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NLCS Game 3. Long time coming? Washington 1 win away from WS.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Washington, D.C. has been part of three World Series—in 1924, 1925 and 1933, when the original Washington Senators (who became the Minnesota Twins in 1961) won the AL pennant in those years, and the World Series in 1924. Walter Johnson, near the end of his career, was on the 1924 and 1925 teams.

The current Washington Nationals team came from Montreal, where from 1969-2004 they were the Montreal Expos. This franchise has never made it to the World Series.

They are one win away after an 8-1 win over the suddenly punchless St. Louis Cardinals. The Nationals lead the series three games to none and could make it a sweep tonight.

Houston has their threesome of Verlander, Cole and Grienke, but Washington’s trio of Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin is right up there.

Strasburg went seven, and gave up just one unearned run while striking out 12.

Howie Kendrick, whose grand slam in Game 5 of the NLDS doomed the Dodgers, had 3 hits and 3 RBI last night.

Long-time National Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs.

Game 4 of this series is tonight.

Game 3 of the ALCS between the Yanks and Astros is at 4 this afternoon.

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Game 3: Yanks sweep Twins, 5-1, to advance to ALCS. Other series still going on.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees beat the Twins, 5-1, Monday night to sweep the series and advance to the ALCS.

Of the four teams who had a chance to close out the series yesterday, only the Yanks did so.

The Twins have now lost 16 straight postseason games, 13 to the Yankees. The Yankees have beaten the Twins in every postseason match-up against them.

Gleyber Torres got the scoring started with a HR in the top of the second. 1-0 Yankees.

Luis Severino threw four shutout innings, but they were not clean. He got out of a bases-loaded, no out jam in the second. For the game, the Twins were 1 for 12 w/RISP.

The Yankees’ defense was superb. Gleyber Torres made a couple of fine plays, teaming up with D.J. LeMahieu on one of them. D.J. made a superb catch of a liner. Didi Gregorius made a diving catch, and Aaron Judge also chipped in with several fine defensive plays. Those fine plays saved runs and broke the Twins heart.

In the third, Gio Urshela led off with a double and scored two outs later on a Brett Gardner single. 2-0.

Severino got out of another jam in the bottom of the third.

In the seventh, Torres doubled and scored one out later on a single by Didi.

The Twins got a run on a HR in the eighth to cut it to 3-1.

The Yankees put the game away in the ninth when Cameron Maybin homered to make it 4-1, then Torres doubled, stole third, Sanchez walked, and Didi singled in another run. 5-1.

Maybin solo HR
Torres 3 hits. 2 doubles, solo HR.  Hit .417 in the three games. Huge hits.
Gregorius 2 hits, 2 RBI.  Big in Games 2 and 3.

Severino 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K.  In and out of trouble
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Ottavino 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  See below.
Green (WINNER) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Britton (H, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman (S) 1 1/3 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.

Concerns? For the second time in the series, Ottavino faced just one batter and walked him.

Britton was removed after twinging his ankle but should be ok for the ALCS. The Yanks have four days off until the ALCS begins on Saturday. If the Yanks face Houston, the game will be in Houston, and if they face Tampa Bay, the game will be in NY.



Houston lost to Tampa Bay, 10-3, as Zach Greinke got lit up, giving up 3 HR, 6 runs, and getting knocked out in the fourth. Houston leads the series two games to one. Tampa Bay hit 4 HR in the game.  Game 4 tonight at 7 Eastern.

In the NL… (both series will conclude Wednesday).

Washington got a superb outing from Max Scherzer to even the series up at two games each. The final was 6-1 over the Dodgers. Anthony Rendon 3 RBI, Ryan Zimmerman a 3-run HR.

Yadi Molina tied the game in the eighth with a single and won it in the tenth with a SF as St. Louis edged Atlanta 5-4 to even that series at two games each. Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna had back-to-back HR for the Cardinals, and Ozuna hit 2 HR in the game.

The minors tonight, and some injury news.

Before I get to the minors, some news. Reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton will be out 6-8 weeks with a broken arm. He tried to tag from third on a foul pop that the third baseman and catcher converged on. When the pitcher wasn’t covering home, Hamilton tried to score. The catcher got back to make the tag on Hamilton, who slid head first. Hamilton got the broken arm out of it.

Texas faces the Yanks this weekend. Hopefully the Yanks take advantage of a) no Hamilton and b) Garcia may not have to face Texas but be pushed back.

Meanwhile other star is out with a side issue. Ryan Zimmerman of the Nats goes on the DL.

Lastly, I’m reminded of a quote by the great Joe McCarthy in which he said never to fall below .500 if you could help it.

Well, as of now, Boston needs a seven-game win streak to get to .500. They fall, now 2-9. 

AAA: SWB wins 5-3. Brackman went 5, 3 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 2 K. No-Decision. Lance Pendleton, a rule-5 returned to the Yanks, got the win with three innings of scoreless relief. Kevin Whelan an inning for the save. The RED-HOT Jesus Montero was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles. He’s now at .480 (12 for 25). There were 2 SB off Brackman/Montero tonight, but you can’t tell who is at fault just from the boxscore. Jorge Vazquez was 4 for 5 with 2 RBI.        

AA: Trenton only got two hits in a 7-0 loss. Although the Yanks DL’d Ayala, and only have one lefty (Logan) in the bullpen, I can’t see them bringing up Garrison for Garrison pitched tonight. He started and took the loss, 5 R in 3 1/3. A scoreless IP for ambidextrous Pat Venditte. Brad Suttle had both of Trenton’s hits. Austin Romine had the night off.

High A: A 4-2 loss for Tampa. Brett Marshall gave up 3 R in 5 IP. HR for CF Neil Medchill. 3B Rob Lyerly (.385) with 2 hits and an RBI.  

Low A: Charleston got absolutely hammered, 15-0. Not much to report on this one. Gary Sanchez had the night off. JR Murphy caught and went 0 for 3. The Riverdogs committed 5 errors. Shane Greene started, gave up 7 R in 3 IP. The eight runs that followed were all unearned. Downright poor.   

 

Game 103. Yanks, 5-4. Robbie keeps Yanks in front…alone. Makes MVP case.

From Bryan Hoch’s Bomber’s Beat. A-Rod talking about Cano:

“When you do things like he did tonight, that’s certainly the look and the taste and the feel of an MVP. That was a huge, huge hit against their closer, on the road, trying to protect first place. It doesn’t get any bigger than that.”

Robbie Cano’s top of the 9th HR gave the Yanks a 5-4 win over the Rays. With the win, the Yanks go up 2 games on the Rays in the AL East. Had they lost, it would have been a flat-out tie for the lead.

Cano had 2 doubles in addition to his HR. The HR enabled Cano to remain tied with Teixeira for the team lead (21), as Teix had a big HR himself tonight. With the Yanks down 3-1, Teix’s 2 run bomb tied the game.

Backtracking a bit, Javy Vazquez gave up a run in the first. Double by Jaso, great drag bunt for a hit by Crawford, SF.

The Yanks tied it in the 2nd. A-Rod (I didn’t think he was pressing until game 7 after 599 or so, but feel as if he is pressing now) walked and then Cano hit the first of his two doubles. Granderson tied it with a SF.

TB went up 2-1 in the third on a triple and a Crawford single. On the triple by Jaso, Gardner thought he had a shot, dove for the liner but came up empty.

TB went up 3-1 in the 5th. These Rays are tough and worry the heck out of me, especially if the Yanks face them in the ALCS. Good baseball. Double by Upton, sac and a SF. Great little ball to get a run. With Garza pitching, 3-1 seemed huge.

Then the aforementioned HR by Teix in the 6th to tie it.        

Javy gave it right back however, as Joyce, the same guy who killed the Yanks with his blast last night, hit one to put the Rays up 4-3.

The Yanks came right back in the 7th as Swisher hit #20 to tie it.

The Yanks only got six hits tonight, but three of them were HRs in the 5-4 win. The final one was Cano’s top of the 9th blast.

Berkman played, hit 2nd as DH but seemed to be pressing in his first game as a Yankee. Three pop ups.

Javy wasn’t great, but didn’t suck either. He basically kept the Yanks in the game. 6 1/3, 4 R, 8 H, 1 W, 3 K. Like I said. Not great, but … a ND. ERA goes up to 4.61.

Logan finished the 7th. 2/3, ERA 3.47.

Robertson got the win. (2-3). He looked great, 1-2-3 with 2 K. Nothing against Wood, but I kind of hope Robertson gets the 8th for now. 4.42 ERA and he is really looking good right now. Break Wood in slowly. Entrust the 8th to D-Rob. Maybe he keeps it. He was on tonight.

Mo the 9th. What can I say? Save # 22 and the ERA goes to 0.93.   Save #548 of the great one’s career. I mean…. 0.93? At the age of 40 years, 8 months and 2 days?

Cano had three of the Yanks six hits tonight. Two doubles and the GW HR. Hence the MVP endorsement from someone who has 3 MVPs himself in A-Rod.

A-Rod about himself (from Bombers Beat):   

“The way I’m swinging now, it’s probably going to take a while. Everybody get comfortable.  I’m just glad to be out there helping the team somehow. I scored a run. People are asking me about home runs. I’m asking for a hit-by-pitch, infield hit, bunt single, error. I’ll get on base anyhow. The home run will come.” 
I like the statement. I didn’t think Alex was pressing his first six or seven games after the HR but think he may be now. I like his attitude in the statement. Take what they give you. Man on 2nd, I’ll take the single and RBI. Man on 3rd, I’ll take the SF.
Truthfully, I have read where Girardi doesn’t plan on giving Alex a day off until after #600. I think that is a mistake and go by history here. First off, guess what Roger Maris did in 1961 after hitting #60? He took a day off. He needed it.
Maybe Alex needs it. Maybe the HR comes when you least expect. In 1969, Willie Mays got his as a PH.
So give him a day where he doesn’t have to think about #600. Start Pena at third…maybe late in the game Alex needs to PH for Pena….and maybe at that time, since he hasn’t been thinking about it….he hits it.
…and maybe then, gets on a HR roll.
Can’t hurt?
Saw the ends of two games. The difference between having Mo or having someone else. The Phils blew it as Lidge gave up a walkoff to Ryan Zimmerman. They can get Oswalt, fine…but the endgame is still a mess. I’m cool as a cucumber when Mo comes in. Phillie fans with Lidge? Not so.
Then there are the Tigers. Swept by the Rays. Now up in Boston. Big Fatty kills them last night. So what happens? Leyland entrusts the game in the 9th to Phil Coke. Coke was NOT it today as HE blows the game in the 9th….to Big Fatty again. Sheesh.    

Game 33. Yanks top Jays 8-2. The Road Runner shows pop.

Hmm…Brett Gardner hitting 7th?

The Road Runner hit like a #7 hitter tonight though, hitting his first career HR and adding a triple to boot. His three RBI almost matched his season high going into the game.

Teixeira, with 2 hits and 2 RBI, got his average over the Mendoza line. All the way to .202.

Pettitte went 6, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned. Career win #218 ties him with Bob Caruthers (no, not the guy that was on “Love that Bob” for you old-time TV fans) and Earl Whitehill. You are forgiven if you never heard of them. Whitehill was the ace of the 1933 Washington Nationals (not officially the Senators until 1956). That was the last Washington team to win a pennant.

Aceves went two scoreless. Nice job. Albaladejo pitched a sloppy 9th. Walking two batters while you have a six-run lead is unforgiveable. 

In another game, Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals had his 30 game hitting streak snapped today. A great achievement. But it just makes you appreciate Joe D.’s streak all the more, for he was a whopping 26 games short. Think of it. No one has come closer than 12 games to Joe D. That was Pete Rose in 1978 with a 44 game streak. Not within 12 games.

There are some records that I believe won’t be touched. 511 wins. 56 game hitting streak. 16 CG shutouts in a season. Those are three of them.

I also believe that the controversial and troubled Denny McLain will wind up being the last 30 game winner.