Because I have to work today, there will be no full minor league report. SWB lost 4-1, with Chance Adams (6-3, 2.50 at AAA, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR) taking the loss. Adams is 10-3, 1.94 overall AA/AAA this season.
This is getting quite painful. The Yanks’ free fall continued with a 9-4 loss Friday night which dropped their record to 44-40, 4 1/2 behind Boston. They are only a game ahead of the third place Tampa Bay Rays. They dropped into a virtual tie with the Twins for the first wild card spot.
If they continue like this, even a wild card spot could be slipping away.
They need to right the ship, and soon.
They lost despite Milwaukee making five errors in the first four innings of the game, and lost despite Brett Gardner drawing four walks, because the Yanks only managed four hits.
The Yanks struck out 12x.
Tyler Clippard was awful again.
The Yanks took a 1-0 lead in the second on a SF by Clint Frazier. Milwaukee got two in the top of the fourth on a 2-run HR by Jesus Aguilar, who had 2 HR and 7 RBI on the night.
The Yanks went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Ji-Man Choi hit his second HR in as many games since the Yanks called him up.
In the fifth, Aaron Judge hit #30, breaking Joe DiMaggio’s record (1936) for most HR in a season by a Yankees’ rookie. 4-2 Yanks.
Then the bullpen failed again.
Clippard came in to pitch in the sixth inning with men on second and third and no one out and allowed both runners to score, one on a wild pitch. Game tied.
In the seventh, he walked three batters, one intentionally, before giving up a grand slam to Aguilar. Milwaukee tacked on another run later in the inning. 9-4 Brewers.
Montgomery 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.65
Webb 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.76
Clippard (BS, 5; L, 1-5, 5.24) 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up grand slam.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.96
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.18
Disconcerting were a couple of comments made. One by Clippard who says he feels good on the mound (then why the bad results?). The other by some coward in the Yanks’ front office who is suggesting that Greg Bird is jaking it and doesn’t want to play. Why doesn’t that person come out publicly and say that straight to Bird’s face? I am sure Bird wants to play but cannot. Those comments are uncalled for.