Category Archives: In-Season Moves

Game 118. Yanks lose to O’s, 11-3.

The Yanks’ offense stumbled again, as they only got five hits, and the bullpen let the game get away in an 11-3 loss to Baltimore Monday night. It was the Yanks’ third straight loss and dropped them 7 behind Baltimore in the AL East. It also dropped the Yanks 3 behind the 2nd WC, Detroit. Yes, Detroit. KC took over the AL Central last night.

Earlier, the Yanks sent Bryan Mitchell down and brought up Chris LeRoux. LeRoux probably won’t stay long, since Michael Pineda is coming back to start on Wednesday.

The Yanks managed just five hits in the game. They scored in the first on a Gardner triple and Jeter groundout. The other two runs they scored came on a botched hit-and-run play that turned into a double steal (with Beltran stealing home) and the other run scoring on two errors after Headley stole second on the back end of the double steal that started with a rundown. Unfortunately, we keep waiting for the offense to produce and at this stage of the season, it appears it is what it is, and that isn’t good enough.

Chris Capuano (overall 1-3, 4.13) kept the Yanks in the game. 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 7 K.

Adam Warren 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.53. What is concerning about Warren is that he has been slumping badly lately. In his last 9 outings, 7 1/3 IP, he has given up 8 runs.

The same for Chase Whitley. 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.51. In his last 11 outings, 28 1/3 IP, his ERA is 9.53.

Needless to say, that’s a problem as well.

Rich Hill got the last out. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.75.

Jeter did get hit #3432 in the game.

Oriole 3B Manny Machado suffered a knee injury in the game and it looked gruesome. We’ll see how bad it is, but it could Baltimore down the stretch and in the postseason.

Hopefully the Yanks get on a hot streak. They are three out of a playoff spot with 44 games to go, and 9 are against Baltimore. There is no time to waste.

Game 116. Jeter passes Wagner but Yanks lose, 3-0.

Derek Jeter got hit #3431 to pass Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list, but the Yanks lost to Cleveland Saturday afternoon, 3-0.

Jeter will end his career in sixth place, since he is over 80 hits short of fifth-place Tris Speaker with just 46 games to go.

Brandon McCarthy pitched another good game for the Yankees, but got no run support. McCarthy gave up just Jose Ramirez’ first MLB HR in the 2nd, a two-run shot. McCarthy falls to 7-11 (4-1 NYY) after going 6 1/3, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 8 K. Overall ERA 4.31.

Rich Hill 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. ERA 9.00.

Chase Whitley gave up a HR to Jackie Brantley in the 8th. 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.02.

15 Yankees struck out in the game, and they got just five hits.

Before the game, the Yanks put Brian McCann on the 7-day concussion DL and brought up Austin Romine.

The Minors.

Michael Pineda could be close to rejoining the Yankees. Bruce Billings was picked up by the Dodgers.

AAA: Pineda tossed 4 1/3 innings for SWB in their 2-1 loss Friday night. 52 of Pineda’s 72 pitches were strikes. He took the loss, going 4 1/3, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 7 K. SWB’s only run came on a HR by 1B Kyle Roller. C John Ryan Murphy had 2 hits.

AA: Trenton won 9-0. Jairo Heredia (4-1, 3.48 at AA) 6 scoreless, 6 K. RF Tyler Austin 3 h, double, HR, 4 rbi. CF Mason Williams 2 h, HR, 4 rbi. C Gary Sanchez 2 hits and just promoted 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits and an RBI.

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston won 6-3. CF Dustin Fowler and 3B Kale Sumner each had 2 H, 2 RBI.

The minors. Lindgren continues to dominate.

AAA: S/WB off.

AA: Trenton won 7-3. Rough outing for Manny Banuelos, 3 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 5 K in just 3 2/3 IP. Jacob Lindgren continues to dominate. 1 scoreless inning, 1 hit, struck out the side. In 14 1/3 minor league innings (43 outs), Lindgren has struck out 33 batters and is 2-0, 0.63. 1B Greg Bird 4 for 4, double, 2 solo HR. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. promoted to AA.

High A: Tampa split a DH.

Game 1: 6-5 loss. SS Cito Culver a 2-run HR. LF Anderson Feliz a 3-run shot.
Game 2: 3-2 win in 8 (7 inning games when a DH). RF Jose Rosario 2 RBI. RF Aaron Judge GW single.

Low A: Charleston lost both games of a DH.

Game 1: 2-0 loss. They got just four hits.
Game 2: 5-3 loss. CF Brandon Thomas 2 for 2, 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, rbi.

Game 112. Yanks edged in 12, 4-3.

For the 16th game in a row, the margin of victory in a Yankees’ game was only one or two runs.

The Yanks lost to Detroit, 4-3, in 12 innings.

Today the Yanks face their third CYA winner in a row when they face Justin Verlander. Fox Sports states on Twitter that the Yanks did the same thing in June of 2001 when the Braves came to the Stadium and tossed Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux at the Yanks.

The Yanks got off to a 3-1 lead in this one, but couldn’t hold it. They couldn’t score after the fifth.

Detroit got a run in the first off Hiroki Kuroda but the Yanks tied it in the second on a Brian McCann HR (12) off of David Price.

The Yanks got a run in the third on doubles by Ryan and Ellsbury, and another in the fifth on a HR by Martin Prado, his first as a Yankee and seventh overall.

Kuroda gave up a HR in the sixth to make it 3-2, then a trio of Tiger singles in the seventh tied the game.

Kuroda 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 5 K. 3.97.
Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.46. One HBP of Torii Hunter took Hunter out of the game.
Betances now has 100 K in 67 2/3.

Kelley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.22
Huff 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Overall ERA 3.89.
Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Overall ERA 5.84.
Hill 1 batter, HBP. 0 IP, 0 R, 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 K. First MLB batter this year. ERA infinity.

Matt Daley (0-1, 5.02) 1 1/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.02. He gave up a HR to Alex Avila in the top of the 12th that won the game for the Tigers.

Derek Jeter got one hit to put him at 3428, two behind Honus Wagner for sixth all-time.

Just wondering…. in the bottom of the 9th, Carlos Beltran led the inning off with a single. McCann came up. The shift was on. A bunt down the third base line was an easy hit. McCann McCan’t bunt. Didn’t try to. He did try to go the other way and flied to left. Two strikeouts followed. I’m just wondering if Cervelli should have gone up there at that time (after all, Price was still pitching, a lefty) and if Cervelli should have tried the bunt to move Beltran over. In the end, it didn’t matter because the next two hitters struck out anyway.

Did you see the beard on Joba now that he is a Tiger? Looks more like a lions’ mane.

Tanaka threw again yesterday. More pitches from flat ground. 50 at 60 feet. Said he felt fine. Hopefully the rehab continues to go well.

Earlier in the day, the Nationals claimed Matt Thornton off waivers from the Yanks. The Yanks called up Rich Hill. Daley was the callup when Phelps was DL’d for 15 days with elbow inflammation. The guys to really watch are Tyler Webb, who was just promoted recently to AAA and Jacob Lindgren, who was just promoted to AA.

Webb, 24, is 1-6, 3.45 in three levels (A+, AA and AAA) and who has 11 saves and 81 K in 57 1/3 IP.

Lindgren, 21, was the Yanks’ first pick (2nd round) in this year’s draft. He’s pitched in just 13 1/3 minor league innings since then but has already been fast-tracked to AA. Of his 40 outs, 30 are by strikeout. He’s given up 2 runs, just one earned, for an ERA of 0.68.

The loss puts the Yanks at 58-54, six behind Baltimore in the AL East. 3rd place. They remain one behind Toronto for the final wild card spot. Toronto has the final wild card spot, KC is 1/2 game back, the Yanks and Seattle each one back.

Game 108. Yanks fall short, 4-3.

Carlos Beltran and Derek Jeter homered but the Yanks fell short in Fenway Friday night, 4-3.

The loss drops the Yanks to 55-53 at the 2/3 mark of the season. They are still in 3rd place in the AL East, but now six back of the first-place Orioles. They are just 2 1/2 ahead of the hard-charging but now Price-less (sorry, couldn’t help but throw in the pun) Rays. As for the second wild-card spot, the Yanks are 3 1/2 back. The Yanks need to turn it around. They have lost five of their last six and are losing ground.

Chris Capuano (L, 1-2, 4.50) started and gave up 4 R in 6 1/3. 8 H, 0 walks and 5 K.

He gave up two in the third, then Beltran’s 13th HR (371 career) made it 2-1 in the top of the fourth.

Boston went up 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, then Beltran singled in a run in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 3-2.

Boston went up 4-2 in the seventh, then Jeter hit his third HR of the year (259 career) in the eighth to cut it to 4-3 but the Yanks couldn’t tie the game or go ahead.

Jeter’s HR was hit #3423 of his career. He is now seven hits behind Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time list.

Jeter’s postseason hits aren’t included in the total. He has exactly 200 of them.

Shawn Kelley faced one batter and gave up a run-scoring hit. 3.51.

Matt Thornton 2/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks 0 K. 2.59.

Adam Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 3.19.

Stephen Drew and Martin Prado made their Yankees’ debuts.

The minors.

I was underwhelmed and not thrilled with the Yanks’ moves at the trade deadline yesterday. You can read my previous post for my opinion(s).

One thing I didn’t mention in that post is that there is a 27-year-old Cuban defector, Rusneys Castillo, who each team is looking at. The speedy OF is a righty-hitter who has good opposite-field power. The Yanks sent four scouts to look at him and many other teams are after him too. Estimates say it’ll take $30-$45 million to sign him. Jay-Z is his agent, which may or may not be a good thing (think Cano). So we’ll see if the Yanks are in play for him. Despite the Prado acquisition, getting someone in their prime like Castillo would be a plus.

AAA: Scott Sizemore was released. SWB won 8-4. Bruce Billings 1 R in 6 IP. Pirela and Refsnyder at it again (I wanted both called up. Instead the Yanks went out and got Drew and Prado). LF Pirela (.313) 3 hits, single, double, triple. Refsnyder, who now will concentrate solely on 2B, 2 hits, 2 RBI (.301 at AAA after .342 at AA). 2 hits, solo HR for C John Ryan Murphy.

AA: 2-1 win for Trenton. 6 2/3 shutout innings, with 8 K for hitting coach Kevin Long’s son Jaron (4-0, 2.73 at AA). RF Jake Cave 2 hits, 2B Casey Stevenson 2 h, rbi.

High A: 3B Eric Jagiello 2 h, rbi as Tampa lost 7-3.

Low A: Charleston lost 1-0, getting (and giving up) just three hits. DH Tyler Wade 2 hits. Chaz Hebert the tough-luck loser, 7 IP, 1 R (unearned), 2 H.