David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman pitched clean eighth and ninth innings, respectively, though Chapman put runners on first base and second base with one out.
Romine started at catcher for the second straight day with Gary Sanchez at designated hitter. Sanchez went 1-for-3.
Anthony Rizzo (DL, back) is eligible to be activated by the Chicago Cubs on Monday, and word has it that he should be ready by then. Should that remain the case by the time weekly lineups lock, he’d be an instant start in all formats — despite the tricky nature of back injuries and their sometimes-adverse impact upon hitters’ power numbers — as the team draws a good-to-excellent set of hitting matchups.
Three weekend games at Colorado’s Coors Field have a lot to say about that, but it also helps that the Cubs play the week-opening three games against the St. Louis Cardinals at home, which is the more hitting-oriented of the NL rivals’ home ballparks, and against only right-handed Cardinals starting pitching. That’s also great news for Ian Happ, typically the team’s leadoff hitter against righties, and Kyle Schwarber, usually the team’s No. 5 hitter against them.
Although it appeared just a few days ago that Torres was being groomed to take over at third base, it now seems as if he’ll be handed the Yankees’ starting second base position.
Torres, 21, played second base on Friday night and Saturday afternoon in Triple-A after a string of games at third base.
After being trounced in Game 1, the Spurs fought admirably behind Aldridge and jumped out to a six-point halftime lead.
“They just took it to us the whole first half,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “They were tremendous defensively. That’s I think the second-best defense in the league statistically, and they showed it in that first half. They got after us. They took away everything we were trying to do.
“So in the second half, I thought we matched that effort level, that physicality, and we’re able to get the upper hand and obviously we had a lot of guys do some great things out there.”
The Warriors deployed their usual third-quarter barrage, this one a 17-5 run to start the frame. Then in the fourth, the Warriors kept leaning on their stars, and Thompson and Durant produced. Thompson scored 24 points in the second half alone, his second-most second-half points in his postseason career.