Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tyler Austin’s late home run delayed a potential Red Sox celebration while keeping his club alive in the playoff chase for at least one more evening, as the rookie’s two-run shot lifted the Yankees to a 6-4 victory on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Austin helped snap Boston’s 11-game winning streak with an opposite-field blast in the seventh inning off David Price, who surrendered six runs and once again continued to have difficulty with the Bombers’ batting order.
“He’s an unbelievable pitcher, and I happened to put a good swing on a ball tonight. Not taking anything else away than that,” Austin said.
I like that they don’t even list the scenario where the Yankees could still make the playoffs, as it would literally involve, like, three other teams losing every game while the Yankees won all of their games.
Anyhow, the Yankees now clinched that they will at least finish the season without a losing record. One more win in their final five games and they will have a winning record for their 24th consecutive season, which is astonishing, even more so considering that they traded away two of their three All-Stars this season, as well as their dominant closer, Aroldis Chapman (plus a decent enough starting pitcher in Ivan Nova). So good for them.
Gary Sanchez continued his awesome rookie season with his twentieth home run. Didi Gregorious ALSO hit his 20th home run. Gregorius and Starlin Castro are the only two Yankee middle infielders to ever hit 20 home runs or more in the same season. That’‘s impressive.
And, of course, I can’t forget to mention the excellent day that Tyler Austin had at the plate, 3-3 including a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning off of David Price (It is always fun when the Yankees hit David Price well).