It looks as if D.J. LeMahieu will lead the majors in batting average, and become the first person since 1902 to win batting titles in both leagues (Ed Delahanty). Luke Voit, meanwhile, will wind up leading the majors in HR. The last time teammates did that was in 1959, when Henry Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit .355 and teammate Eddie Mathews had 46 HR.
Both LeMahieu and Voit led the Yanks (33-26) to an 11-4 win over the Marlins yesterday. Heading into today’s final game of the regular season, the Yanks still don’t know if they will be the #5 or #8 seed or who they will play. Heading into today’s game, the Yanks are the #5 and would go to Chicago to play the White Sox. That all could change today, however.
Rookie Deivi Garcia got the win, giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He didn’t seem to pitch badly. The Marlins got what seemed a bunch of bloopers and bleeders off him for three runs in the third, and Adam Ottavino let an inherited runner score in the seventh before closing out that inning.
Down 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Yankees tied it up. With one out, Gary Sanchez walked and Tyler Wade hit his third HR of the year, a 2-run shot, to make it 3-2. It had been 190 at bats since a Yankee homered, a surprisingly long stretch for this power-laden team. After another out, Aaron Judge walked and scored when Giancarlo Stanton doubled.
The Yanks exploded for seven runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Gio Urshela walked and Aaron Hicks made it 5-3 with his sixth HR of the season. Clint Frazier was HBP, stole second, and Sanchez walked. Wade, who had homered in his previous at bat, laid down a sac bunt to move the runners up. It was the first and only sac bunt for the Yankees all year long. LeMahieu doubled in two runs to make it 7-3. After an out, Stanton walked, then Voit hit a 3-run HR, his 22nd of the season, and it was 10-3 Yankees.
After the Marlins made it 10-4 in the top of the seventh, the Yanks came right back with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Hicks singled, and one out later, Sanchez walked. After another out, LeMahieu singled to drive in Hicks.
LeMahieu 4 hits, 3 RBI .359 leads majors
Voit 3-run HR (22 HR leads majors)
Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (6)
Wade 2-run HR (3)
Garcia (W, 3-2, 4.98) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Ottavino 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.89
Yajure 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1.29
LeMahieu first Yankee to win batting title since Bernie Williams (1998).
Voit first Yankee to win HR title since Judge (2017).