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Game 119. Yanks blast 4 HR vs. O’s in game 1 of DH, win 8-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (78-41) made it 13 in a row over the Orioles by winning the day game of a day/night DH vs. Baltimore, 8-5. They are 14-2 against Baltimore this season.

I so doing, they hit 4 HR, making it 56 in 16 games vs. Baltimore this season.

The O’s got a run in the top of the first against James Paxton but the Yanks struck right back on a 3-run HR by Didi Gregorius (9) and a solo HR by Gleyber Torres (24). It’s the eleventh HR Torres has hit against the Orioles this season.

Back-to-back doubles by Brett Gardner and Gio Urshela made it 5-1 in the second inning.

Paxton gave up a HR in the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-2.

In the bottom of the fifth, Urshela hit a 461 Ft. Bomb (18) to make it 6-2 Yanks.

Paxton gave up another HR in the top of the sixth, 6-3, Yanks.

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the sixth on a HR by Cameron Maybin (8) to make it 7-3.

They scored in the seventh on a walk to Gardner, single by Urshela and SF by Didi. 8-3.

Luis Cessa came in for the eighth, didn’t have it, and gave up two runs. Zack Britton had to bail him out. 8-5.

Aroldis Chapman got the save, with Urshela making a great play to end the game.

Urshela 3 hits, 2 RBI. HR (18) .328
Gregorius 4 RBI, a 3-run HR (9)
Torres solo HR (24)
Maybin solo HR (8)  .319

Paxton (W, 8-6, 4.40) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.  Gave up 2 HR.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K   2.92
Cessa 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.  3.99
Britton (H, 24) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.22
Chapman (S, 32) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.51

The 2020 Yankees’ schedule has been released. They open in Baltimore (way too early in my opinion) on March 26. Hope it doesn’t snow. They have interleague vs. the NL Central, as well as the home and home vs. the Mets. The Cubs, Pirates and Reds come to the Bronx, and the Yanks go to Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and St. Louis. They also have that Field of Dreams game Aug. 13, 2020 in Iowa vs. the White Sox. The home opener is April 2 vs. Toronto. They close the season with seven against the Astros, and then the Rays.

The Yanks also received good news on the injury front from Luke Voit, Dellin Betances and Luis Severino in their rehab work today.

 

 

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Game 107. Yanks win game 7-5, but do they lose out at the trade deadline?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (68-39) beat Arizona today, 7-5, but it seems like they won the game but lost out big at the trade deadline.

I’ll have another post dedicated to what happened or didn’t happen regarding the trade deadline.

Before the game, the Yanks put Luke Voit (sports hernia) and David Hale (lower back problem) on the IL. Voit’s could be a problem. If he requires surgery, he could be out six weeks, meaning not back until mid-September.

As for Greg Bird (sorry if I am shaking my head, or even laughing), he isn’t even close. He isn’t even doing baseball activities yet.

To replace Voit and Hale on the roster, the Yanks called up infielder Breyvic Valera and reliever Jonathan Holder.

As for the game.

The Yanks got two runs in the bottom of the second off of Zack Greinke (and there will be a lot about Greinke in the other post—teaser alert) when Gio Urshela doubled and Mike Tauchman hit his seventh HR of the season.

With the bases loaded and two out in the top of the fourth, Urshela made a great defensive play to save two runs. He would make another great play in the ninth.

Arizona scored three runs in the fifth and in so doing, knocked Tanaka from the game.

There was a slight rain delay, and it knocked Greinke out after five innings. Greinke soon would find out he was traded to Houston.

In the bottom of the seventh, Tauchman doubled with two out and Austin Romine hit a 2-run HR (4) to give the Yanks a 4-3 lead.

The Yanks got three more in the eighth. Aaron Judge and Edwin Encanacion got back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, with Judge going to third on Edwin’s single. Didi Gregorius grounded out, all runners advancing, and in Judge’s case, scoring. 5-3. Gleyber Torres doubled, 6-3. After Gio Urshela made an out, Cameron Maybin singled in Torres, 7-3.

Nestor Cortes, Jr. came in for the ninth, faced one batter, and gave up a HR. He was pulled for Aroldis Chapman, who gave up a run himself, but eventually closed out the 7-5 win.

Tauchman 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (7)
Romine 2 RBI, 2-run HR (4)

Tanaka 4 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 4 K.  4.78
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.    5.06
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.68
Ottavino (W, 4-3, 1.53) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Britton (H, 20) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.45
Cortes, Jr. 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  Gave up HR to only batter he faced.   4.39
Chapman (S, 27) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  2.81

 

Game 106. Yanks’ lose, 4-2. Trade deadline is today.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (67-39) returned to the Bronx, but the offense wasn’t much to be found as they lost 4-2 to Arizona Tuesday night. They have lost four of their last five games, and things don’t get easier with Zack Greinke on the mound for Arizona today.

With the loss, the Yanks’ lead over Tampa Bay is now 7 1/2. They remain 9 up on Boston.

Arizona scored right away off of J.A. Happ in the first inning on a pair of singles, a walk that loaded the bases, and a SF.

They made it 3-0 in the fourth on a HR, double and single.

The Yanks cut it to 3-1 in the sixth. Aaron Judge reached on a two-base error and scored on a double by Edwin Encarnacion.

But Luis Cessa gave up a HR in the seventh to the first batter he faced that made it 4-1 Arizona.

Tyler Wade, just up from SWB, and in the game when Luke Voit had to leave with an injury, hit his first HR of the season (only 2nd of his MLB career) to make it 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth.

Hopefully Voit is Ok. It looked like an oblique and the Yanks can’t afford to lose Voit right now while LeMahieu is still day-to-day. He will be undergoing an MRI for what is said to be a core muscle injury. Earlier in the game, Voit was HBP.  MLBTR reminds us that Voit already went to the injured list with an abdominal strain earlier this month, though he returned after missing the minimum amount of time. You wonder if this is related to that.

The Yanks only got five hits in the game.

Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI
Wade solo HR (1)
Urshela 2 hits (.312)

Happ (L, 8-6, 5.19) 6 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.91 Gave up 1 HR.

Things also don’t look promising as far as the trade deadline (4 PM today, Wednesday) goes. Target Trevor Bauer was dealt to Cincy by Cleveland. Bauer is a bit of a head case, but a good pitcher. It remains to be seen whether Cincy will now flip him, but we’ll see.

But as long as other teams have unreasonable demands (like asking for Gleyber Torres) for pitchers who really aren’t aces but middle to back of the rotation pieces who don’t have a long, good track record , the Yanks won’t be making a deal.

CC Sabathia stated that if elected and inducted into Hall of Fame, it’ll be with him wearing a Yankees’ cap. CC, expected to be a first-ballot choice, would be inducted in 2025.

C Ryan Lavarnway, who was with SWB most of the season, was released by the Yanks July 18. He joined the Reds, got into a couple of games, going 5 for 18, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 7 RBI, then was DFA’d this weekend. He cleared waivers and is now with the Reds’ AAA team.

Mike Roarke, a backup C for the Tigers from 1961-1964, passed away at the age of 88. He got most of his playing time for the 1961 Tigers as a 30 year old rookie. That team won 101 games but finished second, 8 behind the Yankees. Roarke was a .230 career hitter in 194 games.

 

 

Game 104. Pitching dooms Yanks again, 9-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Once again, pitching doomed the Yanks as their horrific week of poor pitching continues. Starters aren’t even getting through five innings. In the past seven starts, no starter has given five innings, and in those seven games, starters have given up 51 runs.

The taxed bullpen is hurting, too. The Yanks have given up 73 total runs in their last seven games. Ugh.

Yesterday, it was CC Sabathia who got lit up as the Yanks lost their third in a row to Boston, 9-5.

The Yanks’ (66-38) lead is down to 8 over Boston and 8 1/2 over Tampa Bay. And they have Chris Sale, a Yankee-killer, to face tonight.

And hopefully they won’t lose D.J. LeMahieu (groin strain) to the IL. He’s gone for an MRI.

Gio Urshela started the scoring with a solo HR, #11, in the top of the second. Gio was 4 for 4 for the day.

But Andrew Benintendi got a cheapie HR, hitting the Pesky Pole for what was listed by Statcast as a 310′ HR to tie the game. For years, it’s been said that it is 302 down the RF line at Fenway, but there never has been a marker. There also have been rumors that the distance is actually shorter. Anyway, tie game.

In the fourth, Luke Voit doubled and Urshela singled him in to make it 2-1 Yanks.

But Boston scored three in the bottom of the fourth, getting two of them on a J.D. Martinez HR, to go up 4-2.

The Yanks tried to fight back, scoring in the top of the fifth to make it 4-3. Aaron Hicks walked and scored on a double by Edwin Encarnacion.

CC got knocked out in the fifth after he gave up back-to-back doubles to make it 5-3.

Chad Green let the game get away, giving up three in the sixth and one in the seventh and it was 9-3 Boston.

The Yanks got two in the eighth to make it 9-5, the final score. Gleyber Torres singled, Urshela doubled, and Kyle Higashioka singled in the two runs.

Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI.
Voit 2 hits
Urshela 4 for 4, HR (11), 2 RBI  .306
Higashioka 2 RBI

Sabathia, who just turned 39 on July 21, and who is retiring after this season, has been stuck on 251 wins for a while. #252 would pass Bob Gibson on the all-time list, but win #251 came on June 24, over a month ago.

Sabathia (L 5-6, 4.78) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 0 W, 3 K.  Gave up 2 HR
Green 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.18
Cortes, Jr.  1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.17
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.59

On Saturday, July 20, Masahiro Tanaka pitched five scoreless innings before giving up five runs in the sixth and then leaving the game.

Since then:

Paxton         3 1/3 IP, 7 R, 4 ER
CC                 4 IP, 7 R, 6 ER
German       3 2/3 IP,  8 R
Happ            3 1/3 IP, 6 R
Tanaka        3 1/3 IP, 12 R,
Paxton        4 IP, 7 R
CC                4 1/3 IP, 5 R.

 

Ugh. The bleeding has to stop sometime, doesn’t it?

 

Game 103. Pitching woes continue in Yanks’ 10-5 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the third straight time, James Paxton gave up a HR to the leadoff hitter.

And this time, that leadoff hitter then proceeded to go deep two MORE times against Paxton.

Mookie Betts hit three HR, all in the FIRST FOUR INNINGS, off of Paxton, to lead Boston to a 10-5 win over the (66-37) Yankees Friday night.

The loss cuts the Yanks’ lead to 8 1/2 over Tampa Bay and 9 over Boston.

Paxton has struggled, while targets like Patrick Corbin, Gio Gonzalez, and Dallas Keuchel are doing Ok elsewhere. Three guys the Yanks could have had (they had Gio, but he opted out when there was no room in the rotation for him).

Also disheartening is when guys like Paxton or Sonny Gray have success elsewhere (and what do you think Gray would tell his former Vanderbilt teammate, Mike Minor of Texas, a trade target, about NY?) come to NY and don’t do well. In Gray’s case, now that he is out of NY, he’s doing well again. You could put J.A. Happ in that category for this year, but to be fair, Happ did pitch well last year for the Yanks before the playoff outing.

Another disheartening thing is not having some players, like Michael Pineda or Nathan Eovaldi, realize their potential while in pinstripes.

You may say, that some guys can’t pitch in NY. True. But when it happens over and over and over again, that pitchers good elsewhere come to NY and have difficulties, when do you start looking at the pitching coach, and not just blame it on NY?

Remember that Larry Rothschild was inherited by Aaron Boone. Boone picked some, not all, of his coaching staff. He inherited the pitching part, Rothschild and bullpen coach Mike Harkey.

If the Yanks don’t turn this abysmal week by the starting pitchers around, they not only could blow their lead (Boston worries me more than Tampa Bay, because the Rays have now lost Snell for a month) and if so, could Rothschild be on the hot seat? The next few months will be very interesting to see how the starting pitching does. Because if it continues to flounder as it has, it won’t be good. Changes would have to be made, and maybe not just the pitchers but also the coach. Maybe this is only a blip. We hope so.

For the first 14 games of July, the Yanks’ starter’s ERA was 2.88. In the last six games, an atrocious 15.61. The Yanks have given up 64 runs in their last six games. 10.66 per game. Amazingly, they won two of those games. No Yankee starter in the last six games has pitched in the fifth inning. None in seven games has pitched in the sixth.

Forget about any of these starters, even when they are going GOOD, pitching in the seventh, eighth or ninth. They just don’t do that.

One worry I have is this. Even if they rebound, and wind up with 100 to 105 wins, who, amongst all the starters in the rotation, do you absolutely trust to start a must-win postseason game? A fair question, I think. None are “old reliable” Andy Pettitte’s, El Duque’s, or David Cone’s.

With this bad stretch, the Yanks’ ERA+, which was about 110 most of the year, has dropped to 104, just 4% above league average. No starter has an ERA less than 4.00.

Tanaka 7-6, 4.79. ERA+ 93 (7 % below league average)
Happ 8-5, 5.23  ERA+ 86
German 12-2, 4.03  ERA+ 111 ( his youth and inexperience are a concern)
Sabathia 5-5, 4.50  ERA+ 99
Paxton 5-6, 4.72  ERA+ 95.

As I mentioned, which of these would you trust to start a must-win playoff game? It’s a huge concern.

One last thing before the game recap. Could it be that Boston sees some guys tipping pitches or has some Yankee pitching been too consistent in their approach? Rumors are that Severino was tipping pitches in Game 3 of the ALDS last year. Boston has pounded Tanaka this year, and Tanaka thought he made good pitches at some points the other night. Did Boston know what was coming? Paul O’Neill on WPIX last night mentioned Boston waiting for hard stuff inside from Paxton, got it, and creamed it.

Paxton’s line is strange. 9 K in 4 IP. But 4 HR given up, 3 to Betts, 7 runs allowed.

If guys ARE tipping, why isn’t the pitching staff seeing it? Remember that Chad Green was straightened out at AAA, not by the major league staff. Once sent down, he worked it out. Also, Jonathan Holder has had to go down. He also, couldn’t work it out at the big league level.

Could there be a problem with the pitching coach? Sorry, Rothschild, but that has to be addressed right now. To stop that, the starting pitching, once again, has to improve, and IMMEDIATELY.

Let’s remember that Gray took some parting shots at Rothschild on the way out to Cincinnati, where Gray is doing well. Could there be something to what Gray said?

And it’s not just Rothschild. Let’s remember that the Yanks lost out on possibly getting Verlander, Cole, Corbin, Keuchel, and Gonzalez, all of whom could certainly be helping right now.  If the Yanks would have just one of those right now…

So something is amiss with their pitching philosophy. Whether it is the coach, or the whole organizational approach of what is coached, who is targeted, what you’ll give up for a stud pitcher…

Anyway you look at it, corrections and improvements are necessary. The Yanks have two more games against Boston this weekend, and after two games against Arizona on Tuesday and Wednesday, have four more against Boston next Friday to Sunday, including a DH on Saturday. If they don’t turn it around, and FAST, Boston could be right back in it. Let’s just say Boston takes 6 of 8 in the games this weekend and next. The lead goes from 11 to 7. If they take 7 of the 8, it’s 5. Sweep and 3. Yankees’ fans don’t want 1978 in reverse. Yes, there is the wild card to fall back on, and that wasn’t there in 1978. We don’t want that. Win the division, avoid the wild card game.

This is the time to bury Boston, not have them rise from the dead. So far, the shovels have been put away. Boston has woken up.

As for making a trade, I am getting really discouraged that that may happen. Teams are asking for Gleyber Torres in any deal. That is a non-starter. The two-time All-Star, who has hit 20 or more HR in both of his MLB seasons, isn’t even 23 yet.

As for the game, Paxton gave up, as noted above, a leadoff HR to Betts, marking the third straight time he gave up a HR to the first batter of the game. He has had (like German) first inning woes all season. Then a single, strikeout and HR (by J.D. Martinez) and it was 3-0 already. After the week the Yanks have had, it was like here we go again.

A HR by Betts and an RBI triple by Martinez made it 5-0 after three innings.

Then Betts hits his THIRD HR of the game to make it 7-0 in the fourth.

The Yanks got a run in the sixth when with two out, they got consecutive singles by Encarnacion, Gregorius and Voit.

Boston got two in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-1. Betts doubled in one run and scored the other on another double. He was 4 for 5 with 5 RBI—3 HR and a double.

Before the game, Stephen Tarpley was sent down and Cameron Maybin came off the IL. Maybin walked to lead off the seventh, and went to third on a double by Mike Tauchman. Austin Romine singled in one run, and another scored when D.J. LeMahieu GIDP.

Boston got a run in the bottom of the seventh, 10-3.

The Yanks got two in the ninth before succumbing. Tauchman led off the inning with a single, and scored on a double by Romine. A walk to LeMahieu and an error on a ball hit by Judge loaded the bases. But then three consecutive outs ended the game. One out was a SF by Gregorius.

It is hard to win when you are giving up 10 or more runs a game.

Tauchman 3 hits
Romine 3 hits, 2 RBI

Paxton (L, 5-6, 4.72) 4 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 4 HR, 3 to Betts. Weird line.
Hale 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.89
Ottavino 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.59
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.57

The Yanks really could use a well-pitched, crisp victory right now. They are taking it on the chin right now.

July 27. The trade deadline is just four days away.

Is any pitching help coming from the outside? Or do the Yanks have to keep their fingers crossed that internal options who have been on the IL (Severino, Betances, Montgomery, Loaisiga) will be coming to the rescue?

 

 

 

 

 

Game 102. Red Sox Rout Yanks, 19-3. Tulo retires, Gardy to IL. Don Mossi dies.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Larry Rothschild, the Yanks’ pitching coach, has some work to do.

This turn around the Yanks’ rotation has been brutal. Brian Cashman will definitely be working the phones as the trade deadline looms.

The Yanks were able to get some wins, 14-12 and 10-7 over the Twins, even though the starting pitching stunk.

Not so tonight, when Masahiro Tanaka gave up seven runs in the third inning, could not give four innings, and was pulled after he gave up twelve runs.

Yes. TWELVE.

Stephen Tarpley came in,  and he gave up four more. Luis Cessa established some sense of normalcy with two scoreless innings, then Austin Romine had to close things out (as he did in that 16-1 playoff loss to Boston last year) by giving up three runs in his one inning of work.

The nineteen, (Yes, NINETEEN) runs Boston scored were the most ever by Boston against the Yankees.

Well, it’s just one game, the margin doesn’t matter. It’s not like Boston could make up an 11-game deficit in just this one game.

The Yanks (66-36) are up 9 1/2 on Tampa Bay, and 10 over Boston. The Yanks just have to split the series. If so, they stay 11 up on Boston, and four games come off the schedule.

Just don’t get swept and have Boston cut that deficit down to 7. Don’t give them hope.

But the pitching the past week or so has been a mess.

Get to work, Rothschild.

Voit 3 hits.
Higashioka solo HR (1)

Tanaka (L, 7-6, 4.79) 3 1/3 IP, 12 R, 12 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. UGLY OUTING
Tarpley 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K.   8.22   Good spring training, but has been awful.
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.96
Romine 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR.  27.00  Catcher used to close game, save BP.

Gardner to IL, Tarpley brought up.

Troy Tulowitzki announced his retirement. He only got into five games for the Yanks this year, going 2 for 11 with a HR.  Tulo, a 5x All-Star, won 2 Gold Gloves and 2 Silver Sluggers in his career with Colorado (2006-2015), Toronto (2015-2017) and the Yankees (2019). He retires with a .290 batting average and 225 HR. His 162 G Average .290-28-98, OPS+ 118. He was runnerup for ROY in 2007 when he helped the Rockies to the NL pennant, and had 3 top 10 MVP finishes 2009-2011. It’s a shame his career basically ended at the age of 31, three years ago.

Don Mossi, who many think was the inspiration for the Chief Wahoo logo the Indians used to have, died last week at the age of 90. With his hawk nose, and huge ears, many thought he WAS Chief Wahoo. Mossi pitched for the Indians 1954-1958, Tigers 1959-1963, White Sox 1964 and KC A’s 1965. He went 101-80, 3.43, ERA+ 115. The lefty was on the 1954 Indians team that won the AL pennant, and a 101 win 1961 Tiger team that finished second. He was 6-1, 1.94 with 7 saves for the 1954 Indians, and pitched four scoreless innings in three WS games against the NY Giants. He won 17 games for the 1959 Tigers and 15 for the 1961 Tigers. He was an All-Star in 1957. His 162 game average was 11-9, 3.43, ERA+ 115, 18 starts, 32 relief appearances.

 

Game 100. Hicks saves Yanks, pitching woes continue, Sanchez hurt in 14-12, 10-inning come-from-behind win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Where to begin.

Down to their last out, Aaron Hicks homered in the 9th to put the Yanks ahead, then in the 10th, made an unbelievable catch to save and end the game as the Yanks (65-35), won a wild, come-from-behind game, 14-12, Tuesday night.

Gary Sanchez, 0 for 5, 0 for his last 18, and 10 for his last 85 (.229), experienced tightness in his left groin, is headed for an MRI and could be headed to the IL.

Brett Gardner missed another game due to a sore knee.

The Yanks struck first, scoring two in the top of the first. Hicks walked, and with one out, Edwin Encarnacion doubled. With two out, Didi Gregorius, who went 5 for 5 with 7 RBI on the night, doubled in two runs.

But Domingo German gave up a run in the second. 2-1 Yankees.

The struggling Sanchez popped up with the bases loaded in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the third, German gave up back-to-back HR to begin the inning. After three innings, it was 3-2 Twins.

German struggled again in the fourth, giving up five runs. A double, a WP, and a single made it 4-2, Twins. Then a flyout. A single. Then his second HBP of the game loaded the bases. A groundout brought in a run. 5-2. Then a 3-run HR. 8-2, and German was finished, probably a batter or a couple of batters too late. David Hale came in, gave up a couple of hits, but then got the third out before any more damage was done.

But German was probably left in a batter or a couple of batters too late. But Boone probably didn’t want to go to the bullpen, because Paxton got knocked out early Sunday and CC knocked out early Monday. This is now three games in a row where the starter had a bad outing. Paxton 3 1/3 Sunday, CC 4 Monday, German 3 2/3 last night. Not good, and it accentuates the need for the Yanks to get pitching help.

You need length from the starters or the bullpen will burn out.

Didi hit a 3-run HR in the fifth (6) to cut the lead to 8-5.

The Twins came right back with a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 9-5.

After seven, it was still 9-5 Twins. Then things got crazy.

In the top of the eighth, the Yanks scored five times to take a 10-9 lead. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a walk. Gio Urshela doubled him to third. Mike Tauchman doubled, but Urshela couldn’t score, as he tug up in case of the ball being caught. 9-6. After Hicks stuck out, Aaron Judge doubled in two runs to make it 9-8. He missed a HR by maybe a foot or two. After Encarnacion struck out, Luke Voit walked, on a pitch that he probably got a break on. Didi Gregorius then doubled in two runs to give the Yanks a 10-9 lead. Twins’ manager Rocco Baldelli was then ejected for arguing balls and strikes, especially on the walk to Voit. Sanchez then grounded out to end the inning and apparently injured his groin in running to first.

But in the bottom of the eighth, Zack Britton gave up a massive, 457 ft. HR to Miguel Sano, a 2-run shot that put the Twins up, 11-10. It was the second HR of the game for Sano.

In the top of the ninth, with two out, Mike Tauchman walked. Hicks hit the first pitch for his 11th HR of the season to put the Yanks up 12-11.

The Twins’ hitting coach got ejected then, also for arguing balls and strikes.

To the bottom of the ninth, where Aroldis Chapman, like Britton the inning before, could not hold the lead. He walked the first three batters of the inning to load the bases. A SF tied the game at 12. A lineout to Hicks couldn’t bring in the winning run. Chapman then got out of the inning with a liner to Didi.

With one out in the top of the tenth, Didi singled, his fifth hit of the night. Austin Romine, in for the injured Sanchez, singled. Gleyber Torres singled to drive in Didi and put the Yanks up 13-12. After Gio Urshela flied out for the second out that couldn’t score the run, Torres stole second. A WP scored Romine to make it 14-12, Yankees.

But that nearly wasn’t enough.

Adam Ottavino got a strikeout to begin the bottom of the tenth, then walked two batters. Then came a forceout for out #2. Another walk loaded the bases, and in came Chad Green.

Max Kepler ripped a shot into the LCF gap that looked like a bases-clearing 3-run double that would give the Twins a 15-14 win, except that Aaron Hicks made a diving catch to end the game.

Unbelievable finish.

With the win, the Yanks (65-35) have a 10 game lead over both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox, as the Red Sox have caught the Rays and both are in a virtual tie for second. Boston at 56-46 has a .549 winning percentage, and Tampa Bay at 57-47 is at .548.

Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI, Game saving catch. Game saving HR (11)
Judge 3 hits, 2 RBI
Encarnacion 2 hits
Voit 2 hits
Gregorius 5 for 5, 7 RBI, 3-run HR (6)
Torres 2 hits, GW RBI
Tauchman 2 hits, RBI

The Yanks banged out 20 hits.

German 3 2/3 IP, 8 R, 9 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR.  4.03
Hale 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.34
Kahnle 1 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.75
Britton (BS, 4) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  2.63
Chapman (W, 3-2, 2.56; BS, 5) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K.
Ottavino (H, 24) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 1 K.  1.60
Green (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   4.58