The Tampa Bay Rays made a run at the Yankees for first place in the National League East but the Bombers dug in and with a 7-6 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday increased their lead to six games in the division.
After facing the Red Sox again last night to conclude their short two-game series, the Yankees, who were 86-56 going into the game, had 19 games remaining on their regular season schedule. Aaron Judge hit his 56th and 57th home runs of the season on Tuesday and now trails Roger Maris by four to tie the franchise’s all-time record. Maris hit 61 in 1961.
With the score even at 4-4, Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres had a key three-run double in the top of 10th and closer Clay Holmes held off the Red Sox, who came back with two runs in the bottom of the frame. “They came here to see a good game and to see a show,” said Judge of the Red Sox fans witnessing his power display. “Both teams I think put on a good show for them.”
The Yankees will next face the Milwaukee Brewers for three-games on the road beginning tomorrow and then will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Bronx for two next Tuesday and Wednesday. Afterwards, they will meet up with the Red Sox again next Thursday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, Sept. 25.
The Mets’ lead in the National League East has been tenuous for the past month and they were only a half game ahead of the second place Atlanta Braves when they took on the Chicago Cubs last night (Wednesday) at Citi Field in Queens. The Mets lost 5-2 on Monday and 4-1 on Tuesday to the Cubs, who at 60-82 were 22 games below .500 before yesterday’s series finale. The Mets were 89-54 and had the third best record in all of baseball. Unfortunately for them, the Braves, the defending World Series champions, were 88-54 and held the fourth best mark in Major League Baseball.
“Finishing off a good season is really challenging,” maintained Mets manager Buck Showalter after Tuesday’s defeat. “Because you see the finish line. You’re trying to get there and kind of sometimes get away from the things that got you there.”
The Mets will host the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field for a four-game series beginning tonight and then will play the Brewers for three games in Milwaukee next Monday through Wednesday.