GAME 117 : Thanks to a 9th inning, 2-out home run by Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees avoided being shutout in back to back games for the first time since 1999.
Here’s the box score and recap.
The New York lineup was stymied again by Cleveland pitching, and held scoreless for 17 straight innings over yesterday and today. The Yanks were shutout yesterday by Tribe ace Corey Kluber. Today 5 Indian hurlers combined to almost repeat the outcome.
Back-to-Back Non-Shutout Streak Intact
It was pointed out that the Yankees are the only team in MLB not to have suffered shutouts in consecutive games this century. So we have that going for us.
The Playoff Picture
St. Louis defeated Baltimore today, which holds the Yankees deficit at 6. Which is huge as the Yankees travel to Baltimore for a crucial 3-game series beginning tomorrow. And New York is getting no help in the Wild Card race, as the streaking Kansas City Royals defeated the San Francisco Giants for their 7th win in a row. The Royals have a 2.5 game lead over the Yanks for the second spot, but New York has to jump over Seattle and Toronto, as well. Here’s the division standings and Wild Card standings.
MEMORY LANE: On August 10th, 1989, the Yankees selected Rich Gossage off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. He pitched for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball in 1990, before signing with the Texas Rangers for the 1991 season. Goose would go on to play for the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners before retiring after the 1994 season. His glory days came in his 1978-1983 stretch with the Yankees, who honored Gossage with a plaque in Monument Park (video) on June 22, 2014.