Yanks Stumble Again, Fall in 11

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Travis Shaw gives the Red Sox an early lead, hammering a pitch deep into the seats in right field for a three-run homer at Yankee Stadium on September 30, 2015

Game 158 / 86-72 / 2nd / -6 GB : Losing their third straight in maddening fashion, it was one stumble after another tonight in this poorly played game (and series) against the Boston Red Sox. Starter Masahiro Tanaka settled down after a giving up a 3-run homer in the first, while the Yankees actually clawed back to tie then take the lead on a 6th inning solo blast by Alex Rodriguez. After that, the offense stranded as many runners on base as they possibly could until the stretched out bullpen finally gave it up in a 4-run Boston 11th.

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

Red Sox 9, Yankees 5

Timely Blast That Didn’t Stand

Story of the Game, Story of the Series

  • Epic Fail I   The Yankees were first in the AL East on July 28th with an 8 game lead over the second place Toronto Blue Jays. That’s the point things started going south. By August 13th, New York dropped it’s 5th straight game in a 2-1 loss to Cleveland, and Toronto won it’s 10th in a row that night, knocking the Yankees out of first and never looking back. Since July 28th, the Blue Jays have gone 42-14 while the Yankees are 29-29.
  • Epic Fail II ?   Is it possible the Yankees will fail to qualify for the postseason? Yes. While momentum can change at the drop of a hat, it’s hard to see how this team picks itself and gets in a tournament mindset. Boston can complete their sweep tomorrow, then it’s a weekend crapshoot in Baltimore, where New York has lost 4 of the 6 played there so far. A sweep at the hands of another division foe is not out of question. If the Yankees do indeed close out the season with 7 straight losses, it will be the first time in their history they’ve blown an 8-game division lead and a 5-game Wild Card lead in the same season.
  • The Previous Worst Collapse   On June 6, 1933, the 31-13 Yankees held a 6 game lead over the 27-21 Washington Senators. The Senators caught the Yankees three weeks later on June 29th, and ran way with the American League pennant, finishing 7 games ahead of second place New York. The Bronx Bombers played pretty well against the rest of the league, but Washington gave them fits, taking 14 of 22 head-to-head contests, enough to win the pennant.


FOOTNOTES : CC Sabathia (5-10, 4.82) tries to stop the bleeding tomorrow, matching up with lefty Rich Hill (2-0, 1.17). It will end the Yankees final home stand of the season, and depending on the outcome put the 3 game finale in Baltimore as make or break for the postseason. Let’s go, Yankees!
 

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