Thursday, August 10, 2017
Todd Frazier has opted to be referred to as “The Toddfather” during the upcoming Players Weekend, but on Wednesday night, he was simply the man who homered and drove in three runs to help power the Yankees to an 11-5 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Gary Sanchez (“Kraken”) and Didi Gregorius (“Sir Didi”) also homered for the Yankees, who pounded out 17 hits, one shy of their season high.
“I’m very satisfied,” said Frazier, who went 3-for-4, scored four runs and finished a triple shy of the cycle. “Not only me, everybody came through today. Hitting is contagious, man, as that old saying goes. Everybody pretty much came through today in the offensive outburst. Let’s keep on doing that. That would be pretty nice.”
This had all the makings of a terrible loss, as the Yankees had a 6-2 lead, but Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle gave up two runs between them (after Masahiro Tanaka exited the game following a home run by Jose Bautista that made it 6-3 Yankees). The Yankees’ vaunted awesome bullpen, which really SHOULD be really awesome considering how good the pitchers in it are, has now had only a single game since it formed on July 20th where they entered in the 6th inning or earlier and then didn’t give up a run for the rest of the game. That’s not particularly impressive.
Luckily, though, the Yankees had some rare tack on runs, which was huge.
By the way, earlier in the game, the Yankees horribly botched a run down play at the plate, Gary Sanchez half-assedly moved the runner to third but then walked away from the play, allowing the runner to have almost a clear path to home plate, with only Tanaka sliding in to make the tag at the last minute leading to the Yankees avoiding a horrible run scoring. You can watch it here.
In other news, the headline is a reference to the upcoming “Players Weekend” event, where players get to put their nicknames on the back of their jerseys for a weekend (and thus creating a whole new bunch of merchandise to sell, naturally). Some of the nicknames are well known or obvious (“All Rise” for Judge, “Sir Didi” for Gregorius, “D-Rob” for Robertson, “Sevy” and “Greeny” for Severino and Green and “Toe” for Torreyes) but some of them are kind of racist (“Chief” for Ellsbury) or otherwise inexplicable (Adam “Rocket” Warren? Sonny “Pickles” Gray? Huh? ). Brett Gardner decided not to participate, which is such a Brett Gardner thing to do (“It’s not how the game is supposed to be played!” I swear to you, I started writing “I bet McCann isn’t participating for the Astros, either” before I looked it up and, yep, sure enough, McCann is not participating for the Astros. Hilariously predictable). Aaron Hicks’ nickname came from the TV series, Key and Peele (it’s a bit where a substitute teacher who taught for decades in the inner city is now at a suburban middle school and can’t understand any of the “white” names, so he tries to guess how to pronounce names like Jacquelyn (“Jay quellin”) and Aaron (“Ay-ay-Ron)?” Here is the bit. I can only imagine how much Hicks and his friends got a kick out of that when it aired (he was in Double A at the time).
The Red Sox won their eighth straight tonight and honestly, at this point, what can you even do if you’re the Yankees? If they’re going to win like that, you just tip your hat and hope to win enough to host the Wild Card game.
Speaking of the Wild Card race, both the Royals and the Rays lost (sadly, the Rays lost to the Red Sox). The Cardinals beat the Royals, with the decisive blow being a hilarious moment. A cat ran on to the field to interrupt the game and when the cat was removed and play resumed, Yadier Molina hit a go-ahead grand slam (that ended up being the final score of the game). You can watch it here.
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