Another Fun Day at the Ballpark — Aug 28, 2019: NY 7 Seattle 3

This was another fun day at the ballpark — fun for the Yankees and their fans. Gary Sanchez led off the scoring with a 2-run BLAST in the 1st inning — he had told Alex Rodriguez last week he felt he was going to go on a tear — and then the Yankees broke open a tie game with 4 runs in the 5th — led by the mighty home run bat of Mike Ford, and followed by an RBI single by DJ LeMahieu and a mighty home run off the bat of Aaron Judge.

Judge has been LOCKED in lately — 6 homers in his last 9 games.

It unraveled former Yankee prospect Justus Sheffield, who was looking ok going into the 5th but then met the Yankee lineup for the 3rd time. Some scouts question if he has the stuff to make it as a starter in the bigs. On the hill for the Yankees — James Paxton — the guy the Yanks got for Sheffield in this winter’s trade.

Paxton had great stuff and a 1-hitter through 5 innings, but 5 walks on 86 pitches. He needs to trust his stuff to hit the strike zone more, it would seem.

Chad Green came in and threw smoke for 2 innings — no hits, 3 strikeouts. And then it was Adam Ottavino and his nasty stuff from Brooklyn.

DJ LeMahieu added a monster shot in the 9th, and finally newcomer and former Mariner Cory Gearrin came in to eat an inning — 1 run on 2 hits — for the final 7-3 score. Gearrin is the new guy with the odd tip-toe balk windup that MLB baseball ruled was LEGAL on Tuesday, and told Aaron Boone that the umpire that ruled it illegal on Monday night was WRONG.


Aaron Judge hit 2 doubles to go along with the massive homer — 3 for 5 to raise his average to .277. He is tied for 27th in the AL. It would be nice to see him raise his average toward .300 by end of year — there are currently only 8 players in the AL hitting .300 or higher.

Gio Urshela 1 for 2 is batting .331, but was removed from the game due to feeling tightness in his groin. After the game manager Aaron Boone said that hopefully it wouldn’t be a big deal. Urshela is “this close’ to qualifying for the batting leaders.

DJ LeMahieu 2 for 5 is batting .335 a hair behind Mickey Brantley of Houston, also at .335 to lead the league.

Didi Gregorius — coming back from injury — was placed at shortstop with Urshela being removed from the game, moving Tyler Wade to 2nd base and LeMahieu to 3rd (from 2nd).

Houston won also, beating Tampa, and the Dodgers won — so the 88-47 Yanks remained tied with the Dodgers for the best record in baseball, .5 games ahead of Houston for best record in the AL, and 11.5 ahead of Tampa for the division. If the season ended today, the Yanks would have the home field advantage throughout the playoffs if they advance as far as the World Series.

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