Category Archives: Players

The minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 4-3. Joel De La Cruz (4-0, 2.87) five scoreless innings of one-hit ball. CF Mason Williams with two doubles.

AA: Trenton won 9-3. Luis Severino (2-2, 3.32) 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 9 K.  2 hits, 2 RBI CF Jake Cave, 2 doubles 2 RBI RF Aaron Judge.  1B Dan Fiorito 4 hits.  Trenton banged out 17 hits.

High A: Tampa rained out.

A: Charleston lost 8-1. CF Dustin Fowler with 3 of Charleston’s 5 hits. Jordan Foley with five scoreless innings of one-hit ball, 9 K before the bullpen imploded.

Game 46. Teix, Warren, lead Yanks back in to first place, 5-1.

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Mark Teixeira homered, doubled, and drove in four runs to support Adam Warren’s strong effort as the Yanks beat KC 5-1 Tuesday evening.

With the win, the Yanks moved back into first place, 1/2 game ahead of Tampa Bay. The Yanks are 24-22.

Teixeira hit a 2-run HR, his 14th of the season in the first. The homer was #377 of his career, passing teammate Carlos Beltran as well as Carlton Fisk on the all-time list and tying Jeff Kent and Norm Cash.

Teixeira doubled in two in the fifth, and went to third on an error. Chase Headley drove Teix in with a SF.

Adam Warren pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball.

Warren (W, 3-3, 3.91) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 5 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.52
Betances struck out the side. 3 up, 3 down and the hitters looked absolutely helpless against him. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.89.

A-Rod had two hits to take his total to 2979.

Recent baseball passings: OF “Downtown” Ollie Brown and reliever Fred Gladding.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 2-0. Jaron Long, son of former Yanks’ hitting coach Kevin Long, pitched 7 2/3 .

AA: Trenton won 6-3. Eric Ruth,  6 IP, 2 R. 3B Eric Jagielo homered for the second straight game. (.303-9- 31). 2B Jose Rosario 3 h, HR, 2 rbi.

High A: Tampa off.

A: Charleston lost 4-2. Besides SS Tyler Wade at High A Tampa, SS Jorge Mateo is down here. He had 3 hits today, a HR and 2 RBI. Although hitting just .255-2-16 and with 13 errors, (Wade is hitting about .325 at Tampa), Mateo did steal 3 bases today, giving him 32 so far this season.  He isn’t 20 yet. Wade is 20. So there is SS hope for the future if Didi Gregorius, 25, continues to struggle.

Game 45. Yanks win Memorial Day Massacre, 14-1.

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The Yanks needed this.

Having lost 10 of their last 11 games, the Yankees hit 4 HR and scored 11 runs before an out was recorded in the bottom of the second inning as they cruised to a 14-1 win over KC today.

Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a double, and Chase Headley homered (6). After a single, and a walk, Brian McCann made it 5-0 before an out was recorded when he homered (5). Before the inning was over, Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR (4) and it was 8-0 after the first inning.

Stephen Drew made it 11-0 with a three-run HR (5) in the second.

KC got a run in the fifth off of Nathan Eovaldi, the beneficiary of all those homers.

The Yanks got a run back in the fifth on a Headley double, and then in the seventh, Slade “Cum On Feel the Noize” Heathcott hit a 2-run HR to make it 14-1. It was Heathcott’s first MLB HR.

Jacob Lindgren made his MLB debut and pitched two scoreless innings.

Eovaldi (W, 4-1, 4.27) 7 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Lindgren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

Game 44. Yanks fall to .500.

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Sorry for the late post. I was at last night’s game and got home around 2 a.m.

As a result, there will be NO minor league report from Sunday’s games.

On a night when Bernie Williams’ #51 was retired, and Derek Jeter made his first trip back to Yankee Stadium since his retirement, the Yanks continued their funk, losing their tenth game in their last eleven (sixth in a row) to fall to 22-22, even .500. They remain in 2nd place in what is so far a weak AL East, 1 1/2 games back.

The ingredients for a loss were as follows: mental and physical lapses in the field (2B Jose Pirela), a starting pitcher who couldn’t give you five innings (Capuano), an offense that for the fourth time in eleven games gave you two runs in the first inning and nothing thereafter, and a bullpen that let a close game slip away.

Jose Pirela made a mental mistake on the first play of the game, and the batter almost reached because Pirela was too lackadaisical in fielding a ground ball. The play was only called an out upon review. Pirela then booted the next ball. When Prince Fielder doubled to score the run, it appeared as if there was a play at the plate, but Pirela’s throw home on the relay wasn’t good. Pirela was only charged with one error, but had made three bad plays, and Texas had an unearned run.

The Yanks got two in the first when Gardner (who has been slumping badly…down to .279, .196 since May 9)  reached on an error, then Headley singled. Gardner however, was thrown out at third on Headley’s single. Maybe it was a case of over-aggressiveness, of someone trying to make things happen while his team is in the midst of a losing streak, but there you have it. A-Rod singled, and after a ground out that moved up the runners, McCann singled in two runs to make it 2-1 Yankees.

But in the second, on a 2-2 pitch with two out and a runner on, Capuano gave up a 2-run HR that hit the top of the wall and bounced over. One strike away from getting out of the inning and …. …. I suspect Capuano, who in two starts has given a total of 7 1/3 innings, will be the one pulled when Tanaka or Nova become ready. The Yanks need a starter who’ll give more innings than Capuano has provided so far.

It remained that way, 3-2, for a while, but the Yanks’ offense (minus Beltran, who has the flu, the slumping Young (.240, 2 for his last 28, played CF and Garrett Jones was in RF)) couldn’t do anything and the Yanks’ bullpen gave up two in the seventh to seal their doom.

It is a good thing Girardi has some job security. I’m blaming none of this on him, it’s the players, but it may be a good thing if he (or Hal Steinbrenner, who was there for the Bernie ceremony) ripped into the players after the game. Hal, especially, should pull a page from his dad’s playbook. Losing ten out of eleven is not acceptable. A lesser manager than Girardi may be on the hot seat. But these players need to be held accountable, especially with some of the bad mental errors they are currently making out there.

It doesn’t get any easier. The defending AL champion Royals are in now, and the Yanks are heading west soon.

They have gone from 21-12 to 22-22. That should be a wake up call to tell them to pull their heads out of their you-know-where’s.

The good news is that in a weak division so far, losing ten out of eleven—even this early—hasn’t buried them. There is time to right the ship, and it needs to be done now.

Capuano (L, 0-2, 7.36) 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 0 walks, 4 K.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.00
Wilson 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.79.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00
Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.19.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.93.

I was kind of hoping, but didn’t get, the MLB debut of Jacob Lindgren, who was brought up yesterday. Brandon Pinder was sent down after having thrown 48 pitches on Saturday.

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.