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Game 35. Yanks beat Orioles 6-2.

Luis Severino gave up just one hit over six innings and the Yankees hit 3 HR as they beat Baltimore Monday night 6-2. The win improves the Yankees’ record to 26-9.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the third inning when with one out, Josh Donadson singled, and a forceout later, Giancarlo Stanton doubled home Anthony Rizzo.

In the fourth inning, Jose Trevino hit his first HR of the season, a 3-run shot, to put the Yanks up 4-0.

The only hit off Severino was a fourth inning HR by Anthony Santander.

In the ninth, Donaldson (5) and RIzzo (10) hit back-to-back HRs to put the Yankees up 6-1.

Santander hit his second HR of the game in the bottom of the ninth off of Aroldis Chapman. Final score 6-2. Santander had two of Baltimore’s three hits in the game, and both of his hits were homers.

Donaldson 3 hits, solo HR (5)
Rizzo solo HR (10)
Torres 2 hits
Trevino 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (1)

Severino (W, 3-0) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.63
Loaisiga (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.52
Green (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.14
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.13

C Ben Rortvedt has a knee injury now (before had oblique rib strain). The knee may require surgery.

Game 33. White Sox walk-off Yanks, 3-2.

You can’t win them all, and the Yankees (24-9) did win 17 of their previous 19 games.

Dallas Keuchel has always given the Yankees fits, going back to the former CYA winner’s days with Houston. He gave the Yanks fits again Saturday night, tossing five shutout innings as the White Sox beat the Yankees 3-2, walking it off with a run in the bottom of the ninth.

Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery kept the Yanks in the game despite struggling, giving up a run in the first inning and a solo HR to Yoan Moncada in the third.

The Yanks loaded the bases with two out in the top of the fifth, but Anthony Rizzo grounded out.

With one out in the eighth, they pushed across a run on three consecutive singles—by Aaron Judge, Rizzo and the RBI by Giancarlo Stanton. But they could not tack on as both Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres then struck out.

The Yanks tied it up in the top of the ninth. Joey Gallo led off with a walk and Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled. IKF stole second. Kyle Higashioka hit a SF to tie the game but IKF made a baserunning blunder and got thrown out at third.

No one is perfect, and I think all Yankees fans have been spoiled by how easy Mariano Rivera made it look. Aroldis Chapman comes with more drama than Mariano did. Most of the time Chapman gets out of it, but not without drama. Mo made getting the last outs look so easy. Last night Chapman couldn’t get out of it, as with one out, he gave up a single, walk, then another single that won the game for Chicago, 3-2.

Stanton 3 hits, RBI
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits

Montgomery 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.06
Schmidt 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.82
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.52
Chapman (L, 0-1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.54

Ex-MLB pitcher David West passed away at the age of 57. He pitched for the Mets, Phillies, Twins and Red Sox from 1988-1998. He was 31-18, 4.66 in his career, ERA+ 89. He was part of the 1988 Mets that lost in the NLCS, the 1991 Twins team that won the WS and also the 1993 Phillies team that lost the WS and also the 1998 Red Sox who made the postseason. He was 1-0, 10.61 in ten postseason games. One thing that is bothersome is how many ex-Phillies all have died from brain cancer. Was something fishy about the Vet? Was, for example, too much asbestos in the home clubhouse or something? I dont know but the number of ex-Phils all succumbing to brain cancer is alarming.







Game 31. Yanks’ bats explode in 15-7 win over White Sox.

Before the game, Luis Gil was brought up and Ron Marinaccio sent down. The move was made because the Yanks needed an emergency starter after the rains last week forced a doubleheader last Sunday.

I was a bit concerned about the move because Gil, although he did ok with the Yanks last year, wasn’t brought up on merit, but because his turn in the rotation lined up. After all, his ERA at SWB was 9.53. I was hoping for a few innings, and for him to keep us in the game. Which is what Gil did. And it was a good night for the Yankees bats to explode as they (23-8) beat the White Sox 15-7.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run HR in the top of the first after a D.J. LeMahieu double. He was just warming up.

Gil gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the second as the White Sox took a 3-2 lead.

The Yanks came right back with three runs in the third to go up 5-3. With one out, Aaron Judge walked, Anthony Rizzo tripled him home and Stanton hit another 2-run HR (9).

With two out in the top of the fourth, Kyle HIgashioka singled and then LeMahieu doubled him home. 6-3.

A walk, a couple of singles and a WP by Gil let Chicago score in the bottom of the fourth and it was 6-4.

Judge hit his 11th HR, a 456-ft. blast, to make it 7-4 in the top of the seventh.

Even though the Yanks are now 23-8, everything isn’t clicking on all cylinders (Scary isn’t it?). Jonathan Loaisiga is not the Loaisiga of last year, and that is very concerning. Of all the bullpen guys outside of Marinaccio, Loaisiga has performed the worst so far. He gave up a 3-run HR that tied the game at 7 in the bottom of the seventh. Loaisiga had a 2.17 ERA last year, when he may have been the Yanks’ best reliever, but now it is 5.93. I hope nothing is physically wrong but he needs to get straightened out.

The Yanks exploded for seven runs in the top of the eighth, and it all happened with two out. Three straight walks, to Marwin Gonzalez, PH Gleyber Torres, and LeMahieu, loaded the bases. Judge got an infield single to make it 9-7, and put runners on first and second. A PB moved the runners up. Rizzo walked to load the bases, and Stanton singled in two runs to complete a six-RBI night for him and make the score 11-7. Josh Donaldson then hit a 3-run HR (3) to make it 14-7.

In the ninth, Judge hit a SF with the bases loaded to make it 15-7.

LeMahieu 3 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, 4 RBI. Solo HR (MLB LEADING 11th)
Stanton 3 hits, 6 RBI. Two 2-run homers (9)
Donaldson 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (3)
Higashioka 2 hits.

Gil 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 WP 9.00
Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.46
Luetge (H, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.66
Loaisiga (W, 1-1; BS, 1) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.93
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.38



Game 29. Judge walks off Blue Jays, 6-5.

Aaron Judge hit a 3-run HR with one out in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Toronto Tuesday night, 6-5.

George Springer led off the game by homering off of Yankees’ starter Luis Severino. Toronto got two more runs off of Severino in the second inning.

The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the bottom of the sixth. Down 3-0, D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a double, and Judge reached on an infield single. After Anthony Rizzo flied out to moved D.J. to third, Giancarlo Stanton homered (7) to tie the game.

After that HR, Josh Donaldson was hit by a pitch, and Toronto pitcher Yimi Garcia and pitching coach Pete Walker were both ejected. Later in the game, Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo was also ejected.

Toronto got two runs in the top of the eighth to go up 5-3 and the Yanks went into the bottom of the ninth looking up at that score.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, both Jose Trevino and LeMahieu drew walks. Judge then crushed his tenth HR of the season, a 450 ft. shot, to win the game.

The Yanks are now 21-8, four games up on Tampa Bay and five up on Toronto. The offense is still not clicking, as they are hitting .237. But that .237 is still good for 4th in the AL. They are 2nd in HR, 3rd in OBP, 2nd in Slugging, 2nd in OPS and the OPS+ is 116. The pitching has been carrying them. The ERA of 2.59 is best in the AL, and the ERA+ is 142. (100 is average).

Judge 2 hits, 3 RBI. GW 3-run HR (10) Leads MLB in HR.
Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (7).

Severino 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.08
Castro 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 1.59
Loaisiga 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.97
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.97
Peralta (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.64

John Cumberland, briefly a Yankee from 1968-1970, passed away April 5 at the age of 74. Cumberland was with the Yankees 1968-1970, Giants 1970-1972, Cardinals 1972, and Angels 1974. As a Yankee, in 18 games, 8 starts, he was 3-4, 4.11, ERA+ 87. For his career, he was 15-16, 3.82, ERA+ 92. He started and lost Game 2 of the 1971 NLCS for the Giants.

Game 28. Nasty Nestor no-no’s into 8th. Yanks win 1-0.

It’s only too bad he didn’t get credit for the W.

Nasty Nestor Cortes Jr. no-hit Texas for 7 1/3 innings, and the Yankees finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth as the Yanks beat Texas 1-0 in an afternoon makeup game from all the rain the Northeast got on Friday and Saturday.

The only run of the game came when with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Judge singled and Anthony Rizzo then doubled him home.

It wound up as a combined 2-hit shutout. The Yanks only got five hits themselves.

Rizzo RBI double (only run of game)

Cortes 7 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 W, 11 K. 1.41
Holmes (W, 4-0) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.61
Chapman (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00

Who’d have thought Nasty Nestor would have an ERA of 1.41 after six starts, or have 42 K in 32 IP so far?

Or that of the 20-8 Yankees, the team leader in wins would be the 4 by Holmes?

Or that after 28 games, the Yanks’ ERA would be 2.50?

Minor League Report. Waldichuk dominates at AA.

A concerning thing is that some Yankees’ prospects are off to very slow starts. In fact, there is an article (I think from NJ.com) on the internet about the regression of Jasson Dominguez, the Martian.

Ken Waldichuk isn’t one of them, however. Read on.

AAA: SWB (10-19) lost 2-1. SWB’s team batting average right now is just .221. They got just 3 hits.

Wesneski (L, 0-4) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 W, 6 K. 2.48 (With that record and ERA, no run support). (#8 prospect)
Greene 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.97
Lane 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.64
Bristo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.35

AA: Somerset (17-9) split a DH.
Game 1: Lost 6-3, getting just 2 hits.

Medina (L, 1-2) 5 R, 3 ER, 2 H, 3 W, 2 K. 1 HBP 3.60 (#12 prospect)
Maciejewski 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 WP. 1 Balk. 3.94
Ramirez 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50
Ernst 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.45

Game 2: Won 3-2 on a one-hitter. Here is where Waldichuk dominated.
SS Anthony Volpe solo HR (4). The #1 prospect is struggling, hitting just .195.
RF Michael Beltre 2 hits, 2 RBI

Waldichuk (W, 3-0) 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 12 K. 1.14 (#6 prospect)
Loseke (S, 1) 2 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 1.72

HIgh A: Hudson Valley (14-12) split a DH.
Game 1: won 2-0. They only got 2 hits, but Jersey Shore only got 1.

Sikkema 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00 (#20 prospect)
Barclay (W, 3-2) 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 HBP. 1.29
Myatt (S, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W 2 K. 1.69

Game 2: Lost 4-0, getting just 3 hits.

Castano (L, 0-3) 4 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. 2 HBP. 1 Balk. 4.50
Diaz 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.86
Mauricio 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 7.36

Low A: Tampa (13-13) lost 6-5.
DH Jasson Dominguez 2 hits. (The “Martian” is struggling at .235)
CF Madison Santos 2 RBI
LF Raimfer Salinas solo HR (1)
C Ben Rortvedt 1 for 2 on rehab.

Panacual 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 W, 6 K. 3.20
Messinger 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 HBP. 1 WP. 5.40
Holloway (BS, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.70
Dees 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.91
Neely 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.30
Milam (L, 3-2) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.00







Games 26 & 27. Yanks split a DH with Texas.

Before the Mother’s Day DH against Texas, a couple of moves. Tim Locastro goes on the IL with a back injury, and with the Yanks playing 23 games in 22 days, Ron Marinaccio was brought up. Also, for the DH only, Estevan Florial was brought up.

The Yanks (19-8) didn’t hit much Sunday, and split a DH with Texas.

Game 1: Gleyber Torres hit a walkoff HR (4) in the bottom of the ninth as the Yanks won 2-1. The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the sixth inning, when Aaron Judge singled, Anthony Rizzo singled Judge to third, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF.

With one out in the top of the seventh, Gerrit Cole gave up a HR to the last batter he faced (pitch #114. One batter too many? But then Cole did strike out the previous hitter on three pitches) and the score was tied. Torres led off the bottom of the ninth with his game-winning blow. The Yanks only had five hits in this game.

Torres 2 hits, RBI. Solo GW HR (4)

Cole 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.67
Loaisiga 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.63
Holmes (W, 3-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.64

Game 2: Michael King has been great all year, but maybe he was due for a clunker. Yanks lose 4-2.

The Yanks only had three hits in this game. They took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a 2-run HR by Giancarlo Stanton (6).

Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery gave up a HR in the top of the sixth and Texas had cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1.

In the seventh, Montgomery gave up a leadoff double. King came in and gave up a walk, but then got a strikeout and a forceout. It looked like King was going to get out of it and would be the dominating King we have seen all year. But then a WP tied the game, and on the next pitch, King gave up a 2-run HR that made it 4-2 Texas, and that turned out to be the final score.

Stanton 2-run HR (6)

Montgomery 6+ IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 2.90
King (L, 2-1; BS, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 w, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP 1.42
Peralta 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.80

Spoiler Alert: I’ll post the minor league games of Sunday tomorrow, but you know how I’ve been writing about AA pitcher Ken Waldichuk. Check out what he did today. If no time, check my report tomorrow.



Rain wreaks havoc again. Here are some minor league results. Rortvedt begins rehab.

Rain Saturday washed out the Yankees game (to be made up Monday afternoon) as well as the games of their AA and High A farm teams. Here are the games that WERE played.

AAA: SWB (10-18) lost both games of a doubleheader.

Game 1: lost 9-2, getting just four hits.

D. Garcia (L, 0-2) 3 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. gave up 1 HR. 2 WP 9.17 (#29 prospect)
McClain 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.52
Espinal 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. 9.82

Is anyone else (I’m sure you all are) concerned about the regression of Deivi Garcia? Garcia is 3-9, 7.23 at AAA between last year and this. Garcia is still young, turning 23 in less than two weeks, but his regression is concerning. I think, based on recent results, it’s time to send Deivi down to AA and promote Ken Waldichuk (#6 prospect) from AA to AAA. Waldichuk is 2-0, 1.45 in four starts at AA this year, 28 K in 18 2/3 IP. Between 2021 and 2022, Waldichuk has gone 6-3, 3.67 at AA with 136 K in 98 IP.

Game 2: Lost 7-6 in 10 innings.
RF Phillip Evans 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (2)
2B Jose Peraza 2 hits, RBI

Clarke Schmidt 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. 3.86 (#7 prospect)
Mujica 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 13.50
Banuelos (BS, 1) 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 W, 2 K. 1 WP 3.32
Miller 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.48
M. Gomez (L, 1-1) 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K 1 HBP 2.13

Low A: Tampa (13-12) lost 3-2.
DH Ben Rortvedt solo HR as he starts a rehab assignment

Champlain 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 6 K. 2.70
Cortijo 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.50
Watson (L, 1-2) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 3.71



Minor league action, May 3, 2022

AAA: SWB started the season 3-0, but have slipped to 9-15. Checking the batting averages, no one is hitting, even former major leaguers like Greg Bird, Ron Guzman, or Ryan Lamarre. They lost 2-0 last night, getting just five hits. #2 prospect Oswald Peraza is hitting just .203, and so is #14 prospect Oswaldo Cabrera. And other prospects at lower levels (#1 prospect Anthony Volpe and #3 prospect Jasson Dominguez, for example) are also struggling.

Wesneski (L, 0-3) 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.63 (#8 prospect)
M. Gomez 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 2.61
Bristo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.97

AA: Somerset (15-7) won 8-7.
C Mickey Gasper 2 hits, RBI
RF Michael Beltre grand slam (2)

Spence 4 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. 1 HBP 4.76
Loseke (W, 4-0) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.98
Ernst (S, 1) 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR 2.63

High A: Hudson Valley (12-10) lost 5-3.
CF Everson Pereira 2 hits (#11 prospect)
C Austin Wells 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (4) (#4 prospect)

Sauer (L, 0-1) 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 W, 7 K. 2 WP, 1 HBP. 4.29
Correa 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.04

Low A: Tampa (10-11) won 4-1.
3B Marco Cabrera 2 hits, RBI
LF Grant Richardson 2 RBI

Yulie (W, 1-2) 5 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K. 5.40
Santana (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 HBP 0.00
Cortijo (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.35
Anderson (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
C. Gomez (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.80




Game 24. Eleven is Heaven! Yanks win 11th in a row, 9-1 over Toronto.

Alek Manoah is always tough on the Yankees, but once he left the game, the Yankees (18-6) teed off on Toronto relievers, and beat Toronto 9-1 Tuesday night.

The win was the Yankees’ 11th in a row. They lead Toronto by 3 1/2 in the AL East.

Toronto scored first, getting their only run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Aaron Judge hit a 427 ft. HR (9) to tie the game in the top of the sixth. A nice note: The Toronto fan who caught the ball gave it to a youngster wearing a Judge jersey. A nice moment. A few weeks ago, some of the Bleacher Creatures embarrassed Yankee fans with their behavior. It only takes a few to spoil it for thousands. I hope those few took note about how fans SHOULD act. Nice gesture by the fan up in Toronto.

The Yanks exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh, with maybe some help from the umpires. Giancarlo Stanton led off the inning by reaching on an error. Toronto challenged the call (Vlad Guerrero Jr. coming off the bag at first on a throwing error by Bo Bichette) but lost the call and their ability to appeal future calls. Josh Donaldson doubled Stanton home to make the score 2-1, Yankees. After Gleyber Torres struck out, Marwin Gonzalez doubled home Donaldson. 3-1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled to put runners on first and third. On a groundball by Jose Trevino, Gonzalez got caught in a rundown, but wound up scoring. Toronto argued two things: that he was tagged out by Guerrero, and that Gonzalez was out of the baseline. Since they lost their appeal rights on the previous play, it could not go to review and they lost this one too. 4-1. Men on second and third. Aaron Hicks then singled in Kiner Falefa, with Trevino stopping at third. 5-1. Judge then doubled in both baserunners. 7-1.

In the top of the ninth, Stanton hit a 442 ft. 2-run HR (5) to make it 9-1, which wound up as the final score.

Hicks 2 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, 3 RBI. Solo HR (9). Tied with Rizzo for MLB lead in HR.
Stanton 2-run HR (5)
Gonzalez 2 hits, RBI

Taillon (W, 2-1) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.84
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.16
Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.80
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.15