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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.

Game 63. Herrera’s MLB debut results in 7-5 Yanks’ loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

That first game in the majors has to be exciting. Unfortunately for Ronald Herrera, it resulted in a loss.

Herrera was called up from AA Trenton earlier in the day when Ben Heller was sent back to the minors.  The Yanks needed a fresh arm. He gave up a late 2-run HR that doomed the Yanks as they lost 7-5 to the Angels Wednesday night. The loss cuts the Yanks’ (38-25) AL East lead to two games since Boston beat the lowly Phillies.

It started out good. In the first, Gardner singled, and with one out, Judge singled. Judge stole second and Matt Holliday just missed a 3-run HR as he hit a SF. After Castro was HBP, Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (11) to make it 4-0.

But Michael Pineda didn’t have much tonight, giving up a run in the first, two in the second and two more in the third. He did gut out six innings.

That run in the first that Pineda gave up could have been more. Aaron Hicks took a grand slam away from Luis Valbuena. It went as a SF instead.

In the second, the Yanks wasted a one-out triple by Rob Refsnyder. I would have loved to have had Gardner squeeze in a run, but as readers of this blog know, the one criticism I have of Girardi is that he never squeezes home a run. This, and other things, contributed to the loss. Instead, Refsnyder was left stranded.

Didi Gregorius (.337) extended his hitting streak to 16 games, but was hit by a batted ball on a single by Chase Headley in the fourth when the Yanks got three hits but no runs.

In the fifth, with two out, Judge reached on an error and Holliday and Castro both singled. Judge was thrown out at the plate however, on a bad send by 3B coach Joe Espada. Judge hadn’t even reached third when the LF fielded the ball and Judge was out easily.

The Yanks did tie the game in the sixth when Sanchez singled and went to second on an error. After Didi struck out, Headley singled to tie the game at five.

In the seventh, Hicks laid down a beautiful bunt for a hit. I wish Gardner had done that with Refsnyder on third in the second.

After Pineda went six innings, Girardi brought in Herrera. I was a little surprised at that because of the flight to CA (figure you’d give a guy a chance to rest a day after the flight before bringing him in… flight could take something out of you, esp. cross-country, and esp. after a 3:30 AM wakeup call to tell you you’ve been promoted) and also that Herrera was doing great as a STARTER at AA Trenton. You don’t know how he would do as a reliever. That’s a different area. Herrera gave up a 2-run HR to Andrelton Simmons in the seventh which decided the game.

It seems as if Girardi was looking long term (at least, according to a NY Post article) and willing to sacrifice one game for the long term benefit of his bullpen, which he described as “fried.”

The Yanks got a break in the ninth, when with two out, Hicks’ long drive seemed to be caught against the wall by the RF. The call was overturned and Hicks was given a double, meaning Judge was up as the tying run. Although he hit the ball hard, Judge grounded out to third to end the game.

Gardner 2 for 5. Hicks 2 for 5 (.314). Sanchez 3 for 4, scored 2 runs, 3 RBI, HR. Headley 2 hits, RBI.

Pineda 6 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.71. Gave up 1 HR.
Herrera (L, 0-1, 9.00) 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.

CC was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Still no word on how long he’ll be on the DL. CC says he feels good and hopes to miss just one start, but this could put him out until mid-August.

Aroldis Chapman is expected to return to the Yanks on Sunday after a couple of rehab stints.

 

 

 

Game 55. Trouble for Tanaka again in Yanks’ 5-4 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The disturbing and troubling season of Masahiro Tanaka continued last night when he gave up 5 runs, including 3 HR in 5 IP as the Yanks lost to Boston 5-4.

Tanaka had such a great spring training. His fall from ace to Kei-Igawa-like performances has been shocking.

The loss decreases the Yanks’ lead over Boston to one game. The Yankees are 32-23.

That 32-23 has been built strangely. They started 1-4, went 20-5 over the next 25, and are 11-14 in their last 25.

Even though they are still in first place, there are a couple of problem areas that need to be addressed, and let’s start with Tanaka.

With the Yanks 10-11 in their last 21 games (stats via Joel Sherman’s NY Post article), Tanaka is 0-5, 10.72 in that span. If Tanaka was his old ace-like self, he would have gone, say 4-1. Now the Yanks would be 14-7 in this span and we wouldn’t be as concerned.

The season is just over 1/3 over, and Tanaka has already given up 17 HR.

They need to get him straightened out. But how? He is earning so much $$ and $$ talks. Can they just pull him from the rotation? Who would replace him? Chad Green, who was fabulous in relief last night? Chance Adams? They would need to create a roster spot for Adams (who pitched last night also, see my minor league report) who isn’t on the 40-man roster.

Boston got a run right away in the first inning on a couple of singles and an RBI forceout. The Yanks tied it in the second on a walk to Hicks, single by Didi, and Hicks scored on a throwing error by Boston RF Mookie Betts.

But in the fourth, Tanaka gave up three runs on back-to-back homers. He gave up another HR in the fifth and Boston was up 5-1. The Yanks couldn’t come all the way back.

Chris Carter (a problem we’ll get to in a bit) hit his fifth HR of the year in the bottom of the fifth to cut Boston’s lead to 5-2.

Castro and Hicks singled in the sixth, and Castro scored when Didi GIDP.

The Yanks got a break in the eighth that made you think maybe the gods were with them and they’d pull it out. Matt Holliday doubled and went to third on a groundout. After Hicks popped up, Didi Gregorius struck out for what should have been the third out, but the ball was a wild pitch and Didi reached, Holliday scoring to cut the lead to 5-4. You thought with a break like that, maybe…

But no…

Tanaka (L, 5-6, 6.55) 5 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Layne 0 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.50. More on him in a bit.
Green 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K. 1.62. See above. Replacement for Tanaka? Did great.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 1 K. 0.57.

Judge, Hicks and Gregorius each had two hits. Carter had the HR.

But even with Carter’s HR, 1B is a position that the Yanks need improvement on. Bird was 6 for 60 (.100-1-3) and Carter is 21 for 115 (.183-5-15). So that is a combined 27 for 175, which comes out to .154-6-18. Somehow, the Yanks are in first place despite getting the worst production in MLB from their first basemen.

3B also is a problem. Chase Headley is down to .225, and rumors are that the Yanks are shopping for a 3B. Rumors also are that if Gleyber Torres starts adjusting to AAA pitching, that the Yanks may bring him up to play 3B, with Headley moving to a backup 1B/3B role, which would mean cutting Carter (Carter $3.5 MM left for this year, Headley is owed the rest of $13MM this year and $13MM for 2018).

Headley is at .225-3-23, but since April 18, has hit .168-1-19 in his last 37 games. When you take what he is doing at 3B, and the lack of production at 1B, it’s like the Yanks are playing with a 7-man lineup. That can’t continue if they want to stay in first place. Headley hasn’t homered since April 19.

So the Yanks desperately need to get better production from 1B, 3B and Tanaka. We’ll see how and if that happens.

The final thing may be minor. Tommy Layne hasn’t performed that well, and the Yanks do have a solution there if necessary. Tyler Webb has been doing well at SWB and could be a replacement for Layne. LOOGY for LOOGY.

 

Ex-All Star Piersall, subject of movie, dies at 87.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jimmy Piersall, a 2x All-Star whose battle with bipolar disorder was the subject of the 1957 movie “Fear Strikes Out” starring Tony Perkins and Karl Malden, died at the age of 87.

Piersall was a 2x All-Star and 2x Gold Glove winner who played for the Red Sox 1950, 1952-1958, Indians 1959-1961, Senators 1962-1963, Mets 1963, and Angels 1963-1967.

Upon hitting his 100th career HR with the Mets in 1963, he ran the bases backward.

He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1952 and his experiences were portrayed in the movie.

He and Billy Martin once had a huge, celebrated fight.

He was named an All-Star in 1954 and 1956, and won Gold Gloves in CF in 1958 and 1961. He led the majors in doubles in 1956, sacrifice bunts in 1953 and sac flies in 1956.

Primarily a CF, he also played LF, RF, SS and 3B in his career.

He got MVP consideration five times, finishing 9th in 1953.

He hit .272 in his career, with a 162 g. average of .272-10-55, 11 SB, OPS+ 93.

He later became a broadcaster for Texas, and also for the Chicago White Sox.

 

For more on Piersall, check out his biography on Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Piersall