John Sterling kept saying on the radio the last few days that he wanted to see the Yankees win 100 games; and most Yankee fans were rooting for it as well. But apparently the Yankee team thought differently. With Aaron Judge‘s pursuit of 62 homers accomplished, and the Yankees post-season schedule already set — manager Aaron Boone seemed to throw this game to the wind — prioritorizing trials for post-season roster spots over winning.
Jose Trevino (DH’ng) and Kyle Higashioka (catching) provided all the Yankee early offense, getting them out to a 2-1 lead. But the Rangers and poor Yankee defense got to Domingo German in the 3rd through 5th innings — sending him to the showers down 4-2.
Boone’s steadfast resting of Judge and Stanton seemed illogical as Stanton was just getting hot — homers in each of his last 3 games — and the Yankees have a long 1-week-plus layoff now as they don’t play in the Wild Card round.
By not playing, Judge gave up any attempt at winning the batting title and triple crown.
- Coming into the day, Judge was at .311, Luis Arraez was at .315.
- That meant that if Arraez went 0-4 he would be at .3127, and if Judge went 3-4 he’d be at .3135; if Judge went 3-5 he’d be at .3130.
- The Yankee and Minnesota games both started at 4 pm EST.
But Judge didn’t play and Arraez walked his first 2 times up, then doubled in the 3rd inning (Minnesota scored 10 runs in the first 3 innings) before being pulled in that 3rd inning to win the batting title with a .316 average.
NY ends the season at 99-63, winning the AL East by 7 games over Toronto. Texas finished 68-94.
1. Trevino & Higgy Lead Early Offense
Texas started Glenn Otto, a 26-yr-old 6’3 right hander who came in with a 6-10 4.72 record. The Yanks jumped on top against Otto in the 2nd when Oswald Peraza walked, Jose Trevino singled, and Kyle Higashioka singled in a run to give NY a 1-0 lead.
Higgy keeps on hittin' 👏 pic.twitter.com/7qbgie8vkp
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 5, 2022
German yielded a homerun to Charlie Culberson in the 3rd to tie the game but the Yanks jumped back on top 2-1 on a 395-foot homer to left by Jose Trevino in the 4th.
Hip, Hip, Jose! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/GQbAG6vVIG
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 5, 2022
2. Defense Deserts German
German pitched well early — then allowed the two solo homers for the 2-2 tie — and then had the Yankee defense fail him in the 5th.
Bubba Thompson then hit a grounder to 3rd that Josh Donaldson booted — it went past him as a run scored. Everyone including John Sterling and Jeff Nelson on the radio thought it was an error but they ruled it an RBI double.
A couple misplays by the Yankees give the Rangers the lead pic.twitter.com/hTRvybBsTS
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) October 5, 2022
Marcus Semien then singled in Thompson and it was 4-2 Texas.
German struck out Mark Mathias and was relieved at 70 pitches. He loses to go 2-5 3.61.
3. Yankee Pen Does Well
Aaron Boone seemed to be evaluating pitchers for the post-season roster as well as who would stay with the team for next year.
- Albert Abreu came in for German in the 5th and got the last 2 outs of the inning. He may have been auditioning for staying in the Yankee organization for next year.
- Miguel Castro pitched a shutout 6th. Recently back after having missed a month, it will be interesting to see if Castro is put on the post-season roster.
- Lou Trivino pitched a shutout 7th — he’ll definitely be on the post-season roster; and
- Lucas Luetge pitched a shutout 8th — but struggled through it — allowing 3 straight singles to begin the inning — luckily Josh Jung was thrown out at home by Oswaldo Cabrera. Luetge then got a strikeout and popout to end the inning. As Jeff Nelson pointed out on the radio — the Yanks may be making a decision for what lefthander to go to the post season with — Aroldis Chapman or Leutge; not both.
4. Yanks Do Not Pinch Hit Judge or Stanton
Down 4-2 the Yanks brought the tying run to the plate in the 7th, 8th, and 9th — but Boone refused to pinch hit Judge or Stanton. Stanton has been getting red hot — hitting a homerun in each of the last 3 games.
- In the 7th, Marwin Gonzalez singled with 2 outs — and Kyle Higashioka was left in as batter — he grounded out. Albiet if they pinch hit for Higgy, Trevino would have had to move over to catch, and NY would’ve lost the DH. If Stanton or Judge hit a homer though, it’d be a tie game.
- In the 8th, Anthony Rizzo walked with 2 outs — and Oswaldo Cabrera was the batter. Understandably, Boone let him bat and he flew out.
- In the 9th, Oswald Peraza walked with 1 out — bringing up two chances to tie it on a homer. But Boone did not pinch hit for Jose Trevino or Marwin Gonzalez, who flew out and struck out, respectively, for the old ballgame.