By: Billy Lewis
The Yankees lost to the Orioles 6-3 Sunday afternoon. Sunday was also the Yankees’ Regular Season finale at Yankee Stadium. The Bronx Bombers started J.A. Happ and he gave them five innings of one-run ball. The Yankees scored three runs in the first but were unable to build their lead.
Aaron Boone turned to A.J. Cole to begin the sixth and that’s when things went south. Cole gave up three hits and three runs without recording an out. Tommy Kahnle relieved Cole and gave up a run of his own before getting out of the inning.
Luis Cessa threw the last three innings for the Yanks. The Orioles scored once off Cessa to extend their lead to 6-3. The Yankees finished their Yankee Stadium schedule with a whimper.
The Bombers went 53-28 in the Bronx in 2018. The only team with a better home record, the Boston Red Sox (54-21 with six games remaining). Their 53-28 home record is also the Yankees second-best record at the New Yankee Stadium, in 2009 they went 57-24.
The Yankees, of course, hope to host more baseball in October. They currently hold a game and a half lead over the A’s for home field in the Wild Card game. The Yankees were in Oakland earlier this month and dropped two of three.
Last year’s playoff run showed just how important home field advantage can be. The Yankees went on a magical run in the playoffs and were undefeated at home. 2017 ultimately came to an end in Game 7 of the ALCS down in Houston.
Players and fans alike hope to create more October magic in the Bronx. The Yankees are down to the last seven regular season games, beginning with four tonight in Tampa Bay, before finishing the last three in Boston. They sit at 95-60 and with five wins, would clinch home field in the Wild Card Game. The A’s are 94-62 and finish their regular season with six road games against the Mariners and Angels.