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Game 148. Yanks shutout Cleveland 8-0, hit 5 HR. Jump back into a WC spot.

Boston 84-65 1st WC Slot.
NYY 83-65 – 1/2, 2nd WC Slot
Tor 82-65 – 1 from Bos, – 1/2 from NYY
Oak 80-67 -3 from Bos, – 2 1/2 from NYY
Sea 79-68 – 4 from Bos, – 3 1/2 from NYY

From mlb.com

Scenario: Three-team tie for two Wild Card spots. If the Blue Jays, Yankees and Red Sox were all tied, with no other non-division winners in the AL ahead of them, the three teams would choose/receive A, B and C designations. Club A would host Club B. The winner of that game would be one Wild Card club, while the loser would then play Club C on the road to determine the other. The winners of the two games would face each other in the Wild Card Game. The three designations are decided by head-to-head records. The Red Sox went 10-9 against the Blue Jays and, as of this writing, are 10-6 against the Yankees, so they would have the first pick of designation. The Blue Jays are also 10-6 against the Yanks, as of this writing, so they would pick second. The Yankees would get whichever designation is left over. The first selection comes down to a choice of playing up to two games (Club A) or taking your chances as the home team in a single elimination game (Club C).

Ok, figured I’d give an update on the standings and the 3-way scenario first. The Yanks beat the Cleveland (Indians now, next year the [ugh] Guardians) 8-0 last night, hitting 5 HR. Corey Kluber, Michael King and Lucas Luetge combined for the shutout.

Lots of scoreboard watching this time of year. One way to avoid it, of course, is to take care of business earlier, so as to have a nice lead right now where it isn’t necessary, as Tampa Bay has done.

But it is what it is. As for now, the Yanks just have to keep winning.

Joey Gallo got the scoring started with a HR (36) in the bottom of the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. He was not finished.

Aaron Judge hit one out in the bottom of the fourth to make it 2-0. HR #35 for Judge.

It stayed that way for a while. The Yanks broke open a tight ballgame by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Gallo led off the inning with a single because 1B Bobby Bradley slipped. Gleyber Torres walked, and Gio Urshela singled in a run. After a pitching change, Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR (9) to make it 6-0.

In the bottom of the eighth, Giancarlo Stanton and the red-hot Gallo hit back-to-back HR to make it 8-0. For Stanton, #29, and for Gallo #37 (combined Tex/NYY).

Judge 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (35)
Stanton solo HR (29)
Gallo 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2 solo HR (37, Tex/NYY)
Urshela 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 3-run HR (9)

Kluber (W, 5-3) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 3.68
King (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.36
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.79

Before the game, Clarke Schmidt was brought back up and Sal Romano was placed on the IL.

Luis Severino and Domingo German are close to returning. Both would be bullpen options to close out the season.

Game 147. Brutal 3-2 loss pushes Yanks back in WC card race.


If the Yankees miss out on the playoffs by a game, there are several gut-wrenching losses this year that will stick in our minds.

The one on Thursday (yesterday) will be one of several. Just one strike away from winning the game, a wild pitch enabled Baltimore to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, and the Orioles went on to beat the Yanks 3-2 in 10 innings.

The wild card standings with 15 games to go for the Yankees:

Toronto 82-64 —
Boston 83-65 —-
NYY 82-65 – 1/2
Oakland 79-67 – 3 1/2
Seattle 78-68 -4

As of now that loss dropped the Yanks out of the playoffs. You can’t lose games like that to the cellar-dwellers. And the way they lost was just brutal.

The Yanks only scored two runs as the bats were silent. Both runs scored in the second inning. Joey Gallo hit a HR (35) with one out. Gary Sanchez and Tyler Wade followed with walks, and a double by Gio Urshela drove in Sanchez. The Yanks never added any more runs and it wound up costing them.

Jordan Montgomery was great, striking out 12 in 5 2/3 innings. Combined with Nestor Cortes’ 11 K’s the night before, it was the first time in Yankees’ history they got 11 or more K’s from their starters in back-to-back games.

Montgomery’s only blemish was a solo HR he gave up in the sixth.

The Yanks entered the bottom of the ninth with a 2-1 lead and Clay Holmes trying to close it out. Closer Aroldis Chapman had appeared in each of the three previous games. Holmes got a strikeout, then gave up a single. A WP moved the runner to second and a groundout moved the runner to third. On a 2-2 pitch, one strike away from a win, Holmes threw another WP that allowed the tying run to score. He then got the strikeout.

To extra innings, with that ghost runner I hate (a bastardization of baseball). The Yanks couldn’t move the runner in the top of the tenth. Baltimore got a bunt single to put runners on first and third. The runner on first moved up on defensive indifference. An intentional walk to load the bases. A strikeout, then a single to win the game for Baltimore.

One strike away. Just brutal.

The Yankees threw four wild pitches in the game.

Gleyber Torres’ problems at SS have had a domino effect that could hurt the Yanks. Moving him back to 2B moved LeMahieu, a 2B, to 3B, and the 3B Urshela to SS. Not your best defensive alignment, and something the Yanks have to think about now and in the offseason. Also, Sanchez’ defense behind the dish is something that has been problematic for years. Could he have blocked that WP? Could Higashioka have blocked it?

Stanton 2 hits.
Gallo Solo HR (35, Tex/NYY)

Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 12 K. 2 WP, Gave up 1 HR. 3.63
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.08
Rodriguez (H, 13) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.75 (Tex/NYY)
Holmes (BS, 2) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2 WP. 4.09 (Pit/NYY)
Peralta (L, 5-4) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.83 (SF/NYY)

UPDATE: (From the NY Post): Right-hander Brooks Kriske was claimed by the Orioles after being designated for assignment by the Yankees.



Game 145. 5 Yankees’ HRs lead to 7-2 win and a virtual 3-way tie for 2 wild card slots.

The Yankees hit 5 HR in a 7-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night and in so doing are in the middle of a 3-way virtual tie for the two wild card spots.

Here is how it looks right now.

Yanks and Toronto both 81-64 .559 —
Boston 82-65 .558 —- virtual tie, .001 back

Seattle 78-67 -3
Oakland 77-67 – 3 1/2

(Forget the division, Tampa Bay is up by 9 and their magic # to clinch is 9).

Gerrit Cole returned to the mound after leaving early last time because of tightness in his left hamstring. He got his 15th win, but had to leave after five innings due to a high pitch count (108).

The Yanks got on the board right away. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a single and Aaron Judge followed with a 2-run HR (34).

With one out in the third inning, Anthony Rizzo was HBP and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a 2-run HR (28). Luke Voit made it back-to-back HRs with #10 and the Yanks were up 5-0.

Cole had settled down after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. Baltimore touched him for a run in the fifth, but with two on and two out, Cole ended his night with a strikeout.

Michael King replaced Cole and threw three scoreless innings. King’s career numbers are better in relief than as a starter.

Joey Gallo made it 6-1 in the eighth with a HR (34) and LeMahieu homered (10) in the ninth to make it 7-1.

Sal Romano, who turned down a DFA assignment to SWB and elected to become a free agent, re-signed with the Yankees (lot of head scratching there) and the Yanks then turned around and DFA’d Brooks Kriske. Romano started the ninth for the Yankees. He got a K, but a single walk and single made it 7-2, and Romano got injured on that RBI single, so Aroldis Chapman came in. Chapman got a K, then threw a WP, putting runners on second and third, so things got a bit hairy, but another K by Chapman ended the game.

Besides the Romano/Kriske DFA switch, Clarke Schmidt went back to SWB after his Sunday start, so that freed that spot for Romano. Domingo German was sent to SWB to start a rehab assignment.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (10)
Judge 2-run HR (34)
RIzzo 2 hits.
Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (28)
Voit solo HR (10)
Gallo solo HR (34; Tex/NYY)
Urshela 2 hits.

Cole (W, 15-7) 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K. 2.75
King (H, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.48
Romano 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 6.12 (Reds/NYY/Brewers)
Chapman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 3.65

Game 144. Yanks comeback to edge Twins in 10, 6-5. Back in tie for 2nd WC spot.

The Yanks came back from a 5-0 deficit to edge the Minnesota Twins 6-5 in 10 innings in a Monday afternoon makeup game.

With the win, the Yanks moved back into a virtual tie for the 2nd wild card spot. Here is how things stand.

Toronto 81-63 — 1st wild card
Yankees 80-64 -1 .556 virtual tie for 2nd wild card
Boston 81-65 -1 .555 virtual tie for 2nd wild card
Seattle 78-66 -3 from Toronto, -2 from NYY/BOS
Oakland 77-66 -3 1/2 from Toronto, -2 1/2 from NYY/BOS

The Yanks made some changes before the game. With recent errors defensively from Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres at 3B and SS respectively, Torres moved back to 2B, D.J. LeMahieu took over at 3B, and Tyler Wade was at SS. Also, Kyle Higashioka caught more because it was a day game after a night game, but even there, Higashioka is better defensively than Gary Sanchez. We will see who catches Gerrit Cole tonight, a job usually handled by Higashioka.

But just because he did not start yesterday’s game, doesn’t mean Sanchez couldn’t finish it. And finish it he did.

Yankees’ starter Luis Gil put the Yankees in an early hole, giving up two 2-run HRs in the first inning. The Yanks were down 4-0 before they even came to bat. Gil settled down after that, lasting six innings. After that first inning, he only gave up one more run—on a HR in the third inning.

Meanwhile, after five innings, the only hit the Yanks had was on a fifth inning bunt single by Joey Gallo.

The Yanks got a run in the sixth when Wade walked, stole second, went to third on a flyout, and scored on a SF by LeMahieu, who was robbed of a double on the play by a great catch.

Gallo made it 5-2 in the seventh with a HR (33).

In the bottom of the eighth, PH Anthony Rizzo led off with a walk. Sanchez PH for Higashioka and flied out. After LeMahieu flied out, Brett Gardner walked on a full-count pitch. It was a controversial call that got Twins’ manager Rocco Baldelli ejected. After a pitching change, Aaron Judge homered (33) to tie the game.

No one scored in the ninth, although Aroldis Chapman made things hairy once again.

The game went into extra innings, with that ghost runner I hate. Clay Holmes kept the Twins off the board in the top of the tenth.

Gleyber Torres was the ghost runner for the Yankees in the bottom of the tenth. Gio Urshela, who took over at SS, struck out trying to bunt Torres over, but Sanchez laced one to the wall for the game-winning hit.

Judge 3-run HR (33)
Gallo 2 hits, solo HR (33)
Sanchez game-winning single in bottom of the tenth.

Gil 6 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 3 HR. 2.88
Heaney 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.76 (LAA/NYY)
Abreu 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.19
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.70
Holmes (W, 8-3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.07 (Combined Pit/NYY) .

Clarke Schmidt was sent back to SWB. Sal Romano decided to become a free agent rather than go to SWB.

Game 143. Yanks drop to 4th in division, out of wildcard spots, after 7-6 loss.

Francisco Lindor hit 3 HR against the Yankees as the Mets won Sunday night 7-6 in a game that featured a bench-clearing incident regarding whistling/tipping of pitches.

The loss was the Yanks 12th in their last 15 games. It dropped them to 4th in their division, and as of now, they are out of the wild card picture.

Wild Card Standings (Tampa Bay, The Chicago White Sox and Houston lead their divisions)

Boston (81-64)/Toronto (80-63) in a virtual tie for the two wild card spots.
NYY 79-64, one game back
Oakland and Seattle each 77-66, three games back of Bos/Tor, 2 back of the Yankees.

The Yanks have an afternoon makeup game against the Twins today (Monday afternoon). They have to pick things up. Just 19 games to go.

The Yanks got two runs in the top of the first inning. D.J. LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo both walked. Aaron Judge, who had to leave the game later because of dizziness, struck out. Giancarlo Stanton doubled in one run, and Joey Gallo hit a SF to bring in another. Amazing stat in that it was only the second SF of Gallo’s career.

The Yanks were forced to start rookie Clarke Schmidt because of their pitching woes. It was just Schmidt’s second MLB start and his fourth MLB game. He gave up a run in the bottom of the first, and stranded two.

In the bottom of the second, an error by Gleyber Torres led to three unearned runs when Lindor hit a 3-run HR, his first of three homers for the game. 4-2, Mets.

A SF scored a run for the Mets in the fifth, and it was 5-2.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Gallo walked and Torres hit a 2-run HR (7) and it was 5-4.

Lindor hit his second HR in the bottom of the sixth and it was 6-4. Apparently he whistled going around the bases as if to signal and mock the Yankees for whistling and accusing them of tipping off pitches to hitters.

In the top of the seventh, LeMahieu singled, and two outs later, Stanton hit a 2-run HR (27) to tie the game. He jawed at Lindor while circling the bases and the benches emptied. Brett Gardner mocked the thumbs down gesture that the Mets used against their fans recently.

Lindor hit his third HR of the game in the bottom of the eighth to give the Mets a 7-6 lead and they hung on for the win.

Stanton had a chance to get in the last word, but with two on and two out in the top of the ninth, he popped up to Lindor to end the game.


LeMahieu 3 hits
Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR (27)
Torres 2-run HR (7) but a huge error that allowed 3 unearned runs to score which helped cost the game.

Torres and Urshela once again made errors. Sanchez had a PB. The Yanks’ defense has to tighten up.

Schmidt 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 3 W, 2 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 4.15
Heaney 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.83 (LAA/NYY)
Peralta 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.89 (SF/NYY)
Green (L, 7-7) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.28

Andrew Velazquez was sent down to make room for Schmidt.




Game 141. Yanks lose 7th straight. Five teams all within 2 games of each other for 2 WC spots.

You don’t know what to write anymore. You see the disaster unfolding. You are helpless to do anything about it. It continues and you can’t watch anymore.

It’s ironic that those words describing the Yankees’ recent play have to be written this morning, on the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. No disrespect is meant to those who suffered, were injured, died or were otherwise affected by that tragedy.

But it accurately describes the Yankees’ recent play.

The Yanks have now lost seven in a row, and eleven of their last thirteen games. They were embarrassed last night by the crosstown Mets, 10-3. Even sure-handed Gio Urshela made another error last night, and he has made a few lately. Gleyber Torres made another error. There were 2 WP, 2 HBP. Sloppiness.

The bats were pretty much silent again. The pitching is self-destructing. That included Michael King, brought back from rehab. Sal Romano was DFA’d again (he started the season with the Reds, then to the Yankees, then the Brewers, then the Yankees, now cut again).

You want it to stop. Instead it goes on. I don’t know how many Yankees fans, disgusted, turned off the game in the middle innings. I was one of them. I couldn’t watch anymore.

It’s apparent some heads will roll after this season is over, and a drastic re-make of this team may be necessary. Players, coaches and probably the manager too. All the good vibes of the 13-game winning streak are gone.

Amazingly, the Yanks are still—barely—in a playoff spot. Here is how the wild card picture looks

Boston 80-63. Top wild card spot.
Yankees 78-63 Second wild card spot, 1 game behind Boston
Toronto 77-63 Just 1/2 a game behind the Yankees
Seattle and Oakland. Both 77-64. Both just 1 game behind the Yankees.

Five teams. Two spots. All five teams within 2 games of each other.

The Yanks scored first, in the top of the first, when Brett Gardner tripled with one out and then scored on an RBI groundout by Aaron Judge.

The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the first when a play at the plate, originally ruled an out, was overturned. Bad play by C Gary Sanchez on the tag, allowing the runner to score.

Joey Gallo homered for the Yanks (32, Tex/NYY) to put the Yanks up 2-1 in the second.

The Mets got five runs in the bottom of the third to go up 6-2. After that, it was a slow death. Sloppiness. Walks, a WP, an error by Urshela. A run scoring on a bases-loaded bunt!!. Just an ugly inning.

The Mets tacked two more on in the fourth to make it 8-2. Game basically over at that point. What is even more depressing is that it could have been worse. The Mets ran themselves into a couple of outs on the basepaths.

Two more runs, by the Mets in the seventh, helped by back-to-back HBP and the Torres error. More ugly play. 10-2.

Anthony Rizzo homered (20, Cubs/NYY) in the ninth. 10-3 final.

There are 21 games left. Amazingly, the Yanks still hold a wild card spot and are only a game out of the top wild card spot. But there isn’t any way to whitewash this. It’s one thing to lose, another to lose and look bad and sloppy doing so.

Can they flip the switch, get things right and save a playoff spot for themselves? With the way they are playing, and with some recent injuries, I’d say no. I hope I am wrong. I’m rooting for them, but they have to start winning games, and with the wild card race having tightened up, it must start now.

There are no other words. This is bad.

Gardner 2 hits.
Rizzo solo HR (20, Cubs/NYY)
Gallo solo HR (32, Tex/NYY)

Montgomery (L, 5-6) 3 1/3 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP. 3.71
Rodriguez 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.79 (Tex/NYY)
King 3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2 HBP, 1 WP. 3.68
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.36





Game 135. Yanks’ comeback falls short, lose 4-3.

For whatever reason, the Yankees just don’t score when Jordan Montgomery pitches this year. Luck of the draw, maybe. Next year it could be another starter that gets no run support.

The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the seventh inning. They only got three in a 4-3 loss to the Orioles Saturday afternoon.

The loss drops the Yanks (78-57) 7 1/2 behind Tampa Bay with 27 games to go. The division title seems impossible to get. The Yanks need to hold onto the top wild card spot. They are now just 1/2 game above Boston to have that one-game, sudden death wild card game at home instead of in Fenway. Oakland and Seattle are 4 games behind Boston, and Toronto is 5 back.

With two out and two on (second and third) in the top of the fourth, Montgomery walked one-time Yankees’ prospect Jorge Mateo, but threw a WP in doing so, allowing a run to score. 1-0 Orioles. This would be a big difference in the game. So would another WP later on.

Baltimore got two runs in the top of the seventh off of Wandy Peralta, and had the bases loaded with one out, looking for more, but Lucas Luetge stopped it right there.

In the bottom of the seventh, Anthony Rizzo led off the inning by reaching on an error, then Brett Gardner walked. PH Gary Sanchez flied out, moving Rizzo to third. PH Gleyber Torres singled in Rizzo to cut the Orioles’ lead to 3-1. It was the first hit of the game for the Yanks. But then PH Luke Voit GIDP to end the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and Joey Gallo—15 for 115 as a Yankee to that point—homered to tie the game. If ever someone needed that, Gallo did. Hopefully it can be the spark that gets him going. 16 for 116 is just .138. You could see the frustration and pressure building up in him.

But Aroldis Chapman is a question mark. Come playoff time, the way he’s pitched lately, can you really count on him closing out a game? Remember in each of the last two seasons, the Yankees’ season ended because Chapman gave up game-winning home runs. Yesterday, he couldn’t keep the score at three, and wound up losing the game. A WP on a strikeout enabled the go-ahead run to reach base. Then came a single and a walk to load the bases with no one out. Chapman got a strikeout, but a SF scored what turned out to be the winning run. A strikeout ended the inning, but the O’s now had a 4-3 lead, one they maintained.

The Yanks keep running Chapman out there in the ninth, hoping to get him right. But Jonathan Loaisiga, by far, has been the Yankees’ most dominant reliever this year, especially since mid-June, when Chapman started going downhill. Do you make a change to Loaisiga now? Especially since you are on pins and needles when Chapman comes in right now, not knowing if he will do the job (and when he does do the job, it isn’t without a lot of angst).

We have been spoiled by Mariano Rivera, but the shaky closer situation right now is a problem. History lesson: In 2009, the last year the Yanks won the World Series, EVERY playoff closer blew a game except one—the great Mariano. That is one reason the Yanks won that year, and how important a shut-down closer is come playoff time.

Here is hoping (and praying?) both Gallo and Chapman right themselves and get hot.

Gallo 2-run HR (31, combined Tex/NYY)

Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 WP 3.47 (with that ERA should be better than 5-5). No run support.
Holmes 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.04 (Pit/NYY) (was dominating yesterday)
Peralta 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.08 (SF/NYY)
Luetge 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.86
Chapman (L, 5-4) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 WP 3.72

The Yanks have to beat Baltimore, a team that is only 42-92 this season. Six of Baltimore’s 42 wins are against the Yankees, the most they have against any team. Tampa Bay went 18-1 vs. Baltimore this season. The Yanks are just 9-6 against Baltimore. That is one explanation of why the Yanks trail Tampa Bay by 7 1/2. Those games against Baltimore ALONE are a seven game difference.


Game 134. Stanton walks off O’s in 11th, 4-3.

Giancarlo Stanton’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th gave the Yankees a 4-3 win over Baltimore Friday night.

Before the game, the Yankees reactivated Gleyber Torres off the IL and sent down Estevan Florial.

Stanton started the scoring for the game with a solo HR (26) in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Yanks made it 2-0 in the fifth. With one out, Rougned Odor walked. He went to third on a single by Gary Sanchez (who was hitting ninth!) and scored on a SF by D.J. LeMahieu.

Nestor Cortes once again was “Nasty Nestor”, shutting out Baltimore until giving up a solo HR to Trey Mancini with two out in the top of the sixth.

The Orioles tied the game in the seventh when one-time Yankees prospect Jorge Mateo hit a HR off of Jonathan Loaisiga. 2-2.

The game went into extra innings with that extra-innings ghost runner rule which I hate, and hopefully is gone next year.

In the top of the tenth, with one out, Baltimore got a single to go up 3-2. After a walk, a line into DP ended the inning.

The Yanks started the bottom of the tenth with Tyler Wade pinch running as the ghost runner on second. With one out, LeMahieu singled in Wade to tie the game. LeMahieu got to third on a WP, but was stranded there by Joey Gallo and Aaron Judge. Gallo is really struggling, just 15 for 112 (.134) since the Yankees got him, with 54 strikeouts.

The Orioles got a leadoff single in the top of the eleventh, but the ghost runner had to hold at third. Clay Holmes then got out of the inning without allowing a run. Great job that won the game for the Yankees.

In the bottom of the eleventh, Judge, having made the last out the inning before, was the ghost runner, and Stanton immediately singled him home to win the game.

With the win, the Yanks (78-56) remain 6 1/2 back of Tampa Bay, in second place in the AL East, with 28 games to go.

They remain 1 1/2 up on Boston for the top wild card spot. Boston is the front-runner for the other wild card spot, with Oakland 3 games behind Boston, Seattle 4 back and Toronto 5 back of Boston.

LeMahieu 2 RBI
Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (26) and GW RBI single.

Cortes 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.67
Loiasiga (BS, 4) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.25
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.13
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.60
Peralta 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.66 (SF/NYY ERA)
Holmes (W, 6-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K, 4.14 (combined Pit/NYY record)

Game 130. Yanks offense struggles again, lose 3-1.

After winning 13 in a row, the Yanks have now lost 2 in a row, as they’ve scored a total of 3 runs in those two losses. Saturday it was 3-2. Sunday (last night) it was by a 3-1 score to Oakland.

With the loss, the Yanks are now 6 games back of Tampa Bay for the division lead with 32 games to go. Tampa Bay just finished up its season series vs. the Orioles, against whom they went 18-1. The Yanks are 8-5 against Baltimore so far this season. The Rays’ schedule doesn’t appear too difficult from here on out. It appears more and more likely that the Yanks will have to settle for the wild card and that one game shootout.

As of now, the Yanks are two games up on Boston to have that wild card game at Yankee Stadium. The A’s are 2 1/2 behind Boston, with Seattle 4 1/2 behind Boston and Toronto 5 1/2 behind Boston.

The A’s got the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to a couple of Yankees’ misplays. With one out, a couple singles, then a ball that should have been an inning-ending DP became an error on 3B Gio Urshela. The next play also should have been an inning-ending DP, but SS Tyler Wade was slow getting to the ball, the feed to pivotman 2B D.J. LeMahieu was slow, and instead of a DP, the Yanks just got the force (original DP call overturned on review) and the run scored.

The Yanks scored their only run in the seventh, and that was by a gift. Gary Sanchez walked to lead off the inning, and two outs later, moved to second on a WP. PH Anthony Rizzo popped up, but the ball was dropped by the catcher, giving Rizzo new life. Rizzo hit one through 3B Matt Chapman’s legs for an error on Chapman and the game was tied.

With two out in the bottom of the eighth, Mark Canha doubled off of Yankees’ reliever Chad Green, on a ball that handcuffed LF Joey Gallo. Tony Kemp then hit the next pitch for a 2-run HR, which turned out to be the game winning blow.

The Yanks only got five hits in the game, and made two errors. The misplays by Wade and Gallo weren’t errors. Both errors were made by normally sure-handed Gio Urshela. On the other hand, CF Brett Gardner made two excellent plays in the outfield to take away what seemed to be sure doubles.

Jonathan Loaisiga got out a a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the seventh.

Stanton 2 hits.

Montgomery 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.52
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.19
Green (L, 7-6) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.18


Game 127. Yanks extend winning streak to 12, 7-6. Opening space in WC race.

What looked like a laugher turned into a squeaker, but the Yankees won their 12th game in a row, 7-6, over Oakland last night. The Yankees are 20-4 in August and have won 34 of their last 45 games.

With the win, the Yanks are 4 games back of Tampa Bay in the AL East, in second place. As far as the wild card picture goes, the Yankees are opening some breathing space. They are 3 up on Boston for the top wild card spot. Oakland is then 2 1/2 back of Boston, Seattle 3 back of Boston and Toronto 5 1/2 back of Boston.

The 12-game winning streak is the first 12-game winning streak for the Yankees since the M&M days of 1961—a few months before I was born.

The Yanks started off the game by having each of its first four batters strike out. After the fourth one, a called strike three to Joey Gallo leading off the top of the second inning, manager Aaron Boone let his displeasure with the call and the strike zone be known and he was ejected.

The next hitter, Giancarlo Stanton, hit a HR (23) to put the Yanks up 1-0. After another strikeout, Brett Gardner homered (6) and the Yanks were up 2-0.

The Yanks tacked on four more in the top of the third. Andrew Velazquez doubled, moved to third on a groundout, and Anthony Rizzo doubled him home. After a walk to Aaron Judge, Gallo hit a 3-run HR (30, combined Tex/NYY) and the Yanks were up 6-0. A laugher, we thought. Wrong.

Yankees’ starter James Taillon gave up back-to-back HR to the first two Oakland batters in the bottom of the third and it was 6-2.

Taillon gave up three runs and was knocked out in the bottom of the fourth when Oakland scored three runs to cut the score to 6-5.

Albert Abreu gave up a HR in the bottom of the fifth and the game was tied.

The Yanks had the bases loaded, one out, in the top of the eighth but couldn’t score.

In the top of the ninth, with two out, Rizzo walked. Tyler Wade PR for him, stole second, and moved to third on a throwing error on the play. Judge singled him in for what turned out to be the game winning run.

Aroldis Chapman closed it out in the bottom of the ninth for his 300th career save.

Judge 2 hits, RBI (game winning RBI)
Gallo 3-run HR (30; combined Tex/NYY)
Stanton solo HR (23)
Gardner solo HR (6)

Taillon 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.18
Abreu 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K Gave up 1 HR. 4.33
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.30 (Combined Pit/NYY)
Loaisiga (W, 9-4) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.23
Chapman (S, 24) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.77 300TH CAREER SAVE

Before the game, Brody Koerner sent to SWB, Gio Urshela back from rehab.