Category Archives: Mike’s Musings

Game 116. Yanks blanked again, 4-0.

I was going to write that there are no words.

But there are words. Words I’ll try to keep to a minimum, but words of frustration, anger, sadness and disappointment at the way the Yankees (72-44) are playing right now.

The Yanks were shutout for the second time in a row, 4-0, by Tampa Bay last night. It’s the fourth time they have been shutout in their last nine games, and the tenth time this season. Aaron Judge must feel as if he has to HR every time up.

Gerrit Cole pitched well. He gave up a run in the fourth which wasn’t his fault. Aaron Hicks badly misplayed a ball in CF into a leadoff triple, the next batter singled, and Tampa Bay was up 1-0.

In the bottom of the same inning, Hicks came to bat with one out and the bases loaded. Unfortunately, Hicks is now 9 for 63 (.143) in his career with the bases loaded after bouncing into an inning-ending, rally-killing 1-2-3 DP. The boos for Hicks were loud afterward and deserved. He’s 6 for his last 57.

In the top of the ninth inning, Wandy Peralta got two outs, but he also walked two. As I’ve written a lot during this bad streak the Yanks are having, walks and two-out hits have been killing Yankees’ pitchers. Lou Trivino came in and his first three batters were single, HBP and single before he got the last out. 4-0 Tampa Bay. Ballgame over.

Amazingly, the Yankees still have a 10-game lead in the division despite going 20-26 in their last 46 games and losing 10 of their last 12. They are 11-21 since July 8.

Why the Yanks got Trivino (5.79 ERA) as well when they made the deal for Montas, who knows. Meanwhile Clarke Schmidt (2.40 ERA) and Ron Marinaccio (2.03) are at AAA. Yankees fans are shaking their head at that.

Yankees fans also are shaking their heads at the Jordan Montgomery trade. Since the Yanks traded Monty to the Cardinals for Harrison Bader (more on that in a moment), Monty has won both his starts (one against the Yankees) and has pitched 11 scoreless innings. Meanwhile, Bader is still in a walking boot.

Bader can’t come off the IL and replace Hicks in CF soon enough. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to Hicks once Bader joins the Yankees. Meanwhile, Estevan Florial is still at AAA, and instead of bringing up Florial, who can play all OF positions, especially CF, the Yanks brought up Miguel Andujar, who can’t play CF or RF. (SMH). These kind of front office decisions anger and frustrate the fans. One thing noticeable the past few years in Yankee land is that the Yanks hang on to guys far past their expiration date. We’ve seen it with Sonny Gray, Gary Sanchez, Joey Gallo and now Aaron Hicks. Maybe they want to get the most they can out of a bad deal or contract, but it’s like holding on to milk after it has spoiled. You want guys to do well. But if they don’t, you can’t hold on to them forever.

Ok, I kept the words of frustration, anger, disappointment and sadness to a minimum. The integrity of this blog requires that something be written. Talk to Yankees fans, read their blogs or tweets and you will know and see that there is a lot more of that anger, frustration, disappointment and sadness right now.

This team, as written by Jon Heyman yesterday, needs a jolt. This can’t continue.

Torres 2 hits.

Cole (L, 9-5) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.30 (Tough, Hard-luck Loss).
Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.00
Peralta 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.53
Trivino 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 5.79 (Combined A’s/NYY ERA)

Game 113. Holmes’ struggles cost Yanks. Lose 3-2 in 10. 8th loss in last 9 games.

I hate current managerial trends. Instead of thinking outside of the box, managers—not just Aaron Boone—go by analytics and formula instead of by gut, feel and what they see. And it cost them games.

I remember when relief pitchers like Sparky Lyle or Goose Gossage would go two or three innings for the save. Not these one-inning guys. One guy has the seventh, another the eighth, another the ninth. You brought in your best to face the heart of the lineup. If a guy did well, you left them out there until you saw they were losing it.

You didn’t change just for the sake of change. You didn’t stubbornly keep going to one guy “because he’s our closer” despite the fact that the guy has been struggling for weeks and it may be best to put him in lower leverage spots for a while until he gets straightened out. Let someone else who is hot take over for a while. Not everyone is a Rivera.

Go with the hot hand instead of playing pat and trite all the time. That goes for the lineup, too.

These problems hurt the Yanks (71-42) in a 3-2, 10-inning loss to Boston last night. The loss was the Yankees 8th in their last 9 games. Since a 52-18 start, the Yanks are 19-24. That is too long of a stretch of disappointing baseball. It has to be turned around. The postseason is seven weeks away. You don’t want to be playing like this going into the postseason (granted, the 2000 Yankees finished the season 3-14 and won the WS, but that’s an outlier).

In losing 8 of their last 9 games, 5 losses are by one run. 39 of the Yanks 113 games have been one-run games, and the Yanks are 21-18 in those games. Since the All-Star break, the bullpen has lost 9 games for the Yankees. The wheels are falling off and must be put back on, and now. The Yanks still have a 10-game lead in the division with 49 games to play, but they have lost best record in the AL to Houston (the Yanks are 1 1/2 games behind the Astros). After Boston this weekend, the Yanks have Tampa Bay, Toronto and the Mets. Unless they turn things around, this bad stretch could get really bad. And in this bad stretch, bullpen management has been questionable, as have been other front office decisions (like Schmidt and Marinaccio in AAA instead of with the Yankees).

Also, the Yankees offense needs to be more than just Aaron Judge, who scored both Yankees’ runs last night.

The Yanks jumped on one-time Yankee Nathan Eovaldi for a run in the first inning when Judge walked and scored on a double by Anthony Rizzo.

Judge hit a HR (46) in the third to make it 2-0. It was Judge’s 100th RBI of the season. The Yanks didn’t score after that. It cost them. For example, Gleyber Torres is 7 for his last 50.

Domingo German pitched well, giving up only one run in six innings. His first start of the season wasn’t good, but in the four starts since, his ERA is 2.61. Nice.

So, the Yanks had a 2-1 lead going into the seventh. You are coming off an off day. Scott Effross pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Only 10 pitches. Why not leave him out there for the eighth? Change for change’s sake is NOT good.

Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. 11 pitches. Once again, if a guy is doing well, why not leave him out there? Repeating. Change for change’s sake isn’t good.

So, Boone went “formula” bringing in Clay Holmes even though we all know Holmes has been struggling. In his first 38 appearances this season, he was phenomenal, with an ERA of 0.46. However, in his last 11 games, his ERA is 10.24. Like a poker player, a manager has to play the hot hand and not stand pat. Holmes is not the hot hand right now. Effross and Chapman were. As soon as Holmes came in, I held my breath.

Holmes’ problems are of command and control, and sure enough, he walked two batters before giving up the game-tying single.

To the 10th and the ghost runner that I hate. Tim Locastro PR for D.J. LeMahieu. Judge walked. Two on and no one out and the Yanks didn’t score. Rizzo got unlucky on a line drive that was caught. A couple of feet higher and it’s probably an RBI double that scores one, maybe two runs. Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres both struck out. The Yanks miss Stanton and Carpenter immensely. Donaldson and Torres hitting 4/5 isn’t the answer. The Yanks were 1 for 10 w/RISP.

Boston got the hits they needed off of Luis Trivino in the bottom of the tenth and won 3-2.

Frustrating. You could see some of it coming, though. Boone, and the front office, need to be more flexible and better regarding in-game and especially bullpen decisions (Boone) and personnel decisions (Cashman). For if this collapse continues for a couple of more weeks, heads could roll at season’s end. Granted they can’t control injuries. But for things they CAN control…

We remember the great Yankees’ comeback of 1978. We don’t want a reversal of fortune.

When you are in a funk this long (19-24 in last 43 games) something needs to be said…and done. Boone can’t just sit there with rose-colored glasses on and spin things better than a White House press secretary. The Yanks need to turn it around, and now.

Judge solo HR (46). 100th RBI
Trevino 2 hits.

German 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K. 4.18
Effross (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W. 2.94 (Cubs/NYY ERA)
Chapman (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.13
Holmes (BS, 5) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 2.39
Peralta 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.20
Trivino (L, 1-7) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.70 (A’s/NYY record)

Minor League Action from 8-11-22. Schmidt brilliant at AAA. #1 draft pick Jones HRs.

Recent Internet articles advocate a couple of moves the Yanks should make that I also have been advocating for a while. A) bring Clarke Schmidt back up B) bring back up Ron Marinaccio C) bring up Estevan Florial. Of course, moves would have to be made to accommodate bringing those three players back up, but Clarke Schmidt really made a case for himself last night, with six no-hit innings and eleven strikeouts.

AAA: SWB (57-50, hot after terrible start to season) won 4-1.
1B Chad Bell 2 RBI

Schmidt (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 11 K. 2.86
Rich Rodriguez 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 8.44
M. Gomez (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.80
Espinal (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.18

AA: Somerset (64-40, 1st half division champs) lost 4-2.
DH Austin Wells 2 hits #4 prospect .287-12-34-10 SB
1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits
3B Max Burt 2 his, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (10)

Will Warren 6 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.15 #21 prospect
E. Ramirez (L, 3-1) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.57
Cowart 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 Balk. 7.50 (AA ERA)

High A: Hudson Valley (56-48) lost 4-3.
SS Trey Sweeney 2 hits, RBI. HR (13). #5 prospect. ..233-13-47
3B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits.

Castano 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 7 K. 2 HBP. 1 Balk. 3.61
Alvarez (L, 5-2) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.85
Correa 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.62

Low A: Tampa (50-53) lost 8-6.
CF Spencer Jones 2 hits, RBI. HR (1). 2nd game with Tampa. Yanks #1 draft pick this year.
3B Marcos Cabrera 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (13)

Sean Hermann 5 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR. 1 HBP. 1.76 #27 prospect.
Anderson (L, 2-6; BS, 2) 2 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 3.99
Mendez 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 1st game with Tampa.

Minor League Action from 8-9-22.

AAA: SWB (55-50) won 10-2.
CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, RBI. #23 prospect. .283-14-37, 32 SB
LF Tyler Wade 2-run HR (2)
SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, 2 RBI #11 prospect .247-8-27, 13 SB
C Ben Rortvedt 2 hits
3B Phillip Evans solo HR (8)
RF Michael Beltre 2 hits, 2 RBI Solo HR (2 AAA)
2B Chris Owings 3 hits, 2 RBI Solo HR (2)

Krook (W, 7-7) 6 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 5 W, 6 K. 4.17
Mujica 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 3.97
Bristo 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.18
L. Bard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.68

Note: I don’t know why the Yanks don’t bring up Florial. They brought up righty hitting Andujar instead of lefty hitting Florial to replace lefty hitting Carpenter. Florial can play CF. Andujar can’t. If you aren’t going to promote someone playing well, then trade him for someone you can use.

AA: Somerset (63-39, 1st half division champs) won 3-1.
SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, RBI. #1 prospect .250-16-53, 37 SB
RF Jeisson Rosario solo HR (7)
2B Jesus Bastidas 2 hits.
DH Eric Wagaman solo HR (1) (1st game in AA, 10th HR overall)

Randy Vasquez 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K. 3.99 #13 prospect
McGarrity (W, 2-0) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.00
Minnick (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.47
Carson Coleman (S, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.19 #29 prospect

High A: Hudson Valley (55-47) won 3-2.
3B Tyler Hardman 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (15)
RF Grant Richardson solo HR (4)
DH Spencer Henson solo HR (9)

Yoendrys Gomez 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.64 #6 prospect
Semple (W, 2-0) 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 WP 2.38
C. Gomez (S, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 WP 1 HBP 3.75

Low A: Tampa (49-52) lost 9-1.
# 1 draft pick Spencer Jones 0 for 4, 2 strikeouts DH, first game

Yulie (L, 3-4) 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 5 W, 1 K. 4.52
Dees 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.61
Paciorek 1/3 IP, 5 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 135.00 (1st game)
Santana 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.69

Game 105. Yanks lose 8-6. Trade Montgomery. Sports world mourns Vin Scully.

Before getting into Yankees’ news, some sad news in the sports world. Another legend has passed away. Just a few days ago, basketball legend Bill Russell died at the age of 88. Russell was a 5x NBA MVP, won 2 NCAA Titles, an Olympic Gold Medal, and in his 13 years in the NBA, won 11 titles, 8 in a row. The last two titles Russell won came as a player-coach. He was the first black coach or manager of a major sports team.

Now the sports world has lost one of the greatest sportscasters of all time, Vin Scully, at the age of 94. Scully attended the church my sister and her family attend in California, and when I went to church while visiting, besides spending some time with our Lord, I also hoped to see or meet Mr. Scully. Didn’t happen though.

May both Russell and Scully rest in peace.

Before the Yankees game last night, a final trade happened, and it was a stunner. I don’t like the trade right now. Time will tell. The Yanks traded Jordan Montgomery to St. Louis for CF Harrison Bader.

Montgomery was 3-3. 3.69 for the Yanks this year (ERA+ 104) and 22-20, 3.94 in his career (ERA+ 108). Bader is a top-notch defensive CF, who is currently on the IL and in a walking boot with plantar fasciitis. He is expected back in a few weeks. Should he not be able to play this season, the Yanks get a minor league prospect as well from an approved list. Besides Bader, the Yanks get a player to be named later or cash.

Bader, 28, is from Bronxville, NY, a righty batter. He finished 6th in ROY voting in 2018 and won a Gold Glove last year. This year he was hitting .256-5-21 with 15 SB (OPS+ 93). For his career, his 162-game average is .246-16-52, 17 SB, OPS+ 99.

What this means for Aaron Hicks down the road, who knows. As for now, I didn’t and still don’t get the deal. Bader is on the IL. Where he fits into a crowded outfield (Judge, Benintendi, Hicks, Stanton, Carpenter, even Gonzalez and for now Locastro, who would be sent down when Bader is healthy) who knows.

But the Montgomery trade comes after the Yanks traded away prospects Ken Waldichuk, Hayden Wesneski, JP Sears and Luis Medina, and came while Luis Severino is on the 60-day IL. For now, the Yanks’ rotation is Cole, Montas, Cortes, Taillon and German. I know with Severino’s injury and lack of work because of injury the last three years that the Yanks want to be careful with Severino, and that Severino could be back in mid-September, but how good would Sevy be come playoff time?

Time determines whether trades are good or bad.

As for last night’s game, the Yanks (70-35) lost 8-6 to Seattle. Taillon wasn’t good.

Eugenio Suarez hit a 2-run HR off Taillon in the first inning. Cal Raleigh made it 3-0 Seattle with a HR in the second.

Those were the only hits Taillon gave up. His wildness hurt him. In the third, Seattle scored on a walk, an error and a SF. 4-0.

The Yanks got back into the game with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Anthony Rizzo led off with a walk, and one out later, Josh Donaldson doubled home Rizzo. One out after that, Jose Trevino hit a 2-run HR (10) and it was now 4-3.

Taillon was pulled after a couple of walks in the top of the fifth. Lucas Luetge came in but surrendered a double that made the score 6-3 Seattle.

The Yanks tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. Rizzo led off the inning with a HR (27), then Matt Carpenter singled. Donaldson then homered (10) to tie it up.

However, Luetge immediately gave the lead back to Seattle, giving up a HR to PH Sam Haggerty to lead off the top of the seventh.

Seattle scored an insurance run, with help of a WP, in the top of the ninth inning. The Yanks loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth but didn’t score. Final score, 8-6 Seattle.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Rizzo solo HR (27) 4th consecutive game with HR
Donaldson 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (10)
Trevino 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (10)
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits.

Taillon 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 H, 4 W, 6 K. Both hits given up were HR. 3.96
Luetge (L, 3-4) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. gave up 1 HR. 2.82
Effross 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.62 (Combined ERA Cubs/NYY) Yankees debut
Abreu 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP 2.30 (3-team ERA)
Trivino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.34 (Combined ERA A’s/NYY) Yankees debut

Game 95. Yanks win (7-6) over Orioles is costly. King injured, done for season.

The Yankees (65-30) win over the Orioles, 7-6 last night, came at a very high cost.

Reliever Michael King, who has been superb in his setup role this season, fractured his right elbow making a pitch, and is done for the season.

Expect GM Brian Cashman to make a move to help the bullpen as we near the trade deadline. King joins Chad Green and Miguel Castro as bullpen pieces on the injured list. Ron Marinaccio just started rehab so he is still a little ways away from rejoining the team. Ryan Weber was just DFA’d, maybe they can get him back. J.P. Sears was sent to AAA after his outing on Thursday. Because of the injury, maybe he can be recalled sooner than teh usual time, but he did pitch 3 innings Thursday so even at that, he wouldn’t be available for a while.

Besides a trade and making other moves, the injury to King also means two other relievers who have been struggling all season and who struggled last night, Jonathan Loaisiga and Aroldis Chapman, need to get back to their former selves. Both were not good last evening, forcing King to come into the game, where he got injured.

On top of THAT, the Yankees are probably looking for a starter since Luis Severino is out for a while on the injured list, Domingo German did not do well in his start (first appearance of the season) on Thursday, and last night’s starter, Jameson Taillon, has been struggling for a while and struggled again last night.

Expect Brian Cashman to be very busy in the next ten days, even though the Yanks are 65-30.

In the game, Aaron Judge homered twice, and Joey Gallo added a homer as the Yanks squeaked out a 7-6 win.

With two out in the top of the third, Gallo walked, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and Judge hit a 3-run HR, his first of the game, to put the Yanks up 3-0. The HR went 436 ft. That was nothing compared to what was to come.

Taillon gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the third and was knocked out of the game. He had escaped an earlier jam in the first inning.

In the top of the fourth, with one out, the Yanks got back-to-back doubles by Josh Donaldson and Jose Trevino to take a 4-2 lead.

Judge hit his second HR of the game, a 465-ft. blast, #36 on the season, in the top of the fifth to put the Yanks up 5-2.

A one-out double by Donaldson, followed by a two-out single by Isiah Kiner-Falefa, put the Yanks up 6-2 in the top of the sixth.

But here is where Loaisiga and Chapman need to step it up. Loaisiga gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-3.

In the top of the seventh, Gallo homered (12) to put the Yanks up 7-3.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Chapman struggled, throwing a couple of wild pitches, then giving up a 3-run HR that cut the Yanks’ lead to 7-6, necessitating the call for King. In his last ten innings, Chapman has given up 13 runs on 13 hits, ten walks, and 4 HR. With the King injury, he needs to get straightened out.

King’s injury forced Clay Holmes to get a five-out save.

Judge 2 hits. Both HR (36). 4 RBI
Donaldson 2 hits, both doubles.
Gallo Solo HR (12)

Taillon 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3.93
Luetge (W, 3-3) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.88
Loaisiga 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.52
Chapman 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 5.75 (He and Loaisiga need to get right)
King (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.29 Fractured pitching elbow ends his season.
Holmes (S, 17) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.26

Given the Yanks’ pitching woes, let’s hope today’s starter, Gerrit Cole, can go DEEP into today’s game (I’d wish for a complete game, but with the heat wave on the East coast, that would probably be too much to ask for).

Games 93 and 94. Yanks lose both games of DH in Houston.

With Houston, the Yanks have a problem.

The Astros ended the Yanks’ season in 2015, 2017 and 2019. This season the Yanks lost 5 of the 7 games against them, and never led in any game except for the two walk-off wins, where Aaron Judge both times got the GW hit.

In losing both games of a doubleheader in Houston yesterday, the Yanks (64-30) (record corrected from first draft) lead over Houston for best record in the league dropped to just 2 1/2 games. The Yanks lead the AL East by 12 games. But from here on in the Yanks’ schedule is tougher than Houston’s. The Yanks’ division is tougher than Houston’s. Not only that, if both teams finish with the same record, Houston gets home field advantage in a playoff series due to the head-to-head record.

So, it would behoove the Yanks to finish ahead of Houston in the standings, and also to find a way to beat them. To hit Houston pitching. For the Astros are the biggest roadblock to the Yankees’ World Series aspirations.

Game 1: Lost 3-2.

The Yanks wasted a good outing by Jordan Montgomery. Houston nicked Monty for a run in the first inning and another in the second to take a 2-0 lead. They used back-to-back bunt singles in the first to build that run that inning.

In the top of the third, the Yanks loaded the bases with no outs, but didn’t score. Matt Carpenter hit a line drive, but the Astro 1B caught it and caught Judge too far off the bag for a DP.

D.J. LeMahieu homered (9) in the top of the fifth to cut Houston’s lead to 2-1.

In the top of the ninth, Aaron Hicks singled with one out. He moved to second on a groundout, then Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a PH single to tie the game.

But Michael King gave up a single and double to start the bottom of the ninth for Houston. After a strikeout and intentional walk, King got a strikeout, but then an infield single won the game for Houston.

The Yanks have lost five walk offs this year, and ironically, Montgomery was the starting pitcher in each of those games. Once again, the Yanks had trouble hitting Cristian Javier. Javier was the pitcher who threw seven no-hit innings against the Yanks June 25th, when the Yanks fell victim to a combined no-hitter by Houston. This time, in five innings, the Yanks only got two hits off him.

LeMahieu solo HR (9)
Hicks 2 hits
Kiner-Falefa PH RBI single with two out in 9th which at the time tied the game

Montgomery 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K. 3.24
Abreu 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.13 (Combined ERA for 3 teams)
King (L, 6-3) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.34

Game 2: Lost 7-5.

Domingo German replaced the injured Luis Severino in the rotation, and it was German’s first appearance of the season, as he was just activated off of the injured list. Ryan Weber was DFA’d.

For the DH, J.P. Sears was brought up to be the 27th man. Based on how Sears has pitched this season in his limited appearances, I and others wondered why he didn’t get the start instead of German.

German didn’t have it, as in the first inning, with two out, he gave up back-to-back HR to Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman. Astros up 2-0 right away.

German then gave up three more runs in the second–once again, all with two out–and Houston was up 5-0.

In the top of the third, Judge walked, and Gleyber Torres homered (15) to cut Houston’s lead to 5-2.

Sears relieved German and didn’t do too badly, but he gave up a 2-run HR in the sixth to Chas McCormick. Houston up 7-2.

In the top of the ninth, Kiner-Falefa and LeMahieu singled, and after an out, Judge homered (34) to make it 7-5, but Houston then held on to win.

Judge 3 run HR (34)
Torres 2 hits, 2-run HR (15)
Donaldson 2 hits.

German (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 Balk. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR. 15.00
Sears 3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 2.05
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.50
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 7.45

Minor League Action from 7-15-22. German ready to replace injured Severino?

AAA: SWB (43-45) won 9-0.
LF Estevan Florial 2 hits, RBI. #29 prospect. .299-12-33, 27 SB.
SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, 4 RBI. 3-run HR (3) #13 prospect .212-4-15 over 3 teams
DH Rob Brantly 3 hits

German (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP 0.00 (AAA ERA; Rehab)
Mujica 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.30
Cordero 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.07

A couple notes. 1) Yankees’ Universe is wondering why Florial, with those numbers, doesn’t replace the struggling Gallo. At least give the kid a chance. Should have happened already. 2) It appears as if German will be replacing the injured Severino in the Yanks’ rotation after the All-Star break.

AA: Somerset (52-33, 1st half division champs) lost 5-0.
C Austin Wells 2 hits #4 prospect .277-8-23, 9 SB over 3 teams

Spence (L, 3-5) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.33
Jennings 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.25
Ramirez 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 Balk. 1.66
Loseke 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.16

High A: Hudson Valley (46-39) won 6-4.
3B Tyler Hardman 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (13)

Y. Gomez 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 WP 1 HBP 1.35
Abeyta (W, 3-6) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP 5.10
Mauricio 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.05

Low A: Tampa (39-45) won the completion of a suspended game 8-1, then lost the regularly scheduled game 6-2 in five innings. (Game called because of lightning in top of sixth).

Completion of suspended game.
SS Alexander Vargas 2 hits. #16 prospect .195-5-25, 22 SB
1B Anthony Garcia 2 hits
LF/CF Madison Santos 2 hits, 3 RBI
C Ben Rice 2 hits, 3 RBI 2-run HR (4)

Y. Castro 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K. 3.26 Doing wonderfully before the game was suspended.
Carela (W, 6-2) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K. 2.67

Regular game, shortened. Only got 3 hits.

Holloway (L, 3-2) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.48
Dees 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K. gave up 1 HR. 4.34
Milam 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP 4.09
Neely 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.38 Announced, game called (lightning) before he could throw a pitch.

Game 89. Yanks fall in 10, 7-6.

The cumulative effects of the week, and especially Luis Severino’s early departure came back to bite the Yanks (62-27) Thursday night as they lost in 10 innings to Cincinnati, 7-6.

The game was the third extra-innings game in their last five games (they have lost four of those five games) which taxes the bullpen.

Not only that, because of heavy bullpen usage and the injury to Severino (more on that later), manager Aaron Boone had his hands tied as far as the bullpen last night. Certain guys were unavailable.

Severino was placed on the 15-day IL due to a strained lateral muscle in his shoulder. J.P. Sears, who had to come on early Wednesday night in relief of Severino would not be available after his 3+ inning stint so he was sent back to AAA. As a result, Ryan Weber rejoined the team, as did Jonathan Loaisiga. In Loaisiga’s case, he was coming off the IL and off of rehab. Loaisiga, so good last year, has had an awful 2022, and that continued last night.

The game started out as a pitcher’s duel. Two all-stars, Nestor Cortes, Jr. of the Yankees and Luis Castillo (who could be a Yankees trade target) went at it for seven innings. The Reds got a run off of Cortes in the fifth, when Cortes didn’t help himself with a walk and a HBP. The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the sixth when with one out, Aaron Judge walked, Anthony Rizzo doubled for the Yanks’ first hit of the game and Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI groundout.

After seven great innings from Cortes, Loaisiga came in and his bad 2022 continued. He gave up three runs and couldn’t get out of the inning.

The Yanks came back to tie it in the bottom of the eighth. Judge led off the inning with his 31st HR of the season to cut the Reds’ lead to 4-2. Two outs later, Matt Carpenter walked, and Gleyber Torres followed with a 2-run HR (14) to tie the game. The Yanks loaded the bases after that but D.J. LeMahieu struck out.

The game went into extra innings with that ghost runner rule I hate. Lucas Luetge came in for the Yanks and didn’t have it, giving up three runs to make it 7-4 Reds.

The Yanks didn’t give up. In the bottom of the tenth, with Stanton starting the inning as the ghost runner, Carpenter homered (11) to cut the Reds’ lead to 7-6. The Yanks eventually put two runners on after that, but LeMahieu lined out, ending the game.

With the loss, the Yanks’ lead over Tampa Bay is 13 games. They have a three-game series against Boston this weekend before the All-Star break.

The Yanks traded with the Angels and got Tyler Wade back for a player to be named later or cash. Wade will go to AAA.

Judge solo HR (31)
Carpenter 2-run HR (11)
Torres 2-run HR (14)

Cortes 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP 2.63
Loaisiga 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 8.31
Abreu 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 1 HBP. 2.28 (combined 3-team ERA)
Luetge (L, 2-3) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.19

Game 87. Reds score 4 in 9th to stun Yanks, 4-3.

The Yankees’ matched a season high by losing their third game in a row, 4-3 to Cincinnati on Tuesday night.

As with the games in Boston, the recipe for disaster was the same. Score early but don’t add on, then the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.

As if to prove karma is a b****, it was Clay Holmes, he of the 0.46 ERA and probably due for a blip, who had that blip and who blew the game.

The Yanks were 48-0 when leading after 8 innings this season. Once again, karma being a b****.

The Yanks (61-26) started out great. D.J. LeMahieu singled to lead off the bottom of the first. Gleyber Torres doubled him to third and Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run single. 2-0, Yankees.

In the third, Torres and Rizzo led off the inning with walks. A flyout by Giancarlo Stanton moved Torres to third and Josh Donaldson got an RBI single when the Reds’ CF slipped going after the ball (it would have been a SF anyway). 3-0 Yanks, but they never added on. That would prove fatal.

Yankees’ CF Aaron Hicks had to leave the game with a shin bruise after fouling a pitch off his leg.

Gerrit Cole pitched 7 shutout innings, and Michael King had a scoreless eighth. Then manager Aaron Boone, like all managers, automatically went to his closer. This is something I hate in baseball. King just had a 1-2-3 inning, throwing just 11 pitches. He was dominant. But you make a change just to make a change. Just to bring in our closer. Why not go with what your eyes see? A pitcher who just mowed down batters 1-2-3 on 11 pitches. Why not just leave King out there? I know Holmes is the closer, and Holmes has been great this year. But I hate when you lose games like this because you made a change just for the sake of change. Go with what your eyes see.

So what happens? Holmes came in for the ninth and had nothing. He hurt himself with TWO HBP. A walk, single and HBP loaded the bases. A single brought in one run. The second HBP brought in another. 3-2. Bases still loaded and no one out. Wandy Peralta came oh-so-close to getting out of it. He got two force-outs at home and was one strike away from ending the game when Jonathan India singled (on an 0-2 pitch) to put the Reds up 4-3, the final score.

Ouch. This one hurt. The Yanks are still up by 14 in the AL East, though. But right the ship.

Torres 3 hits.
Rizzo 2 RBI

Cole 7 IP. 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 11 K. 3.05
King (H, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H< 0 W, 1 K. 2.28
Holmes (L, 4-1) 0 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2 HBP 1.37
Peralta (BS, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.43