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Game 151. Yanks hang on for 4-3 win, tighten WC race.

The Yanks got 4 2/3 scoreless IP out of their bullpen, and hung on for a 4-3 win over Texas Monday night that combined with Tampa Bay’s 6-4 win over Toronto, moved the Yanks to 1/2 game behind Toronto in the wild card race.

Wild Card Standings
Boston 86-65 — top wild card seed as of now
Toronto 84-66 – 1 1/2 2nd wild card seed as of now
YANKEES 84-67 -2 behind Boston, -1/2 from Toronto
Oakland 82-68 -3 1/2 behind Boston, -2 from Toronto, – 1 1/2 behind Yankees
Seattle 81-69 – 4 1/2 behind Boston, -3 from Toronto, -2 1/2 behind Yankees.

The Yanks got on the board in the bottom of the second on a solo HR by Gary Sanchez (22).

They got three in the third to make it 4-0. With one out, D.J. LeMahieu walked, and Anthony Rizzo singled D.J. to second. A single by Aaron Judge made it 2-0, and both runners moved up on the throw. Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF, and after a walk to Joey Gallo, Gleyber Torres singled for the Yankees’ final run.

Nestor Cortes was “Nasty Nestor” for four innings, and got out of a second and third, no out jam in the first inning with three straight strikeouts. But while the Yanks couldn’t tack on more runs, Cortes got knocked out in the fifth, when Texas scored three runs to cut it to 4-3.

After that it was nail-biting and scoreboard-watching time.

Judge 2 hits, RBI
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Sanchez solo HR (22)

Cortes 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 WP. gave up 1 HR. 2.79.
Green (W, 8-7) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 3.39
Holmes (H, 10) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.98 (Pit/NYY)
Rodriguez (H, 14) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.60 (Tex/NYY)
Chapman (S, 28) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.51

I wonder how much money you could have gotten in the spring if you would have bet someone that Nestor Cortes would make at least 12 starts for the Yankees this year, and after 12 starts, would have a lower ERA than Gerrit Cole?

The Yanks activated Luis Severino before the game, and released Sal Romano.

Game 149. In/out, up/down; Yanks’ 11-3 loss knocks them out of playoff picture again for now.

In an ideal world, you wouldn’t want your starting pitcher, in the middle of a pennant race and with 14 games to go, to be a rookie making just his sixth major league start. Nor would you want his reliever to be another rookie, nor the reliever after him to be someone who may be the one pitcher on your staff struggling the most (see the stat below).

But as we know, it isn’t an ideal world, and injuries to the Yankees’ pitching staff forced that scenario yesterday as the Yankees got clobbered by Cleveland, 11-3. The loss was painful because both Boston and Toronto won.

Wild Card Standings.

Boston 85-65 top seed as of now.
Toronto 83-65 2nd seed as of now. -1 from Boston
NYY 83-66 -1 1/2 from Boston, – 1/2 from Toronto
Oakland 81-67 -3 from Boston, -2 from Toronto (- 1 1/2 from Yankees)
Seattle 79-69 -5 from Boston, – 4 from Toronto.

So as you can see, the loss not only has (temporarily we hope) knocked the Yanks out of a wild card spot but don’t look back, Oakland is gaining on you.

Just win, baby.

Starter Luis Gil pitched ok for four innings, giving up a HR in the second. Entering the fifth, the Yanks were losing 1-0. Ok, still in the ballgame.

In the meantime, Yankees’ LF Joey Gallo had to leave the game with a neck problem.

An elephant in the room has to be addressed. In each of the Yankees’ last three losses, crucial defensive mistakes by catcher Gary Sanchez have helped the Yankees lose those games. With Gerrit Cole starting for the Yankees today, expect Kyle Higashioka to catch. But the Yankees should consider catching Higashioka full-time from here out, because of Sanchez’ defense over the past week.

With one out in the fifth, losing 1-0, Sanchez dropped a foul popup that should have been out #2, with no one on base. Instead, it opened the floodgates for Cleveland to put up a seven-run inning and the game was basically over. This after the phantom tag in the Mets game and the WP that Sanchez couldn’t catch in the Orioles’ loss. If the Yanks want to make the playoffs, those plays can’t happen.

Still in all, when Gil left the game, there was two on and one out. Hopefully Albert Abreu could get a DP ball and get out of the jam. Nope. Instead, the dam broke. Double, HBP, double, single. Four runs in. A second out (should have been the third if Sanchez catches the pop up). Then the killer, a 3-run HR that made it 8-0.

The struggling Andrew Heaney came in for the sixth. D.J. LeMahieu made an uncharacteristic error, and Heaney, prone to giving up homers (see below), gave up a 2-run shot that made it 10-0.

Giancarlo Stanton homered (30) in the bottom of the seventh to put the Yanks on the board, but Heaney gave up a HR in the top of the eighth to make it 11-1.

Luke Voit hit a 2-run HR (11) in the bottom of the eighth and the final was 11-3 Cleveland.

LeMahieu 2 hits.
Voit 2-run HR (11)
Stanton solo HR (30)
Sanchez 2 hits but the crucial error.

Gil has great stuff, but needs control. 6 K in 4 1/3 good, but 4 walks and a HBP aren’t.

In just 35 2/3 IP as a Yankee, Heaney has given up 13 HR. Ouch.

Gil (L, 1-1) 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 4 W, 6 K. 1 HBP. gave up 1 HR. 3.07 First MLB loss.
Abreu 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 4.75
Heaney 3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.76 (LAA/NYY)
Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.64 (Tex/NYY)

Gil was sent down after the game. We will see what move comes next (German? Severino?)

Game 147. Brutal 3-2 loss pushes Yanks back in WC card race.

If the Yankees miss out on the playoffs by a game, there are several gut-wrenching losses this year that will stick in our minds.

The one on Thursday (yesterday) will be one of several. Just one strike away from winning the game, a wild pitch enabled Baltimore to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, and the Orioles went on to beat the Yanks 3-2 in 10 innings.

The wild card standings with 15 games to go for the Yankees:

Toronto 82-64 —
Boston 83-65 —-
NYY 82-65 – 1/2
Oakland 79-67 – 3 1/2
Seattle 78-68 -4

As of now that loss dropped the Yanks out of the playoffs. You can’t lose games like that to the cellar-dwellers. And the way they lost was just brutal.

The Yanks only scored two runs as the bats were silent. Both runs scored in the second inning. Joey Gallo hit a HR (35) with one out. Gary Sanchez and Tyler Wade followed with walks, and a double by Gio Urshela drove in Sanchez. The Yanks never added any more runs and it wound up costing them.

Jordan Montgomery was great, striking out 12 in 5 2/3 innings. Combined with Nestor Cortes’ 11 K’s the night before, it was the first time in Yankees’ history they got 11 or more K’s from their starters in back-to-back games.

Montgomery’s only blemish was a solo HR he gave up in the sixth.

The Yanks entered the bottom of the ninth with a 2-1 lead and Clay Holmes trying to close it out. Closer Aroldis Chapman had appeared in each of the three previous games. Holmes got a strikeout, then gave up a single. A WP moved the runner to second and a groundout moved the runner to third. On a 2-2 pitch, one strike away from a win, Holmes threw another WP that allowed the tying run to score. He then got the strikeout.

To extra innings, with that ghost runner I hate (a bastardization of baseball). The Yanks couldn’t move the runner in the top of the tenth. Baltimore got a bunt single to put runners on first and third. The runner on first moved up on defensive indifference. An intentional walk to load the bases. A strikeout, then a single to win the game for Baltimore.

One strike away. Just brutal.

The Yankees threw four wild pitches in the game.

Gleyber Torres’ problems at SS have had a domino effect that could hurt the Yanks. Moving him back to 2B moved LeMahieu, a 2B, to 3B, and the 3B Urshela to SS. Not your best defensive alignment, and something the Yanks have to think about now and in the offseason. Also, Sanchez’ defense behind the dish is something that has been problematic for years. Could he have blocked that WP? Could Higashioka have blocked it?

Stanton 2 hits.
Gallo Solo HR (35, Tex/NYY)

Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 12 K. 2 WP, Gave up 1 HR. 3.63
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.08
Rodriguez (H, 13) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.75 (Tex/NYY)
Holmes (BS, 2) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2 WP. 4.09 (Pit/NYY)
Peralta (L, 5-4) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.83 (SF/NYY)

UPDATE: (From the NY Post): Right-hander Brooks Kriske was claimed by the Orioles after being designated for assignment by the Yankees.

Game 141. Yanks lose 7th straight. Five teams all within 2 games of each other for 2 WC spots.

You don’t know what to write anymore. You see the disaster unfolding. You are helpless to do anything about it. It continues and you can’t watch anymore.

It’s ironic that those words describing the Yankees’ recent play have to be written this morning, on the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. No disrespect is meant to those who suffered, were injured, died or were otherwise affected by that tragedy.

But it accurately describes the Yankees’ recent play.

The Yanks have now lost seven in a row, and eleven of their last thirteen games. They were embarrassed last night by the crosstown Mets, 10-3. Even sure-handed Gio Urshela made another error last night, and he has made a few lately. Gleyber Torres made another error. There were 2 WP, 2 HBP. Sloppiness.

The bats were pretty much silent again. The pitching is self-destructing. That included Michael King, brought back from rehab. Sal Romano was DFA’d again (he started the season with the Reds, then to the Yankees, then the Brewers, then the Yankees, now cut again).

You want it to stop. Instead it goes on. I don’t know how many Yankees fans, disgusted, turned off the game in the middle innings. I was one of them. I couldn’t watch anymore.

It’s apparent some heads will roll after this season is over, and a drastic re-make of this team may be necessary. Players, coaches and probably the manager too. All the good vibes of the 13-game winning streak are gone.

Amazingly, the Yanks are still—barely—in a playoff spot. Here is how the wild card picture looks

Boston 80-63. Top wild card spot.
Yankees 78-63 Second wild card spot, 1 game behind Boston
Toronto 77-63 Just 1/2 a game behind the Yankees
Seattle and Oakland. Both 77-64. Both just 1 game behind the Yankees.

Five teams. Two spots. All five teams within 2 games of each other.

The Yanks scored first, in the top of the first, when Brett Gardner tripled with one out and then scored on an RBI groundout by Aaron Judge.

The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the first when a play at the plate, originally ruled an out, was overturned. Bad play by C Gary Sanchez on the tag, allowing the runner to score.

Joey Gallo homered for the Yanks (32, Tex/NYY) to put the Yanks up 2-1 in the second.

The Mets got five runs in the bottom of the third to go up 6-2. After that, it was a slow death. Sloppiness. Walks, a WP, an error by Urshela. A run scoring on a bases-loaded bunt!!. Just an ugly inning.

The Mets tacked two more on in the fourth to make it 8-2. Game basically over at that point. What is even more depressing is that it could have been worse. The Mets ran themselves into a couple of outs on the basepaths.

Two more runs, by the Mets in the seventh, helped by back-to-back HBP and the Torres error. More ugly play. 10-2.

Anthony Rizzo homered (20, Cubs/NYY) in the ninth. 10-3 final.

There are 21 games left. Amazingly, the Yanks still hold a wild card spot and are only a game out of the top wild card spot. But there isn’t any way to whitewash this. It’s one thing to lose, another to lose and look bad and sloppy doing so.

Can they flip the switch, get things right and save a playoff spot for themselves? With the way they are playing, and with some recent injuries, I’d say no. I hope I am wrong. I’m rooting for them, but they have to start winning games, and with the wild card race having tightened up, it must start now.

There are no other words. This is bad.

Gardner 2 hits.
Rizzo solo HR (20, Cubs/NYY)
Gallo solo HR (32, Tex/NYY)

Montgomery (L, 5-6) 3 1/3 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP. 3.71
Rodriguez 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.79 (Tex/NYY)
King 3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2 HBP, 1 WP. 3.68
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.36

Game 139. Yanks lose 5th straight, 6-3. Slide out of top wild-card spot with 2nd WC slot in jeopardy.

Yes, we Yankees fans should worry. The Yanks lost their fifth straight game Wednesday night, and ninth in their last eleven games, 6-3 to Toronto. Toronto has won seven in a row. They are surging. With the loss, the Yanks dropped out of the top wild card slot and are in danger of missing the playoffs altogether.

The division is over. Tampa Bay has a 9 game lead over Boston (9 1/2 over the 78-61 Yanks) with only 23 games to go.

But here is where it gets scary.

Bos 80-62 === 1st wc slot (would host WC game)
NYY 78-61 1/2 game behind Boston. Has 2nd and last WC spot for now.
Tor 76-62 2 games behind Boston and just 1 1/2 behind the Yankees.
Sea 76-64 3 behind Boston, just 2 1/2 behind the Yankees.
Oak 75-64 3 1/2 behind Boston and just 3 behind the Yankees.

The Yanks seem out of gas and running on fumes. Hopefully they have something left in the tank but they haven’t looked good recently and yes, we should worry.

Starter Luis Gil’s scoreless streak to start his career ended in the fourth inning at 19 innings. Gil only gave up 1 hit, but walked 7. With one out in the top of the fourth, three straight walks loaded the bases. Lucas Luetge came in to relieve Gil and a run scored on a WP. An out later, a single made it 3-0 (batter made last out at second trying to stretch the hit into a double).

The Yanks did tie the game in the bottom of the fifth. Joey Gallo led off with a single, and one out later, Rougned Odor walked. With two out, Brett Gardner homered (7) to tie the game at 3.

These appear to be the last games of Gardner’s career. Nothing has been said, but at age 38, it appears this may be it.

A mistake by SS Andrew Velazquez led to Toronto getting a run in the seventh. A slow dribbler for a single that Velazquez tried to make a play on. He barehanded the ball and should have eaten it when the ball started to crawl up his wrist. Instead he threw to first—-not with a good grip—and the throwing error enabled the hitter to reach second. Two outs later, a single drove in the runner. 4-3 Toronto, and that turned out to be the winning run.

A triple and SF made it 5-3 Toronto in the eighth inning, and Vlad Guerrero, Jr. hit a HR (41) in the ninth to make it 6-3, which was the final score.

Could Guerrero, Jr., just 22 now, turn out even better than his Hall-of-Fame father?

Gardner 3-run HR (7)
Stanton 2 hits.

Gil 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 7 W, 6 K. 1 WP 1.42. Just 1 H, 6 K. But wild with the 7 walks.
Luetge 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP 2.74
Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.65 (Tex/NYY)
Holmes (L, 6-3) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.21 (Pit/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W 2 K. 3.13
Chapman 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.86. More concerns here.
Peralta 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.98 (SF/NYY)

Yesterday was the induction day at the Hall of Fame for Derek Jeter.

Game 138. Cole leaves early with hamstring issue as Yankees lose 4th straight, 5-1.

Gerrit Cole left Tuesday’s game early with hamstring tightness and may miss his next start. It’s the last thing the reeling Yankees needed as they lost their fourth game in a row, 5-1, to the surging Toronto Blue Jays.

The Yanks are now 2-8 since the 13-game winning streak.

Even if Cole was healthy and pitched like he usually does, like an ace, the offense was still comatose, scoring just the one run.

The Yanks fell 9 1/2 back of Tampa Bay for the divisional lead. With just 24 games to go, it’s a given the Rays win the division.

But the Yanks are struggling to hold on to a wild card spot. They still have the top seed, but things are close.

NYY 78-60 — (top wild card spot)
Bos 79-62 – 1/2 (second wild card spot)
Tor 75-62 – 2 1/2 from Yanks, 2 behind Bos
Sea 75-64 -3 1/2 from Yanks, 3 behind Bos
Oak 74-64 -4 from Yanks, 3 1/2 behind Bos

Cole gave up a HR to Alejandro Kirk in the second inning, and the Blue Jays were up 1-0.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the third inning when Andrew Velazquez singled, stole second, went to third on a flyout, and scored on a single by Anthony Rizzo.

Cole gave up two runs in the top of the fourth. Toronto was helped by a balk and a passed ball. Cole then had to leave the game.

Albert Abreu gave up a HR to Marcus Semien (38) in the top of the fifth. 4-1.

Kirk got his second HR of the game off of Clay Holmes in the eighth.

Rizzo 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits
Velazquez 2 hits

Cole (L, 14-7) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 balk. Gave up 1 HR. 2.78
Abreu 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50
Rodriguez 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.76 (Tex/NYY)
Holmes 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.13 (Pit/NYY)
Heaney 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.76

Luis Gil will try to right the ship. He starts tonight. Brooks Kriske was sent down to make room for Gil.

Game 136. Sanchez’ heroics can’t save Yanks, fall 8-7.

Gary Sanchez hit 2 HR and drove in 6 runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Yankees (78-58) lost to Baltimore 8-7 on Sunday.

Before the game, some really bad news. Jonathan Loaisiga goes on the IL with a strained right rotator cuff. Those are serious injuries. So a bullpen that already has lost Zack Britton, who had an ineffective season because of bone chips in his elbow, and that currently has a struggling Aroldis Chapman, now probably loses Loaisiga for the season. For now, he is just on the 10-day IL, but rotator cuffs are serious.

The loss places more emphasis on the four game series against Toronto beginning today. If Toronto wins three of four, or sweeps the Yankees, they put themselves right back in the wild card mix and then the wild card becomes a crapshoot. Forget the division. Tampa Bay, with a 7 1/2 game lead over the Yankees, has that wrapped up. But here is how the wild card standings look:

NYY 78-58 —
Bos 79-60 – 1/2 would be second WC, sudden death game in NY
Sea 75-62 -3 1/2 from NYY, -3 from Bos
Tor 73-62 -4 1/2 from NYY, -4 from Bos
Oak 74-63 -4 1/2 from NYY, -4 from Bos.

You can see what could happen should the Yanks not hold serve over these next four games. It could turn into a five-team shootout for two places.

Now for yesterday’s game. Ugh. I’m sure the NY and national media is going to have a lot to say. The Yanks cannot and should not lose two of three to the last-place Orioles. They shouldn’t be only 9-7 against them this year. But they are. And it is a big reason why the Yanks are in the predicament that they are in.

Some players, when acquired or signed, just don’t work out. We can think of a few, and here are just pitchers: Carl Pavano, Sonny Gray, Ed Whitson, Jeff Weaver.

You can add Andrew Heaney to that list.

“He’s going to have to [turn things around],” manager Aaron Boone said of Heaney, who now owns a 7.62 ERA in seven games as a Yankee. “He’s going to have to step up.”

The Yanks fell behind 1-0 in the second inning when Yankees’ starter Corey Kluber gave up a HR.

With one out in the bottom of the second, Luke Voit walked, Gleyber Torres singled, and Rougned Odor was HBP, loading up the bases. Gary Sanchez hit a grand slam (19) and the Yanks were up 4-1.

The Orioles got a run in the fourth, to make it 4-2, and in so doing, knocked Kluber from the game.

The Yanks went up 5-2 in the fifth. D.J. LeMahieu and Joey Gallo both walked, and two outs later, Anthony Rizzo singled in a run.

Baltimore scored twice in the top of the sixth to cut it to 5-4. With two out, a single on a ball Gleyber Torres was slow making a play on, and should have made a play on. It would help cost the Yanks the game. Cedric Mullins followed with a 2-run HR off of Albert Abreu, who was brought up when Loaisiga was put on the IL.

“It’s a ground ball to short, we gotta make that play,” said Boone.

Torres singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and one out later, Sanchez hit a 2-run HR (20) to make it 7-4.

Heaney came in for the top of the seventh. He only got one out, and gave up 4 runs as Baltimore went ahead 8-7 and hung on to win by that score. Some people on various blogs criticized Aaron Boone for leaving Heaney in too long, but this wasn’t on Boone. Boone was ejected earlier in the game.

Luis Gil will be brought up sometime to make a start and give the rest of the rotation an extra day. With 20 games in 20 days, they can use it. If I were the Yanks, I’d keep Gil up and then use him out of the bullpen, especially with Loaisiga out and Heaney being ineffective.

Unfortunately, the Heaney pickup hasn’t worked out at all.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, but one huge fielding miscue (even referred to by Boone in the postgame interviews)
Sanchez 2 hits, both HR, 6 RBI. A grand slam and a 2-run HR (20)

Joey Gallo, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton combined to go 0 for 12 with 6 strikeouts. Ouch. Very frustrating.

Kluber 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 H, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP. 3.69
Rodriguez 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.97 (TEX/NYY)
Abreu (H, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.45
Heaney (L, 8-9; BS, 1) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP 5.81 (LAA/NYY)
Peralta 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.02 (SF/NYY)
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.04

Minor league action, 9-3-21.

AAA: SWB (59-43) lost 1-0. INF Max Burt 2 hits. Starting P Luis Gil (#4 prospect) 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K.
Michael King 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Adam Warren has spent the whole season at AAA. 1 scoreless IP, 2 K. ERA 2.94

AA: Somerset (61-44) lost 6-3. C Josh Breaux (#18 prospect) 2 hits, solo HR. 2B Chad Bell 2-run HR. On the road.
Looks like Somerset’s ballpark is drying out after having been flooded.

High A: Hudson Valley (63-42) lost 3-2. Starting pitcher Beck Way (#22 prospect) 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR. Took the loss. C Austin Wells (#6 prospect) 2 hits. 3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR.

Low A: Tampa (68-36) split a doubleheader.

Game 1: Lost 3-1. LF Evan Alexander 2 hits. Starting P Nicio Rodriguez 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. Took the loss.

Game 2: Won 4-1. #2 prospect CF Jasson Dominguez 2 hits. INF Benjamin Cowles 3-run HR. RF Juan De Leon solo HR.
Starting pitcher Blane Abeyta 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 9 K.

Game 132. Yanks lose 4th in row, 6-4.

After a 13-game winning streak, the Yanks have now lost 4 in a row, losing last night to the Angels, 6-4.

With the loss, the Yanks are 8 back of Tampa Bay in the AL East, with 30 games to go. It would be a miracle (and one heck of a Rays’ collapse) for the Yanks to win the division. Tampa Bay has won 9 in a row.

As for the wild card, the Yanks remain 2 up on Boston for the top wild card spot. Oakland is one back of Boston, Seattle 3 1/2 back of Boston, and Toronto 4 1/2 back of Boston.

The Yanks scored first in the game, when Anthony Rizzo homered (18, combined Cubs/Yanks) in the top of the fourth inning.

Yankees starter Jameson Taillon gave up a 3-run HR to Jared Walsh in the bottom of the fourth and the Angels were up 3-1.

Gary Sanchez homered, #18 and first in over a month, to cut the Angels’ lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth.

Taillon almost got out of a second and third, no out jam in the bottom of the fifth, getting two outs, then intentionally walking Shohei Ohtani. He was one strike from getting out of the inning, but then gave up a two-run single. A double steal followed, Shohei Ohtani stealing home on the play, and the Angels were up 6-2. The Angels stole five bases in the game.

Meanwhile, the Yankees were taking themselves out of the game by grounding into 5 DPs. They were 1 for 10 w/RISP.

D.J. LeMahieu led off the top of the eighth with a single and moved to third on a double by Rizzo. Aaron Judge singled in a run, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF to make it 6-4, which wound up the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Rizzo 2 hits, solo HR (18, Cubs/NYY)
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Sanchez solo HR (18)

Taillon (L, 8-5) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.44
Rodriguez 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.06 (Combined Tex/NYY ERA)
Luetge 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.93

Game 128. 4 HR and Cole lead Yanks to 13th straight win, 8-2.

The Cole Train was supported by 4 HR in an 8-2 Yankees win over Oakland on Friday night. The win was the 13th in a row for the Yankees, matching their longest winning streak since 1961. The team record is 19, set in 1947.

The Yankees are now 76-52, and are 21-4 in the month of August. Since being at .500 at 41-41, they have gone 35-11.

Giancarlo Stanton homered (24) leading off the top of the fourth to get the scoring underway. His HR was a 472 foot blast. One out later, Luke Voit homered (8) to make it 2-0.

The next inning, the Yanks got singles by Kyle Higashioka and D.J. LeMahieu to start the inning off. After a strikeout, Aaron Judge homered (28) to make it 5-0.

Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the fifth. He struck out the side in the sixth, and left after six shutout innings. His last batter of the night was strikeout #200 for the season.

The A’s got two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Yankees’ lead to 5-2.

In the top of the ninth, Andrew Velazquez led off the inning with a double, then HIgashioka homered (9) to make it 7-2. After the HR by Higashioka, singles by LeMahieu, Anthony Rizzo, and Judge made it 8-2, the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Rizzo 2 hits
Judge 3 hits, 4 RBI, 3-run HR (28)
Stanton 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (24); a 472-ft. bomb
Voit solo HR (8)
Higashioka 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (9)

Cole (W, 13-6) 6 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 2 H, 9 K. 2.80
Rodriguez 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.25 (Combined Tex/NYY ERA)
Green (H, 17) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.96
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.09

The Yankees remain 4 back of Tampa Bay for the AL East Division lead.

They are 3 up on Boston for the top wild-card spot and 6 1/2 up on Oakland for a playoff spot. Seattle is one back of Oakland, and Toronto 3 back of Oakland.