Category Archives: Mike’s Musings

The minors.

AAA: SWB off.

AA: Trenton won 5-0. Jaron Long (hitting coach Kevin’s son) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 h. He is 7-1, 2.30 at AA, 12-4, 2.15 overall this year. The righty turns 23 tomorrow. Jacob Lindgren 2 scoreless innings, 1 hit, 4 K.  Lindgren’s overall minor league record this year is 2-0, 0.73 and 48 K in 24 2/3 IP. 48 of his 74 outs have been by strikeout. CF Jake Cave 2 hits and an RBI.

High A: 4-1 Tampa win. Caleb Smith six shutout innings, solo HR for LF Ericson Leonora. CF Mark Payton 3 hits, rbi.

Low A: Charleston lost 2-1, getting just two hits.

Game 130. Yanks lose, 5-2.

The Yanks’ five-game winning streak was snapped by Detroit last night, 5-2.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s two solo HR (13) accounted for both Yankees’ runs. Believe it or not, it is Ellsbury who leads the Yanks in RBI. Didn’t see that coming when the Yanks signed him, did you?

Brandon McCarthy went 6 1/3, 5 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 5 K. He drops to an overall record of 8-13,  4.13. As a Yankee he is 5-3,  2.47.

Esmiel Rogers went 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Overall ERA 5.09.

Derek Jeter had two hits to raise his career total to 3442.

The loss dropped the Yanks 7 behind Baltimore in the AL East and 3 1/2 out of the final wild card spot. There are 32 games to go. The Yanks are 68-62. If 90 wins are what it will take to get that last wild card spot, the Yanks would have to go 22-10 to get there.

One-time Yankee backup infielder Jerry Lumpe died Aug. 16 at the age of 81. He was with the Yanks 1956-1959, then played for the KC A’s 1959-1963 and the Detroit Tigers 1964-1967. He was an All-Star in 1964 and finished 25th in the 1962 MVP voting. His 162 g. average was .268-6-54, OPS+ 87. He was 6 for 26 in two WS, 1957 and 1958 and was part of the 1956 and 1958 WS Champ Yanks as well as the 1957 AL Champs. He mostly played 2B, but also played SS and 3B.

The minors.

It doesn’t appear any of the top levels (AAA, AA, High A or Low A) will make it to the postseason.

AAA: SWB (65-72) lost 4-2. Preston Claiborne gave up 3 R in 2 IP. 1B Kyle Roller 2 hits, 1 rbi.

AA: Trenton (65-70) won 9-2. Dan Camarena 8 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 12 K. C Gary Sanchez (.269-13-65) a 3-run HR. CF Mason Williams with a Grand Slam. Solo HR for 1B Greg Bird.

High A: Tampa was off. They are 35-28 in the second half of the season, 2 games back with 7 to play. Their “tragic number” is 5. There is a chance, albeit slight, that they can win their division for the second half. They were 33-37 in the first half, 13 1/2 back.

Low A:  Charleston was off. They are 33-30 in the second half after going 33-37 in the first half.

High A and Low A leagues use split seasons.

Game 129. Yanks KO KC, 8-1.

When you get past the injuries, and get past the stupid pine tar incident of this year, you have to admit this:

When he has taken the mound this year, Michael Pineda has been brilliant.

Tonight (Monday night) he pitched 6 1/3 innings, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 5 K. He improved to 3-2 on the season, with an ERA of 1.95. This was his 7th start of the season. He missed about 19 starts.

By contrast, Masahiro Tanaka, working his way back, has had 18 starts this season, and is 12-4, 2.51. He has missed six or seven starts. Put them together, the two are 15-6 with an ERA around 2.30 or so.

You only can wonder what the Yanks might have had if both were healthy all year round.

The Yanks won 8-1, their fifth win in a row. They remain six behind Baltimore and in second place in the AL East. They are 2 1/2 back of that final wild card spot.

The Yanks scored a run in the third on an RBI groundout by Jeter which was helped along by an error. In the bottom of the third, Pineda made his only mistake, giving up a HR to tie the game.

The Yanks got it right back in the fourth when Stephen Drew hit his 7th (overall) HR of the year.

The Yanks broke it open with 4 in the 7th.  Martin Prado (hot lately) led off with his 9th overall HR of the season. Singles by Ellsbury and Jeter (hit 3440) drove in two more and another came in on a McCann SF.

Ellsbury finished the scoring with a 2-run HR in the 9th (11).

David Huff wrapped up the game for Pineda, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings, 2 hits, no walks, 1 k. Overall ERA 3.86.

 

The minors.

Since I was away for the weekend, I will only recap the Sunday games, not the Friday or Saturday ones. Sorry, but too little time and too much for me to catch up on now that I am back home (and I took today off from work in order to catch up!)

AAA: SWB lost 5-4. Chase Whitley, sent down a few days ago when the Yanks recalled Zelous Wheeler, pitched two shutout innings. RF Ramon Flores 3 hits, double, 2 HR, 3 rbi. The top four guys in the lineup, Jose Pirela, Flores, Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Roller, had 9 of SWB’s 10 hits, two each for the three other than Flores.

AA: Trenton won 7-3. Luis Severino 2 2/3, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K. CF Jake Cave and 3B Rob Segedin each with a HR and 2 RBI.

High A: 5-1 win for Tampa. Brady Lail 1 R in 6 IP. RF Aaron Judge 2 h, 2 rbi.

Low A: Charleston lost 5-4 in 12. RF Yeicok Calderon 2 hits and an RBI.

Games 126-128. Yanks sweep Chisox.

Maybe I should go away for the weekend more often.

For while I was away, the Yanks swept the White Sox to run their winning streak to four.

I won’t have time to go into detail about each game, so here is a very brief recap.

Friday the Yanks won 4-3. Martin Prado had a 2-run HR and a walkoff hit in the bottom of the 9th. David Robertson got the win.

Saturday the Yanks won 5-3. Prado had a 2-run double and Carlos Beltran homered, his 15th of the season and #373 of his career. Win for Kuroda.

Saturday was the day ex-mgr. Joe Torre got a plaque in Monument Park and his #6 retired.

Yesterday (Sunday) the Yanks won 7-4 in 10 innings on a 3-run, walk-off, PH HR (15) by Brian McCann. David Huff with the win.

The Yanks are 67-61, 2nd place in the AL East, six behind Baltimore. They are 3 1/2 out of the final wild card spot.

They have a makeup game in KC tonight before heading to Detroit. Tonight is the second of a tough five-game stretch in which they faced Sale yesterday, Shields today and then Porcello, Verlander and Scherzer (I think that is the order, that they miss Price while in Detroit, but I am not sure. Anyway a tough stretch.)

Derek Jeter’s hit count stands at 3439.

The minors.

I’m heading away for the weekend so no reports for a couple of days.

AAA: SWB lost 5-1, getting just three hits. HR SS Carmen Angelini.

AA: Trenton won 3-0. Jaron Long, son of Yanks’ hitting coach Kevin Long, pitched 8 shutout innings. He is 6-1, 2.54 at AA this year, 11-4, 2.25 overall between Low A, High A and AA. He is a 22 yr. old righty. DH Rob Segedin 3 h, triple, rbi. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits, rbi, same with SS Ali Castillo. Two others with two hits each.

High A: Tampa won 10-6. 1B Rey Nunez 3 hits, double, 2 HR, 4 rbi. LF Ericson Leonora solo HR. C Trent Garrison 2 rbi. DH Mike Ford and CF Mark Payton each had 2 hits, rbi. Aaron Judge 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston won 12-0. SS Abiatal Avelino and 2B Tyler Wade with solo HR, Wade had 3 hits. 1B Bubba Jones with 2 doubles, 2 rbi. RF Yeicok Calderon 2 hits, rbi.