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Tag Archives: Heaney
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.
For the first time since 1985, the Yankees have an 11-game winning streak. They are now 19-4 in the month of August and have won 33 of their last 44 games.
It wasn’t easy. Wandy Peralta had to relieve an ineffective Aroldis Chapman with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the ninth. He got Freddie Freeman (last year’s NL MVP) to fly to left for the final out to preserve a 5-4 victory for the Yanks over the Atlanta Braves.
With the win, the Yanks (74-52) stay 4 back of Tampa Bay in the division. They are 2 1/2 up on Boston for the top wild card spot. The Yanks are off Wednesday, and are heading to Oakland to face the A’s. The A’s are 2 behind Boston for the other wild card spot, so the Yanks can put a little distance and breathing room between themselves and the A’s. Seattle is 3 behind Boston, and Toronto 5 1/2 behind Boston.
The Braves struck first, getting two runs in the bottom of the first off of Yankees’ starter Andrew Heaney. With two out, Heaney walked Freeman and hit Austin Riley with a pitch. On an 0-2 pitch, Dansby Swanson doubled in two runs. Ugh. All with two out, and on an 0-2 pitch. 2-0 Braves. And to add insult to injury, Freeman walked on a pitch that appeared to be strike three. It was one of a couple controversial calls by the umpires last night.
The Yanks got one back in the top of the second when Giancarlo Stanton hit his 22nd HR of the season.
The Yanks tied it in the fourth when Aaron Judge doubled and two outs later, scored on a single by Gary Sanchez.
The Yanks went up 4-2 in the top of the fifth. Andrew Velazquez singled, stole second, and scored when D.J. LeMahieu hit a 2-run HR (9).
The Braves got a run in the bottom of the fifth. Albert Abreu started the inning on the mound for the Yanks. After an out, a single and a walk. Joely Rodriguez replaced Abreu and got a forceout. But then Riley singled in one run, but Freeman, also trying to score, was called out at the plate, upheld by review.
The inning before, Braves’ CF Joc Pederson was ejected for arguing a call. The umpires ruled that he had swung and struck out even though he was hit by the pitch. The swing negating the HBP. Pederson, of course, didn’t think he swung. As I mentioned, several controversial calls in this game.
In the top of the seventh, Rougned Odor homered (15) to put the Yanks up 5-3. It would turn out to be the decisive run.
In the bottom of the eighth, with one out and Freeman (he seemed to be in the middle of everything) on first, Riley singled Freeman to third, but was thrown out at second trying to advance. Another out upheld on review.
To the bottom of the ninth, and Chapman in. A groundout, then a single and a strikeout. Fine. Two run lead, one on. Then Chapman could not seal the deal. A walk on four pitches. An infield single to load the bases. Another walk to force in a run to make it 5-4.
Peralta then came in and got Freeman to fly to left, but it took nine pitches to do it, and a 3-2 count. Close to walking in the tying run, but he got the job done.
One nail-biting ending.
LeMahieu 2-run HR (9)
Judge 2 hits
Stanton solo HR (22)
Odor solo HR (15)
Heaney 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. 1 HBP. 5.48 (Combined LAA/NYY ERA)
Abreu 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.21
Rodriguez (H, 12) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.05 (Combined Tex/NYY ERA)
Holmes (W, 5-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.38 (Combined Pit/NYY)
Green (H, 16) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.03
Chapman (H, 1) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. 3.86
Peralta (S, 5) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.62 (Combined SF/NYY)
I guess Loaisiga wasn’t available last night. Salaries be damned, I’d make him the closer over Chapman right now.
UPDATE: Zack Britton appears done for the season and could require TJ surgery which would take him out of 2022 and the rest of his Yankees’ contract. Hopefully he is just shut down for the year, does not need the surgery, and can come back strong next year.
Andrew Velazquez was born in the Bronx, went to Yankees games as a child, and dreamed of making his mark with his favorite and local team.
Last night his dreams came true. The light-hitting SS had two hits, drove in two runs, and made an outstanding play to end the game and save a 5-2 Yankees win that enabled the Yanks (69-52, 2nd in AL East, 5 games back) to sweep this week’s three-game series against Boston.
The wild card standings. Two of three would make the playoffs (granted, 41 games to go)
NYY 69-52 .570
Oak 68-53 .562 1 game behind NYY for top WC
Bos 69-54 .561 1 game behind NYY for top WC, .001 behind the A’s for the second wild card.
The Yanks have won 28 of their last 40 games, and their last six in a row.
Andrew Heaney gave up a HR to Xander Bogaerts in the first inning, giving Boston a 1-0 lead. You are forgiven, if, after his first three Yankees’ starts, all bad, you thought “here we go again.”
But Heaney was superb last night. After giving up that HR, he gave up no more runs, and only one more hit, in pitching seven innings.
The Yanks came back with four runs in the bottom of the second. Giancarlo Stanton led off with a single and Rougned Odor walked. Gary Sanchez blooped a single that loaded the bases. Odor was almost forced out at second on the play. Brett Gardner tied the game with a sacrifice fly, and Velazquez then singled to put the Yanks up 2-1. Velazquez stole second to put runners on second and third, and after a groundout that froze the runners, Anthony Rizzo singled in two runs on a play botched by Boston 1B Bobby Dalbec to make it 4-1.
It stood that way until the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Sanchez doubled and moved to third on a ground out by Gardner. Velazquez singled to make it 5-1.
Earlier in the day, Rizzo and Aroldis Chapman were brought off the IL. Rizzo the Covid-IL, and Chapman the regular IL. Sent down were NIck Nelson and Jonathan Davis. Chapman started the ninth.
But as we’ve seen this year, it seems the Yanks can’t just close out games easily. Chapman gave up a one-out, 456 ft. HR to Hunter Renfro. He did get a second out, but Lucas Luetge had to replace Chapman with two outs, two on and the tying run at the plate. Kevin Plawecki grounded a ball into the hole, but Velazquez made the stop and the long throw to nip Plawecki at first for the final out of the game, upheld upon review. An outstanding play.
Rizzo 2 RBI
Sanchez 2 hits.
Velazquez 2 hits, 2 RBI. Outstanding defensive play.
Heaney (W, 8-8) 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 5.51 (Combined LAA/NYY)
Britton (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.71
Chapman 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.79
Luetge (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.09