I am back after a couple of days out of town, so I’ll BRIEFLY recap the Friday and Saturday games before getting into Sunday’s.
On Friday night, the Yanks lost to Seattle 2-1 in 11 innings. They were 0 for 12 w/RISP but Girardi once again got me mad. CC pitched great, 1 R in 7 IP, but Chad Green pitches the 8th, goes 1-2-3 on 8 pitches, 7 strikes, and stubborn Girardi pulls him. WHY? Let him go another inning! Instead, Girardi pulls him for Betances in the 9th, Robertson goes the 10th, and Chapman, struggling now as we all know, for the 11th, and of course, it’s Chapman who gives up the GW HR in the top of the 11th. Why pull Green? 8 pitches? Really? Let him go another inning and you can push the rest back. Joe, stop with the BS and “formula.” Guy has a 1-2-3 on few pitches, leave him in. Please.
Castro back, Wade sent down (until rosters expand Sept. 1).
On Saturday the Yanks won 6-3. Sonny Gray pitched a great game. Greg Bird back, Austin sent down (see above). Castro 2 RBI. Ellsbury 4 RBI, inc. 3-run HR.
Today, Tanaka gave up a run in the first but settled in, looking like the old Tanaka, which the Yanks need to see down the stretch. The Yanks got six in the bottom of the first, helped by FIVE Mariner errors.
Castro 4 for 4 w/an RBI.
Bird, looking good upon his return, had 2 RBI. Key for the stretch run.
Sad to see people dumping on Bird b/c of his 6 for 60 start this year. He played hurt. He hit over .430 in spring training with what, 8 HR? That misdiagnosed injury which requied surgery cost him this year. If he can have the month of September equal to the spring training he had…
Ellsbury 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 3 hits.
Tanaka (10-10, 4.69) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 10 K. The Tanaka we need to go w/Severino, Gray & CC.
Smith 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.79.
The Yanks are 70-59 and now 2 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East. Big 4-game series against them next weekend at the Stadium. They don’t play each other after that.
As for Judge, we really need to get him going again. The strikeouts are something, but Aaron, they are called strikeouts. Swing the bat!
Suspensions from the Yanks/Tigers fight. We’ll see what happens w/appeals. Romine got 2 games, Sanchez 4.
Girardi got ejected from Sunday’s game.