Game 41. Torreyes, Beltran, CC lead Yanks

Yankee Stadium Frieze

As Joe Torre used to say… small bites.

After an 8-17 start, the first order of business is getting back to .500. One step at a time.

The Yanks moved closer to that goal with an 8-3 win tonight over Oakland that put them at 19-22.

CC Sabathia came off the DL with a solid outing, going six innings and giving up only one run. I have not posted CC’s win total in a while, but this is #217 of his career, tying Mickey Lolich and Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons on the all-time list. He has passed Rick Reuschel, Mark Buehrle, Stan Coveleski, Jim Perry, Wilbur Cooper, Charlie Hough and Curt Schilling this year.

CC hasn’t really been good since 2012, and I wrote him off last year. I don’t know how much of those troubles had to do with his problems with the bottle, but then again, how was I to know he had those troubles?  No one knew.

But hopefully CC has everything going for him again and get back to somewhat close to what he used to be.

After CC gave up a run in the second, the Yanks exploded for five runs in the fourth. Ronald Torreyes tried a squeeze bunt, failed, but made up for it with a 2-run triple, putting the Yanks up 2-1. He later scored on a WP. Later in the inning Carlos Beltran had a 2-run double.

The Yanks got a run in the sixth on another RBI double by Beltran. The A’s  scored in the seventh to make it 6-2.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 2-run triple in the 9th.The A’s scored in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 8-3 Yankees.

Beltran had 3 hits, 3 RBI. All 3 hits were doubles.

Didi Gregorius had 3 hits. Torreyes had 2 hits, 2 rbi.

I don’t know how many times this year Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference, but it happened again tonight.

CC (w, 3-2, 3.41 nice resurgence)  6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 8 K.
Yates 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.08
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walk, 0 K. 4.00.

A nice win where you didn’t have to use any of No-Runs DMC.




Game 40. Nova, Beltran lead Yanks, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When Luis Severino had to go on the DL, Ivan Nova came out of the bullpen to take his place in the rotation. The way Nova pitched last night, he intends to stay there.

Nova has had his inconsistencies throughout his career, but his ERA dropped to 3.26 after last night’s gem. By contrast, Severino and Pineda’s combined ERA is over twice that.

What happens when Severino is healthy as far as he and Pineda are concerned? We’ll have to see. But it is apparent that Nova needs to stay in that rotation.

The Yanks scored first in their 4-1 win last night when in the third inning, with two out, Brett Gardner walked and Carlos Beltran doubled him home.

Nova gave up a HR in the fourth to tie the game, but the Yanks went up 2-1 in the sixth on an RBI double by Aaron Hicks.

Beltran’s ninth HR of the year, a 2-run shot, gave the Yanks a cushion in the ninth. It was HR #401 of Beltran’s career.

The Yanks once again turned to their Big 3 to close it out. No-Runs D(ellin Betances) M(iller) C(hapman).

The Yanks have hit the quarter pole at 18-22.

Earlier, owner Hal Steinbrenner backed manager Joe Girardi and the coaches, but called out a couple of underperforming players, although not in the blunt way his father used to do it.

Nova (w, 3-1, 3.26) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.33
Miller (H, 4)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 1.02
Chapman (Save, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 1.50


The Minors.

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AAA: SWB won 9-1. Swish actually was out in LF tonight. 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. Chris Parmalee 2 HR, 5 RBI. 3 hits, rbi for Jake Cave. Gary Sanchez 3 hits. Eric Ruth (how great would it be if a guy named Ruth made the Yankees again?) 7 2/3 IP, 1 R.

AA: Trenton won 12-8. Dustin Fowler HR, 2 rbi. 2 H, 3 RBI Kyle Higashioka. 2 RBI Mark Payton. 2 Hits, 3 RBI Cito Culver. 2 hits, rbi Lane Adams. 2 hits Sebastian Valle.

High A: Tampa won 12-2. 2 hits, triple, Jorge Mateo (.329); 3 hits, 2 rbi Abital Avelino. 2 hits, 2 RBI Billy Fleming (.331). Zach Zehner 2 h, 2 rbi. 2 hits, double, Solo HR Austin Aune.  Two hits, RBI for Mike O’Neill and Miguel Andujar.

Low A: Charleston won 1-0. Nestor Cortes 6 IP, 2 H, 12 K. 2 hits Thairo Estrada.

The Minors.

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AAA: SWB won both games. In the regularly scheduled game, they won 4-2. Brady Lail 2 R, 1 ER in 6 IP. Ben Gamel 2 H, double, 2 RBI, and the error that led to that unearned run. Jake Cave with 2 hits.

In the makeup of the 5/17 rainout, they won 2-0. Gamel had an RBI in that one.

AA: Trenton won 2-0. Cale Coshow 7 IP.

High A: Tampa split. They lost the regularly scheduled game 1-0. Ian Clarkin the hard-luck loser. 1 R in 7 IP. Tampa managed just two hits.

In the makeup of the 5/17 rainout, Tampa won 3-1. Only a HR in the 7th and last inning kept Tampa from throwing a combined no-hitter. Jorge Mateo HR, 2 RBI. Abiatal Avelino 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston won 10-1. Chris Giftens 2 h, 3 RBI. Austin Afenir 3 hits, double, HR, 2 RBI. Leonardo Molina 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. Thairo Estrada 3 hits, Hoy Jun Park and Kyle Holder 2 each.

Game 39. Yanks 2-hit D-backs, win 4-2.

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Nathan Eovaldi and the Big 3 of Betances, Miller and Chapman combined on a 2-hitter with 11 K as the Yanks beat Arizona 4-2 Wednesday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a walk and Brett Gardner followed with a 2-run HR (5) to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Arizona scored in the bottom of the first thanks to Chase Headley pulling a rock. He had the runner trapped between third and home but inexplicably threw to first for the out.

Ellsbury singled in a run in the sixth after Eovaldi did his job in getting a bunt down and moving the runner, Headley, up.

Things got a little hairy in the eighth when Miller gave up a HR to cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-2, but the Yanks got an insurance run in the top of the 9th on two singles, a walk and a WP.

The Yanks did drop Teixeira in the lineup—to fifth—as I suggested yesterday. (I’d have dropped him lower, below Castro). Teix still went 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts. He’s got to get going. Otherwise….

Eovaldi (w, 4-2, 4.44) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 5 K.
Betances (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 2.45
Miller (H, 3)  1 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 3 K. 1.08 Gave up HR
Chapman (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 1.80

The Yanks are 17-22.

The minors.

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AAA: SWB rained out.

AA: Trenton won 3-2 in the bottom of the 11th on a walk-off HR by Jared Mitchell. Jordan Montgomery 6 shutout IP.

High A: Tampa rained out.

Low A: Charleston lost 4-2. 2 hits Thairo Estrada.

Game 38. Yanks fall, 5-3.

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The Yanks lost to Arizona and Zach Greinke Tuesday night 5-3 to drop to 16-22. With the quarter-pole of the season approaching, it is apparent some changes have to be made.

Here are just a couple of suggestions. Constructive criticism, if you will.

The Yanks are 1-11 with Pineda and Severino, with a combined ERA close to 7.00. They are 15-11 otherwise. Pineda does have options. The Yanks should consider removing both from the rotation and sending both to AAA to get straightened out or should even consider trading Pineda (but who’d take him right now?). Even John Sterling, on air, was exasperated by Pineda. Such talent, but wasting it.

But the Yanks really don’t have anyone to bring up. The loss of Bryan Mitchell really hurts here. You can’t get something for nothing in a trade. You’d have to give up a top prospect.

But the Yanks can’t just keep throwing Pineda and Severino out there.Some change has to be made, be it a promotion/demotion or a trade.

The Angels just signed Tim Lincecum. The former CYA isn’t what he used to be, but I wonder if the Yanks had any interest. They should have, considering the struggles of Pineda and Severino. Heck, maybe the Yanks could talk Mark Buehrle out of retirement.

The Yanks should also consider dropping Mark Teixeira down in the lineup. Teix, 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts last night, has 0 HR and 3 RBI since April 13. You can’t just keep batting him 3rd or 4th. Here is where the loss of Greg Bird hurts.

Starlin Castro homered (5) in the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead but the offense didn’t do too much against Grienke. They did get two in the eighth to make the score close. Losing the DH in an NL park the past two games hasn’t helped.

Pineda (L, 1-5, 6.60) 5 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
9 K in 5 inn, but 5 runs given up.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.71.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1.76.