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Game 51. Yanks win 9th straight, 6-5 in 12.

The Yanks (30-21) were down 4-0 at one point. They were one out away from losing the game in nine innings, came close to losing it in extras, but pulled out a 6-5, 12-inning win over Boston Friday night.

It was the Yankees’ ninth straight win.

Starter Jordan Montgomery gave up a 3-run HR to Christian Arroyo in the fourth inning and Boston was up 3-0. The Red Sox got another run in the fifth and were up 4-0.

Meanwhile, the Yanks’ bats, so hot in those last three games at home against Toronto, had cooled off in Fenway.

The Yanks finally scored in the seventh when they cut Boston’s lead to 4-2. Giancarlo Stanton walked, and after a strikeout and force out, Aaron Hicks singled Gleyber Torres to second. Gio Urshela walked to load the bases and Gary Sanchez hit a ground rule double to drive in two runs.

With one out in the top of the eighth, Aaron Judge singled and scored on a double by Stanton.

Down to their last out, with two outs in the top of the ninth, Sanchez tied the game with his tenth HR of the season.

So the game went into extra innings, with those rules in which the half-inning starts with a guy on second.

Both teams got the runner over to third in the tenth, but neither could score.

In the top of the eleventh, Mike Tauchman started the inning at second and was singled in by Luke Voit.

But Boston tied it in the bottom of the eleventh. After tying the game, the Red Sox had the bases loaded with one out, but Jonathan Loaisiga got out of it.

In the top of the twelfth, Hicks started the inning at second base. Gio Urshela singled him to third, and after two strikeouts, D.J. LeMahieu doubled in a run to put the Yanks up 6-5.

Boston got the tying run to third in the bottom of the twelfth, but could not score him.

Final 6-5, Yanks.

With nine games left in the regular season, it doesn’t appear the Yanks, 3 1/2 back of Tampa Bay, will catch the Rays. It’s the Yanks own fault for going 2-8 against Tampa Bay this year. But they did move 3 percentage points ahead of the Twins for the 4th seed in the virus-caused expanded playoff race, important because the #5 seed would have to play all three games in the best-of-3 first round at the #4 seed. The Yanks are 30-21, .588 and the Twins are 31-22, .585.

LeMahieu GW RBI
Hicks 2 hits
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (10), 3 RBI

Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.12
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.45
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.46
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.12
Green1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.63
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.72
Loiasiga (W, 3-0; BS, 2; 2.70) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

Just a thought. You have defensive replacements for the infielders and outfielders, like subbing Gardner or Tauchman for Frazier, or putting Wade at 2B while moving LeMahieu to 1B to sub for Voit.

Something to think about. If the Yanks are using 3 catchers, why then not sub Higashioka, better defensively than Sanchez, in those extra-inning games where a WP or PB can kill you? Especially in an extra-inning POSTSEASON GAME?

I don’t see Montgomery starting a postseason game. Not when he is sitting with a 5.12 ERA while Cole is at 3.00, Tanaka 3.27, Garcia 3.28 and Happ 3.96.

Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays on the all-time HR list last night with HRS 661 & 662. The top five are now Barry Bonds, 762*; Henry Aaron 755; Babe Ruth 714; Alex Rodriguez 696*; Pujols 662. Mays is next at 660 . Also with 600 or more are Ken Griffey, Jr. at 630, Jim Thome at 612 and Sammy Sosa at 609*. (Asterisks mine).

Game 49. Bombers hit 7 HR (3 by Higashioka) in 13-2 win.

One night after hitting 6 HR in a 20-6 win over Toronto, the Yankees (28-21) kept pouring it on, hitting 7 HR in a 13-2 win over Toronto last (Wednesday) evening.

It was the very first time in franchise history that the Yanks hit six or more HR in consecutive games.

The Yanks have now won seven games in a row.

Backup C Kyle Higashioka hit 3 of those 7 HR. D.J. LeMahieu hit 2.

LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first with a HR (8) to give the Yanks a quick 1-0 lead.

They got two more in the third when Tyler Wade singled and Higashioka hit a 2-run HR (2). 3-0, Yankees.

Clint Frazier led off the bottom of the fourth with a HR (7) to make it 4-0, Gary Sanchez singled, and two outs later, LeMahieu hit his second HR (9) of the game to make it 6-0. Before D.J.’s HR, Higashioka’s out was a long drive. He almost had a four homer game (done just once in Yankees history—by Lou Gehrig).

With Gerrit Cole on the mound, that was more than enough.

Aaron Hicks led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, moved to second on a groundout, and after another out, scored on a single by Frazier. 7-0.

Toronto scored a run in the top of the sixth, when they got their first hit, combined with a WP by Cole, but the Yanks came right back with four runs. With one out, Higashioka hit his second HR (3) of the game to make it 8-1. LeMahieu doubled, and after another out, Hicks walked. Luke Voit then hit a 3-run HR to make it 11-1. Voit’s 19th HR of the season leads the majors.

In the bottom of the seventh, after a walk and a GIDP, Wade walked and Higashioka hit his THIRD HR of the game to make it 13-1.

Nick Nelson gave up a run on a two-out solo HR to Toronto in the top of the ninth. Final 13-2.

Aaron Judge came off the IL, and going down was Thairo Estrada.

LeMahieu 3 hits (.373) 2 HR (9), 3 RBI
Voit 3-run HR (19, leads MLB)
Frazier 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (7)
Higashioka 3 hits, all 3 hits HR (4); 5 RBI

Cole (W, 6-3, 3.00) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 8 K. 100TH MLB win.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.00
Nelson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.52

It’s the third time Cole was paired with Higashioka and third straight good outing. Personal catcher?

UPDATE: James Paxton has been placed on the 45 day I.L., effectively ending his season. Since he is a free agent at the end of the season (and has a flexor tendon issue right now in his pitching forearm), his Yankees tenure could be over.

Game 47. Gleyber’s PH double wins it, 3-1

Gleyber Torres didn’t start the game, but he sure ended it.

The Yanks (26-21) won their fifth straight, and swept the four game weekend series from Baltimore by winning 3-1 on Sunday.

Before the series, Baltimore was creeping up on the Yanks for a playoff spot. Not anymore.

J.A. Happ gave up a HR in the top of the second to Renato Nunez. 1-0, O’s.

Tyler Wade tied it up for the Yanks in the bottom of the third with his second HR of the season.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth. With two out, Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier both singled. Torres PH for Brett Gardner and doubled in two runs. 3-1 Yanks. Ballgame.

The Yanks are off Monday, 9/14.

Frazier 2 hits
Andujar 2 hits.
Torres 2 RBI
Wade solo HR (2)

Happ 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.96
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.43
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.08
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.80
Britton (W, 1-2, 2.25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.50

Maybe my post of yesterday helped. LOL. Albert Pujols tied Willie Mays on the all-time HR list with #660 on Sunday.

Game 46. Yanks edge O’s in 10, 2-1.

Jordan Montgomery pitched a great game after having had a couple of clunkers lately, and the Yankees’ bullpen completed the job in a 2-1 win in 10 innings over Baltimore on Saturday afternoon.

The win was the Yankees’ (25-21) fourth straight.

The Yanks scored right away in the bottom of the first when D.J. LeMahieu doubled, Luke Voit flied to right, moving D.J. to third, Aaron HIcks walked, and Clint Frazier hit a SF.

We’ll read more about Voit getting the job done again in a couple more paragraphs.

The Yanks would have a couple scoring opportunites in the game, especially when in different innings, Frazier (third inning) and Brett Gardner (eighth) got two-out triples, but they were left stranded.

The O’s tied the game in the sixth due to the Yankees’ fielding miscues. A single, an error by Gardner, then, after an out, and with the Yankees playing the infield in, a pop single that second baseman Thairo Estrada went back for but had glance off his glove. If Estrada was at normal depth he would have had it, but that’s baseball.

In the bottom of the tenth, D.J. LeMahieu started the inning at second base, what with these 2020 extra inning rules. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and Voit did his job, winning the game with a sac fly.

The Yanks got only five hits and made three errors, but still won the game.


Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 9 K. 4.76
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.98
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.40
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.14
Holder (W, 3-0, 2.12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K

Mark Newman, long time front office exec for the Yankees, died at the age of 71.

HOF OF Lou Brock passes away, age 81.

Tom Seaver earlier this week. Now Lou Brock.

HOF OF Lou Brock has passed away at the age of 81. Brock played for the Cubs (1961-1964) and Cardinals (1964-1979). As a Cub, he was one of only three players to hit a HR into the CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds.

In 1964 he was traded by the Cubs to the Cardinals. From June on, he hit .348 for the Cardinals and led them to the World Champtionship. For sparking the Cardinals as he did, he finished 10th in MVP voting.

He ended his career with over 3000 hits (3023) and over 900 (938) stolen bases. He stole 118 bases in 1974, a MLB record until Rickey Henderson broke it in 1982. It’s still the NL record.

Brock led the majors in runs scored 2x. Doubles once. Triples once (both in the same season). He led the NL in steals 8x, the majors six of those eight years.

A 6x All-Star, he was the MLB Player of the Year in 1974 when he stole those 118 bases (the same year Hank Aaron broke the HR record).

In 1964, he hit .315-14-58 with 43 SB (caught 18 times to lead the majors) but after the mid-June trade, hit .348 for the Cardinals.

He stole 7 bases in both the 1967 and 1968 World Series. Besides a 1964 WS ring, he got another in 1967. He led the Cards to the 1968 pennant but they blew a 3 games on 1 WS lead that year to the Tigers.

Besides his 10th place MVP finish in 1964, he finished in the top 10 in 1967, 1968, 1973 and 1974. He was runnerup to Steve Garvey in 1974. 5x top 10 MVP.

He got MVP consideration in 10 different years.

He wasn’t a great defensive outfielder, but was one of the greatest leadoff hitters and stolen base players ever.

His 162 game average was .293-9-56 with 58 SB. OPS+ 109.

His #20 is retired by the Cardinals.

He was elected to the HOF in his first year of eligibility.

In 21 WS games , he was outstanding , hitting .391 with 4 HR, 13 RBI and 14 SB.

Game 35. Yanks lose, 5-2.

After what happened with Aroldis Chapman (suspended 3 games, managers Aaron Boone and Kevin Cash suspended one game each), the Rays came out mad and took it to the Yankees and Jordan Montgomery, defeating the Yankees (20-15), 5-2.

The Yankees finished the regular season 2-8 against the Rays.

The first five batters went double, HR, single, HR, double. The Rays were up 4-0 after just five batters. Montgomery didn’t make it out of the first inning.

One of the homers was by Mike Brosseau, whom Chapman buzzed the night before. Brosseau homered again in the fourth to make it 5-0.

The Yanks got one run back on a HR by Clint Frazier (4) in the sixth.

They got another in the bottom of the ninth when with one out, Gary Sanchez singled, was forced at second by Brett Gardner, Mike Ford walked, and D.J. LeMahieu singled in Gardner.

With the loss the Yankees fall 4 1/2 back of the Rays. If the Yanks don’t win the AL East, they can just look to their 2-8 record against the Rays this year.

Frazier solo HR (4)
Urshela 2 hits.

Montgomery (L, 2-2, 5.76) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR
Nelson 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K. 6.17
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.70 Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP
Heller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K 1.80. 1 HBP
Cessa 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP 3.29
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.86
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.24


HOF pitcher Tom Seaver, who broadcast Yankees games on TV for several games after retiring from baseball, died last night age 75. I have another post on the passing of the Mets’ legend.

Tom “Terrific” Seaver, greatest Met of all, dies at 75

 

 

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Tom Seaver, who was the main piece in transforming the Mets from laughingstock losers to World Champions, has passed away at age 75 from the ravages of dementia.

Seaver, a Hall of Fame pitchers, won 311 games in his MLB career, spent with the Mets (1967-1977), Reds (1977-1982), Mets again (1983), White Sox (1984-1986) and Red Sox (1986). His #41 is retired by the Mets.

Seaver made an impact right away. Even though the Mets were a last place team in 1967, Seaver won the Rookie of the Year Award, going 16-13, 2.76, for a team that was 61-101 and finished last. It was the first of 12 All-Star Selections for Seaver.

He won 3 Cy Young Awards, in 1969, 1973 and 1975. He finished 2nd in 1971 (where you can make a good argument he should have won it) and 1981.

He was runnerup for the MVP Award in 1969, when he went 25-7, 2.21, led the majors in wins and led the Mets to the WS Title. He finished in the top 10 for MVP voting 5x.

In 1973, he led the Mets to the NL pennant. He helped the 1979 Reds to a division title.

His record was 311-205 with an ERA 2.86. ERA+ 127. It would have been better but those Mets teams had very weak lineups.

He won 20 or games 5x. Led the league in ERA 3x. Struck out 3640 batters, sixth all-time. Led the league in strikeouts 5x.

He had a 19 strikeout game, one in which he struck out each of the last ten batters.

He threw a no-hitter in 1978.

His average 162 g. season was 16-11, 2.86, ERA+ 127.

One of the most dominant pitchers of his era.

According to mlb.com, he and Christy Mathewson are the only pitchers to record 300 wins, 3,000 strikeouts and an ERA below 3.00.

His 300th win came against the Yankees in August 1985, on the same day the Yankees retired #10 for Phil Rizzuto. Seaver later became a broadcaster, and worked with Rizzuto on Yankees telecasts.

He started eight postseason games, going 3-3, 2.77.

As a hitter, he hit .154 with 12 HR.

He was the greatest Met of them all.

He was elected to the HOF in 1992, his first year on the ballot, with 98.8% of the vote.

Baseball-reference.com, in their JAWS comparisons, lists Seaver as the 8th greatest starting pitcher of all-time.

He retired to the NAPA valley, where he became the owner of a vinyard turning out some very high quality wines.

A class act all the way. And one of the greatest pitchers I ever saw.

 

Game 19. Gleyber snaps slump, leads Yanks to 10-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, Aaron Judge was put on the 10-day IL with a strained calf. Thairo Estrada was brought up.

With Stanton and Judge on the IL, two Yankees in terrible slumps now had and have to snap out of those slumps.

Gleyber Torres did, by going 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

Gary Sanchez was only 1 for 5, but that one hit was a 2-run HR.

Oh yeah, it also helps that you have your ace on the mound, and including his time with Houston last year, Gerrit Cole has now won his last 20 decisions (the record is 24, set by Carl Hubbell of the NY Giants, 1936-1937).

The Yanks (13-6) bombed Boston, 10-3.

In the bottom of the first, Mike Tauchman struck out with the bases loaded and the Yanks wasted a scoring opportunity. Tauchman would make up for it later in the game in big ways.

The Yanks struck first, getting two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Luke Voit led off with a single, and Aaron Hicks walked. After a ground out moved the runners up, Torres doubled in two runs to make it 2-0, Yanks.

Cole made few mistakes in the game, but did make one in the top of the fourth, giving up a solo HR that cut the Yankees’ lead to 2-1.

The Yanks scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to break the game open. With two out, Torres singled and went to second on a balk. Tauchman doubled him home, then Sanchez hit a 457 foot HR (3) to make it 5-1.

The Yanks tacked on three more runs in the seventh. With one out, Gio Urshela singled, then Torres singled him to third. A single by Tauchman scored Gio and moved up Torres to second. A WP moved both runners up but Sanchez struck out. Clint Frazier then doubled in two runs to make it 8-1.

Jonathan Holder then relieved Cole but was ineffective, giving up two runs to cut the Yanks’ lead to 8-3 before Adam Ottavino finished off the half-inning.

The Yanks got those two runs back in the bottom of the eighth when D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a single and Luke Voit walked. After two outs, Tyler Wade singled to load the bases. Tauchman singled in two runs to make it 10-3, which wound up as the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .429
Torres 4 for 4, 2 RBI
Wade 1 for 1
Tauchman 3 hits, 4 RBI
Sanchez 2-run HR
Frazier 2 RBI

Cole (W, 4-0, 2.76) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W 8 K.   Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K   3.68
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.17
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.38

It was the Yanks’ third straight win.

 

Horace Clarke dies, age 81. Unfortunately, symbol of a down period in Yankees’ baseball.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In the early 1960’s, the Yankees had a solid DP combination of Bobby Richardson at 2B, and Tony Kubek at SS.

It did not last long. Kubek developed back trouble and only hit .229 in 1964, .218 the next year. He was forced to retire at the young age of 29.

In 1965, the Yankee dynasty collapsed. Richardson saw the beginning of the end and, wanting to be with his family, wanted to retire himself. The Yanks urged him to stay for one more year, so they would not lose their starting 2b and ss simultaneously. He agreed. He retired, at the young age of 31, after the 1966 season. So the Yanks lost their DP combination ages 29 and 31.

In stepped Horace Clarke, who passed away today, August 6, 2020, at the age of 81. In 1966, he played SS, then switched to 2B the following year. He played for the Yankees, 1965-1974 and for the Padres in 1974. One of the first, if only players, from the Virgin Islands.

That period of the Yankees being irrelevant, from 1965-1975, is often called the “Horace Clarke Years.” Yes, he wasn’t great, was a mediocre and maybe even below average player, but it is sad he became the symbol of a bad period in Yankees history.

#20… before Bucky Dent and Jorge Posada, (and the number is now retired for Posada).

He lived at the Bronx Concourse, and would walk three blocks to the Stadium.

He was ridiculed for bailing out on turning the DP balls. He was basically the Alvaro Espinoza of his time. Manager Ralph Houk was criticized for sticking with him instead of bringing up someone else or trading for someone better.

A leadoff hitter, he only hit .256 for his career. He had little power and didn’t walk much. He could steal a base, 20 or more from 1967-1970, 33 in 1969.

He led the AL in AB in 1969 and 1970.

His 162 game average was .256-3-39, 19 SB and and OPS + of 83 (17% below league average).

Full Time Yankee SS 1966, Full Time 2B 1967-1973.

He is most famous for two things:

One, something he did in 1970. In less than a month, he broke up THREE no-hitters in the ninth inning.

Secondly, despite only hitting 27 HR in his MLB career, BOTH of his first two HR were grand slams.

 

 

Ex-1960s Phils 2B Taylor passes away, age 84.

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Tony Taylor, long-time Phillies 2B, passed away at the age of 84 after complications from a stroke suffered last year.

Taylor played for the Cubs (1958-1960), Phillies (1960-1971), Tigers (1971-1973), and back with the Phillies (1974-1976).

He was the regular 2B on the 1964 Phillies team that had a 6 1/2 game lead with 12 games to go but blew the pennant with a ten-game losing streak. He hit .251-4-46 that year, 13 SB, and an OPS+ of 81. He led the majors by getting HBP 13x.

He did make the postseason in 1972 with the Tigers. As a backup/platooned player, he hit .303-1-20, OPS+ 120. He went 2 for 15, both doubles, in the ALCS vs. the A’s.

Although he got into 26 games for the 1976 NL East Champ Phils, he didn’t play in that postseason.

He was an All-Star for both All-Star games in 1960 (back then, for a few years, there were two games).

He finished 16th in MVP voting in 1963, when he hit .281-5-49 with 23 SB, OPS+ 102.

Primarily a 2B, he also played a lot at 3B. There was a little at 1B, LF, and SS.

His 162 game average was .261-6-44 with 17 SB, OPS+ 88. JAWS ranks him #88 in all-time best 2B.