Category Archives: Regular Season

The minors.

AAA: SWB’s game was suspended in the third inning with SWB up 8-0. Zoilo Almonte had hit 2 HR in the game to that point.

AA: Trenton won 5-2. Zach Nuding (6-2, 2.81) 1 R in 8 IP. RF Tyler Austin double, HR, 4 rbi. 1B Peter O’Brien 3 for 3, 2 doubles, rbi.

High A: 13-6 win for Tampa. Yanks’ first round draft pick Jacob Lindgren pitched a scoreless inning. He started at low A Charleston weeks ago and was promoted already. In 9 2/3 innings he has struck out 19, walked 3 and has given up just one run on five hits. He is a 21 year old lefty reliever who could be in the Bronx before you know it (2015 or 2016?). 2B Angelo Gumbs 3 hits, rbi. C Trent Garrison 2 h, 3 rbi. LF Jose Rosario 4 hits, rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 6-4. LF Brandon Thomas 2 hits, HR, 2 rbi.

Game 100. Yanks win rain-shortened game, 2-1.

On July 13, the Yanks lost a rain-shortened game 3-1 in 4 1/2 innings down in Baltimore.

Mother Nature decided to even up the score as the Yanks won a rain-shortened game Wednesday night, 2-1 in 4 1/2 innings.

David Phelps went five innings for the win. He goes to 5-4 and has quietly lowered his ERA to 3.77.

1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 3 k.

After Texas got a run in the top of the third on a couple of singles and a DP ball, the Yanks came back with two in the bottom of the third. Cervelli doubled, went to third on a groundout and scored on a balk. Gardner then homered, his 10th of the season. Can you believe Gardner is tied for second on the team in HR?

In the bottom of the fifth, the rains came so hard and fast that the grounds crew had trouble putting the tarp on. Even after the rain subsided, the field was a mess and the game was called.

The Yanks improve to 52-48, three behind the Orioles in the AL East. They are just 1/2 back of the final wild card spot. Before the game, the Yanks put Kelly Johnson on the DL due to a groin strain, called up P Chris LeRoux and DFA’d P Bruce Billings.

The Minors.

AAA: SWB won 7-0. 2B Rob Refsnyder 3 hits (.301). 3B Rob Segedin HR (grand slam) and 5 rbi.

AA: Trenton lost 3-0. Finally, some good news from Manny Banuelos. 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 5 K. 5.20 ERA. I believe it is the first time this year he went more than three innings.

High A: 3-2 Tampa win. 1B Greg Bird, solo HR.

Low A: Charleston off.

Game 99. Yanks make a deal, and the new guy wins the game, 2-1 in 14.

–The Yanks traded Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula to San Diego today for 3B Chase Headley.

Headley got on a plane to NY and wound up getting the game winning hit in a 2-1, 14-inning Yankees win.

Solarte, a rookie, hit great for the Yanks for the first six weeks of the season. He cooled off after that and at the time of the trade was at .254-6-31, OPS+ 100. De Paula was 6-5, 4.15 at High A Tampa this year. De Paula is 23 and is projected by most to be an MLB reliever. He has struck out 335 in 264 minor league innings.

As for Headley, you only wonder if he can get back to where he was a couple of years ago. Headley, 30, is a switch-hitting 3b who in 2012 had an excellent season, hitting .286-31-115, OPS+ 145, finishing 5th in MVP voting, and winning the Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. He led the NL in RBI that year. Heck, I’d take 2/3 of that. This year he was at .229-7-32, OPS+ 88 before the trade. Nothing to write home about, but Petco in SD is a bad place for hitters. Hopefully Yankee Stadium helps him. His 162 g. average is .266-16-72, OPS+ 113 and 13 steals. If he can just do that… but he does strike out a lot. 151 times is his 162 game average.

For much of this game, this was like Chinese water torture. Worse than soccer (sorry, soccer fans). Neither team could score.

Chase Whitley (we have Chase Whitley and Chase Headley… could Chase Utley be next in a deal?) went 7 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 6 K. ERA to 4.60.

Thornton 1 batter, 1 out on a K. Strikeout. Foul ball trying to bunt with two out. 2.95.

Warren. 2/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.63.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.52.

Robertson 2 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.45.

Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.48.

In the bottom of the 9th, with one out and the game still scoreless, Jeter doubled. Hit #3413 (6 behind Yaz on the all-time list for 7th) was double #535 of Jeter’s career, making him the all-time Yankees’ doubles leader, passing Gehrig.

Ellsbury was walked, but Beltran GIDP.

Even though the Yankees won, if I were the manager, I’d fine Francisco Cervelli $250 for what happened in the bottom of the 12th, for he almost cost the Yankees the ballgame. If Girardi didn’t put on a take sign, then Girardi should fine himself.

Beltran singled, then there was a WP. McCann popped a single, similar to what happened Sunday, but Beltran couldn’t advance. Ichiro bunted the runners over. Roberts was intentionally walked to bring up Cervelli.

Scoreless game. Bases loaded. One out. A walk wins the game. Cervelli has a 3-0 count on him. He (correctly) takes a strike.

But instead of taking a SECOND strike, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch. I fine his ass for that. You take the SECOND strike as well there. The pitch after that could be ball four which wins the game. With two strikes, you might foul off a couple pitches. Make him throw strike three. Instead, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch and lined out. To me, that is just stupidity. You must make the pitcher throw strikes there. You take BOTH the 3-0 and 3-1 pitches. You make him throw a strike and not ball four which would win the game. Why help the pitcher there?

In the top of the 13th, Arencibia homered off of Huff and it looked like Cervelli would be the goat.

Huff 2 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA 4.20.

The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the 13th. Gardner doubled, Jeter bunted him over and Ellsbury singled him in to tie the game.

Jeff Francis, just acquired, made HIS Yankees debut in the 14th and got the win.

1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall, 1-2, 5.59.

With one out in the bottom of the 14th, Roberts doubled. Cervelli redeemed himself somewhat with a single, sending Roberts to third. The new guy, Headley, singled in the game-winning run.

The win puts the Yanks at 51-48.

Deals may not be done. Word is that the Yanks are in on White Sox lefty John Danks.

The minors.

First off, I can’t recap the games I missed when I had no DSL/Internet access. Too much work.

I CAN tell you this. Top pitching prospect Luis Severino was promoted to AA Trenton. He started the year at Low A Charleston so this makes two promotions this year. 20 years old and now in AA. He pitched in the futures game. In his first game for AA Trenton, he got the win. 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H.

I hope they don’t include Severino in a deal for someone like Cliff Lee. I don’t want Lee, who turns 36 soon. Why take on all that $$$ ($22MM) for someone 36 next month and just off the DL? Not only that, Lee didn’t want to come to NY a few years ago. Why bring in someone who doesn’t want to be here? Remember the problems with Randy Johnson? Past his prime, didn’t want to be here…. the same could happen with Cliff Lee….

As for tonight, 7-21…

AAA: SWB got a run in the top of the 9th to win 2-1 on a SF by 3b Rob Segedin, just promoted from AA. For those following Jose Pirela (.313) and Rob Refsnyder (.290) there are the batting averages. Cashman has stated he’d prefer to keep Refsnyder in the minors. I disagree, unless Cashman has something up his sleeve like acquiring Marlon Byrd from the Phils. Byrd, a RHB, can platoon with Ichiro and give the pop that Ichiro doesn’t give. If not, then why not promote Refsnyder to platoon with Ichiro? Ichiro, 40, isn’t an everyday player. Refsnyder, a RF converted to 2b by the Yanks, has seen more time in his natural RF position lately. Bruce Billings 1 R in 7 ip, 4.94. Refsnyder had a double and RBI tonight.

AA: Trenton swept a DH.

Game 1: 4-1 win. Jaron Long (Kevin’s son) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H. C Gary Sanchez, HR, 2 RBI. CF Jake Cave promoted to Trenton. Double, RBI.

Game 2: 8-5 win. CF Mason Williams 3 h, triple, rbi. 3 hits, double, solo HR, Pete O’Brien. That makes 30 HR for O’Brien between High A Tampa and AA Trenton. 1B Tyson Blaser 3 h, 2 doubles, 2 rbi. C Francisco Arcia 2 h, HR, 2 rbi.

High A: Tampa won 5-2. Rafael De Paula (6-5, 4.15) 1 R in 5 2/3, CF Danny Oh triple 3 rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 8-5. 17 hits. LF Brandon Thomas 4 for 4, 3 rbi. CF Mark Payton, 2 h, HR, 2 rbi. SS Tyler Wade 3 h, rbi.

Keep an eye on players… there have been and will be promotions.

Games 95-98. Yanks sweep Reds, lose opener to Texas.

First off, I’m sorry I haven’t been on in a few days. I switched my home phone to something that would save me $30 a month. What they didn’t tell me was I’d lose my DSL access and I’ve been struggling the past few days to get that restored.

Without that, I had no internet access.

So a brief recap of the Yanks since the All-Star break.

They swept the Reds three straight.

Friday the Yanks beat the Reds, 4-3. Phelps w, 4-4, 3.87. Robertson S, 2.67. Betances pitched, era to 1.42.

Ellsbury HR #7. McCann rbi, Beltran 2 hits, rbi.

Saturday a 7-1 win. McCarthy was great. 4-10, 4.63, but that is combined AZ/NYY. Gardner 3 RBI, Kelly Johnson 2 h, 2 rbi.

Sunday the Yanks got a gift. Kuroda was great, ND. Betances blew a 2-1 lead when he gave up a HR. But in the bottom of the 9th, Ellsbury (who saved a run with a sliding catch) got a hit. He was 4 for 4 in the game. He stole 2nd and went to third on a WP. McCann hit a popup that should have been caught but fell & Ellsbury scored the winning run. This put the Yanks at 50-47 and three back.

Tonight (Monday) the Yanks lost 4-2. Sometimes, when you try to squeeze another out of your starter, you don’t get it and such was the case tonight. Ellsbury had a HR (8) but the Yanks didn’t hit a pitcher they should have. They made five errors, three by starter Shane Greene.

Greene is now 2-1, 2.79. 5 2/3 tonight, 4 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 5 K. He entered the sixth with a 2-1 lead.

Thornton couldn’t save him. 2 batters, 2 hits.

Jeter is now at 3412 hits, 7 behind Yaz and 18 behind Wagner on the all-time hits list. He’ll be honored at the Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 7th.

Teix is out a few days with a strained lat.

The Yanks went into Monday night’s game 3 back in the AL East and 1 1/2 back of the final wild card spot.

I’m sorry for no details, but when you are trying to catch up on four games…

The Minors, 7-14-14.

AAA: SWB off.

Low A: Charleston off as well.

AA: Trenton lost 5-2 in 10. Matt Tracy 6 IP, 2 R (3.26). 3B Rob Segedin 2 hits, same with RF Tyler Austin. DH Gary Sanchez an rbi.

High A: Tampa lost 6-2 in 14. Miguel Sulbaran 6 IP, 1 R, 2.29. LF Yeicok Calderon 2 RBI, RF Aaron Judge 2 hits.

Game 94. Yanks at .500 at break after rain-shortened loss.

The Yanks lost 3-1 Sunday night in a game called in the bottom of the fifth due to rain.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR, but that was the only run the Yanks would get. Gardner’s 9th HR sets a new season high for him. Derek Jeter got his 3408th career hit in the loss at Baltimore.

Chase Whitley started and gave up three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Chris Davis hit a two-run HR to LF. Left field at Camden Yards is their “short porch”, similar to RF at Yankee Stadium. It is just 364 to LCF, the wall is short, and Davis’ HR made it into the front row. A double by Machado and single by Schoop put the Orioles up 3-1.

Chase Whitley went 3 2/3, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 4 K. He falls to 4-3, 5.10.

David Huff 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Overall ERA (SF/NYY) 4.42.

The Yanks went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth and after a walk and two strikes on the second batter in the bottom of the inning, there was the rain delay and the game was called.

So the Yanks lose 3-1 in 4 1/2 innings to drop them to 47-47 at the break. They are in third place, five behind Baltimore in the AL East. They are 3 1/2 behind Seattle for the final wild card spot.

40 of the Yanks’ last 68 games are at home. They’ll need one or two pitchers and one or two hitters to pick up the slack, either by having their own pick it up, or via trade.

They resume the season on Friday, and the first three pitchers after the break are scheduled to be Phelps, McCarthy, then Kuroda.

The Minors.

AAA: SWB lost 5-2. 2B Rob Refsnyder 2 hits (.316 at AAA after .342 at AA). CF Taylor Dugas 2 hits.

AA: 5-1 loss. 2 hits for C Gary Sanchez.

High A: 4-3 loss for Tampa. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 rbi.

Low A: 4-1 Charleston win. Brady Lail (8-4, 3.71) 5 IP, 1 R, 7 K. 2 hits, 2 rbi for 1B Mike Ford.

Game 93. Greene’s 2nd MLB start a great one. Yanks win 3-0.

Shane Greene has pitched in three MLB games. The last two were his first two MLB starts. He most likely has exceeded the Yanks’ expectations.

In the first start, Greene gave up 2 R in 6 IP and notched his first MLB win. Saturday he topped that, going 7 1/3 shutout innings, giving up just four hits, two walks, and striking out 9. He goes to 2-0, 1.32 as the Yanks beat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-0.

The Yanks got a run in the third when Cervelli singled, was forced by Gardner, Jeter singled and Teixeira doubled home Gardner. On the play, Jeter was thrown out at the plate.

The Yanks added two in the seventh when Johnson singled, and after an out, moved up on a WP. With two out, Jeter singled in Johnson and went to second on the throw home. Ellsbury doubled in Jeter. Teix walked and McCann singled, but once again the Yanks had a runner thrown out at the plate.

Jeter’s two hits raised his career total to 3407, twelve behind Carl Yastrzemski on the all-time list.

David Huff relieved Greene, faced one batter and gave up a hit. 0 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA (SF/NYY) 4.46.

Shawn Kelley 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 3.77.

David Robertson with save #23. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.76.

The win puts the Yanks at 47-46, 4 behind Baltimore in the AL East. They are one game behind 2nd place Toronto.

Sunday night’s game on ESPN is the last one before the All-Star break, meaning as far as pitchers go, it is all hands on deck. They all (except for Betances, who’ll be heading for the All-Star Game) will be getting a few days off.