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The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 4-2. Bryan Mitchell (L, 2-4, 3.80) 3 R in 6 IP.

AA: Trenton lost 6-5. Rough one for Miguel Sulbaran (L, 3-2, 3.70) 6 R in 6 IP. Johnny Barbato two scoreless innings (1.52). The Yanks picked up Barbato in the Shawn Kelley deal. C Gary Sanchez and RF Danny Oh (recently promoted) each had a 2-run HR.

High A: Tampa lost 7-2. CF Mark Payton 3 hits, rbi (.297). Another hit, rbi for SS Tyler Wade (.325).  LF Derek Toadvine 3 hits.

A: Charleston won 5-4.  Jordan Montgomery (W, 4-2, 2.27) 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks,  8 K.

Game 43. Yanks trounced, 15-4.

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Ouch.

There isn’t a lot a good things to say about this game, or about the way the Yankees are playing right now.

They gave up 10 runs in the third inning on their way to getting trounced, 15-4. It was their ninth loss in their last ten games. From 21-12 to the current 22-21 record. From 4 games up to 1 1/2 back (still in 2nd place in the AL East).

They hope to stop the free fall tonight. I’ll be at the game, and before the game the Yanks will be honoring Bernie Williams and retiring his #51.

The Yanks hurt themselves with some poor fielding (Didi and Beltran) in that third inning, and things just snowballed. I had, and still have, a lot of reservations about CC. I think the Yanks may be paying big time for a few years for nothing. I really think he is done.  They never should have extended his original deal.

Sabathia (L, 2-6, 5.47) 2 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Rogers 3 IP, 7 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 4.97
Pinder 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.16

Things got so bad that 1B/OF Garrett Jones was used to get the last two outs.

Jones 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00.

Belrran (3, 376 lifetime, tying Fisk and Teixeira) and Didi Gregorius (2, 2nd in two days) homered.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 4-1. Kyle Davies 1 R in 5 ip. 3 Hits for LF Ramon Flores.

AA: Trenton won 8-6. 3B Eric Jagielo 3 H, 2 RBI (.302). 2B Jose Rosario 3 h, 1 RBI. LF Taylor Dugas 2 hits, 2 RBI. SS Ali Castillo 2 h, 2 rbi.

High A: Tampa lost 4-1. 2 hits, SS Tyler Wade (.325).

A: Charleston lost 2-1. 3 hits, solo HR DH Chris Breen.

Game 42. Yanks’ slide continues.

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Just a week and a half ago, the Yanks owned a four game lead in the AL East. They now are 22-20, in 2nd place, 1 1/2 GB. Last night’s 10-9 loss was their eighth loss in their last nine games. Michael Pineda was tagged for seven runs by Texas in the third inning, and the Yanks couldn’t catch up.

Pineda and Didi Gregorius made errors in the third, and Pineda gave up two HRs that inning as Texas jumped off to a 7-0 lead. Prince Fielder would hit two homers and drive in four runs for the Rangers last night.

The Yanks got four back in the fourth, three on Gregorius’ first HR of the season, but Fielder’s second HR of the game made it 8-4 Texas.

An A-Rod single in the seventh made it 8-5. A-Rod tied Babe Ruth’s official RBI total with that, but there is a catch. The RBI became an official stat in 1920, meaning that all of Babe’s RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted in that total. While the Elias Sports Bureau is the official MLB statistician, I prefer Baseball Reference.com, which seems to be a bit more thorough. They have Babe at 2214 RBI, 222 ahead of the “official” tally for the Babe. 222 RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted by MLB and the Elias Sports Bureau.

Anyway, by any means, A-Rod is only 8 RBI from 2000.

While the Yanks tried to catch up, the bullpen couldn’t hold down Texas. Texas got two in the top of the eighth to make it 10-5.

Garrett Jones’ PH HR, his first HR of the season, cut it to 10-8 in the bottom of the eighth. Mark Teixeira’s 13th HR of the season (#376 career) cut it to 10-9 in the bottom of the ninth, throwing a scare into Texas, but the Yanks fell just short in their comeback attempt. They had the winning run at the plate when they made the final out.

Teixeira’s HR passed teammate Carlos Beltran on the all-time list and tied him with Carlton Fisk. The way Teix is going, barring injury, maybe he can get #400 at the end of the season.

In his first MLB start, Slade Heathcott went 2 for 3.

Pineda (L, 5-2, 3.59) 6 IP, 7 R, 4 ER (all runs in the third) 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K
Shreve 1 Ip, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.24.
Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.51
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K 4.61.

Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.

 

 

 

 

The minors. Tanaka begins rehab.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: Masahiro Tanaka began his rehab with three scoreless innings (3 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K) as SWB won 4-3. Outfielders Ramon Flores and Tyler Austin each had 2 hits and an RBI.

AA: Trenton won 1-0 in 13 innings. Luis Severino, coming off a blister problem, pitched five no-hit innings. Aaron Judge GW SF.

High A: Tampa lost 2-1. C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits.

A: Charleston lost 6-0. 1B Connor Spencer with 2 hits.

The minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 5-2. CF Ben Gamel 2 h, solo HR, .339. SS Cole Figueroa 3 hits.

AA: Trenton lost 3-1. Eric Ruth 7 scoreless IP, 1 hit. Trenton was 1 for 11 w/RISP. LF Taylor Dugas and RF Jake Cave each had 3 hits.

High A: Tampa gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth and lost 6-5. HRs for SS Abital Avelino & C Kyle Higashioka. Tyler Wade moved to 2B for this game, 2 more hits, .322.

A: 2-1 win for Charleston in 10 innings. GW hit: Dustin Fowler.

Game 41. Slump continues as Yanks lose, 3-2.

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Sometimes over a course of a season, you question a manager’s moves. I have to do that here with the Yanks’ 3-2 loss to the Nats last night.

In the top of the seventh, in a 2-2 game,  Joe Girardi let Adam Warren hit for himself. Warren then coughed up the lead and the game in the bottom of the inning. Granted, Warren was pitching well (from LOHUD: Warren had retired 13 of the past 15 batters before that seventh inning when an error and two walks loaded the bases) except for the two solo HR he gave up. But I might have PH there. Joe decided to save his pinch-hitters for later. I can see that, but it didn’t work out. Besides, there were two out anyway and no one on when he let Warren bat for himself.

I’m just saying that I might have PH there, knowing that Warren was not used to going that deep into games. But horses for courses…

The only other time in his career Warren started a game and pitched into the seventh inning was in his previous start. He isn’t used to it. Granted, it’s nice to get him to do so, but I’d rather see him do it for the first or second time in a game where he has a cushion, not in a 2-2 game. I was wondering why Girardi didn’t PH for him at the time and was really wondering why after Warren coughed up the lead and game in the bottom of the inning.

As a result, the Yanks lost their seventh game in their last eight. Amazingly, they are still tied for first with a 22-19 record as they hit the quarter pole of the season. It looks like 90 wins may be enough to win this division, maybe less.

For the third time (I think) in this slump, the Yanks scored two runs in the first inning and nothing thereafter. Gardner singled, Beltran doubled him home, was moved to third on a groundout and McCann hit a SF. After that, nothing.

The home plate umpire made a few questionable calls. Washington’s Bryce Harper and manager Matt Williams were ejected. The last pitch of the game, a called strike three to A-Rod, looked awful as well.

After the Yanks scored two in the top of the first, Warren gave up solo dingers in the bottom of the first and in the fourth. The winning run was unearned due to an error by Headley, whose defense this year has been disappointing so far. Nine errors in 1/4 of the season.

Warren 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 h, 4 walks and 4 K. (L , 2-3, 4.26)
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.97.
Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.12.

The Yanks are off today. They come back home after a brutal road trip (2-7) to face the Rangers this weekend. I’ll be up at the Sunday night game. Before that game, the Yanks will honor Bernie Williams and retire his #51.