Some news before the game report.
Gary Sanchez to the IL. Kyle Higashioka brought up.
Nestor Cortes back up (like he is riding an elevator). Jonathan Holder back down.
Cortes would figure in the game.
Sad news about some former Yankees:
Dwight Gooden was busted twice recently. Once for DUI and coke possession about a month ago, now a DUI in the last week.
According to the NY Post, former Yankees pitcher John Wetteland will return to court in March to face trial for alleged aggravated sexual assault of a child, court records show.
Now to the game.
J.A. Happ had nothing, but the bullpen and the offense bailed him out as the Yanks (66-35) won another slugfest from the Twins, 10-7.
As David Cone said on WPIX, this turn around in the rotation wasn’t good. The starters all were knocked out early.
In the first inning, Happ got the first two hitters out, but then gave up a single and a 2-run HR.
The Yanks came right back with 4 in the top of the second. Edwin Encarnacion and Didi Gregorius hit back-to-back doubles for one run. Gleyber Torres walked. After a fly-out by Gio Urshela that moved both runners up, the red-hot Mike Tauchman tripled in two runs to give the Yanks the lead, 3-2. Austin Romine’s SF scored Tauchman to make it 4-2.
Happ gave a run right back in the bottom of the second, 4-3.
The Yanks got two in the top of the third when Aaron Hicks led off the inning with his 12th HR of the season, and after the next two batters struck out, Gleyber Torres hit his 20th HR of the year. 6-3.
The Yanks got three in the fourth to go up 9-3. Romine singled, and after a forceout by D.J. LeMahieu, Aaron Judge singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Hicks singled to score LeMahieu and send Judge to second. 7-3. After a line-out by Encarnacion, Gregorius tripled in two runs to make it 9-3. He, like Tauchman, is hot lately.
But staked to a 9-3 lead, Happ couldn’t even go five innings to get a decision. He was then knocked out of the game in the bottom of the fourth. A walk and HR made it 9-5. Then two singles and a ground-out put runners at second and third with one out and Happ was then out of the game, replaced by Nestor Cortes, Jr.
Cortes gave up a SF that made it 9-6, then got a strikeout to get out of the inning. He gave up a HR in the fifth to Nelson Cruz, Jr. that made it 9-7. It was Cruz’ 382nd career HR.
The scoring then stopped until the ninth, when Edwin Encarnacion’s 30th HR of the season made it 10-7 Yanks, which was the final score. Encarnacion’s HR was #410 of his career, passing Mark Teixeira on the all-time list.
With Tampa Bay’s win over Boston yesterday, the Yanks lead the Rays by 10 games, and the Red Sox by 11. They lead both by 12 in the loss column. The Yanks now go to Boston, where they could really end any hopes the Red Sox have of winning the division just by splitting the four games. Getting more than a split would be great. Just don’t get swept and let Boston get back in it at 7 back.
Judge 2 hits (.311)
Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI, HR (12)
Encarnacion 2 hits, HR (30)
Gregorius 3 hits, 3 RBI
Torres HR (20)
Tauchman 2 hits, 2 RBI
Happ 3 1/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.23
Cortes (W, 4-0, 4.20) 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 19) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.66
Chapman (S, 26) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.50