Yankees hammer Bundy for 7-4 win in series opener with O’s


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If the Yankees were tired after playing Sunday night in New York, it didn’t show Monday afternoon in Baltimore. The Yankees rallied from behind to pick up an important 7-4 win against the Orioles during the Labor Day matinee. The O’s are now 4.5 games back in the wildcard race. It’s a holiday weekend, so let’s recap this game with bullet points:

  • Monty’s Short Start: It’s very clear right now the Yankees either have Jordan Montgomery on a tight leash or they don’t want him going through the lineup three times, or both. I guess that makes sense considering how they’ve been working to control his workload. Montgomery threw only 67 pitches in 4.2 innings Monday. He allowed three runs — Tim Beckham hit a solo homer and Chris Davis hit a two-run homer — and Jonathan Schoop was at the plate representing the tying run when Joe Girardi came and got him. I don’t know if Montgomery’s hitting a wall or what, but the last few outings have been a grind.
  • The Comeback: Dylan Bundy surrendered only two walks in the first three innings, but the Yankees forced him to throw 55 pitches, and their at-bats were noticeably better the second time through the lineup. Starlin Castro opened the fourth with a single, and Didi Gregorius brought him home with a two-run home run over the high wall in right field. It hit the railing at the top of the wall, so it just barely cleared. Two walks (Aaron Judge and Todd Frazier) and a run-scoring single (Jacoby Ellsbury) followed to tie the game 3-3. Bundy threw 93 pitches in four innings. Buck Showalter sent him out to start the fifth, and a single (Chase Headley) and a homer (Castro) later, the Yankees had a 5-3 lead. The Yankees forced Chris Sale and Bundy to throw 207 pitches in 8.1 innings combined the last two games.
  • Insurance Runs: The Yankees drew ten walks in this game. Ten! Three walks led to two insurance runs in the seventh inning. Frazier and Ellsbury started the inning with free passes, Austin Romine bunted them up, and Brett Gardner got a run home with a ground out — Beckham had to move to his left to field it, and after a slight hesitation, Frazier broke for home — and following another walk (Headley), Castro singled in another run. I was surprised Headley didn’t score from second on the Castro single with two outs, but whatever.
  • Bullpen On Parade: Seven up, seven down, four strikeouts for Chad Green, who now owns a 41.7% strikeout rate and a 6.9% walk rate in 59.1 innings (1.97 ERA and 1.83 FIP). He’s been a monster all season. In games like this, when the starter goes short, Green is invaluable. David Robertson made things interesting with back-to-back walks leading off the eighth, but two strikeouts and a ground ball later, the inning was over. He broke out some nasty curveballs to escape the jam. Dellin Betances gave up a garbage time solo homer to Wellington Castillo in the ninth, but nothing else. The bullpen: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K.
  • Leftovers: Three hits for Castro and one each for Headley, Gregorius, Judge, Frazier, and Ellsbury … Frazier and Ellsbury each drew two walks as well … tough day for Gardner and Greg Bird, both of whom went 0-for-5 … and finally, Judge drew his 100th walk of the season in the second inning, which is nuts. He’s the eighth rookie in history with 100+ walks and the first since Jim Gilliam in 1953. Judge drew his 101st, 102nd, and 103rd walks of the season in this game as well. He’s the first Yankee with 100 walks since Jason Giambi had 110 in 2006.

Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Don’t miss our Bullpen Workload page. The Yankees and Orioles will continue this three-game series with the middle game Tuesday night. CC Sabathia and Jeremy Hellickson are the scheduled starting pitchers.

Game 137: Quick Turnaround

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(Rich Schultz/Getty)

Last night’s win was one of my favorite games of the season, but because baseball can be a real jerk, the Yankees have a quick turn around today and can’t enjoy it too much. They’re in Baltimore for a Labor Day matinee after playing a night game in New York last night. I’m sure Jordan Montgomery, today’s starter, flew ahead and got a good night’s sleep. The rest of the team? Not so much.

Anyway, this three-game set against the Orioles is pretty darn important. The Yankees currently sit in the first wild card spot and are two games up in the Twins, and 3.5 games up on both the Angels and Orioles. You know Buck Showalter wants to make up a lot of ground these next three days. The Yankees haven’t won a series at Camden Yards since September 2013. Seriously. Would be nice to get off the schneid this week. Here is the Orioles’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Chase Headley
  3. 2B Starlin Castro
  4. SS Didi Gregorius
  5. RF Aaron Judge
  6. 1B Greg Bird
  7. 3B Todd Frazier
  8. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  9. C Austin Romine
    LHP Jordan Montgomery

Great baseball weather in Baltimore today, according to the internet. The sky is clear and it warm but not oppressively hot. This afternoon’s series opener will begin at 2:05pm ET. YES will have the broadcast. Enjoy the game.

Suspension Update: Gary Sanchez‘s suspension was reduced to three games and he begins serving it today. He can work out with the Yankees and all that, but he can’t be in the ballpark during the game. There’s a pretty good chance Gary was going to sit today anyway — it’s a day game in Baltimore after a night game in New York, and he’d caught each of the last four games, including a day game Saturday after a night game Friday (plus Romine is Montgomery’s personal catcher) — so he’s really only missing two games. No word on Romine’s suspension yet, though I imagine he’ll begin serving it after Sanchez’s suspension ends.

Roster Move: Tyler Wade has been called up, the Yankees announced. They now have 31 players on the active roster. Wade is the de factor fourth outfielder until either Aaron Hicks or Clint Frazier returns from the disabled list. The minor league regular season ends today, so Wade finished with a .310/.382/.460 (136 wRC+) batting line and seven homers and 26 steals (in 31 attempts) in 85 games with Triple-A Scranton. Unless Twins journeyman Matt Hague can miraculously add 15 points to his batting average today, Wade won the International League batting title by a large margin. He’s also only three points off the OBP lead.

News: The Yankees announced today they are donating $100,000 to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and the Yankees players themselves have pledged $9,000 per win the rest of the season. That’s another reason to root for a great September and a run to the AL East title. Also, the Yankees and Red Sox will auction off autographed items from last night’s game — including all game-worn jerseys — with all the proceeds going to the relief effort. Here are the Yankees and Red Sox auctions.

9/4 to 9/6 Series Preview: Baltimore Orioles

Schoop and Machado. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Schoop and Machado. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The Last Time They Met

The Yankees swept the Orioles in Yankee Stadium way back in June, outscoring them by 30 runs over three games. By the time that series was over the Yankees were 37-23, and were in the running for the best team in baseball. Some notes from the series:

  • The Yankees hit twelve home runs in the series as a whole – Aaron Judge and Starlin Castro hit three apiece, Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez had two each, and Didi Gregorius and Matt Holliday both chipped in one.
  • Judge was leading the league in the Triple Crown categories at the end of the series, batting .344 with 21 home runs and 47 RBI. He also hit this home run, which is still the longest of 2017.
  • While the offense was the story of the weekend, the contributions of the Yankees young starting pitchers shouldn’t be overlooked. Jordan Montgomery (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K) and Luis Severino (7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K) appreciated all of the run support, but they pitched more than well-enough to win on most nights.

Check out Katie’s Yankeemetrics post for more fun statistics from the series.

Injury Report

The Orioles are relatively healthy right now. Craig Gentry just hit the disabled list with a fractured right finger, but the team is expected to otherwise be at full-strength for this series. J.J. Hardy has been on the DL since mid-June, for what it’s worth, but he’s expected to return today or tomorrow.

Their Story So Far

Baltimore is 70-67 and just 1.5 games out of the Wild Card game, despite a -23 run differential. They’ve won 8 of their last 10, a stretch that includes back-to-back sweeps of the Mariners and Red Sox, and they look far smarter for buying at the deadline than they did at the time.

Tim Beckham, of all people, was their big trade deadline acquisition. He’s batting .364/.385/.587 in 32 games with the Orioles, and he has slotted into the top of their lineup with gusto. Beckham is best known for being something of a bust with the Rays, posting a 97 wRC+ in his first three seasons in the majors, and never putting up the sort of jaw-dropping numbers in the minors that one would expect from a player of his stock. He’s still only 27, though, and he has a 115 wRC+ in 493 PA this year.

The Lineup We Might See

Buck Showalter has had a fairly steady hand with his lineup on a day-to-day basis, with the first six or seven spots in the lineup being incredibly consistent. He has utilized some platoons, but he seems to prefer to have defined roles for his hitters. Based on that:

  1. Tim Beckham, SS – .291/.335/.463, 18 HR, 6 SB
  2. Manny Machado, 3B – .271/.324/.497, 30 HR, 9 SB
  3. Jonathan Schoop, 2B – .309/.354/.543, 30 HR, 1 SB
  4. Adam Jones, CF – .281/.318/.475, 26 HR, 1 SB
  5. Trey Mancini, LF – .291/.338/.507, 23 HR, 1 SB
  6. Chris Davis, 1B – .224/.319/.437, 22 HR, 0 SB
  7. Mark Trumbo, DH – .246/.301/.415, 21 HR, 1 SB
  8. Welington Castillo, C – .300/.339/.512, 18 HR, 0 SB
  9. Seth Smith, RF – .269/.353/.459, 13 HR, 2 SB

The Starting Pitchers We Will See

Monday (2:05 PM EST): LHP Jordan Montgomery vs. RHP Dylan Bundy

Bundy’s season is something of a small miracle. The 24-year-old did not pitch in 2013, and threw a combined 63.1 IP between 2014 and 2015. He was mostly healthy last year, throwing 109.2 IP between the rotation and the bullpen, but he clearly tired down the stretch. And yet heading into today’s start he has 155.1 IP of 3.94 ERA (109 ERA+) ball, his velocity has remained steady, and he has been markedly better in the second half (4.33 ERA/7.0 K/9 before the break, 3.04 ERA/10.1 K/9 since). One can’t help but worry that he’ll wear down, but it’s a great story nonetheless.

Last Outing (vs. SEA on 8/29) – 9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K

Tuesday (7:05 PM EST): LHP CC Sabathia vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez

To Jimenez’s credit, he has stayed healthy throughout his career, and has been (as far as we know) gracious in accepting whatever role changes the Orioles throw his way. That’s about all the positivity one can muster on his accord, though, as he has a 6.11 ERA (70 ERA+) since the beginning of last year, and he has transitioned from flame-thrower to someone with average velocity over the last four seasons.

Last Outing (vs. SEA on 8/30) – 2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Wednesday (7:05 PM EST): Sonny Gray vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson

The Orioles were mocked a bit for buying at the deadline, given that they were 50-54 at the time. They sport a 20-13 record since then, however, and have eked back into the playoff race. Hellickson, their “major” acquisition, has not contributed all that much to that success, pitching to a 6.55 ERA (66 ERA+) in 6 starts with his new team. He has been serviceable for the majority of his career, pitching to a 98 ERA in parts of eight seasons, but that’s a far cry from the expectations on a consensus top-ten prospect.

Hellickson is a true five-pitch pitcher. He throws a low-90s four-seamer, a low-90s sinker, an upper-80s cutter, a low-80s change-up, and a mid-70s curveball. His change-up is generally his best pitch but, by FanGraphs’ reckoning, it has been his worst this year (and one of the worst in the game, at that).

Last Outing (vs. TOR on 8/31) – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 4 BB, 2 K

The Bullpen

The Orioles have exceeded both expectations and Pythagoras over the last several years, and the bullpen has played a tremendous part in that. This year, however, the group has been largely mediocre, with several of their core relievers regressing heavily. That was to be expected, given that Zach Britton had a 0.54 ERA in 67.0 IP last year – but that made the team’s margin for error that much slimmer this year. It is worth noting that the bullpen has gradually rounded into form, pitching to a 3.09 ERA in the second-half, with most pitchers clustering within that range.

Britton is still the closer, and Mychal Givens and Brad Brach handle the set-up duties. Darren O’Day and Richard Bleier are both specialists, but Showalter will use both against most anyone. They also have Miguel Castro is a dedicated long-relief role, but Showalter has used him to get some big outs.

Who (Or What) To Watch

I enjoy every pitch that I get to see from Bundy, so he will have free reign of this section whenever he pitches against the Yankees. It amazes me that he came back from so many injuries and so much organizational turmoil to be a solid starter at the highest level.

Beyond that, this is yet another important series for the Yankees. They’re 3.5 games ahead of the Orioles in the standings, but we’ve seen how quickly things can shift – and these two teams will meet again next weekend.

Yankeemetrics: Stayin’ Alive (Aug. 31-Sept. 3)

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Old Man Ace + Baby Bombers = Win
The Yankees kicked off the Most Important Series of the Season® with a 6-2 romp over the Red Sox on Thursday night.

While other pitchers on the team have better pure stuff than CC Sabathia, there isn’t a guy the Yankees would rather have on the mound trying to halt a three-game slide while facing their hated division rival:

  • Sabathia is now 8-0 with a 1.44 ERA in 10 starts following a Yankee loss this season. That’s the best ERA among all MLB pitchers with at least six such starts through Thursday.
  • He went 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA in four starts against the Red Sox this season. That’s tied for the fifth-lowest single-season ERA by a Yankee against the Red Sox, among the nearly 200 guys that have made at least four starts vs them.
  • Only four other starters in franchise history won at least four games in a season versus Boston with an ERA as low as Sabathia’s: Spud Chandler (1943), Lefty Gomez (1934), Bob Shawkey (1923).
  • Sabathia has won five straight starts against the Red Sox dating back to September last year. Over the past 50 years, Mike Mussina (2001-02) and Sabathia are the lone Yankee pitchers to beat the Red Sox five starts in a row.

Gary Sanchez capped off another stellar August by going 2-for-5, hammering a game-tying solo homer in the third and then delivering a game-winning RBI single in the fifth. He finished with 12 homers in the month, producing a slew of cool statistical nuggets:

  • Sanchez is the fifth player under age 25 in franchise history to hit a dozen homers in any calendar month, joining Don Mattingly (Sept. 1985), Mickey Mantle (three times), Joe DiMaggio (twice), and Lou Gehrig (June 1927).
  • The only Yankee right-handed batters in the last six decades with 12-or-more dingers in a month are Sanchez and Alex Rodriguez (August 2005, April 2007).
  • Sanchez and Yogi Berra (1952) are the only catchers in franchise history with a dozen homers in a calendar month.
  • He is one of six Yankees to reach 12 homers in August. You might have heard of the other guys: A-Rod (2005), Mantle (1955, ’56), DiMaggio (1939) and Babe Ruth (1929).

Combined with his awesome August last year, Sanchez now has a 1.133 OPS in 52 career games in the month. Here’s a list of MLB players with the highest career August OPS (min. 100 plate appearances) over the last 100 seasons:

Name OPS
Babe Ruth 1.134
Gary Sanchez 1.133
Lou Gehrig 1.111

Slipping away
One up, one down …. the Yankees rollercoaster season kept chugging along on Friday night as they followed up an encouraging win with another lackluster loss.

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The Red Sox got only five hits off Sonny Gray, but three of the them went over the fence and resulted in all four of the runs Boston scored in the game. That snapped Gray’s streak of 11 straight starts with no more than two earned runs allowed, the longest in the majors this season.

That the streak ended because he got burned by the longball was stunning: Gray entered the game with the majors’ lowest home run rate allowed (0.71 per 9 IP) among pitchers with at least 120 innings. Also prior to Friday, the Red Sox had hit the fewest homers in the AL and ranked 29th in MLB in percentage of runs scored via home runs (34.7%).

Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi continued his assault on Yankee pitching with a solo homer. It was his fifth dinger at Yankee Stadium in 2017, joining Jim Rice (1983) as the only Red Sox players to hit five homers there in a single season. More impressive, the 23-year-old became the youngest visiting player ever to go deep five times in a season at either version of the storied ballpark.

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Ace ‘Hiro
In full desperation mode and facing perhaps their most critical game of the season so far on Saturday, the Fighting Spirit kicked in and the Yankees pulled off their latest and greatest Biggest Win of the Season®.

Masahiro Tanaka‘s transformation from dud to stud over the last two-plus months has been remarkable. His seven-inning, five-hit, one-run gem against the Red Sox gave him a 2.77 ERA over his last 12 starts, a massive turnaround from the 6.34 ERA he posted through his first 14 starts of the season.

He dominated the Red Sox by pounding the bottom of the zone with a well-located mix of sharp sliders and splitters, generating a ton of weak contact and grounders. Per Fangraphs, half of the 22 balls in play against Tanaka were classified as “soft contact,” the highest rate in any of Tanaka’s 101 career starts. And Statcast tracked those batted balls with an average exit velocity of 78.8 mph, the lowest that Tanaka has allowed in the 81 starts he’s made in the Statcast era (since 2015). As you can see in the spray chart below, nearly everything the Red Sox hit was either in the infield or a weak fly ball:
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Matt Holliday‘s overall numbers are well below his career standards, but he still has been a difference-maker in the lineup because of his ability to consistently deliver big, clutch hits. His tie-breaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning increased his slugging percentage with RISP to .671 this season, the fourth-best mark in the AL (min. 90 PA).

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Victory with an exclamation point
The Yankees kept alive their dreams of an AL East title with an emphatic 9-2 win on Sunday night, cutting Boston’s division lead to 3 1/2 games with one month left in the season.

Chase Headley sparked the offensive explosion with a line-drive homer in the third inning. The wallscraper came on an 0-2 pitch from Chris Sale, making it one of the unlikeliest homers of the season. It was the 129th career homer allowed by Sale but just the fifth one that came on an 0-2 pitch. And it was just the third time in Headley’s career that he homered off an 0-2 pitch from a lefty, and the first since 2013.

The Yankees continued to pummel Sale in the next frame when Matt Holliday and Todd Frazier homered in consecutive at-bats to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. It was the first time ever that Sale has allowed back-to-back homers in a game. Each of the three longballs that Sale coughed up came in a two-strike count — a remarkable feat by the Yankees considering that entering Sunday, Sale had allowed a slugging percentage of .167, the second-lowest mark in the majors (min. 200 batters faced).

Aaron Judge joined the homer party when he crushed a 469-foot bomb to left-center in the sixth inning. It was his 38th home run of the season, matching Wally Berger (1930) and Frank Robinson (1956) for the second-most ever hit by a rookie in major-league history; the only player with more is Mark McGwire with 49 in 1987.

Luis Severino bolstered his own Cy Young case with another dominant gem, holding the Red Sox to one unearned run on two hits while striking out nine. It was his 14th start surrendering no more than one run, the most such games by any pitcher in MLB this year.

Sevy also reach a significant milestone when he whiffed Sandy Leon for the final out of the fifth inning. It was his 200th strikeout of 2017, as he joined Al Downing (1964) as the only pitchers in franchise history to strike out at least 200 batters in a season at age 23 or younger.

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Severino sensational, lineup blasts four homers to trounce the Red Sox 9-2

Great game. Would watch again and again. It was a simple winning formula against a good team and an exceptional pitcher in Chris Sale – score a lot of runs and limit the damage. The Yankees are now 3.5 games back the Red Sox in the AL East standings and 2 games ahead the Twins in the AL Wild Card standings. Let’s recap this thing.

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(Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Make him work

The Yankees drew the first blood in the pitching duel (or, rather, what was supposed to be a pitching duel). Leading off the bottom of the third, Chase Headley hit a hanging 0-2 slider from Sale just over the left field fence to give Yankees a 1-0 lead. Sale wanted the pitch down but it was left up in the zone and Headley just rode it out.

New York tacked on more in the fourth. With one out, Matt Holliday battled Sale to a 3-2 count and drove a fastball up into the visitor’s bullpen to make it 2-0. Todd Frazier followed it up with a homer of his own. On a 2-2 count, Sale located a slider just below the zone that… again, hung. Frazier did what big league hitters do against hanging sliders – hit it out. 3-0 Yankees.

Chris Sale is an undisputed Cy Young candidate this season. However, Yankee hitters really, really made him work tonight. By the end of the fourth inning, he had already thrown 96 pitches. The Yankees did have some blown opportunities in the first two innings of the game. In the bottom of first, Headley and Gary Sanchez reached base with a single each but Starlin Castro and Aaron Judge both struck out to end the inning. In the second, Holliday and Jacoby Ellsbury reached bases but the Yankees, once again, came up empty-handed. However, the silver lining was there – they upped the pitch count on Sale, forcing the Red Sox to get into their bullpen in the fifth inning. Even though Sale didn’t have the greatest game, that alone is pretty valuable.

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Sevsational

Ho-hum, what can we say at this point? Luis Severino is the undisputed ace of the staff and he pitched like one tonight. He pitched six strong innings, struck out nine and allowed only two base hits. His ERA is now down to 3.03 and his peripherals (3.12 FIP, 10.68 K/9 IP, 2.39 BB/9 IP) are impressive as usual. Also he’s only 23. We are witnessing perhaps the best season by a young Yankee starter in ages.

Severino got into a bit of trouble in the sixth inning. With one out, Eduardo Nunez reached on an error by Frazier. To be fair, it was a hard-hit ball with a tricky hop. It could have easily be called as a single. Andrew Benintendi lined out to Brett Gardner to make it two outs. Mookie Betts followed it up with another hard grounder to third. Frazier handled it with his glove but the throw was too low for Headley to handle. As the ball past by him, both runners advanced to second and third. On a 1-2 count on Mitch Moreland, the Red Sox scored their first run with a passed ball that snuck under Sanchez’s glove. However, Severino got out of it quickly by striking out Moreland on the very next pitch. Two E5’s and a passed ball were what it took for Severino to give up a run tonight. Go figure.

Lastly – a milestone alert. Sevy reached 200th strikeout of the season tonight. He’s the second Yankee starter ever 23-year old or younger to accomplish the feat – the other being Al Downing back in 1964. He’s also the first AL pitcher 23-years or younger to strike out 200 in a season since Felix Hernandez in 2009. Not bad company at all.

Six runs in the sixth

The Yankees blew it open in the bottom of the sixth. Frazier struck out against Joe Kelly and John Farrell put in lefty Robby Scott to face Ellsbury and Gardner. And, of course, both of them reach via single and walk respectively. Farrell, in an attempt to keep the game close, brought in Addison Reed to face Headley. Well, it worked against Headley for sure, as Reed struck him out swinging. However, Sanchez beat out a throw from rafael Devers for an infield single to drive in Holliday. It was originally ruled as out but they overturned it after Girardi’s challenge.

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With a 4-1 lead, Castro laid the hammer on the Red Sox. He hit a fastball away into right field for a bases-clearing 3-run double. Up next, Judge hit a two-run homer to make it 9-1. He hit one really deep (469 feet per Statcast) and the Stadium went absolutely crazy. In the last game against the Red Sox this season, capping off a big inning with a big homer from a big man… that’s just awesome. That’s his 38th of the season and the first since August 16 vs. the Mets. It’s been long overdue. I say this every time but hopefully, this is the homer that gets him going in September.

Leftovers

After a long rest and with a 8-run lead, Joe Girardi decided to call it a night for Severino and put Tommy Kahnle in for the seventh inning. It’s hard to say that things can get dicey when you have a 8-run cushion, but because Kahnle is supposed to be a shutdown reliever that Yankees would rely on a lot for this stretch, the fans were not pleased when he let the first two hitters reach bases (Dustin Pedroia walk and Deven Marrero single). However, he struck out the next two and got Jackie Bradley Jr. to pop out. No harm done.

Chasen Shreve pitched a clean eighth and Giovanny Gallegos pitched the ninth to close it out. Well, the latter allowed a garbage-time run to shorten the Red Sox deficit to seven runs but that was pretty much it. 9-2 Yankees win.

While guys like Headley, Sanchez and Castro had big nights (7-for-14, 5 RBI combined), the bottom of the order also came up big. Holliday, Frazier and Ellsbury combined for a 5-for-9 night with 2 RBI and 3 walks.

Box score, video highlights, updated standings and WPA

Here are tonight’s box score and updated standings from ESPN, video highlights from MLB dot com and WPA from Fangraphs.


Source: FanGraphs


The Yankees are heading to Baltimore for a three-game series at the Camden Yards. Jordan Montgomery will be on the hill against Dylan Bundy for a 2:05 pm start.

DotF: Medina keeps Pulaski alive in Appy League postseason

Double-A Trenton manager Bobby Mitchell was named the Eastern League Manager of the Year, so congrats to him. Al Pedrique and Jay Bell were previously named Manager of the Year in the Triple-A International League and High-A Florida State League, respectively, so the Yankees won the award at the three highest levels in the system. Pretty cool.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (3-2 loss to Lehigh Valley in seven innings, walk-off style)

  • LF Tyler Wade: 2-4, 1 R, 2 K — threw a runner out at the plate … he was scheduled to play left field last night before the rainout … probably not a coincidence after the Aaron Hicks injury
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-2, 1 BB — he slid into MLB.com’s top 100 prospects list when Rafael Devers graduated to the big leagues tonight
  • DH Billy McKinney: 1-3, 1 2B
  • RF Jake Cave: 0-3, 1 K
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-3
  • RHP Ronald Herrera: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 4/5 GB/FB — 41 of 68 pitches were strikes (60%) … I guess he’s going to spend the postseason here rather than Trenton
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 22 of 38 pitches were strikes (58%) … eight walks in 16 minor league innings this year after seven walks in 65.1 minor league innings last year

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