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Cubs advance, Dodgers force Game 5.

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The Chicago Cubs scored 4 in the top of the ninth to send the Giants home and win their division series three games to one with a 6-5 win.Wilson Contreras with a key PH 2-run single.

The Cubs are looking to get into the WS for the first time since 1945 and to win it for the first time since 1908.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers forced a deciding Game 5 in Washington Thursday night by beating the Nationals 6-5. Daniel Murphy had 4 RBI for Washington in the loss. Chase Utley the GW single.

The Dodgers are trying to get to the WS for the first time since 1988.

Washington is the former Expos franchise which never got to the WS. The last time DC hosted a WS game was in 1933, when the team that is now the Minnesota Twins lost to the NY Giants. The only time Washington had a WS winner was in 1924.

So whoever makes it to the Series….both AL and NL teams…will be ending a drought.

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Toronto advances, Wash./Dodgers even.

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Toronto advanced to the ALCS by sweeping Texas, winning Game Three 7-6 in ten innings. It was a back-and-forth game, and Toronto had tied it in the sixth on a passed ball and won it on an error in the bottom of the tenth. Josh Donaldson had three hits and scored the winning run, and Edwin Encarnacion had 3 RBI, inc. a HR.

The Boston/Cleveland game was rained out. They’ll play Game 3 today, with Cleveland looking for the sweep.

In the NLDS, the Cubs and Giants had an off day.

Washington beat the Dodgers 5-2 to even up the series. Today is an off day. Daniel Murphy was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and Jose Lobaton hit a 3-run HR.

Game 74. Eovaldi’s June Swoon continues. Yanks lose 7-1.

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Nathan Eovaldi had a very good May, but his June is going as badly as his May was good.

Eovaldi gave up four home runs— three in a row—as the Yanks lost to Minnesota to drop to 37-37. The score was 7-1, and Yankees pitchers gave up six home runs total.

The offense was bad also. Facing a pitcher who came into the game with a 6.18 ERA, the first 17 Yanks went down in order before Aaron Hicks doubled. The only Yankees run came on a HR by Teixeira, his first HR since April 13th. Teix’s fourth HR of the season was #398 of his career, tying Dale Murphy on the all-time HR list. Teix’s HR was the second, and last, Yankees’ hit of the game.

Eovaldi (L, 6-5, 5.19) 6 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 walks, 4 K. Gave up 4 HR, 3 consecutive.
Cessa 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.12. Recalled, Goody sent down.
Bleier 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.86
Yates 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.94 Gave up 1 HR.

Game 30. Yanks belt 5 HR in 6-3 win.

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The Yanks belted five HR in a 6-3 win over KC Monday night.

Carlos Beltran hit two (6) to pass teammate Mark Teixeira on the all-time list, 398 to 397. Beltran is tied with Dale Murphy on that list.

Also homering were Brian McCann (4), Brett Gardner (4) and Aaron Hicks (2). Gardner and Hicks went back to back. Beltran’s second HR came just two outs after Gardner and Hicks’ b-2-b blasts.

Aroldis Chapman made his Yankees’ debut. Ben Gamel got his first MLB hit.

Nova 4 2/3, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walks, 3 K. 4.34. Gave up 1 HR
Coke 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 k. 0.00
Yates (w, 2-0, 2.38) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Win on official scorer discretion.
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.25. Gave up HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 9.00.

The Yanks are 12-18.

Game 12. Disappointing night. Yanks lose in 11, 3-2.

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A disappointing night as the Yanks lost in 11, 3-2.

Michael Pineda had his best outing of the year, 2 R in 6 IP, but I do have to nitpick a bit.

Both runs he gave up came immediately after the Yanks scored a run. He did that last time out too, giving up runs right after the Yanks scored. You need shut down innings after you score. It’s just the mentality of it. If you score, and your pitcher keeps giving it back right away, that just deflates the offense like sucking the air out of a balloon. You need those shut down innings right after you score.

Once again, the Yanks had trouble with RISP, going just 1 for 7. Those key hits have to start dropping soon.

The trade of John Ryan Murphy for Aaron Hicks hasn’t worked out for either the Twins or the Yanks so far. Hicks is 1 for 17 for the Yanks. Entering today, Murphy was just 1 for 18 for the Twins.

I was thinking, if Hicks doesn’t improve, then what? Hicks does play all three OF positions. Slade Heathcott has struggled so far at AAA, and if there would be a change, Ben Gamel may be the better option right now. Swish is an option, but he hasn’t played OF yet down there, andt right now, can probably play the corner OF positions, but not CF anymore. Would the Yanks go to Judge right away?

A-Rod’s RBI single in the first gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead, but Pineda gave up a run right back in the top of the second. Beltran’s SF in the fifth made it 2-1 but once again Pineda gave up a run right away in the top of the sixth.

Some bullpen had to crack, and it was the Yanks in the 11th who did.

Pineda 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 7 K. 5.29.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K,. 0.00
Barbato (L, 1-1, 1.13) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

The Yanks fall to 5-7.

Milt Pappas, who pitched for the Orioles, Reds, Braves and Cubs from 1957-1973 died at the age of 76. He won 209 games in his MLB career, ERA+ 110. His average 162 g. season was 14-11, 3.40. A 2x All-Star, Pappas just missed a perfect game in 1972, retiring the first 26 batters, then walking the 27th on a 3-2 count, with the pitch being borderline. He got the 28th batter for the no-hitter. After the 1965 season, the Orioles traded him to the Reds for Frank Robinson.

 

 

 

Awards, and Yanks make a minor deal.

Gold Glove winners were announced in both leagues, and although three Yanks were up for the GG award (Didi, Teix and Gardner), none won.

The top three finishers were announced for the major awards, Mgr. of the Yr., ROY, CYA, MVP and no Yankee is among the top 3 finalists. Lorenzo Cain of KC is up for MVP. Nice to see the recognition of a good player who doesn’t have overwhelming stats, but who was the best player on the WS Champs.

Sad to see ex-Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died of multiple organ failure. He was just 29. Autopsy and coroner reports to come.

I posted it elsewhere, but Yankees C prospect Gary Sanchez has been lighting up the Arizona Fall League and starred in their All-Star game, homering and throwing out a potential base stealer.

The Yanks may think Sanchez is ready to be a backup to McCann in the majors. They traded C John Ryan Murphy to the Twins today for Aaron Hicks.

Murphy, 24, had 155 AB for the Yanks in 2015, hitting .277-3-14, OPS+ 103. He has 262 AB in his MLB career, .267-4-24, OPS+ 91.

Hicks is 26, and a switch-hitter who can play all three OF positions. He hit .256-11-33, 13 SB for the Twins this year, OPS+ 95. For his MLB career, his 162 g. ave. is .225-13-51, 17 SB, OPS+ 80.

The Yanks also traded Jose Pirela to SD for a 20 yr. old minor league pitcher, Ron Herrera.

Pirela hit .230-1-5 in 74 AB with the Yanks this year, OPS+ 54 (100 is average). In his MLB career, 98 AB, .255-1-8, OPS+ 78.

Herrera, a 20 yr. old RHP, went 8-7, 4.08 between High A and AA this year.

Lastly, sad news for one of the greatest base stealers ever. Lou Brock had part of his left leg amputated due to an infection from a diabetic condition. Brock, most famous as a Cardinal, had over 3000 hits and 900 SB in his career.

Mets sweep Cubs to make Series; Jays stay alive

The Mets are going to the World Series for the first time since losing to the Yankees in 2000. They completed a four-game sweep of the Cubs by beating them 8-3 on Wednesday night.

For the Cubs, they haven’t been to a WS since 1945 and haven’t won one since 1908, and the legend of Murphy the Billy Goat, and the curse continues.

Worse yet, it was a Murphy who won the NLCS MVP. Daniel Murphy homered in his sixth consecutive postseason game, a record.

Lucas Duda had a HR and 5 RBI in the game.

For manager Terry Collins, his first WS after a long wait.

In the AL, Toronto stayed alive by beating KC 7-1. KC got just four hits in the game, and Toronto SS Troy Tulowitzki drove in 3 runs.

KC still leads the series three games to two. The ALCS resumes Friday night in Kansas City.