Game 130 / 72-58 / 2nd / -1.5 GB : Heartbreaker for two reasons. One — this had to be an automatic W, no excuses. Two — Toronto lost tonight for the first time since 1993, or something like that, and the Yankees missed an opportunity to gain a game in the standings. Aside from the 7 head-to-head with the Jays remaining on the schedule, there are 25 games left against other opponents. Every one of them has to played like elimination games. Girardi is doing his part, and the players have to step it up. Sounds funny after they lit up the scoreboard for 20 runs last night, but there can be no “night’s off” from here on in.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Red Sox 4, Yankees 3
Didi’s 9th Inning Blast Out In 24 MLB Stadiums, Not Fens
“It was just one of those nights where we didn’t get the hit that we needed. It’s unfortunate, because we had a lot of chances.” ‐ Joe Girardi (h/t: Bryan Hoch / MLB.com)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1995 Paul O’Neill smacked 3 home runs against the AL West-leading California Angels at Yankee Stadium. ‘The Warrior’ went 4-5 with 8 RBI, a pair of 3-run homers and one solo shot in the 11-6 victory … (h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : A Happy 62nd Birthday to Juan Ramon Bernhardt, who appeared in 10 games as a utility infielder for the 1976 Yankees. Bernhardt was signed as a non-drafted free agent by New York on August 1, 1970. He was claimed by the Seattle Mariners in the 1976 Expansion Draft …