Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres homered, and the Yanks used an “opener” and six pitchers to defeat Texas 4-1 Wednesday night.
With the win, the Yankees (92-49) have a 10 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. The magic # for clinching the division outright (no tiebreakers) is 12. They have a two-game lead over Houston for the best record in the AL (Houston owns tiebreaker) and a 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers for the best record in baseball (Yankees own tiebreaker).
Judge got the scoring started with a 2-run HR (20) in the third inning.
Torres hit a solo HR (34) in the fourth to make it 3-0, Yankees.
In the sixth, Mike Tauchman walked and scored on a double by Austin Romine. 4-0.
Texas got a HR on a Rougned Odor HR in the ninth to spoil the shutout.
Judge 2-run HR (20)
Torres solo HR (34)
Romine 2 hits, RBI.
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 4.84
Cessa (W, 2-1, 3.82) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Ottavino (H, 28) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.66
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.11
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.11
Gearrin 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.18
Green’s overall ERA isn’t impressive, but he had that terrible start to the season and was sent to AAA with an ERA of 16.43. Since coming back, his ERA is 3.06. Now THAT is impressive.
There is a report that the Yanks almost made a deal at the trade deadline for Ken Giles of Toronto. It would have required three unnamed prospects.
Thinking how much I would like the Yanks to break the bank for Gerrit Cole and have a rotation next year of Cole, Severino, Paxton, Tanaka and Happ. That is, if Happ can’t be dealt.
In AAA, you could have Montgomery (if Happ isn’t dealt), Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia and Michael King (granted all are healthy). That’s an impressive AAA rotation of guys “on the ready.”
The Yankees have signed left-handed reliever Danny Coulombe to a minor league contract for a second time, Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune reports (via Twitter). New York brought Coulombe into the fold on a minor league pact last winter but gave him his release from the organization on July 1. Coulombe signed with the Brewers a couple of weeks later but opted out of that deal late last month and is now returning to the Yanks.
also from MLBTR/com:
The 34-year-old Hernandez had signed with New York on a minor league pact back on Aug. 15 after a disastrous season with the Reds, but he didn’t fare much better in his brief time with his new organization
One notable passing: Clint Conatser, a backup OF for the Boston Braves of 1948 and 1949, died at the age of 98. He played in the 1948 WS for the Braves. Since the Braves last played in Boston in 1952, I wonder how many Boston Braves players are still alive?
Also, I wonder how far back you can go to still find a living WS participant. I think the answer could be Dr. Bobby Brown, who is still alive at 94 and who played in the 1947 WS for the Yankees.