The minors.

AAA: SWB’s game with LV was suspended due to rain with the game tied in the bottom of the 8th. It will be completed before the reg. scheduled game today (Monday).

AA: 4-2 Trenton loss. CF Mason Williams 3 for 3 with an RBI. Jaron Long (son of Yanks’ hitting coach Kevin) took the loss.

High A: Tampa lost 6-3. Solo HR SS Cito Culver. 2 rbi for 3B Mike Ford.

Low A: 3B Kale Sumner 2 rbi in Charleston’s 5-0 win. LF Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) and DH Miguel Andujar each had 2 hits and and rbi.

 

Game 135. Another painful loss, 4-3.

The Yanks had a 3-0 lead entering the bottom of the sixth in Toronto. Brandon McCarthy was working on a two-hit shutout.

Then the game slipped away. McCarthy got two outs but then gave up back-to-back HRs to Melky Cabrera and Juan Bautista to make it 3-2. He then got out of the inning.

Instead of pulling him, manager Joe Girardi left him in for the seventh. Mistake. Edwin Encarnacion homered to tie the game and McCarthy walked the next batter. Dellin Betances got two strikeouts, but in the interim, the runner stole second. Betances then gave up a single which turned out to be the game-winning hit before getting another strikeout to finish the inning.

Toronto won 4-3. The loss puts the Yanks 9 back of Baltimore in the division with just 27 games to play. Worse yet, it knocks the 70-65 Yanks 3 1/2 games out of the last wild card spot and now to get there they would need to pass three teams—Cleveland, Seattle and Detroit.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR (16). The Yanks got a run in the fourth on a Cervelli single and another in the fifth when Gardner (who missed the cycle by just a single) tripled and scored on a throwing error.

McCarthy went 6+, 4 R, 5 H (but 3 were HR), 2 walks and 4 K. He falls to 8-14, 4.19 overall, 5-4, 2.80 as a Yankee.

Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 4 K. 1.46.

The Yanks are off today.

Derek Jeter got hit #3445 of his career, but has been slumping lately. 16 for his last 85.

The Yanks did make a minor move, acquiring pitcher Chaz Roe.

The minors.

On a major league note, ex-Yank Kelly Johnson is moving on again. He began the year with the Yanks, was dealt to Boston and now Boston has dealt him to the Orioles.

AAA:  SWB lost to LV, 3-2 in 11. OF Taylor Dugas was pressed into pitching service and took the loss. Ex-Met Chris Young, just signed to a minor league deal this week by the Yanks, hit a solo HR.

AA: Trenton lost 7-1 to Reading. Jacob Lindgren had the first bad outing of his professional career, 1/3 of an inning, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 hit, 3 walks. 0 K.

High A: 3-1 win for Tampa. Brady Lail 6 shutout IP, 2 h, 7 K.

Low A: Charleston won 4-2.

Game 134. Yanks shut out, 2-0, get just one hit.

Today (Saturday) was the Yanks’ season all rolled up into one. A fine pitching performance, a disappointing offense.

For the Yanks only got one hit today in losing to Toronto, 2-0.

Michael Pineda made just one mistake, giving up a 2-run HR to Jose Bautista in the first inning. It’s hard to pitch when you have to be perfect.

Pineda (3-3, 2.09) went six innings, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 3 K. You’d think his record would be better what with that ERA.

Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.50.

David Huff (who has been superb since the Yanks reacquired him) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. Overall ERA 3.78.

In the fourth, with two out, Beltran was HBP, Teixeira doubled him to third (the Yanks’ only hit of the game) and McCann was HBP. But with the only real scoring opportunity they had all day, Prado flied out.

Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 and is down to .262. He is 15 for his last 80 and has lost 14 points off his batting average in that span. Hopefully in the last 28 games he picks it up and can go out in style.

The loss drops the Yanks to 70-64, 8 back of Baltimore for the division and 3 1/2 out of the last wild card spot.

In case you missed it, Masahiro Tanaka experienced soreness after his sim game and went back to NY. I don’t expect him back at all this year and only hope that he won’t need the TJ surgery that would cost him all of 2015 and some of 2016.

The minors.

Sorry for no minor league report yesterday, but I was busy and didn’t have the time to write one up.

AAA: SWB lost 6-5 to Lehigh Valley. Manny Banuelos went 4 innings, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K. CF Adonis Garcia 2 doubles, rbi. 3B Scott Sizemore solo HR. C John Ryan Murphy 2 hits, HR, 3 rbi.

AA: Trenton lost 3-0. Luis Severino (L) 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 4 K. C Francisco Arcia and 2B Dan Fiorito each had two hits. Severino, 20, is 6-5, 2.46 in 24 starts this year (combined leagues).

High A: 8-4 loss for Tampa. DH Mike Ford and 2B Jose Rosario 2 RBI each. Tampa has been eliminated from a playoff spot, so no teams A through AAA will be in the postseason.

Low A: Charleston won 6-1. Rookie Davis 6 IP, 1 R, 4 h, 2 walks, 9 K (7-8, 4.93). DH Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) 3 hits, rbi. C Eduardo De Oleo 3 hits, rbi. 2 hits and an rbi for both 1B Jackson Valera and LF Brandon Thomas.

Game 133. Yanks beat Toronto, 6-3.

The Yanks rode a five-run seventh to beat Toronto 6-3 on Friday night.

With 29 games left and with a  record of 70-63, the Yanks are 7 back of Baltimore in the division (second place) but the win helped the Yanks in their bid to get the final wild card spot. They are three back of Detroit for that position (which makes  Thursday afternoon’s loss to Detroit that much more painful).

Chris Capuano started and got the win. (2-3, 4.24 overall). 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

The Yanks were down 1-0 (Jose Bautista HR) when they came to bat in the seventh. McCann led off the inning with a double, Beltran walked and Gardner doubled in a run. Beltran scored and Gardner moved up to third on a throwing error on the play. Ichiro singled, but it was an infield single and Gardner couldn’t advance. After Headley struck out, Gardner scored and Ichiro moved up when Toronto catcher Dioner Navarro threw the ball away on a pickoff attempt. Ellsbury then hit a 2-run HR (14) to make it 5-1.

Derek Jeter got hit #3444 in the game.

Toronto got two in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 5-3 but Chase Headley homered for the Yanks in the 9th (10th overall HR for Headley) to give the Yanks some insurance and the 6-3 final score.

Adam Warren relieved Capuano and went 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 k. 3.39.

New Yankee Josh Outman made his Yankees debut, facing one batter and he gave up a hit. Overall ERA 3.28.

David Robertson picked up his 35th save. 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.98.

Game 132. Ouch. Yanks edged out by Tigers, 3-2.

This one really hurts, because after today, there are only 30 games left. Not only that, the Yanks lost a game to Detroit, 3-2 and they have to leap-frog Detroit and Seattle to get that final wild card spot.  Losing to one of the teams you need to leap-frog isn’t good.

And they scored just two runs against someone making his first MLB start.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched well, but as is typical in his career, didn’t get the support he deserved.

Kuroda went 7, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 4 K. ERA to 3.88. You’d think that’d be enough, but not with this year’s offense.

Detroit got a run in the 2nd, but the Yanks tied it in the 3rd when Wheeler singled, advanced to 2nd on an error and scored on an Ellsbury single.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth on a single by Prado, double by Beltran and McCann groundout.

Detroit tied it in the fifth.

With two on and two out in the top of the 9th, McCann just missed a 3-run HR. He went on to strike out.

Betances had pitched the 8th, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.50.

In the bottom of the 9th, Shawn Kelley (L, 2-5, 4.60) came on. Leadoff double. A walk. Two strikeouts gave hope, but then he gave up a GW single.

Earlier in the day, Masahiro Tanaka threw a 3-inning simulated game and reported normal soreness. The rust was there, as would be expected, but once the rust comes off, he could be back in a few weeks. But too late?

The Yanks picked up Josh Outman from Cleveland for a PTBNL. Outman is 16-11, 4.49 in his career. The lefty is 29, 30 in a few weeks. ERA+ 95. His 162 g. average is 56 games, 12 of them starts, 6-4, 4.49. This year, in 31 relief outings, he was 4-0, 3.28.

The loss drops the Yanks to 69-63, 7 behind Baltimore for the AL East title with 30 games to go. They are 3 back of Seattle for the last playoff spot.

Realistically, the Yanks need to go 20-10 in their final 30 (the last 30 of Jeter’s career) to have a shot.