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Game 39. Yanks comeback. Walker walks it off in 7-6 win in extras.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks haven’t lost 3 in a row all year so far, and Neil Walker made sure it didn’t happen Saturday as the Yanks came from behind to win 7-6 in 11 innings to remain in a first place tie (27-12) with Boston.

For three innings, Domingo German picked right up from his last start, which was his first MLB start, in which he pitched six no-hit innings. After three, no runs, one hit and dominant.

Meanwhile, the Yanks were up 2-0 on back-to-back homers in the second by Sanchez (10) and Hicks (3).

But things fell apart in the fourth for German. He gave up five runs, three on a HR by Khris Davis that hit the top of the wall and bounced over.

German gave up another run in the fifth.

A learning experience for the rookie. Find out what worked so well for three innings, and why things went wrong in the fourth. As a rookie, learn how to be more consistent and how to adjust while on the mound.

So the Yanks went into the bottom of the fifth down 6-2.

They came right back to tie it up. Gardner led off with a walk, and Judge homered (11) to make it 6-4. Didi singled and stole second. After an out, Sanchez walked. With two out, Walker singled to make it 6-5 and Andujar tied it up with a single of his own.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the sixth but couldn’t score.

In the top of the ninth, the Yanks caught a break that turned the game around. Chapman was EXTREMELY SHAKY. Apparently he had a problem with a nail. Walk, Walk, WP, Walk. Bases loaded and no one out. He got a strikeout. PH Jonathan Lucroy hit a flyout to Brett Gardner and the runner on third was originally called safe for a go-ahead SF. But Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone thought that C Gary Sanchez, on a sweep tag, barely got the back of the runner before he hit the plate. The Yankees challenged and won the challenge. Sanchez DID barely clip the runners’ back. Inning-ending flyout/throw-him-out DP. The Yanks were still alive.

To the tenth and an unsung hero of the day: A.J. Cole, who hadn’t pitched since April 28, two weeks ago. I wrote about how the Yanks had Hale (not so hot yesterday) and Cole in the bullpen but they weren’t being used and how they seemed to be biding time until Kahnle and Warren came off the DL.

Today, Cole earned his pinstripes. 

After two weeks of inaction, Cole walked the first two batters he faced in the top of the tenth. He got out of it with two strikeouts and a popup. Whew.

He followed it up with a 1-2-3 eleventh, two more K’s.

In the bottom of the eleventh, with one out, Stanton walked but was forced at second. Hicks walked to put runners on first and second with two out. Walker singled in Sanchez to win the game, 7-6.

Walker has been heating up lately. Good to see. When Bird comes back, it’ll be interesting to see, with Bird, Torres, Andujar (not to mention Drury in the minors) how Walker will be utilized.

Walker, 32, going into the game, was at .200-0-8, OPS+ just 47. Only 5 of his 20 hits were for extra bases, no HR. The late arrival to spring training as an unclaimed free agent may have had something to do with that.

His 162 g. average however, is .270-19-79, OPS+ 112. Maybe that is starting to come around now.

And it’s welcome. A big come-from-behind win today, and the ace, Severino, is going tomorrow (Sunday, weather permitting, which it may not. Rain in forecast.).

Gardner 2 hits, 2 walks. Game saving throw-out at the plate.
Judge HR, 2 RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits, Solo HR, scored 3 runs, walked once.
Hicks solo HR
Walker 2 hits, 2 RBI, walk
Andujar 2 hits, RBI

Great job by the bullpen. Six scoreless innings, albeit with some scares.

German 5 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.26
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.38
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.57
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.29
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 1 K. 1.50
Cole (W, 2-1, 9.42) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K.  Combined Wash/NYY stats.

YES showed ex-Yankees’ 2B Bobby Richardson at the game. Looks good for someone turning 83 in August.

 

 

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?

Cubs force Game 7 of WS; Russell’s 6 RBI ties record.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Addison Russell tied a WS record (with Bobby Richardson and Hideki Matsui) of 6 RBI in a game as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 9-3 in Game 6 of the World Series to force Game 7 tonight.

I just wonder what the TV ratings will be like. The Cubs are trying to comeback from being down three games to one. Only the 1925 Pirates, 1958 Yankees, 1968 Tigers, 1979 Pirates and 1985 Royals have won a WS after being down 3 games to 1.

The Cubs got 3 runs in the first. Kris Bryant homered with two out on an 0-2 pitch, and after a couple of singles, Russell’s pop fly fell between two outfielders for a gift two-run double.

Russell hit a grand slam in the third. It was the first WS grand slam since Paul Konerko of the White Sox did it in 2005.

The Indians got a run in the fourth on a Mike Napoli single and another in the fifth on a Jason Kipnis HR to cut it to 7-2.

Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run HR in the ninth to make it 9-2 Cubs. The Indians got a run in the bottom of the ninth on a Roberto Perez single.

Bryant had four hits, Rizzo three.

Aroldis Chapman came in in the seventh and pitched 1 1/3 innings.

Jason Kipnis had three of Cleveland’s six hits.

Game 134. Yanks fall 1 1/2 back after 3-2 loss.

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Didi Gregorius hit it hard. Right on the nose. But you can’t direct it. With the bases loaded, two out and the Yanks down 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Didi hit a line drive–right at the second baseman.

Yankee fans now know how Willie McCovey felt when he lined out to Bobby Richardson to end the 1962 WS.

There were a couple of other plays in the game that proved it wasn’t the Yankees’ day. A liner by Beltran down the line that normally is a double but the first baseman was in “no doubles” defense and playing right on the line. A one hopper up the middle by A-Rod that normally is a single except for the shift.

The Yanks lost 3-2 and  with Toronto’s victory, fell 1 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East. They are 75-59. They still hold a four-game lead for the first WC spot and a 5 1/2 game lead for the second WC spot. The magic # to play in the WC game is 23 over the Twins.

Nathan Eovaldi was so-so. My main concern with him, despite his 14-3 record, is that he doesn’t go deep into games, and he did not on Saturday afternoon. He gave up a run in the second and two in the third to put the Yanks behind 3-0. All the runs came after two were out and the runs in the third were set up by two walks and a HBP.

The Yanks got two in the fifth on a walk to Murphy, RBI double by Didi, and two groundouts. On the second groundout, by Gardner, which scored Didi, a fine play was made to rob Gardner of a single.

So it went. Hard hit balls that didn’t find holes.

James Pazos made his MLB debut.

Eovaldi (L, 14-3, 4.20) 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 4 walks and 7 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 1.86
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.28
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.53
Pazos (MLB DEBUT) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 k. 0.00.
Bailey 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 13.50

Game 147. Double steal highlights Yanks’ 3-2 win.

The Yanks executed a double steal, with Chris Young stealing home on the play, and that run was the deciding run in a 3-2 Yankees win on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore.

Brian McCann homered with one out in the top of the second. Mark Teixeira then walked, and Young doubled him to third. Antoan Richardson singled in a run and after Zelous Wheeler struck out, Young and Richardson executed their double steal.

The Orioles scored single runs in the third and sixth, but the Yanks held on to win 3-2.

Shane Greene (W, 5-3, 3.56) went 5 1/3, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 9 K.
Esmiel Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Overall ERA 4.71.
Josh Outman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 2.93.
Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.07
David Robertson (36th saves) 1 Ip, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.64.

The Yanks stay in 3rd place in the AL East, 76-71, one game behind second-place Toronto. (They are 11 1/2 behind first-place Baltimore with 15 to play). As for that final playoff spot, they are five out with 15 to go.

Derek Jeter is 0 for his last 20. His 0 for 3 Saturday dropped his batting average to .251. He is stuck on 3450 hits. Since August 2nd, he has dropped 27 points off the batting average and is hitting .177 since then. It’s tough to see. Hopefully the Captain has a couple of multi-hit games left in him. There are just two weeks left in his career. The batting average is low enough (almost 60 points below his career batting average of .310), and you’d hate to see it get below .250.

Meanwhile, Mark Teixeira is down to .217.

Games 145/146. Yanks get swept.

The Yanks’ very remote playoff chances were basically killed off on Friday when they scored only one run in 20 innings of a DH and lost both games to the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1 in 11 innings, and 5-0.

With the losses, the Yanks fell to 75-71, and are in 3rd place, 12 1/2 behind division leader Baltimore, and are five games out of the final wild card spot with just 16 to play.

In the first game, the game was scoreless until Thursday night’s hero, Chris Young homered in the top of the 11th. Unfortunately, the Yanks weren’t playing at home like they were on Thursday night, so the HR wasn’t a GW walk-off. Instead, Adam Warren came in, hit one batter, walked two, then gave up a two-out, two-run single to blow the game, 2-1.

Antoan Richardson went 3 for 4 in the DH. (I correct myself from a previous version of this post. I thought it was his first MLB hit, but he went 2-4 for Atlanta in 2011. )

The Game 1 pitching line:

McCarthy 7 Ip, 0 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 6 K. Overall ERA  3.98 (as NYY, 2.54)
Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 1.37
Robertson 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 2.68.
Warren (L, 3-6, 3.30) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 K.

The Yanks’ offense continued to struggle in Game 2 of the DH, since they lost that one 5-0, getting just four hits.

Rookie Bryan Mitchell made his first MLB start (second MLB game), and did well the first time through the order before the Orioles caught up to him.

David Phelps struggled in his return from the DL (rusty).

Mitchell 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 2 K. (L, 0-1, 2.57).
Outman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Overall ERA 3.00
Phelps 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 4.38.
Hill 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.93.
Roe 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 9.00.

Derek Jeter didn’t play in the first game of the DH and went 0 for 4 in the nightcap. He stays at 3450 career hits as his career is winding down (just over two weeks to go). He is down to .253, and is hitting .181 since August 2nd, when his average was .278. Jeter, of course, missed most of last year (hitting just .190 in 17 games) recovering from the breaks in his ankle, and at the age of 40, you wonder if it is age, fatigue (after all, he missed most of last year) or a combination of age, deterioration of skills, fatigue, all the ceremonies and the realization this is the end, etc.

Whatever, the last five weeks or so have been tough to watch. Seeing him lose 25 points off his batting average, and getting to the point where we really have to wonder if he’ll stay above .250 for this season has been difficult. It’s sad to watch lately.

The Minors.

AAA: SWB won 5-1. Nik Turley 5 2/3 IP, 0 R. CF Antoan Richardson 2 H, HR, 2 RBI. 2B Robert Refsnyder 2 hits, RBI. 1B Kyle Roller 2 h, HR, 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton lost 4-1. Jaron Long, son of Yankees’ pitching coach Kevin, 2 R in 7 IP (L, 5-1 at AA, 2.74. For the season, 3 levels, Charleston/ Tampa / Trenton 10-4, 2.29 in 24 games, 14 of them starts).

High A: Tampa rained out.

Low A: Charleston lost 6-5 in 11. LF Yeicok Calderon 2 h, HR, 2 RBI. C Eduardo De Oleo 2 RBI. 3B Miguel Andujar 3 hits, 1B Mike Ford 2 H, RBI. 2B Tyler Wade 2 hits.