Category Archives: Ex-Players

Game 94. Yanks shutout Orioles.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the first time since they were 4-2, the Yanks are two games above .500 this season after they shutout the Orioles 5-0 Wednesday night.

The Yanks jumped on the board right away. Brett Gardner tripled leading off the bottom of the first and scored on a SF by Carlos Beltran.

Mark Teixeira’s 8th HR of the year, #402 of his career, made it 2-0 Yanks in the fourth.

Teix walked with the bases loaded in the sixth to make it 3-0.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes, playing 3rd because Chase Headley was a last minute scratch to due personal issues (hope all is OK), tripled, and scored on a Gardner SF.

Beltran finished the scoring in the eighth, when he hit his 20th HR of the season. Career HR #412 tied Alfonso Soriano on the all-time list.

Pineda (W, 4-9, 5.25) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 8 K.
Betances (H, 24) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 2.49.
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.32.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,   0 walks, 2 K. 4.30.



Game 90. Yanks fall to Boston, 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I am sorry for the late report, but I spent 3 hours this morning at the blood center donating platelets.

The Yanks lost 5-2 to Boston on Saturday to drop them to 44-46.

Boston got an unearned run off of CC in the third. Didi made an error.

The Yanks got the run back in the bottom of the third on Brett Gardner’s sixth HR of the season.

Boston got one in the fourth on a couple of dribblers to go up 2-1, but then came the crushing blow in the sixth when CC gave up a 3-run HR. He was also victimized by another dribbler, along with an error (Headley) that inning.

Headley hit his 8th HR of the year in the eighth inning, but outside of the HRs by Gardner and Headley, the Yanks managed only three other hits all game.

Sabathia (L, 5-7, 3.94) 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 walks, 2 K. 1 HR given up.
Swarzak 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 4.70
Bleier 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.86.

The Sunday game is the ESPN night game.

Sad to hear that NBA great Nate Thurmond passed away at the age of 74.

Game 81. Teix gets HRs 400 & 401 in Yanks’ win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Well, the season is 1/2 over, and the Yanks are 40-41. The second half starts today, in Chicago vs. the White Sox, on Independence Day.

Mark Teixeira got his 400th and 401st career HRs in Sunday’s 6-3 win over San Diego, and starting pitcher Chad Green, in his second MLB start, let Kermit the Frog know that sometimes it IS easy being Green, since he pitched six strong innings for his first major league victory.

Green gave up a HR to ex-Yankee Yangervis Solarte in the second inning to tie the game after the Yanks scored in the top of the second, but that was the only blip he had in the game. He did pitch out of a jam in the fourth, also caused by Solarte.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth on Didi Gregorius’ 9th HR of the year.

A solo HR by Teixeira in the eighth put the Yanks up 3-1, and it was Teixeira’s 400th HR of his career. He became the fifth switch-hitter to hit 400, after Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504), Chipper Jones (468) and Carlos Beltran (411 and counting).

The Yanks needed insurance runs, and got them in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Gardner and Teixeira’s 2-run blast. Career HR #401 was Teix’s seventh HR of the season.

They needed those runs because Anthony Swarzak gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the ninth.

Green (1st MLB WIN. w, 1-1, 4.09) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 20) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks 2 K, 2.63
Miller (H, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.47.
Swarzak 0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.40. Faced two batters, gave up 1 HR.
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.86

Combined, Yankee pitchers struck out 12.

Game 79. Yanks comeback falls short, 7-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It’s frustrating. Every time the Yanks get to .500 or a game above, they slide back. They haven’t been two over .500 since they started the season 4-2.

A 4-run ninth inning wasn’t enough as the Yanks lost late last night in San Diego by the score of 7-6.

Nathan Eovaldi once again had a bad outing. He was so good in May, but since Memorial Day, he has been awful, 0-4 with an ERA of over 9.00. He gave up three runs right away in the first inning. He needs to get straightened out.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI single got one run back in the second, but Eovaldi gave it right back in the bottom of the frame by serving up a gopher ball.

He then gave up another gopher ball, a 2-run shot, in the fifth, to make it 6-1 Padres.

Brian McCann’s 13th HR of the season made it 6-2 in the sixth, but McCann’s passed ball in the seventh made it 7-2 Padres.

McCann started the ninth with a walk, and Castro was HBP. A-Rod pinch-hit (no DH in NL park) and singled in one run. Didi Gregorius, who is really emerging into a force, doubled in a run to make it 7-4. Hicks grounded out to make it 7-5, and a wild pitch with Beltran up pinch-hitting made it 7-6. Beltran doubled to put the tying run on second, but Ellsbury and Gardner both grounded out to end the game and foil any hopes for a comeback similiar to Wednesday night’s comeback vs. Texas.

The loss dropped the Yanks to 39-40.

Eovaldi (L, 6-6, 5.54)  4 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 2 HR given up.
Mullee 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.00
Bleier 1 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED) 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.00
Swarzak 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.86

Update: A-Rod’s hit was #3110 of his career, tying Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time list.

Game 76. Yanks lose, 7-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The unfortunate pattern continues. The Yanks battle to get to .500 or a game above, then go on a losing streak. Then they battle back to .500 or a game above, and another losing streak.

CC Sabathia battled Cole Hamels for seven innings, giving up a 2-run HR to Adrian Beltre in the first, and was behind 2-0 entering the eighth. Then it all fell apart as Texas got five in the eighth to salt the game away. 7-1 Texas.

A-Rod got a SF in the bottom of the eighth.

Carlos Beltran left the game in the first inning with hamstring tightness. He is day to day. If Beltran had strained or tore the hamstring, I wonder what the Yanks would have done. Personally, I’d run Refsnyder (.293) out there or bring up the red-hot Aaron Judge. I think the Yanks would just run Aaron Hicks out there. But Hicks, at .206, hasn’t shown us much this year. Just my opinion, but I’d rather see Refsnyder or Judge get a shot.

For Beltre, it was his 424th career HR. To me, he doesn’t get the ink he deserves. 2845 hits, 424 HR. He is one of the best 3B ever. Baseball Reference, in fact, lists him as the 5th greatest 3B ever.

Jim Hickman, a 1962 original Met who was on the 1969 Cubs team that collapsed, and who also was the man who singled home Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star Game when Rose barrelled over catcher Ray Fosse, died recently.

Sabathia (L, 5-5, 3.17) 7+ IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Swarzak 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.50
Mullee 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K., 4.50. Came up, Yates sent down.

The Yanks fall to 37-39.


Game 75. Yanks lose after long delay, 9-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth, the Yanks did what you’d expect them to do. They brought in Aroldis Chapman, who walked the first batter and fell behind on the second.

Then came a 3 1/2 hour rain delay, and when the game resumed, no Chapman. No win either, as the Yanks then lost 9-6—-with the game ending at 2:44 a.m.

Ivan Nova struggled, giving up a HR in the first inning. The Yanks got two in the second on an RBI single by Headley and an RBI groundout by Hicks.

Nova gave up a run in the third but the Yanks came right back to go up 3-2 on an RBI single by Castro.

Nova gave the lead right back by giving up two runs in the top of the fourth.

The Yanks went up 5-4 in the fifth on RBI singles by McCann and Gregorius.

Mark Teixeira homered in the seventh, his fifth of the year and second in two games after not homering from 4/13 to 6/26. Career HR #399 tied Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga on the all-time HR list and put the Yanks up 6-4.

But Andrew Miller gave up a HR in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-5, then the rain delay, and the four run disaster once Kirby Yates replaced Chapman in the wee small hours of the morning.

The Yanks had 16 hits in the loss which dropped them under .500 again at 37-38.

Nova 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 walks, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.32.
Bleier (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.38
Betances (H, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.89.
Miller (H, 12) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.34
Chapman 0 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.15.
Yates (BS, 2; L, 2-1, 5.72) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 HBP, 2 K.

A-Rod didn’t play again. Is he now a platoon DH against lefties only? He doesn’t play the field, does not pinch-run, and will be on the bench when the Yanks go to a NL city later this week (San Diego). If he isn’t DHing, and is on the bench, then he really doesn’t have much value. He’s then a $20+ million pinch-hitter. And that’s a problem.


Game 74. Eovaldi’s June Swoon continues. Yanks lose 7-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nathan Eovaldi had a very good May, but his June is going as badly as his May was good.

Eovaldi gave up four home runs— three in a row—as the Yanks lost to Minnesota to drop to 37-37. The score was 7-1, and Yankees pitchers gave up six home runs total.

The offense was bad also. Facing a pitcher who came into the game with a 6.18 ERA, the first 17 Yanks went down in order before Aaron Hicks doubled. The only Yankees run came on a HR by Teixeira, his first HR since April 13th. Teix’s fourth HR of the season was #398 of his career, tying Dale Murphy on the all-time HR list. Teix’s HR was the second, and last, Yankees’ hit of the game.

Eovaldi (L, 6-5, 5.19) 6 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 walks, 4 K. Gave up 4 HR, 3 consecutive.
Cessa 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.12. Recalled, Goody sent down.
Bleier 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.86
Yates 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.94 Gave up 1 HR.