The Yankees hit 5 HR in a 7-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night and in so doing are in the middle of a 3-way virtual tie for the two wild card spots.
Here is how it looks right now.
Yanks and Toronto both 81-64 .559 — Boston 82-65 .558 —- virtual tie, .001 back Seattle 78-67 -3 Oakland 77-67 – 3 1/2
(Forget the division, Tampa Bay is up by 9 and their magic # to clinch is 9).
Gerrit Cole returned to the mound after leaving early last time because of tightness in his left hamstring. He got his 15th win, but had to leave after five innings due to a high pitch count (108).
The Yanks got on the board right away. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a single and Aaron Judge followed with a 2-run HR (34).
With one out in the third inning, Anthony Rizzo was HBP and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a 2-run HR (28). Luke Voit made it back-to-back HRs with #10 and the Yanks were up 5-0.
Cole had settled down after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. Baltimore touched him for a run in the fifth, but with two on and two out, Cole ended his night with a strikeout.
Michael King replaced Cole and threw three scoreless innings. King’s career numbers are better in relief than as a starter.
Joey Gallo made it 6-1 in the eighth with a HR (34) and LeMahieu homered (10) in the ninth to make it 7-1.
Sal Romano, who turned down a DFA assignment to SWB and elected to become a free agent, re-signed with the Yankees (lot of head scratching there) and the Yanks then turned around and DFA’d Brooks Kriske. Romano started the ninth for the Yankees. He got a K, but a single walk and single made it 7-2, and Romano got injured on that RBI single, so Aroldis Chapman came in. Chapman got a K, then threw a WP, putting runners on second and third, so things got a bit hairy, but another K by Chapman ended the game.
Besides the Romano/Kriske DFA switch, Clarke Schmidt went back to SWB after his Sunday start, so that freed that spot for Romano. Domingo German was sent to SWB to start a rehab assignment.
AAA: SWB (59-46) lost their 9th game in a row, 9-6. Starting P Clarke Schmidt (#5 prospect) 4 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 W, 6 K. C Donny Sands (#28 prospect) 2 hits, 3 RBI.
AA: Somerset (63-44) won 7-3. Starting P Hayden Wesneski (#15 prospect) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 10 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR. CF Brandon Lockridge (#19 prospect) 2-run HR. SS Oswaldo Cabrera (#16 prospect) 2-run HR. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, solo HR.
High A: This one may take me all day to type up. Hudson Valley (64-43) won 23-4. They hit 10 HR in the game, and scored 14 runs in the top of the 9th inning.
SS Anthony Volpe (#1 prospect) 3-run HR SS Eduardo Torrealba (replaced Volpe) 2 hits CF Everson Pereira (#13 prospect) 3 hits, 6 RBI. ALL THREE HITS WERE HOME RUNS. 2 solo and a grand slam. C Austin Wells (#6 prospect) 5 hits, solo HR. RF Frederick Cuevas 2 RBI 3B Andres Chaparro 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR DH Carlos Narvaez 2 hits, 4 RBI. Grand slam. OF Jake Sanford (#23 prospect) 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. 1B Eric Wagaman 5 hits, 2 RBI, 2 solo HR. 2B Luis Santos 3 hits.
Hudson Valley had 27 hits in the game, 10 HR.
Here is the 9th inning. 5 HR, 2 of which are grand slams.
HR (Chaparro) Single HR (Sanford) HR (Wagaman) Single Pop up (out #1) Walk Single loads bases Walk forces in run Single drives in run Grand Slam (Narvaez) Fly Out (out #2) SIngle Walk Single (loads bases) Grand Slam (Pereira) Walk Lineout (inning finally over. Wonder how long timewise it took?)
Low A: Tampa (70-36) won 8-5. #2 prospect Jasson Dominguez 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR. #26 prospect Ryder Green 2 solo HR. 3B Tyler Hardman 2-run HR.
AAA: SWB (59-41) lost both games of a doubleheader.
Game 1: Lost 5-1. SS Gleyber Torres 0 for 3 on rehab. Starting P Michael King, rehab, 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. Gave up HR. Only threw 21 pitches. Clarke Schmidt (#5 prospect) 4 1/3 IP, 1 R. LF Jonathan Davis solo HR.
Game 2: Lost 3-0.
AA: Somerset (60-42) won 13-10. First really bad outing of the year for #9 prospect Ken Waldichuk. 1 1/3 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K. SS Oswald Peraza (#3 prospect) 3 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR. #16 prospect 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 4 hits, 3 RBI. C Josh Breaux (#18 prospect) 2 hits, 3 RBI. DH Dermis Garcia 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR. 1B Chad Bell 2 hits.
High A: Hudson Valley (63-39) lost 9-7 despite hitting six homers. #1 prospect SS Anthony Volpe solo HR. #13 Prospect CF Everson Pereira solo HR. #6 prospect C Austin Wells 2 hits. 1B Andres Chaparro 2 hits. #23 prospect Jake Sanford 3 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. LF Pat DeMarco 2 hits, solo HR. 2B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits, both solo HR, 2 RBI.
Low A: Tampa (67-34) lost 19-7 despite hitting six HR themselves. #7 prospect SS Trey Sweeney solo HR, but made 3 errors. #2 prospect Jasson Dominguez solo HR. #25 prospect C Antonio Gomez 4 hits, Solo HR. 1B Anthony Garcia 2-run HR. 2B Benjamin Cowles 2 hits, RBI. DH Ben Rice 2 hits, solo HR. 3B Roberto Chirinos 2 hits., solo HR. Tampa hit 6 HR.
Usually minor league games end around Labor Day and MLB rosters expand to 40 in September. Not so anymore. Minor league games are going right through October 3 and MLB rosters only expand to 28.
Standings: SWB tied for first in their division. Somerset 1st by 3 1/2 games Hudson Valley 1st by 11 games Tampa 1st by 4 games