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Before last night, the Yankees had no complete games out of their starters this season.
They do now, thanks to the rain. Nestor Cortes pitched six innings of one-hit shutout baseball, and since the rain ended the game after six innings, he’s credited with a complete game victory.
The 2-0 win means the Yankees (94-58) magic number for clinching the AL East title is 2. Since the Yankees now head to Toronto for a three-game series, all the Yanks have to do is to win one of the three games and the AL East crown is theirs.
The rain ending the game early also meant that Aaron Judge was robbed of at least one at bat. He was scheduled to lead off the bottom of the seventh for the Yanks. Judge doubled in the first inning, walked in the third, and flied out in the fifth. His 1 for 2, combined with Xander Bogaerts 0 for 2, put Judge back on top for the AL batting lead and the Triple Crown, and barely. Judge is currently hitting .3143, and Bogaerts .3137.
The Yanks scored in the fourth when Oswaldo Cabrera led off with a double and stole third. A single by Jose Trevino plated Cabrera.
In the sixth, Harrison Bader singled and was forced out by Aaron Hicks. With two out, Hicks came around to score when one-time Yankee Rob Refsnyder had trouble catching a ball between the pouring rain and the lights and was charged with an error.
Although it would have been great to have Judge hit #61 and #62 at home, the perfect scenario now would be for him to hit both in the same game at Toronto tonight. Therefore, there could be a ton of celebrating, for Judge would have broken the AL and Yankees’ single season HR record in the same game in which they clinch the division. Also, perfect would be for that little boy who is a huge Judge fan and who was gifted a HR ball by a Toronto fan in a scene that went viral this summer to be there to witness it.
Rookie SS Oswald Peraza had 2 hits.
Cortes (W, 11-4) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K. 2.56
Miguel Andujar, DFA’d by the Yankees, was picked up by the Pirates.
Yankees’ legend Don Mattingly will not be back as Marlins’ manager next year. No offense to any of the Yankees’ coaches, but here is hoping Donnie comes back home, perhaps as the Yankees’ hitting coach (no offense to the coaches doing that now). It would be great to see #23 wearing his retired Yankees uniform, not have the pressure of managing, and teaching what he (.307 career batting average) did so well.
AAA: SWB (79-64) edged out Lehigh Valley, 8-7.
CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, RBI. #15 prospect .291-15-43, 36 SB. Needs to hit in majors. (3 for 31)
C Ben Rortvedt 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (6)
PR/1B Armando Alvarez 2 for 2
2B Chris Owings 2 hits, RBI
3B Tyler Wade 2 hits, RBI
RF Michael Beltre 2 hits, 2 RBI
PH/RF Blake Perkins 1 for 1, R, RBI, walk
Zach Greene 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K. 3.24
Deivi Garcia 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR 8.17 #26 prospect. Overall: 4-5, 7.00
Mujica (W, 3-1) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.21
M. Gomez (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 5.12
Rich Rodriguez (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.22
Bard (S, 2) 1 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.41
AA: Somerset won their Eastern League semifinal series, two games to none, and will go into the finals to play Erie for the Eastern League crown. Down 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh, they came back to tie it up. Down 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth, they tied it up again before winning in the bottom of the tenth, 6-5.
Game 1 will be at Erie Sunday, Sept. 25. The next two games (Game 3 if necessary) are at Somerset, September 27 and 28.
CF Jasson Dominguez (“The Martian”) 2 hits, RBI #2 prospect.
LF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 2 RBI #28 prospect.
Clayton Beeter 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 W, 6 K. #9 prospect (Got him in the Gallo trade from Dodgers)
Jennings 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Ramirez 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 1 Balk
Ernst 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP
Minnick 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. gave up 1 HR.
Myatt 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Coleman (WIN) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.