Game 148 / 82-66 / 2nd / -2.5 GB : Leave it to the Mets to have a pitcher on an “innings count”, whatever that means. Matt Harvey was shutting down the Yankees with relative ease but was lifted after 5 innings. The Yankees wasted no time pouncing on his replacements, batting around for a 5-run top of the 6th, en route to an 11-2 victory. CC Sabathia continued his resurgence, settling down after allowing back to back doubles to open the bottom of the first, going six strong. The win and rout was important on two levels, as New York gained a game in the standing thanks to Toronto’s 4-3 loss to Boston, and the run barrage allowed another day of rest for the core bullpen before tomorrow’s showdown series with the Blue Jays.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 11, Mets 2
Beltran Gets The Party Started
Dustin Goes A-Bustin’
Bird’s 12th HR in 121 ABs
“He said he did. I never saw it. I don’t know if anyone else saw it. But I never did. So [Hirschbeck] came over in the third inning and said, ‘What are you still doing here?’ I said, ‘What do you mean? You never threw me out.’ He said, ‘Yes, I did.’ So I don’t understand it.” ‐ Joe Girardi on getting tossed by third base umpire John Hirschbeck in the second inning.
(h/t: Bryan Hoch / MLB.com)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 2006, although the team bows to the Blue Jays at the Stadium, the Yankees capture their ninth consecutive AL East title thirty minutes later as the second place Red Sox are defeated by the Twins. The Bronx Bombers become the second team in the Big Apple this week to pop the champagne as their crosstown rivals, the Mets, clinched the NL East Division two days ago…
On September 20, 1961, the 155th Yankees game of 1961 (including a tie) is Roger Maris‘ last chance to beat Babe Ruth, in compliance with Commissioner Ford Frick’s statement that, for the record to be broken, Maris must do it in the same number of games as Ruth. Maris’ 59th home run of the year, off Jack Fisher, is short of the record, but helps New York beat Baltimore 4-2 as the Yankees clinch their 26th American League pennant.
Today in 1946, the Yankees released Red Ruffing …
On September 20, 1968, Mickey Mantle hit his last home run in the Major Leagues, a solo shot against Boston’s Jim Lonborg. Mantle finished with 536 homers.
(h/t: NationalPastime.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : Tomorrow night begins the Yankees last opportunity to control their own destiny in the post-season entry sweepstakes — but it requires a sweep of the Blue Jays in Toronto. Anything less and New York will need help from other teams to capture the AL East crown. Adam Warren (6-6, 3.33 ERA) takes the mound for the Bombers against David Price (16-5, 2.42) in the huge series opener. Let’s go, Yankees!