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Game 45. “Cole” in the stocking. Hamels beats Yanks, 6-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With Jordan Montgomery out for a while, Domingo German is his replacement. It’s too soon to tell (he’s made three starts, one good, one bad, and one that started good but wound up bad), but with performances like last night’s, the Yanks may need an upgrade over German.

That upgrade could be the guy who beat them, Cole Hamels.

It appears that come the trade deadline, the Yanks will be looking to add a top notch starter. They have the prospects and surplus (guys like Drury and Lind are at AAA) to swing a deal for an established starter. Hamels fits the bill. Lefty, experienced veteran, 4x All-star, postseason experience (2008 NLCS and WS MVP). With his 6-4 win over the Yanks last night, Hamels is 3-4, but with a 3.38 ERA for a team that is 19-31. Texas’ isn’t going anywhere and doesn’t have much of a farm system. Hamels could and maybe should be dangled for prospects, and the Yanks certainly would be one of the bidders.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the first. The second inning cost the Yanks the game. German didn’t give up a hit, but a HBP, two walks and three WP gave Texas two runs. On one of the WP, the batter, who struck out, reached first. Embarrassing inning for German.

The Yankees’ Gleyber Torres got one run back in the top of the third with his seventh HR of the year.

German gave up a HR in the fourth, 6-1 Texas.

Six of the 11 outs he got were K’s, but 1 HBP, 3 walks, 3 WP.

Miguel Andujar cut it to 6-2 in the seventh with a HR, his fifth of the season.

Gary Sanchez had to leave the game with cramps. His replacement, Austin Romine, hit a 2-run HR (2) off Hamels’ replacement in the eighth to make it 6-4.

The loss drops the 31-14 Yanks 1/2 game behind Boston in the AL East.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone received his first ejection as a manager.

German (L, 0-2, 5.59) 3 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR, Three WP.
Cole 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 3 K. 7.94
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 3.18
Gallegos 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Yanks’ pitchers K’d 12, but gave up 8 walks.

The Yanks hit 3 hr in the game, missing by one of becoming the first team ever to hit four or more in four consecutive games.

Dave Garcia, who managed the Angels (1977-1978) and Indians (1979-1982) passed away recently at the age of 97. He was 307-311 in his managerial career.

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Ex-Twins infielder and manager Quilici dies at 79.

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Frank Quilici, a light-hitting infielder for, and later manager of, the Minnesota Twins, died Monday, three days after his 79th birthday.

Quilici played for the Twins 1965, 1967-1970. He was a member of the 1965 AL pennant-winning Twins as well as Twins teams that won the AL West but lost in the ALCS in 1969 and 1970.

He played primarily 2B and 3B.

In 1965, he played in 56 games, hitting .208-0-7, OPS+ 51. In the WS, he was 4 for 20, 2 doubles and 1 RBI.

He hit .174-2-12, OPS+ 34 in 1969 as the Twins won the AL West, and in 1970 hit .227-2-12 OPS+ 61 as the Twins repeated as AL West champs. He went 0 for 2 in the 1970 ALCS.

For his career, he played in 405 games, hitting .214-5-53 in 682 AB. His 162 g. average was .214-2-21, OPS+ 61.

He managed the Twins from 1972-1975, going 280-287. Three third place finishes and one fourth-place finish. His best record was in 1974 when the Twins went 82-80.

 

 

Game 39. Yanks comeback. Walker walks it off in 7-6 win in extras.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks haven’t lost 3 in a row all year so far, and Neil Walker made sure it didn’t happen Saturday as the Yanks came from behind to win 7-6 in 11 innings to remain in a first place tie (27-12) with Boston.

For three innings, Domingo German picked right up from his last start, which was his first MLB start, in which he pitched six no-hit innings. After three, no runs, one hit and dominant.

Meanwhile, the Yanks were up 2-0 on back-to-back homers in the second by Sanchez (10) and Hicks (3).

But things fell apart in the fourth for German. He gave up five runs, three on a HR by Khris Davis that hit the top of the wall and bounced over.

German gave up another run in the fifth.

A learning experience for the rookie. Find out what worked so well for three innings, and why things went wrong in the fourth. As a rookie, learn how to be more consistent and how to adjust while on the mound.

So the Yanks went into the bottom of the fifth down 6-2.

They came right back to tie it up. Gardner led off with a walk, and Judge homered (11) to make it 6-4. Didi singled and stole second. After an out, Sanchez walked. With two out, Walker singled to make it 6-5 and Andujar tied it up with a single of his own.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the sixth but couldn’t score.

In the top of the ninth, the Yanks caught a break that turned the game around. Chapman was EXTREMELY SHAKY. Apparently he had a problem with a nail. Walk, Walk, WP, Walk. Bases loaded and no one out. He got a strikeout. PH Jonathan Lucroy hit a flyout to Brett Gardner and the runner on third was originally called safe for a go-ahead SF. But Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone thought that C Gary Sanchez, on a sweep tag, barely got the back of the runner before he hit the plate. The Yankees challenged and won the challenge. Sanchez DID barely clip the runners’ back. Inning-ending flyout/throw-him-out DP. The Yanks were still alive.

To the tenth and an unsung hero of the day: A.J. Cole, who hadn’t pitched since April 28, two weeks ago. I wrote about how the Yanks had Hale (not so hot yesterday) and Cole in the bullpen but they weren’t being used and how they seemed to be biding time until Kahnle and Warren came off the DL.

Today, Cole earned his pinstripes. 

After two weeks of inaction, Cole walked the first two batters he faced in the top of the tenth. He got out of it with two strikeouts and a popup. Whew.

He followed it up with a 1-2-3 eleventh, two more K’s.

In the bottom of the eleventh, with one out, Stanton walked but was forced at second. Hicks walked to put runners on first and second with two out. Walker singled in Sanchez to win the game, 7-6.

Walker has been heating up lately. Good to see. When Bird comes back, it’ll be interesting to see, with Bird, Torres, Andujar (not to mention Drury in the minors) how Walker will be utilized.

Walker, 32, going into the game, was at .200-0-8, OPS+ just 47. Only 5 of his 20 hits were for extra bases, no HR. The late arrival to spring training as an unclaimed free agent may have had something to do with that.

His 162 g. average however, is .270-19-79, OPS+ 112. Maybe that is starting to come around now.

And it’s welcome. A big come-from-behind win today, and the ace, Severino, is going tomorrow (Sunday, weather permitting, which it may not. Rain in forecast.).

Gardner 2 hits, 2 walks. Game saving throw-out at the plate.
Judge HR, 2 RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits, Solo HR, scored 3 runs, walked once.
Hicks solo HR
Walker 2 hits, 2 RBI, walk
Andujar 2 hits, RBI

Great job by the bullpen. Six scoreless innings, albeit with some scares.

German 5 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.26
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.38
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.57
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.29
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 1 K. 1.50
Cole (W, 2-1, 9.42) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K.  Combined Wash/NYY stats.

YES showed ex-Yankees’ 2B Bobby Richardson at the game. Looks good for someone turning 83 in August.

 

 

Game 38. Yanks’ pitching awful in 10-5 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks’ pitching was awful, giving up 4 HR, in a 10-5 loss to Oakland Friday night. The loss drops the Yanks to 26-12, but they remain tied for first with Boston since Boston lost in extra-inning/walk-off-HR fashion up in Toronto.

Sonny Gray should worry less about a personal catcher and worry more about getting his pitching act together. Otherwise he could find himself, along with prospects, packaged at the trade deadline for another starting pitcher. So far it seems like he could be a Randy Johnson type who can do well elsewhere but who can’t handle NYC. I hope not, but we need to see better results than this.

Gray gave up two homers and three runs in the second, another run in the third. Gleyber Torres hit a HR (3) to pull the Yanks to within 4-1 after three but the A’s made it 5-1 in the fourth.

Aaron Judge’s tenth HR of the year, a three-run shot, made it 5-4 in the fifth.

Yesterday I wrote about how it seemed like Aaron Boone was trying to avoid using David Hale or A.J. Cole. He was forced to use Hale yesterday, and we saw why he was hesitant to use him. Hale gave up a HR in the sixth to make it 6-4 Oakland.

The Yanks got a run in the seventh to cut it to 6-5, but the opportunity to win the game slipped away here and then the pitching in the eighth and ninth eliminated all hope. In the bottom of the seventh, Andujar and Romine singled and Torres bunted them over. Gardner and Judge walked, with Judge’s walk forcing in a run to make it 6-5. Bases loaded, one out, but the slumping Didi flied out, and not deep enough to bring a run home, and Stanton popped out. The Yanks had a chance to break the game open, take the lead, but couldn’t do it.

Hale then gave up another HR in the eighth and Oakland was up 7-5.

Then David Robertson came in for the ninth and was awful, giving up three runs.

Gardner 1 for 2, 3 walks.
Judge 3-run HR (10), 4 RBI
Torres HR (3)

Gray (L, 2-2, 6.39) 5 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Hale 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.75 Gave up 2 HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.19

 

Game 37. Yanks’ 8-game winning streak snapped. Lose 5-4 to Boston.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks’ eight-game winning streak was snapped last night when they lost 5-4 to Boston. The loss puts the Yanks at 26-11 and in a first-place tie with the Red Sox.

Time to start a new streak.

The Yanks have still won 17 of their last 19 games.

One problem that reared its head in last night’s loss was a limited bullpen. Some guys weren’t available. Manager Aaron Boone tried to squeeze an extra inning out of Dellin Betances and it backfired (barely) on him.

The problem is this: Tommy Kahnle and Adam Warren are on the DL. A.J. Cole and David Hale are starters who are in the bullpen and never used. Cole and Hale have each appeared in just one game as Yankees. So even though there are eight guys in the bullpen (taking away a bench player), Boone is operating like it is a six-man bullpen. There doesn’t seem to be much trust in Cole or Hale.

And why should there be? Hale has pitched in two games this year. For the Yanks, one game, two scoreless innings. For the Twins, one game, gave up 4 runs in 3 IP. Since 2014, he has started in 12 games, relieved in nine more, and is 5-5, 6.33.

As for Cole, he got in one game as a Yankee, two scoreless innings. But before this year, with Washington, he started two games, relieved in two more, and was 1-1, 13.06. In his MLB career, 28 starts, 12 relief appearances, Cole is 7-12, 5.22.

I don’t think Boone trusts either in a big spot and is saving them for blowouts. They seem to be just biding time until Warren and Kahnle return from the DL.

But you wonder. If that’s all they are doing, why isn’t someone up from the minors? Don’t they trust some youngster down there?

To the game. CC didn’t have it. He gave up a run in the first and two in the third. Mookie Betts was a thorn in his side. In the bottom of the fourth, the Yanks loaded the bases with one out but couldn’t score. It would bite them later, as they lost by one run.

CC gave up a HR to Hanley Ramirez in the fifth to make it 4-0 Boston, then came a rain delay. He was done.

From one long-hair with braids guy named Ramirez (Manny) to another (Hanley) who plays for Boston and kills the Yanks. Sheesh.

The Yanks only got five hits all night, two by Gleyber Torres.

In the seventh the Yanks tied it up. With one out, Andujar and Torres both singled. Walker, PH for Torreyes, walked. After a pitching change, Gardner walked in a run, and Judge singled one in. Didi brought home a run with a force out to make it 4-3 and Gardner scored on a WP that tied the game.

It didn’t last long. Betances, with Boone trying to stretch him out for two innings, gave up a HR to J.D. Martinez in the top of the eighth that just cleared the fence in right. Aaron Judge missed catching it by maybe a foot. 5-4 Boston, the final score.

History shows that Betances isn’t as good in the second inning. Now with the Yanks scoring four in the bottom of the seventh, he did have to wait a while on the bench before going back out there. But you wonder, is he just a one-inning guy or will Boone keep trying to push him? Based on last night’s post-game interview, it appears that Boone will try to keep pushing him for now.

The Yanks got two on with two out in the bottom of the eighth, but Walker struck out looking.

Sabathia 4+ IP, 4 R, 9 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.23
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.76
Betances (L, 1-2, 5.63) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.14

Game 33. The Beat Goes On. Yanks win 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With apologies to Sonny & Cher, The Beat Goes On.

The Yanks won for the 14th time in their last 15 games, 5-2 over Cleveland, to go to 23-10 on the season. They remain one game behind Boston in the AL East.

I don’t like, and manager Aaron Boone doesn’t like, personalized catchers. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. For whatever reason, Sonny Gray works better with Austin Romine than Gary Sanchez. Fine. Whatever works. The Yanks especially need Gray now with Montgomery down.

It was a funky lineup today with both Sanchez and Didi getting the day off. Hicks batting third. Romine and Torreyes in the lineup.

Gray got out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the third without giving up a run.

He gave up a HR in the top of the fifth to Francisco Lindor.

The Yanks’ first 13 batters went down in order. In fact, the Yanks got 4 hits all game long.

But with one out in the bottom of the fifth, Neil Walker and Miguel Andujar both walked. Gleyber Torres got the Yanks’ first hit to load the bases. Austin Romine walked to force in the tying run. Ronald Torreyes hit what should have been an inning-ending DP ball but Lindor made both a fielding and throwing error on the play and two runs scored. Brett Gardner hit a SF to make it 4-0.

Cleveland got a run in the top of the sixth, but the Yanks got a double by Romine and  a two-out RBI single by Gardner in the seventh to make it 5-2.

Gardner 2 RBI.

Gray (W, 2-2, 6.00) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 3) 2 IP, 0 R,  0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.08
Robertson (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.12

 

Game 25. Red-Hot Didi wins it in the 10th, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Didi Gregorius’ 10th HR of the season, a solo shot in the top of the tenth, won the game for the Yankees, 4-3, over the Angels Friday night. The win is the Yanks’ seventh in a row and puts them at 16-9 on the season. They are three behind Boston and in second place in the AL East.

The Angels scored first when Shohei Ohtani hit a solo HR off of Luis Severino in the second inning. Ohtani later had to leave the game with an ankle injury.

The Yanks tied it in the fifth when Andujar hit the first of his two doubles on the night, went to third on a single by Torreyes, and scored on a SF by Hicks.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the sixth, when Didi beat out a bunt single, and went to second when Stanton reached on an error. Gary Sanchez struck out, but a WP moved both runners up. Neil Walker was robbed of a HR, and Didi scored on the SF, but in a timing play, he scored before Stanton was ruled out for moving to third and for leaving the bag too early while tagging up. The umps appeared to blow that call.

Walker, hitting just .164 with only two extra-base hits and 4 RBI, did show signs of maybe snapping out of it, just missing two HR on the night. Stanton also hit one deep that appeared to be gone but just missed.

But you do wonder what becomes of Walker when Greg Bird comes back. The Yanks can’t send down Tyler Austin (who has been doing well, what with Austin hitting .290-5-16), can they?

Severino was sailing along with a two-hitter and the only mistake being the Ohtani HR until the seventh when Trout and Pujols singled, and with two out, Severino threw a WP. The next pitch after that was hit for a triple by Andrelton Simmons, giving the Halos a 3-2 lead. For Pujols, it was hit #2995. He has 619 HR. The only players in MLB history with 3000 or more hits and 600 or more HR are Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and A-Rod.

The Yanks tied it in the ninth. Sanchez walked and with one out, Andujar hit his second double of the night (I don’t know what the Yanks are going to do once Brandon Drury is ready. Andujar is at .292-3-11 and leads the majors with 11 doubles).  After Gleyber Torres was intentionally walked to set up a possible game-ending DP, Brett Gardner PH for Torreyes, and this was a risky move because then the Yanks lost the DH, and Andujar, who was the DH, later went to replace Torreyes at 3B. The pitcher now had to hit. Remember the Yanks’ have a shortened bench because this was the first game of Tyler Austin’s suspension (reduced to 4 games from 5). Gardner came through with a SF that tied the game at 3.

That set the stage for Didi’s 10th HR of the year in the top of the tenth. Chapman gave up a two-out double in the bottom of the tenth but got the save.

Didi: what a start. .368-10-30. He leads the majors in ALL THREE CATEGORIES, as well as Slugging, OPS, OPS+, and Total bases.

Judge: 0 for 5, 4 K. After one K, bench coach Josh Bard was ejected.
Didi: 3 hits, bunt single, double, GW HR.
Andujar: 2 doubles

Severino 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K. 2.61. Gave up HR to Ohtani.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 8.10
Robertson (W, 1-1, 3.14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.64

David Hale was claimed off of waivers by the Twins. UPDATE: Less than 48 hours later, the Twins DFA’d him.