Sunday, July 23, 2017
Clint Frazier hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth and four relievers combined for shutout relief to lift the Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Sunday.
New York recorded its first series win since a three-game sweep of the Orioles from June 9-11. With Sunday’s win, New York remains 2 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the tightly contested American League East and a game up on the Royals and the Rays for the first AL Wild Card spot.
The Yankees GAINED a game on the Red Sox. I dunno why MLB.com has them as REMAINING 2.5 back of the Sox.
Anyhow, our long national nightmare is over, the Yankees have actually won a series!
Caleb Smith didn’t pitch terribly, but nor did he pitch so well that it would rule out Luis Cessa making this start the next time through the rotation. Someone asked Girardi about Chance Adams and he told them that it was out of his control. He says that they tell him that Adams is not ready yet. Okie doke.
The Yankees took a three-run lead, lost the lead and then got it back via a huge two-run double by Clint Frazier (the pointing after the double was kind of douchey, though).
I think when Aaron Hicks comes back, they really need to just start rotating the four good outfielders between the outfield and the DH spot and rest Holliday (or if he wants to play, grab a first base mitt). Don’t look now, but Chase Headley actually looks kind of sort of competent and Didi is in the middle of one of his hot streaks. Sanchez is in a bit of a slump, but I still like him batting ahead of Holliday. Gardner/Frazier/Judge/Sanchez is a really nice 1-4. If Hicks returns, imagine a 1-5 of Gardner/Hicks/Judge/Sanchez/Frazier. Holy crap! I can’t get over how good Frazier is.
Aroldis Chapman tried to blow this game, too, but he got out of it and nabbed the save. Something is not right with that guy.
The Yankees have and off game before they likely go back to not winning series, as they play the Reds in a two-game set at Yankee Stadium that will mostly result in a 1-1 split, as these things so often do.
The Royals are starting to win some games, so the Yankees need to start winning to at least lock a WIld Card spot down.
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