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Game 93. Yanks get six in 8th to defeat Rays, 8-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Rays were about to cut the Yanks’ lead in the AL East down to four games. They were four outs away from doing so.

But a 2-run HR by Aaron Judge and a grand slam by Didi Gregorius turned a possible 3-2 Yankees’ loss into an 8-3 Yankees’ win and enabled the Yankees (60-33) to stretch their lead over Tampa Bay to six games. The Yankees are 10 up on Boston.

The Rays took an early lead when CC Sabathia gave up a HR to Austin Meadows in the top of the second inning.

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the second when Edwin Encarnacion hit a 435 ft. HR (28) to tie the game. Encarnacion’s 28th HR of the season (Seattle and NY) was #408 of his career, passing Duke Snider on the all-time list, and putting him one behind Mark Teixeira.

In the fourth, CC gave up a HR to Yandy Diaz to make it 3-1 Rays. He almost gave up back-to-back HR, but Brett Gardner robbed Avisail Garcia of a HR.

In the bottom of the fifth, Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres both made bad base-running decisions on the same play, and Tampa Bay got a DP to end that half-inning.

Diaz got an RBI double in the top of the sixth to put the Rays up 3-1.

D.J. LeMahieu homered in the bottom of the sixth (13) to cut the Rays’ lead to 3-2.

In the top of the seventh, Nestor Cortes, Jr. came in for CC but loaded the bases with one out, David Hale relieved Cortes, and got a DP to get out of the inning and keep the game within reach for the Yankees.

In the bottom of the eighth, Gleyber Torres walked. Two outs later, Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR (10) to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead, but then they got insurance runs when Luke Voit singled, Gary Sanchez doubled, Encarnacion was intentionally walked, and Didi Gregorius hit his fifth HR of the season, this one a grand slam, to put the Yankees up 8-3.

Hale got into a jam in the top of the ninth, but Zack Britton finished off the Rays.

Yankees’ radio announcer John Sterling missed the game. He’s missed a couple lately as he (81 years old) is battling a health issue.

LeMahieu solo HR (13)  .331
Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI, GW 2-run HR (10)  .304
Encarnacion 2 hits, solo HR (28)
Gregorius 4 RBI; Grand Slam HR (5)

Sabathia 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.  4.06
Cortes, Jr. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  4.50
Hale (W, 3-0, 2.45) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.45
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.31

Game 156. Yanks rally with 5 in 9th to win “brawl” game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees scored 5 times in the top of the ninth and won 7-5 over Toronto in a game that saw a brushback battle, and Luis Severino, Joe Girardi, Rob Thompson and Larry Rothschild all ejected.

The Yanks go to 80-76 and close the season with six games at home. They are all but officially eliminated, being 5 out of a playoff spot with six games to go. The most wins the Yanks can have is 86. Toronto already has that and Baltimore has 85. Not only that, there are three teams between the Yanks and Baltimore.

In the first, Gardner got on on a bunt single (where was that all year) and went to third on a 2-base throwing error on the play. He scored on an RBI groundout by Sanchez.

In the bottom of the first, with one out, Severino hit Josh Donaldson with a pitch. A single and two walks later, the game was tied at 1. Severino got out of the inning giving up just that one run.

In the top of the second, Headley was HBP and the benches cleared. Girardi was tossed. In the bottom of the second, Toronto’s Josh Smoak was drilled, benches emptied and more ejections were made.

Toronto got two in the third to go up 3-1.

The Yanks got one back in the eighth. Gardner, who doubled,  scored on an RBI single by Ellsbury.

In the ninth, Teixeira homered with one out (14) to tie the game. #408 of his career passed Duke Snider on the all-time list. Gregorius singled, and Hicks homered (8) to put the Yanks up 5-3. Solano doubled, Gardner walked, and Ellsbury singled in a run to make it 6-3. Sanchez got a SF to make it 7-3.

Betances came in and needed help. He once again looked completely out of gas and couldn’t field his position. Layne came in to save it.

Gardner had 3 hits and scored 3 runs. Ellsbury had 2 hits and 2 RBI. 2 RBI for Sanchez. Big 2-run HR for Hicks.

Severino 1+ IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 2 HBP. Ejected. 5.75
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walks, 0 K. 7.11
Pazos 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 7.71
Yates 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 5.36
Bleier 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.33
Warren (w, 7-4, 4.64 Cubs/NYY) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Betances 0 IP,  2 R, 1 earned, 0 H, 2 walks, 0 K.  Made an error. 3.13. Faced 3 batters, all reached. 2 walks and an error.
Layne (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.14.

James Kaprielian, who was dominant in spring training and in three games for High-A Tampa this year before being shut down with a flexor strain, is now OK and will be making up time in the Arizona Fall League this offseason. Good news.

Game 150. Sanchez does it again! Yanks win 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Forgive me for a moment as I play devil’s advocate.

If you are the manager of another team, and the score is tied, and the other team has runners on 2nd and 3rd with two out…

and the HOTTEST hitter in baseball is up at the plate…

do you pitch to him? Or walk him to load the bases for the next hitter, hoping for a force at any base?

And if you are the owner of a manager who decides to pitch to him anyway, only to see that batter hit a 3-run homer that wins the game, do you fire that manager?

For that is exactly what happened in the Yankees’ 5-3 win over Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

Of the 16 outs Michael Pineda recorded for the Yanks tonight, 11 were by strikeout. He gave up a two-run triple in the third to put the Yanks in a 2-0 hole.

Mark Teixeira hit a HR in the fourth to cut it to 2-1. Teix’s 13th HR of the year was #407 of his career, tying him with Duke Snider on the all-time HR list.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes and Mason Williams each singled. 1st and 3rd, one out. As I mentioned before, I think the Yanks should look at dealing Gardner for a decent starting pitcher and look into giving the LF job to Williams in 2017. He might platoon with Frazier (Williams vs. RHP,  Frazier or Hicks vs. Lefties).

Gardner singled to tie the game, Williams going to third. Gardner stole 2nd while Hicks (just off the DL) stuck out.

So 2 out. Men on 2nd and 3rd, tie game. Sanchez up and 1st base open. Would you pitch to the hottest hitter in baseball or walk him?

Fortunately for us Yankees fans, Tampa Bay manager pitched to Sanchez. He should be fired for his decision. Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (17) to the delight of us Yankees fans.

Was he kidding? Pitching to Sanchez right now?

Thank you very much, Kevin Cash.

In the 8th, a triple and WP let the Rays score a run.

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 11 K. 4.89
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.24 (Bos/NYY).
Once again, Girardi uses Layne for just 1 batter. AAAARGH! At least THIS time, it didn’t burn him.

Severino (w, 3-8, 5.88) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Clippard (H, 23)  1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.22 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (S, 12) 1 P, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.79.

Anthony Swarzak was called back to the Yanks, the other day.

The win puts the Yanks at 78-72 with 12 games left.


Game 59. Yanks rout Angels, 12-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks hit four homers and bashed out 17 hits in routing the Angels 12-6 Wednesday night to improve to 29-30.

This will be short, as I had computer issues, thus the late post.

Jacoby Ellsbury had 2 hits, including a HR (3) and scored 3 runs.

Brett Gardner, down to .211 recently, continued to heat up. He had 3 hits, scored 3 runs, drove in 2 and is up to .250.

Carlos Beltran passed Duke Snider on the all-time HR list, hitting #16 of the season and #408 of his career. He had 3 hits, scored 2 runs and drove in 3.

A-Rod had 2 hits, 1 RBI. McCann had 2 RBI.

Didi had 2 hits.

Chris Parmalee, getting his first Yankee start, had 3 hits, 2 HR, scored 3 runs and drove in 3.

Parmalee and Swarzak (below) were just brought up from SWB recently.

Eovaldi 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 1 walk, 4 K. 4.42. Gave up 2 HR
Swarzak (1-0, 0.00) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 3.52
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.60. Gave up 1 HR.

Game 58. Beltran’s 407th HR ties Snider in Yanks’ win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Carlos Beltran hit a 2-Run HR in the first inning, and the Yanks went on to beat the Angels 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Beltran’s 15th HR of the season was #407 of his career, and it tied the great Duke Snider on the all-time list.

Later in that first inning, Austin Romine got an RBI single to put the Yanks up 3-0.

Rob Refsnyder got a SF in the second to make it 4-0 and Starlin Castro sliced a HR (9) the other way off the RF foul pole to make it 5-0 after three.

Michael Pineda had his second consecutive decent outing, going 7 innings and only struggling in the fifth when he gave up a double, rbi single and 2-run HR.

A-Rod got an RBI single in the seventh.


Pineda (w, 3-6, 6.14) 7 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 walks, 4 K. gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.41
Miller (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.05.

The Yanks are 28-30.

Game 57. Beltran’s Belt wins it, 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For six innings, the Yanks’ offense didn’t do anything while Masahiro Tanaka pitched decently. Unfortunately for Tanaka, the Yanks’ fireworks came too late for him, but they were in time for the Yanks to win 5-2.

Down 2-0 in the seventh, the Yanks got back-to-back HRs by McCann and Castro to tie the game. It was the 8th HR of the year for each of them.

In the 8th, Ellsbury and Gardner both singled with two out, then Beltran, batting righty, went the other way into the porch for a 3-Run HR which won the game. #14 of the season was #406 of Beltran’s career, placing him one behind Duke Snider on the all-time list.

Ellsbury had 3 hits.

Tanaka 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 3 K., 2.76.
Miller (w, 3-0, 1.09) 1 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3K.
Chapman (S, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.08

Game 8. Nova and Nuno lousy in 14-5 loss.

Nova and Nuno are two names that are four-letter names. It’s safe to say that both heard four-letter words after their outings today in a 14-5 Yankees loss.

Nova started and gave up 7 R in 3 2/3. Nuno also gave up 7 R, but in 3 1/3 innings of relief.

Nova gave up 3 runs before the Yanks had a chance to bat. Cesar Cabral (1/3) and Dellin Betances (1 2/3) pitched scoreless relief.

Rafael Soriano and Kelly Johnson HR’d in the Yankees loss. For Soriano, career HR #407 tied Duke Snider on the all-time list.

Derek Jeter got hit #3322. Jacoby Ellsbury got 3 hits and Yangervis Solarte had 3 hits and an RBI.

UConn pulled off the double, winning the mens’s NCAA basketball title last night and the women’s tonight. The women wound up 40-0 and beat a previously undefeated ND team tonight for the title, and beat ND badly.


Game 154. Pettitte to retire, A-Rod sets slam record in Yanks 5-1 win.

The Yanks kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-1 win over the Giants Friday night, as Alex Rodriguez’ seventh-inning grand slam broke a 1-1 tie.

It was A-Rod’s 24th career grand slam, breaking a tie with Lou Gehrig for the most all-time. A-Rod’s 7th HR of the season was #654 of his career, putting him six behind Willie Mays.

Alfonso Soriano homered (33, 405) in the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead before S.F. tied it in the third. Soriano is two behind Duke Snider on the all-time list.

CC (W, 14-13, 4.78) went 7, 1 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 4 K.

Robertson the 8th.  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.14.

Mo the 9th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.21.

Andy Pettitte announced that this time he  is retiring for good. He retired and sat out all of 2011, but came back in 2012. On Sunday, I’ll be heading up to the Stadium for the pre-game ceremony to honor Mo. That same day will mark Pettitte’s last Yankee Stadium start. It appears that his last start ever will then be in Houston, where he pitched for three years and near where his home is. Hopefully he gets the W and Mo the save on Sunday. It’d be fitting. Mo has saved 74 of Andy’s 218 Yankee wins. As of now, Pettitte has a 255-102 career record and a 3.86 ERA (ERA+ 117). He is 19-11 in the postseason, 3.81.

Cleveland now has the 2nd wild-card spot. The Yanks are 3 out with 8 to go.

Duke Snider dies at 84.

Willie, Mickey and the Duke is down to just Willie.

Duke Snider Dies

Duke Snider died today at the age of 84. Snider hit 407 HR in a HOF career (elected in 1980) that lasted from 1947-1964. He was with the Dodgers (#4 retired) in Brooklyn and LA from 1947 to 1962, returned to NY with the 1963 Mets and finished his career as a Giant in 1964.

He hit .295 with an OPS+ of 140. He hit 40 or more HR in each season from 1953 to 1957. He led the league in runs scored three straight years, 1953-1955, the majors in ’53 & ’55. He led the NL in hits once, walks once and HR once. He led the majors in RBI once. He led the NL in OBP once, Slugging twice (majors once) and OPS twice (majors once). Led NL in OPS+ once. Led majors in total bases 3x. Six times he finished in the top 10 for the MVP vote, and he got consideration in two other years. He was an 8x All Star.

He probably should have won the 1955 MVP over Campanella. He finished 2nd. Here’s the story. Campy finished with 226 points, Snider 221. Campy was listed on all 24 ballots, Snider 23. But from the Book Baseball Dynasties (Rob Neyer & Eddie Epstein):

   …on the ballot that did not include Snider, Campanella was listed twice, in both first and sixth place. Thus, it seems likely that this voter meant to list Snider sixth, or perhaps even first (from Wikipedia: a hospitalized writer from Philadelphia was the “culprit.”) Had this ballot simply been invalidated, Snider would have been the MVP. Had the BBWAA given that sixth place slot to Snider, he and Campanella would have been tied with 226 points each. Instead, the BBWAA altered the ballot by simply eliminating the 6 slot and moving everybody up one.

Doesn’t seem fair, does it?

Snider was the last of the regular “Boys of Summer” to pass away.

His 162 g. average was .295-31-101, OPS+ 140. From 1953 to 1957 (the Dodgers’ last year in Brooklyn), Snider averaged .311-41-117, OPS+ 161. The move from Ebbets Field to LA (the Coliseum 1958-1961) together with a knee injury, slowed Snider’s career after 1957.   

Snider played against the Yankees in the 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956 WS. He also played for the Dodgers in the 1959 WS vs. the White Sox. His Dodger teams won the 1955 and 1959 WS.

His WS record was .286-11-26 in 36 games. Only Mickey Mantle (18), Babe Ruth (15) and Yogi Berra (12) have more WS HR than Snider. Snider has more WS HR than any other National Leaguer. He is the only man to twice hit four HR in a single series (1952, 1955). 

Edwin Donald “Duke” Snider. 1926-2011. R.I.P.

The REAL 1952 WS MVP

If you look at a list of WS MVPs, it starts with 1955, when Sport Magazine named Johnny Podres of the Dodgers the WS MVP.

From 1949-1954, their was another kind of WS MVP. It was called the Babe Ruth Award. Those winners were as follows:

1949, Joe Page. 1950, Jerry Coleman. 1951, Phil Rizzuto. 1952, Johnny Mize, 1953, Billy Martin and 1954 Dusty Rhodes.

There is one problem. No disrespect meant to Mize, but they got it wrong in 1952.

Yes, Mize had a nice series. He was 6 for 15. 1 double. 3 HR and 6 RBI. .400.


Mize HR’d in Game 3. Bottom of the 9th. Yanks lost 5-3. Big Deal. They were losing 5-2 when he HR’d. Hr’s in Game 4. Ok. Fair is fair. Yanks won that Game 2-0. Big HR. He HR’s in Game 5. A 3-run HR that put the Yanks up 5-4. Only problem is, the Yanks LOST the game in 11, 6-5.

So in two of the three games he HR’d in, the Yanks LOST


Allie Reynolds lost game 1 4-2. 7 IP, 3 R, 5 hits. Down two games to one, Reynolds throws a shut out in Game 4 to even up the Series. 4 hitter. 10 Ks.

Game 6. Yanks need to win to stay alive. Down 3 games to 2. At Ebbets Field. He had just thrown a CG shutout in Game 4. Reynolds enters in the bottom of the 8th, two out, 3-2 Yanks. He gets the four-out save.

Game 7. The guy threw a CG shutout in Game 4. A four-out save in Game 6. He comes in, Yanks up 1-0. Bottom of the 4th. Bases loaded, NONE OUT. He gets out of the jam, just 1 run scoring. He did give up a run in the 5th to give the Dodgers the lead.

Ok. Maybe not MVP. But Reynolds won Game 4 forcing the Series to be even, and saved Game 6, forcing a Game 7. In Game 7 he left losing 2-1 but kept the Yanks in the game…

which brings us to ….

Mickey Mantle.

Down 2 games to 1, the Yanks win Game 4 on Reynolds’ shutout 2-0. Mize does hit a HR. How was the other run scored? Mantle boomed a triple to the monuments. Almost anywhere else, HR (maybe not Polo Grounds or Tiger Stadium. Still a 430 foot triple). While going for a triple, Pee Wee Reese’s throw to third to get Mickey went into the dugout. Mantle scored.

Most importantly: Game 6. Yanks hold a precarious 2-1 lead going into the top of the 8th at Ebbets Field. Yanks need to win to force Game 7. Mantle HR’s. It’s important because Snider, who HR’d earlier, hits ANOTHER one in the bottom of the 8th to make it 3-2, which is how it finishes.

Game 7. 2-2, top of the 6th. Who HR’s to give the Yanks the lead that they would not relinquish? Mantle. That is NOT ALL. In the NEXT INNING, McDougald singles with one out. Rizzuto (who else?) lays down a sac bunt. Two out. 3-2 Yanks. Top of the 7th. Insurance run needed. Mantle singles in that insurance run. The Yanks win 4-2. Mantle HR’d for the lead and singled for the insurance run in the ultimate game.

Mize .400. 6 for 15. 3 HR. 6 RBI. But 2 HR in LOSSES.

Reynolds 4 games pitched. 2-1. 1 save. 1.77. 20 1/3 IP.

Mantle 10 for 29. .345. double. triple. 2 HR. Just 3 RBI, but look back at Games 6 and 7. When WERE those RBI?

Mantle’s HRs in Games 6 and 7 were the difference. His triple (and forced error by Reese) was a key insurance run in Game 4.

MVP voting should have been 1. Mantle 2. Reynolds and 3. Mize. Wait. Maybe not even Mize at #3 (see below). 

Mize won. He shouldn’t have. No offense to the Big Cat, but…

BTW, Snider had 4 HR and 8 RBI while going 10-29 himself. So maybe SNIDER should have been higher than Mize.

I’d love to know what those writers were thinking. To me, Mize was the FOURTH best player of that WS.