Yanks Move In On Wild Card Play-In Berth

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Alex Rodriguez grounds to third, where the ball caroms off Mike Olt's glove and goes into the stands for a ground-rule double at Yankee Stadium on September 26, 2015

Game 154 / 85-69 / 2nd / -4 GB : The Yankees improved their chances to appear in the dreaded Wild card play-in game on October 6th with a well-pitched 2-1 victory over the White Sox. Adam Warren turned in a solid start and the bullpen was perfect. Poor hitting continues to plague New York, but they managed to scratch out 2 runs and depended on the hurlers to make it stick.

Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Yankees 2, White Sox 1

Joe Breaks It Down

  • Adam Warren   The right-hander seems to be getting stronger with each start in his return to the rotation. Warren went 6 full innings, scattering 3 hits, striking out 4 on 88 pitches, and pulled a Houdini getting out of a bases loaded jam in the 5th inning, all enough to earn the win, his 7th against 7 losses.
  • A-Rod’s GWRBI   While the numbers have tailed off a bit (BA is down to .250), Alex Rodriguez seized the moment today, driving in the go-ahead run with a double in the 6th inning.
  • Bullpen Perfecto   Tasked with getting the final 9 outs, the tandem of Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller were merciless. A combined no hits, no walks and logging 4 strikeouts.

“It’s an accomplishment. When you go to work after the season and you do your offseason training and your offseason moves are made and spring training and the grind, of course it’s a celebration. It should be a celebration.” ‐ Joe Girardi when asked if the Yankees would celebrate a Wild Card play-in game berth  (h/t: Chad Jennings/LoHud)

MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1961, at Yankee Stadium, Roger Maris ties Babe Ruth‘s 34 year-old single season record with his 60th home run of the year, a high drive down the right-field line off on a curve ball thrown by Orioles right-hander Jack Fisher. The Bronx Bomber outfielder’s accomplishment comes in the 159th game of the newly expanded season, which at the time keeps Ruth the single-season home run leader according to an edict made by baseball commissioner Ford Frick, who ruled for the mark to be shared or broken the historic round-tripper had to come in the first 154 games of the season …

Today in 2014, Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, with two out in the ninth inning, emerge from the dugout to take out legendary closer Mariano Rivera, giving the sold-out crowd at Yankee Stadium one last chance to cheer their beloved reliever. The unexpected visit to the mound, the brainchild of manager Joe Girardi, who asked permission from the umpires to implement the unorthodox move, triggers an emotional encounter between the remaining Core Four teammates that renders Mo speechless as he weeps from the adulation of his friends and fans …

In 1921, Babe Ruth hits home runs 57 and 58 to beat the Indians 8-7, and the Yankees take a two-and-a-half-game lead. The four-game series draws 147,000 people …

And The Locker Room Would Never Be The Same: On today’s date in 1978, New York District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms in the state.
(h/t: NationalPastime.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)

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