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Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (33-34) won  9-7 in 11 innings. CF Clint Frazier 3 hits, .322. SS Tyler Wade 3 hits, triple, RBI, .269. 3B Brandon Drury 3 hits, 3 RBI, .353. No offense to these guys but they need to be on a MLB roster, the Yanks don’t have room, the Yanks could use another top-notch starter. That means these three guys are trade bait. 1B Ryan McBroom 3 RBI.

Hale 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.50
Joe Harvey (H, 2) 2/3 IP,  1 R, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K. 1.74
Carroll (BS, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.97
Espinal (W, 3-1, 2.70) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 5 K.

AA: Trenton (39-28) lost 10-2. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, RBI. Cessa on rehab.

Cessa 4 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.  0.00 At AA. (0-1, 3.18 in 2 rehab stints)
Sosebee (L, 0-1, 6.00) 2 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Young 1 1/3 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K.   40.50
Ort 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 w, 2 K.  1.85

High A:  Tampa off. The Florida State All-star game was played tonight. 1B Brandon Wagner 0 for 3 for FSL North. 2B Diego Castillo 2 doubles, RBI. The North won 5-0.

Nick Green (Started) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 1 K.
Rosa (pitched 5th inning) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K
Lane (got last out) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Low A:   Charleston (33-34) won 10-4. 1B Chris Hess 4 for 4, 2 doubles, 5 RBI. DH Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits, RBI. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. RF Steven Sensley 2 hits. 3B Dermis Garcia 2 hits. C Eduardo Navas 2 hits.

Lehnen 5 1/3 IP, 4 R,  7 H, 5 W, 5 K. 2.92
Higgins (BS, 1; W, 2-1, 1.50) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Bristo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.33

The Yanks received an infielder from the Brewers for Erik Kratz. From what I see, nothing special. Last name, Rijo.


Game 66. SSSizzling….Yanks win 4-1 behind Severino, and HRs by Stanton and Sanchez.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino improved his record to 10-2, and got HR support from Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez as the Yanks beat the Rays 4-1 Saturday afternoon.

In the crowd were a bunch of members from the Pinstripe Mania club and website.

The win puts the Yanks at 46-20 on the season.

A walk to Greg Bird, single by Aaron Hicks and an RBI double by Gleyber Torres gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead in the second.

They made it 2-0 in the third on a double by Aaron Judge and a single by Didi Gregorius.

In the fifth, Stanton (16) and Sanchez (13) hit back-to-back homers to make it 4-0.

Tampa Bay got a run in the ninth when Chasen Shreve gave up a HR.

Judge 2 hits.
Stanton Solo HR.
Sanchez solo HR.
Didi RBI
Torres RBI

Severino (W, 10-2, 2.09) 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 9 K.
Shreve 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.76. Faced two batters, gave up HR and triple.
Chapman (S, 20) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   1.17

Tomorrow is Old-Timer’s Day at the Stadium.


Minor League Report. 20 hits, 5 HR for SWB.


AAA: SWB (32-34) won 14-2. CF Clint Frazier solo HR. RF Tyler Wade 2 hits. 3B Brandon Drury 4 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Ryan McBroom 5 hits, HR, 4 RBI.  DH Billy McKinney 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. SS Abiatal Avelino 2 hits. LF Mark Payton 3 hits, 2 HR, 4 RBI.

Rogers (W, 6-5, 3.38) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 6 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.50
Gallegos 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  5.14

AA: Trenton (39-27) lost 5-4. 3B Billy Fleming 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.

Tate 6 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 10 K.  3.11
Kamplain (BS, 1; L, 0-1, 27.00) 1 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 H, 3 W, 1 K. (Just up from Tampa).
Frare 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.64

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston (32-34) lost 8-5. DH Dermis Garcia 2 hits, RBI. C Jason Lopez 2 hits. CF Matt McPhearson 3 RBI.

R. Garcia (L, 2-4, 4.14) 2 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Weissert 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.87
A. Severino 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.15
Zurak 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.76

Game 65. The “Lasagna” was good. Yanks win 5-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before his MLB debut tonight, Jonathan Loaisiga already had a nickname that I saw on various sites. “Johnny Lasagna”.

The lasagna was very good tonight.

Loaisiga, who started tonight’s game with only 10 games of minor league experience above Low A ball under his belt, and NONE at the AAA level, pitched five scoreless innings in the Yanks’ 5-0 win tonight, and earned his first MLB victory.

Not only that, but Seattle, down 6-3 to Boston, came back to win 7-6.

Yankees 45-20 — but winning pct. .692
Boston 48-23 —- (tied this way, but.. ) winning pct. .676

Meaning the Yanks have played six less games than Boston, but if the Yanks go 4-2 in those six games, they have a 1 game lead. 3-3 means they are even.

In the third inning, Didi Gregorius hit HR #14 off of ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi to put the Yanks up 1-0.

In the sixth, Aaron Judge doubled, went to third on an infield hit by Didi, and scored on a SF by Giancarlo Stanton.

The Yanks put it away in the eighth. With one out, Judge singled. Didi singled and went to second on the throw trying to get Judge at third. Stanton was intentionally walked. After Bird struck out for the second out, Sanchez, dropped to sixth in the lineup because of his slump, doubled to clear the bases.

About time Sanchez went the other way.

Judge 2 hits.
Didi 3 hits, solo HR.
Sanchez 3 RBI.

Loaisiga (W, 1-0, 0.00) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 4 W, 6 K.  MLB DEBUT.
Holder (H, 3)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.28
Robertson (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.69
Betances (H, 9 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.19
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.31


Minor League Report. 1 -hitter for Charleston.


After last night’s Yankees’ game, Tyler Austin was sent down to make room for tonight’s starter, Jonathan Loaisiga.

AAA: SWB (31-34) won 9-5 in 10 innings. SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Wade is finally starting to hit after a rough start to the season (the flu didn’t help). He’s up to .260 now. 3B Brandon Drury 2 hits, double, HR, 3 RBI. .328. 2 hits, RBI 1B Ryan McBroom. C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits, both doubles, RBI.

Sheffield 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 W, 6 K. 3.03
Feyereisen (BS, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.76
Coshow (W, 1-2, 5.08) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Lail 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.18

AA: Trenton (39-26) won 5-3. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. DH Devyn Bolasky 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2 hits for LF Trey Amburgey, SS Gosuke Katoh, and 2B Billy Fleming.

Koerner 4 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K.  3.95
Tarpley (W, 5-0, 1.55) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Reeves (S, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R,  1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.82

High A: Tampa (34-33) lost 7-4. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. CF Ben Ruta with 2 hits.

Whitlock (L, 2-1, 2.35) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 9 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Carter 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.30

Low A: Charleston (32-33) won 2-1 on a combined one-hitter. DH Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI.

Yajure (W, 1-0, 3.00) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 9 K.
Vargas (S, 1) 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.91

ICYMI-Boston won their late game in Seattle, 2-1, so the Yanks are 44-20, Boston 48-22. Some places show Boston in 1st place with the Yanks 1 game back, but actually MLB and the Elias sports bureau goes by winning percentage, and there, the Yanks are in first place, .688 to .686. This funky scenario may stay this way until the Yanks are able to make up those six games less that they haven’t played compared to Boston. Put it this way—if the Yanks go 4-2 in those six games they need to make up, then the two teams are tied.

Game 64. Gleyber helps German to 1st MLB win, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First off, thank you to all for understanding that I couldn’t post as often as I wanted to, especially on the minor league stuff, because one of my uncles passed away and that I had a viewing and funeral to attend.

Thank you all for your patience, understanding and consideration.

Unfortunately, given the age and health of my mom, aunts and uncles, this seems to be more of a pressing issue now than before. I hope and pray for your understanding and consideration. Thank you.

As for tonight’s game, Game #64, Domingo German finally gets his first MLB win, thanks to Gleyber Torres.

I like German’s stuff, but as a rookie, it seemed that he was 1) pitching in bad luck, not getting enough run support 2) would pitch great except for one bad inning that would cost him the game and 3) would pitch five good innings but have that one, as an inexperienced rookie, that he could not get out of,  and would cost him the game.

So it is good to see him get his first MLB win.

In the top of the first, on the very first pitch of the game, German gave up a HR. I don’t know if it was a “get me over” fastball, but HR. Down 1-0 already. He struck out the side for the rest of the inning, but already down to a pitcher who was 8-3, 2.30.

A two- out double by Andujar and walks to Austin and Torreyes loaded the bases in the bottom of the second for Walker, who struck out.

With one out in the third, a single and walk for TB. A lineout to Judge in RF. Then a single to Stanton that brings in one run, but the other is thrown out at the plate for out #3. If Gardner was out in LF, I don’t think ANY run would have scored. But down 2-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, with one out,  the Yanks scored all their runs for the game. The Yanks had two on, two out in the fourth and did nothing, but in the fifth, Hicks led off with his seventh HR of the year.

This week, Hicks has been taking a lot of called strike threes. So I was wondering if he needed to re-establish his strike zone. Nice HR there.

After Hicks made it 2-1,  Judge singled. He moved up on a WP, but Stanton struck out for the second out of the inning. The struggling Sanchez drew a walk. Torres then hit a 3-run HR (13) to put the Yanks up, 4-2.

Nice list on the game by FS1. Youngest players 21 or under (before 22nd b/day) to 13 or more HR: Gleyber, 13 now. Mantle, age 19 in 1951, 13; Mantle, age 20 in 1952, 23. Mantle, age 21 in 1953, 21. DiMaggio, age 21 in 1936, 29. How about THAT company?

The Yanks, through sloppy D, gave the Rays a run in the top of the sixth. Walk, K. Dropped foul pop by Sanchez. K, WP. Man on second, two out. Single, SB. K to get out of the inning. 4-3, which would be the final score.

Bad move by Carlos Gomez of the Rays in the top of the seventh. A double with one out, then a CS trying to steal third.

The win puts the Yanks at 44-20, with Boston out in Seattle with a late game tonight.

Not to be a downer on a 44-20 team, but with all the HR, you do wonder about the strikeouts and batting average for the Yankees. How it will play in the postseason. Average for a lot of guys not too hot. A lot of K, a lot of striking out, but oh, those HR.

German (W, (first MLB Win)  (W, 1-4, 5.23) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.89
Betances (H, 8)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.30
Chapman (S, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.21

Hicks solo HR
Judge 2 hits.
Torres 3-run HR

Yanks’ pitchers combine for 15 K.


Game 63. Nats win battle of the youngsters, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

21 year old Gleyber Torres hit a HR for the Yanks tonight, but 19 year old Juan Soto hit 2 for Washington in the Nationals’ 5-4 win over the Yanks Wednesday night.

Soto was the youngest to HR against the Yanks since Andruw Jones in the 1996 WS. Jones hit 2 in that game, and Soto also was the youngest to have a multi-HR game against the Yanks in the regular season game Gsince Junior Griffey in 1989.

Because of a viewing and funeral (one of my uncles died) I will not be posting a minor league recap of the Wednesday games, just this one.

Sonny Gray was, well, mediocre again. If not for him picking off two runners from first base and getting an OF assist from Brett Gardner, things could have been worse.

Top of the first. Double, single, strikeout but SB, and SF gives Washington a run.

In the bottom of the first, Gardner singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a SF by Judge.

In the second, Bird hit his third HR of the year, 2-1 Yanks.

A double by Judge and single by Stanton made it 3-1 Yanks in the third.

With two out in the fourth, Gray gave up a walk, single and a three-run HR to Soto that barely made the seats.

In the bottom of the fifth, Gleyber Torres’ 12th HR of the year tied the game.

But in the seventh, Soto hit his second HR of the game, this one off of Chasen Shreve, and that was the game. 5-4 Nats. With Boston’s win over pathetic Baltimore, the 43-20 Yanks drop one game behind Boston, even though the Yanks have a better winning percentage.

In the bottom of the ninth, down 5-4, I was surprised that Romine hit for himself and that Boone didn’t PH Sanchez for Romine, hoping for some lightning.

Stanton 3 hits, RBI.
Bird 2 hits, solo HR.
Torres solo HR.

Gray 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.98
Shreve (L, 2-1, 4.37) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.82
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.38