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Cubs win epic game 7; first WS title since 1908. Zobrist MVP.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First a correction. I forgot that Albert Pujols also drove in 6 RBI in a game. He was 5 for 6, scored 4 runs, had 3 HR and had 6 RBI in Game 3 of the 2011 WS. A game where he tied the WS record for HR AND RBI in one game.

So the four to drive in 6 in a WS game are Richardson, Matsui, Pujols and Russell.

Now to Game 7. Where to begin. It was epic.

The Cubs beat the Indians in ten innings, 8-7. It’s the first WS title for the Cubs since 1908. They are the sixth team to come back from down three to games to one in a best-of-seven World Series. The others: 1925 Pirates, 1958 Yankees, 1968 Tigers, 1979 Pirates and 1985 Royals.

Ben Zobrist was named WS MVP.

Dustin Fowler led off the game with a HR, the first time that ever happened in a Game 7.

The Indians tied it in the third on a single by Carlos Santana.

The Cubs got two in the fourth (Russell SF, Willson Contreras double) and two in the fifth to go up 5-1 after 4 1/2. Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller both didn’t have it. You can tell some pitchers were worn out.

Javier Baez homered for one of those Cubs runs in the fifth. The other scored on a single by Anthony Rizzo.

In the bottom of the fifth, a wild pitch let two runners score. 5-3 Cubs.

In the top of the sixth, David Ross, playing in his last MLB game, homered. What a way to retire, by homering in Game 7 of a WS. 6-3 Cubs.

Then, four outs away from victory, the Cubs let the game slip away for the time being.

With two out in the bottom of the eighth, Jose Ramirez singled and the Cubs brought in Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman’s recent workload caught up with him. He gave up a double to Brandon Guyer, and then shockingly, a 2-run HR to Rajai Davis that tied the game up.

The game went into the tenth. Kyle Schwarber singled and was PR for. After an out and an intentional walk, Zobrist doubled. After an intentional walk to load the bases back up for a DP, Miguel Montero singled to make it 8-6. Cleveland got out of the inning with no further damage, but the fatal damage was done.

The Indians didn’t go quietly however. (You knew it wasn’t going to be easy for the Cubs after 108 years, didn’t you?) After two out, a walk, an advance due to defensive indifference and a single (Davis again) made it 8-7 and put the tying run on first with the winning run at the plate. Cubs fans had to fear a game-tying double or WS winning HR. Michael Martinez grounded out and it was over.

For the Indians, another year of waiting for their first WS title since 1948.

For the Cubs, they can retire the Billy Goat. As for the 108 year gorilla (not monkey) on their backs, that’s gone, too.

Theo Epstein, president of the Cubs, can probably book his HOF ticket. As GM of Boston, he ended an 86-year old Curse of the Bambino and as President of the Cubs, ended the 108 year Cubs’ curse.

Finally, Joe Maddon, Cubs’ manager, wins a WS (he lost as Tampa Bay mgr. in 2008). Maddon comes from Hazleton, PA, about an hour’s drive from me.

Now for the hot stove league. Who gets traded? What free agents go where?

Game 122. Baby Bombers lead Yanks to 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Cessa pitched six shutout innings in his first MLB start, Gary Sanchez homered (6) and Aaron Judge drove in two runs as the Yanks beat the Angels 5-1 Saturday night.

Sanchez started the scoring with a two-out homer in the first. After his homer, Didi Gregorius singled, Starlin Castro doubled, and Brian McCann singled in two runs.

In the sixth, with two out, Castro and McCann singled, Castro going to third on McCann’s single. McCann stole second, his first SB since 2012, and Judge singled in both runners.

Dellin Betances gave up a HR to Albert Pujols in the bottom of the ninth. It was Pujols’ 583rd HR of his career, tying him with Mark McGwire for 10th place on the all-time HR list.

Brett Gardner robbed C.J. Cron of a two-run HR in the seventh inning.

Cessa (w 3-0, 4.01) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.66 (AZ/NYY).
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.71 (Bos/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.31. Gave up 1 HR.

The minors, and moves.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks were off today, but did pick up a half a game over Tampa Bay because of the Rays loss to the Angels. In that game, Albert Pujols passed Mickey Mantle on the all-time HR list, hitting #537. The Yanks now have a 2-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks brought up Mason “Classical Gas” Williams up from AAA. How I hope they play that song for his walk up. It’d be perfect, right? Williams, 23, between AA/AAA this year, was at .318-0-22 with 13 sb. Good speed, CF, lefty hitter, no power, good defense. He’ll enable Gardner to go back to LF and be there until Ellsbury is ready. Last year, Williams hit just .223 at AA with 21 SB. While he is up, the Yanks hope he plays good D, and gets the occasional hit and SB.

So in the past few days, (and LoHud had a nice chart)…

Ryan replaces Pirela as backup IF. Ryan better D, and the vet. Pirela maybe the better hitter, but Ryan earns the bigger $$$.

Williams replaces Flores in the OF.

By necessity, because of Miller’s DL stint, Chris Martin (fresh off rehab) replaces him.

I think Miller returns after the ASG.

In a few weeks, Ellsbury and Nova should be ready. Ellsbury replaces Williams. As for Nova, that’s a more difficult call. Do you send Lindgren down? Does Nova go into the rotation with Warren to the bullpen (appears that way)? Does Nova go into the bullpen? Does Lindgren stay and say, the Yanks DFA Rogers or Capuano?

In addition the Yanks traded David Carpenter to Washington for a minor league second baseman, Tony Renda, who will probably go to AA.  Renda, a righty hitter, is 24 and was hitting .267-1-23 with 13 SB at AA Harrisburg.

Now for the minors.

AAA: 9-2 win for SWB.  Kyle Davies (5-3, 4.03) 2 R in 6 1/3. 1B Kyle Roller 2 h, 3 rbi. 3B Cole Figueroa 3 h, 2 doubles, rbi.

AA: Trenton won 6-0 on a combined one-hitter. Sergio Santos, just acquired, pitched a scoreless inning with 2 K. C Gary Sanchez (injured bruised hand) left the game in the 2nd and his replacement, Francisco Arcia, homered. Judge, Bird, Jagielo and Arcia all w/2h and an RBI.

High A: Regular game: Tampa lost 3-1. Gregorio Petit, on rehab, 1 for 2 w/a walk.

Makeup of 6/10 rainout: 4-3 loss. SS Tyler Wade, C Kyle Higashioka and LF Ericson Leonora all with 2 hits each.

A: 4-3 win for Charleston.  CF Dustin Fowler 2 h, HR , 2 RBI.

Game 57. Yanks sweep Angels, win 6th straight, 6-2.

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The Yanks maintained their 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East with a 6-2 win over the Angels on Sunday, their 6th win in a row. The win puts the Yanks at 32-25 on the season.

Although the big blow was a 3-run HR (5) by Brett Gardner, for me the keys of the game came from three guys who were struggling.

1) CC. He came into the game with a 2-7 record. It didn’t look good early on. After getting an out, he gave up back-to-back HRs to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. For Pujols, career HR #535 passed Jimmy Foxx on the all-time HR list and put him just 1 HR behind Mickey Mantle. When David Freese doubled after Pujols’ HR, you thought that here we go again.

But CC settled in and gave 6 IP, with just those 2 runs before he and manager Girardi were ejected in the sixth for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire.

2) Chris Young. Young’s HR (7) to tie the game came after a 2 for 31 slump. Later that inning, Gardner’s HR gave the Yanks the lead.

3) Jose Pirela. The kid has struggled, especially defensively, lately, but today hit his first MLB HR. How long he’ll be with the Yanks is in question because Brendan Ryan may be ready to come off the DL and replace Pirela as the infield utility man. But still nice to see the kid get his first MLB HR.

The Angels got two in the first on those b-2-b HR, but nothing afterward. CC was helped in the game on a timing play. Beltran threw out Trout at second trying to tag up. The out was recorded before Aybar scored on what should have been a SF. It took a run off the board for the Angels.

Down 2-0, the Yanks got a run in the third on a Pirela double, flyout to move the runner up and a groundout by Gregorius.

In the fifth, Young’s HR tied it up and Gardner’s put them ahead 5-2. Pirela’s HR in the seventh accounted for the final margin.

The Yanks are off Monday. Tuesday’s game appears to be a classic pitching matchup. Washington comes into the Stadium, and it’s Scherzer vs. Tanaka. I don’t know if it is on TV (I don’t get YES) but I hope it is.

CC (W, 3-7, 5.25) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.05
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.29
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.04

 

 

 

Game 20. Tanaka tames Boston, 9-3.

Tonight it was a Boston “T” party. The T being Tanaka.

The Yanks’ new ace improved to 3-0, 2,15 by pitching 7 1/3, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 7 K as the Yanks beat Boston 9-3. He has 35 K in 4 starts, and if I remember correctly, just 2 walks. That is some ratio.

Ellsbury, Jeter and Beltran each had 2 h and 2 RBI. Beltran hit HR #5 (363 career). Jeter’s 2 hits pushed him to 3333 lifetime.

The Yanks banged out 15 hits.

Dellin Betances went 1 2/3, gave up one run.

For the Angels, Albert Pujols became the 26th player to hit 500 HR tonight.

Ivan Nova got evaluated. Surgery recommended.

Better 3-4 combo?

So Josh Hamilton has now become an Angel. 5 yrs., $125 MM.

That leads me to now wonder… which is the better 3-4 combo?

Do you go with the Angels and Hamilton/Pujols?

Or the Tigers with Cabrera/Fielder?

Cardinals’ coach Duncan to resign

Due to health concerns with his wife, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan will step down.

Earlier, Tony LaRussa resigned as manager after the Cards won the 2011 WS.

Of course, Pujols went west to the Angels. The Cards did pick up Beltran and will move Berkman to 1B.

I have to wonder who will be the bigger loss. Could it be Duncan?