Category Archives: Ex-Players

Game 129. Yanks blanked, 5-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Maybe I should go away for the weekend more often.

Or take more time off of work and stay longer. (Actually, it’s a weekend retreat, so I couldn’t stay longer).

While I was away, the Yanks beat the Orioles 13-5 on Friday night and 14-4 on Saturday afternoon. Gary Sanchez homered in both games to become the fastest player to hit 11 homers. Starlin Castro homered, Mark Teixeira got one (#405 career), Hicks, even Headley, who must have seen my criticism of him the other day when he complained about playing time and I basically said shut up and produce.

Then I come home Sunday afternoon and the Yanks lose 5-0. Sanchez did have a single and double, and is hitting .405. Ronald Torreyes, who has for now taken Headley’s job, had two more hits.

With Sanchez and Torreyes hot, McCann and Headley’s playing time has decreased.

Before the loss, the Yanks had hit their high water mark of the year, six over .500. They are presently 67-62 with 33 games left. 4th in AL East, 6 1/2 out. As for making the playoffs, they are 3 1/2 out of the second wild card spot, but the problem is the logjam. They have to jump five teams.

As Al Davis, former Raiders’ owner would say, “Just Win, Baby.”

Steve Pearce had 3 hits, inc. a HR, and 3 RBI for the Orioles yesterday. A few years ago, he was doing well for SWB and I thought he should be brought up by the Yanks to platoon. A certain NY sportswriter criticized me. Let’s just say that I don’t care for the reporter or his rag of a paper, and have been proven right. Pearce has proven to be a decent platoon player. (.301-12-33 this year so far between the Rays and O’s, 21 HR as a part-timer in 2014 for the O’s).

CC pitched well, made one mistake, a HR to Pearce, left with some runners on, and instead of shutting down Baltimore and getting out of the inning, Adam Warren gave up a hit that let the inherited runners score. Ballgame over.

Sabathia (L, 8-11, 4.31) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.11 (Cubs/NYY)
Heller 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 hits, 1 walk, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2nd MLB game. 10.80
Parker 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1.17 (Sea/NYY)

To the NFL for a bit.

I see Tony Romo of the Cowboys got hurt AGAIN. He didn’t play in the first two preseason games, and on the third play of the third preseason game—and first one he plays in—he gets a broken bone in his back. This after a couple of broken collarbones, one of which cost him 12 games last year (in which Dallas went 1-11). Now he is out for 2 months.  Maybe he  should just retire.

… and a big resounding BOO to Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand for the National Anthem. In what other country can you earn $19MM per year for doing what you do? And not too well lately, I may add. Spoiled brat.

Finally, back to baseball. Steve Arlin, a pitcher for the Padres in the early 1970s, in the first years of the Padres’ existence, passed away recently.

 

 

Game 125. Torreyes, Ellsbury back CC in Yanks’ 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I will be out of town this weekend. There will be no reports, major or minor leagues, for the games played Friday and Saturday.

For his first 11 starts, CC was great, even though his record may not have showed it due to a lack of run support. His next 11 starts, not so good.

CC was very good last night as the Yanks beat Seattle 5-1.

Before the game, Anthony Swarzak was put on the DL with rotator cuff inflammation and Ben Heller was brought up.

CC got help from Ronald (the Mighty Mite) Torreyes and Jacoby Ellsbury. A couple of Mariner errors helped also.

In the second, Aaron Judge reached on an error. After a walk to Aaron Hicks, Torreyes doubled in Judge. Torreyes, who must be 5’7″, 160 lbs dripping wet and wearing lifts, has shown some pop for his size. If you didn’t know better, you’d mistake him for the batboy.

After Seattle got a run in the third to tie the game—with help of a triple misplayed by Judge—the Yanks went ahead to stay in the fifth.

Torreyes doubled and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s 2-run HR (6).

In the sixth, Mark Teixeira doubled, moved up on a groundout and scored on a SF by Judge.

The Yanks got their last run in the ninth when Ellsbury reached on a two-base error and scored on a double by Didi Gregorius.

CC’s win was #222 of his career. It passed Joe Niekro on the all-time list and ties him with Tim Hudson and Jerry Koosman.

Sabathia (w, 8-10, 4.33) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 7 K.
Layne (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.57 (Bos/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks 2 K. 2.28.

The Yanks are now 64-61.

Game 122. Baby Bombers lead Yanks to 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Cessa pitched six shutout innings in his first MLB start, Gary Sanchez homered (6) and Aaron Judge drove in two runs as the Yanks beat the Angels 5-1 Saturday night.

Sanchez started the scoring with a two-out homer in the first. After his homer, Didi Gregorius singled, Starlin Castro doubled, and Brian McCann singled in two runs.

In the sixth, with two out, Castro and McCann singled, Castro going to third on McCann’s single. McCann stole second, his first SB since 2012, and Judge singled in both runners.

Dellin Betances gave up a HR to Albert Pujols in the bottom of the ninth. It was Pujols’ 583rd HR of his career, tying him with Mark McGwire for 10th place on the all-time HR list.

Brett Gardner robbed C.J. Cron of a two-run HR in the seventh inning.

Cessa (w 3-0, 4.01) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.66 (AZ/NYY).
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.71 (Bos/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.31. Gave up 1 HR.

Game 119. Rain and bullpen flush Yanks lead in 12-6 loss. Bad news on Eovaldi.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After 4 1/2 innings, things looked good for the Yanks. They had a  6-0 lead, built mostly by two home runs by Gary Sanchez. (The REAL Sanchise, not Mark?)

Then came a rain delay, and everything changed. Michael Pineda, who pitched five shutout innings, had to be removed after the delay, and the Yanks’ bullpen was awful in turning a 6-0 lead into a 12-6 loss.

Didi Gregorius homered in the first (16) to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Sanchez’ solo HR in the second made it 2-0.

Sanchez’ second HR of the game (4), a 3-run shot,  made it 5-0 in the fourth. After the rain delay was over, Didi got an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.

But Anthony Swarzak, replacing Pineda, gave up four runs in the sixth, and in the eighth, Toronto got 8 runs off of Adam Warren (4) and Chasen Shreve (4). Ugh.

Earlier in the day, the Yankees received bad news on Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi will need two surgeries on his elbow. He tore the flexor tendon off of the bone, and also tore his UCL. Eovaldi, who had Tommy John surgery before, will need it again as one of the two surgeries. He’ll miss the rest of this year and all of 2017. He is a free agent after 2017, and after this, would be a risky sign. It’s possible that not only his Yankee career, but his career, period, could be over.

Pineda 5 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.89
Swarzak 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR. 6.23
Layne (H, 3) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.94 (Bos/NYY)
Clippard (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.74 (Az/NYY)
Warren (BS, 2; L, 4-3, 5.24) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR. (Cubs/NYY)
Shreve 0 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 1 HBP. 5.33 Faced 5 batters, all reached, 4 scored.
Parker 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K.   1.69 (Sea/NYY)

You wish Girardi would have just kept Layne & Clippard in there.

The loss puts the Yanks at 61-58.

Choo-Choo Coleman, a catcher on the 1962 Mets, died Monday. He was a few days short of 79.

Game 118. Green’s gem gives Yanks 1-0 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Chad Green probably will never forget the fifth start of his MLB career. That is because, no matter how many starts he has in him, he may never pitch a better one.

He needed to be that good, too, for the Yanks wasted numerous scoring opportunities, going 2 for 18 with RISP.

Aaron Judge’s RBI double in the fourth turned out to be the only run of the game in the Yanks’ 1-0 victory over Toronto. The win puts the Yanks at 61-57 for the season.

Green retired the first 13 men he faced, and struck out 11 over six innings.

Green (w, 2-2, 4.05) 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, and 11 K.
Clippard (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.83 (AZ/NYY)
Warren (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.50 (Cubs/NYY)
Betances (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.20.

A-Rod’s publicist stated that contrary to rumors, that his client will not be signing with the Marlins but will be taking off the rest of 2016. As for 2017, who knows.

Game 117. Yanks lose, 12-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When Nathan Eovaldi went down, and the Yanks brought back Luis Severino just a few  days after sending him down after a poor start in Boston, I was shaking my head. Why Severino? Why not Dietrich Enns (13-4, 1.61 between AA and AAA this year)? Enns’ turn in the rotation at AAA probably did not match up with yesterday, but next time the Yanks reach down, I hope Enns gets a shot.

This is nothing against Severino, 22, who I feel is too young to give up on, but Severino’s awful 2016 continued as he was lit up by Tampa Bay yesterday in the Yanks’ 12-3 loss.

The only bright spots for the Yanks were homers by Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. For both, it was their second MLB home runs. For Judge, he became the second Yankee (after Joe Lefebvre, 1980) to homer in each of his first two MLB games.

Funnily enough, Severino got 7 of his 11 outs by K.

Severino (L, 1-8, 7.19) 3 2/3 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Cessa 3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.30
Parker 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.45 (Sea/NYY)
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.00.

The loss dropped the Yanks to 60-57.

Before the game, the Yanks dedicated a plaque to Mariano Rivera, whose #42 was already retired at the end of 2013. On Saturday, they honored the 1996 World Champs on their 20th anniversary, a team Mo was part of.

Game 115. Yanks win A-Rod finale, 6-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Alex Rodriguez went 1 for 4 with an RBI double in what is expected to be his last MLB game (unless he signs elsewhere) and the Yanks beat Tampa Bay 6-3 Friday night.

Starlin Castro drove in four runs with a 2-run single and a two-run HR as the Yanks improved to 59-56.

A-Rod’s first inning RBI double tied the game after Evan Longoria homered off CC Sabathia in the top of the first.

CC gave up a run in the third, but Castro’s single in the fourth gave the Yanks a 3-2 lead.

The Rays tied it in the fifth, but Castro’s homer (13) in the sixth put the Yanks up 5-3. Aaron Hicks homered in the seventh (5) for the final score.

Unless he signs elsewhere, A-Rod finishes 2016 at .200-9-31. The hit was #3115, the RBI #2086 and double #548.His career batting average was .295, OPS+ 140, 696 HR.

Sabathia (w 7-9, 4.20) 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. Career win #221.
Clippard (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.01
Warren (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 1 K. 4.60
Betances (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.24

A-Rod took the field for one out in the ninth.

The Yanks are calling up Tyler Austin to take his place.

CC tied Joe Niekro on the all-time wins list. He started the year at 214, tied with Mark Buehrle and Rick Reuschel. This year he has passed them, Jim Perrry, Stan Coveleski, Curt Schilling, Charlie Hough, Wilbur Cooper, Mickey Lolich, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Earl Whitehill, Bob Caruthers, Kenny Rogers, Pedro Martinez, and Jerry Reuss.

His next win will tie Jerry Koosman and Tim Hudson.