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 (64-47) lost 8-7 after taking a 7-1 lead into the top of the eighth. Brooks Kriske faced five batters and walked all five. 27 pitches, only 7 strikes, 1 WP. Wow. DH Ryan LaMarre 2 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands (#28 prospect) solo HR. RF Socrates Brito 2 RBI, solo HR.
AA: Somerset (69-44) won 11-3. CF Brandon Lockridge (#19 prospect) 2 hits, RBI. SS Oswald Peraza (#3 prospect) 2-run HR. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera (#16 prospect) 2 for 2, RBI, 3 walks. LF Michael Beltre 2-run HR. 1B Dermis Garcia solo HR. DH Isiah Gilliam solo HR. C Jason Lopez solo HR.
High A: Hudson Valley (68-46) won 13-9. SS Anthony Volpe (#1 prospect) 2 hits. CF Everson Pereira (#13 prospect) 3-run HR. DH Austin Wells (#6 prospect) 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR. 3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. RF Elijah Dunham (#24 prospect) 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. 1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits, RBI.
Low A: Tampa (72-40) lost 4-2, getting just four hits.
Before going into the games, if you get a chance, google or search for the Somerset Patriots and take a look at the stadium. It’s underwater because of the hurricane coming through the northeast. Just awful with the flooding. It remains to be seen what happens to Somerset’s home games for the rest of the season. If moved, where to.
AAA: SWB (59-42) lost 5-3. SS Gleyber Torres 1 for 3 on rehab, was HBP. 2 hits and an RBI for RF Trey Amburgey.
AA: Somerset (61-43) split a doubleheader (of course it was on the road).
Game 1: Won 3-2. 1B Dermis Garcia 3-run HR. #8 prospect Luis Medina 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 10 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR.
Game 2: Lost 7-4. #3 prospect Oswald Peraza 4 for 4, 3 RBI. C Mickey Gasper 2 hits.
High A: Hudson Valley (63-41) lost both games of a doubleheader.
Game 1: Lost 10-7. #1 prospect, SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. #6 prospect C Austin Wells 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR. #24 prospect RF Elijah Dunham 2-run HR.
Game 2: Lost 2-0.
Low A: Tampa (67-35) lost 9-6. #7 prospect SS Trey Sweeney 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 1B Anthony Garcia 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 2B Benjamin Cowles 2-run HR.
With the expansion to 28 on Sept. 1 the Yanks called up OF Esteval Florial and relief pitcher Brooks Kriske. Torres is expected back today (Friday) so we we will see what moves are made.
An ace can get you rolling, keep you rolling and stop losing streaks.
Gerrit Cole did #3 last night, and we will see if it starts a new winning streak for the Yankees.
The Yanks entered the game with a four game losing streak, right after winning thirteen in a row. Thanks to Cole’s 15 strikeout dominating performance last night, the Yanks came away with a 4-1 victory over the Angels. They have an off day today before a weekend series against the putrid Orioles.
The Yanks got two runs in the top of the third inning. With two out, D.J. LeMahieu walked, Anthony Rizzo singled, and Aaron Judge walked. Luke Voit’s single then scored two runs.
With one out in the fourth, Rougned Odor bunt singled his way on base. He moved up on a groundout and scored on a single by Brett Gardner. 3-0.
The Angels got a run off of Cole in the bottom of the sixth. Cole was done after 116 pitches and 7 innings. Who knows, if, with two more innings, he could have matched or surpassed Ron Guidry’s Yankee record of 18 strikeouts in a game set back in 1978?
Judge hit a HR, his 30th of the season, in the top of the eighth for the final run of the game. 4-1, Yankees.
Gio Urshela hurt his hand in the game before this one and will have an MRI.
In a makeup game from a previous rainout, the Yankees (66-52, 3rd in AL East, 5 1/2 out, 1 1/2 out of a playoff spot) beat the Angels 2-1 Monday night.
The Yanks have another makeup today, since today is a day/night doubleheader vs. Boston. This doubleheader is huge because the Yanks are 1 1/2 behind Oakland and 2 behind Boston when it comes to the wild card race.
Before the game, the Yanks activated Gerrit Cole off the Covid-IL list, and sent down Brooks Kriske. Cole didn’t miss a beat, as he picked up the win.
Cole gave up a HR to Justin Upton in the top of the first inning, but the Yanks got two in the bottom of the first when Aaron Judge singled with one out, and Joey Gallo followed with a 2-run HR (29, 4th as NYY). That was all the scoring in the game.
The Yanks placed Clint Frazier on the 60-day IL, and it looks like his season is over. A very disappointing one for him, and you hope he gets healthy.
The Yanks will activate Jordan Montgomery off the Covid-IL today and also bring back up Luis Gil. We will see who else (Sanchez? Rizzo?) comes off the Covid-IL list, so there could be a lot of moves today.
It looks like Sanchez is back. The Yanks sent Brantly down after last night’s game. Stephen Ridings also was sent down.
Judge 2 hits Gallo 2-run HR (29)
Cole (W, 11-6) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.04 Britton (H, 9) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.06 Struck out the only batter he faced. Abreu (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.13 Rodriguez (H, 11) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.29 (Tex/NYY) Struck out the only batter he faced. Green (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.08