Category Archives: Mike’s Musings

Minor League Report.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpg

AAA: SWB was off.

AA: Trenton (26-16) won 6-2. Tyler Austin played RF, went 1 for 3 (single), on rehab. 3B Miguel Andujar 3 for 3, 2 doubles, 2 RBI.  CF Rashad Crawford and 1B Billy Fleming each had 2 hits and an RBI.

Sheffield (w, 3-2, 3.80) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 H, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Wotherspoon (S, 3)  2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.27

High A:  Tampa (22-23) won 4-3. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. DH Chris Gittens 2 doubles, 2 RBI.
1B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits. 3B Gosuke Katoh a 2-run HR.

Widener (W, 3-4, 3.38) 5 IP, 1 R, unearned, 2 H, 2 W, 8 K.
Carroll (H, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.25
Hissong (S, 1) 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 9.00. Gave up 1 HR.

Low A: Charleston rained out.

 

Game 42. Pineda, 3 HRs pace Yanks, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Michael Pineda pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, and the Yanks rode 3 HRs to a 4-2 win over KC on Monday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 26-16 and opened up a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Pineda gave up two runs in the top of the third, one via a HR, but Brett Gardner sliced KC’s lead to 2-1 with his ninth HR of the season in the bottom of the third.

Gardner didn’t get his first RBI of the season until April 29, when he had 2 HR and 4 RBI in that game. He went into that game at .188-0-0. Since then he has gone .354-9-19.

Didi Gregorius hit a 2-run HR (2) in the fourth to put the Yanks up 3-2. Didi had 2 hits.

Chris Carter added an insurance run with a solo HR (3) in the seventh.

Matt Holliday had 2 hits.

The Yanks took a small section of RF, added mahogany wood, made it look like a small jury box, and have renamed it “The Judge’s Chambers.” Cool.

Pineda (w, 5-2, 3.35) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren (H, 3) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.25
Clippard (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.37
Betances (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 k. 0.61

With Gleyber Torres’ promotion from AA to AAA, you wonder how fast he may be coming to the majors, and also where the SS would play. He has been getting time at 2B and 3B. We’ll see if he gets more reps at 3B at SWB, because while Didi is hitting .333 and Castro .335, Headley has gone .163-1-16 since April 18, and his defense has been shaky, too. Just saying, but it’ll be interesting to see how many games at 3B Torres gets at SWB.

Minor League Report. Yankees promote Torres to AAA.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpg

The Yanks have promoted INF Gleyber Torres to AA SWB and P Josh Rogers and Jose Mesa Jr., to AA Trenton.

AAA: SWB (24-17) won 5-4 in 11 on a squeeze bunt by Cito Culver (hope Girardi saw that, he NEVER squeezes).

LF Dustin Fowler solo HR. 2 hits DH Mark Payton.

Bryan Mitchell was called up to the Yanks before the game, and Giovanny Gallegos sent back to SWB.

Ruth 3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 1 K. 12.00 Gave up 2 HR.
Brewer 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 k. 9.53
Gurka 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2K. 5.74
Frieri 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.41
Jones (W, 2-1, 2.95) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

AA: Trenton (25-16) lost 1-0. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits.

Torres played 3B before his callup. 0 for 2, 2 walks, a SB. .273-5-18, 5 SB

Tyler Austin, on rehab, played 1B, 1 for 2 (single).

Ramirez (L, 5-1, 3.00) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 8 K.
Mesa 3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.00

Mesa is the son of former reliever Jose Mesa, who pitched from 1987, 1990-2007 for the Orioles, Indians, Giants, Mariners, Phillies, Pirates, Rockies, Tigers and Phillies again and who saved 321 games, going 80-109, 4.36, ERA+ 100. In 1995, he led the AL with 46 saves and finished runnerup for the CYA and 4th in MVP voting.

High A: Tampa (21-23) won 15-0. SS Kyle Holder 3 hits, 2 RBI.

RF Tito Polo 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens 4 hits, 2 HR, 4 RBI.

DH Nick Solak 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 H, RBI

2B Gosuke Katoh hits, C Sharif Othman 3 hits, 2 RBI.

Rogers (w 4-3, 2.22) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K. Promoted to AA after game.
Gomez 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
McNamara 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.42

Low A: Charleston (22-21)  won 4-2.

CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, rbi. SS Hoy Jun Park 2 RBI. RF Ben Ruta 2 hits.

Diehl (w, 5-0, 2.70) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Morris (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 3 K. 2.31
Mundell (S, 4) 1 ip, 0 r, 0 h, 0 W, 0 k. 2.70

 

Game 41. CC stops Rays behind Gardner HR, Judge catch, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees struck out 17x on Sunday, but found a way to win 3-2 behind CC Sabathia, the bullpen, Didi Gregorius’ 4 hits, a Brett Gardner HR, and a game-saving catch by Aaron Judge.

CC gave up a run in the first when Gary Sanchez made a throwing error trying to pick off a runner from first base.

All the Yankees’ runs came in the second inning. Ellsbury doubled, and after an out, Gregorius, 4 for 4 for the day, singled him in to tie the game. After another out, Brett Gardner hit a 2-run HR (8) to make it 3-1 Yanks.

CC gave up a HR to Derek Norris in the fifth that cut the score to 3-2, and that was the final.

But in the sixth, Aaron Judge saved the day. With no one out and a man on first, he made a diving catch on what appeared to be a game-tying double or triple by Evan Longoria and turned it into a DP, doubling up the runner on first. The next batter made out and the Yanks won the game 3-2.

It made up for a rough day at the plate for Judge and other Yankees.

Judge 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.
Holliday 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts, and I believe he was 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts on Saturday, meaning 0 for his last 7, all strikeouts.
Castro 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts.
Gardner (2) and Gregorius (4) had six of the Yanks’ seven hits.

Sabathia (W, 4-2, 4.62) 5+ IP, 2 R, 1 ER,   4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00
Clippard (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 2 K. 1.45
Betances (S, 2)  1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.66

The win puts the Yankees back in first by 1/2 a game at 25-16 as we hit the quarter pole.

Minor league report. Austin begins his rehab, and AAA/AA go extras.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpg

AAA: SWB (23-17) won 5-4 in 11. RF Mark Payton GW walkoff single, 2 hits. CF Dustin Fowler 2-run HR.  1B Mike Ford solo HR. 2 hits, solo HR 2B Cito Culver.

Smith 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.15
Graham (H, 1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 3.38
Webb (BS, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K. 3.27
Heller (w, 2-3, 3.72) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Webb, a lefty, may have the blown save, but 6 K in 3 IP, and as a lefty, may soon be in the Bronx if Tommy Layne (8.18 ERA) continues to falter.

AA:   Trenton (25-15) lost 5-2 in 14 innings. Tyler Austin began his rehab, going 1 for 3 with a double and a walk as the DH. He scored a run. Now to get him onto the field, preferably at 1B.

2B Abital Avelino 3 hits, 2 RBI. C Jorge Saez 2 hits.

Lail 7 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W, 5 K. 2.13
Feyereisen 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 3 K. 2.81
Coshow 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 k. 3.26
Frare (L, 0-2, 5.00) 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 0 K.

High A: Tampa (20-23) lost both games of a DH.

Game 1:  Lost 7-1. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, solo HR.

Abreu (L, 0-2, 4.85) 3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Schwaab 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.25
Harris 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. 3.06. Gave up 1 HR.

Game 2: Lost 13-2. 3B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2 hits each for SS Kyle Holder, CF Tito Polo and LF Trey Amburgey.

Swanson (L, 1-1, 3.14) 4 2/3 IP, 8 R 12 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Reeves 1 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 0 W, 2 K.  45.00
Pena 1 1/3 IP, 0 r, 2 H, 1 W 3 K. 4.86

Low A: Charleston (21-21) won a blowout, 18-4.

It’s easier for me to just copy and paste….. everybody hits….lol

Charleston RiverDogs
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Estevan Florial DH 5 4 4 1 0 0 3 1 0 .274
Angel Aguilar 3B 5 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 .298
Blake Rutherford CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 .281
Donny Sands C 5 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 .256
Isiah Gilliam 1B 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .273
Diego Castillo 2B 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259
Ben Ruta LF 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .393
Oswaldo Cabrera SS 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .236
Carlos Vidal RF 5 3 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 .291
Totals 42 18 20 2 1 0 16 4 0 .271

 

Charleston RiverDogs
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nick Green 2.0 5 4 4 1 1 0 3.40
Raynel Espinal (W, 1-0) 6.0 2 0 0 0 8 0 1.42
Trevor Lane 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.27
Totals 9.0 8 4 4 1 12 0 3.68

Game 40. Yanks lose 3rd straight, 9-5. Concerns after Tanaka bombed again.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

If I were the Yankees, I’d make Masahiro Tanaka take an MRI. For if he isn’t hurt, he’s certainly lost right now.

But maybe we need to know if he is hurt.

Tanaka can opt out of his contract at the end of the year, but the way he’s pitching now, no one would take him.

Tanaka didn’t make it out of the fourth inning, and gave up 3 HR. In his last two starts, he has pitched less than six innings combined, and has given up 14 runs and seven HR.

That is just not him. Neither is that unsightly 6.56 ERA.

You wonder if he’s ok. You wonder if that partially torn UCL is a fully torn one now, and if Tanaka isn’t saying anything but hiding something.

You don’t have to wonder if he is lost out there right now. He is.

He gave up a HR right away, on his third pitch of the game.

The Yanks came back in the top of the second and tied it at one on Aaron Judge’s 15th HR of the year, but Tanaka gave up a run in the bottom of the second. 2-1 Rays.

Evan Longoria homered off Tanaka in the third. 3-1 Rays.

The Yanks tied it in the fourth on a two-run double by Chase Headley, but Tanaka gave up a 3-run HR to Corey Dickerson in the bottom half of the inning. 6-3 Rays and Tanaka was out of there.

Gary Sanchez hit his fourth HR of the year to make it 6-4 in the top of the fifth, but Tommy Layne, who has been struggling badly himself, gave up three runs in the bottom half of that inning.

Headley got an RBI groundout in the sixth for the final run of the game. 9-5 Rays.

Both manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild were ejected by the HP umpire. Hearing about the ejections and what the HP umpire, Scott Barry, did or didn’t do, Barry deserves a reprimand. Hey buddy, people don’t come to see YOU. For example, Rothschild was ejected just for saying “you missed a few”. Touchy, touchy, snowflake. Then, when Girardi was ejected just for demanding an explanation of Rothschild’s ejection, Girardi spread dirt over the plate, ala Billy Martin, that Barry left there. He didn’t dust off the plate for the pitcher afterward, and it stayed there for several pitches until Sanchez cleaned it off. Totally unprofessional.

Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR. Now at .303. The Kraken has awoken.
Matt Holliday was 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts. Played 1B.
Aaron Judge 2 hits, double, solo HR, was HBP which forced the ejection of the Rays’ starter, Andariese, who hit two batters. No, Judge didn’t charge the mound. What a sight THAT would have been! Judge DH’d.
Headley  3 RBI

Tanaka (L, 5-3, 6.56) 3+ IP, 6 R, 9 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Layne 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 8.18. 1 HBP.
Gallegos 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 5.06
Shreve 1 1 /3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
Holder 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 w, 1 K. 1.93

The Yanks need to either get Tanaka straightened out or find out if he is hurt.

As for Layne, I wouldn’t be surprised if a move is made regarding him, like maybe replacing him with Tyler Webb, who is now at SWB.

But something needs to be done about both of them. Both have to get their mojo back.

The loss drops the Yanks to 24-16. It’s their third in a row, and they’ve lost seven of the last 10. It dropped them out of first place, into second, 1/2 game behind the Orioles.

Minor League Report. Hot Torres HR’s again, Austin’s rehab rained out, Adams good in loss.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpg

AAA: SWB (22-17) lost 2-1. Chance Adams pitched well, but took the loss, which drops his career minor league record to 21-3. Dustin Fowler (CF, .303) had two of SWB’s five hits.

Adams (1-1, 1.53) 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. (5-1, 1.15 overall AA/AAA)
Gurka 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 w, 1 K. 6.59
Jones 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 w, 2 K. 3.10

AA: SS Gleyber Torres hit his fourth HR in his last five games, a grand slam, in Trenton’s (25-14) 6-0 win. He is at .283-5-18. 3B Miguel Andujar added a solo HR. C Jorge Saez was 3 for 3 with an RBI, and 2B Abiatal Avelino had 2 hits.

Acevedo (w, 1-0, 0.00) 6 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1st AA start after promotion from Tampa.
Cortes 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.18
Marsh 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.66

There have been a few promotions/demotions lately. Adams and Acevedo are just two.

High A: Tyler Austin was to begin his rehab, but the game was rained out. With Chris Carter struggling, it’ll be interesting to see what happens when Bird and/or Austin are ready. The Yanks have been winning without production from the 1B position, where they are last in the majors. Bird and Carter have been a combined 23 for 140 (.164) with 3 HR, 14 RBI, and 57 strikeouts. Bird, of course, is hurt, and that injury probably really affected him. As for who else they have, Ji-Man Choi was hitting over .350 at SWB but he is on the DL (hamstring). Mike Ford, 24, a lefty bat, started the year at AA and went up to AAA with the injury to Choi. Ford is hitting a combined (AA/AAA) .304-5-25.

With the Yanks playing Torres at 2B, 3B and SS, maybe 1B could be next, considering the Yanks’ problems there? (JUST KIDDING!)

Low A: Charleston (20-21) won 5-3. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI.

Nelson 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K. 6.75
Sosebee (w, 2-1, 3.55) 4 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 w, 5 K. 3.55
Mundell (S, 3) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 2 K. 2.87