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ALDS Game 3. Yanks survive 1-0 behind Tanaka gem, Bird HR and Judge catch.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

By the skin of their teeth, the Yankees survive to play another game. They won Game 3 of the ALDS 1-0 Sunday night to avoid being eliminated by Cleveland. Cleveland still leads the best-of-five series two games to one.

Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant, pitching seven shutout innings. He got two strikeouts after a one-out Kipnis triple in the fourth to get out of trouble.

In the sixth, Aaron Judge robbed Francisco Lindor of a 2-run HR. It appeared that had Judge not stretched out his 6’7″  frame to make the catch that the ball would have cleared the fence or hit the top and bounced over for a 2-run HR.

The Yanks blew a chance in the sixth. Hicks singled but Gardner GIDP (why wasn’t Gardner bunting there?) Judge walked, Sanchez singled and Didi walked, but Castro popped up.

In the bottom of the seventh, Greg Bird accounted for the only run of the game with a HR.

David Robertson got the first out in the eighth, but Aroldis Chapman had to come on for a five-out save, stranding two in the ninth.

Game Four is scheduled for 6:30 today with Luis Severino starting for the Yanks. There is a chance of rain.

Tanaka (Winner) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Robertson (Hold) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Chapman (Save) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Chapman had to apologize to Girardi before the game because of a social media faux pas he had made after Game 2, criticizing the manager. Girardi was booed when introduced pre-game because of what happened in Game 2 with his not challenging a call that turned that game around.

In the other ALDS, Boston also stayed alive and forced a Game 4 vs. Houston.

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Yanks PPD. Game tomorrow.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees game tonight was ppd. to Thursday afternoon, 1:35 EDT, b/c of rain.

We found out why Adam Warren couldn’t come in for CC Tuesday night. Back spasms, 10-day DL. Still doesn’t excuse using Robertson and Chapman for only 11 pitches each.  (Can you imagine Billy Martin in early 1978 telling Guidry he was done after six innings b/c of pitch count, using Tidrow for the 7th, then pulling an effective Tidrow for Lyle in the 8th, then pulling an effective Lyle for Gossage in the 9th? I hate the way the game has changed. Guy is doing well, leave him in!)

Brett Gardner is the Yankees’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, given for class, dignity, and giving back to the community.

The Yankees are scheduled to go to Tampa after a weekend series against the Rangers in Texas. Those games may have to be moved to a neutral site b/c of Hurricane Irma.

Lastly, the Red Sox are accusing the YES network of stealing signs? Really? Michael Kay of the YES network isn’t too happy about those accusations.

Game 138. Golden opportunity missed, Yanks blow it in 9th, 7-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It was so close to being cut to 1 1/2 games. So close.

The Yanks had a 6-1 lead. They took a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth in Baltimore. Meanwhile, Toronto took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth up in Boston.

With two out, Dellin Betances walked a batter and gave up a game-winning 2-run walk-off HR to the Orioles’ Manny Machado. It was Machado’s second HR of the game.

Meanwhile, Boston won 3-2 in 19 innings. Instead of cutting the lead to 1 1/2 games, the Yanks fall 3 1/2 back. Ouch.

With two out in the first, CC gave up a run on a walk, infield hit, WP and another infield hit.

The Yanks struck for six in the third, but couldn’t tack on. Romine singled, and after an out, Judge walked and Castro was HBP. Didi singled in two, 2-1 Yanks. Holliday walked to re-load the bases. Bird hit a sac fly, E-8 on Adam Jones, everyone moves up, everyone safe. 3-1. Todd Frazier grounded out, run scored, 4-1. Ellsbury singled in two, 6-1.

But the Yanks gave it all back. CC gave up a HR in the bottom of the third to Machado. 6-2.

He gave up a HR in the fifth to Yankee-killer Schoop. 6-3.

I would NOT have had CC start the sixth inning, and was surprised and angry when he did. My fears and anger were justified when he gave up a 2-run HR to Mark Trumbo to make it 6-5.

Pulls Montgomery early on Labor Day (puts in Green, right move) but doesn’t pull CC for Warren when the situation was about the same? I don’t know how Warren was feeling or anything, but….

I don’t know how Yankees fans around the country feel, but living close enough to NY to get WFAN and hear the Yankees fans there, I can say that there are a lot of Yankees fans not happy with Joe Girardi’s managing. This is the last year of Girardi’s contract.

One reason is this: his constant over managing. Guy comes in, pitches well, and he pulls the guy after one inning. Too often, by doing this, you eventually find the guy who doesn’t have it that night and blows the game. Guy doing well, leave him in! I’ve written that how many times this year.

Too many cooks spoil the soup.

It is one reason the Yanks’ real record is eight games worse than their expected record based on runs scored vs. runs allowed. It is one of the reasons they are 15-24 in one-run games. They are 3 1/2 back of Boston. If they were 19-20, not even .500 in those one-run games…. you can do the math.

So Kahnle gets two outs. Robertson only pitches one inning, 11 pitches. Same with Chapman, one inning, 11 pitches. Then instead of letting Robertson go two, or Chapman two, Girardi brings in Betances, who blows the game.

Joe. Simple concept. Guy does well, not many pitches, leave him in for another inning.

Stop over-managing.

Castro 2 hits.
Gregorius 2 RBI
Ellsbury 2 hits, 2 RBI

Tyler Austin was brought up from SWB.

Sabathia 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR. 3.91
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.82
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 W, 1 K. 2.24. Threw just 11 pitches and pulled.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.02. Threw just 11 pitches and pulled.
Betances (BS, 3; L, 3-6, 2.73) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up GW HR.

So close to cutting it to 1 1/2. So damned close.

…and Boston was caught using illegal technology to steal Yankees’ signs recently. We’ll see about any ramifications for that.

Paul Schaal, a 3B for the Angels (1964-1968, 1974) and Royals  (1969-1974) passed away Sept. 1, age 74. His best year was 3B for the 1971 Royals, .274-11-63, OPS+ 129. For his career, .244 with 57 HR. 162 g. average .244-8-46, OPS+ 99.

Game 121. Bullpen blows it. Yanks lose to Boston 9-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a 6-3 lead, but the bullpen blew it as the Yanks lost to the Red Sox 9-6 Friday night.

With the loss, the division title is probably slipping away and the Yanks may have to concentrate on that top wild card spot. They are now 65-56 and five games back of Boston. Granted there are 41 games left, but…

Today doesn’t look good. You don’t know how someone will be just coming off the 10-day DL after missing a turn and that is exactly what CC Sabathia will be doing tonight. Worse yet, the Yanks are facing Chris Sale, who just owns them.

Even worse…. the struggles of Aroldis Chapman continued last night, and he appears lost and his confidence appears shattered. Not good.

Jordan Montgomery started and was ok. He did give up a 2-run HR in the second and a solo shot in the fifth. Not good, but not terrible.

The Yanks got back into the game on a 2-run HR by Todd Frazier (20) in the sixth, then got four runs in the seventh.

Gary Sanchez tied the game with his 23rd HR of the season. Ronald Torreyes singled in two, and Aaron Hicks was HBP (he was hit twice in the game) with the bases loaded to force in another run. 6-3 Yanks.

Then the bullpen imploded. The Yanks gave up four in the bottom of the seventh to blow the lead and another two in the eighth to give Boston some insurance.

On MLB, they correctly criticized the Yanks for a couple of things.

  1. Tommy Kahnle, who has a 98 MPH fastball, threw three changeups to one hitter and got beat on a change with two strikes on the batter. If you are going to get beat, get beat on your best pitch.
  2. Yankees’ pitchers frequently got two strikes on Red Sox hitters but couldn’t put them away.
  3. Chapman, after giving up a hit and runs, stood disconsolate and lost on the mound and didn’t run to back up home plate as he should. His body language, both on the mound and walking off of it after the inning was over, was terrible. His ERA is now over 4.00…. terrible for a closer.
  4. Offensively, they could have done more. They were 1 for 11 with RISP. They blew some chances to put the game away.

Aaron Judge tied a MLB record for most consecutive games striking out.

Brett Gardner and Chase Headley each had three hits. Todd Frazier 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2 RBI for Torreyes.

One good news for an ex-Yankee. Derek and Hannah Jeter became parents of a baby girl, Bella Raine Jeter, on Thursday.

Montgomery 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.00
Green 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W,  1 K. 2.25
Kahnle (BS, 6; L, 2-4, 2.61) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.29 

Time to refocus. Winning the division would be nice. But five back, 41 to go, concentrate on not blowing the playoff spot.

Minor League Report.

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With a lot of prospects on the move thoughout baseball at the trade deadline , both AAA SWB and AA Trenton were off yesterday.

High A: Tampa (63-44) lost 1-0. CF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits.

Tate 7 2/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 9 K. 2.68
Lane (L, 1-1, 5.68) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.68

Low A: Charleston (58-48) scored in the bottom of the 10th to win 5-4. With a man on second, C Donny Sands struck out, but the ball got away, the catcher made a throwing error, and the runner on second came around to score. As Mel Allen would say, “How about that!”

2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.

Rosa 6 Ip, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.29
Morris (H, 3) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.03
Sosebee (BS, 1) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K. 2.11
Cedeno (W, 4-0, 0.90) 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Game 102. Another Walkoff win for Yanks, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Friends from Pinstripe Mania were there today to see the Yanks beat the Rays in walk off fashion 5-4.

Rumors still surround Sonny Gray. One thing is for sure. Down the stretch, Caleb Smith or Luis Cessa are not the answer. No disrespect intended.

Caleb Smith gave up a HR to the first batter he faced. 1-0. Rays.

The Yanks tied it in the second on a double by Sanchez, groundout and SF by Didi.

Run in the third for the Rays, 2-1.

Gary Sanchez tied it in the bottom of the fourth, 2-2. HR #16 for Gary.

The Yanks need to get another starter w/Pineda out. Smith (3rd MLB game, 2nd MLB start) was pulled in the fourth. You can’t have that. You can’t burn your bullpen every five days. The Yanks won this game, but…. The non-waiver trade deadline is Monday at 4 PM. See below for some news on some potential moves.

Adam Warren gave up a HR in the fifth. 3-2 Rays.

The Yanks took the lead 4-3 in the sixth on a PH, 2-run HR by Chase Headley. It was Headley’s fifth HR of the season and first in six weeks.

David Robertson gave up a HR in the eighth to Lucas Duda, his second in two games since joining the Rays from the Mets, and the game was tied.

In the bottom of the ninth, Headley walked, and Ellsbury PR for him and stole second. Todd Frazier was HBP and Ronald Torreyes beat out his bunt for a single to load the bases. Gardner then singled to win the game.

Smith 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 7.20
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.06
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.68
Kahnle (H, 9)  1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.18
Robertson (BS, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.75
Chapman (W, 4-1, 3.03) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

The Yanks improve to  56-46 and remain 1/2 game ahead of Boston, in first place in the AL East.

Zack Littell has been scratched from his Sunday start at AA. MLB Trade rumors reports that the Yanks may be close to getting Jaime Garcia from the Twins. The Twins just got him from the Braves, but instead of staying in the race, the Twins are falling out so they may now trade Garcia.

What is most interesting is that MLBTR states that getting Garcia would NOT keep the Yanks from pursuing Sonny Gray.

Gray & Garcia? Stay tuned.

Game 90. Yanks shut out for first time this season, lose 3-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka, who has struggled so badly most of this season, wasn’t too bad tonight, making only one big mistake, but the Yanks were shut out for the first time this season in losing 3-0.

Aaron Judge, struggling lately, was robbed of a 2-run HR by CF Jackie Bradley. Judge hit one towards the triangle in Fenway, but Bradley came down with it. If he doesn’t come down with it, and especially if it as hit four feet to the right, Bradley wouldn’t have been able to reach that far into the bullpen, and Judge has HR #31.

Tanaka gave up a 2-run HR to Mookie Betts in the third to put Boston up 2-0. Boston got another run in the sixth.

Yankees’ 1B Garrett Cooper got his first MLB hit.

Not to make excuses, for Kimbrel is a great relief pitcher, but this is something I found odd. I am just saying this because maybe you think it odd too. When showing closeups of Kimbrel saving the game for Boston, his arms were dripping wet. It’s after 11 PM in Boston, and it isn’t exactly 100 degrees. Why in the world are his arms dripping wet? Hopefully from sweat and nothing else, but still?

The loss puts the Yanks at 47-43.

Tanaka (L, 7-9, 5.33) 7 2/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.92

HOF broadcaster Bob Wolff passed away at the age of 96. As someone who majored in broadcasting, there are a LOT of broadcasters I do not have too much respect for nowadays, but Wolff was one of the greats.