Game 150 / 83-67 / 2nd / -2.5 GB : With 12 games left in the season and claim to the AL East crown literally in the balance, this was the contest that could tilt it — not by math per se, but by momentum. And thanks in no short measure to the ‘kids’, the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 6-4, and brought the division race back to a 2.5 game deficit — with yet another pivotal contest tomorrow, their last head-to-head matchup of the regular season.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4
The Game Winner
Division On The Line
“The much-maligned Yankee farm system is carrying this team right now.” ‐ David Cone (on YES post game show)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1966, with only 413 patrons in attendance to see New York’s 4-1 loss to the White Sox, Red Barber‘s request for a camera to scan the empty stands is denied by the team’s head of media relations. The veteran broadcaster will reportedly lose his job when he continues to tell his audience, “I don’t know what the paid attendance is today, but whatever it is, it is the smallest crowd in the history of Yankee Stadium, and this crowd is the story, not the game.” …
Today in 1985, one night after scuffling with a patron in the bar of the Yankees’ Baltimore hotel, manager Billy Martin has his right arm broken by pitcher Ed Whitson in an early-morning brawl in the same bar …
(h/t: NationalPastime.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : Happy 54th Birthday to former Yankees backstop (1988-1991), and current skipper of the Oakland A’s, Bob Geren…