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Gerrit Cole threw a complete game shutout and in the end, it was pure guts. Pure willpower. He threw 129 pitches, and with two out in the 9th, persuaded manager Aaron Boone to leave him in. Result? Three pitches, three strikes. The last two outs were strikeouts. It was like no way Cole was going to lose this game. Pure determination.
The only run of the game came on a 419 ft. HR (21) by Aaron Judge in the third inning.
Before the game, Miguel Andujar (hand) and Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid) were put on the IL. Albert Abreu and Brooks Kriske brought up.
The Yanks had six hits, Houston had three.
The complete game may have been necessary. Given the way Aroldis Chapman has been lately, I don’t think anyone would have been comfortable with Chapman in the game in that ninth inning. It was Cole’s to win or lose. And even with a high pitch count, I, and others, would rather take our chances there with Cole and his heart, guts and determination.
With the win, the Yanks (46-42, 3rd place) are now 8 back.
Judge HR (only run of game) #21
Cole (W, 9-4) 9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 12 K. 2.68
You know the saying. Make contact, don’t strike out, and you might get lucky. You don’t know what may happen.
That sure worked for Boston as the Red Sox got five infield hits in beating the Yankees 4-2 Saturday night.
Usually when you are a lefty pitching at Fenway, and give up 3 runs in 6 innings, you did pretty well. But for Jordan Montgomery, it only made him a hard-luck loser last night as the Yankees had trouble getting to ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi. More on that in a bit.
The loss dropped the Yankees to 40-36, 6 back. They are 4 1/2 out of what would be the final playoff spot if the season ended today. They are in third place in the AL East, but only 1/2 game ahead of 4th place Toronto. They really need a win today, and at least have ace Gerrit Cole starting the game today.
A lot of the Yankees’ problems deal with how the roster is constructed. Yankees’ teams have traditionally been built on lefty bats (including switch-hitters) and lefty pitching. Here is a look at just a few Yankees’ title teams of the past. Lefty hitters listed, switch-hitters have an asterisk.
1927: Ruth, Gehrig, Combs, Koenig*
1939: Dickey, Rolfe, Keller, Selkirk, Henrich
1961: Mantle*, Maris, Berra, Kubek, Blanchard
1977: Nettles, Chambliss, Rivers, Jackson, White*
1998: Williams*, O’Neill, Martinez, Raines*, Strawberry, Posada*, Ledee, Davis*
2009: (the last title) Swisher*, Cabrera*, Teixeira*, Posada*, Cano, Damon, Matsui, Gardner … even Pena* and Hinske.
Wow. Look at all the switch-hitters in 2009.
Now look at this year. I’ll also have to point out the production, or lack of. Remember 100 is average OPS+. For example, an 80 means 20% below league average.
Odor .209-8-18, OPS+ 93; Gardner .198-2-8, 71; Hicks* .194-4-14, 76 (only 32 games, out for season); Ford .133-3-5, 58 (traded to Tampa Bay); Bruce .118-1-3, 32 (retired after 10 games), Wade .217-0-2, 54. Tauchman was 3 for 14, traded to SF, and young Estevan Florial was 1 for 3 in one game.
There’s very little lefty bats in the lineup, and they have been unproductive. Against a tough righty pitcher like Eovaldi, the Yanks only had one lefty hitting starter in the lineup last night. That was Gardner, hitting ninth.
You can see the problem. Look at the lefties and switch-hitters (and you know how productive they were) of some of the title teams and compare that to this year’s team.
People can talk about the short porch at Yankee Stadium all they want. The Yanks aren’t taking advantage of it.
One last thing before a quick game recap: The Yankees are hitting into a ton of DPs this year, and are at the top in that category. Remember that a righty hitter has to take two or three more steps to get to first base than a lefty one. Those steps are the difference between a force out and a DP.
As for the game, Boston got two runs off of Montgomery in the second inning. Two infield hits, and a SF that went 152 ft. 1B Luke Voit had to go up the line in foul territory for the catch, and was in no position to make a good throw home. So Montgomery and the Yanks had no luck there.
Boston got another run in the third to make it 3-0, helped by two more infield hits. Once again, no luck. Boston added another run in the seventh to make it 4-0.
D.J. LeMahieu got the Yanks on the board in the top of the eighth with a solo HR (7) with two out. The Yanks then loaded the bases on three straight walks, but Voit grounded out to end the inning.
In the top of the ninth, LeMahieu singled in a run to make it 4-2, but with two men on, Aaron Judge struck out to end the game.
LeMahieu 4 hits, Solo HR, 2 RBI
Judge 2 hits
Montgomery (L, 3-2) 6 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 WP 4.06.
Abreu 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.53
Half of Boston’s 10 hits were infield hits.
Before the game, Zack Britton (hamstring) and Wandy Peralta (back) were placed on the injured list. Albert Abreu and Brooks Kriske were brought up.
The Yankees (29-21) have to do a better job against teams within their division. They are 6-12 against Tampa Bay and Toronto this season, and 23-9 against everyone else. They have not played Boston yet.
Yesterday, they split a DH against Toronto.
Before the games, Estevan Florial and Albert Abreu were brought up to replace Corey Kluber and Luke Voit, both of whom went on the IL. Nick Nelson was the 27th man for the second game, returned to SWB after the game.
It remains to be seen who goes back to SWB, Abreu or Florial once Giancarlo Stanton comes off the IL today.
UPDATE: Florial was sent back down after the game.
Game 1: Domingo German didn’t pitch badly, but got no support as the Yankees lost 2-0. German gave up back-to-back HRs in the third inning to Marcus Semien and Bo Bichette for the only runs of the game. Remember doubleheader games now are just seven innings long. The Yanks only got two hits off a pitcher making his MLB debut, both of them singles by Miguel Andujar.
Andujar 2 hits.
German (L, 4-3) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 1 HBP. 3.06
Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.66
Game 2: Aaron Judge homered and drove in 3 runs, and Gary Sanchez also homered as the Yanks won the nightcap, 5-3.
The Yanks got a run in the first inning when D.J. LeMahieu singled, and after an out, Aaron Judge walked. Gio Urshela doubled home LeMahieu, but Judge was thrown out at the plate (the Yankees lead the majors in runners thrown out at the plate–what’s up with that? Later in the game, Sanchez was thrown out at home — by plenty—when Florial doubled).
Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery gave up a 3-run HR to Bichette in the top of the third inning and Toronto went up 3-1.
In the bottom of the third, LeMahieu singled with one out, and one out later, Judge homered (13) to tie the game.
Sanchez homered (6) in the bottom of the fourth to give the Yanks a 4-3 lead.
The Yankees got an insurance run in the fifth. Tyler Wade reached on an error, and one out later, stole second. Gleyber Torres walked and both runners moved up on a WP. Judge hit a SF to drive in Wade. 5-3.
Chad Green closed out the game because an ill Aroldis Chapman was not available.
LeMahieu 2 hits
Judge 2-run HR (13), SF 3 RBI
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (6)
Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.22
Loaisiga (W, 4-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.39
Peralta (H, 3) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.28 (Combined SF/NYY ERA)
Green (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.16
The reason Montgomery wasn’t left in for one more out and a possible win? Man on first, and Bichette, who homered off him earlier, was up.