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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).

 

Game 140. Great comeback ruined. Yanks lose 9-8 in 10.

Down 7-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks scored six runs to take an 8-7 lead. They watched Mariano Rivera get the first two outs in the top of the 9th. They watched him get to one strike away from ending the game.

Then they watched the game get away. Mo blew the save and the next inning Joba blew the win (with help from Cowboy Joe West, umpiring at first) and the Yanks lost 9-8 in 10 innings.

Ivan Nova started and Boston worked him over. He gave up two in the third but the Yanks tied it in the bottom half on a Cano 2-run double.

But Nova gave up a HR to Middlebrooks in the fourth. 3-2 Boston.

Nova only lasted 4 innings,  3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 3 K. But he threw 96 pitches. ERA to 3.02.

Here, and later, is where I question Girardi. Hughes was demoted to the bullpen, so why didn’t Joe use him for an inning or two? Instead, he brought in the rookie Claiborne, who has had a good year, but who hasn’t ever experienced this type of pennant-race pressure before. 0 Ip, 3 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. ERA to 3.33.

Joe said he “didn’t want to put Hughes in that situation” after he didn’t pitch out of the B/p all year. BS. You are 2 1/2 out of the last wild card spot. You have to go with your best, and… we’ll get to that in a bit. But here is one spot where he could have used Hughes for 2-3 innings and didn’t and the game got away.

He brought in Cesar Cabral. Boston/Yankees, pennant-race, September, and the kid’s 2nd major league game. Cabral did strike out the only batter he faced. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

Adam Warren for 2 2/3. 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 3.65.

7-2 going into the bottom of the 7th. Ichiro walked, Wells PH for Stewart & singled. Gardner singled in a run and then Wells stole 3rd (getting a favorable call, replays suggested he may have been out). Why Gardner didn’t go as well, I don’t know. Jeter walked to load the bases. Cano grounded into a force. 7-4. Soriano singled in a run, 7-5. Granderson doubled to make it 7-6. After A-Rod struck out, Overbay singled in two to give the Yanks an 8-7 lead.

Robertson had a 1-2-3 8th, 2 K. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.85.

Mo the 9th. He got a lineout and groundout and had 2 strikes on Napoli. One strike away from save #650. Napoli singled, left for PR Berry, who stole second and went to third on Romine’s throwing error. Drew tied it with a single.

1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.19.

In the bottom of the 9th, Soriano walked and was picked off first but the throw wasn’t good and he made it to second. SB. But then he was picked off second.

So for the 10th, in comes Joba, and you just KNEW the Yanks would then lose. Why not Hughes? (Kelley has a triceps issue and couldn’t pitch).

Joba 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. It appeared as if Shane Victorino went around for strike three but Cowboy Joe West, umping at first (bet he loved the nice long game) said Victorino held up. He singled in the game-winning run on the next pitch. Joba (L) 2-1, 4.38.

Logan finished. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.05.

Joba said something to West upon being removed and was ejected.

A tough loss. Had they hung on, and they were one strike away, they’d be only 1 1/2 back of the Rays for the last wild card spot b/c the Rays lost last night. Instead it remains 2 1/2 with 22 to go, and they are only 1/2 game ahead of the Orioles and Indians.

Once again, Derek Jeter didn’t look good to me, but looked tentative on those legs.

The Yanks stole six bases, even one by Overbay on the back end of a double steal.

Celts-Lakers. This is the 12th time.

The Celtics have won 9 of the previous 11 Finals meetings against the Lakers.

For the first occurence, 1959, the Lakers were still based in Minneapolis. The Celtics won in a sweep.

The Celts beat the Lakers in 1962 (Selvy’s missed shot) in seven and 1963 (Cousy’s last game as a Celtic; he unretired some six years later and played a few games as player-coach of the Cincinnati Royals) in six.

In 1965 the Celtics (fresh off the Eastern Conference “Havlicek Stole the Ball!” series against the 76ers) defeated the Lakers in five. It was back to a seven-game series in 1966, which featured Red Auerbach’s farewell to coaching.

1968 and the Celtics again. In Six.

1969 saw the Lakers have Wilt. Still the Celtics, this time in seven. Russell’s farewell.

After that, the teams didn’t meet in the Finals until the seven game 1984 matchup. Celtics again.

The Lakers then broke the skein in 1985 and 1987, both times winning in six.

Two years ago, the Celtics in six.

Baylor never won an NBA title. He retired halfway through the Lakers’ 1971-1972 title season, which was the only NBA title West won. West lost eight finals with the Lakers, winning only the one. Six of those losses were to the Celtics, the other two to the Knicks.