The Yankees have made a change at backup catcher, activating Francisco Cervelli from the 60-day disabled list and sending John Ryan Murphy back to Triple-A.
Murphy did a solid job playing behind starter Brian McCann, hitting .286 with one homer and a .673 OPS in 24 games, but at age 23 the Yankees probably wouldn’t mind him playing more regularly in the minors and when healthy Cervelli has been a quality backup for several years now.
He sat out two months with a hamstring injury and previously missed a lot of time with a concussion, but Cervelli is a career .269 hitter with a nice .340 on-base percentage in 206 games for the Yankees.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.