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Game 120. Gleyber bashes O’s again, Yanks win 11-8.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (79-41) beat Baltimore 11-8 in the night game of the day/night DH as Gleyber Torres continued to torment the Orioles.

Of Torres’ 26 HR this season, half have come vs. Baltimore. With two games left against the Orioles this year, Torres has 13 HR against Baltimore. The Yanks as a team have hit 59 HR vs. the Orioles (13 Torres, 9 by Sanchez), 43 at Camden Yards.

The major league record for most HR against one team in a single season is by Lou Gehrig in 1936 against the Cleveland Indians—14 of his 49 that year. Gleyber is one short.

Want more? From MLB.com (some repeating what I mentioned above) :

• The 13 homers vs. the Orioles this season are the most by a player against a single opponent in the divisional era (since 1969).

• The 13 homers vs. the Orioles are tied for the second most by a player against a single opponent in a season in MLB history (record is Lou Gehrig‘s 14 vs. Cleveland in 1936).

• Torres is the first player since Roger Maris in 1961 vs. the White Sox — his record-setting season — with 13 homers against a single opponent in a season.

• Torres’ five multihomer games vs. the Orioles are the most by a player in a season against a single opponent.

• With 50 career homers, he’s the third-youngest Yankees player to reach that mark.
(Mantle and DiMaggio)

• Torres is the youngest player in American League history to reach 8 career multihomer games.

• The second-year player has surpassed his rookie-year homer total of 24.

• Torres is the first player since Mike Schmidt (1983 vs. the Expos) to homer in both games of a doubleheader twice against the same team in the same season. Torres also homered in both games of a twin bill vs. the Orioles on May 15.

He’s not even 23 yet.

Things are getting so ridiculous with Gleyber vs. the Orioles that in the eighth inning, with two on and two out, the Orioles walked him intentionally to load the bases rather than face him.

The win was the Yanks’ 14th in a row over the Orioles. They are 15-2 vs. them this season.

With the win, the Yanks have a 9 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. The magic # to clinch the division is 34.

In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and one out later, Gio Urshela singled. Torres singled to load the bases, and Brett Gardner hit a 3-run triple. 3-0 Yanks.

With one out in the second, Breyvic Valera singled and LeMahieu walked. A WP moved the runners up, and an error in trying to get Valera at third moved them up even further, Valera scoring to make it 4-0.

The Yanks used a lot of B-pitchers in this game. Chad Green once again served as the opener.

Recently acquired Joe Mantiply, who got his first MLB win, gave up 3 runs, including a 2-run HR, in the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-3. Mantiply was making his Yankees’ debut. He did pitch in five games in 2016 for the Tigers—to a 16.88 ERA. That career ERA wasn’t lowered by much.

Mike Ford homered (4) in the bottom of the fourth to make it 5-3 Yankees.

Torres hit the first of his two 3-run homers in the game in the fifth (25) to make it 8-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, he hit his SECOND 3-run homer of the game (26) to make it 11-3.

Brady Lail, making his MLB debut, gave up a 3-run HR in the seventh that cut the Yanks’ lead to 11-6.

Bottom of the eighth, and with two on and two out, Torres, as mentioned earlier, is intentionally walked. No chance for a third 3-run HR.

Torres also turned a nifty DP, barehanding a the flip to second before firing to first.

Baltimore got two runs in the top of the ninth to make it 11-8 before Adam Ottavino closed things out.

The Yankees’ pitching wasn’t great, but Gleyber made up for it.

LeMahieu 3 hits, .338
Urshela 3 hits, .332 (can he catch D.J.?)
Torres 3 hits, Two 3-run HR (26)  6 RBI. Team HR leader (passed Sanchez).
Gardner 3 RBI
Ford solo HR (4)

Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.69
Mantiply (W, 1-0, 9.00) 3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. NYY Debut, 1st MLB win.
Lail (H, 1) 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR. MLB debut.  10.13
Cortes, Jr. 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.44
Ottavino (S, 2) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.71

 

 

 

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Game 117; Bullpen doesn’t hold up as Yanks lose, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (76-41) lost their second in a row, 5-4, to Toronto Saturday.

A few things.

Before the game, Gary Sanchez brought back, Kyle Higashioka back down.

Also, Jonathan Holder on the IL, Stephen Tarpley back up.

Remember when I wondered why Holder was pitching “as the opener” a third inning a few days ago? Well, that third inning may have come back to bite them.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the Fourth on a solo HR by Gary Sanchez (25).

Chance Adams, who had a couple great minor league years a few years ago, but who hasn’t taken it to the next level but instead has regressed, relieved Tarpley with two on and one out in the fourth and gave up a 3-run HR to the first batter he faced. 3-1 Toronto.

Tarpley and Adams are examples of how difficult the next step is. For Tarpley, he had a great spring training, winning the James P. Dawson Award as best rookie in camp this year, and Adams had great seasons at AA and AAA very recently but as you can see by their ERAs below, they haven’t been able to do it in the majors this season.

The Yanks tied the game in the sixth on a 2-run HR by Gio Urshela (17).

They went ahead in the top of the seventh on a walk to Mike Ford, a double by Mike Tauchman, and a SF by D.J. LeMahieu.

But Adam Ottavino gave up a two-run triple to Vlad Guerrero, Jr. in the bottom of the seventh to put Toronto back on top 5-4, and the Blue Jays held onto that lead for the victory.

The Yanks lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East was trimmed to 8 1/2. The magic # for clinching their first AL East title since 2012 remains at 37.

The Yanks got just five hits in the game. You wish Kahnle might have gone another inning.

Sanchez solo HR (25)
Urshela 2-run HR (17) .320
Tauchman 1 for 1,   3 walks.  .305

Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.   4.82
Tarpley 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 4 W, 4 K.  8.24  K’s nice, walks not.
Adams (BS, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  6.50   Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   2.98
Ottavino (L, 5-4, 1.73; BS, 5) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.   2.25

Game 114. Yanks pummel O’s again, 14-2. Open up 10 game lead.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Pregame News: Stephen Tarpley sent down, Chance Adams called up for a fresh arm.

Good news on Gleyber Torres. MRI negative, listed as day-to-day. Thairo Estrada was “on call” just in case.

As for the game, the Yanks (75-39) won their 8th straight as they continue to pummel Orioles pitching. This time the score was 14-2, and the Yanks hit 5 HR in the game.

The Yanks have hit 52 HR vs. the Orioles this year, breaking the record of 48 that the 1956 Yanks hit against the Kansas City Athletics. They still have four games against the Orioles—at home, August 12 (Day/night DH), 13 and 14. The Yankees have 11 players with multi-homer games against Baltimore this season, breaking the record of 10 set by San Francisco against the Dodgers in 1958 (I’m sure the LA Coliseum with its 251′ LF line had a lot to do with that). The Yanks also have the record for most homers at a ballpark by a visiting team in one season (43). (Some info from ESPN). They were 10-0 at Camden Yards this year and have won 15 straight there.

How bad has it been for the Orioles? Consider this. Greg Bird has been hurt most of the season. He was 6 for 35 in 10 games. His only HR of the year was against the Orioles.

Troy Tulowitzki got hurt and retired after going 2 for 11 in five games. HIS only HR of the season and the last of his career came against…. the Orioles.

With the win, the Yanks now have a 10 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. They are 41-14 against teams in their own division. Granted Baltimore and Toronto are awful, but they are still 23-9 vs. Tampa Bay and Boston.

With one out in the fourth, Gio Urshela doubled, and Didi Gregorius singled him to third. Cameron Maybin’s popup should have been caught, but fell in for a single and a 1-0 Yankees’ lead. Kyle Higashioka hit a three-run HR (2), his first of two for the game, and the Yanks were up 4-0.

Yanks’ starter James Paxton gave up a HR in the fourth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-1, but otherwise was sharp.

In the fifth, Aaron Judge reached on an error and Gio Urshela hit a 2-run HR (13), HIS first of two for the game, and the Yanks were up 6-1.

They got five more runs in the sixth. Mike Tauchman walked and advanced to second on a ground out. He went to third on a WP and D.J. LeMahieu singled to make it 7-1. LeMahieu went to second on another wild pitch, and Aaron Judge singled to make it 8-1. Urshela then hit his second HR of the game (14) to make it 10-1. Didi Gregorius singled and went to third on a single by Cameron Maybin combined with a throwing error. Didi scored on a groundout by Brett Gardner. 11-1.

In the top of the ninth, Maybin led off with his 7th HR of the year, then Gardner doubled and Higashioka hit his second HR of the game (3) to make it 14-1.

Baltimore got a run in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 14-2.

Urshela 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2 HR (14) .319 …. LeMahieu is at .335
Gregorius 2 hits
Maybin 4 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (7)  .327
Gardner 2 hits, RBI
Higashioka  2 HR (3),  5 RBI

Paxton (W, 7-6, 4.40) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K.   Gave up 1 HR.
Adams 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  6.61

Ernie Bowman, an infielder who appeared in two WS games against the Yanks in 1962, passed away at the age of 84. He played with the Giants 1961-1963 and in 165 MLB games hit .190 with 1 HR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game 112. Yanks win 6th in a row, lead now 9.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (73-39) won their sixth game in a row, beating the Orioles 9-6 in a slugfest on Monday night to open up a nine-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East.

Austin Romine got it started with a second inning HR, his 5th of the season, to put the Yanks up 1-0.

The Orioles tied it in the third, and had a runner thrown out at the plate (Brett Gardner to Didi Gregorius to Romine) or else they would have taken the lead. They also could have taken the lead in the fourth on a double steal attempt, but Didi’s throw back home to Romine nailed the runner at the plate. So Didi’s arm saved Masahiro Tanaka two runs. Tanaka’s luck would not hold up.

The Yanks got three in the fifth to go up 4-1. Gardner singled, and with one out, the red-hot Mike Tauchman singled Gardner to third. Breyvic Valera tripled in two runs. The 20th hit of Valera’s MLB career was only his 2nd extra base hit—-both triples. D.J. LeMahieu grounded into a fielder’s choice. D.J. was safe at first, and Valera scored when the throw to the plate was bad for an error.

The Yanks make it 6-1 in the sixth on homers by Gardner (16) and Tauchman (8). Tauchman wasn’t finished.

Tanaka fell apart in the sixth. Double, HR made it 6-3. Single, Double and you hardly had time to get the bullpen up. SF makes it 6-4. Out goes Tanaka, in comes Tommy Kahnle. Strikeout. But then Kahnle gave up a two-run HR that tied the game before getting the last out of the inning. 6-6.

Tanaka’s recent efforts are worrisome.

The Yanks won it in the eighth. With one out, Mike Ford hit his 2nd HR of the season to make it 7-6. Gardner singled, then after an out, Tauchman hit his second HR of the game (9) to give the Yanks insurance with a 9-6 lead, which held up as the final score.

Ford solo HR (2)
Gardner 3 hits, solo HR (16)
Romine solo HR (5)
Tauchman 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 HR (9)
Valera 2 RBI

With all the injuries, a lineup featuring Ford, Romine, Tauchman and Valera seems like a spring training lineup, but they got it done. Next man up.

The Yanks set a record for most HR ever in a season by a team in a visiting park. And they aren’t done yet. 

Tanaka 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 2 W, 4 K.   4.93  Gave up 1 HR
Kahnle (BS, 3) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.72     Gave up 1 HR.
Ottavino (W, 5-3, 1.47) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   1.47
Britton (H, 23) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.   2.30
Chapman (S, 30) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.62

The Yanks will use the “opener” tonight as Jonathan Holder is scheduled to get that role.

Gary Sanchez is scheduled for a couple of rehab games Wednesday and Thursday for SWB, then to join the Yankees this weekend in Toronto. He was slumping badly before going on the IL, maybe the stint gets him right.

 

 

Game 110. Yanks win nightcap 6-4 for the DH sweep, but injury bug hits again.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gleyber Torres hit 2 HR, and Mike Tauchman got the game winning hit as the Yanks (71-39) won the nightcap of the day/night DH yesterday, 6-4.

But the injury bug hit again, and hard.

In the previous post on the first game of the DH, I mentioned that Edwin Encarnacion was HBP, and that it was “scary.” While Encarnacion stayed in the game at the time, tests done after the game revealed a fractured wrist. He’ll be out a while. Remember last year that Aaron Judge missed 48 games because of it. There is just 52 games left this season. Terrible timing.

That timing becomes even worse if Luke Voit requires surgery for his sports hernia.

D.J. LeMahieu now becomes the full-time 1B instead of switching around. Gio Urshela gets more regular time at 3B. Torres and Didi Gregorius are backed up for now by Breyvic Valera. Next man up.

Backing up LeMahieu for now is Mike Ford, called up when Encarnacion’s situation became known. Ford, a lefty hitter, has been up briefly before. He is 6 for 30, 1 HR, 2 RBI with the Yanks this year (OPS+ 101). At SWB, .303-23-60 in just 79 games.

It looks like Ford will be here a while, unless the Yanks want to turn in another direction. That direction could be in the form of ex-Yankee Tyler Austin, who was DFA’d by the Giants yesterday. Austin has power, but doesn’t hit for average, and has a poor walk/strikeout ratio. But he is someone, of course, the Yanks are familiar with.

Ford, a lefty bat, projects as a better fit than Austin, the righty bat. Austin will be 28 next month, and when he was with the Yankees from 2016-2018, hit .230-15-43 in 85 games. (OPS+ 98) with just 19 walks but 106 strikeouts. This season between the Twins and Giants, he has hit .187-8-20, OPS+ 81. 18 walks, 60 strikeouts in 72 games. He can play corner OF as well as 1B.

We’ll see if the Yanks take a flyer on him. One thing that may not help is some uncomplimentary (but maybe correct?) things Austin’s dad said when the Yanks dealt Austin way last summer for the now also-departed Lance Lynn.

As if Encarnacion’s injury didn’t hurt enough, Aaron Hicks hurt his elbow making a throw in from the outfield in last night’s game. Hopefully it is not major, but we remember that Didi Gregorius injured his elbow making a throw in last year’s postseason series against Boston, required TJ surgery and missed half of this season. If Hicks needs that, he’s done for the year. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. But if he has to go on the IL, the Yanks then have Brett Gardner, Mike Tauchman and Cameron Maybin who all could play CF. We will have to see if Clint Frazier or someone else (Tyler Wade?) gets called up. Frazier’s bat may be needed what with the Encarnacion injury, but his defensive problems may mean he replaces Encarnacion at DH (until Giancarlo Stanton is ready, and the word on that is not until September). The Yankees, I think, would be much more comfortable with Tauchman and/or Maybin in the OF alongside Gardner and Judge. Let Frazier DH then.

We will see what the prognosis is on Hicks. But the way this season has gone, I am not expecting good news.

As of now, Sanchez, Voit, Stanton, Encarnacion, Andujar, now Hicks. That’s not even mentioning guys we really can’t count on because we rarely if ever see them, like Bird or Ellsbury, or the pitchers like Severino, Betances, Montgomery, Hale, CC and Loaisiga.

Sheesh.

But the Yanks keep on trucking along. The DH sweep of Boston means that the Yanks (71-39) have an 8 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East, and a whopping 13 1/2 game lead over Boston. It sure appears as if Boston’s hopes of winning the division are over, and they have to worry about just making it as a wild card. As of now, the Indians would host the Rays in the wild card game, the A’s are just 1/2 game behind the Rays, and Boston is 5 1/2 behind the Rays just for a playoff spot.

The Yanks could help bury Boston with a win tonight that would sweep the weekend series. J.A. Happ is expected back from paternity leave to start the game for the Yanks.

Time now also, to put more distance between the Yanks and Rays, as well.

Now for the game. Sorry, but the injury report, I felt, took precedence.

The Yanks remained undefeated (9-0) when Chad Green serves as the opener. He pitched a scoreless first inning before passing the baton to Nestor Cortes, Jr., who gave up a massive HR to Rafael Devers in the top of the third inning that put Boston up 2-0.

The Yanks came right back with three runs in the bottom of the third. Gleyber Torres hit a solo HR (22) to cut it to 2-1. Hicks and Gio Urshela singled, then Maybin doubled both home to make it 3-2 Yanks. Maybin pulled a rock later however, in getting doubled off of second because he forgot how many outs there were when Mike Tauchman lined out to CF.

Chance Adams, up for the day as the DH’s 26th man, relieved Cortes and gave up two runs to put Boston up 4-3. Adams, so good in the minors in 2016 and 2017 (a combined record of 28-6, ERA about 2.40) hasn’t taken it further the last two seasons. 2018 and this year have been a struggle.

Torres tied the game at 4 with his second HR of the game. HR #23 of the season meant (per Replacement Level Yankees) that he has joined Joe DiMaggio as the only Yankees with five multi-HR games in one season before turning 23. Some company. I wouldn’t trade Torres for anyone. He could turn out to be our next Jeter. A middle infielder who would be here a long time, a multi-time All-Star, many hits, more power than Jeter, and even though he is not 23 yet, the kid already is a leader. Like Jeter, the kid has icewater in his veins. Cool under pressure. What’s not to love?

In the bottom of the seventh, Torres just missed hitting his THIRD HR of the game by doubling off of the right field wall. Hicks and Urshela each walked to load the bases. Maybin struck out, but Tauchman singled in two runs to put the Yanks up 6-4. Austin Romine walked to reload the bases but the Yanks didn’t score anymore. The 6-4 score turned out to be the final score.

Not without a scare, however. Zack Britton had Boston load the bases on him in the eighth, but he got out of it.

Judge 2 hits
Torres 3 hits, 2 HR (23), 2 RBI.
Hicks 2 hits. We’ll see about that elbow injury.
Maybin 2 RBI
Tauchman 2 hits, 2 RBI. He’s really grown on me the last month or so.

Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  4.95
Cortes, Jr.  2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.  4.60     Gave up 1 HR.
Adams (BS, 1) 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.  7.07
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   1.50
Kahnle (W, 3-0, 2.56) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Britton (H, 22) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  2.35
Chapman (S, 29) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.68

 

 

Minor League Report. Trenton’s Keller throws 7-inning no-hitter.

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AAA: SWB (62-48) lost 5-3. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits. 2B Wendell Rijo 2 hits.

AA: Trenton (58-51) split a DH.

Regularly Scheduled Game: Brian Keller throws a 7-inning no-hitter. Only one walk kept it from being perfect. Trenton wins, 2-0. (DHs are 7 inning games in the minors).

CF Matt Lipka 2 for 2.

Keller (3-1, 2.32) 7 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 6 K.

Makeup of 5/30: Lost 4-2. 1B Chris Gittens 2 RBI.

High A: Tampa had both games of a DH rained out. One game is scheduled for an 8/23 makeup date, the other 8/25.

Low A:   Charleston (54-56) scored in the bottom of the ninth to win 2-1. SS Oswald Peraza GW RBI single. LF Canaan Smith 3 hits (.322). 1B Eric Wagaman 3 hits, RBI.

Rony Contreras 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K.     4.00
Hardy (W, 1-0, 3.86) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.

With Aaron Judge not pulling a ball for a HR this year, and with the struggles James Paxton has had, you wonder if the injuries that put them on the IL are still affecting them. That can go for other players as well, and is a concern regarding guys on the IL or even those not on the IL but day-to-day as far as how they will be when they come back (Stanton, Severino, Betances, Voit, Gardner, LeMahieu)…    just a thought.

The Yanks were off yesterday, but Tampa Bay beat Boston, so the Yanks (68-39) are 7 up on Tampa Bay (9 in the loss column) and 10 1/2 up on Boston (12 in the loss column). They have a 4-game series against Boston this weekend, with a day/night separate admission DH on Saturday.

Minor League Report. Deivi so-so in SWB loss. Tampa’s Stephan throws a 7-inning no-hitter. Gil impresses again.

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AAA: With trade rumors swirling as we approach the trade deadline, I wonder how many scouts were in attendance to watch Deivi Garcia? How many not only here but elsewhere (see Luis Gil below) checking out players for a possible deal?

SWB (60-44) lost 4-2. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, solo HR.

Deivi Garcia (AAA L, 1-1, 5.14) 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.

Garcia is just 20, the youngest player in AAA. For the season, A+-AA and AAA, he is 5-6, but with a 3.38 ERA and 128 K in 82 2/3 IP.

AA: Trenton (55-47) won 2-1. CF Ben Ruta 2 hits. DH Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, RBI.

Starter Nick Nelson (W, 5-2, 2.91) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 8 K.
Lane (H, 4) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.89
Kriske (S, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.54

High A: Tampa (46-57) swept a DH, and Trevor Stephan hrew a 7-inning no-hitter in the regularly scheduled game. (Minor league DHs are 7-inning games)

Reg. Sched. Game: Won 2-0. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits. DH Alexander Palma 2-run HR for the only runs of the game. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits. 3B Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits.

Trevor Stephan (W, 1-3, 5.48) 7 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 9 K. Only an error by 1B Stephen Sensley kept this from being a perfect game.

Makeup of 7/25 rainout: Won 4-3. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI.

Luis Gil (W, 1-0, 3.00) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Blanton (S, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.24

Gil is 21, RHP. Between Low A Charleston and High A Tampa, 5-5, 2.43 this season. 117 K in 89 innings. Besides Deivi Garcia, another kid to keep an eye on.

Low A: Charleston (51-54) lost 4-3. CF Brandon Lockridge 3 hits, RBI.

Here is hoping the very young Deivi Garcia and also Luis Gil continue to develop. Could both be future rotation fixtures? Let’s hope the Yanks develop these kids well. Hopefully they won’t have to be included in a deal.