The Yankees hit 5 HR in a 7-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night and in so doing are in the middle of a 3-way virtual tie for the two wild card spots.
Here is how it looks right now.
Yanks and Toronto both 81-64 .559 — Boston 82-65 .558 —- virtual tie, .001 back Seattle 78-67 -3 Oakland 77-67 – 3 1/2
(Forget the division, Tampa Bay is up by 9 and their magic # to clinch is 9).
Gerrit Cole returned to the mound after leaving early last time because of tightness in his left hamstring. He got his 15th win, but had to leave after five innings due to a high pitch count (108).
The Yanks got on the board right away. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a single and Aaron Judge followed with a 2-run HR (34).
With one out in the third inning, Anthony Rizzo was HBP and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a 2-run HR (28). Luke Voit made it back-to-back HRs with #10 and the Yanks were up 5-0.
Cole had settled down after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. Baltimore touched him for a run in the fifth, but with two on and two out, Cole ended his night with a strikeout.
Michael King replaced Cole and threw three scoreless innings. King’s career numbers are better in relief than as a starter.
Joey Gallo made it 6-1 in the eighth with a HR (34) and LeMahieu homered (10) in the ninth to make it 7-1.
Sal Romano, who turned down a DFA assignment to SWB and elected to become a free agent, re-signed with the Yankees (lot of head scratching there) and the Yanks then turned around and DFA’d Brooks Kriske. Romano started the ninth for the Yankees. He got a K, but a single walk and single made it 7-2, and Romano got injured on that RBI single, so Aroldis Chapman came in. Chapman got a K, then threw a WP, putting runners on second and third, so things got a bit hairy, but another K by Chapman ended the game.
Besides the Romano/Kriske DFA switch, Clarke Schmidt went back to SWB after his Sunday start, so that freed that spot for Romano. Domingo German was sent to SWB to start a rehab assignment.
An ace can get you rolling, keep you rolling and stop losing streaks.
Gerrit Cole did #3 last night, and we will see if it starts a new winning streak for the Yankees.
The Yanks entered the game with a four game losing streak, right after winning thirteen in a row. Thanks to Cole’s 15 strikeout dominating performance last night, the Yanks came away with a 4-1 victory over the Angels. They have an off day today before a weekend series against the putrid Orioles.
The Yanks got two runs in the top of the third inning. With two out, D.J. LeMahieu walked, Anthony Rizzo singled, and Aaron Judge walked. Luke Voit’s single then scored two runs.
With one out in the fourth, Rougned Odor bunt singled his way on base. He moved up on a groundout and scored on a single by Brett Gardner. 3-0.
The Angels got a run off of Cole in the bottom of the sixth. Cole was done after 116 pitches and 7 innings. Who knows, if, with two more innings, he could have matched or surpassed Ron Guidry’s Yankee record of 18 strikeouts in a game set back in 1978?
Judge hit a HR, his 30th of the season, in the top of the eighth for the final run of the game. 4-1, Yankees.
Gio Urshela hurt his hand in the game before this one and will have an MRI.
The Cole Train was supported by 4 HR in an 8-2 Yankees win over Oakland on Friday night. The win was the 13th in a row for the Yankees, matching their longest winning streak since 1961. The team record is 19, set in 1947.
The Yankees are now 76-52, and are 21-4 in the month of August. Since being at .500 at 41-41, they have gone 35-11.
Giancarlo Stanton homered (24) leading off the top of the fourth to get the scoring underway. His HR was a 472 foot blast. One out later, Luke Voit homered (8) to make it 2-0.
The next inning, the Yanks got singles by Kyle Higashioka and D.J. LeMahieu to start the inning off. After a strikeout, Aaron Judge homered (28) to make it 5-0.
Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the fifth. He struck out the side in the sixth, and left after six shutout innings. His last batter of the night was strikeout #200 for the season.
The A’s got two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Yankees’ lead to 5-2.
In the top of the ninth, Andrew Velazquez led off the inning with a double, then HIgashioka homered (9) to make it 7-2. After the HR by Higashioka, singles by LeMahieu, Anthony Rizzo, and Judge made it 8-2, the final score.
The Yankees won their 9th game in a row, beating the Twins 7-1 on Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s game has been postponed until Monday afternoon, Sept. 13, because of a hurricane coming up the East coast.
With the win, the Yanks are 31-11 in their last 42 games after being 41-41 just after the midway point.
With Brett Gardner banged up, before the game the Yankees brought up Estevan Florial and sent down Brody Koerner.
Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole got out of a second and third, two-out jam in the top of the second inning.
The Yanks struck first, getting a run in the bottom of the second inning. Rougned Odor led off the inning by getting HBP. Luke Voit singled. After a lineout and a forceout, Tyler Wade singled to make it 1-0.
In the top of the fifth, Cole got back-to-back strikeouts to get out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam.
The Yanks then put the game away, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Wade doubled, and D.J. LeMahieu singled him to third. Anthony Rizzo was HBP, loading the bases. A WP moved the runners up, scored Wade, and made it 2-0. Aaron Judge walked to re-load the bases. After a pitching change, Giancarlo Stanton doubled in two runs to make it 4-0. Judge was out at home on a fielder’s choice, but Luke Voit doubled in two runs to make it 6-0.
The Yanks missed out on three runs in the bottom of the seventh when with two on, Odor called time milliseconds before a pitch was thrown. Neither player, pitcher or hitter, could stop their action, even though time was called. Odor hit the ball over the fence, but since time was just called, the “homer” didn’t count. Odor struck out instead. Rougny lost one there.
In the top of the eighth, Lucas Luetge gave up a HR to Jorge Polanco. 6-1.
But in the bottom of the eighth, Andrew Velazquez did get a HR—his first MLB homerun. The Bronx-born lad did it in front of a very happy group of family members. 7-1, the final score.
Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI. Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI Velazquez solo HR. FIRST MLB HR. Wade 2 hits, RBI
Cole (W, 12-6) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K. 2.92 Luetge 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.14 Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.91
If you can take away the one bad outing Abreu had in Tampa Bay (where Abreu gave up six runs without recording an out), his ERA would be 1.78.
At 72-52, the Yanks are 4 games back of Tampa Bay in the AL East, in second place. The last three games of the season are at home vs. Tampa Bay. Could those games decide the division?
But they did expand their wild card lead yesterday.
NYY 72-52 (1st WC), 38 games to go A’s 70-54 -2 (2nd wc) BOS 70-55 – 2 1/2 from Yankees, 1/2 GB from A’s Sea 66-58 -6 from Yankees, -4 from A’s Tor 64-57 -6 1/2 from Yankees , -4 1/2 From A’s