The Yankees (99-54) lost to the Angels 3-2 Wednesday night in what most likely will be CC Sabathia’s last start at Yankee Stadium (unless he starts a postseason game).
With the loss, and the victories by both Tampa Bay and Cleveland, the Yankees’ magic # to get into the playoffs and also to clinch the AL East title both remain at 1. The Yanks have a 9 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East with 9 games to go.
Houston won, so the Yanks are a game behind the Astros for best record in the AL, and worse yet, the Astros own the tiebreaker. The Yanks have a 1 game lead over the Dodgers if that WS matchup occurs, and the Yanks own the tiebreaker.
Before the game, Giancarlo Stanton was activated. He doubled his first time up.
CC pitched well for the first two innings, striking out the side in the second, but as has been the case lately, once he got past that, he faltered, giving up two runs in the third inning.
Aaron Judge tied the game in the bottom of the third with a two-run HR, his 24th of the season.
In the sixth, Adam Ottavino gave up the game-deciding run, making a costly error in the process.
Outside of Judge’s HR, the Yanks’ bats were pretty quiet.
Judge 2-run HR (24)
Gardner 2 hits
Sabathia 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K. 4.99
German 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. 4.03
Ottavino (L, 6-5, 1.84) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.26
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 4.43
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.97
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.66
The Twins lead the Yanks 289-288 for the new team HR record. The Twins have played one less game.
Notable Passings: Alex Grammas. 93. Infielder for St. Louis (1954-1956), Cincinnati (1956-1958), St. Louis again (1959-1962) and the Cubs (1962-1963). 162 game average .247-2-29, OPS+ 68. Long time coach. Managed the Pirates for the last five games of the 1969 season (4-1) and managed the Brewers in 1976 and 1977, winning just 66 and 67 games in those two seasons.
Also Jim Greengrass, 91, OF for the Reds (1952-1955) and Phillies (1955-1956). He hit .285-20-100 in 1953, finishing 6th in ROY voting and then hit .280-27-95 the following season. Hit .269 in 504 games. 69 career HR. His 162 game average .269-22-91, OPS+ 103. His career was shortened because of problems with phlebitis.