September 28, 2018

G160: Yankees 11, Red Sox 6

Yankees - 002 600 210 - 11 13  1
Red Sox - 000 004 011 -  6  6  1
You don't really want to hear about this one, do you? ... I really don't want to take the time to tell you.

One thing to know is that all six of the Yankees' runs in the fourth inning came against William Cuevas, who come next week, will be at home like the rest of us, watching the ALDS.

Steve Pearce drove in five runs, four of them coming on a grand slam off J.A. Happ (6-4-4--2-7, 88). He has hit five home runs in nine games against the Yankees this year. ... Drew Pomeranz looked good as he retired seven batters in a row, but then gave up a homer, single, and walk.

The MFY's victory means the AL Wild Card Game will be played in New York. ... The Yankees' four home runs gave them 264 for the season, tying the 1997 Mariners for the single-season record. ... They had only three zeroes in their AB-R-H-RBI box score.

J.A. Happ / Brian Johnson
Betts, CF
Benintendi, LF
Martinez, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Pearce, 1B
Devers, 3B
Núñez, DH
Kinsler, 2B
Swihart, C
The Red Sox go into their final series of the regular season with a shot at 110 wins. They also might be playing as many as eight consecutive games against the Yankees between now and October 11. (That's obviously unprecedented.)

AL Wild Card Game: The Yankees (98-61) are two games up on the Athletics (96-63) for the right to host next Wednesday's all-or-nothing game. Oakland will likely have to sweep its series against the Angels to have a shot at home field advantage. If the teams finish in a tie, intradivison records will be the tiebreaker - and the Yankees come out on top. They have gone 42-31 against the AL East while Oakland is 37-36 against the AL West. (New York and Oakland split their six games during the season).

The best thing - obviously - would be for the Red Sox and Athletics to sweep their respective series. A distant second choice would be if the Yankees had to: (a) play in Boston on Sunday afternoon; (b) fly across the country and play in Oakland on Wednesday night; and (c) fly back across the country and play in Boston on Friday night.


Jere said...

"They also might be playing as many as eight consecutive games against the Yankees between now and October 11. (That's obviously unprecedented.)"

I had to.

In 1903 and 1905 the Boston and New York American League clubs played each other eight games in a row! (Boston went 5-3 and 6-2 respectively in the two home-and-home series.)

In 1901, when the Yankees were not only not called the Yankees yet, but were playing in Baltimore as the Orioles, the two franchises played NINE games in a row:

August 5th: doubleheader split in Baltimore.
August 7th: doubleheader split in Baltimore.
August 8th: Future Yankees beat Boston in Boston.
August 9th: doubleheader split in Boston.
August 10th: doubleheader split in Boston.

allan said...

Man, the things you learn on this blog!


I had to.

It's only fair.