Yanks Out-HR BoSox; Everyone But Judge. NY 7 Boston 5

Gleyber Torres put the Yanks up 1-0 with a homer; Oswaldo Cabrera put the Yanks up 4-3 with a homer; and Anthony Rizzo put the Yanks up for good with a homer in the 7th to make it 7-5.

NY escaped a bases loaded, 2 outs situation in the 9th for the win — their 6th in a row — to go 93-58, 8.5 games in 1st ahead of Toronto with 11 games to play.

But Aaron Judge did not hit a homerun so all of that was ‘nice’.

Judge went 0-3 with a walk, and fell to 2nd place in the batting race; he’s at .314, a point behind Xander Bogaerts who went 2-4 in this game, and a point ahead of Luis Arraez, at .313.

The game was highlighted by a spectacular sprinting in and diving catch in centerfield in the 8th by Harrison Bader. “He can go get it out there. He’s got a really good arm,” said Rizzo afterwards. “Pitching and defense are going to get us to the promised land.”

1. Gleyber Continues to Hit

Aaron Judge took a strike 3 looking in the bottom of the 1st from Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta (who entered 10-11 4.35). The pitch was on the outside corner — a good one.

But Gleyber Torres got payback 2 batters later with his 24th homerun of the year; a bomb to left. Gleyber has been red hot — batting .312 with 6 HRs in September. He went 2-4 on the day and is now at .252 (.307 OBP).

2. German Did OK

Domingo German started for the Yanks — injected back into the starting rotation after Frankie Montas was recently put on the IL. Staked to the 1-0 lead, German gave it back in the top of the 2nd — a 2-run homerun to left by Triston Casas and a homer to right by Reese McGuire and it was 3-1 Boston.

It was pointed out on Twitter that Casas has 6 career hits and 3 are homeruns vs the Yanks. But Casas isn’t just anybody:

  • Casas is an elite prospect and homerun hitter — the 26th overall pick in the 2018 draft and currently the 25th highest ranked prospect in all of baseball.
  • This game marked the 6’4 power hitter’s 17th MLB game — 5 vs the Yanks.
  • Todd Frazier of Toms River NJ was the first to tell Suzyn Waldman that Casas was really good, after seeing him at a tournament a few yrs ago — said Waldman on the radio last week.

After the 2 homers in the 2nd, German settled down — pitching 1-2-3 innings in the 3rd and 5th, and shutout ball the rest of the way. His line: 5 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 5 K’s, 1 walk. Pretty good.

3. Kiner-Falefa Clutch Hit Gets Yanks Within 1

The Yanks got a run right back in the bottom of the 2nd on two walks and an Isiah Kiner-Falefa single to make it 2-1. Harrison Bader was thrown out at 3rd on a questionable call that the Yanks lost the challenge on.

4. Cabrera HR Vaults Yanks Ahead

Oswaldo Cabrera and his QUICK BAT put NY ahead 4-3 with a 2-run BLAST to right center in the 4th.

5. Trivino Bails Out Britton

The Yanks tacked on an insurance run in the 5th on a Josh Donaldson infield single for an RBI, and then brought in Zach Britton for his first outing of the season in the top of the 6th.

Britton was rusty — a walk, single, strikeout, walk loaded the bases, and then he walked Casas for a run to make it 5-4.

Despite the horrid results, Britton felt good about his first time on a major league hill in a year. “It was good. Very anxious warming up and stuff,” said Britton afterwards. “Good to get that one out of the way. Felt fine afterwards. Now it’s about obviously putting together good outings, improving the command, the stuff was actually ok. The velocity up ticked; movement was good so it’s just a matter of commanding it.”

Lou Trivino came in with bases loaded, 1 out, and struck out Bobby Dalbec and got McGuire to ground out to end the inning. Huge performance by Trivino.

But Trivino allowed a leadoff single in the 7th, and after getting a strikeout was yanked for Lucas Luetge, who allowed an infield single to Bogaerts and RBI single to Alex Verdugo for tie game 5-5, before getting the final strikeout.

6. Rizzo Wins It

To the bottom of the 7th — a walk to Aaron Hicks and then Judge up — he fouled off two 2-2 pitches before checking his swing on ball 3 but the umps called it a swing for strike 3 — pissing off Judge and all of Yankee Stadium.

But one batter later Anthony Rizzo got a little bit of redemption with a BLAST DEEP into the bleachers in right center.

7. Yank Bullpen Saves It

Lucas Leutge allowed the first two runners on in the 8th but Clarke Schmidt came in and got strikeout, lineout, ground out. Schmidt was helped by a spectacular play by Harrison Bader on the lineout.

Scott Effross pitched the 9th — his first game back in a month — and he got into trouble — bases loaded, 2 outs, before getting a grounder to Falefa who touched 2nd for the old ballgame.

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