Before I get to the Yankees’ game, I need to mention a few other things.
First, a tragedy. Marlins’ ace Jose Fernandez was one of a few people killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. He was just 24. There were rumors that 4 teams, including the Yankees, were looking to trade for him in the off season. Fernandez was 16-8, 2.86 this season with 253 K. He was 38-17 in his short career with an ERA of 2.58. He already was one of the best starting pitchers in the game. He was the 2013 NL ROY, and already a 2x All Star. Who knows what more he could have done over the next 13 years or so.
Secondly, golfing legend Arnold Palmer passed away at the age of 87. My mom knew his wife. I think she went to school with Palmer’s future wife when both were about 14, 15 or so. It’s sad when a true humble gentleman like Palmer goes. Too many athletes today are narcissistic, self-centered brats. RIP to both Fernandez and Arnie.
As for the Yanks, they battled back to tie and take the lead in the top of the ninth, only to blow it in the bottom of the ninth, 4-3. The loss drops them to 79-76 with 7 games left.
No need to post an elimination number from the playoffs. It’s just a matter of time. They are 3-11 in their last 14 games.
Jose Bautista homered in the 4th to put Toronto up 1-0. Didi Gregorius tied it in the 7th with a HR (19).
In the bottom of the eighth, Toronto scored off Betances to go up 2-1.
That inning showed once again, one of two faults that Betances, as good as he is, has. One, he doesn’t hold runners on well. A big (6’8″) man with a deliberate motion and long stride to the plate, it’s easy to steal off of him. He also does not field his position well, especially with throws to the bases. This includes pickoffs.
The Yanks battled back and took the lead in the top of the ninth. Teix singled and was PR for. PH Butler singled and was PR for. Headley grounded out, moving both runners up. Mason Williams singled in a run. Ronald Torreyes hit a SF.
Betances (who I wrote recently as being out of gas) walked the lead off hitter to lead off the bottom of the 9th. Clippard came in, and it’s been a bad week for him. He gave up a single. 1st and 3rd, none out. A bunt single, and an error, tied the game and put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Clippard got a strikeout, then loaded the bases with an intentional walk to set up a DP. No DP. Edwin Encaracion singled to win the game.
Pineda 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 walks, 7 K. 4.78 Gave UP 1 HR.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.79 (Cubs/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 3.00
Clippard (BS, 3; L, 3-6, 3.73) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1K.
As for my football team today (not to mention my alma mater yesterday), ouch. Between the Yanks, those two football teams, and some personal things, what a lousy week.