Category Archives: Players

Minor League Report. AAA & AA waste good efforts by starters.

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AAA: SWB (56-42) blew a 6-0 lead they took into the ninth. They gave up six in the top of the ninth (on four HR) and two more in the top of the tenth to lose 8-6. RF Trey Amburgey 2 hits, solo HR. DH Zach Zehner 4 RBI, grand slam. CF Terrance Gore (recently acquired) 2 hits. The relief meltdown ruined a nice outing by starter Brody Koerner. Ugly loss.

Koerner 7 2/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K.  3.75
Dan Jennings 2/3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K.  67.50. Gave up 3 HR. 1st game for SWB.
Feyereisen (L, 7-1, 2.66; BS, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR.

AA: Trenton (50-44) lost 2-0, getting just one hit in the loss.

Keller (L, 1-1, 2.43) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR
Lail 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.93

High A: Tampa (42-54) won 5-4 in a game called after five innings. DH Estevan Florial 2 hits. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2-run HR. C Donny Sands 2 RBI.

Low A:

Charleston lost the completion of Thursday’s suspended game, 3-2. Starter Rony Contreras 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. 4.33.

Charleston (49-50) won the regularly scheduled game, 5-1. LF Canaan Smith (.301) 2 hits, 3 RBI. C Mickey Gasper 2 hits, RBI. Charlie Ruegger 5 1/3 scoreless relief IP for the win.

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Game 96. Yanks slam Rockies, 8-2, behind some ex-Rockies. Lead now 9.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam, ex-Rockies D.J. LeMahieu, Mike Tauchman, and Adam Ottavino tormented their former team, and Aaron Judge added a 2-run HR as the Yanks (63-33) beat Colorado 8-2 Friday night.

With the win, the Yanks’ AL East lead grew to 9 over Tampa Bay and 11 over Boston.

The Rockies struck first, scoring two in the second off of J.A. Happ. Ryan McMahon led off the inning with a HR, then an out later, Chris Ianetta singled and then scored on a double by Garrett Hampson. Hampson advanced to third on the play on an error by Gleyber Torres. Happ got out of further trouble, when, on a fly ball to LF Mike Tauchman,  Tauchman lined up perfectly to catch the ball and then threw a perfect one-hopper to Gary Sanchez to nail Hampson, who was trying to tag up and score on the flyout, at the plate.

The Yanks took over in the third inning. With one out, LeMahieu, the former Rockie (as is Tauchman and Ottavino) singled. Both Judge and Sanchez walked, and Encarnacion hit a grand slam, his 29th HR of the season, to put the Yanks’ up 4-2.

Tauchman was huge in this game. Besides throwing a guy out at the plate, his hustle came up big. He made a nice sliding catch at one point in the game, and in the fourth, with two out, blooped a hit into shallow left. He hustled it into a double, and that hustle paid off when LeMahieu singled him in to make it 5-2.

Tauchman singled with one out in the sixth, and then showed off his hustle again by stealing second. He advanced to third on a throwing error on the play and scored on a fielders’ choice grounder, beating the play at the plate. More hustle. LeMahieu reached on that play, and then Judge added a 2-run HR (11) to make it 8-2.

The Yanks got excellent relief pitching as Happ, Ottavino and Stephen Tarpley combined for 17 K. 

With Nestor Cortes, Jr. having gone a few innings on Thursday, he was sent down and Tarpley brought up in order for the Yanks to have a “fresh arm.”

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI .330
Judge 2-run HR (11), threw out a guy at second.
Encarnacion grand slam HR (29), 4 RBI
Hicks 2 hits
Torres 2 hits
Tauchman 3 hits, scored two runs due to hustle, made great defensive plays.

Happ (W, 8-5, 4.86) 5 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. In and out of trouble all night, helped by Tauchman and Judge.
Ottavino (H, 23) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.66
Tarpley (S, 2) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K.  7.30.

Manager Aaron Boone was suspended for this game due to his ejection in Game 1 of Thursday’s DH.

I can’t help but think. With the excellent defense (and hitting) LeMahieu and Urshela provide, could good bat/weak glove youngsters Clint Frazier and (the injured) Miguel Andujar be on the trade block in order to land a starting pitcher? There are only so many spots to go around to fill up a team, and someone would have to go.

My reports this weekend may be spotty, if at all. I’ll be up in Cooperstown Sunday for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (56-41) won 7-6. 1B Mike Ford (.305-20-52) 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. C Erik Kratz 3 hits (.339, and Kratz is 39!). CF Billy Burns 2 hits. RF Zach Zehner 2 hits, 2 RBI. Jonathan Holder 2 1/3 scoreless IP for the win.

AA: Trenton (50-43) lost 9-1, getting just six hits.

High A: Tampa (41-54) scored five times in the fourth inning and won 5-4.  1B Steven Sensley 2 RBI. Tampa won despite committing four errors.

Low A: Charleston’s game was suspended in the bottom of the seventh with Charleston trailing, 3-2. It is scheduled to be completed today, Friday.

Game 95. Yanks win 5-1 to complete DH sweep of Rays, go 8 up.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (62-33) completed a doubleheader sweep of Tampa Bay by winning the nightcap, 5-1, Thursday night. They had won the opener (see post: Game 94) 6-2.

Chad Green started as the “opener” and got into immediate trouble, giving up a single, walk and HBP to load the bases with no one out. He got out of it with a K, popup and another K.

The Yanks are 8-0 when utilizing Green as the “opener.”

Nestor Cortes, Jr. replaced Green in the second inning and gave up a run in the third, 1-0 Rays.

The Yanks tied it in the fifth when Luke Voit hit his 18th HR of the season.

The Yankees scored four runs in the sixth which decided the game. Austin Romine led off the inning with a double and moved up on a ground-out by Brett Gardner. Aaron Judge and Edwin Encarnacion each walked to load the bases. All runners moved up on a balk, Romine scoring. Didi Gregorius singled in two runs to make it 4-1, and took second on a throwing error by CF Kevin Kiermaier. After Voit lined out, Gleyber Torres got an infield single, moving Didi to third. A walk to Gio Urshela loaded the bases, then Mike Tauchman walked to force in a run to make it 5-1, the final score.

With the win, the Yanks have an 8 game lead over Tampa Bay (10 in the loss column), and a 10 game lead over Boston (11 in the loss column). The Rays have played four more games than the Yankees, thus they have four less games left to try to catch them.

A great night for the Yankees in trying to secure the AL East title and not having to settle once again for the wild card and that one-game, sudden-death wild card game.

Gregorius 2 hits, 2 RBI
Voit solo HR (18)

Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K, 1 HBP.  4.91
Cortes, Jr.  3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 2 K.  4.34
Cessa (W, 1-1, 4.20) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Ottavino 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.   1.70

 

 

 

Game 94. Yanks take first game of DH, 6-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I don’t know what it is about Domingo German and the first inning or first batter, but he had trouble again, giving up home runs to the first two batters as he hung curve balls on both pitches. Two batters into the game, down 2-0.

He walked the third batter, got a DP, gave up a single, then got a strikeout.

First inning, 2 HR, 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 walk. After that, German gave up no runs and only one hit and one walk over his next five innings.

The Yanks (61-33) came back to win the game, 6-2. With the win, German goes to 12-2 on the season.

On mlb.com, I see things about who the leaders are for certain awards. For the AL CYA, I see Verlander’s name, among others. I don’t see German’s. Why? 12-2, 3.38 isn’t exactly shabby.

Gio Urshela tied the game in the bottom of the second with a 2-run HR (9), and soon after that, manager Aaron Boone was ejected for disagreeing with the home plate umpire’s strike zone.

In the fourth, the Yanks loaded the bases, but D.J. LeMahieu struck out to end the inning.

The Yanks broke the game open in the fifth. Aaron Judge singled to lead off the inning and Aaron Hicks doubled Judge to third. After Edwin Encarnacion struck out, Gary Sanchez singled in a run to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Didi Gregorius popped up, but Luke Voit singled in Hicks to make it 4-2 and send Sanchez to second. Urshela then doubled in Sanchez, Voit going to third, to make it 5-2. Brett Gardner struck out to end the inning.

Hicks homered (9) in the sixth to make it 6-2, which turned out to be the final score.

Hicks 2 hits, solo HR (9)
Sanchez 2 hits, RBI
Urshela 3 hits, 3 RBI, HR (9)

German (W, 12-2, 3.38) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR (to the first two hitters)
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.89
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.25
Hale 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.37

Minor League Report. A lost day.

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AAA: SWB (55-41) lost 9-4. CF Clint Frazier solo HR. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits (319). RF Zach Zehner 2 hits, 3 RBI.

AA: Trenton (50-42) lost 6-5. CF Matt Lipka 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 for 2 with 3 walks. 3B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, RBI.

High A: Tampa (40-54) lost 2-0. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits.

Starter Clarke Schmidt (L, 3-3, 3.21) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K.

Low A: Charleston (48-49) lost 4-2. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 for 2 with a walk.

In other baseball news, Pumpsie Green, the first black player on the last team to integrate, the Boston Red Sox in 1959, died at the age of 85. Green played for Boston from 1959-1962 and for the 1963 NY Mets. He hit .246-13-74 in 344 games. 162 g. ave: .246-6-35, OPS+ 95. Green mostly played 2B or SS, with a little bit of 3B.

Yanks rained out. A minor move, news on Chapman, and Heller has a setback.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

From MLB.com:

The New York Yankees announced that Wednesday’s game between the Yankees and Rays has been postponed due to the forecast of severe inclement weather.

Tonight’s game has been rescheduled as the first game (3:00 p.m.) of a single-admission doubleheader for tomorrow, Thursday, July 18. The regularly scheduled second game will start approximately 30 minutes after the first game ends, but no earlier than 7:05 p.m.

The Yanks did make a minor move today, picking up Terrance Gore from KC for cash considerations. He will go to SWB and isn’t on the 40 man roster. He could go on at the end of the year. The speedster could be used late in the year or in the postseason as a pinchrunner. He already has been used in that role in the postseason with the 2014 and 2015 Royals and with the 2018 Cubs.

Gore, 28, only has 67 MLB at bats, hitting .224 with just 1 MLB RBI. He does have 40 SB however, in 49 attempts. He can play all three OF positions but is primarily a corner outfielder.

Rumors were going around today that Aroldis Chapman absolutely, positively, 1 million percent sure was going to opt out of his contract at the end of the season. Maybe he still will, but (per mlb.com):

Chapman said that no decisions about his future have been made.

“The report is completely false,” Chapman said through a translator. “I haven’t even spoken to my agent about it. Like I said before, we have a big task in front of us, which is to win the division and win the World Series. That’s the main focus for me right now. Contract stuff hasn’t even crossed my mind at all.”

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“But the truth is, honestly, I feel really good here,” Chapman said. “There’s no reason for me to start thinking about changes or anything like that. I feel great here. Eventually, when the season is over, I’ll sit down and talk about it. No need right now.”

Also from MLB.com:

Right-hander Ben Heller, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, has been pulled back from his Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre due to an issue with his right elbow or forearm. Heller is returning to New York to be evaluated by the Yankees’ medical staff.

The YES network has had different people in the studio for pre- and post-game Yankees’ game reports. Seeing Jeff Nelson and David Wells was one thing, but it is a little surprising the past few nights to see Buck Showalter doing commentary.