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ALDS Game 3. Yanks’ backs against the wall after an 8-4 loss.

Too bad Giancarlo Stanton can’t pitch.

The Yankees’ slugger homered for the fifth straight postseason game, and set a record in doing so, but Yankees’ pitching failed again in an 8-4 loss to Tampa Bay.

With the loss, the Yanks are down two games to one in the best-of-five series. One more loss, either tonight or tomorrow night, and the Yankees’ season is over.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the second, but the Yanks tied it on a bases-loaded SF by Aaron Judge in the bottom of the third.

But Tanaka gave up a 3-run HR in the top of the fourth. 4-1, Rays.

Randy Arozarena, who is turning into Mr. October this month, homered off Tanaka in the top of the fifth to make it 5-1.

An Aaron Hicks RBI double in the bottom of the fifth cut the lead to 5-2.

The Yankees’ bullpen was supposed to be a strength but has been a disappointment. Chad Green gave up a 2-run HR in the top of the sixth, Luis Cessa let another run in, and it was 8-2. For all intensive purposes, the game was over.

Stanton hit his 2-run HR in the bottom of the eighth.

Stanton 2 hits, 2-run HR.

Tanaka (LOSS) 4 IP, 5 R, 8H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Green 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 k. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Nelson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
King 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

A sad thing when some of the worst umpires in MLB still get postseason assignments (Bucknor, Hernandez). See Game 2.

Jordan Montgomery starts for the Yanks in Game 4. He’ll be on a short leash because of the do-or-die nature of the game.

We’ve seen the rookie Nelson twice. Chapman not at all. That’s really what you need to know. And that isn’t good.

It wasn’t just me…

I’m glad to hear ESPN’s Mike and Mike Morning Show discussing last night’s strike zone.

Many times during the game, I said, “where was that?”, especially when TBS’ K-Zone showed what appeared to be a strike. It certainly didn’t help the struggling CC.

Nevertheless,  A-Rod is at .000, Teix at .091. Your 4 and 5 hitters.

Teix is 1 for his last 25 in the postseason. 1 for 11 in this one so far.

Swisher 2 for 11 in these three games (the one HR), 4 for his last 33 in the postseason.

A-Rod is 4 for his last 31 in the postseason, 0 for 10 in this one so far.

That is 4-5-6. The “meat” of the order.

More like tofu.

For all the criticism of the Yanks’ pitching behind CC, something else is being missed.

Lack of postseason performance by guys you count on to deliver.

You see the stats above. The bats.

As Josh “the Yankee Truth” states, hitters…not sluggers.

A.J. on the mound. Do or die.

Meanwhile, some bats (esp. the ones listed above) need to come alive.

From Lohud: It was the first time all year that he’d pitched more than an inning. (meaning Soriano).

Um, don’t do things for the first time in the playoffs.

Like I wrote yesterday, where was Hughes, if only for one inning?

The owners wanted Soriano, Cashman didn’t. Granted Cash makes mistakes now and then, but on this one … ???

How short will the leash be on A.J. tonight?

Texas can eliminate Tampa Bay today.

Madonna the SB halftime show? Hmm, wardrobe malfunction part II? (someone tweeted that, and it was good…)

Finally, is it me, or does it seem that the Yanks don’t have that “thing” — winning close games—this year? Remember two years ago, when they won the WS, the walkoffs? Not this year. No late inning magic, it appears.