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Game 140. Wild card race tightens as Yanks lose sixth straight, get bad news on pitchers.

When it rains, it pours.

On a day when the Yanks got more bad news pitching-wise, the Yanks (78-62) lost their sixth game in a row, and tenth in their last twelve, to Toronto, 6-4.

Toronto has won eight in a row and has turned the wild card race into a crapshoot.

Before the game, besides the uncertainty on ace Gerrit Cole and his tight hamstring, the Yanks had to put Jameson Taillon on the 10 day IL due to a partially torn tendon in his ankle. They are holding out hope he still might make a start this season, but it doesn’t look good. Sal Romano was called up. OF Jonathan Davis was DFA’d , and expect Michael King up soon.

Also, Zack Britton, already done for this year, will in most likelihood miss ALL of 2022. Besides a bone chip being removed from his elbow, he also went TJ surgery.

Now for the game. Bo Bichette, the first batter of the game, hit a HR (22) off of Yankees’ starter Nestor Cortes, Jr. to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 immediate lead.

Cortes pitched well, giving up another solo HR, this one to Randal Grichuk (22) in the fifth, and the Blue Jays were up 2-0. That is all “Nasty Nestor” gave up. But he got little run support.

But the state of the Yankees bullpen is such that in a big game in September, Sal Romano and Andrew Heaney had to pitch.

The Yanks did tie the game in the bottom of the sixth when Aaron Judge singled and Anthony Rizzo followed with a 2-run HR (19).

But Toronto scored in the top of the seventh and never looked back. An error by Tyler Wade led to Toronto getting another run in the eighth and Vlad Guerrero Jr. hit HR #42 in the ninth off of Heaney to put the Blue Jays up 5-2. Toronto got another run off Heaney later in the ninth and it became 6-2.

In the bottom of the ninth, Gary Sanchez (21) and Luke Voit (9) hit back-to-back HRs, Voit as a PH, to make it 6-4, which would be the final score.

Judge 3 hits
Rizzo 2-run HR (19; Cubs/NYY)
Sanchez solo HR (21)
Voit solo HR (9)

Cortes, Jr. 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.70
Romano (L, 0-2) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 5.84 (Combined Reds/Brewers and NYY)
Peralta 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3.86 (Combined SF/NYY)
Heaney 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. gave up 1 HR. 5.86 (Combined LAA/NYY)

The Yanks are 10 behind Tampa Bay, 3rd in AL East, with 22 games to go.

Now for the wild-card picture.

Bos 80-62, top wild card seed
NYY 78-62 -1 from Boston. At present, the second wild card.
Tor 77-62 -1 1/2 from Boston and only 1/2 game behind the Yanks.
Oakland AND Seattle each 76-64, 3 behind Boston and both just 2 1/2 behind the Yanks.

Game 126. Yanks hold on to edge Braves, 5-4, for 11th straight win.

For the first time since 1985, the Yankees have an 11-game winning streak. They are now 19-4 in the month of August and have won 33 of their last 44 games.

It wasn’t easy. Wandy Peralta had to relieve an ineffective Aroldis Chapman with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the ninth. He got Freddie Freeman (last year’s NL MVP) to fly to left for the final out to preserve a 5-4 victory for the Yanks over the Atlanta Braves.

With the win, the Yanks (74-52) stay 4 back of Tampa Bay in the division. They are 2 1/2 up on Boston for the top wild card spot. The Yanks are off Wednesday, and are heading to Oakland to face the A’s. The A’s are 2 behind Boston for the other wild card spot, so the Yanks can put a little distance and breathing room between themselves and the A’s. Seattle is 3 behind Boston, and Toronto 5 1/2 behind Boston.

The Braves struck first, getting two runs in the bottom of the first off of Yankees’ starter Andrew Heaney. With two out, Heaney walked Freeman and hit Austin Riley with a pitch. On an 0-2 pitch, Dansby Swanson doubled in two runs. Ugh. All with two out, and on an 0-2 pitch. 2-0 Braves. And to add insult to injury, Freeman walked on a pitch that appeared to be strike three. It was one of a couple controversial calls by the umpires last night.

The Yanks got one back in the top of the second when Giancarlo Stanton hit his 22nd HR of the season.

The Yanks tied it in the fourth when Aaron Judge doubled and two outs later, scored on a single by Gary Sanchez.

The Yanks went up 4-2 in the top of the fifth. Andrew Velazquez singled, stole second, and scored when D.J. LeMahieu hit a 2-run HR (9).

The Braves got a run in the bottom of the fifth. Albert Abreu started the inning on the mound for the Yanks. After an out, a single and a walk. Joely Rodriguez replaced Abreu and got a forceout. But then Riley singled in one run, but Freeman, also trying to score, was called out at the plate, upheld by review.

The inning before, Braves’ CF Joc Pederson was ejected for arguing a call. The umpires ruled that he had swung and struck out even though he was hit by the pitch. The swing negating the HBP. Pederson, of course, didn’t think he swung. As I mentioned, several controversial calls in this game.

In the top of the seventh, Rougned Odor homered (15) to put the Yanks up 5-3. It would turn out to be the decisive run.

In the bottom of the eighth, with one out and Freeman (he seemed to be in the middle of everything) on first, Riley singled Freeman to third, but was thrown out at second trying to advance. Another out upheld on review.

To the bottom of the ninth, and Chapman in. A groundout, then a single and a strikeout. Fine. Two run lead, one on. Then Chapman could not seal the deal. A walk on four pitches. An infield single to load the bases. Another walk to force in a run to make it 5-4.

Peralta then came in and got Freeman to fly to left, but it took nine pitches to do it, and a 3-2 count. Close to walking in the tying run, but he got the job done.

One nail-biting ending.

LeMahieu 2-run HR (9)
Judge 2 hits
Stanton solo HR (22)
Odor solo HR (15)

Heaney 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. 1 HBP. 5.48 (Combined LAA/NYY ERA)
Abreu 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.21
Rodriguez (H, 12) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.05 (Combined Tex/NYY ERA)
Holmes (W, 5-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.38 (Combined Pit/NYY)
Green (H, 16) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.03
Chapman (H, 1) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. 3.86
Peralta (S, 5) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.62 (Combined SF/NYY)

I guess Loaisiga wasn’t available last night. Salaries be damned, I’d make him the closer over Chapman right now.

UPDATE: Zack Britton appears done for the season and could require TJ surgery which would take him out of 2022 and the rest of his Yankees’ contract. Hopefully he is just shut down for the year, does not need the surgery, and can come back strong next year.

Game 125. Yanks win 10th in a row, 5-1.

Yankees fans remember 1996 and 1999, and when you think of Yankees taking Atlanta, you can even go back to General Sherman and 1864 (LOL). But in the first game between two teams where both teams came into the game riding 9 game winning streaks since 1901(!) it was the Yankees coming out on top, 5-1, for their tenth win in a row.

With the win, the Yankees, 73-52, are 4 games back of Tampa Bay in the AL East. As for the wild card, they are 2 1/2 up on Boston for the 1st wild card spot, and 3 1/2 up on the A’s for the second slot. Seattle is 5 1/2 behind the Yankees, and Toronto 7 back of the Yankees.

How hot are the Yanks right now? They are 32-11 in their last 43 games, and 18-4 in the month of August.

Before the game, more moves. Estevan Florial sent back to SWB, and Jonathan Davis up. Zack Britton put on the IL, and Clay Holmes returned from the Covid-IL list. Also, Miguel Andujar was taken off of rehab and placed on the 60 day IL. That’s similar to what happened with Clint Frazier. It’s safe to say Frazier and Andujar’s seasons are over. Disappointing for both of them.

Giancarlo Stanton got the scoring in the game started with a solo HR (21) in the second inning to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Dansby Swanson homered off of Yankees’ starter and winner Jordan Montgomery in the bottom of the second to tie the game at one.

The Yanks went ahead for good with two runs in the top of the sixth. D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning by getting HBP, and two outs later, Joey Gallo walked. Stanton then doubled them both home. 3-1.

The Yanks got two insurance runs in the eighth. With two out, Aaron Judge singled and Gallo walked. After a balk moved the runners up, PH Luke Voit walked to load the bases. Gary Sanchez singled in two runs. 5-1.

Judge 2 hits
Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI. Solo HR (21)
Sanchez 2 RBI

Montgomery (W, 5-5) 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.69
Loaisiga 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.30
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.65 (Combined SF/NYY ERA)
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K 3.70

Not Yankees news, but big baseball news: Congratulations to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who became the 28th MLB player to hit 500 HR. Cabrera achieved the milestone on Sunday. He is also 45 hits away from becoming only the seventh player in MLB history with 3000 hits and 500 HR.

Game 122. Yanks hold off Twins and win 7th in a row, 7-5.

Andrew Velazquez once again provided a spark as the Yankees (70-52, 2nd in AL East, 5 GB, but 1 game up for top wild card spot) beat the Twins last night 7-5. It was the Yanks’ seventh straight win. They have won 29 of their last 40 games.

The Yanks got four runs in the bottom of the third, and it was Velazquez starting things off with a triple. He scored on a double by Kyle HIgashioka. After a walk to Tyler Wade, Luke Voit doubled in two runs, and went to third on the throw home. Anthony Rizzo followed with a SF.

In the bottom of the fourth, Velazquez singled with two out. He stole second, and Higashioka hit a 2-run HR (8) to make it 6-0.

Jameson Taillon only gave up one hit over the first 5 1/3 innings, but when he lost it, it happened quickly in the top of the sixth. HR, single, double, double, and all of a sudden, it was 6-3. Wandy Peralta came in, got out of the inning and pitched a scoreless seventh.

The Twins got another run in the eighth, this one off of Zack Britton, and cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-4.

Giancarlo Stanton homered for the Yanks (20) in the bottom of the eighth to make it 7-4. Good thing, because Miguel Sano, a Yankees-killer, hit a HR for the Twins in the top of the ninth, to make it 7-5, the final score. Sano has 10 HR in 20 games against the Yankees in his career.

Voit 2 RBI
Stanton solo HR (20)
Velazquez 2 hits.
Higashioka 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (8)

Taillon (W, 8-4) 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.94
Peralta (H, 5) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.75 (SF/NYY)
Britton (H, 11) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.89
Green (S, 6) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.13

Wild Card Standings (granted, 40 games to go)

Yanks 70-52 top wild card. 5 GB of Tampa Bay for division
A’s 69-53 -1 own 2nd wild card slot for now
Boston 69-54 – 1 1/2
Seattle 66-56 -4 from Yankees
Toronto 63-56 – 5 1/2 from Yankees.

Game 121. Velazquez leads Yanks to sweep of Bosox, 5-2.

Andrew Velazquez was born in the Bronx, went to Yankees games as a child, and dreamed of making his mark with his favorite and local team.

Last night his dreams came true. The light-hitting SS had two hits, drove in two runs, and made an outstanding play to end the game and save a 5-2 Yankees win that enabled the Yanks (69-52, 2nd in AL East, 5 games back) to sweep this week’s three-game series against Boston.

The wild card standings. Two of three would make the playoffs (granted, 41 games to go)

NYY 69-52 .570
Oak 68-53 .562 1 game behind NYY for top WC
Bos 69-54 .561 1 game behind NYY for top WC, .001 behind the A’s for the second wild card.

The Yanks have won 28 of their last 40 games, and their last six in a row.

Andrew Heaney gave up a HR to Xander Bogaerts in the first inning, giving Boston a 1-0 lead. You are forgiven, if, after his first three Yankees’ starts, all bad, you thought “here we go again.”

But Heaney was superb last night. After giving up that HR, he gave up no more runs, and only one more hit, in pitching seven innings.

The Yanks came back with four runs in the bottom of the second. Giancarlo Stanton led off with a single and Rougned Odor walked. Gary Sanchez blooped a single that loaded the bases. Odor was almost forced out at second on the play. Brett Gardner tied the game with a sacrifice fly, and Velazquez then singled to put the Yanks up 2-1. Velazquez stole second to put runners on second and third, and after a groundout that froze the runners, Anthony Rizzo singled in two runs on a play botched by Boston 1B Bobby Dalbec to make it 4-1.

It stood that way until the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Sanchez doubled and moved to third on a ground out by Gardner. Velazquez singled to make it 5-1.

Earlier in the day, Rizzo and Aroldis Chapman were brought off the IL. Rizzo the Covid-IL, and Chapman the regular IL. Sent down were NIck Nelson and Jonathan Davis. Chapman started the ninth.

But as we’ve seen this year, it seems the Yanks can’t just close out games easily. Chapman gave up a one-out, 456 ft. HR to Hunter Renfro. He did get a second out, but Lucas Luetge had to replace Chapman with two outs, two on and the tying run at the plate. Kevin Plawecki grounded a ball into the hole, but Velazquez made the stop and the long throw to nip Plawecki at first for the final out of the game, upheld upon review. An outstanding play.

Rizzo 2 RBI
Sanchez 2 hits.
Velazquez 2 hits, 2 RBI. Outstanding defensive play.

Heaney (W, 8-8) 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 5.51 (Combined LAA/NYY)
Britton (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.71
Chapman 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.79
Luetge (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.09

Game 118. Cole & Gallo lead Yanks past Halos, 2-1.

In a makeup game from a previous rainout, the Yankees (66-52, 3rd in AL East, 5 1/2 out, 1 1/2 out of a playoff spot) beat the Angels 2-1 Monday night.

The Yanks have another makeup today, since today is a day/night doubleheader vs. Boston. This doubleheader is huge because the Yanks are 1 1/2 behind Oakland and 2 behind Boston when it comes to the wild card race.

Before the game, the Yanks activated Gerrit Cole off the Covid-IL list, and sent down Brooks Kriske. Cole didn’t miss a beat, as he picked up the win.

Cole gave up a HR to Justin Upton in the top of the first inning, but the Yanks got two in the bottom of the first when Aaron Judge singled with one out, and Joey Gallo followed with a 2-run HR (29, 4th as NYY). That was all the scoring in the game.

The Yanks placed Clint Frazier on the 60-day IL, and it looks like his season is over. A very disappointing one for him, and you hope he gets healthy.

The Yanks will activate Jordan Montgomery off the Covid-IL today and also bring back up Luis Gil. We will see who else (Sanchez? Rizzo?) comes off the Covid-IL list, so there could be a lot of moves today.

It looks like Sanchez is back. The Yanks sent Brantly down after last night’s game. Stephen Ridings also was sent down.

Judge 2 hits
Gallo 2-run HR (29)

Cole (W, 11-6) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.04
Britton (H, 9) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.06 Struck out the only batter he faced.
Abreu (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.13
Rodriguez (H, 11) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.29 (Tex/NYY) Struck out the only batter he faced.
Green (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.08

Game 116. Judge and Gallo drive in all the runs in 7-5 10-inning Yankees’ win

Aaron Judge had a HR and 4 RBI, and Joey Gallo had 2 HR and 3 RBI as the duo drove in all the runs in a 7-5, 10-inning Yankees win over the Chicago White Sox Saturday night.

The Yanks are now 64-52, 3rd in AL East, 6 1/2 back, and 2 1/2 out of a playoff spot. There are 46 games left in the season.

The Yanks got two runs in the top of the first. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a double, moved to third on Brett Gardner’s flyout, and scored on a SF by Judge. Gallo followed with his first HR of the game.

Yanks’ starter James Taillon struggled early, giving up a run in each of the first three innings.

The Yanks broke the 2-2 tie in the top of the third when Gardner tripled with two out, then Judge followed with a double, only to see Chicago tie it up again in the bottom of the third.

Judge put the Yanks up 4-3 in the top of the eighth with his 26th HR of the season.

The Yanks were one strike away from victory in the bottom of the ninth when Jose Abreu homered off of Chad Green to tie the game. That gut punch could have killed the Yanks for the night.

But the Yanks got three runs in the top of the tenth. Gardner was the ghost runner, and after a WP, he scored on a single by Judge. Gallo followed with a 2-run HR (28).

The White Sox didn’t go easily however, scoring a run and having the bases loaded with one out. Albert Abreu relieved Zack Britton and got a lineout and force out to end the game. It was the first career save for Abreu.

Luis Severino will have an MRI on his shoulder on Monday.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Judge 3 hits, 4 RBI, solo HR (26)
Gallo 2 hits, both HR, 3 RBI (28, combined Tex/NYY HR)

Taillon 5+ IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.89
Luetge 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.80
Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.50
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.18 (Combined SF/NYY)
Green (W, 7-5; BS, 4) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.13
Britton (H, 8) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 6.19
Abreu (S, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.43 FIRST CAREER SAVE.

Game 115. Dream turns into nightmare as White Sox walk-off Yanks, 9-8.

The Yankees-White Sox game at the Field of Dreams site in Iowa was nearly perfect. I’d like to see what the TV ratings were on this one. Unlike the movie, however, the game didn’t have a feel-good ending for Yankees’ fans.

After a stirring comeback in the top of the ninth, Zack Britton gave up a 2-run walk-off HR in the bottom of the ninth to Tim Anderson, and the Yanks (63-52, 3rd in AL East, 7 GB; 2 games out of a playoff spot) lost to the White Sox, 9-8. It appears as if the Yanks should concentrate on the wild card. They can still win the division, but those chances seem very remote.

There are a couple things about the game and its retro-ness that could have been better. Nitpicking, maybe, but … One, no Nike Swoosh on the uniforms. Take it off for one game. Two, the home plate ump could have worn the old-fashioned balloon chest protector. There is another one, but I won’t get into that one.

The Yanks need guys to get healthy. Especially pitchers. Going with bullpen games like the other day are necessary right now, but not what you want. It hurts you for the next game. We all can’t wait for Cole and Montgomery to come back from the Covid list, or Kluber, Severino, and German from the IL. How much better that rotation would be. Some decisions would have to be made then on the rotation. Also the bullpen if Clarke Schmidt and/or Michael King are ready. One decision may have to be to just shut down certain guys (German? King?) for the remainder of the season.

One decision that apparently needs to be made is that when certain guys come back, Andrew Heaney has to get taken out of the rotation. Heaney has started three games for the Yankees after being acquired from the Angels. In those 3 starts, he has given up 15 runs in 15 IP. Eight HR. He gave up 7 runs in 5 IP last night, 3 HRs. That’s just facts. (Heaney is a free agent after this year. Let’s just say his Yankees’ “audition” isn’t going well.).

UPDATE AND SPOILER ALERT: See minor league report. Kluber didn’t do well in first rehab stint. Hopefully nothing physical, just rust.

Heaney gave up a run in the first, as Jose Abreu hit the first MLB HR at the Iowa site. 1-0 Chicago.

In the top of the third, with two out, D.J. LeMahieu (who got the first hit at the site) walked, and Brett Gardner singled. Aaron Judge hit a 3-run HR (his first of two for the night) to put the Yanks up 3-1.

The lead was short-lived. The White Sox came back with a one-out double and a two-out 3-run HR to take a 5-3 lead. Ugh. Nothing like the first pitch after a mound visit being hit for a 3-run HR. It doesn’t make the pitching coach look good.

Chicago got a two-out, two-run HR in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-3 lead. We will see how this park plays out in the future, but it was a hitters’ park last night. 8 HR, 4 by each team.

Brett Gardner hit a HR (5) to cut the White Sox’ lead to 7-4 in the sixth.

To the ninth. Tyler Wade singled to lead off the inning, and two outs later, Judge hit his second HR of the game (25) to make it 7-6. Joey Gallo walked and Giancarlo Stanton homered (18) to put the Yanks up 8-7. Some comeback.

But for naught. After a groundout, Britton gave up a walk, then the 2-run HR to Anderson. Chicago, 9-8. Final.

I was hoping for Loaisiga in the ninth. He has been lights out, and the Yankees’ best reliever this year. Maybe he was unavailable, but if he WAS available, then Boone has to ditch the “roles” and past experience, and go by what he sees. And what WE see this year is that Loaisiga has been far better than Britton, or for that matter, Chapman (who is on the IL, which is why Britton was in the game, not Chapman–not recently. Chapman was great until mid-June. Since then … shaky).

As we know, there have been too many of these kind of losses this year. And they may be costing the Yanks a playoff spot. We hope not.

Gardner 2 hits, solo HR (5)
Judge 2 hits, both HR, 5 RBI (25)
Stanton 2-run HR (18)
Wade 2 hits.

Heaney 5 IP, 7 R, 5 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 3 HR. 5.78 (Angels/Yankees)
Peralta 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 4.31 (SF/NYY)
Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.35 (Tex/NYY)
Britton (L, 0-1; BS, 3) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.32

The Yanks are off today. Rare for a Friday, but now the series resumes in Chicago.

Game 114. Yanks piece together 5-2 win.

With the rotation in flux because of injuries and Covid, the Yanks had a bullpen game on Wednesday afternoon, and they pieced together a 5-2 win over Kansas City to go to 63-51.

Before the game, yet another Covid hit. Clay Holmes now has come down with the virus, and Brooks Kriske was called up.

The Yanks got all three runs they needed in the top of the first inning. D.J. LeMahieu walked to start the game, and one out later, Aaron Judge singled. A walk to Joey Gallo loaded the bases, and Luke Voit dunked in a single to score two runs. Rougned Odor followed with a single to score Gallo and the Yanks were up 3-0.

The Royals got a run in the bottom of the first off of Yanks’ opener Lucas Luetge, helped by a WP, to cut the lead to 3-1.

In the top of the fourth, Tyler Wade doubled to lead off the inning. One out later, Wade stole third and then scored on a single by LeMahieu. Brett Gardner then singled and Aaron Judge’s single plated LeMahieu. 5-1.

KC got a run in the bottom of the fifth with help from an error by SS Andrew Velazquez. The Yanks have to tighten the D up. They made 3 errors today after making 4 yesterday.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Voit 2 RBI
Odor 2 hits, RBI
Wade 2 hits.

Luetge 2 iP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP 2.82
Abreu 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1 Balk. 4.57
Rodriguez 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.51 (Tex/NYY)
Green (W, 6-5) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1 WP 3.05 Gets win on Official scorer discretion.
Loaisiga (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.56
Britton (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP 5.28

Game 112. Finally. Yanks hold off KC, win in 11, 8-6, in back-and-forth struggle.

No team scored until the seventh. Then the game became the first in MLB history to have each team score in the eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh innings. A lot of blown saves in this one. In fact the Yanks became the first team to win a game despite four blown saves.

In the end the Yankees prevailed over KC, 8-6 in 11. The win makes the Yankees 62-50, 3rd in AL East, 6 out and 2 out of a playoff spot.

Before the game the Yanks put Gleyber Torres (sprained thumb) on the IL and brought up Bronx native Andrew Velazquez from SWB. Velazquez, a switch-hitter, 27, has played in 68 MLB games for Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Baltimore with 15 hits in 96 MLB at bats. (He went 0 for 4 in this game then).

The Yanks scored in the top of the seventh when with one out, Aaron Judge doubled and went to third on a single by Joey Gallo. Judge was out at home on a fielder’s choice on a bang-bang play. Luke Voit singled in Gallo.

KC tied it, thanks to reliever Jonathan Loaisiga making a throwing error and committing a balk. This after a leadoff single off Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon, who once again was brilliant. Manager Aaron Boone was ejected for arguing Loiasiga’s balk. A SF after the balk plated the run.

The Yanks scored in the top of the eighth. Tyler Wade reached on catcher’s interference and with one out, stole second. Brett Gardner walked. After another out, Judge singled in Wade. Gardner out at third.

KC came back to tie it in the bottom of the eighth.

Luke Voit homered (4) in the top of the ninth to put the Yanks up 3-2. But with two out, KC got a walk, SB and single to tie it up again and force extra innings, featuring that damned ghost runner.

In the top of the tenth, Velazquez was the ghost runner. Tyler Wade singled him to third. Kyle Higashioka hit a SF scoring Velazquez and moving Wade up to second. Brett Gardner singled in Wade and moved to second on an error. 5-3 Yanks. But KC came back with two in the bottom of the tenth to tie it up again, helped by a WP. The tying run scored with two out.

The Yanks got three runs in the top of the eleventh. Joey Gallo was the ghost runner, and he scored when leadoff hitter D.J. LeMahieu doubled. Two outs later, Wade walked. Higashioka walked to load the bases. Gardner singled in two runs and he and Higashioka moved up on the throw.

The Yanks got two quick outs in the bottom of the eleventh, but once again, KC didn’t go quietly. A single made it 8-6. Another single put the tying run on base and the winning run at the plate. Wandy Peralta then got Carlos Santana to ground out to finally end it.

Gardner 2 hits, 3 RBI
Judge 2 hits, RBI
LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (4)
Wade 2 hits.

Taillon 6+ IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 HBP 3.82
Loaisiga (BS, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 2.60 Made error, committed balk.
Green (BS, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.16
Britton (BS, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.65
Holmes (W 4-2; BS, 1) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1 WP. 4.47 (Combined Pit/NYY)
Peralta (S, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.60 (combined SF/NYY)