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Washington stuns Milwaukee with 3 in 8th, win NL WC game, 4-3.

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The late Bill Buckner may have company. Washington scored 3 runs in the bottom of the eighth to stun Milwaukee and win the NL WC game, 4-3. They’ll face the Dodgers in the NLCS.

The Brewers got 2 runs in the first on a 2-run HR by Yasmani Grandal, and another in the second on a solo HR by Eric Thames.

The Nationals cut it to 3-1 in the third on a solo HR by Trea Turner.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Michael Taylor was ruled HBP. It was questionable whether the pitch hit his hand or the bottom of the bat first. It was ruled the hand. An out later, Ryan Zimmerman blooped a broken bat single into center, and then Anthony Rendon walked to load up the bases for the Nationals.

Juan Soto singled. In his haste to get to the ball and make a play at the plate, hopefully to cut down the tying run, Brewers’ RF Trent Grisham overran the ball, which not only allowed the tying run to score, but cleared the bases, putting the Nationals up 4-3–a lead they held on to in the top of the ninth.

A devastating and stunning loss for the Brew Crew.  Washington’s Stephen Strasburg pitched three scoreless innings of relief and wound up with the win.

Game 156. Good days for Paxton and Stanton in Yanks’ 7-2 win. Gleyber OK.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gleyber Torres’ MRI came back negative, and the Yanks (101-55) got great performances from James Paxton and Giancarlo Stanton in a 7-2 win over Toronto Saturday afternoon.

Torres slipped on the outfield grass Friday night and at first appeared seriously injured. This was good news for a team that has had to overcome so many injuries this season.

Paxton won his tenth straight decision and Stanton, just off the IL, doubled and homered in the victory.

With the win, the Yanks have won more games in one season (101) since they last won the WS in 2009.

Houston lost, so the Yanks are 1/2 game behind them for the best record in baseball (Houston has the tiebreaker). Should the Yankees make the WS, they have a 1 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers, and the Yanks also own the tiebreaker against LA.

With Stanton’s HR, the Yanks have 295 on the season, one ahead of the Twins in the race for the new team HR record. The Twins have played one less game, however.

Toronto scored first, getting an unearned run in the second.

The Yanks scored two in the fourth. Aaron Judge led off the inning with a double and one out later Stanton doubled him home. An out after that, Mike Ford (good day for him too) singled in Stanton to make it 2-1.

The Yanks put the game away in the sixth when they scored four runs. Stanton led off the inning with his second HR of the season. After an out, Ford doubled. Clint Frazier doubled in Ford to make it 4-1. Tyler Wade singled and moved up on the throw, Frazier holding at third. Kyle Higashioka singled in two runs to make it 6-1.

Toronto got a run in the top of the seventh to cut it to 6-2, but the Yanks came right back in the bottom of the seventh with a run of their own. With one out, Cameron Maybin walked and moved up on a groundout. He scored on a Ford single. 7-2.

Aaron Boone and hitting coach Marcus Thames were both ejected early in the game for arguing about the strike zone. A carryover from Cowboy Joe West’s bad call Friday night. West, 66, has an arrogance about him. He’s also getting up in years, and isn’t in the best shape to umpire anymore. It’s time to retire, Joe.

Hopefully the umpires don’t carry grudges though. The Yanks’ problems with umpires’ strike zones (and the umps are wrong, they don’t adjust the zone as they should for tall guys like Judge and Stanton) could bite them in the playoffs if there is a close call.

Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (2)
Ford 3 hits, 2 RBI
Wade 2 hits (hot lately)
Higashioka 2 RBI

Paxton (W, 15-6; 3.73) 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K.
Loaisiga 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.  4.25 (Wouldn’t mind him on postseason roster)
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   4.36  (2.78 since recalled from AAA in mid-May).

 

Yanks decide on 2016 hitting coaches.

From the LoHud blog:

According to George King, the Yankees are going to promote assistant hitting coach Alan Cockrell to be the primary hitting coach. They’ll also promote Marcus Thames, last year’s Triple-A hitting coach, to be the assistant hitting coach.

Yankee prospect assaulted

I’ll get into the NFL a bit later. As for baseball, things have been a bit quiet, so I haven’t written much lately (plus, I’ve been busy). James Shields and Max Scherzer are still free agents and there are no indications yet where either may go.

Yankees prospect Ty Hensley was beaten up during the holiday season. Apparently he was at a bar and a mutual acquaintance introduced him to someone else from his hometown who also was a good athlete and could have gone pro as well. The other athlete was a linebacker from a different high school who later went to Weber St. and then who got cut from an NFL team (Carolina). An argument ensued over signing bonuses and the linebacker (Anthony Morales) beat up Hensley, kicking Hensley in the face repeatedly, and breaking Hensley’s jaw and also breaking some teeth.

Hensley, 21, a RHP, was 1-2, 3.00 in 4 starts and one relief appearance in 2012. He missed all of 2013 with an injury, and was 0-0, 2.93 in 10 starts and one relief appearance (30 2/3 IP) in 2014 between rookie league and short season (Staten Island).

The Yanks announced their AA and AAA coaching staffs for 2015. They are still looking for a hitting and 1B/Infield coach for the big league team. Apparently they had talks with Willie Randolph. It’d be good to have Willie back, but nothing official yet. Marcus Thames will be the hitting coach at SWB (AAA), replacing Butch Wynegar.

Ex-Cowboy DT Jethro Pugh, who played for Dallas from 1965-1978 died recently at the age of 70. Pugh played in the Ice Bowl game (and was the victim of the block by Jerry Kramer that sprung Bart Starr for the game-winning last-minute TD). He was a 2x Super Bowl Champion (VI and XII). Besides the two Super Bowl titles, he played in the NFL Title Games that Dallas lost in 1966 and 1967 (Ice Bowl), and losing Super Bowls V, X and XIII. He also was on teams that lost NFC title games in 1972 and 1973.

As I’m watching the divisional round of NFL playoff games, a quick recap. Carolina beat Arizona last weekend, but then lost to Seattle in the divisional game. In the other NFC game last weekend, Dallas got a supposed gift from the refs for a come-from-behind last-minute win over Detroit. Seattle stopped Carolina to advance to the NFC title game next week. Green Bay is playing Dallas (in the first Dallas at Green Bay postseason game since the Ice Bowl 12/31/1967) as I write this. Seattle, the defending SB champ, will host the winner.

In the AFC, Baltimore beat out my Steelers but then lost yesterday to New England. The Patriots were down twice by two touchdowns to the Ravens, but came back. Indianapolis beat the Bengals, as Cincy did their one-and-done routine again. Their coach is 0-6 in the playoffs, and Andy Dalton is still looking for his first playoff win. The Colts take on Denver at Denver later today, with the winner going to New England to play for the AFC title. It’ll be New England’s fourth straight AFC title game appearance. For Brady and Belichick, their 9th in 14 years.

UPDATE: FROM BRONX BASEBALL DAILY

Ladies and gentlemen, the Yankees finally have a hitting coach.

According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, the Yankees are slated to hire Jeff Pentland as their hitting coach and for the first time in team history, will have an assistant hitting coach. The Yankees have hired Alan Cockrell as the assistant coach.

Pentland worked as the hitting coach for the Marlins when Joe Girardi was the manager, was the hitting coach of the Royals when Tony Pena was the manager and when Carlos Beltran was a player; and was the hitting coach for the Mariners and the Dodgers. Cockrell was the hitting coach for the 2007 Colorado Rockies and the Mariners. The 2007 Rockies advanced to the World Series that season.

 

Update 2:

According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, the Yankees announced Joe Espada is going to be the new infield coach, replacing Mick Kelleher who was fired in October along with ex-hitting coach Kevin Long. Espada was a scout for the Yankees last season but has coaching experience; he was the third base coach for the Miami Marlins. Espada joins Jeff Pentland and Alan Cockrell as the new pieces of the Yankees coaching staff.

The Minors 6-6-14.

AAA: SWB won 12-6. Bruce Billings 1 r in 6 IP. LF Jose Pirela 3 for 3, HR, 3 RBI (.340). RF Adonis Garcia 4 for 5, 3 doubles, HR, 3 rbi. (.312). 1B Kyle Roller 4 for 5, double, HR, 2 rbi. (.315). 3B Zelous Wheeler 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI (.305).

AA: Trenton lost 11-2. 2B Robert Refsnyder 3 hits, rbi, .335. On Twitter, it is written that Thunder hitting coach and former big-leaguer, Marcus Thames, raved about the work ethic and film study of Refsnyder.

High A: 4-1 win for Tampa. Rafael De Paula 5 IP, 1 R, 8 K. Nick Goody and Cesar Vargas each with 2 IP, 4 K. 16 K total for Tampa’s pitchers last night. 1B Greg Bird 2 h, double, rbi.

Low A: Charleston lost 10-4. LF Mike O’Neill 3 hits, rbi. 1B Jackson Valera 3 h, 2 doubles, rbi.

Matsui joins club, sort of

The 500 HR club is a distinctive one, but one that has been tarnished by various members recently.

One person got their 500th HR recently, but isn’t a part of the club. It’s too bad, because this person hasn’t tarnished baseball at all. He’s been classy all the way.

Hideki Matsui now has hit 500 HR between his time in the Japanese majors and his time in Major league baseball. Of course, his time here is what will “count.”  Still in all, it’s a tremendous achievement. Congratulations, Godzilla!

In other news, the Yanks signed Marcus Thames to a minor league deal. Thames was released recently by the Dodgers.

NL wins ASG 5-1, gets WS advantage.

Prince Fielder’s 3-run HR was the key blow as the NL beat the AL 5-1 and will get the WS advantage in this year’s WS.

Now, I understand that pitching-wise the AL was shorted. Because of injuries and pitchers pitching Sunday (if they start Sunday, no ASG), the AL had no CC, Mo, Verlander, Beckett (warmed up but felt something), Lester, Price and Shields. That hurt. That is just the pitchers. Many others, for both teams, had players who couldn’t play. (A-Rod, Jeter, Pujols, Victorino, Hamels…)

But I wondered what Washington was doing when managing the game. I mean, David Robertson in the 2nd? (1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K). Walden, the Angels closer in the 5th? It seemed like he was pulling names from a hat. His own pitcher, C. J. Wilson, took the loss.

The winning pitcher? One-time Yankee Tyler Clippard, who came in and faced one batter. He gave up a hit but the runner on second was thrown out at the plate. Go figure.

Curtis Granderson and Robbie Cano each went 0 for 2. Russell Martin didn’t play.

I was hoping Juan Rivera might wind up with the Yanks to replace Andruw Jones. Instead, he is traded to the Dodgers, who then DFA Marcus Thames. I’m still down on Jones, but he plays D better than Thames. Now as far as that .195 b.a. …