Tuesday, September 27, 2016
In a game marred by two early benches-clearing incidents, the Yankees scored five runs in the ninth inning—three coming on homers by Mark Teixeira and Aaron Hicks—and defeated the Blue Jays, 7-5, on Monday night at Rogers Centre to win the finale of the four-game series.
The loss cut the Blue Jays’ lead for the first American League Wild Card to one game over the idle Orioles, who begin a crucial three-game series Tuesday in Toronto. The Blue Jays are in a solid position with six games left, as they are three games up for a Wild Card spot.
The Yankees, meanwhile, are five games behind the O’s for the second Wild Card spot, with an elimination number of two.
One more win and they at least don’t have a losing season. That’s something.
Anyhow, what a cool win, if just to see Teix shouting “Blown save!” at Jason Grilli after tying the game in the ninth inning with a home run.
Also, how good has Tommy Layne been for the Yankees? I love that the Red Sox dumped him for seemingly no good reason. He’s been excellent. And it wasn’t like he was bad in Boston, either!