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Game 106. Yanks escape with 12-11 win.

This would have been an awful one to lose. Up 10-4 after 6 1/2 innings, the Yanks escaped with a 12-11 win over Texas when, on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded, David Robertson got Adrian Beltre to fly out deep to left. The out looked like a game-winning hit off the bat.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR (13). The red-hot Gardner was 4 for 5 in the game.

Starter and winner (Overall 6-10, 4.56; as NYY 3-0, 2.55) gave up four in the third and another in the fifth but got the win. 6 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

The Yanks got seven runs in the sixth to go up 8-4. Beltran singled in two, McCann plated another on a SF. Almonte singled in one, Ryan doubled in two and then Ryan scored on a three-base error.

In the seventh, Headley singled in one run and another scored on Almonte’s forceout. 10-4. Safe, right? Nope.

A grand slam by Arencibia (who had 4 hits and 7 rbi in the game) off of Betances cut it to 10-8 in the bottom of the seventh. Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run HR (18, 359 career, passing Yogi Berra on the all-time list and tying Johnny Mize) in the eighth to put the Yanks back up 12-8.

Chase Whitley gave up a run in the bottom of the eighth and David Robertson two in the ninth to set up the ugly, wild, exasperating, but successful (for Yankees’ fans) ending.

The numbers after McCarthy left the game aren’t nice, but here they are. Too many walks, for one.

Warren 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 3.25. He’s been slumping lately.
Betances 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.55.
Whitley 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.94.
Robertson 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 2.88.

Robertson got his 27th save. Undeserved, I’d say. Yes, the Yanks win, but wasn’t really a deserved “save.” Oh, well.

The win puts the Yanks at 55-51 and keeps them 4 1/2 behind Baltimore, 3rd in the AL East. They are still two behind Toronto for the final wild-card spot.

Derek Jeter had two hits to go to 3422 for his career, eight behind Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time list.

Michael Pineda will pitch on Sunday, starting his rehab.

Meanwhile, I’m waiting for those big trades to develop.

Game 105. Jeter passes Yaz but Yanks lose, 4-2.

Brett Gardner hit two solo HRs, and Derek Jeter passed Carl Yastrzemski for 7th place on the all-time hits list, but the Yanks lost to Texas Monday night, 4-2.

The loss knocks the Yanks down to 54-51, 4 1/2 behind the Orioles in the AL East. They are in third place, two behind the second-place Blue Jays. The Blue Jays hold the second wild-card spot as of now.

Gardner’s 2 HR gave him 12 for the season, by far the most he’s had in a year. Can you believe he is tied with Beltran for second on the team in HR and leads the team in OPS?

Jeter’s three hits gave him 3420 for his career, one ahead of Yaz. He is now just 10 hits short of Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list.

Unfortunately for the Yanks, despite 11 hits, six by Gardner and Jeter, they couldn’t score outside of Gardner’s two solo blasts.

David Phelps pitched well, but lost it in the fifth, when he gave up all four of Texas’ runs. I have to question some thinking here.

With two out, the score tied, and the bases loaded, Phelps threw three straight fastballs to Arencibia, a .150 hitter. On an 0-2 pitch, Arencibia laced a two-run single—on the third straight fastball—for what proved to be the game-winning hit. Why give a good pitch on 0-2 to a .150 hitter? Why not a slider or a curve in the dirt to make him chase? Why didn’t they work on him?

I know… second-guessing. But between that, McCann making some misplays at first (and yes, the front office SHOULD have got someone who is a legit backup 1B instead of throwing inexperienced people like McCann, Cervelli or Johnson out there), Betances giving a run away on an errant pickoff throw Sunday and Robertson not holding the runner on on Sunday, thus enabling that runner to get into scoring position from which he then did score the game-winning run, there has been some bad thinking out there in the last two games that cost the Yankees two games. You can’t do that. Maybe Girardi has to give a wake-up call. You have to play heads-up baseball, and we haven’t seen that in the last three games, which is why the Yanks have lost three in a row.

The Yanks should get Teix back in the lineup today. They brought up Almonte yesterday and DFA’d Jeff Francis.

I’m hoping the Yanks make a deal for a righty-hitting power-hitting RF soon. Ichiro, 40, is starting to show some age and seems to be running out of gas. It was never the Yanks’ intention to play him everyday, but he is. As a result, he is down to .269, and in 36 games since June 15, has been hitting just .214. Playing everyday is wearing him down. He needs to backup/platoon. The Yanks need to find someone at the trade deadline, here.

Phelps 6 IP, 4 R, 8 h, 1 walk and 3 K. He falls to 5-5, 3.89.

Kelley 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 hits. 3.51.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.66.

The minors on 7-25-14.

AAA: SWB won the completion of the suspended game, 12-4, and then went on to win the regularly scheduled game as well.

In the suspended game, 2b Rob Refsnyder had 2 hits, which were a double and a solo HR. RF Zoilo Almonte had 4 hits, 3 of them HR, and drove in 7 runs. SS Carmen Angelini 3 h, 2 rbi. C Austin Romine 3 hits. SWB had 18 hits for the game.

The regularly scheduled game only went 7 innings, then. SWB won that one 3-1. LF Taylor Dugas 2 rbi. C John Ryan Murphy 2 h, rbi.

AA: 6-5 win for Trenton. Luis Severino went four innings, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 7 K. C Gary Sanchez 2 h, 3 rbi. DH Ben Gamel 2 rbi.

Yankees fans may remember a 3B that the Yanks had in the early 1970s named Celerino Sanchez. It’s just funny that for a while, Trenton’s battery in the game last night was Severino and Sanchez.

High A: 6-1 win for Tampa. 2 h, HR, 2 rbi 1B Greg Bird. RF Anderson Feliz 2 h, 2 rbi. LF Jose Rosario 3 h, rbi. Caleb Smith, 6 IP, 1 R, 2 h. He was recently promoted from low A Charleston. He’ll be 23 soon and the lefty is 7-7, 2.79 in 20 starts overall this season. 91 K in 90 1/3 IP.

Low A: Charleston won 10-3. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 h, 3 rbi. DH Tyler Wade 4 h, 2 rbi.

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.

The Minors, 7-8-14.

AAA: SWB lost 11-6. 2 h each for Pirela, Refsnyder and Solarte. 3 for Almonte, 3 for Joseph and Dugas. This was the completion of that suspended game. The regularly scheduled game was ppd.

AA: 6-5 win for Trenton. Jaron Long, son of Yankees’ pitching coach Kevin Long, got the win. 1B Pete O’Brien a solo HR. RF Zach Wilson 3 rbi.

High A: Tampa lost 3-2. Luis Severino 4 IP, 8 K. 1 unearned run. CF Jake Cave 2 h, solo hr.

Low A: Charleston won 4-3. Top draft pick Jacob Lindgren with two scoreless IP, 3 K. Solo HR by OF Mike O’Neill and C Kale Sumner.

The Minors, 7-5-14.

AAA: SWB lost 6-3. Solo Hrs by C John Ryan Murphy and RF Zoilo Almonte. 3B Yangervis Solarte went 3 for 3. LF Jose Pirela (.319) with 2 hits. SWB gave up 4 in the 8th. Pat Venditte couldn’t get anyone out and 2 runs were charged to him. The other two were charged to Matt Daley.

AA: Trenton lost 3-1. Zach Nuding pitched six shutout innings. LF Ben Gamel HR. C Gary Sanchez 3 hits.

High A: Tampa lost 5-4. Rafael De Paula 2 R in 6 IP. CF Jake Cave 3 hits (.309). RF Aaron Judge 2 rbi. 3 others with 2 hits each.

Low A: Charleston won 9-1. Rookie Davis 1 R in 5 IP. Top draft pick Jacob Lindgren pitched a scoreless inning. RF Dustin Fowler, triple, HR and 5 RBI. C Eduardo De Oleo 3 rbi.

The minors, 7-1-14.

AAA: Swb lost 3-2. Aceves 3 R in 5 1/3. Pat Venditte 5 K in 2 2/3 IP of relief, ERA 3.86. A bit inconsistent. He is the switch-pitcher that the Yanks have had for a couple of years now in the minors. 2 H, HR, 2 RBI LF Zoilo Almonte, who appears to be a better option right now than Soriano or Ichiro. Hey, bring him up, play him every day and see what you really have in him. You aren’t going to know by bringing him up and playing him once a week like he was before. Eventually you have to commit to him or let him go (sounds like dating, right?). RF Jose Pirela (.315, and also a possible replacement for Soriano/Ichiro) 2 hits. 2 hits for 1B Kyle Roller.

Earlier in the day, Jim Miller was called up for Jose Ramirez because the Yanks needed a fresh arm.

AA: Trenton lost 5-4, and it was a terrible outing for Manny Banuelos. He gave up two hits, two walks, got only one man out and all four runners scored. (L, 0-2, 5.09). Jairo Heredia relieved him and did well, 0 R, 1 H, 5 K in 5 2/3. LF Ben Gamel 4 hits and an RBI. C Gary Sanchez 2 hits. 3B Rob Segedin 2 hits and 2 RBI.

CC’s next rehab will be Wed. instead of Thursday.

High A: Tampa won 14-2. The offensive explosion we’d like from the big club. Dan Camarena 1 unearned run in 6 iP. RF Aaron Judge 2 hits, double, grand slam, 5 RBI. CF Jake Cave 4 hits. 3B Dante Bichette, JR. 4 rbi. LF Jose Rosario 2 h, 2 rbi. 1B Greg Bird 3 hits, 2 rbi. Tampa banged out 17 hits and drew 9 walks.

Low A: Charleston scored 3 in the top of the 9th, but gave 3 right back in the bottom of the 9th to lose 9-8. 2b Gosuke Katoh, HR, 3 RBI. Paul’s nephew, Mike O’Neill with 4 hits.

The Minors, 6-29-14.

AAA: SWB beat LV 6-5 when C Austin Romine picked the potential winning run off of first base with two out in the bottom of the ninth. LF Zoilo Almonte had 2 hits, a 3-run HR, and 4 rbi. 2B Rob Refsnyder stayed hot with two hits and two walks. Refsnyder is hitting .371 with SWB after his promotion from Trenton, where he was hitting .342. 3B Scott Sizemore added a 2-run HR.

AA: Zach Nuding (3-2, 3.28) five scoreless IP in Trenton’s 4-1 win. CF Mason Williams and 2B Ali Castillo with solo HRs. LF Ben Gamel 2 hits, 1B Dan Fiorito 3 hits.

High A: Tampa got a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie, then won it in the 10th, 3-2. Jaron Long 1 R in 5 1/3. DH Yeicok Calderon, 2 h, rbi, in the middle of both rallies. RF Aaron Judge a solo HR. 2 hits for 3B Dante Bichette, Jr.

Low A: Charleston lost 7-3. Solo HR. 3B Miguel Andujar. 2 hits each for OF Dustin Fowler and 2B Gosuke Katoh.

Game 79. Tanaka, Yanks, lose heartbreaker, 2-1.

In his last two outings, Masahiro Tanaka has given up 5 runs in 16 IP.

That is an ERA of 2.81. But Tanaka has lost both games because in those 16 innings, he got one unearned run of support.

Saturday night, Tanaka pitched a complete game, but two mistakes, both hit for HR, cost him the game, 2-1.

Tanaka gave up a HR to Cody Ross in the top of the 3rd. The Yanks tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on an error, HBP, sac bunt by Gardner and groundout by Jeter. Jeter did get one hit tonight to go to 3391 for his career, but also had a key GIDP besides the RBI groundout.

I hate to say this, but in my opinion, Jeter shouldn’t be hitting second anymore. Ellsbury isn’t a #3 hitter. But Girardi 1) doesn’t want to disrespect Jeter by dropping him to 8th in the lineup, even though, halfway through the season, Jeter’s numbers for the year project to .270-4-37 or so, which isn’t that great (ok for a 40 year old but very Alvaro Espinoza-like, otherwise) and 2) Girardi is so tied into splitting up the lefty hitters Gardner and Ellsbury by having the righty hitting Jeter hit between them. Personally, I feel that keeping Jeter second, and not putting Gardner/Ellsbury 1-2 is hurting the team. Of course, the problem, then, is who do you hit #3? For the guys supposed to be the beef of the lineup are not producing.

The game stayed at 1-1 until the 9th. Heck, in the fourth, Tanaka showed a lot of mettle. He gave up a leadoff single to Pedroia (the little pest had three hits tonight) and a double to Ortiz. 2nd and 3rd, no one out and Tanaka got two strikeouts and a ground out to get out of it. GUTS.

But the Yanks did not even get a hit off Lester until the sixth.

In the top of the 9th, with two out and two strikes on Napoli, Tanaka threw a fastball. Should he have thrown the splitter? In retrospect, yes. The fastball was 96 and on the black, but up. An inch further outside and Napoli may swing and miss for strike three. But he went the other way and the ball cleared the short porch by a foot to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead and ultimately, the win.

After the HR, Napoli supposedly called Tanaka a “f***ing idiot.” I know what I’d do tomorrow if I were pitching. I don’t expect Whitley, a rookie, to do it. I’d shave Napoli’s ugly beard with my first pitch. You don’t disrespect my teammate by saying that. I show toughness. I knock his ass down. I’d love to see Whitley do that tomorrow night. If Napoli charges the mound, bring it on. But Napoli showed no class by doing that tonight. F*** Napoli.

Now as for the Yanks. I got to be honest here. Being less than honest isn’t my style and you would have every right to disrespect me and my postings if I weren’t. This offense needs some help. You read above that I don’t think that Jeter should be hitting second anymore. If his name wasn’t Derek Jeter he probably wouldn’t be. You just gave your ace only one unearned run of support over his last 16 innings of very good work.

Hey, Koufax and Seaver and every other great pitcher couldn’t win with only one unearned run of support over a 16 inning stretch.

2B. Brian Roberts is 36 and is hitting .237. He hasn’t been a full-time player in four years because of injury. The future is now. Bring up Rob Refsnyder, who was hitting .342 at AA Trenton and even though he has been at AAA only a couple of weeks, is raking there. He is the future. Roberts isn’t. Start the future now. See what you have in him.

RF: Soriano is hitting .228. He is 38 years old. I love Soriano. He has had a great career. But he is one of the biggest reasons this offense has been struggling (along with McCann and Beltran). RF is a major problem for the Yanks right now. Heck, Sori’s defense tonight was questionable, let alone that .228. Bring back Almonte and play him everyday or bring in a power-hitting RF. That brings me to Ichiro. Yes, Gardner, Ellsbury and Ichiro are a good defensive OF, but Ichiro, despite a .298 BA, has absolutely no pop anymore. Of Ichiro’s 45 hits, 41 are singles, 4 are doubles. If you play him with Gardner & Ellsbury, your OF is one of the weakest in the league power-wise. Get rid of Soriano, make Ichiro a backup defensive OF/PR and either get a RF or play Almonte everyday to see what you have. But get one with some pop in his bat.

The middle of the lineup has Teix (who leads the team in HR and RBI) at .243. Beltran (who has 2 more years on his deal) at .209. McCann, in the first year of a five-year deal, at .224. Soriano is at .228. The Yanks can’t and won’t win if that continues. It’s amazing that they are only two games out right now, considering the lack of production by the middle of the lineup and the fact that 3/5 of their Opening Day starting rotation is on the DL. They are still in it, but to stay in it and win it some members of the offense either need to pick it up, be benched, and/or a deal must be made. Some may not like to hear that, but we are halfway through the season. I say this not to be negative but to try and improve this team, for the Yanks middle of the lineup cannot continue like that. Period.

For you see the result. They waste a great outing by Tanaka tonight. They are forcing pitchers to be perfect. Even Tanaka isn’t perfect, and he is the best of the bunch. What about someone like Phelps, Whitley or Nuno?

Tanaka’s ERA actually DROPPED tonight. 9 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 8 K. ERA 2.10 (came in at 2.11). He still leads the majors in wins (11) and CG (3) and the AL in ERA (2.10), and ERA+ (190).

This was a tough loss. But the middle of the Yanks offense MUST produce better. At present, and at its current pace, the Yanks RBI leader at the end of the year will have only 84 RBI or so. Nowhere near 100. That won’t cut it.

As far as help on the way, CC went 2 1/3 at High A Tampa in a rehab outing. 2 R on 3 H. Pineda threw 25 pitches from 60 feet, no problems. Both 4-6 weeks away, but even if they come back healthy and well, what kind of offensive support will they receive?

Moves are forthcoming. I suggested a few of my own. But something needs to be done to make the team better so that they can make the postseason, and every Yankees fan wants to see that.

The Minors 6-26-14.

AAA: SWB won 7-4. Alfredo Aceves 2 R in 4 1/3, Matt Daley with a four-out, scoreless save. 3B Zelous Wheeler 2 rbi. 2B Rob Refsnyder 2 h, 2 rbi. CF Taylor Dugas 3 rbi. LF Jose Pirela 2 hits (.323). 1B Kyle Roller and RF Zoilo Almonte 2 hits.

AA: Trenton won 10-5. RF Zach Wilson solo HR. 2 rbi each for LF/CF Ben Gamel, 2B/LF Casey Stevenson and SS Carmen Angelini. 3B Rob Segedin with 3 hits.

High A: Tampa lost 4-3. CF Jake Cave (.313) 3 hits, 1 rbi. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits and 2 rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 9-0. Ian Clarkin 1 H in 6 IP. 7 K. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 h, HR, 6 RBI.