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Game 157. Nestor Nasty as Yanks shutout O’s, 8-0. Judge stuck on 61. Rainout likely Sunday?

Nestor Cortes’ last regular season start could not have gone much better. The best Yankees’ starter this season (sorry, Gerrit Cole) pitched 7 1/3 one-hit, shutout baseball as the Yankees defeated Baltimore 8-0 Saturday afternoon. Cortes was dominating, striking out 12.

Cortes ends his season 12-4, with a superb 2.44 ERA.

Aaron Judge went 0 for 2, with 2 walks and a HBP as we still wait and see if he can get #62 to set a new AL and Yankees record. He has a couple of things working against him. For one, the weather forecast is not good for Sunday. Should the Yankees be rained out on Sunday, the game, meaningless in the standings, would not be made up. So, Judge has one less game in order to hit #62. The Yankees next four games are on the road in Texas. One game Monday, a doubleheader Tuesday and the regular season finale on Wednesday. There may be a window to play today, but the game may be delayed for a very long time until that window arrives. There appears to be only a one-hour rainless window around 2 pm today, and a window from about 7 to 10 pm. That’s it, and with the Yankees needing to travel to Texas, it does not look good for a game today. Do they really sit in a clubhouse (and make the fans wait) six hours to start the game at 7 PM when they have to travel to Texas for a game tomorrow? For a game that means nothing in the standings, but only for one player. I don’t think so.

Also, you can’t hit a HR if every pitch is 2 inches off the ground and 4 inches outside. Since hitting #60, Judge is 7 for 27, with that 61st HR, but SEVENTEEN walks and the HBP.

Yesterday, as mentioned above, Judge was 0 for 2, both strikeouts, with a HBP and 2 walks. His batting average is at .313, two points below Luis Arraez of the Twins .315 as Judge also attempts to win the Triple Crown. It appears to be a two-man race for the batting title. Xander Bogaerts of Boston has dropped to .305.

The Yanks got on the board quickly yesterday scoring 3 runs in the first inning. Judge was HBP but forced out at second by Anthony Rizzo. Gleyber Torres doubled in Rizzo and went to third on the throw home. Josh Donaldson hit a SF to make it 2-0, then Giancarlo Stanton smashed a 447-ft. HR (29) to make it 3-0. For the badly slumping Stanton, who was hitting .156 since June 1, he needed that badly.

Kyle Higashioka homered for the Yanks in the bottom of the second (9) to make it 4-0.

In the seventh, Judge walked to lead off the inning, with the pitcher, who appeared to be avoiding Judge, drawing a great deal of derision. The Yanks made him pay for that. Rizzo singled Judge to second. Torres singled in a run to make it 5-0, both runners moving up on the throw. Donaldson singled in both runners to make it 7-0, and he moved up on the throw. Two outs later, Harrison Bader doubled to close out the scoring at 8-0.

Rizzo 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI
Donaldson 2 for 2, walk, 2 RBI.
Stanton 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (29)
Bader 2 hits, RBI
Higashioka 3 hits, RBI. Solo HR (9)

Cortes (W, 12-4) 7 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 12 K. 2.44
Barnes 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.64 (Det/NYY)

Before the game Jacob Barnes up from SWB. Zack Britton to IL.

If there is a game today, Chi Chi Gonzalez is supposed to start. No word as far as a corresponding move to get Gonzalez on the roster.

Luis Severino is to go on Monday. Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon will go in Tuesday’s doubleheader, and Domingo German closes out the regular season on Wednesday. The Yanks would then be off for six days, with Game 1 of the ALDS being at Yankee Stadium on October 11. Opponent to be determined.

Game 2 would be after another off day on October 13. Then another off day. Game 3, October 15.
Games 4 and 5 October 16 and 17 if necessary.

The Yankees would only need 3 starters for this series. Most likely Cole, Cortes and Severino. With the off days, the Game 1 starter could come back for Game 4, and the Game 2 starter for Game 5, but the Game 2 starter would be doing so on 3 days’ rest. Severino would probably go Game 3. But who goes in Game 1 and who in Game 2 between Cole and Cortes?

I think Cole would be better on his regular rest, so he lines up for 1 and 4. I think Cortes can adapt better to go on three days’ rest, so I’d have him Game 2. Taillon and German for middle relief if needed.

Game 155. Fit to be tied! Judge gets #61, Cole ties Guidry K mark in Yanks’ 8-3 win.

Aaron Judge tied Roger Maris for the AL and Yankees’ single-season HR record by hitting his 61st HR last night in the Yankees’ (96-59) 8-3 win at Toronto.

The blow broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh inning. Fitting that it was the game-winning hit.

So, 61 years after Maris, who wore #9, hit 61, Judge, also a RF, who wears #99, matches him. And Maris sometimes played CF, especially after Mantle went down late in the 1961 season. We’ve seen Judge play a lot of CF himself this season.

The Yankees are off today and return to NY for a weekend series against Baltimore. If Judge doesn’t hit #62 Friday night, maybe he does it Saturday, October 1. If so, he would break Maris’ mark exactly 61 years after Roger hit his 61st.

Judge wasn’t the only one to tie a single season Yankees’ record last night. Gerrit Cole struck out four batters to give him 248 on the season, tying the mark set by Ron Guidry in 1978.

Judge’s HR was his only at bat in a 1 for 4 night. He still leads, barely, in the batting title race as he possibly could win a Triple Crown. He is hitting .3134 to the Twins’ Luis Arraez .3133. Xander Bogaerts of Boston is at .309. Should Judge win the Triple Crown, he would be only the second player since 1967 to do so. He would be the third Yankee. Lou Gehrig in 1934 and Mickey Mantle in 1956 are the Yankees to have done so. By the way, no NL hitter has won the Triple Crown since Joe “Ducky” Medwick of St. Louis in 1937.

Having won the AL East the night before, manager Aaron Boone made Anthony Rizzo the de facto manager for the evening. Most of the lineup was made up of the bench players, and rookie Oswald Peraza hit cleanup.

The Yanks scored three times in the top of the first inning. Judge walked, and so did Oswaldo Cabrera. Josh Donaldson singled in Judge, and Peraza then got a single for his first MLB RBI to make it 2-0. After a force-out, Marwin Gonzalez hit a SF to make it 3-0.

Cole retired the first 15 batters he faced before giving up a HR to Danny Jansen leading off the bottom of the sixth. As we have seen this year, anything that seems to throw Cole off a bit seems to mess him up big time, as far as limiting the damage. A single and walk immediately followed. After a lineout, a single brought in one run. A balk by Cole moved the runners up to second and third. A SF tied the game before Cole got out of the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Aaron Hicks singled before Judge hit his AL record-tying HR (and we know about the steroid controversy surrounding the NL and MLB mark, a fact alluded to by Roger Maris, Jr. in a postgame interview). But two outs after Judge’s line drive blast (394 ft with an exit velo of 117+ MPH, the hardest HR Judge has hit all season), the Yanks tacked on another run. Peraza singled, went to second on a WP and scored on a single by Harrison Bader, who moved to second on an error. 6-3 Yankees.

The Yanks got a couple of insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Cabrera doubled, and Donaldson was HBP. A groundout by Peraza moved the runners up. Bader then hit a ball back to the mound, but in trying to get the runner out at home, Toronto pitcher Adam Cimber threw the ball back to the backstop and both runners scored. 8-3.

Judge 2-run HR (61). Ties AL record and Yankees’ record for most HR in a season.
Peraza 2 hits, RBI. First MLB RBI
Locastro 2 hits
Hicks 3 for 3 with a walk.

Cole (W, 13-7) 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 Balk. Gave up 1 HR. 3.51
Cole’s 248 K ties Guidry single season NYY record.

Britton (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 13.50 After TJ surgery, control is the last thing to return.
Effross (H, 16) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.63 (Cubs/NYY)
Schmidt (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.29
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.24

D.J. LeMahieu is expected off the IL on Friday, and we will see about the corresponding move.

Game 150. Yanks Magic #4 after 5-4 win. Judge still stuck on 60.

The Yankees (92-58) magic number for clinching the AL East and a bye into the ALDS is now 4 after a 5-4 win over Boston coupled with a Toronto loss to Tampa Bay. The Yankees have an 8 1/2 game lead with 12 games to go. It doesn’t seem too long ago we were worried about that lead getting under 3.

Aaron Judge was 1 for 4 with a single, so we are still awaiting HR #61. He still leads in batting average, .315 to .314 for Xander Bogaerts and .312 for Luis Arraez so as of now he still leads in all Triple Crown categories.

Gerrit Cole got 8 strikeouts to up his season total to 244. He is 4 behind the Yankees’ single season record of 248, set by Ron Guidry in 1978. He should have two starts left and should break that record in one of those starts. Cole, however, still had gopher ball problems last night, which we will get to shortly.

Tommy Pham homered off of Cole in the top of the first to give Boston a quick 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, Aaron Hicks homered (8) to tie the game. Yankee fans (and baseball fans?) joked it was the wrong Aaron who homered.

The Yanks scored three times in the fifth to go up 4-1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) led off with a single, and Marwin Gonzalez walked. Hicks singled IKF home, Gonzalez going to second. Two outs later, Gleyber Torres doubled in both runners. Torres went to third on the play on an error but was stranded.

One thing Yankees fans have noticed about Gerrit Cole this year. Besides the high number of gopher balls he has given up, it seems like Cole can’t pitch through a little adversity. If the pregame ceremony goes a little long, it affects him. If there is a rain delay or an error behind him, he immediately gives up a big hit afterward. If an umps ball/strike call goes against him, you know a big hit is coming against him. Last night, in the top of the sixth, a 1-2 pitch with two on was called a ball. Awful call by the ump. The next pitch was immediately hit for a game-tying 3-run HR. I have to question the pitch selection since all the pitches in the at bat were fastballs, and Alex Verdugo finally timed one that was also placed in the wrong spot. But once Cole didn’t get the call, he folded. It just seems like every time something doesn’t go his way, he isn’t pitching through it. Just an observation.

Cole did strike out the next hitter to end the inning and knew with his pitch count that he was done for the night, so he let that ump have it with a curse word as he left the mound. He was ejected, as was manager Aaron Boone, who came out to protect his player.

Now, yes, Cole had a right to be pissed off, but he needs to pitch through that. Also, yes, umpires are human, and we all make mistakes, but MLB has to hold umpires more accountable for bad calls. There are too many awful calls that umpires get away with (think Angel Hernandez, although he didn’t make that bad call last night). Whatever happened to responsibility and accountability?

So, the game was now tied at 4.

In the bottom of the eighth, newly acquired (well, not so new, since we had to wait for him to get off the IL after the trade) Harrison Bader was a sparkplug again. With two out, Bader pinch hit for Oswaldo Cabrera and walked. He stole second and went to third on an error, then scored when Jose Trevino singled. This held up as the deciding run in the 5-4 Yankees win.

Torres 2 RBI
HIcks 2 hits, 2 RBI Solo HR (8)

Cole 6 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR 3.49 4 K behind Guidry’s record of 248 in 1978.
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.20
Loaisiga (W, 2-3) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.43

Non-Yankee related but what a feat. Albert Pujols, retiring after the season, hit 2 HR for St. Louis against the Dodgers in LA last night. The second was HR #700 of his career, joining Barry Bonds*, Henry Aaron and Babe Ruth as the only players to hit 700 HR in their careers. Pujols joins Aaron as the only player with 3000 or more hits AND 700 or more HR in their career. Congrats!

One other note. Tampa Bay, Toronto and Seattle are neck and neck and neck for the 4-5-6 seedings in the AL playoff race. Just so you know, Tampa Bay wins all tiebreakers. Seattle has the tiebreaker over Toronto. Toronto loses all tiebreakers. Based on head-to-head record.







Game 146. Judge at 59 HR after Yanks win slugfest, 12-8. Triple Crown within reach.

Aaron Judge is at 59.

No right-handed batter in American League history has hit more in a season. Judge trails only lefty swinging hitters Babe Ruth (60 in 1927) and Roger Maris (61 in 1961) for most HR in a season by an American League player.

We know all about the 154 vs. 162 game season controversy, as well as the steroid-aided MLB and NL records.

Not only is Judge at 59 HR, but with a 4-hit performance yesterday that included 2 HR, he is now hitting .316, which is only one point short of the AL leader, meaning a Triple Crown is within reach. Only one man, Miguel Cabrera in 2012, has won the Triple Crown since 1967. Two Yankees have won it, Lou Gehrig in 1934 and Mickey Mantle in 1956.

With their 12-8 slugfest win Sunday, the Yankees (88-58) have a 5 1/2 game lead with 16 games to go. Their magic # for clinching the division is 11. Their magic # for a playoff spot is 5 (since they own the tiebreaker over Baltimore).

Gerrit Cole stuck out 8 batters to give him 236 for the season, 12 behind Ron Guidry’s Yankees record of 248 set in 1978, but Cole, despite getting the win, was victimized once again by the gopher ball.

Kolten Wong hit a 3-run HR off of Cole in the bottom of the first. Brewers 3-0.

Oswaldo Cabrera got a run back for the Yankees in the top of the second with his second HR of the season. 3-1.

In the bottom of the second, Tyrone Taylor homered off Cole and it was 4-1, Brewers. Things didn’t look good.

Judge and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back HRs in the top of the third to cut Milwaukee’s lead to 4-3. For Judge, #58. It was #31 for Rizzo, who just returned off of the IL. (Estevan Florial was sent down).

The Yanks got 4 runs in the top of the fifth to take a 7-4 lead. Judge led off with a walk. Rizzo singled Judge to second. A flyout by Gleyber Torres moved both runners up. Josh Donaldson walked to load the bases. An error on a fielder’s choice by Giancarlo Stanton tied the game. Bases still loaded. An infield single by Cabrera put the Yanks up 5-4. After a lineout with no advance, Kyle Higashioka singled in two runs to make it 7-4.

In the top of the seventh, the Yanks scored three times to increase their lead to 10-4. Cabrera doubled to lead off the inning, and two groundouts moved him around. 8-4. Aaron Hicks then hit his seventh HR. 9-4. Judge made it back-to-back HR by creaming #59, a 443-ft. blast. 10-4.

The extra runs proved necessary. Rowdy Tellez hit a 2-run HR for the Brewers in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Yanks’ lead to 10-6. They then stranded two.

Judge got a 2-run double in the top of the ninth to make it 12-6. Michael Kay mentioned something in the lines of that Judge was the only guy in baseball that can hit a 2-run double and you are disappointed.

Those two runs were necessary, too. Each of Milwaukee’s first three hitters in the bottom of the ninth singled off of Wandy Peralta. Clay Holmes then relieved Peralta and gave up a ground rule double that made the score 12-8. Holmes then got an out before a walk reloaded the bases, bring the tying run to the plate. A strikeout and groundout ended the game.

Judge 4 hits, 4 RBI. 2 solo HR (59) .316-59-127. One point short of batting average lead.
Rizzo 3 hits, RBI. Solo HR (31). First game off the IL.
Cabrera 3 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (2)
Higashioka 3 RBI.
Hicks 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (7).

Cole (W, 12-7) 5 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 3 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.41 236 K, 12 behind Guidry’s 248 in 1978.
Schmidt (H, 2) 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.82
Loaisiga 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.35
Peralta 0 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.72
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.55

The Yanks are off today.


Game 145. Yanks shut down by Brew Crew, 4-1.

Jameson Taillon made one huge mistake, but in giving up homers, a solo HR is one thing, but a 3-run HR is quite another. Taillon’s mistake was in giving up a 3-run HR to Willy Adames, and it was the difference in a 4-1 Yankees loss to Milwaukee on Saturday night.

Adames killed the Yankees with a HR Friday night, and this 3-run HR in the third inning made Adames Milwaukee’s single-season leader for a SS, topping the 29 HOF Robin Yount had in his MVP season of 1982.

The Yankees only run came on a HR by Josh Donaldson (15) in the top of the fourth inning.

The Brewers tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth. They only got four hits in the game, but that 3-run HR was the killer.

The Yanks only got five hits, striking out 12x. Giancarlo Stanton (.212) struck out all four times he was up. Rookie Oswaldo Cabrera was 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts. Hopefully the Yanks get Anthony Rizzo back today from the IL

Marwin Gonzalez of the Yanks had to leave the game in the top of the third when catcher Victor Caratini’s return throw to the pitcher struck Gonzalez in the head. Such a freak thing.

With the loss, the Yanks’ lead in the AL East shrunk to 4 1/2 games over Toronto. So today is a big day with Gerrit Cole on the mound. An almost-must win today. Monday is an off day before the Yanks come home to face Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Speaking of Cole, his 228 strikeouts lead the majors. He is 20 behind Ron Guidry’s Yankee season record of 248, set in Guidry’s magical CYA season of 1978.

The Yanks magic # for clinching the AL East remains 13. With the Orioles losing yesterday, the Yanks’ magic # for a playoff spot is 6 (they own the tiebreaker over the Orioles).


Donaldson solo HR (15)

Taillon (L, 13-5) 5 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.04
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.75
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.55
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 HBP 1.88

Note on the MVP debate

Judge WAR (Wins Above Replacement) 9.2. Yanks are in 1st, 87-58. So with a normal player, subtract 9 wins. Yanks then are 78-67, and instead of in 1st place, 2nd seed in AL behind Houston, getting a bye into the ALDS, they are in 3rd place in AL East, and squeak into the playoffs as the #6 seed and have to play in the best-of-3 wild card round.

Ohtani WAR 8.7 (combined hitting and pitching). Angels are 63-82. Tied for 3rd in division, and FAR OUT OF PLAYOFF CONTENTION. Take 9 wins away and they are 54-91, in fourth place in their division, barely above Oakland for the cellar.

Ohtani is a great player. But who has been more valuable? The Angels have been out of it since what, June? There is no pennant race pressure on him.

Meanwhile Judge has been carrying a team on his back regarding winning or losing the AL East, and the higher or lower seed that would entail.

MVP: JUDGE.

UPDATE: Frankie Montas is scheduled for an MRI on his shoulder.

Game 142. Judge hits 2 HR (now has 57) in Yanks’ 7-6 win over Boston.

Aaron Judge kept up the pace (he’s on pace for 65) for being the new AL and Yankees’ single season HR champ, hitting two HR last night to put him 4 behind Roger Maris’ AL and Yankee record of 61. There are 20 games left.

The Yankees’ (86-56) 7-6 win in 10 innings means that their magic # for clinching the AL East is now 15. It is 9 for clinching a playoff berth (you may see 10 but the Yankees own the tiebreaker due to head-to-head record against Baltimore).

Despite Judge’s HR, it took a bases-loaded double by Gleyber Torres and some relief by Wandy Peralta to win the game for the Yankees in the tenth.

Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole only gave up 4 hits, but 3 of them were HR. In the bottom of the second inning, he gave up a 2-run HR to Triston Casas, and Boston was up 2-0. (None of the 3 HR Cole gave up were to Rafael Devers, who owns Cole).

Marwin Gonzalez tied the game for the Yankees in the top of the third inning with a 2-run HR (5). But Cole gave up a HR to Reese McGuire in the bottom of the third and Boston went back on top, 3-2.

Judge hit HR #56 to tie the game in the top of the sixth, but in the bottom of the sixth, Xander Bogaerts sliced a HR around the Pesky Pole to put Boston up 4-3.

One thing about the Pesky Pole. Many people, including sportscasters, have it all wrong. They act as if it is named that because Johnny Pesky hit a lot of HR around that pole. WRONG. Boston SS/3B Johnny Pesky hit 17 HR IN HIS WHOLE CAREER, 13 with Boston and 4 as a Detroit Tiger. It is named the Pesky Pole because his name was actually John Michael Paveskovich. He was Polish. The Pesky Pole is because of his ethnicity, not his HR ability.

Judge tied the game up with HR #57 leading off the top of the eighth inning. 4-4.

To extra innings and that blasted ghost runner. Isiah Kiner-Falefa was the ghost runner at second for the Yankees. Aaron Hicks PH for Jose Trevino and walked, but Gonzalez GIDP. With a runner on third and two out, Boston, of course, intentionally walked Judge. But Giancarlo Stanton also walked, and he was then PR for by Estevan Florial. Torres cleared the bases with his double to put the Yanks up 7-4.

Boston got a HBP in the bottom of the tenth to have runners on first and second with no one out. Clay Holmes got a K, but then was relieved by Wandy Peralta. Wandy escaped, but barely. A single made it 7-5. Then a flyout for out #2. One strike away from a win, Peralta threw a WP to make it 7-6 and put the tying run on second. He then got a swing and a miss to end the game.

Judge 3 hits, 2 RBI. Two solo HR (57) He is now hitting .310 with 123 RBI.
Judge Leads MLB in 9 categories, and the AL in a 10th. Stop talking Ohtani MVP. It’s Judge.
Ohtani’s team is 61-81. What, you are penalizing Judge because he doesn’t pitch as well? C’mon.
Without Judge, the Yanks aren’t in first place. With Ohtani, the Angels are still in fourth. Enough said.

Torres 3 RBI
Gonzalez 2-run HR (5)

Cole 6 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 10 K. Gave up 3 HR 3.30
Cole has 228 K, 20 behind Guidry’s Yankee record of 248 in 1978.
Luetge 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.60
Trivino 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 4.79 (A’s/NYY ERA)
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.42
Holmes (W, 6-3) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 2.35
Peralta (S, 4) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP 2.41

Before the game, Jose Trevino off the paternity list, Ben Rortvedt sent down.






Games 136 & 137. Despite depleted lineups, Yanks sweep Twins. Judge hits #55, IKF, Peraza, Cole star.

Sorry, my original draft got erased and I had to re-write a lot. UGH.

A load of baseball yesterday, and at first it didn’t look good. Due to injuries, the Yankees’ lineups looked worse than a spring training lineup. In the first game of the DH yesterday, the Yanks (83-54) started three rookies, plus another guy who, although he had MLB experience and wasn’t a rookie, hadn’t played in the majors all season.

The Yanks put Josh Donaldson on the paternity list. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) played 3B. IKF had won a GG at 3B for Texas in 2020. Bard DFA’d, Deivi Garcia up. Miguel Andujar up as 29th man for the doubleheader. Rizzo to IL, Ron Guzman up.

But at the end of the day, the Yankees had won both games off of their perennial whipping boys, the Twins, by scores of 5-4 (in 12 innings) and 7-1.

With the wins, the Yanks are 5 up on the Rays in the AL East. The magic # for winning the division is 22, and the magic # for a playoff berth is 15. The wins ensured the Yankees a winning season. They haven’t had a losing season since 1992.

Game 1: Domingo German had a rough start but settled in. A double, strikeout, and HR, and Minnesota was up 2-0 just three batters into the game. With two out in the fourth, three straight singles made it 3-0 Twins and with the weakened Yankees’ lineup, it didn’t appear good.

The Yanks got a run in the bottom of the fourth of Aaron Judge’s 55th HR of the season. The home run meant that Judge now has hit more HR in a season than any other righty hitter in Yankees’ history. Only Ruth (60 in 1927) and Maris (61 in ’61) have hit more. Judge was walked 5x yesterday, 3x intentionally. Another reason to hate the ghost runner. If Judge is the first guy up, even with the ghost runner on second, first base is open, and Judge is walked to set up a DP. You take the bat out of the hands of the most dangerous hitter in baseball.

Gleyber Torres tied the game with a 2-run HR in the sixth. (19).

Both teams wasted chances. Oswaldo Cabrera, an infielder brought up to the Yanks a few weeks ago, got his fifth OF assist of the season in the top of the tenth. Ron Guzman, up for Rizzo, struck out 4x and then with the bases loaded and no out in extra innings, hit into a 3-2-3 DP.

The Twins got a run in the top of the 12th off of Ron Marinaccio, but with the bases loaded and one out, Greg Weissert avoided further damage.

In the bottom of the 12th, Marwin Gonzalez was the ghost runner and IKF singled to tie the game. With one out, IKF stole second. Jose Trevino singled, IKF was held up and Trevino took second on the throw. With two out, Cabrera singled to win the game.

Judge solo HR (55)
Torres 2-run HR (19)
Kiner-Falefa (IKF) 2 hits, RBI
Peraza 3 hits FIRST 3 HITS OF MLB CAREER.

German 6 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.27
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.58
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.66
Holmes 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.29
Marinaccio 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 1.73
Weissert (W, 3-0) 2/3 I, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 7.36

Game 2: With the long game in game 1, and several bullpen members used, the Yanks needed length from Gerrit Cole. He went 6 2/3 IP, striking out 14.

Cole leads MLB with 218 strikeouts and is 30 away from Ron Guidry’s Yankee team single season record of 248, set in 1978. Cole has four, maybe five starts left in the season.

Cole gave up a HR to his ex-teammate, Carolos Correa, in the top of the third.

IKF hit a grand slam, just his third HR of the season, in the bottom of the fourth. He didn’t get his first HR until mid-August.

In the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Hicks hit a bases-loaded double for three runs to make it 7-1.

Hicks 3 RBI
Kiner-Falefa 4 RBI. Grand Slam. (3)
Florial 2 hits.

Cole (W, 11-7) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 14 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.20
Luetge (S, 2) 2 1/3 Ip, 0 R, 3 H, 0W, 3 K. 2.55

Nestor Cortes returns to the rotation tonight to face ex-Yankee Sonny Gray.










Game 131. Ohtani’s HR dooms Yanks, 3-2. Lead down to 6 with Rays up this weekend.

It’s ok to worry. It may officially be time to do so.

Last night’s 3-2 loss to the Angels dropped the Yankees’ (79-52) lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East to 6 games where it once was 15 1/2. The Yanks are off today but are away playing the Rays this weekend. The Rays must feel like sharks smelling blood in the water right now.

The Yankees’ offensive malaise continued, as they only got three hits last night.

The Yanks got both of their runs in the fifth inning. Josh Donaldson led off with a double and moved to third on a WP. Gleyber Torres doubled Donaldson home. Torres moved to third on a flyout and scored on a SF by Aaron Hicks.

With one out in the sixth inning, the Angels got a single, batter moving to second on an error on Donaldson. Then Isiah Kiner-Falefa made an error, putting runners on first and second for Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani hit a 3-run HR, his 30th, to give the Angels a 3-2 lead, which held up as the final score.

The Yanks did get two runners on with no out in the ninth but couldn’t do anything.

The Yankees went 10-18 in August, their worst month since Carl “Stump” Merrill managed the team in September of 1991.

Maybe with a 15 1/2 game lead, the sense of urgency was gone. Well, it sure is there now. The Yanks have to dig deep and respond.

Cole (L, 10-7) 7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.29



Game 126. Judge’s 49th drives in all 3 runs in 3-2 win.

Aaron Judge’s 49th HR, a 3-run, 427-ft. blast to dead center, was all the runs the Yankees (78-48) scored in a 3-2 win at Oakland Friday night.

The win reduces the Yankees’ magic # for winning the AL East to 29. They are 2 1/2 behind Houston for best record in the AL. Forget about best record in the majors. The Dodgers are 10 ahead of the Yankees there.

The blast in the top of the fifth came off of J.P. Sears, who had started the season with the Yankees but was dealt at the trade deadline to Oakland. It broke up a scoreless tie. Sears took his first MLB loss after a 5-0 start to his career.

Oswaldo Cabrera, who had three hits on the night, singled to start the inning, and D.J. LeMahieu followed with a single before Judge’s HR.

Gerrit Cole pitched into the eighth, giving up just a HR to Jonah (Here Comes the) Bride in the seventh. It was Bride’s first MLB HR.

With one out in the ninth, Wandy Peralta gave up a double and single that cut the score to 3-2 before striking out the next two hitters to finish the game and get the save.

Judge 3-run HR (49) Was walked 3x
Cabrera 3 hits.

Cole (W, 10-6) 7 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 11 K. gave up 1 HR. 3.31
Loaisiga (H, 8) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.64
Peralta (S, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.57

Judge numbers.
Leads MLB in R (101), HR (49), RBI (109), Slug % (.665), OPS (1.063), OPS+ (199) and total bases (302).
Leads AL in walks (73).


Game 121. Skid continues. Lead down to 7 with 5-2 loss.

You can’t win if you can’t score, and the Yanks have scored only 21 runs in their last 10 games.

The frustration is building and was evident in manager Aaron Boone’s postgame press conference after the Yanks (73-48) lost for the 14th time in their last 17 games, 5-2 to Toronto. The loss cut their AL East lead, once 15 1/2, to 7.

The Yanks got on the board first, scoring a run in the second inning. With one out, Jose Trevino doubled, then Isiah Kiner-Falefa reached on an error. Estevan Florial, who was 0 for 16 coming into the game, got a single to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Gerrit Cole no-hit Toronto for 4 1/3 innings, then the roof fell in. All five of the hits he gave up came in the same inning. After a strikeout, Double, Walk, Double and Toronto led 2-1. Two infield singles then loaded the bases. Another double made it 4-1.

Gleyber Torres hit a HR (18) in the bottom of the eighth to cut it to 4-2, but Albert Abreu gave up a HR in the top of the ninth to Matt Chapman. 5-2 Toronto.

It doesn’t get any easier. The Yanks face Manoah today, then have two games against the Mets where they are scheduled to face Scherzer and DeGrom.

The Yanks retire #21 in honor of Paul O’Neill today.

Judge 2 hits
Torres solo HR (18)
Trevino 2 hits

Cole (L, 9-6) 6 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 HBP 3.41 All five hits in 4-run fifth inning.
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.80
Effross 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.75 (Cubs/NYY)
Abreu 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.32 (3-team ERA)