.

In the sixth, Aaron Judge robbed Francisco Lindor of a 2-run HR. It appeared that had Judge not stretched out his 6’7″  frame to make the catch that the ball would have cleared the fence or hit the top and bounced over for a 2-run HR.

The Yanks blew a chance in the sixth. Hicks singled but Gardner GIDP (why wasn’t Gardner bunting there?) Judge walked, Sanchez singled and Didi walked, but Castro popped up.

In the bottom of the seventh, Greg Bird accounted for the only run of the game with a HR.

David Robertson got the first out in the eighth, but Aroldis Chapman had to come on for a five-out save, stranding two in the ninth.

Game Four is scheduled for 6:30 today with Luis Severino starting for the Yanks. There is a chance of rain.

Tanaka (Winner) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Robertson (Hold) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Chapman (Save) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Chapman had to apologize to Girardi before the game because of a social media faux pas he had made after Game 2, criticizing the manager. Girardi was booed when introduced pre-game because of what happened in Game 2 with his not challenging a call that turned that game around.

In the other ALDS, Boston also stayed alive and forced a Game 4 vs. Houston.

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ALDS Game 2. Yanks in 0-2 hole after blowing 8-3 lead. Lose 9-8 in 13.

Yankee Stadium Friezed

Sorry for the late report. I slept in and am not feeling well. Bronchitis again? Same time, just about, every year. Sigh.

1997. Mariano gives up the first of only two postseason HRs he would ever give up. It ties Game 4 for Cleveland and instead of the Yanks winning the series 3 games to 1, the Indians come back to win Game 4 and then Game 5.

2007: The midges. Torre doesn’t pull the team off the field, regrets it later, and his Yankee tenure is over. Joba vs. the bugs.

2017: The Faux HBP that Girardi didn’t challenge. Now Girardi’s contract is up, and I don’t expect him to be fired, but he made a mistake that seems to be as big as Torre’s in 2007.

(ok as for the bad omens…. the Yanks did win it all in 1938, 1958, 1978 and 1998, so we should look forward to 2018, right?)

Anyway, the game started off great when the Yanks knocked around Cleveland ace Corey Kluber. Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run HR in the first inning.

An error by Todd Frazier led to the Indians scoring two unearned runs in the first to tie it up (came back to bite them), then the Indians scored one in the second to go up 3-2. At this point, you are wondering about the Yankees’ starting pitching this postseason. The Indians did lose Edwin Encarnacion due to an ankle injury.

The Yanks went up 6-3 with four in the third. Starlin Castro tied the game and Aaron Hicks hit a 3-run HR.

In the fifth, a two-run HR by Greg Bird made it 8-3. Then the Yanks blew it. For one thing, the game went 13 and they couldn’t score anymore.

CC was pulled in the sixth after 77 pitches. Ok, maybe he should or could have stayed in with an 8-3 lead. But this is how they’ve treated CC for a while now. One out, man on first and in comes Chad Green. Normally a good move and the right one.

But was Green still taxed from the two innings he pitched on Tuesday? Here is where the early knockout of Severino in Tuesday’s wild card game may have come back to bite the Yanks, for Green wasn’t his usual self. He got a flyout for out #2 but couldn’t put Yan Gomes away. After fouling off a few pitches, Gomes doubled.

Then PH Chisenhall was HBP. Or was he?

Chisenall had two strikes on him. Replays showed the ball hit the knob of the bat and ricocheted into Sanchez’ glove. Foul tip, strike three and out of the inning. Instead, the umpire ruled HBP. Bases loaded.

Sanchez pointed to the dugout to challenge. And Girardi did nothing. For the brilliance of Tuesday night, when Girardi pieced together 26 outs out of the bullpen, he bleeped up here.

He stated that the slo-mo replay didn’t come up in the 30 seconds he had to challenge. He also stated that he didn’t want to disturb his pitcher’s rhythm.

What BS. That sounds like the excuses your seven year old kid makes to mommy and daddy when the did gets into trouble.

First off, why aren’t you trusting your catcher when your catcher is urging you to challenge? He’s right there. He caught the ball. To quote Billy Joel, It’s a Matter of Trust. And that matter of trust came up later in the game as well. Players in the dugout were urging the same thing.

Secondly, what do you have to lose by challenging? You win, strike three, out of inning. No, Joe decided to leave it go.

Third, the batter never reacted as if he were hit! He had to be told to go the first.

And you don’t challenge?

As far as his pitcher’s rhythm? Green gave up a grand slam off the foul pole on his second pitch after the incident. 8–7.

We’ll never know what would have happened had he challenged as he should have, got the call and it remains 8-3. There is a huge difference between going home 1-1 in a best-of-five and in going home 0-2. Especially to a team that has won 35 of its last 39 games.

So in came David Robertson, and you had to wonder how much he had left in the tank after his 3 1/3 innings of Tuesday night. Four up, four down, three by strikeouts. Looks good.

But then Girardi tried to extend him. Why? A matter of trust. He trusted Robertson in the eighth over Betances. Betances did pitch in Game 1 (when the Yanks were down 4-0). He also pitched and lost this game. But Betances didn’t come in until other relievers had gone before him.

He tried to extend Robertson, who was already extended on Tuesday night. It didn’t work. Jay Bruce (thanks, Mets) did it again. HR to tie the game.

And so the game went into extras. Kahnle and Chapman came in, then Betances.

Meanwhile in the 11th, Ronald Torreyes pulled a rock. Pinch-running for Todd Frazier, who reached second on an error leading off the inning, Torreyes was picked off second when Brett Gardner had to take a pitch on a sac bunt attempt. Ouch.

Betances came in for the 11th. After Green, Robertson, Kahnle and Chapman. A matter of trust. In because he had to, not so much because Girardi trusted him. After all, if he was trusted, wouldn’t he have come in in the eighth, like usual? It appears that at this point, Girardi doesn’t trust Betances.

Betances had two good innings, but needed to be overextended himself. Working his third inning, he walked the leadoff guy, who stole second. It’s well known that Betances isn’t a good fielder and with his size and delivery, doesn’t hold runners on well. Cleveland took advantage with the SB. Gomes, who extended the AB in the sixth, and who picked off Torreyes in the 11th, got the GW hit.

This is one loss that (unless the Yanks pull off a miracle and win 3 in a row to stun the baseball world and make it to the ALCS) will hurt all winter long.

Sabathia 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K.
Green 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. Gave up grand slam.
Robertson 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up HR.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Chapman 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Betances (Loss) 2+ IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.

Sanchez 2 hits, 2-run HR.
Castro 2 hits, RBI.
Bird 2 hits, 2-run HR.
Hicks 2 hits, 3-run HR.
Todd Frazier 3 hits, but 2 errors.
Torreyes bone-headed PR play.

In the other series, Houston dominated Boston again and the Astros go into Fenway up 2 games to nothing.

In the NL, the Cubs and Dodgers both took Game 1 over the Nationals and Diamondbacks, respectively.

 

Game 162. Yanks end season with 2-1 loss, now to the wild card game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost a meaningless regular season finale, 2-1, to Toronto, and finished the regular season 91-71, 2 games back of Boston in the AL East. As the top wild card team, they will host the Twins in the sudden-death, wild card game on Tuesday night.

Toronto only got two hits in the game, but they were enough.

In the fourth, a walk, single and SF plated a run for the Blue Jays.

The Yanks, playing with most of the regulars getting a day off, tied it in the seventh on a HR (19) by Matt Holliday.

The Blue Jays got a run in the eighth on a strikeout, but on the play, ex-Yankee Rob Refsnyder reached on a wild pitch. A walk, sac bunt and infield nubber plated the winning run.

Adam Warren got some work in before the postseason starts.

Aaron Judge got a crystal gavel for breaking the rookie HR record. He also broke Babe Ruth’s 1921 record—set at the Polo Grounds—for most HR hit at home by a Yankee in a season. 33 of Judge’s AL best 52 were at home. Judge also led the league in runs scored and walks, and led the majors in striking out 😦   . He was second in OBP, SA and OPS+.

The Yanks announced they will be extending the netting for next year to protect fans better. The little girl struck by Todd Frazier’s foul ball about two weeks ago is home, but while in the hospital, the two-year-old had tubes in her, suffered a fractured nose and orbital bone, and concern was about blood on the brain that could cause a stroke. Her vision may never recover and be the same.

Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.88
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.35
German (L, 0-1, 3.14) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 WP.
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.82.

Ex-Yankee Pat Kelly, who grew up and graduated from high school not far from where I live, was arrested with his girlfriend (I guess he got divorced, I thought he married an Australian girl some years ago) in a Manhattan hotel early Sunday morning. Both were thrown in jail overnight for assaulting each other.

As for Tuesday, a lot of tough decisions need to be made. Who is in CF? Hicks or Ellsbury? Who DH’s? Hicks, Ellsbury, Headley or Holliday? (Bird will be at 1B, Todd Frazier at 3B). Being that it is a sudden death game, if starter Luis Severino doesn’t have it, Girardi will have to have a quick hook.

 

Game 156. Yanks win 11-3. Judge sets new rookie record for HR with 50.

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Ok, there will be a lot of history in this post. A lot of it.

The Yanks (87-69) won 11-3 in a makeup game against the Royals Monday afternoon (game rained out in May) to reduce their magic # for hosting the wild card game to 1.

First off, Aaron Judge hit 2 HR, giving him 50 for the season, and it sets the all-time record for HR in a season by a rookie.

He is the fifth Yankee to hit 50 in a season, following Babe Ruth (who did it 4x), Mickey Mantle (2x), Roger Maris, and A-Rod.

In addition, CC Sabathia got the win, and #236 of his career ties Whitey Ford on the all-time list.

In the first, Gardner singled, and after Judge flied out, Sanchez doubled. Didi got the run home with an RBI groundout.

Gardner walked and Judge hit his first HR of the game, #49, to tie McGwire’s 1987 mark for a rookie and make it 3-0.

In the sixth, Didi singled and Holliday doubled him home. Bird hit a 2-run HR (7) to make it 6-0. Do not discount how hot Bird is getting and how important he can be.

The Royals hit back-to-back HR off of CC in the seventh to cut it to 6–3.

The Yanks came right back on back-to-back HR by Judge (the record-setting 50th HR by a rookie) and Sanchez (#33).

In the eighth, Torreyes doubled and went to third on an error. Gardner doubled in a run to make it 9-3. Judge walked, and was replaced by PR Clint Frazier. Sanchez singled to load the bases. Didi singled to make it 10-3 and Holliday hit a SF.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI.
Judge 2 HR, setting a rookie HR record of 50. 3 RBI.
Sanchez 3 hits, RBI, HR #33. (27 as catcher, 5 DH, 1 1B)
Gregorius 3 hits, 2 RBI.
Holliday 2 Rbi.
Bird, HR, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 3 hits.

Sabathia (W, 13-5, 3.84) 6+ Ip, 3 r, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up back-to-back HR in the 7th.
Green (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.87
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.93. Struck out the side.
Kahnle 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.48

Just an aside. I am SO SICK and DISGUSTED of the NFL (and others) right now.

Yankees news. Magic # to make the playoff now 2.

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Even though the Yanks were off on Thursday, they saw their magic # for making the playoffs reduced to two when the Angels lost to Cleveland.

The magic # to make the playoffs is 2 over the Angels and the Rangers.

The magic # to be the top wild card and host the wild card game is 4 over the Twins.

The Yanks remain 3 back of Boston in the AL East with 10 games to go.

Yanks’ minor league prospect Billy McKinney will be going to an instructional league. The OF will learn to play 1B to increase his versatility. The 23 yr. old lefty hitter hit .277-16-64 in 124 games this year, split between AA and AAA.

One-time Yankee Raul Mondesi has been sentenced to 8 years in prison and fined a hefty amount for corruption. After his playing days ended, he became a mayor of a city in the Dominican Republic. A crooked mayor, it seems….

 

Yanks PPD. Game tomorrow.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees game tonight was ppd. to Thursday afternoon, 1:35 EDT, b/c of rain.

We found out why Adam Warren couldn’t come in for CC Tuesday night. Back spasms, 10-day DL. Still doesn’t excuse using Robertson and Chapman for only 11 pitches each.  (Can you imagine Billy Martin in early 1978 telling Guidry he was done after six innings b/c of pitch count, using Tidrow for the 7th, then pulling an effective Tidrow for Lyle in the 8th, then pulling an effective Lyle for Gossage in the 9th? I hate the way the game has changed. Guy is doing well, leave him in!)

Brett Gardner is the Yankees’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, given for class, dignity, and giving back to the community.

The Yankees are scheduled to go to Tampa after a weekend series against the Rangers in Texas. Those games may have to be moved to a neutral site b/c of Hurricane Irma.

Lastly, the Red Sox are accusing the YES network of stealing signs? Really? Michael Kay of the YES network isn’t too happy about those accusations.

Game 138. Golden opportunity missed, Yanks blow it in 9th, 7-6.

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It was so close to being cut to 1 1/2 games. So close.

The Yanks had a 6-1 lead. They took a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth in Baltimore. Meanwhile, Toronto took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth up in Boston.

With two out, Dellin Betances walked a batter and gave up a game-winning 2-run walk-off HR to the Orioles’ Manny Machado. It was Machado’s second HR of the game.

Meanwhile, Boston won 3-2 in 19 innings. Instead of cutting the lead to 1 1/2 games, the Yanks fall 3 1/2 back. Ouch.

With two out in the first, CC gave up a run on a walk, infield hit, WP and another infield hit.

The Yanks struck for six in the third, but couldn’t tack on. Romine singled, and after an out, Judge walked and Castro was HBP. Didi singled in two, 2-1 Yanks. Holliday walked to re-load the bases. Bird hit a sac fly, E-8 on Adam Jones, everyone moves up, everyone safe. 3-1. Todd Frazier grounded out, run scored, 4-1. Ellsbury singled in two, 6-1.

But the Yanks gave it all back. CC gave up a HR in the bottom of the third to Machado. 6-2.

He gave up a HR in the fifth to Yankee-killer Schoop. 6-3.

I would NOT have had CC start the sixth inning, and was surprised and angry when he did. My fears and anger were justified when he gave up a 2-run HR to Mark Trumbo to make it 6-5.

Pulls Montgomery early on Labor Day (puts in Green, right move) but doesn’t pull CC for Warren when the situation was about the same? I don’t know how Warren was feeling or anything, but….

I don’t know how Yankees fans around the country feel, but living close enough to NY to get WFAN and hear the Yankees fans there, I can say that there are a lot of Yankees fans not happy with Joe Girardi’s managing. This is the last year of Girardi’s contract.

One reason is this: his constant over managing. Guy comes in, pitches well, and he pulls the guy after one inning. Too often, by doing this, you eventually find the guy who doesn’t have it that night and blows the game. Guy doing well, leave him in! I’ve written that how many times this year.

Too many cooks spoil the soup.

It is one reason the Yanks’ real record is eight games worse than their expected record based on runs scored vs. runs allowed. It is one of the reasons they are 15-24 in one-run games. They are 3 1/2 back of Boston. If they were 19-20, not even .500 in those one-run games…. you can do the math.

So Kahnle gets two outs. Robertson only pitches one inning, 11 pitches. Same with Chapman, one inning, 11 pitches. Then instead of letting Robertson go two, or Chapman two, Girardi brings in Betances, who blows the game.

Joe. Simple concept. Guy does well, not many pitches, leave him in for another inning.

Stop over-managing.

Castro 2 hits.
Gregorius 2 RBI
Ellsbury 2 hits, 2 RBI

Tyler Austin was brought up from SWB.

Sabathia 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR. 3.91
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.82
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 W, 1 K. 2.24. Threw just 11 pitches and pulled.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.02. Threw just 11 pitches and pulled.
Betances (BS, 3; L, 3-6, 2.73) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up GW HR.

So close to cutting it to 1 1/2. So damned close.

…and Boston was caught using illegal technology to steal Yankees’ signs recently. We’ll see about any ramifications for that.

Paul Schaal, a 3B for the Angels (1964-1968, 1974) and Royals  (1969-1974) passed away Sept. 1, age 74. His best year was 3B for the 1971 Royals, .274-11-63, OPS+ 129. For his career, .244 with 57 HR. 162 g. average .244-8-46, OPS+ 99.