There was nothing left to root for. The post season was set, and home field advantage in the post season was set. DJ LeMahieu was not going to win the batting title. There was nothing important left to root for. Even a win held no significance. Many Yankee fans were watching the Giants game, with new quarterback Daniel Jones leading them to their second straight victory, 24-3 over the Redskins.
- There was the team home run record. Minnesota and NY were neck and neck.
- Masahiro Tanaka would be pitching and you wanted to see him pitch well in his last start before the playoffs.
- Didi Gregorius entered the game batting .240 so needed a hit to stay away from the .230’s
- Aaron Judge came in batting .272 so needed a hit to stay in the .270’s.
- DJ LeMahieu needed 3 hits for 200 and came in batting .329 so it would be nice if he batted .330.
Aaron Judge hit a homerun and finished with a .272 average. The Yanks failed at all of the rest of the above — although Tanaka wasn’t terrible — he struggled through 3 innings, allowing 5 hits, but only 1 earned run.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 29, 2019
LeMahieu went 0-3 and finished at .327. Didi went 0-3 and finished at .238. And Minnesota took the all time home run record for a team in a season. Giancarlo Stanton came up in the 9th with a runner on and a chance to tie Minnesota, but ended the game with a whiff.
Former Yank Lance Lynn (16-11 3.67) shut the Yanks down into the 8th inning — he pitched 7.1 innings allowing 2 hits, striking out 10. The Yanks finished with only 3 hits — besides Judge’s homer there was a single by Gary Sanchez and a single by Clint Frazier.