O’Day (hamstring) done for the season.

The Yanks and their minor league affiliates were off yesterday. The Yanks did lose a 1/2 game in the standings because Boston won.

The Yanks also got some bad news on Darren O’Day. O’Day’s hamstring injury is so bad that it means he is done for the season. O’Day, 38, got into 12 games with the Yanks this season. In 10 2/3 IP, he had no decisions or saves, and had an ERA of 3.38. He will turn 39 in October.

Game 92. Yanks Blast Boston, 9-1.

The Yankees (48-44, 4th, 7 back) beat Boston 9-1 last night, and it was a satisfying win on many levels.

For one, Jameson Taillon is 4-0, 2.86 in his last six starts, lowering his ERA from 5.74 to 4.60.

For another, the players the Yanks have filling in while others are on the IL or Covid IL, made huge contributions. They don’t have to be Aaron Judge. Who can be. What they need to do, and what they did do, was stay within their game, do what they do well, and contribute using the best of their own individual talent. Good to see that from them last night.

For another, those fill-ins, if you will, were aggressive and you saw a hit-and-run, stolen bases, and even a drag bunt for a hit by regular Rougned Odor (who also homered).

The Yanks struck first in the second inning when Gleyber Torres hit a solo HR (5).

In the third, one of the players filling in, Greg Allen, singled. He went to third on a hit-and-run single by D.J. LeMahieu, and scored on an RBI groundout by Giancarlo Stanton. 2-0.

More aggressiveness in the fifth. Odor beat out a bunt for a single. Other player filling in, Ryan LaMarre, singled Odor to third and moved up to second himself on an error. Earlier in the game, it appeared as if LaMarre was injured, but he shook it off. He would contribute even more later. Good thing LaMarre was ok, because earlier in the game, another of the fill-ins, Trey Amburgey, had to leave the game with a hamstring issue. Not only that, on another play in the game, the Yanks almost had three players run into each other. You can’t keep losing players.

Anyway, now the Yanks had runners on second and third, and Allen made it 3-0 by hitting a SF. Just doing the little things.

The Yanks broke open the game with four runs in the seventh. Brett Gardner singled and Odor homered (10) to make it 5-0. LaMarre walked and stole second. Allen walked. A couple of flyouts later, and LaMarre was on third. Allen stole second. Gary Sanchez walked to load the bases. Torres walked to force in a run. 6-0. Chris Gittens walked to force in another run. 7-0.

Boston scored a run in the top of the eighth, but the Yanks scored two more in the bottom of the eighth when Odor walked and LaMarre hit a 2-run HR (1).

Final score, 9-1.

Torres 2 RBI. Solo HR (5)
Odor 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (10)
LaMarre 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (1)

Taillon (W, 5-4) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.60
Green (H, 12) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.79
Britton 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 5.40
Luetge 1/3 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.32
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.26

Sunday’s minor league action.

AAA: No luck for SWB, as they were supposed to complete a suspended game then play a new one. The suspended game was picked up in the second inning, no score. They only made it into the fifth, still no score, and the game had to be suspended again. The regularly scheduled game was postponed.

AA: Somerset (40-25) lost 8-7. Starter Ken Waldichuk has been really good this year, and was for five innings, but he then gave up a 3-run HR in the sixth. Guess he was due for a so-so outing. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. LF Michael Beltre 2 RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (43-23) won 9-4. RF Jake Sanford 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. CF Elijah Dunham 3 hits. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, 2 RBI, 1B Chad Bell a 3-run HR. C Saul Torres 3 -run HR.

Low A: Tampa (45-20) won 5-4. DH Everson Pereira 2 for 2, 2 RBI. RF Ryder Green 3 hits.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB’s game was suspended (rain) in the top of the second inning with no score.

AA: Somerset (40-24) lost 7-3. 3B Max Burt 2 hits, solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (42-23) won 6-5. DH Anthony Seigler 3-run HR. 1B Chad Bell solo HR. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits. LF Pat DeMarco 2 hits, solo HR.

Low A: Tampa (44-20) lost 10-3. 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, solo HR. LF Aldenis Sanchez 2 hits.

Game 91. Yanks finally beat Boston, 3-1, in game shortened to 6 innings.

It took eight games, but thanks to a game shortened because of rain (and played in slop), the Yanks finally beat Boston this year. The game started late, was delayed, and was finally called after six innings with the Yanks (47-44, 4th in AL East, 8 back) winning 3-1.

In the process, the Yanks lost another player to the IL. OF Tim Locastro, just acquired, tore his ACL in the first inning making a play. He is done for the season.

Gerrit Cole worked out of a man on third, one out situation in the first inning by getting a couple of strikeouts. He gave up a run in the second on a couple of singles that sandwiched a groundout that moved the runner up.

The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning. Greg Allen doubled with two outs for their first hit, and D.J. LeMahieu followed with an RBI single to tie the game.

Cole got a fortuitous call on a check swing to get a strikeout with the bases loaded to end the top of the sixth. Two Red Sox were ejected arguing the call.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Red Sox left the field temporarily when some idiot threw a ball at LF Alex Verdugo and hit him in the neck. Verdugo was understandably incensed. They also left so that the ground crew could work on the field, which was becoming a swamp.

When play resumed, after one out, Gary Sanchez (16) and Gleyber Torres (4) hit back-to-back homers to give the Yanks a 3-1 lead. The Yanks put a couple more runners on, but couldn’t score further. The game was then delayed again, and eventually called.

Sanchez solo HR (16)
Torres solo HR (4)

Cole (W, 10-4) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 11 K. 2.63

Minor League Report. The Martian takes one to outer space.

Since the Yanks needed to bring up a lot of guys from SWB because of COVID, it had a residual effect. Guys had to be brought up to SWB, etc.

AAA: SWB (41-21) won 7-2. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, 2 RBI, both solo HR. C Donny Sands (just brought up) 3 hits, solo HR. DH Matt Pita 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 3-run HR.

AA: Somerset (40-23) lost 6-4. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI. CF Brandon Lockridge (just recently promoted) 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. RF Michael Beltre 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Max Burt 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (41-23) won 8-7. Recently promoted SS Anthony Volpe (2019 1st round pick) 4 hits, 2 doubles, RBI. LF Elijah Dunham solo HR. DH Josh Breaux 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. RF Jake Sanford (just promoted) 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: 18 year old Jasson Dominguez is the Yankees’ top prospect. Nicknamed “The Martian”, the Yanks signed him two years ago for $5.1MM. His skills, power and speed, have drawn comparisons to Mickey Mantle, Mike Trout and Bo Jackson. He played in the Futures Game before ever even joining Low A. Last night he hit his first professional HR as Tampa (44-19) won 13-4.

Dominguez 2 hits, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR. .438 at Low A so far (7 for 16). He was 4 for 20 in the FL Complex League before going to Tampa, so 11 for 36 so far. It will be interesting to see how fast he rises. Remember, just 18.


Also in this game: 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, 2 RBI. CF Everson Pereira 2 hits. RF Aldenis Sanchez 4 hits, 3 RBI. 1B Pedro Diaz 2 RBI. LF Evan Alexander 3 hits, 3 RBI. Nelvin Correa 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 5 K.

Game 90. Depleted Yanks get shut-out, 4-0.

Major problems. And these could sink the Yankees’ season.

The Yanks were already without Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid list). Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar were on the IL, not to mention others like Corey Kluber, Aaron Hicks and Darren O’Day.

Now add to the Covid List Wandy Peralta, Nestor Cortes, Jr. Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela. Add Luke Voit (knee) to the IL.

As a result, a bunch of guys had to be brought up from SWB. Hoy Jun Park and Trey Amburgey each made their MLB debuts last night. Rob Brantly had to be brought up. Chris Gittens, just off the IL himself, had to come up. Zack Britton was activated off of the IL. Am I missing anyone?

The depleted Yanks lost to Boston 4-0, getting just three hits. They are 0-7 vs. Boston this year, and are now 9 back and in fourth place with a 46-44 record. They play Boston six more times between now and June 25. They have Tampa Bay June 27-29. (In between there are two games with the Phillies).

Those guys out will be out for a while, leaving it up to the scrubs. This could get ugly.

So what did we see last night? The Yanks had a #3 hitter hitting .219, a cleanup hitter hitting .215, A #5 hitter at .237, a #6 hitter at .190. The #7 hitter is 2 for 22 in his MLB career. The #8 hitter was making his MLB debut. The #9 hitter is at .180 and was pinch-hit for by another guy making his MLB debut. Hoo boy. Is it any wonder why the Yanks got shut out?

Poor Jordan Montgomery. No run support. Montgomery had just one bad inning, the second, when he gave up a walk, double, RBI groundout, and a 2-run HR for 3 runs. That was more than enough for Boston. The second straight game he lost 4-0. In his last five starts, Montgomery has lost four of them. In those five games, the Yankees have scored a total of seven runs.

Later, Justin Wilson, who has been absolutely brutal this season, gave up a solo HR for the last run of the game. 4-0, Boston.

Montgomery (L, 3-5) 6 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. One bad inning. 4.18
German 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.72
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 8.62 Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.40


Covid concerns postpone Yankees’ Game/Minor League Report

The Yankees/Red Sox game on Thursday night was postponed due to Covid concerns, and the whole four-game weekend series could be in jeopardy. Things could get even worse for MLB. This could affect each team.

Besides Jonathan Loaisiga, who tested positive before the All-Star Game, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Wandy Peralta have also tested positive. The Yanks made roster substitutions, reinstating Zack Britton off of the IL, bringing up Trey Amburgey, and putting Hoy Jun Park on the taxi squad.

Then it was reported that Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka are in protocol. First reports are that they are positive too, but further testing is needed to confirm.

Since Judge was just a starter and played at the All-Star Game, if he was/is positive, then every team has a problem, especially with its All-Stars, and MLB is then in a tizzy.

Hoo Boy.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (40-21) won 11-3. RF Ryan LaMarre, 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Greg Allen 2 hits, RBI. 3B Aramando Alvarez 2 hits, 3 RBI, SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, 2 RBI.

AA: Somerset (40-22) won 6-5 in 10 innings. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI. DH Donny Sands 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (40-23) lost both games of a doubleheader.

Game 1: Lost 3-2. CF Pablo Olivares 3 for 3, RBI.

Game 2: Lost 2-1, getting just two hits. 3B Chad Bell HR.

Low A: Tampa (43-19) won 8-1. Top uber-prospect 18 yr. old Jasson Dominguez 2 hits. Edgar Barclay 4 scoreless, hitless relief innings, 7 K. Nick Paciorek 2 scoreless IP, 5 K. DH Austin Wells 2 RBI, solo HR. 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, RBI. RF Jose DeLeon 2 hits. 3B Eduardo Torrealba 2-run HR.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (39-21) split a DH.

Game 1: won 4-3. RF Trey Amburgey 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. (.312-7-35). 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits (Just of the IL). DH Socrates Brito 2 hits, RBI. Deivi Garcia, ok, but still needs work. 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR. Error on a pickoff throw. (2-3, 7.21).

Game 2: Took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but gave up 2 in sixth, one in seventh (DHs 7-inning games) and lost 3-2. Only had 4 hits, and C Rob Brantly 3 for 3, RBI, solo HR.

AA: Somerset (39-22) lost 7-6 in 11 innings. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. C Donny Sands 2 hits. RF Michael Beltre solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (40-21) lost 7-0.

Low A: Tampa (42-19) split a DH.

Game 1: Lost 3-1, only got two hits, one by CF Jasson Dominguez.

Game 2: Won 6-1. C Austin Wells 2 hits, RBI. DH Eric Wagaman 2 hits, RBI.

Tidrow, who won 2 WS rings with Yanks in 1970s, passes away at age 74.

Dick Tidrow, who was on 3 AL pennant and 2 WS championship teams with the Yankees in the 1970s, has passed away at the age of 74.

Tidrow pitched for the Indians (1972-1974), Yankees (1974-1979), Cubs (1979-1982), White Sox (1983) and Mets (1984). He was 100-94, 3.68 (ERA+ 102) in his MLB career. His 162 g. average was 9-8, 3.68.

Tidrow was a spot starter/long reliever. He pitched in 620 games in his career, starting 138. In 1976, when the Yanks won the AL Pennant, he started 2 games, and relieved in 45 others, posting a 4-5 record with 10 saves and an ERA of 2.63 (ERA+ 132).

In 1977, he pitched in 49 games, starting 7 of them, going 11-4, 3.16 (ERA+ 125) with five saves as the Yanks won the World Series.

In 1978, he had to start. In 31 games, 25 of them starts, Tidrow was 7-11, 3.84, ERA+ 95 (100 is average). The Yanks repeated as WS Champs.

Tidrow, nicknamed “Dirt” for his appearance, also made the postseason with the 1983 White Sox. In postseason play, he appeared in 13 games, all in relief, and he was 1-0, 4.01.

That one postseason win? He was the winning pitcher when Chris Chambliss’ walkoff HR won the 1976 AL pennant.

After his playing days ended, Tidrow was a long-time fixture in the front office of the San Francisco Giants.

He was 9 for 95 (.095) as a hitter.