Didi Gregorius’ 10th HR of the season, a solo shot in the top of the tenth, won the game for the Yankees, 4-3, over the Angels Friday night. The win is the Yanks’ seventh in a row and puts them at 16-9 on the season. They are three behind Boston and in second place in the AL East.
The Angels scored first when Shohei Ohtani hit a solo HR off of Luis Severino in the second inning. Ohtani later had to leave the game with an ankle injury.
The Yanks tied it in the fifth when Andujar hit the first of his two doubles on the night, went to third on a single by Torreyes, and scored on a SF by Hicks.
The Yanks went up 2-1 in the sixth, when Didi beat out a bunt single, and went to second when Stanton reached on an error. Gary Sanchez struck out, but a WP moved both runners up. Neil Walker was robbed of a HR, and Didi scored on the SF, but in a timing play, he scored before Stanton was ruled out for moving to third and for leaving the bag too early while tagging up. The umps appeared to blow that call.
Walker, hitting just .164 with only two extra-base hits and 4 RBI, did show signs of maybe snapping out of it, just missing two HR on the night. Stanton also hit one deep that appeared to be gone but just missed.
But you do wonder what becomes of Walker when Greg Bird comes back. The Yanks can’t send down Tyler Austin (who has been doing well, what with Austin hitting .290-5-16), can they?
Severino was sailing along with a two-hitter and the only mistake being the Ohtani HR until the seventh when Trout and Pujols singled, and with two out, Severino threw a WP. The next pitch after that was hit for a triple by Andrelton Simmons, giving the Halos a 3-2 lead. For Pujols, it was hit #2995. He has 619 HR. The only players in MLB history with 3000 or more hits and 600 or more HR are Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and A-Rod.
The Yanks tied it in the ninth. Sanchez walked and with one out, Andujar hit his second double of the night (I don’t know what the Yanks are going to do once Brandon Drury is ready. Andujar is at .292-3-11 and leads the majors with 11 doubles). After Gleyber Torres was intentionally walked to set up a possible game-ending DP, Brett Gardner PH for Torreyes, and this was a risky move because then the Yanks lost the DH, and Andujar, who was the DH, later went to replace Torreyes at 3B. The pitcher now had to hit. Remember the Yanks’ have a shortened bench because this was the first game of Tyler Austin’s suspension (reduced to 4 games from 5). Gardner came through with a SF that tied the game at 3.
That set the stage for Didi’s 10th HR of the year in the top of the tenth. Chapman gave up a two-out double in the bottom of the tenth but got the save.
Didi: what a start. .368-10-30. He leads the majors in ALL THREE CATEGORIES, as well as Slugging, OPS, OPS+, and Total bases.
Judge: 0 for 5, 4 K. After one K, bench coach Josh Bard was ejected.
Didi: 3 hits, bunt single, double, GW HR.
Andujar: 2 doubles
Severino 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K. 2.61. Gave up HR to Ohtani.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 8.10
Robertson (W, 1-1, 3.14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.64
David Hale was claimed off of waivers by the Twins. UPDATE: Less than 48 hours later, the Twins DFA’d him.