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Game 162. Yanks end season with 2-1 loss, now to the wild card game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost a meaningless regular season finale, 2-1, to Toronto, and finished the regular season 91-71, 2 games back of Boston in the AL East. As the top wild card team, they will host the Twins in the sudden-death, wild card game on Tuesday night.

Toronto only got two hits in the game, but they were enough.

In the fourth, a walk, single and SF plated a run for the Blue Jays.

The Yanks, playing with most of the regulars getting a day off, tied it in the seventh on a HR (19) by Matt Holliday.

The Blue Jays got a run in the eighth on a strikeout, but on the play, ex-Yankee Rob Refsnyder reached on a wild pitch. A walk, sac bunt and infield nubber plated the winning run.

Adam Warren got some work in before the postseason starts.

Aaron Judge got a crystal gavel for breaking the rookie HR record. He also broke Babe Ruth’s 1921 record—set at the Polo Grounds—for most HR hit at home by a Yankee in a season. 33 of Judge’s AL best 52 were at home. Judge also led the league in runs scored and walks, and led the majors in striking out 😦   . He was second in OBP, SA and OPS+.

The Yanks announced they will be extending the netting for next year to protect fans better. The little girl struck by Todd Frazier’s foul ball about two weeks ago is home, but while in the hospital, the two-year-old had tubes in her, suffered a fractured nose and orbital bone, and concern was about blood on the brain that could cause a stroke. Her vision may never recover and be the same.

Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.88
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.35
German (L, 0-1, 3.14) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 WP.
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.82.

Ex-Yankee Pat Kelly, who grew up and graduated from high school not far from where I live, was arrested with his girlfriend (I guess he got divorced, I thought he married an Australian girl some years ago) in a Manhattan hotel early Sunday morning. Both were thrown in jail overnight for assaulting each other.

As for Tuesday, a lot of tough decisions need to be made. Who is in CF? Hicks or Ellsbury? Who DH’s? Hicks, Ellsbury, Headley or Holliday? (Bird will be at 1B, Todd Frazier at 3B). Being that it is a sudden death game, if starter Luis Severino doesn’t have it, Girardi will have to have a quick hook.

 

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Game 159. Rays’ big inning dooms Yanks, 9-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Not what you want to see from Sonny Gray in his final regular season start before the playoffs. No command, knocked out early, gave up a lot of walks and a pair of homers, and couldn’t hold a lead.

Tampa Bay scored seven in the fifth, knocking out Gray, and beat the Yanks 9-6.

The loss kept the Yanks (89-70) three back of Boston with three games to go. It seems inevitable that the Yanks will have to settle for the top wild card.

Gray gave up a HR to the second batter of the game, but the Yanks got back-to-back HRs from Gardner (21) and Judge (51) leading off the bottom of the first to go up 2-1.

They made it 3-1 in the second on a single by Ellsbury, passed ball, and an RBI single by Todd Frazier.

The red-hot Greg Bird homered in the fourth (9) to make it 4-1. Looking good.

Then the roof fell in. That seven-run inning featured Gray throwing a HR and a WP, and catcher Gary Sanchez committing an error and a passed ball. After Gray was pulled, Jonathan Holder gave up a HBP, single and triple in getting no one out.

Starlin Castro singled in a run in the fifth to cut it to 8-5, but Chasen Shreve gave up a HR in the sixth to put the Rays up 9-5.

Aaron Hicks hit his second HR (15) since coming off the DL this week to close out the scoring. It was a PH HR in the bottom of the ninth.

Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits.

Adam Warren is coming off the DL today.

Gray (L, 10-12, 3.55) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 5 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.89
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.77 Gave up 1 HR.
Heller 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.90
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.87

I am impressed this year with Heller and German as far as guys who may be able to really step up and contribute more in 2018.

Game 155. Judge hits 2 HR, but Yanks fall, 9-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I don’t think Jaime Garcia or Bryan Mitchell would have made the postseason roster anyway, but neither helped themselves in a 9-5 Yankees’ loss on Sunday.

The loss put the Yanks 5 back of Boston in the AL East with 7 to go, and basically assured the Red Sox the division. The Yanks’ magic # to host the wild card game remains at 2.

Toronto got one in the first, one in the second, and knocked out Garcia with three in the third. Garcia gave up a HR to the first batter he faced.

Didi singled in a run to make it 5-1 in the fourth.

Toronto came back with four in the bottom of the fourth to make it 9-1.

Aaron Judge hit his first HR of the game (47) in the top of the sixth to cut it to 9-2.

Greg Bird doubled in a run later in the inning to make it 9-3.

Judge hit his second HR (48) of the game, a 2-run shot, to make it 9-5.

Judge is now one HR behind Mark McGwire’s 1987 rookie record of 49 in a season.

Hated the tribute Toronto gave Jose Bautista. Hated his bat flipping, and question how someone so mediocre until he became 29 all of a sudden went from a mediocre 15 HR a year guy to hitting 50+ at the age of 29. Loved when Odor popped him one. Just saying….

Judge 2 HR, 3 RBI
Castro 2 hits
Didi RBI
Bird RBI

Garcia (L, 5-10, 4.41) 2 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.43
Mitchell 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 0 K. 5.79
Heller 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.17
Gallegos 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.12
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.97

Game 152. Yanks win, Didi sets Yankees HR record for SS, tragedy averted, thankfully.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before we get into the game, I must mention something that happened during this afternoon’s game that fortunately, did not turn into a tragedy.

In the middle of the game, Todd Frazier lined a ball into the stands where it struck a girl in the face. The girl, sitting in the box seats, had to be removed from the game on a stretcher, and rushed by ambulance to a hospital. Players on the field from both teams were in tears because of what happened.

Thankfully, it appears that the girl will be OK.

The girl is 2 years old.

Which raises questions. Should a 2 year old be sitting in box seats? Should you sell tickets to someone who will be sitting in box seats with a two year old or should they be required to take seats further away from the playing field?

Should protective netting be expanded to go all the way up the first and third base lines?

Should the parents be bringing a two-year old to the Stadium in the first place?

This could have been a tragedy. It wasn’t. But these questions need to be addressed. Thankfully, what could have been much worse didn’t happen.

Luis Severino was off. The Twins got three in the top of the third off off Seve, and it was a 46 pitch inning for him. Credit must be given to Joe Mauer, who had a 13-pitch at bat vs. Severino that resulted in a bases-loaded RBI single for a run. It appeared to take everything out of Severino.

The Yanks got it right back in the bottom of the third on back-to-back HRs by Judge (45) and Sanchez (32). The two-run HR by Judge put him over 100 RBI for the season.

It’s also important to remember that Sanchez missed 3-4 weeks at the beginning of the year due to injury.

Judge became the third rookie in history to have 100 walks, runs scored and RBI in a season. The others were Ted Williams in 1939 and Al Rosen in 1950.

He also became the fourth Yankee with 100 RBI in his rookie season, after Tony Lazzeri, Joe DiMaggio and Hideki Matsui.

There was talk about Rosen on the Yankees’ broadcast today. It was mentioned that Rosen broke in in 1947. But Rosen got in 7 games in 1947, 5 in 1948 and 23 in 1949. So he was still a “rookie” in 1950, not having met the criteria for not being a rookie.

In the fourth, the Yanks broke the game open, scoring six runs. With one out, the red-hot Ellsbury (finally over that concussion?) tripled. After a walk, Bird hit his second double of the game to make it 4-3. Gardner singled to make it 5-3. After Judge struck out for the second out, Sanchez singled, 6-3.

Didi Gregorius then hit a 3-run HR (25) to make it 9-3. With the HR, Didi set a new single season record for most HR in a season by a Yankees’ SS, breaking Jeter’s 1999 mark of 24.

In the fifth, Holliday singled and Ellsbury walked. This is where Frazier lined that ball off that poor child’s face. He flied out. Holliday moving up. A WP had Holliday scoring to make it 10-3 and moving Ellsbury to second. Bird singled Ellsbury to third, Gardner was HBP to load the bases, and Judge hit a SF, 11-3.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI.
Judge HR (45) 3 RBI. Topped 100 RBI for the season.
Sanchez 3 hits, 2 RBI, HR (32).
Gregorius HR (25), 3 RBI. Yankees’ record for HR in a season by a SS.
Ellsbury 3 hits.
Bird 3 hits, RBI.

Severino 3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.03.
Shreve (W, 4-1, 3.71) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. Great job.
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.50
German 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 2.84

I am really impressed by what German has shown so far.

The Angels are playing as I write this. But the Yanks magic numbers for being the host wild card team and for making the playoffs at all are both 4.

Quick note: Boxer Jake LaMotta died at the age of 95. He was the subject of the movie Raging Bull, which won Robert De Niro a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of LaMotta.

Game 148. Yanks bomb O’s again, 9-3. Magic #s for Playoffs reduced.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When will Didi Gregorius get his just due?

When the Yankees got him to replace the legend, Derek Jeter, we were probably hoping for .260-9-54 and good defense. None of us knew Didi would become the first Yankees’ SS to hit 20 or more HR in back to back seasons (even Jeter didn’t do that), or become a .290 hitting, 20 HR, 80 RBI guy… and he missed the first couple weeks of this season.

Who’d have thought he’d be hitting cleanup?

Didi homered again (23) for the Yanks in their 9-3 win over Baltimore today. The Yanks remain 3 back of Boston in the AL East but increased their lead for the first wild card spot (game at home) by 5 over the Twins.

The magic # for getting the top wild card spot is 10.  With the Twins coming in Mon-Tue-Wed, the Yanks can take care of a lot of business themselves.

The Yanks’ magic # for just making the playoffs is 9 over the Angels.

Didi’s 3-Run HR (23) in the third put the Yanks up 3-0 and gave him 80 RBI on the season.

Maybe we are finally getting to see the Greg Bird we saw in spring training of this year. HR #5 made it 6-0 in the fourth.

In the fifth, Jacoby Ellsbury singled in a run to make it 7-0.

Todd Frazier hit a 2-run HR (26) in the seventh to make it 9-0.

Chasen Shreve was horrible in the ninth inning when Baltimore scored three runs.

Didi 3 for 4 , scored 3 runs, HR, 3 RBI.
Ellsbury 3 hits, RBI.
Frazier HR, 2 RBI.
Bird HR, 3 RBI.

Montgomery (W, 8-7, 4.06) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.58
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1.80
Shreve 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 4 W, 1 K. 3.98  Gave up 1 HR.
Gallegos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.06

With the win, the Yanks have a winning season. They haven’t had one since 1992.

Game 140. Yanks can’t hold early lead, lose 11-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got off to 4-0 and 5-1 leads, but the pitching couldn’t hold it. in a 11-5 loss to Texas.

The loss drops the Yanks to 4 1/2 back of Boston, 75-65, with 22 games left in the year. The division would be nice, but realistically, the Yanks have to think about retaining the top wild card spot so that that do-or-die game is played at home.

Speaking of “home”, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against the Rays have been moved to a “neutral” site”: Citi Field in Queens, because of Hurricane Irma striking Florida. The Yanks will bat first and will be in the road grays, but….

As for tonight, Tanaka was lousy and maybe Girardi stuck with him too long.

The Yanks got four in the second. Holliday singled, Didi reached on an error. Headley singled to load the bases. Ellsbury singled for one run, Frazier was HBP for another. Sanchez later singled in two. Up 4-0.

Tanaka gave back one run on a monster HR.

Didi HR’d in the top of the third (21) to make it 5-1 Yanks, but everything went downhill from there.

Texas got 2 in the third off of Tanaka to cut it to 5-3. At this point, my leash on Tanaka would have been VERY SHORT.

Texas got four in the fifth to take a 7-5 lead. After a single and double to start the inning, I probably would have pulled Tanaka then. Instead, single, WP, double before he was pulled.

A 4-run inning put Texas up 7-5, and four in seventh made it 11-5.

After going up 5-1, the Yanks’ offense went dormant.

Sanchez, first game back from the 3-game suspension, 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Didi solo HR.

Tanaka (L 11-11, 4.82) 4 + Ip, 7 r, 8 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 Hr.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.73
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.38
Smith 0 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.64.

A “give up” move when inserting him. Smith may have had nice numbers at SWB, but so far has not proven himself MLB ready.

Heller 2/3 iP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.25
Mitchell 1 1/3 0 R, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.45

 

 

Game 139. Yanks’ 4 HR bomb Orioles, 9-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (75-64) beat Baltimore Thursday afternoon, 9-1, to close the gap to 3 1/2 back of Boston with 23 games to go.

They struck early, getting 3 runs in the top of the first.  Gardner walked, stole second, and with two out, Didi Gregorius doubled him home. Aaron Judge followed with a 2-run HR, #39.

That HR put Judge second all-time for HR in a season by a rookie. The record is Mark McGwire, A’s, 1987, with 49.

In the third, Didi singled with one out, and Judge walked. Holliday singled in a run, moving Judge to third. Ellsbury grounded out, driving in a run and making it 5-0.

A two-run HR by Chase Headley (12) in the fourth made it 7-0.

Starlin Castro hit a HR (14) in the sixth, 8-0. Baltimore scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth, 8-1.

Todd Frazier finished the scoring, hitting a solo HR (23) in the seventh.

Sonny Gray was solid, and the Yanks’ bullpen picked him up.

Gardner 2 hits.
Headley HR, 2 RBI
Castro HR
Gregorius 3 hits, RBI.
Judge HR, 2 RBI.
Romine 2 hits. Sanchez returns Friday, when Romine will serve his 1-game suspension.

Adam Warren is on the 10-day DL, maybe done for the year, with back spasms. Now we know why he wasn’t used Tuesday, but still, Joe, only 11 pitches for D-Rob and Chapman the other night?

Rumors are CC is having knee trouble again. He has had a good year, but is a free agent after the year, is 37, and would you want someone back who will be 38 next July and has been having knee trouble?

Gray (W, 9-9, 3.22 combined A’s/Yankees) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.93.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.77
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00