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Game 149. Ain’t “Lyons”, Yanks fall to Toronto in 12, 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (97-52) lost to Toronto 6-5 in 12 innings when Tyler Lyons gave up a walkoff HR to Bo Bichette, Dante’s son.

With the loss, the Yankees’ magic number remains at 5, both to just make the playoffs, and also to clinch the AL East. The lead over Tampa Bay is 9 with 13 games to go.

The lead over Houston for best record in the AL is down to one game. Remember that Houston has the tiebreaker. In the NL, the Dodgers have the same record as Houston, one game behind the Yankees, but the Yankees hold the tiebreaker there.

Starter Masahiro Tanaka was not sharp, as he gave up a HR in the second inning to Randal Grichuk to put Toronto up 1-0. Grichuk has killed the Yankees this year.

In the fourth, Tanaka gave up two runs, both with two out, to put the Blue Jays up 3-0.

The Yanks scored all of their runs in the fifth. Brett Gardner led off the inning with a double and scored on a double by Clint Frazier. Frazier went to third on an error. Austin Romine singled in Frazier to cut Toronto’s lead to 3-2. D.J. LeMahieu singled and Gleyber Torres hit into a forceout, putting runners on first and third with one out. Luke Voit reached on a fielder’s choice, tying the game. A WP moved the runners up, then Gio Urshela singled in two runs to put the Yanks up 5-3.

Tanaka gave a run right back in the bottom of the fifth as the first two batters doubled and singled off of him. 5-4.

Adam Ottavino balked home a run in the seventh that tied the game. It stayed tied until the bottom of the 12th, when Lyons served up the gopher ball that cost the Yanks the game.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .325.
Urshela 2 RBI  .326
Romine 2 hits, RBI

Tanaka 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 W, 6 K.  4.60.   Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 27) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.30
Ottavino (BS, 7) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  1.85  Balked in tying run.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.01
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.   3.71
Lyons (L, 1-2, 7.27)  1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up GW walkoff HR.

Notable baseball passing: Wally Westlake, 98. OF/3B. Westlake played for the Pirates (1947-1951), Cardinals (1951-1952), Reds (1952), Indians (1952-1955), Orioles (1955) and Phillies (1956). He was a platoon OF for the Indians team that won the 1954 AL Pennant, and a teammate of Hal Naragon on that team. Naragon just passed away himself at the age of 90 on Aug. 31.

Westlake hit 20 or more HR 1949-1951, and was an All-Star in 1951 when he split time with the Pirates and Cardinals, hitting .266-22-84, OPS+ 108. He drove in 104 runs for the 1949 Pirates. In 1952, his production dropped and he became more of a platoon player.

For the 1954 Indians, he hit .263-11-42, OPS+ 114. In the WS that year, he was 1 for 7 in two games.

His 162 g. average was .272-21-91, OPS+ 111. He played in 958 games, hitting .272 with 127 career HR.



Games 147 and 148. Yanks sweep DH but injury bug bites again and hard. Magic #5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First the good news. The Yanks swept a DH from the Tigers on Thursday. The magic # for just getting into the playoffs, and also for winning the division outright, is down to 5.

Houston lost, so the Yanks lead Houston by two games for best record in the AL. The Yanks also lead the Dodgers by two games in the race for best record in the majors, which the Yanks currently own.

The lead in the AL East is 10 over Tampa Bay with 14 games to go.

More good news. Jordan Montgomery comes off the IL and will start Sunday. Luis Severino comes off the IL and starts Tuesday.

More news. Stephen Tarpley off the IL. He was activated before yesterday’s games. Also Ben Heller was brought up.

With 4 HR in the DH, the Yanks have more HR than the Twins (280 to 279) but the Twins have played two less games, in the race for who winds up with the new record for most HR in a season.

Now the bad news. We hope it isn’t worse. Tests will prove how bad. The injury bug has hit again, and at the worst possible time, with the end of the regular season just over two weeks away. J.A. Happ has been pitching with tendonitis in his left (pitching arm) biceps. Edwin Encarnacion had to leave Game 1 early with an oblique strain. Gary Sanchez had to leave Game 2 with tightness in his left groin. Losing Happ may be mitigated by the arrivals of Montgomery and Severino, but the lineup would take a huge hit if they lose the parrot and the Kraken.

As for Sanchez, what was he doing trying to steal? And in a game played in less than optimum conditions? And with the Yanks up 3-0? He’s a catcher. He’s slow. He NEVER tries to steal. SMH. That could really come back to bite them if he has to miss time—including PLAYOFF time.

Game 1: Yanks win 10-4. Luke Voit hit a 2-run HR (20) in the top of the first to put the Yanks up 2-0.

In the third, Encarnacion hit a 2-run HR (34) to put them up 4-0. He left later in this game with the oblique problem.

Detroit got a 2-run HR in the fifth off of MayHapp, who pitched well despite the biceps tendonitis. After giving up the HR, Happ gave up a single and then was pulled after 99 pitches, one out short of qualifying for the win. Understandable. The Yanks didn’t want to take any more chances.

In the seventh, Aaron Judge walked, and one out later, Luke Voit doubled. Didi Gregorius was intentionally walked to load the bases as the Tigers were hoping for an inning-ending DP. Instead a WP moved all runners up and put the Yanks up 5-2. After Gio Urshela struck out, Cameron Maybin doubled to put the Yanks up 7-2.

The Tigers scored in the bottom of the seventh to cut it to 7-3.

The Yanks put the game away with three in the top of the eighth. Austin Romine singled and one out later, Aaron Judge singled. With two out, Voit singled in one run and Didi Gregorius tripled in two and it was 10-3 Yanks.

Heller, who is just coming back from missing 2018 and most of this season recovering from TJ surgery, gave up a HR in the bottom of the eighth. 10-4, the final score.

Judge 3 walks, scored 4 runs.
Encarnacion 2-run HR (34)
Voit 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (20). Scored 3 runs.
Gregorius 2 RBI
Maybin 2 RBI
Romine 3 hits.

Happ 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.  5.07
Green (W, 4-4, 4.57) 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Heller 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  9.00
Gearrin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  4.32
Lyons 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  7.04

Game 2: Yanks win 6-4. CC, despite giving up 2 runs, looked good. German was great in relief getting his MLB=leading 18th win.

Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR in the first inning (22) to give the Yanks a quick 2-0 lead.

In the second, Mike Ford singled and scored on a double by D.J. LeMahieu. 3-0.

CC lost it a bit in the fourth, when he gave up two runs, but German was in shutdown mode. 3-2 Yanks after four.

The Yanks got one run back in the top of the fifth when Tyler Wade doubled to lead off the inning and scored two outs later on a single by Didi. Didi went to third (two-base error) on the play but was left stranded. 4-2.

Gio Urshela hit a 2-run PH HR (20) in the top of the ninth to put the Yanks up 6-2, and they needed those runs because Detroit scored two in the bottom of the ninth to close it to 6-4 before the Yanks closed out the game.

LeMahieu 3 hits, RBI. .325
Judge 2-run HR (22)
Gardner the Golden Sombrero. 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.
Urshela 2-run PH HR (20)  .328
Wade 2 hits

Sabathia 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K.  4.95
German (W, 18-4, 4.09) 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Kahnle (H, 26) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.36
Chapman (S, 37) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.32

It doesn’t look as if CC will pass Bob Gibson on the all-time win list (both with 251) because CC isn’t going the five for the win, but CC did pass John Smoltz on the strikeout list last night. The next one up is too far ahead to reach before CC retires at the end of the season.

Game 145. Paxton dominating again as Yanks win 5-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Bad news on Mike Tauchman. The calf injury is 6 to 8 weeks. Which means, at this date, out for the season.

The Yanks could sure use Giancarlo Stanton back right now, and to play the OF, not DH. Stanton in LF enables Luke Voit or Edwin Encarnacion to DH and also gives the Yanks their best defensive infield of D.J. LeMahieu at 1B, Gleyber Torres at 2B, Didi Gregorius at SS and Gio Urshela at 3B. If you want to sit Didi, Gleyber goes to SS. If you want to play LaMahieu at 3B and sit Urshela and play Voit or Encarnacion at 1B and the other at DH, Boone could do that. Stanton in LF gives manager Aaron Boone more flexibility elsewhere. So Stanton would need to come back, and also to play LF.

With Tauchman out, Cameron Maybin played LF tonight. You could go with Clint Frazier there, but then Frazier leaves at the end of the game, replaced by Maybin for defensive purposes.

As of now, backups are Tyler Wade and Breyvic Valera, and that isn’t ideal.

James Paxton has been great lately, and that continued tonight with 6 2/3 shutout innings.

With the 5-0 win, the Yanks (95-50) officially eliminated Boston from any chance of winning the AL East (Boston’s only hope and it is very slim one, is the wild card—and they need a miracle for that), and lowered their magic # over Tampa Bay for winning the AL East to 9. They have a 9 game lead with 17 games to go. The magic # to get into the playoffs is down to 7.  They remain tied with Houston (Houston has the tiebreaker) for best record in the majors and both are two games ahead of the Dodgers.

The Yankees took 14 of 19 from Boston this season.

Austin Romine got the scoring started with his 7th HR of the season, a solo shot in the fifth.

In the seventh, Gio Urshela hit his 19th HR of the season leading off the inning to make it 2-0. After an out, Romine doubled, went to third on a WP and scored on a single by LeMahieu. Aaron Judge doubled LeMahieu to third, and D.J. scored on a SF by Torres. 4-0.

In the ninth, Romine walked, and one out later, Judge walked. Gleyber Torres’ single loaded the bases, and after another out, Luke Voit singled to make it 5-0.

Judge 2 hits.
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Voit 2 hits, RBI
Urshela 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (19)
Romine 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (7)

Paxton (W, 13-6, 3.96) 6 2/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K.
Britton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.08
Gearrin 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.01
Lyons 1 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  7.71

Game 141. Judge and Torres HRs carry Yanks, 4-1. Magic #12.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres homered, and the Yanks used an “opener” and six pitchers to defeat Texas 4-1 Wednesday night.

With the win, the Yankees (92-49) have a 10 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. The magic # for clinching the division outright (no tiebreakers) is 12. They have a two-game lead over Houston for the best record in the AL (Houston owns tiebreaker) and a 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers for the best record in baseball (Yankees own tiebreaker).

Judge got the scoring started with a 2-run HR (20) in the third inning.

Torres hit a solo HR (34) in the fourth to make it 3-0, Yankees.

In the sixth, Mike Tauchman walked and scored on a double by Austin Romine. 4-0.

Texas got a HR on a Rougned Odor HR in the ninth to spoil the shutout.

Judge 2-run HR (20)
Torres solo HR (34)
Romine 2 hits, RBI.

Green 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.  4.84
Cessa (W, 2-1, 3.82) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Ottavino (H, 28) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.66
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  3.11
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.   2.11
Gearrin 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  4.18

Green’s overall ERA isn’t impressive, but he had that terrible start to the season and was sent to AAA with an ERA of 16.43. Since coming back, his ERA is 3.06. Now THAT is impressive.

There is a report that the Yanks almost made a deal at the trade deadline for Ken Giles of Toronto. It would have required three unnamed prospects.

Thinking how much I would like the Yanks to break the bank for Gerrit Cole and have a rotation next year of Cole, Severino, Paxton, Tanaka and Happ. That is, if Happ can’t be dealt.

In AAA, you could have Montgomery (if Happ isn’t dealt), Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia and Michael King (granted all are healthy). That’s an impressive AAA rotation of guys “on the ready.”

From MLBTR.com:

The Yankees have signed left-handed reliever Danny Coulombe to a minor league contract for a second time, Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune reports (via Twitter). New York brought Coulombe into the fold on a minor league pact last winter but gave him his release from the organization on July 1. Coulombe signed with the Brewers a couple of weeks later but opted out of that deal late last month and is now returning to the Yanks.

also from MLBTR/com:

The Yankees have released veteran right-hander David Hernandez, per an announcement from their Triple-A affiliate in Scranton (h/t: Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune, on Twitter).

The 34-year-old Hernandez had signed with New York on a minor league pact back on Aug. 15 after a disastrous season with the Reds, but he didn’t fare much better in his brief time with his new organization


One notable passing: Clint Conatser, a backup OF for the Boston Braves of 1948 and 1949, died at the age of 98. He played in the 1948 WS for the Braves. Since the Braves last played in Boston in 1952, I wonder how many Boston Braves players are still alive?

Also, I wonder how far back you can go to still find a living WS participant. I think the answer could be Dr. Bobby Brown, who is still alive at 94 and who played in the 1947 WS for the Yankees.

Game 134. Yanks shut out Mariners 7-0, behind Tanaka, Judge, Gardner. Magic # to clinch division outright is 19.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (87-47) got and excellent outing from Masahiro Tanaka and homers by Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner in defeating Seattle 7-0 Tuesday night.

With the win, the Yanks have a 10 1/2 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East, and the magic # for clinching the division outright is now 19. The Yankees remain 1/2 game ahead of Houston for best record in the AL, and are tied with the Dodgers for the best record in baseball as they seek all kinds of home-field advantages come playoff time.

In the top of the first, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR (17), a 462-ft. bomb, to put the Yanks up 2-0.

For Judge, it was career HR #100, and he became the third fastest in baseball history to get there. #2 is Gary Sanchez, who just did it within the past week.

In the third inning, Gleyber Torres led off with a single and Gary Sanchez singled Torres to third. Brett Gardner hit a three-run HR (18) to put the Yanks up 5-0.

Meanwhile, Tanaka was cruising, throwing seven shutout innings. Luis Cessa finished off the combined shutout.

In the fifth, Gio Urshela scored and came around to score on ground outs by Mike Tauchman and Austin Romine. 6-0.

The Yankees got their final run in the ninth inning when with one out, Sanchez reached on an error. Gardner walked, and after a forceout, Tauchman was HBP, loading the bases for Romine, who walked to force in a run.

Final, 7-0, Yankees.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .333
Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI. A 2-run HR (17), #100 of career.
Torres 2 hits
Gardner 3-run HR (18)
Romine 2 RBI

Tanaka (W, 10-7, 4.47) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.10

Game 133. Ford, Gleyber power Yanks past Mariners, 5-4. Magic #21.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Mike Ford hit two homers, and Gleyber Torres added another, as the Yankees (86-47) defeated Seattle Monday night 5-4.

With the win, the Yanks lead Tampa Bay by 9 1/2 games in the AL East and the magic # for clinching the division outright is 21.

The Yanks scored four times in the top of the second. Torres led off the inning with his 33rd HR of the season. After an out, Mike Tauchman walked and advanced to second on a groundout. Austin Romine singled him in, and Ford hit a 2-run HR (7) to make it 4-0. The Yanks proceeded to load the bases and bat around, but Torres popped up to end the inning.

Homer-prone J.A. Happ gave up a three-run HR to the Mariners; Dylan Moore with two out in the bottom of the second and the lead was cut to 4-3.

Happ only gave up two hits, but walked three and struggled through five. He did get the win, but didn’t help his chances (if any still exist) of making the postseason roster.

Ford hit his second HR of the game, and 8th of the season, in the fourth to make it 5-3 Yankees.

Nestor Cortes, Jr. gave up a HR to Mallex Smith in the seventh to make it 5-4, but the Yanks hung on for the win.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .332
Torres solo HR (33)
Ford 2 HR (8) 3 RBI

Happ (W, 11-8, 5.57) 5 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 3 W, 7 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Gearrin (H, 12) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.83
Cortes, Jr. (H, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.42  Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.73
Chapman (S, 36) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.26

The Yanks, with the win, have the best record in the AL by 1/2 a game over Houston, and are 1/2 game behind the Dodgers for the best record in baseball.



Game 121. German wins 16th, Yanks win 8-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before game moves: Yanks DFA Joe Mantiply, send down Brady Lail, release Dan Camarena from SWB. Also, they let go Dan Jennings from SWB. They signed him last month. Jennings only pitched 1 1/3 innings for SWB, giving up five runs, including 3 HR.

They bring up Jonathan Loaisiga and Adonis Rosa. Rosa would make his MLB debut later during the ballgame.

The Yanks beat Baltimore for the 15th time in a row, 8-3, to go to 80-41 on the season. They “only” hit one homer in the game, giving them 60 HR vs. the Orioles this year.

UPDATE: The last time the Yanks beat a team 15 times in a row in the same season was in 1954, against the Philadelphia Athletics—-the A’s last season in Philadelphia.

D.J. LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first by hitting the first pitch he saw for a HR (19).

In the second inning, Gleyber Torres walked, Didi Gregorius doubled him to third and Cameron Maybin singled both runners in to make it 3-0.

Domingo German, who improved to 16-2 on the season, gave up a HR in the fourth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-1.

The Yanks came right back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-1. With one out, Austin Romine singled and Mike Tauchman walked. D.J. LeMahieu lined out for the second out, but Aaron Judge doubled in two runs. Nice to see Judge pull this one. He hasn’t been pulling the ball, probably due to complications from the oblique injury he had, but nice to see him turn on this one. 5-1. Gio Urshela singled in Judge. 6-1. Urshela moved to second on a WP and scored on a double by Gary Sanchez. 7-1. Good for Sanchez. The Yanks need to get him going. He was 11 for his last 98 before that double and his batting average dropped into the .220s. It’s still only .228.

German gave up another HR in the top of the fifth that made the score 7-2. The Yanks came back with a run of their own to make it 8-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Maybin walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Tauchman.

Adonis Rosa made his MLB debut and gave up a HR in the ninth. The final score was 8-3.

With the win, the Yanks maintain a 9-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East and the magic # for clinching the division is 33.

The Yanks have an afternoon game today (Wednesday). It’s their final game against Baltimore this season. They are 16-2 vs. the Orioles.

It’s taken a long time, but finally some payback for 1966, when the Yanks finished in last place and were just 3-15 vs. the WS Champion Orioles that year. Just saying.

LeMahieu solo HR (19)  .337
Judge 2 RBI
Urshela 3 hits, RBI  .336 (just short of qualifying for batting title, right behind D.J.)
Sanchez 2 hits, RBI
Maybin 2 RBI
Romine 3 hits
Tauchman 2 hits, RBI

True team effort.

German (W, 16-2, 3.96) 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K.  Gave up 2 HR.
Rosa 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50  Gave up 1 HR.  MLB DEBUT.

Update 2: Rosa was sent back down after the game. No word yet on who is coming up.