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Yanks season over. Lose wild card game 6-2 to Boston.

Until he dominates in the postseason, until he wins a big postseason game for the Yankees, Gerrit Cole is going to have to carry last night’s performance like a millstone around his neck.

Ask A-Rod. A-Rod’s postseason failures haunted him until the Yanks finally broke through in 2009, led by a lot of A-Rod heroics.

Unfortunately, it comes with the territory. $36MM a year and $324MM over a 9-yr. deal come with high expectations and demands. It comes with the territory.

Getting knocked out in the third inning of a postseason game isn’t one of them. Neither is having a 7.00 ERA at Fenway this year while being 2.94 everywhere else.

Cole, and manager Aaron Boone, denied anything was physically wrong with Cole, but you have to wonder. After leaving a game because of left hamstring tightness about a month ago, Cole hadn’t been the same since. Last night, the Yankees’ ace, who led the AL with 16 wins, gave up a 2-run HR (Xander Bogaerts) in the first inning, a solo shot (Kyle Schwarber) in the third, and only got six outs. When he departed, the Yanks were down 3-0.

He had to be near perfect, because the Yankees’ offense, so disappointing all season, disappointed again, save for Giancarlo Stanton. The Yanks got only six hits, three by Stanton. All three of Stanton’s hits seemed like they would leave the park. One did. Two were singles banged off the Green Monster, the third a HR that snuck around the Pesky Pole in RF. But other than Stanton, not much.

Anthony Rizzo hit a solo HR in the top of the sixth for the Yanks that made it 3-1, then came a huge mistake. Aaron Judge singled and Stanton hit a rocket. It seemed like the Yanks were coming back, but Judge was thrown out at the plate on an awful send by 3B coach Phil Nevin. It wasn’t close. The Yanks got something like 23 runners thrown out at home this season. That is unacceptable and that play at the plate took all the starch out of a possible Yankees comeback. Getting so many runners thrown out at home, whether it be bad coaching or bad base-running, has to change in 2022.

After that misplay in the top of the sixth, Boston scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh (all 3 RBI Alex Verdugo) to go up 6-1. Stanton’s HR in the ninth made it 6-2, but the Yanks are going home for the winter.

In what could be the last game of his career, Brett Gardner was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts.

Changes need to be made. Lots of them. If not, the Yanks won’t get further than this (and they barely made the postseason, squeaking in by one game over Toronto with a 1-0 win on the last day of the season) and may become worse, what with teams like Toronto and Seattle catching up. Those changes may be many, and yes, could involve some favorites. And those changes could involve everyone from the top down (except some high-salaried and some other players who can’t be moved).

I’ll be writing more about some changes I think need to be done later.

Rizzo solo HR
Stanton 3 hits, solo HR.

Cole (L) 2+IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holmes 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Severino 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 2 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K.
Green 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Yankees pitchers walked 7. You can’t do that, especially in a postseason game. The Yanks struck out 11x.

The Yanks made a few moves before the game. 3rd catcher (Brantly), more speed (Allen). To bring them up, starters who they knew they wouldn’t/couldn’t use, like Kluber, Montgomery and Taillon were left off the roster, only to be reinstated for the ALDS had the Yanks won. They were going for speed and defense, figuring a close game. In the end, it wasn’t necessary.

Game 162. Yanks squeak out 1-0 win, gain 2nd wild card seed. Play Boston Tuesday Night.

The Yankees squeaked out a 1-0 win over Tampa Bay in the last game of the regular season, and in so doing, became the second wild card team. They will play Boston Tuesday night in Boston in the sudden-death wild-card game.

A possible three or four-way tie for the wild card slots didn’t develop. Boston and the Yankees each won to finish with 92 wins, each tied for second in the AL East. Boston got the first wild-card spot based on beating the Yanks 10 out of 19 times this season. Toronto won its game but finished with 91 wins. Seattle lost and finished at 90.

The winner of Tuesday’s wild card game plays Tampa Bay in one ALDS. The other ALDS is the Chicago White Sox vs. the Houston Astros.

In the NL, the Dodgers have to play a one-game sudden-death wild card game despite winning 106 games. They’ll host St. Louis with the winner facing the 107-win Giants in one NLDS. The other NLDS has Atlanta vs. Milwaukee.

Going into the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees only had one hit in the game. (They sure didn’t make it easy on us or themselves). Rougned Odor led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, and Tyler Wade PR for him. Gleyber Torres flied out, Wade moving to second. Anthony Rizzo singled Wade to third and moved to second on the throw. Aaron Judge’s infield single won the game and put the Yanks in the playoffs.

It’ll be Gerrit Cole for the Yanks vs. Nathan Eovaldi (an ex-Yankee) for Boston.

Gio Urshela made a fabulous catch of a foul popup before running into Tampa Bay’s dugout on Sunday. Luckily he wasn’t seriously hurt.

Before the game, D.J. LeMahieu had to be put on the IL. If the Yanks make it to the ALCS, he’s available but it doesn’t look good. Luis Gil was brought up.

Judge GW RBI.

Taillon 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.30
Peralta 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 3.35 (SF/NYY)
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.60 (Pit/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.12
Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.17
Chapman (W, 6-4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.36

Game 159. Yanks inch closer to WC berth with 6-2 win over Toronto. Smash 5 HR.

The Yankees are thisclose to a playoff berth after beating Toronto 6-2 Thursday night. That, coupled with Boston losing to lowly Baltimore again, gave the Yanks a little cushion in the wild card standings.


YANKEES 91-68 — Top wild card as of now, game would be at home.
Boston AND Seattle 89-70 -2 (if tied, Game 163 in Boston)
Toronto 88-71 -3; 1 game behind Boston and Seattle.

Hey, as Blondie sang, Dreaming is Free. We can dream the Yankees get the top seed, and that there is a tie for the other wild card game and that that game wears out whoever the Yanks have to play. Nothing wrong with dreaming, right?

The AL has their division winners. The wild cards are unknown. The winner of the wild card game takes on Tampa Bay in an ALDS. The other ALDS is Chicago vs. Houston. The NL has the Cardinals taking on either the Giants or the Dodgers in the wild card game, winner faces Giants or Dodgers. Atlanta faces Milwaukee in the other NLDS.

I ain’t going into wild card tie scenarios, especially if the AL comes down to three or four-way ties.

Just win, Yanks.

The Yanks hit five home runs in their 6-2 win. Aaron Judge got the Yanks on the board right away in the first inning with a 455 ft. HR, his 38th of the season. 1-0 Yanks, and Judge wasn’t finished.

Thorn-in-the-Yankees-side Bo Bichette started a Blue Jays rally and scored in the second inning to tie the game. Judge made a diving catch for the third out to save another run. Toronto went up 2-1 in the fifth, when Vlad Guerrero’s RBI double just missed being a 2-run HR.

In the top of the sixth, the Yanks dropped the hammer. With one out, Anthony Rizzo and Judge homered back-to-back to put the Yanks up 3-2. For Rizzo, HR #21 (Cubs/NYY) and #250 of his career. For Judge, #39, this one a 441 ft. HR. Giancarlo Stanton then walked, and Gleyber Torres joined the HR party with #9, a 425-ft. blast, to give the Yanks a 5-2 cushion.

Brett Gardner made it 6-2 in the top of the ninth with his 10th HR of the season.

Before the game, Luke Voit to the IL, Albert Abreu brought up. X-Rays on Joey Gallo were negative and he entered the game late as a defensive replacement.

D.J. LeMahieu had to leave the game with a hip injury.

Rizzo solo HR (21; Cubs/NYY) #250 of his career
Judge 2 solo HR; 2 RBI (39) and a fine diving catch to save a run
Torres 2-run HR (9)
Gardner solo HR (10)

Kluber 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.83
King (W, 2-4) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.14
Severino (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Green (H, 18) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.16
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.42

King and Severino could really be weapons out of the bullpen.

Game 157. Yanks and Stanton stay hot, beat Toronto 7-2. Open up WC lead.

The Yankees and Giancarlo Stanton stayed hot, and in so doing, expanded their lead for the top wild card spot. The Yanks won their seventh straight game, beating Toronto 7-2, and Stanton homered yet again.

With the loss, the Blue Jays dropped behind Seattle in the wild card standings, and the Yanks now have a 2-game lead for the top wild card slot. Oakland is all but out of it. Seattle is closing in on Boston, who lost to Baltimore Tuesday night.

Wild Card Standings:

YANKEES 90-67 —
Boston 88-69 -2
Seattle 88-70 – 2 1/2, and just 1/2 game behind Boston
Toronto 87-70 -3, and 1 game behind Boston
Oakland 85-73 -5 1/2, and 3 1/2 behind Boston. All but eliminated.

The Yanks had runners on second and third with one out in the top of the first inning but could not score.

Jameson Taillon came off the IL to start (Albert Abreu going down), gave up a run in the first and had to leave in the third because of re-injuring the ankle. He’s most likely done for the season.

The Yanks tied it up in the top of the third inning when Aaron Judge hit his 37th HR of the season.

Toronto went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth, scoring off of Michael King, who relieved Taillon.

The Yanks got two runs in the top of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. With one out, Gio Urshela singled and D.J. LeMahieu walked. Anthony Rizzo singled, scoring Urshela, and both he and LeMahieu moved up on the throw. Judge hit a SF to score D.J.

The Yanks broke in open in the top of the seventh. With one out, LeMahieu singled. One out later, Judge walked. The red-hot Stanton then hit a 3-run HR (35) to make it 6-2, Yanks.

Gio Urshela homered (14) in the ninth for the final score of 7-2.

Rizzo 2 hits, RBI
Judge 2 for 2, 2 walks, 2 RBI. Solo HR (37)
Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR (35)
Urshela 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (14)

Taillon 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.40
King (W, 1-4) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.21
Holmes (H, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2 WP. 3.63 (Pit/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.20
Severino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.51 (SF/NYY)

Game 156. Yanks sweep Bosox behind Stanton’s big weekend. Take over top WC spot.

Giancarlo Stanton hit another HR as he just destroyed Boston this weekend, and the Yankees were able to complete a sweep of Boston with a 6-3 win Sunday night.

The win (the Yanks’ sixth straight) moved the Yankees into the top spot in the wild card race.

Wild Card Standings:

YANKEES 89-67 — top wild card spot for now
Boston 88-68 -1 behind Yanks; 2nd wild card for now.
Toronto 87-65 -2 behind Yanks, 1 behind Boston
Seattle 86-70 -3 behind Yanks, 2 behind Boston
Oakland 85-71 -4 behind Yanks, 3 behind Boston

It was a crazy game.

Boston broke through on Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery in the bottom of the fourth with a single, SB, single and SF to go up 1-0.

The Yanks got two in the top of the fifth. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a walk, then Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner each singled to load the bases with no one out. Gio Urshela hit into a DP, Torres scoring to tie the game. D.J. LeMahieu then singled in Sanchez. 2-1 Yankees.

Then, in the bottom of the seventh and top of the eighth, things got crazy.

First to the bottom of the seventh, where Boston scored two runs to take a 3-2 lead. Jose Iglesias led off with a single for Boston, and Alex Verdugo reached on a bunt single. A WP by Yankees’ reliever Joely Rodriguez moved the runners up. A SF tied the game. Chad Green came in for Rodriguez and got a strikeout. Kyle Schwarber PH. He was given new life when LeMahieu dropped a popup. Schwarber then flied to Joey Gallo, who dropped the ball. Gallo got Schwarber out at second, but not before Verdugo scored to give Boston the lead. Devastating.

But the Yanks came back with four in the top of the eighth, and they got some breaks in doing so. Gio Urshela led off the inning with a walk. Tyler Wade PR for Urshela and was caught stealing (the first of two times Wade would be caught last night). LeMahieu walked. Anthony Rizzo ripped a double. In came ex-Yankee Adam Ottavino to pitch for Boston. Aaron Judge popped one up that Boston 1B Bobby Dalbec couldn’t quite reach. New life. Then it appeared a foul tip had Judge struck out. But Boston catcher Christian Vazquez dropped the ball. Replays showed it appeared he dropped the ball on the transition to throwing it back to the pitcher, meaning Judge should have been out, but that wasn’t the ruling. Another break for Judge and the Yankees, and this time Judge made the most of it, doubling in both LeMahieu and Rizzo to give the Yanks a 4-3 lead.

In his slide into second, Judge dislocated a finger, and he popped it back into place.

Giancarlo Stanton then killed Boston with another HR to give the Yanks insurance and a 6-3 lead. The HR was Stanton’s 34th of the season and capped a 3 HR, 10 RBI weekend for Stanton in Fenway.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Judge 2 RBI
Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (34)

Montgomery 5 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.49
Holmes (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.82 (Pit/NYY) Was absolutely filthy.
Rodriguez (BS, 2) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP. 4.78 (Tex/NYY)
Green (W, 10-7) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.24
Chapman (S, 30) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.48

The Yanks are off Monday. The rotation in Toronto for the big three-game series there Tues-Thursday will be Taillon (activate of IL, no move yet), Cole and Kluber.

Game 154. Great night for Yanks. Gain on Boston, get separation. Stanton 4 RBI.

A great Friday night for the Yankees as they beat Boston 8-3. They pull within a game of Boston for the top wild card spot, and with Toronto losing to Minnesota again, gained a bit of separation between them and Toronto (who fell into a tie with Seattle).

Wild Card Standings

Boston 88-66 —- top wild card seed for now.
YANKEES 87-67 -1 2nd wild card seed for now (Boston would have tiebreaker)
Toronto and Seattle 85-69 3 behind Boston, 2 behind Yankees
Oakland 83-71 5 behind Boston, 4 behind Yankees; mathematically alive, but slim odds of being a WC.

The Yanks made a statement early. Four batters into the game, they were up 2-0. D.J. LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo led off with singles and an Aaron Judge double scored LeMahieu. Giancarlo Stanton’s groundout scored Rizzo and moved Judge to third. After a shallow flyout by Joey Gallo, Gleyber Torres singled in Judge. Before Boston got to bat, they were down 3-0.

The Yanks got four runs in the top of the third to go up 7-0. Rizzo led off the inning with a double, and Judge walked. Stanton followed with a 3-run HR (32). Gallo singled, and two out later, Brett Gardner walked. Kyle Higashioka then hit an infield popup that Boston’s infield let drop. Gallo scored, Gardner to third, Higashioka to first, and many boos from the Fenway Faithful.

Gerrit Cole wasn’t dominating, but was effective for the first five innings, shutting out Boston, although no inning was a clean, 1-2-3 inning. He faltered in the bottom of the sixth, giving up a 3-run HR to Rafael Devers.

Torres led off the top of the seventh with a HR (8) to make it 8-3 Yankees, and that wound up the final score.

Rizzo 2 hits
Stanton 3 hits, 4 RBI. 3-run HR (32)
Torres 3 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (8)
Gardner 2 hits

Cole (W, 16-8) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.08
Holmes 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.88 (Pit/NYY)
Peralta 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.59 (SF/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.30

Game 153. Catchers spur Yanks’ comeback in 7-3 win. Take back WC slot.

Catchers Kyle Higashioka (who started the game) and Gary Sanchez (who finished it) led a Yankees’ comeback from a 3-0 deficit as the Yankees completed a three game sweep of Texas with a 7-3 win Wednesday night.

The win, combined with Toronto’s loss to Tampa Bay, put the Yanks back as the second wild card by 1/2 game. There are 9 games left for the Yankees, and it won’t be easy. 3 at Boston, 3 at Toronto and 3 at home against Tampa Bay (who will win the division).

Wild Card Standings.
Boston 88-65 top wild card for now
YANKEES 86-67 -2 from Boston; second wild card for now
Toronto 85-67 – 2 1/2 from Boston; 1/2 game behind the Yankees
Seattle 83-69 -4 1/2 from Boston, -2 1/2 from Yankees
Oakland 82-70 -5 1/2 from Boston, – 3 1/2 from Yankees

Before the game, the Yanks activated Domingo German off the IL and send down Estevan Florial.

Texas pecked away at Yankees’ starter Corey Kluber, scoring single runs in the second, fourth, and fifth. Their run in the fourth scored on a bloop two-out popup that fell into no-man’s land.

One concern the Yanks have is the defense. By switching Gleyber Torres back to second, D.J. LeMahieu and Gio Urshela aren’t at their natural, best positions, while Torres is. D.J. is best at second but is at third, Urshela best at third, but now at SS (and he’s made a few nice plays there). Also, Luke Voit started last night’s game at first base because Texas started a lefty pitcher. Anthony Rizzo, who came in for defense late in the game, is the better defender.

The Yanks started their comeback in the bottom of the fifth. Torres led off with a walk, and Urshela singled him to second. Higashioka doubled in both runners. Earlier in the game, Higashioka was robbed of a two-run double. Texas CF D.J. Peters couldn’t get to this one, however. After an out, LeMahieu flied to right, but Higashioka was gunned down at the plate trying to score. After five innings, 3-2 Texas.

The Yanks got a gift run to tie the game in the sixth. With one out, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Gallo all walked. After another out, a wild pitch allowed the Yanks to tie the game.

The Yanks broke through with four runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game away. With two out, Gallo hit a pop-fly double that found no-man’s land. Torres doubled in Gallo with what proved to be the game-winning run. Urshela singled, and on the play, a throwing error enabled Torres to score. 5-3, Yanks. Sanchez capped everything off with a 2-run HR (23) and the Yanks were up 7-3, which ended up the final score.

Torres GW hit, RBI
Urshela 2 hits
Higashioka 2 hits, 2 RBI
Sanchez 2-run HR (23)

Kluber 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.82
Peralta 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.69 (SF/NYY)
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.92 (Pit/NYY)
Green (W, 9-7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.35
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.44

Great job by bullpen. 4 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings.

Game 151. Yanks hang on for 4-3 win, tighten WC race.

The Yanks got 4 2/3 scoreless IP out of their bullpen, and hung on for a 4-3 win over Texas Monday night that combined with Tampa Bay’s 6-4 win over Toronto, moved the Yanks to 1/2 game behind Toronto in the wild card race.

Wild Card Standings
Boston 86-65 — top wild card seed as of now
Toronto 84-66 – 1 1/2 2nd wild card seed as of now
YANKEES 84-67 -2 behind Boston, -1/2 from Toronto
Oakland 82-68 -3 1/2 behind Boston, -2 from Toronto, – 1 1/2 behind Yankees
Seattle 81-69 – 4 1/2 behind Boston, -3 from Toronto, -2 1/2 behind Yankees.

The Yanks got on the board in the bottom of the second on a solo HR by Gary Sanchez (22).

They got three in the third to make it 4-0. With one out, D.J. LeMahieu walked, and Anthony Rizzo singled D.J. to second. A single by Aaron Judge made it 2-0, and both runners moved up on the throw. Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF, and after a walk to Joey Gallo, Gleyber Torres singled for the Yankees’ final run.

Nestor Cortes was “Nasty Nestor” for four innings, and got out of a second and third, no out jam in the first inning with three straight strikeouts. But while the Yanks couldn’t tack on more runs, Cortes got knocked out in the fifth, when Texas scored three runs to cut it to 4-3.

After that it was nail-biting and scoreboard-watching time.

Judge 2 hits, RBI
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Sanchez solo HR (22)

Cortes 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 WP. gave up 1 HR. 2.79.
Green (W, 8-7) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 3.39
Holmes (H, 10) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.98 (Pit/NYY)
Rodriguez (H, 14) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.60 (Tex/NYY)
Chapman (S, 28) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.51

I wonder how much money you could have gotten in the spring if you would have bet someone that Nestor Cortes would make at least 12 starts for the Yankees this year, and after 12 starts, would have a lower ERA than Gerrit Cole?

The Yanks activated Luis Severino before the game, and released Sal Romano.

Game 146. Gardy saves Yanks in 4-3 win.

Yes, now is the time for scoreboard watching. The Yankees, already knowing that Toronto and Boston had earlier won, edged Baltimore 4-3 thanks to Brett Gardner’s 2-run single in the top of the ninth. The win ensured the Yanks of another winning season. They haven’t had a losing season since 1992.

The wild-card standings. Only 2 get to make the playoffs. A virtual 3-way tie. Just 16 games left.
Yankees and Toronto tied at 82-64 .562
Boston 83-65, in a virtual tie, but at .561, .001 back.

Oakland 78-67 – 3.5
Seattle 78-68 -4

The Yanks have today in Baltimore (funky 5 PM start), then come home for 3 against Cleveland and 3 against Texas. They have to make do against these below .500 teams, because after Cleveland it’s 3 in Boston, 3 in Toronto, and the 3 at home vs. Tampa Bay. It could come down to the last day. 90 wins probably won’t be enough.

The Yanks almost scored in the top of the second, when Gary Sanchez was robbed of a two-run HR by Orioles’ CF Cedric Mullens. Sanchez would be robbed of another hit later in the game.

They did score in the top of the third, when Gardner led off the inning with a single and Gio Urshela followed with a 2-run HR (12).

Yankees’ starter Nestor Cortes was “Nasty Nestor”, shutting out Baltimore until giving up a solo HR in the sixth. He struck out 11.

The Yanks took that 2-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but the Orioles got a leadoff single, then a groundout where the runner moved up. Gleyber Torres at second couldn’t start a DP (he’s been shaky defensively—on the radio Sterling and Waldman lamented that the DP wasn’t made) and it came back to hurt. A WP moved the runner to third, then a strikeout. With two out, and on an 0-2 pitch, Chad Green gave up a 2-run HR and the Orioles were up 3-2. Green, unfortunately, hasn’t been too reliable lately. It was the 14th HR Green has given up this season, and it was reported that it was the 8th HR allowed in the 7th inning or later by Green that either tied the game or gave the other team the lead. That’s the most in MLB. He had just given up the GW HR to Lindor and the Mets on Sunday night.

The Yanks miss the injured Loaisiga. (Not to mention Britton if he were healthy, O’Day, and they shouldn’t have traded Cessa).

It was a gut-punch that could have really dealt the Yanks a huge blow in this playoff race. They were now down to the ninth inning, and already knew they had to comeback to keep pace with Toronto and Boston, both who had already won.

Luke Voit led off the top of the ninth by drawing a walk. Tyler Wade PR for him. Gleyber Torres singled Wade to second. After a flyout, a double steal which proved huge. It enabled the Yanks to stay out of a game-ending DP and also forced Baltimore to bring the infield in. Gardner blooped a single over the drawn-in infield to score both runners and give the Yanks a 4-3 lead. The Yanks put another runner on, but couldn’t push another run across.

Aroldis Chapman closed out the game quite easily in the bottom of the ninth.

The Yanks kept pace, thanks to Gardner.

Torres 2 hits
Gardner 3 hits, 2 RBI, GW hit
Urshela 2-run HR (12)

Cortes 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 11 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.60 (What a revelation and savior he has been)
Green (BS, 6) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.46
Peralta (W, 5-3) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86 (Combined SF/NYY)
Chapman (S, 27) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.58

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.