Category Archives: Mike’s Musings

Minor League Report. Bird coming along.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB (80-47) won 4-3. Greg Bird appears to be back. The 1B had two hits, ( 2 for 3) inc. a double, 2 walks, and scored 2 runs tonight. Also rehabbing besides Bird, 2B Starlin Castro had 2 hits, RBI. DH Donovan Solano 2 RBI. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits. 3 hits, RBI for RF Billy McKinney.

Adams (W, 10-4, 2.69) 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Feyereisen (H, 5) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.56
Coshow (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.08
Rumbelow (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.73

Adams overall: (AA/AAA) 14-4, 2.27

AA:   Trenton (83-43) won 3-1. 2 hits CF Jeff Hendrix (.388). Trenton has clinched a playoff berth.

Koerner 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 W, 5 K. 4.07
Reeves (W, 2-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 H, 3 K.
Schwaab (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.15

High A: Tampa Off.

Low A:   Charleston (69-57) lost 3-2 in 11 innings. C Eduardo Navas 2 RBI.  1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits.

Garcia 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.03
Bristo 2 iP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.12
Hodson 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Trieglaff (L, 0-1, 0.00) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (79-47) won 3-0. 3 hits, inc. HR 3B Miguel Andujar, triple short of the cycle. 2 RBI. 2 hits, RBI RF Jake Cave. DH Starlin Castro 1 for 4.

German (W, 5-2, 2.91) 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 9 K.
Gallegos (S, 5) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.54

AA: Trenton (82-43) won 2-0. Both RBI DH Mike Ford. LF Jeff Hendrix 3 hits.

Carter 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.77
Tarpley (W, 1-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Sosebee (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00

High A: Tampa (76-48) won 3-2. DH Matt Holliday 0 for 4, 2 strikeouts. SS Kyle Holder 3 hits. CF Trey Amburgey and C Donny Sands 2 hits each.

Abreu 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. 4.73
Hebert (W, 1-1, 5.40) 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K, gave up 1 HR.
Frawley (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K, 2.20

Low A: Charleston (69-56) lost 3-1. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 of Charleston’s 4 hits.

Nelson (L, 2-11, 4.73) 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Diehl 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.32

Game 123. Yanks’ bats silent in 5-1 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sonny Gray has pitched well since the Yankees traded for him. ERA 3.13.

However he is 1-3 as a Yankee because the Yankees haven’t hit for him.

Sunday was another example. The Yanks lost 5-1 to Boston, dropping them five behind Boston with 39 games to go. The Yanks are 66-57.

They only got three hits in the game, two by Brett Gardner. Gardner’s 20th HR of the season accounted for their only run.

Aaron Judge struck out for the 37th consecutive game. Hopefully that streak ends soon. He also made a bad defensive play, lobbing the ball in while getting suckered by Mookie Betts, who tagged up and went to third. I think Judge will be firing the ball back in from now on. Betts didn’t score, but…

Tommy Kahnle struggled, just like he did Friday night vs. Boston.

Gray (L, 7-8, 3.38) 5 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Warren 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.03
Chapman 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.14
Kahnle 0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.98
Smith 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 6.55

When CC came off the DL, Montgomery was sent down to SWB to control his innings.

Minor League/Rehab Report.

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AAA: SWB (78-47) lost 8-4. DH Greg Bird 2 for 4. SS Cito Culver solo HR. 2B Starlin Castro 1 for 3, made an error (as did Culver). The game was completed early b/c of rain.

Mantiply 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 3.00
Pena 3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.23
Rumbelow (BS, 1; L, 5-1, 0.76) 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. First runs given up all season.
Heller 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR 2.98

AA: Trenton (81-43) won 6-4. 2B Nick Solak 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI, but made 2 errors. RF Jhalian Jackson double, HR, 3 RBI. 2 hits DH Mike Ford.

Camarena (W, 2-1, 3.68) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Gomez (H, 3) 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.76
Carroll (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.02

High A: Tampa (75-48) lost 8-3. Matt Holliday played 1B, went 0 for 2 with a walk. 2B Kyle Holder 2 hits, solo HR. CF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. Tampa made four errors in the game.

Widener (L, 6-8, 3.57) 4 IP, 5 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Frare 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50
Foley 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.42
Harris 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.04

Low A: Charleston (69-55) won 5-0 on a two-hitter. Diego Castillo 2 hits, RBI and the same for LF Dalton Blaser. 2 hits each for RF Steven Sensley & CF Dom Thompson-Williams.

Perez (W, 10-3, 2.88) 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K.   21 years old, 6’8″, 190.
Cedeno (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.69
Wivinis 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00

Game 122. Austin powers Yanks, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Tyler Austin’s 3-run HR was the key blow as the Yanks beat Boston and Chris Sale on Saturday night, 4-3.

Sale usually owns the Yanks.

CC Sabathia came off the DL and was, to my surprise, effective. The last time we saw CC on the mound, he was in pain with that right knee and we were not sure what to think. Season over? Career over? But there was no structural damage and he missed just one start. The knee didn’t seem to bother him last night.

Austin’s second-inning HR (2) put the Yanks up 3-0. Boston got two in the fifth off of CC.

Todd Frazier hit a solo HR (21) in the sixth to make it 4-2 Yanks, but Adam Warren gave up a HR in the seventh.

Before the game, it was announced that Aroldis Chapman has lost his closer’s job for now. There is still four years left on Chapman’s contract at $17MM per. The Yanks will need to straighten him out.

Sabathia (W, 10-5, 3.99) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Warren (H, 11) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.88
Robertson (H, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.19
Betances (S, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.11

Aaron Judge set a record for most consecutive games striking out.

Brett Gardner had 2 hits. Didi Gregorius had 3. Austin had 2 and was robbed of a third.

The win puts the Yanks at 66-56, four back of Boston. They hold the top wild card spot by 3 1/2 games.

One bullpen failure and the domino effect.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Pyrrhic Victory: A Pyrrhic victory is a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat. Someone who wins a Pyrrhic victory has been victorious in some way. However, the heavy toll negates any sense of achievement or profit. Another term for this would be “hollow victory”.

Now I don’t know about the long term, or devastating toll, but it could be said that the victory over the Mets on Thursday, and how it ended, was a contributing factor to the Yankees’ loss to Boston last night.

The Yanks had a 7-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth Thursday night when Bryan Mitchell was brought in to mop up. Instead, he got the gas and started a fire. He got no one out, gave up a grand slam and it was 7-5.

….and in came Dellin Betances to close out the game. In so doing, Betances was not available against Boston last night while the Yankees’ bullpen was bleeding runs.

So what if Mitchell would have done his job? Even if he gave up a run or two but got all three outs while keeping Betances from having to enter the game?

Maybe the Yanks win last night if they could have used Betances as a tourniquet. Maybe not.

But we won’t know, because of Mitchell’s failure on Thursday night. It had a domino effect.

Team. One person can affect things greatly, and it can have a trickle down domino effect, as shown here.

Minor League Report. Rehab city. Bird hits 2 HR. Holliday & Castro begin rehab.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgAAA: SWB (78-46) lost 10-6, but rehabbing 1B Greg Bird cracked 2 HR and drove in 3 runs in finally looking like the Greg Bird we saw in spring training before he got hurt. If the Yanks can get him back for the final month, and get him back the way he was hitting in spring training, it could be huge. The lineup is so righty-leaning, he provides balance, esp. in Yankee Stadium as a lefty bat.

Starlin Castro started his rehab. He Dh’d, going 0 for 4 w/a walk.

Miguel Andujar (3B) had 2 hits.

Cortes (L, 1-3, 1.44) 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K.
Brewer 2/3 IP, 6 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K. 11.70
Coshow 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.86
Jones 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.81
Feyereisen 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.61

AA: Trenton (80-43) lost 5-1, getting just three hits, two by 1B Ryan McBroom.

Tate (L, 0-2, 5.25) 6 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Schwaab 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 3 K.  4.26

High A: Tampa (75-47) lost 7-6. Matt Holliday started his rehab, going 0 for 4 with a walk, RBI and strikeout.

2B Kyle Holder 3 hits, 3 RBI. SS Hoy Jun Park 3 hits, 2 doubles. C Donny Sands 2 hits.

Swanson 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 7 K. 3.83
Lane (BS, 1; L, 2-2, 4.20) 1 2/3 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Palladino 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.27.

Low A: Charleston (68-55) lost 5-4. 2B Diego Castillo 3 hits, HR shy of cycle, RBI. C Ryan Lidge 2 hits.

Nick Green 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.80
Morris (L, 4-2, 3.09) 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K.