Brushing off from their dust-up in Detroit, the New York Yankees took care of business and jumped on major miscues made by the Seattle Mariners. By taking two of three, the Bronx Bombers are picking up steam and games in the standings, winning four of their past five series.
For one night the Yankees reverted back to the June swoon style of frustrating baseball, falling 2-1 in extras.
STRUGGLES WITH RISP
Leaving runners on base is one thing because if you get a lot of players on base, it only makes sense you’re going to leave a lot more on base. Yet, the lineup struggled with runners in scoring position and it proved costly in the end. New York loaded the bases on three occasions and couldn’t convert. The club went 0-for-12 with RISP.
Heck, it took a great base running read by Aaron Judge and a botch by Guillermo Heredia on a Didi Gregorius double to plate the Yanks lone run of the evening in the eighth.
DUB STEPS UP
CC Sabathia looked strong and in vintage stopper form. It’s hard to believe he was all but left for dead. Instead, Sabathia provided the squad with his finest outing of the season, twirling seven innings with six strikeouts. His only blemish was a solo homer to Mike Zunino in the fourth.
Some say Aroldis Chapman is undergoing a Cuban missile crisis. I would argue it’s more like a North Korean missile crisis, in that most of his missiles wind up as bombs which land in the ocean. With Chapman on in the eleventh, Yonder Alonso took him to deep center for the go-ahead difference making homer.
Bronx Missile Crisis pic.twitter.com/eqNRZYnIer
Power pitching, power hitting and some added reinforcements helped the Yanks double up the M’s 6-3.
CHIEF KNOCK A HOMER
Jacoby Ellsbury absolutely owns Yovani Gallardo. His single to left gave the Yankees a 1-0 advantage in the second and it would’ve been two if Greg Bird made a normal slide at home plate.
The center fielder was back for more with a three-run homer to right in the fourth, making it 4-1.
SMOOTH SAILING SONNY
Sonny Gray was mostly on cruise control throughout the afternoon. Aside from surrendering a solo homer to left to Carlos Ruiz, Gray kept M’s hitters off balance, fanning nine across seven frames.
Aside from the baserunning, Bird had himself a nice return, collecting two walks, a hit and scoring a run.
Starlin Castro also displayed some jump off his bat with a two-run single to left in the seventh.
With New York’s two, three and four hitters combining to go 0-for-12, the lengthening of the lineup mattered big time.
Unlike the evening before, the Yankees got themselves a closer performance out of Dellin Betances. Betances fanned two in a flawless ninth, recording his tenth save of the campaign.
The series finale began as a comedy of errors and ended with a laugher in a 10-1 Yankees victory.
ERRORS MAKE TOM EMANSKI CRY
The first inning was not exactly a fielding clinic. In the top half, Alonso was able to move to second on an error by Hicks in left-center and would later come around on a Nelson Cruz double.
Yet, it was nothing compared to the botch job by the M’s fielders in the bottom half.
Facing Andrew Albers, Castro set the table with a one-out double to deep right. Sanchez followed with a single to left, advancing to second on a boot by Ben Gamel and Castro scored on the play. Following a walk to Judge, Gregorius reached first after a muffed pop up by Jean Segura at shortstop. A ball hit to third by Headley was booted by Kyle Seager at third, plating Sanchez.
With two down, the red hot Ellsbury doubled to left, Gregorius would score and so too would Headley on a throwing error by Segura, which also enabled Ellsbury to advance to third. Torreyes capped off the scoring with a RBI-single to third.
Jacoby Ellsbury stays RED-HOT with 2 more RBI as the Mariners commit 5 errors in the first… pic.twitter.com/3iTLyK75kt
Add it all up and after the M’s committed five errors, the Yanks jumped ahead to a 6-1 advantage.
Maybe they were up late watching the fight? ¯_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/0dh4x9HkIR
RIGHT SIDE BRIGHT SIDE
Already making a huge impact, Castro added a RBI-single to center in the third.
That's a 4-hit day for All-Starlin, matching a career high! pic.twitter.com/xnG0Tqpl51
Pinch-hitting in the seventh, Bird notched a RBI-single to right.
Welcome back, Bird!
Bird gets us in double digits with a pinch-hit, 2-run single and it's 10-1! pic.twitter.com/JObIJBSqa1
If these two keep clicking and stay hot through September, it’s goodnight Irene, the Yankees are winning the AL East.
WHY EVEN HAVE REPLAY?
Or change the rules for that matter? It didn’t have an impact on the final score but a ground ball to first by Cano in the third should’ve been ruled a double play with Segura not even close to second base. Segura was clearly way inside the baseline, on the grass but even with replay, Cano was able to remain at first.
Masahiro Tanaka was downright filthy on the bump. For the third straight game, the pinstripes received seven solid frames from a starting pitcher. Scattering six hits, while yielding one run, Tanaka whiffed 10 M’s and recorded his tenth victory of the campaign.
Masa settled in and tossed a GEM. 💎
7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 10 K. pic.twitter.com/7LyCkXCYY4
At 70-59, the Yankees play host to the Cleveland Indians for a three-game set starting Monday night.
Pitching probables Corey Kluber vs. Luis Severino, Trevor Bauer vs. Jaime Garcia, Ryan Merritt vs. CC Sabathia