Boston 84-65 1st WC Slot. NYY 83-65 – 1/2, 2nd WC Slot Tor 82-65 – 1 from Bos, – 1/2 from NYY Oak 80-67 -3 from Bos, – 2 1/2 from NYY Sea 79-68 – 4 from Bos, – 3 1/2 from NYY
Scenario: Three-team tie for two Wild Card spots. If the Blue Jays, Yankees and Red Sox were all tied, with no other non-division winners in the AL ahead of them, the three teams would choose/receive A, B and C designations. Club A would host Club B. The winner of that game would be one Wild Card club, while the loser would then play Club C on the road to determine the other. The winners of the two games would face each other in the Wild Card Game. The three designations are decided by head-to-head records. The Red Sox went 10-9 against the Blue Jays and, as of this writing, are 10-6 against the Yankees, so they would have the first pick of designation. The Blue Jays are also 10-6 against the Yanks, as of this writing, so they would pick second. The Yankees would get whichever designation is left over. The first selection comes down to a choice of playing up to two games (Club A) or taking your chances as the home team in a single elimination game (Club C).
Ok, figured I’d give an update on the standings and the 3-way scenario first. The Yanks beat the Cleveland (Indians now, next year the [ugh] Guardians) 8-0 last night, hitting 5 HR. Corey Kluber, Michael King and Lucas Luetge combined for the shutout.
Lots of scoreboard watching this time of year. One way to avoid it, of course, is to take care of business earlier, so as to have a nice lead right now where it isn’t necessary, as Tampa Bay has done.
But it is what it is. As for now, the Yanks just have to keep winning.
Joey Gallo got the scoring started with a HR (36) in the bottom of the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. He was not finished.
Aaron Judge hit one out in the bottom of the fourth to make it 2-0. HR #35 for Judge.
It stayed that way for a while. The Yanks broke open a tight ballgame by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Gallo led off the inning with a single because 1B Bobby Bradley slipped. Gleyber Torres walked, and Gio Urshela singled in a run. After a pitching change, Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR (9) to make it 6-0.
In the bottom of the eighth, Giancarlo Stanton and the red-hot Gallo hit back-to-back HR to make it 8-0. For Stanton, #29, and for Gallo #37 (combined Tex/NYY).
Judge 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (35) Stanton solo HR (29) Gallo 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2 solo HR (37, Tex/NYY) Urshela 2 hits, RBI Gardner 3-run HR (9)
The Yankees hit 5 HR in a 7-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night and in so doing are in the middle of a 3-way virtual tie for the two wild card spots.
Here is how it looks right now.
Yanks and Toronto both 81-64 .559 — Boston 82-65 .558 —- virtual tie, .001 back Seattle 78-67 -3 Oakland 77-67 – 3 1/2
(Forget the division, Tampa Bay is up by 9 and their magic # to clinch is 9).
Gerrit Cole returned to the mound after leaving early last time because of tightness in his left hamstring. He got his 15th win, but had to leave after five innings due to a high pitch count (108).
The Yanks got on the board right away. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a single and Aaron Judge followed with a 2-run HR (34).
With one out in the third inning, Anthony Rizzo was HBP and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a 2-run HR (28). Luke Voit made it back-to-back HRs with #10 and the Yanks were up 5-0.
Cole had settled down after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. Baltimore touched him for a run in the fifth, but with two on and two out, Cole ended his night with a strikeout.
Michael King replaced Cole and threw three scoreless innings. King’s career numbers are better in relief than as a starter.
Joey Gallo made it 6-1 in the eighth with a HR (34) and LeMahieu homered (10) in the ninth to make it 7-1.
Sal Romano, who turned down a DFA assignment to SWB and elected to become a free agent, re-signed with the Yankees (lot of head scratching there) and the Yanks then turned around and DFA’d Brooks Kriske. Romano started the ninth for the Yankees. He got a K, but a single walk and single made it 7-2, and Romano got injured on that RBI single, so Aroldis Chapman came in. Chapman got a K, then threw a WP, putting runners on second and third, so things got a bit hairy, but another K by Chapman ended the game.
Besides the Romano/Kriske DFA switch, Clarke Schmidt went back to SWB after his Sunday start, so that freed that spot for Romano. Domingo German was sent to SWB to start a rehab assignment.
AAA: SWB (60-46) won 4-1. Starting P Matt Krook 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. Reliever Michael King on rehab (Yanks could use him now, esp. if Cole misses next start) 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K. C Donny Sands (#28 prospect) 2-run HR. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. RF Trey Amburgey 2 hits.
AA: Somerset (64-44) won 4-1. Starting P Ken Waldichuk (#9 prospect) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 9 K. 1 HBP, Gave up 1 HR. LF Michael Beltre 2-run HR. CF Brandon Lockridge (#19 prospect) 2 hits, RBI. DH Dermis Garcia 2 hits. 2B Jesus Bastidas 2 hits. C Jason Lopez 2 hits.
High A: Hudson Valley (65-43) won 7-6. CF Everson Pereira (#13 prospect) 3-run HR. SS Anthony Volpe (#1 prospect) 2 RBI. C Austin Wells (#6 prospect) 2 hits, RBI. 2B Eduardo Torrealba 3 hits.
Low A: Tampa (71-36) won 6-5. SS Trey Sweeney (#7 prospect) 2 hits, solo HR. C Antonio Gomez (#25 prospect) 2 hits. 2B Cooper Bowman (#30 prospect) 2 RBI.
AAA: SWB (59-41) lost both games of a doubleheader.
Game 1: Lost 5-1. SS Gleyber Torres 0 for 3 on rehab. Starting P Michael King, rehab, 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. Gave up HR. Only threw 21 pitches. Clarke Schmidt (#5 prospect) 4 1/3 IP, 1 R. LF Jonathan Davis solo HR.
Game 2: Lost 3-0.
AA: Somerset (60-42) won 13-10. First really bad outing of the year for #9 prospect Ken Waldichuk. 1 1/3 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K. SS Oswald Peraza (#3 prospect) 3 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR. #16 prospect 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 4 hits, 3 RBI. C Josh Breaux (#18 prospect) 2 hits, 3 RBI. DH Dermis Garcia 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR. 1B Chad Bell 2 hits.
High A: Hudson Valley (63-39) lost 9-7 despite hitting six homers. #1 prospect SS Anthony Volpe solo HR. #13 Prospect CF Everson Pereira solo HR. #6 prospect C Austin Wells 2 hits. 1B Andres Chaparro 2 hits. #23 prospect Jake Sanford 3 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. LF Pat DeMarco 2 hits, solo HR. 2B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits, both solo HR, 2 RBI.
Low A: Tampa (67-34) lost 19-7 despite hitting six HR themselves. #7 prospect SS Trey Sweeney solo HR, but made 3 errors. #2 prospect Jasson Dominguez solo HR. #25 prospect C Antonio Gomez 4 hits, Solo HR. 1B Anthony Garcia 2-run HR. 2B Benjamin Cowles 2 hits, RBI. DH Ben Rice 2 hits, solo HR. 3B Roberto Chirinos 2 hits., solo HR. Tampa hit 6 HR.
Usually minor league games end around Labor Day and MLB rosters expand to 40 in September. Not so anymore. Minor league games are going right through October 3 and MLB rosters only expand to 28.
Standings: SWB tied for first in their division. Somerset 1st by 3 1/2 games Hudson Valley 1st by 11 games Tampa 1st by 4 games