New York Yankees 9/26: 3 Major takeaways from series win over the Red Sox

With the win over the Red Sox, Friday night, and the loss by the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees had a bit of breathing room in holding on to the number two wild-card berth. But, make no mistake about it, the urgency to win last night was still there big time. The Yankees would have loved to obtain a home-field advantage in the wild-card race. Yankee fans were not disappointed, Nestor Cortes Jr. kept them in the game, and Giancarlo Stanton’s Grand Slam powered the Yankees to the 5-3 win at Fenway Park.

Nasty Nestor keeps em’ in the game

Nestor Cortes Jr. may not have been dominant last night, but he pitched well enough to keep the Yankees in the game. In his short history as a starter for the Yankees, his hallmark is not letting the game get out of control. He does it with a multitude of arm angles and mixing hit pitches.

Last night he pitched into the fifth inning, giving up two earned runs while striking out four Red Sox. Then, after a Schwarber and Plawecki single and Dalbec home run scare that Judge knabbed, Boone, lifted Cortes for Michael King. King and Luetge pitched two scoreless innings. Then in his second outing since returning off the IL, Luis Severino pitched the seventh and eighth, allowing no hits and striking out four. Aroldis Chapman closed it out for his 29th save of the season.

Giancarlo Stanton flaming hot

No New York Yankee is as hot as Giancarlo Stanton. So last night, with the Yankees only scoring one run through the seventh inning, they needed some heat. That heat came from Stanton, who, with the bases loaded with Yankees, hit a Grand Slam over the green monster at Fenway, which gave the Yankees a two-run lead over the Red Sox.

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have combined to carry the Yankees on their backs and are most responsible for the Yankees’ ability to get to a wild-card berth. No one has been hotter than Stanton; in the past 21 games, he has a .289 batting average with eight home runs and 20 RBIs. During the period, Stanton has had more hits than strikeouts. He alone is responsible for 8 of the Yankees’ 13 runs in the Boston series. After last night’s game Stanton had this to say:

“Great feeling. A lot of emotions going on. Just glad I was able to do it,” Stanton said. “Compress everything and be on time for the fastball. Something good happened.”

The win propels Yankees to a tie in the wild-card race

The New York Yankees inched closer to home-field advantage with the win over the Red Sox last night. After the win, the Yankees are even with the Sox for that number one wild card slot. A win tonight will put the Yankee right where they want to be. However, if the Yankees stay even in that effort, the Red Sox will have a home-field advantage as they have won more games in the season matchup.

The Yankees can’t get too comfortable as the Toronto Blue Jays were just two games behind them with their win yesterday. Likewise, the Seattle Mariners are just one game behind them. What makes this whole race to nail-biting is that the Yankees face the Toronto team this week before ending the season back at Yankee Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rays.

With just seven games left in the regular season, scoreboard watching is as popular as watching a Yankee game because only the division has been decided; the wild-card race is far from over because of wins and losses.

The Tampa Bay Rays have clinched in the AL East, and the Chicago White Sox have clinched in the Central. No one has clinched a division on the NL front, but the Giants, Brewers, and Dodgers have clinched a wild card berth.


New York Yankees Recap: Giancarlo Stanton Grand Slams Yankees to another win over the Red Sox

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With the win over the Red Sox last night and the loss by the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees have a bit of breathing room in holding on to the number two wild-card berth. But, make no mistake about it, the urgency to win today is still their big time as the Yankees want that home-field advantage for the winner takes all wild-card game. So, to obtain that goal and win the series from the Red Sox, the Yankees sent Nestor Cortes Jr. to the mound to face Eduardo Rodriguez. The Yankees won game two 5-3.

At the top of the first inning, Brett Gardner led it off for the Yankees by lining out to short. Aaron Judge popped out to second base. Anthony Rizzo popped out to Devers at short for an easy inning for Pivetta. At the bottom, Nestor Cortes Jr. took the mound facing Kiki Hernandez, who flew out to Judge in right field. Hunter Renfroe flew out to Gardner in left-center. Rafael Devers flew out to Judge as Cortes put down the Sox in order. No score.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the second inning by being the first base runner of the day with a sharp line drive to the right-field wall for a single. Joey Gallo went down looking. Gleyber Torres went down swinging. Gary Sanchez also struck out swinging, stranding Stanton at first base. At the bottom, Xander Bogaerts went down on strikes. JD Martinez went down swinging. Kyle Schwarber flew out to Gallo in left for another 1-2-3 inning for Cortes. No score.

The third inning was led off by Rougie Odor, who played at third due to DJ LeMahieu’s groin issue. He was robbed of a home run by Renfroe, who caught his flew ball just over the right-field wall. Gio Urshela ground out to Devers at short. Gardner ground out to second. Bobby Dalbec led off the bottom by going down looking. Kevin Plawecki hit a homer up into the green monster of the light tower. Jose Iglesias popped back to Sanchez. Hernandez flew out to Judge in right, but the Red Sox got on the board. Red Sox 1 Yankees 0.

Aaron Judge led off the fourth inning and tapped back to the pitcher. Rizzo flew out to left. Stanton went down on strikes against Pivetta, who has pitched far better than his stats would suggest. Renfroe led off the bottom by singling up the middle. Devers went down swinging. Bogaerts flew out to Gardner. Martinez flew out to Gardner in center to end the inning. Red Sox 1 Yankees 0.

Joey Gallo led off the fifth inning by going down swinging. Torres struck out. Sanchez contributed to another strikeout of the side for Pivetta. At the bottom, Schwarber singled to right field. Dalbec hit one over the right-field wall that Judge amazingly caught. Plawecki singled to center, and that was the day for Cortes Jr. Iglesias faced the new pitcher Michael King and reached on a slow roller down the left infield. A wild pitch by King allowed Plawecki to score. Hernandez went down on a King curveball.  Renfroe struck out swinging, leaving two Sox on base, but the Red Sox tacked on another run. Boston 2 New York 0.

Rougie Odor led off the sixth by flying out to left field. Urshela got a one-out single to left. Gardner doubled moving Urahela or third base, concluding Pivetta’s day on the mound. Aaron Judge faced new Sox pitcher Hansel Robles. A Robles wild pitch let Urshela score. Judge reached on a fielder’s choice with Gardner out at home. Rizzo popped out to second, but the Yankees cut the Red Sox lead in half. At the bottom, with King still on the mound, Devers singled to center. Bogaerts lined out to Gardner in center. Martinez lined out to Judge, bringing in new pitcher Lucas Luetge to face Schwarber, who lined out to first to end the inning. Boston Red Sox 2 New York Yankees 1.

The seventh inning was led off by Giancarlo Stanton, who walked. Gallo walked, Torres, hit into a double play. Sanchez went down swinging. At the bottom, Dalbec facing Luis Severino, struck out on a slider. Plawecki walked. Iglesias hit into a force out. Hernandez went down on a Severino changeup. Red Sox 2 Yankees 1.

Rougie Odor led off the eighth inning by going down on strikes. Urshela struck out swinging. Gardner walked with Judge coming up. Gardner stole second. Aaron Judge, with one on and two outs, walked. Rizzo faced new pitcher Darwinzon Hernandez and got hit by a pitch loading the bases. Giancarlo Stanton grand slammed, putting the Yankees ahead by three runs. The ball over the monster went 452′ into the Boston night. Gallo struck out. At the bottom, Renfroe against Severino struck out. Devers flew out to Gallo in left. Martinez struck out swinging for a dominant two innings for Luis Severino. New York Yankees 5 Boston 2.

The top of the ninth inning was led off by Torres, who ground out to third. Sanchez ground out to third. Tyler Wade pinch-hitting for Odor struck out. With last licks on the line for the Red Sox Yankee closer, Aroldis Chapman took to the mound facing Schwarber, who ground out softly to Chapman. Dalbec got a solo home run over the green monster. Plawecki was hit by a pitch and taken out of the game. He was pinch-run by Christian Vazquez. Iglesias struck out. Hernandez ground out to end the game.

The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Boston Red Sox 3. The winning pitcher was Luis Severino, and the loser was Tanner Houck, with the save going to Aroldis Chapman (29). The Yankees won the series and now share the number one berth with the Red Sox in the wild-card after winning five games in a row.