No Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez or Didi Gregorius.
Before the game, Didi was placed on the 10-day DL with a bruised heel. I was surprised that Luke Voit was brought back up instead of Tyler Wade. With Neil Walker going back to 2B, the infield looks OK with Torreyes as a backup, but if Walker goes back to 2B, what then, about the OF, where Walker was filling in?
Wade still hasn’t proven that he can hit MLB pitching, but at least he can play OF as well as IF. Voit can’t (1 MLB inning in RF), so I was a bit surprised at the move for Voit. Besides, Shane Robinson hasn’t given anything. I still hope the Yanks can make a deal for an OF before 8/31 (the deadline for that player to be postseason eligible), especially if problems remain with Aaron Judge and that fractured wrist. And we won’t even get into Clint Frazier (still on concussion DL) or Jacoby Ellsbury (who hasn’t played anywhere all season and is done for the year).
Now the Yanks have to hold their breaths on Aroldis Chapman. More on that later.
With a depleted lineup, others (like Greg Bird (.206) and Brett Gardner (.243), especially) need to step up. Bird, however, was 0 for 6 with 3 strikeouts last night in the Yanks’ 2-1 squeaker of a 12-inning win.
With the win, the Yanks (79-46) move to 8 back of Boston. They are 3 1/2 up on Houston and Oakland (each are tied for 1st in the AL West) for the top wild card slot.
It wasn’t easy, since the Yanks had to escape a couple of late inning jams.
The Yanks threatened in the second but didn’t score.
In the fourth, Andujar singled, and with one out, Torres singled. Walker singled in a run to make it 1-0. Romine was HBP to load the bases, Tabut Tanaka (damned NL no-DH rules) popped up and Gardner flied out.
Tanaka got out of a jam in the fourth.
Tanaka pitched well, but made a mistake in the fifth. As we all know, when Tanaka (gopher-ball prone) makes a mistake, it leaves the yard. At least it was just a solo HR. Game tied at 1.
Chad Green escaped a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the bottom of the ninth.
A.J. Cole escaped a bases-loaded, NO out situation in the bottom of the eleventh, helped by a nice 6-2 forceout at home by Gleyber Torres.
In the top of the twelfth, Kyle HIgashioka singled. Brett Gardner walked. After Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Aaron Hicks was HBP to load the bases. Miguel Andujar hit a SF for the eventual game-winning run. A WP moved up the runners to 2nd and 3rd, but Bird struck out.
In the bottom of the twelfth, Chapman came in, walked the first batter, and removed himself from the game after only six pitches because of increased pain in his knee. He’s been dealing with it most of the season, but the pain was worse and he’ll have an MRI today. So there is THAT for the Yanks to be concerned with. Meanwhile, Justus Sheffield was moved to the bullpen for SWB so that Sheffield could help in that capacity down the stretch.
Tommy Kahnle replaced Chapman, pitched well, and the game ended when Higashioka nailed the baserunner trying to steal second.
David Robertson wasn’t available due to a tender shoulder.
2-1 Yanks in 12 innings.
Stanton 2 hits.
Andujar GW SF.
Torres 2 hits.
Walker 2 hits, 2 walks, RBI
Higashioka 1 for 1, scored winning run, threw runner out for last out.
Tanaka 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.90
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.15 (Balt/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.24
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.70
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.12
Cole (W, 4-1, 5.53 Wash/NYY) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Chapman 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.11 Threw just 6 pitchers, left game, injured.
Kahnle (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.39