“DAMN IT” yelled Alex Rodriguez, his voice clearly audible on TV, after his mile-high fly out to end the 3rd. Very rare when you hear a player’s voice on TV but the acoustics must have been just right.
He JUST MISSED it; it would’ve been 3-run homer, giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Instead it was a fly out to end the 3rd.
It ended up being the turning point of the game.
ARod didn’t miss it in the 6th — BELTING a 367-foot homer to left off Kevin Gausman to tie the game 1-1. It was his 30th homer of the year — his 3rd straight game with a homerun, and 4th game in last 5 where he’s hit a home run. He is Red Hot after a short slump at the end of August.
Yankees lost 2-1 after Chasen Shreve allowed a homer to Chris Davis in the 9th. This despite a terrific performance from Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched like an ace. His line:
Tanaka: 8 IP 6 H 1 R 1 ER 1 BB 10 K
“You hate to overuse terms like “stepped up” — but Masahiro Tanaka stepped up tonite. Terrific performance”, said Suzyn Waldman.
Gausman also pitched well. And Zach Britton was scintillating in the ninth — Yanks couldn’t touch him.
It was a HOT, HUMID night in the Bronx. 97 degrees F during the day and 88 degrees F at 9pm at night with an incredible 52 percent (and rising) humidity. That level humidity is sky-high for 90-degree F temps. People were sweating everywhere. In Queens, Serena Williams was beating her sister Venus at the US Open. In Staten Island, there was the smell of fire in the air on the HOT, HUMID late summer night.
The Blue Jays beat Boston 5-1 in extra innings at Fenway, so the Yanks fall to 1.5 games back of the division lead. Tonite CC Sabathia pitches. With a brace on his knee. Rooting for him like I rooted for John Wayne in True Grit.
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