Game 120: got ’em

Well well well, how the turntables.

On July 4, the Yankees were 10 games behind the Red Sox and 0-6 against their AL East rivals.  Today, after completing a two-game doubleheader sweep by winning the evening game 2-0, the Yankees sit one game up on the Sox in the loss column.  If the season ended today, the Yankees would make the playoffs as a wild card. What a crazy ride this month has been; now all the Yankees have to do is keep up with the competition for the last 7 weeks of the year.  To the takeaways –

Gil’s run continues.  23-year old Luis Gil, who made his major league debut on August 3, continued his dazzling early-career run with another 4.2 innings of scoreless ball.  Rohan did a great writeup on Gil’s stuff, talent, and potential earlier today, and mentioned that the Red Sox would be a “huge test” for him as the first elite offense he’s faced in his big league career.  He certainly passed that test today, as he struck out four and became the only pitcher in history to have three consecutive scoreless starts at the beginning of his career.  Pretty crazy.

Gil continued to locate his fastball up in the zone and was consistently sitting 97-98 on his 4-seamer.  He threw 83 pitches, the fewest of his three starts, and did not stay in the game long enough to get the win, but shut the Red Sox down when it counted – after getting himself into trouble in the second inning by giving up a walk to J.D. Martinez and a single to Kyle Schwarber leading off the inning, he turned up the heat and struck out Kevin Plawecki, Jarren Duran, and Travis Shaw in succession to get out of the jam. He was pulled with the bases loaded in the 5th, but did well enough to maintain his perfect ERA. Despite their recent struggles, the Sox are a very strong offense and holding them scoreless is definitely a feather in Gil’s cap.  

Magic Wandy. Gil stayed at zero with a big assist from Wandy Peralta, who was brought in with the bases loaded and two outs in the 5th inning to try and maintain the two-run lead.  He had the unenviable task of facing Rafael Devers and initially fell behind, but came back to get him on a ground ball to preserve the lead and Gil’s historic start.  He also pitched the sixth, where he got out of a runners-on-the-corners, two-out jam of his own making with a fantastic defensive play, knocking down a line drive mid-follow through and recovering to get Bobby Dalbec at first base.  Peralta has now pitched 8.2 scoreless innings in the month of August, lowering his season ERA from 4.94 to 4.09.

Not much offense, but good enough.  The Yankees got eight hits this evening, but really only needed two – their only runs were scored on solo homers from Luke Voit and Giancarlo Stanton.  Stanton’s home run went 441 feet and was hit at 111 mph, which is pedestrian from him but noteworthy for any other hitter. DJ LeMahieu picked up a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 although he was not part of any scoring.

Leftovers

  • Chad Green came on in the 7th for his second save in as many days, retiring the Red Sox in order to seal the win.  It was his 5th save of the season.
  • The Yankees have now played 68 games decided by 1 or 2 runs, including their last 6.  They have only played 24 games all year decided by 5 or more runs.
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12 Comments

  1. MG309

    Heaney sure came up big tonight didn’t he?

  2. chip56

    I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea…but good luck to Clint Frazier, I would hate it if his career ended this way.

  3. Terry from LA

    I think Voit should watch was he says. He WOULD get to play as much as Rizzo except he’s always hurt. He’s probably a better hitter, but not as good defensively and not LH. He will do better as the DH with Stanton in the OF.

    • MikeD

      Terry, I don’t think he needs to watch what he says based on what he’s said so far. Voit basically acknowledged in his responses that Rizzo is a very good player and he here because he’s been injured. He’s lobbying for his own playing time, and nothing wrong with that. His interview with Rosenthal after yesterday’s double header was nuanced enough, saying he’d do role the team thought was best.

      I’m all for the Death Star lineup. We’re all quite weary of these two run games. Give us a blow out every once in a while. When the Yankees were up 2-0 in yesterday’s second game, I had the clear thought that the only way the Yankees would score a third run would be if the Red Sox score their first run. We wouldn’t get a fourth run unless the Red Sod scored two. It remained 2-0!

      The Yankees are clearly thinking this through. We know their fear. If the play Judge in CF four times a week and Stanton in RF four of five times a week, do they greatly increase their injury chances? Imagine losing Judge and Stanton in mid-September with lower-body muscle pulls for the remainder of the year and the postseason, all to make room for Voit’s bat? That said, it’s interesting to note that even before they’ve had to deal with Rizzo/Voit in the same lineup, they’ve greatly increased Stanton’s time in the OF. His first game there was July 30th. He’s appeared in the OF in eight of the last 19 games after appearing in none in the prior 101 games. Is this their way of slowly preparing for both Rizzo and Voit? Or were they simply getting Stanton up to OF strength so they could rest other players in the DH spot? If so, giving those ABs to Voit will cause problems elsewhere on the rest front. It’ll be interesting to see what they do. Once again, I’m all for team Death Star.

      • I absolutely hate the use of the term ‘Death Star lineup’ as it relates to the 2021 Yankees because, by any metric, they aren’t that at all.

        What they are is a HR, Walk, or K team with a couple of exceptions (DJM, Rizzo, possibly Urshela) that will be incredibly frustrating to watch and likely not go far in the playoffs unless at least two of them go white hot at that time.

        The additions of Rizzo and Gallo have clearly helped them because they are better balanced and much better defensively (a perfect example was Gallo’s throw home that held the very speedy Duran last night) but let’s face it, top pitchers can have a field day with them in full swing mode.

        If the 2021 lineup is potential ‘Death Star’ what star would the ’61 or ’98 Yankees fall under? Both lineups were so much more productive and dangerous on a daily basis it’s beyond comparison and neither got away from the basics of hitting to be like that.

  4. Joey Galleddardo

    I thought it was the best win of the season, Ana. When you said “how the turntables” I thought you might be a Russian bot that Bobby and Derek hire when they need a break. Are Rohan, Ana and Jaime even real people or are they just imaginations of our figment?

    Gil was once again an ace. Cash needs to lock him up for thr next decade. I already said he should get a spot in monument park for what he’s done keeping this rotation together but I think I undersold him. He’s heading straight to Cooperatown with that 0 ERA! Wandy was a great trade by Cash. He’s gotten so many big outs as other relievers like Britton and Leutge have failed.

    Lineup still isn’t firing on all cylinders but maybe with Rizzo and Gio back they will. We need to keep Voit’s bat in the lineup. That means Gallo in CF and Stanton in RF, Judge in LF. Boone won’t do it but you can’t just sit Voit on the bench. Velasquez should have a place on this roster going forward. He can field, run and now hit. O look at him and see the SS of our future. They can fix him at the plate like they did Gio. And he’s a Bronx native.

    Enjoy the Ws while you can, folks. Fly ball Heaney on the mound today. We all know how this will turn out. At least it will give the high leverage reliever a day off. It was fun being ahead of the Sox for a day.

    • the world still awaits the 1st comment from the CBS troll that isn’t 100% garbage.

  5. Dani

    Not being able to trade Voit looks pretty good these days, hitting .301 since July.

    Fun fact: the O’s have now lost 13 in a row. Last time they won? August 2nd against the Yanks.

  6. Steve

    And as fate would have it, Heaney starts just as they catch Boston. IDK how they can run him out there tomorrow.

    • Wire Fan

      Because of the DH, they needed a 6th starter. They had to either do a bullpen day or start Heaney on Wed or one of the DH games today. They could have tried to do a bullpen game today for 7 innings and then push Monty to tomorrow’s game but the bullpen has been working pretty hard of late.

      Going forward, after tomorrow they should be able to go Cole Taillon Monty Gil and Cortes for the rotation.

      • MikeD

        German says hello.

        Gil was the 27th man for today’s DH, so he likely went right back down after the game. He’s amazingly made his first three MLB start, hasn’t yielded a run (a record), yet has never “officially” been called up. A Covid protocol call up for his first two starts, and then the 27th man for the doubleheader. I mention that since that should enable them to call him back up without keeping him down for 10 days, yet they will have to make a corresponding roster move to fit him on the 26-man roster, something they haven’t had to do yet.

  7. Wire Fan

    Given the state of the bullpen, I think the 7 inning games helped the Yankees big time. They are now also tied with the A’s for the first wild card and opened up a 3 game lead on the Jays.

    Wondering if tomorrow is Heaney’s last start? Maybe he can go out on a high note… Oh who the hell am I kidding, two out of three ain’t bad (or maybe they will outslug an opponent for a change)

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