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Game 116. Get Miggy with it. Andujar leads Yanks to 5-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Miguel Andujar hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and lead the Yanks to a 5-3 win over Texas Saturday afternoon.

Despite the win, the 73-43 Yanks lost a 1/2 game in the standings to Boston, dropping 9 1/2 behind Boston because Boston swept a DH from the Bad News Bears (Baltimore Orioles) on Saturday.

With one out in the first, Giancarlo Stanton got the green light on a 3-0 pitch and hit HR #29 to put the Yanks up 1-0. After an out, Miguel Andujar singled and Greg Bird doubled to make it 2-0.

Lance Lynn gave up a run in the third as Texas cut it to 2-1.

In the sixth, Bird doubled and scored on a Neil Walker single.

But in the top of the seventh, with two out, Zack Britton imploded. Single, single, and 2 straight walks made it 3-2. In came Dellin Betances who balked in the tying run before getting out of the inning.

That set the stage for Andujar’s HR (17). You wonder if he may be stealing that ROY award away from Gleyber Torres (or Ohtani).

But in the ninth, Aroldis Chapman couldn’t get the save without some drama. Walk, K, single. Pop up. HBP to load the bases. K.

Stanton 2 hits, Solo HR.
Andujar 2 hits, GW 2-run HR.
Bird 2 doubles, RBI

Lynn 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 W, 8 K.  4.46 (Min/NYY)
Robertson (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   3.23
Britton (H, 3) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.  4.50 (Balt/NYY)
Betances (BS, 1; W, 3-3, 2.19) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  Balk
Chapman (S, 30) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 HBP.  2.15

The game ended in rain, just in time as it had started to pour.

 

 

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Game 115. Texas trounces Tanaka, Yanks, 12-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ronald Guzman hit 3 HR for Texas, and Adrian Beltre added another as Texas beat the Yankees, 12-7, Friday night.

Masahiro Tanaka’s troubles in giving up the gopher ball continued, as he gave up 3 HR.

In the fourth, Beltre hit a 2-run HR (#469 of his career, passing Chipper Jones on the all-time list). Beltre, an all-time great, also is up to 3134 hits in his career. Later that inning, Guzman hit the first of his three HR for the night, and Texas was up 3-0.

Texas got two in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.

Brett Gardner got the Yanks on the board in the bottom of the fifth with his 10th HR of the season.

Guzman led off the sixth with his second HR of the game to make it 6-1 Texas. A.J. Cole relieved Tanaka then, and three more runs scored that inning to make it 9-1.

The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Stanton walked. With two out, Gregorius singled. Andujar hit a ground-rule double to knock in one run, and Luke Voit singled in two.

Guzman hit his third HR of the game in the top of the seventh to make it 10-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, Austin Romine hit his 7th HR of the season to cut it to 10-5.

Texas got two in the eighth, 12-5.

In the bottom of the eighth, Didi and Andujar singled, and both moved up on a wild pitch. Romine drove in both with a single. 12-7, the final score.

An area of concern. Gleyber Torres went 0 for 5, and is hitting just .227 since June 9. His average has dropped from .308 to .269 since then.

Another…. Chad Green has been slumping lately, too.

Didi Gregorius 3 hits
Andujar 2 hits, RBI
Voit 2 RBI
Gardner solo HR
Romine 3 hits, HR, 3 RBI

Tanaka (L, 9-3, 4.08) 5+ IP, 6 R, 6 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3 of the 6 hits given up were HR.
Cole 2 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.08 (Wash/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.98
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  3.80 (Balt/NYY)\

Boston beat the Bad News Bears (sorry, Baltimore Orioles) 19-12. The Orioles once had an 8- 3 lead in that game. So the Yanks are 9 back.

 

Minor League Report. Tampa pitches no-hitter but loses, 1-0.

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AAA, AA and Low A all off.

High A: Tampa (55-59) lost a DH.

Reg. scheduled game: Lost 4-3. RF Ben Ruta 2 RBI.

Whitlock 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  2.61
Harris (BS, 2) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave  up 1 HR.  2.61
Weissert (L, 1-1, 4.11) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Makeup of 7/5 postponement: Lost 1-0, despite a combined no-hitter

Deivi Garcia 7 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 12 K.  0.77
Morris (L, 1-2, 9.28) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Both games were 8 innings (In minors, games part of DH are just 7 innings. So with that stupid rule (sorry, I vehemently disagree with John Smoltz here) that in extra innings, the inning begins with a runner on second, and Clearwater scored on an error and a couple of fielder’s choices. No hits. Dumb rule.

Standings:

AAA: SWB 58-53, 2nd, 11 GB of LV. 1 game out of the wild card spot.
AA: Trenton 63-49, 2nd, 2 GB. Top wild card.
High A: Tampa 55-59. Finished 1st half 35-35, 4 GB and in 3rd.
2nd Half: 20-24, 9 GB, 5th.
Low A: Charleston 52-58. Finished 1st half 33-35, 6 1/2 out.
2nd half: 19-23, 4 GB, 4th place.

Game 99. Tanaka brilliant in 4-0 Yanks win. Sanchez to DL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant, pitching a three-hit, complete-game shutout, as the 64-35 Yankees shut out the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-0, Tuesday night.

Austin Romine drove in two runs, and earlier in the day, was awarded an award for hustle. Wow. Take that, Gary Sanchez.

Sanchez was placed back on the DL (with Kyle Higashioka coming back up), with an MRI showing he re-injured his groin injury. You can choose to believe that or not. A lot of people don’t. The problem is, with Sanchez’ past history, he doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the Yanks did rush him back too soon from the injury and he is injured again. And maybe, as a lot of people suspect, it’s a way to “suspend” Sanchez without embarrassing him more publicly. Whatever. When he does come back, hopefully Sanchez learns his lesson, gets his head out of his you-know-what and becomes what we know he can be.

The Yanks gave Tanaka the only run he needed in the first inning when Gardner and Judge singled, both moved up on a WP and Didi got an RBI ground-out.

In the fifth, with one out, Drury was HBP. He would have to leave the game but fortunately, X-rays showed a contusion, no break. Neil Walker singled Drury to third, where Tyler Wade PR for Drury. Austin Romine’s RBI ground-out made it 2-0.

With Torres due off the DL, it’d be a simple replacement. Torres for Drury.

In the seventh Andujar singled and Bird doubled Andujar to third on a ball that hit the catwalk. That park the Rays play in is a joke. Remember the ball Clint Frazier hit earlier this season? Anyway, a SF by Romine made it 3-0.

To the ninth, Andujar doubled, and with two out, Walker singled to make it 4-0.

Andujar 2 hits.
Bird 2 hits.
Walker 2 hits, RBI
Romine 2 RBI

Tanaka (W, 8-2, 4.09) 9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 9 K. Complete game victory.

With Boston’s loss, the Yanks are five back.

 

AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 HR slugfest. Judge hits one of AL’s 5 HRs.

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The American League beat the National League, 8-6 in 10 innings, to win the All-Star Game.

The game featured ten home runs, five by each team.

The Yankees’ Aaron Judge hit the first HR of the game to put the AL up 1-0. He went 1 for 2 with a walk.

Luis Severino pitched a scoreless second inning, giving up a leadoff double but coming back to strike out two.

Gleyber Torres and Aroldis Chapman were selected to the team but didn’t play because of injuries.

Alex Bregman of Houston, who hit the go-ahead HR in the top of the tenth, was named the MVP of the game.

The game was 2-1 AL heading into the bottom of the seventh, and after that, it seemed like a HR derby, with seven HR being hit in the last 3 1/2 innings.

Minor League Report. Sanchez homers on rehab, Cessa solid.

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Justus Sheffield pitched in the Futures game on Sunday, and in 1 2/3 IP, gave up 2 runs (inc. a HR) on 2 hits.

AAA: SWB (48-43) won 3-1. Gary Sanchez, starting rehab, was 1 for 3, striking out twice but also hitting a HR. CF Billy McKinney had a solo HR.

Cessa (W, 2-0, 2.08) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Gallegos (S, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.97

AA: Trenton (51-41) lost 4-3. LF Devyn Bolasky 3 hits. 2B Bruce Caldwell 2 hits. DH Wendell Rijo 2 RBI.

Stephan (L, 2-6, 4.81) 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Diehl 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  0.00  (24, LHP, 1st game up from High A, was 2-2, 3.14 there)
Lail 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K.  6.10

High A: Tampa (47-46) lost 5-4. 3B Angel Aguilar 2-run HR.

Lehnen (L, 0-1, 2.45) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 4 W, 3 K. (spent most of year at Charleston)
Weissert 1 2/3 2 R, 0 H, 5 W, 2 K.  4.32
Ort 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K.  3.38
Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K   6.46

Low A: Charleston (45-45) lost 8-7. 2B Wilkerman Garcia 2 RBI. DH Frederick Cuevas 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Mauricio 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 3 W, 6 K.  11.57
Ramos 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 0 K.  3.40
A. Severino (BS, 5; L, 2-2, 3.34) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Zurak 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.70

 

Game 93. Yanks fall, 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

So far this year, I think Aaron Boone has done a fine job, but this past week leads to some second guessings.

You don’t want to burn out your bullpen too early in the year, but in the past week, we’ve seen CC, Tanaka, and tonight German, be left in perhaps one inning too long.

That isn’t all on Boone, but it does accentuate the need for the Yanks to get another starter. It is becoming more and more apparent how much losing Jordan Montgomery (35 MLB starts, 11-7, 3.84, ERA+ 117—-17% ABOVE league average) hurt. 

The Yanks won’t be able to catch Boston with 2/5 of the rotation being Sonny Gray (6-7, 5.46, ERA+ 78) and Domingo German (2-5, 5.49, ERA+ around 77). 100 ERA+ means league average. Gray and German are over 20 percent worse than league average. The two combined are 8-12, ERA about 5.47. That won’t get it done.

They need to find another starter.

German, for whatever reason, struggles in the first inning. He gave up 1 run in the first and 3 more runs in the second.

The Yanks got 3 in the fifth on a double by Bird, walk to Andujar and double by Walker that plated one run. A second run scored on a WP. Later in the inning, Gardner’s SF plated a third run.

But right after the Yanks got back into the game by cutting it from 4-0 to 4-3 in the top of the fifth, German gave two runs right back.

The Yanks got a run in the eighth, but Boone made a bad decision this inning that could have cost the Yanks the game and opened himself up to a lot of second-guessing. Wade doubled, went to third on a PB and scored on a groundout. 6-4 Indians. Judge was HBP. But with Judge on first and one out, Hicks struck out and Judge was caught stealing. A strike him out, throw him out DP—with Stanton on deck.

Even if Judge makes it, Cleveland probably walks Stanton intentionally to set up a force at any base and pitches to Bird instead.

Now I am aggressive as anyone, but there, I keep Judge at first, don’t send him, and that way I keep Stanton as the tying run, in case he hits a HR… which he later did.

Of course, he did it with a different pitcher on the mound, and in a different situation. But Stanton homered (23) to lead off the ninth to make it 6-5. But that’s where it ended.

Boston FINALLY lost, so the Yanks (61-32) stay 3 1/2 back.

Gardner 2 rbi.
Stanton HR #23
Bird 2 hits
Wade 2 hits.

Wade has had a 2-hit and 3-hit game in the past week. Maybe the Yanks (until Torres returns) should play him more than Walker?

Walker seems to be this year’s version of Chris Carter. A guy the Yanks are holding on to far too long, far after it is apparent he isn’t doing anything for you, but a guy the Yanks don’t want to admit they made a mistake on.

So at 61-32, the Yanks are 45-18 with Torres, 16-14 without. Now Torres, although probably the favorite for Rookie of the Year so far (Ohtani and Andujar would be in the mix), won’t win the MVP, he should draw some MVP consideration based on those numbers.

German (L, 2-5, 5.49) 4 + IP, 6 R, 5 H, 4 W, 6 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.85
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.54.

German looks like he has good stuff. He can’t channel it or be consistent with it. He’s had chances. He hasn’t taken advantage of them. You wonder how many more chances he will have. He could have taken the bull by the horns. He hasn’t.

David Hale signed with a Korea team.

Aroldis Chapman will rest his aching knee and not pitch in the All Star Game.