Minor League Report. SWB hits 4 HR in slugfest. Tampa’s Hauver homers in fifth straight game.

AAA: SWB (5-1) hit 4 HR in winning a slugfest, 15-10. DH Luke Voit (coming back to Yankees Tuesday, Miguel Andujar going back down) 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens, HR, 3 RBI. CF Socrates Brito 2 RBI. 3B Derek Dietrich 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. RF Trey Amburgey 3 hits, HR, 5 RBI. 2B Kyle Holder 2 hits. C Rob Brantly 2 hits, SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits.

AA: Somerset (5-1) won 6-5. CF Estevan Florial solo HR. 2B Hoy Jun Park HR, 2 RBI. C Donny Sands 2 hits. 3B Diego Castillo HR, 2 RBI. Three pitchers combined for six no-hit innings of relief.

High A: Hudson Valley (3-3) won 10-1. SS Oswald Peraza 4 hits. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits, RBI. DH Josh Breaux HR, 4 RBI. C Mickey Gasper 2 hits. RF Steven Sensley 3-run HR. 3B Cristian Perez 2 hits. Luis Medina 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 7 K.

Low A: Tampa’s (5-1) offense finally came back to earth, as they lost 4-1. 2B Trevor Hauver homered for the fifth straight game. SS Max Burt 2 hits.

Game 34. Yanks win in bottom of 9th, 3-2.

The Yankees (18-16) won 3-2 by scoring in the bottom of the ninth today.

The Yanks scored first in the bottom of the third inning. Brett Gardner walked, and after an out, Giancarlo Stanton walked. Aaron Hicks singled to make it 1-0.

Gleyber Torres finally hit his first HR of the season in the bottom of the sixth to make it 2-0 Yankees.

Kyle Schwarber hit a 2-run HR for Washington in the top of the seventh to tie the game.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees (18-16) got a leadoff walk from Tyler Wade. Aaron Judge (PH) then walked. After a force that made it 1st and 3rd, one out, Giancarlo Stanton singled to win the game.

Gary Sanchez 0 for 3, 3 K. .174
Mike Ford 0 for 2, 2 strikeouts, 2 walks, .103. Surprised Andujar going down with Voit Callup, not Ford.


German 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.02
King 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Peralta 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.86 (Comb. SF/NYY)
Chapman (W 2-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K 0.00

Minor League Report. Voit HRs, while Tampa keeps up offensive show.

AAA: SWB (4-1) won 4-2. Luke Voit solo HR, Derek Dietrich solo HR. I would expect Voit to join the Yankees Tuesday, with Mike Ford (.108) being sent back. LF Ryan LaMarre 2 hits. Nick Nelson 3 scoreless relief innings, 4 K.

AA: Somerset (4-1) won 2-0. DH Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. 3B Diego Castillo 2 hits. Starter and winning pitcher Glenn Otto 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.

High A: Hudson Valley (2-3) won 9-3.

SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits
LF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 3 RBI ; 3-run HR
RF Pablo Olivares 2 hits
CF Isaiah Pasteur 2 hits, RBI
2B Oliver Dunn 2 hits
3B James Nelson 2 hits, 3 RBI

Low A: Tampa (5-0) won 12-11. This is crazy, like beer league softball. In their five games, Tampa has scored 77 runs while giving up 43. Its’ like every game is 15-8, 16-9 or so.

2B Trevor Hauer 3-run HR. He is hitting .643 with 5 HR already.
3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits
1B Chad Bell grand slam
CF Pat DeMarco 2 Hits, 2 RBI
DH Juan De Leon 2 hits, RBI

Game 33. Yanks edge Nats in 11, 4-3.

When two starters who have 5 CYA’s between them go against each other, you don’t expect many runs scored, and such was the case Saturday when Max Scherzer of Washington and Corey Kluber of the Yankees faced off.

The game started after a rain delay of almost 2 1/2 hours, and in the end, Gleyber Torres tied the game in the ninth for the Yankees and won it in the eleventh. Yanks (17-16) 4, Nationals 3.

The Nats got on the board first, when Kluber walked Juan Soto with the bases loaded in the top of the third inning.

Kyle Higashioka tied the game up in the bottom of the same frame with a solo HR (5).

Washington got a run off of Kluber in the top of the sixth to go up 2-1.

Meanwhile, Scherzer was dealing. He went 7 1/3, giving up just 2 hits and striking out 14.

In the bottom of the ninth, D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a walk. He moved to second on a groundout by Giancarlo Stanton and to third on a bloop single by the slumping Aaron Judge. Torres then singled to tie the game.

Washington got a run in the top of the tenth (I hate that extra innings start with a man on second rule) but the Yanks tied it in the bottom of the tenth when Mike Ford, who was 1 for his last 23, singled in “ghost” runner Clint Frazier.

Justin Wilson, who has been struggling this season, kept the Nats off the board in the top of the eleventh. In the bottom half, LeMahieu was the “ghost” runner starting at second. Both Stanton and Judge walked to load the bases. Torres nubbed a little dribbler towards third. Not pretty, but it got the job done and won the game.

Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI
Higashioka solo HR (5)

The Yankees won despite striking out 17X.

Kluber 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 6 K. 3.06
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.33
Luetge 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.26
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Wilson (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.23

Minor League Report. Tampa scores 25!

AAA: SWB (3-1) won 7-3. The game was called after five innings. DH Chris Gittens 2-run HR. LF Greg Allen 2 hits. C Robinson Chirinos 3 for 3, solo HR, 2 RBI. CF Ryan LaMarre 2 RBI. Nestor Cortes 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 4 K.

AA: Somerset (3-1) won 10-2. DH Estevan Florial 2 HR, 4 RBI. CF Tom Milone 2 hits, RBI. RF Michael Beltre 2 hits, RBI. LF Zack Zehner 2 for 2 with 3 walks. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, 2 RBI. Stephen Ridings 2 IP, 0 R, 4 K.

High A; Hudson Valley (1-3) lost 1-0, despite three pitchers combining on a one-hitter. HV only got 3 hits themselves.

Low A: Tampa won 25-10. I don’t know what is happening there, but Tampa has scored 65! runs in four games! (They have also given up 32. The average game being 16-8).

SS Anthony Volpe 2 RBI
3B Andres Chaparro 3 hits, 4 RBI
1B Spencer Henson 3 hits, HR, 4 RBI
DH Carlos Narvaez 2 hits
2B Max Burt 3 hits, HR, 5 RBI
LF Elijah Dunham 3 RBI
CF Pat DeMarco 4 hits, HR, 7 RBI

Game 32. Bullpen fails Yanks again in 11-4 loss.

Up until the last couple of games, the bullpen was a great strength. But in the last two games, it seems as if the law of averages is catching up to them, as for the second straight game, the bullpen blew it in the end.

A tie game going into the eighth inning became a 11-4 loss as the Yankees (16-16) slipped back to .500.

The Yanks scored first when D.J. LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first with a HR (2).

Washington came right back with three in the top of the second. Jameson Taillon gave up 2 HR that inning, but other than that, pitched well.

Gary Sanchez cut the Nats’ lead to 3-2 with a HR (3) in the bottom of the second.

LeMahieu tied the game with another HR (3) in the bottom of the sixth.

Then the roof fell in. Washington scored six in the top of the eighth off of Jonathan Loaisiga and Luis Cessa, who weren’t helped by three errors. The Nationals got two more in the ninth.

The Yanks got a gift run (defensive indifference) in the bottom of the ninth. 11-4 Nats.

The Yanks only got five hits.

LeMahieu 3 hits, 2 solo HR (3)
Sanchez solo HR (3)

Taillon 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. 5.02 gave up 2 HR.
Peralta 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.97 (Combined SF/NYY ERA)
Loaisiga (L, 3-2) 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.89 Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 WS, 1 K. 2.40 Gave up 1 HR.

Before the game the Yanks brought up Miguel Andujar and sent back Albert Abreu.

Ex-All Star Catcher Crandall passes away at age 91.

Del Crandall, an 11x All-Star catcher who won 4 Gold Glove awards, and who was the starting catcher for the 1957 WS Champion Milwaukee Braves, passed away two days ago at the age of 91.

Crandall caught for the Boston Braves in 1949 and 1950, then lost two seasons due to military service. He came back to the Braves, now in Milwaukee, and was with them from 1953 to 1963. He played for the Giants in 1964, Pirates in 1965 and ended his career with the Indians in 1966.

He was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year Award in 1949.

He got MVP consideration 7x, including a 10th place finish in 1958, when the Braves won the NL pennant. He hit .272-18-63 that year. OPS+ 119.

In the WS Title year of 1957, he hit .253-15-46, OPS+ 97.

He hit 20 or more HR 3x.

In 13 WS games, Crandall hit .227 with 2 HR, 4 RBI.

He is ranked the 40th best C of all-time on the baseball-reference site.

His 162 game average was .254-18-68, but of course catchers don’t catch all 162. OPS+ 96. A catcher with some pop.

From 1953-1960 he averaged 130 games a year, .259-19-60, OPS+ 105.

He managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 1972 to 1975, and when he was fired, one of his players was his long-time ex-teammate, Henry Aaron.

He also managed Seattle in 1983 and 1984.

His managerial record was 364-469, winning percentage .437, which equates to a 162 game season of 71-91.

Minor League Report. Big night for Andujar, but Deivi disappoints.

AAA: SWB won 17-11. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, RBI. 1B/3B Miguel Andujar 4 hits, 2 HR, 3 RBI. RF Socrates Brito 2 hits, RBI. DH Derek Dietrich 2 RBI. LF Trey Amburgey 3 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. C Rob Brantly 2 hits, 2 RBI. 3B/2B Armando Alvarez 2 RBI. SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, RBI.

Disappointing outing for Deivi Garcia 3 1/3 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 7 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR, 1 HBP. Addison Russ 4 R in 1 IP. Nick Goody 2 runs in 2 IP. SWB pitchers walked 13.

AA: Somerset lost 5-2. 3B Diego Castillo 2 hits. Carlos Espinal 3 1/3 scoreless IP, 3 K.

High A: Hudson Valley lost 5-1. SS Ezequiel Duran 2 hits. Hayden Wesneski 5 IP, 1 R, 1 H (HR), 8 K.

Low A: Tampa won 10-6. In three games, they have scored 40 runs. DH Anthony Volpe 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Trevor Hauer 3 hits, 3 RBI, HR. RF Jake Sanford 2 hits. 1B Spencer Henson 3-run HR. CF Evan Alexander 2 hits, RBI. Sean Boyle 3 IP, 4 K.

Game 31. Yanks’ bullpen falters in 7-4 loss.

Gerrit Cole left after 7 innings with a 3-2 lead, but the Yanks’ (16-15) bullpen, a strength so far this season, faltered in a 7-4 loss to Houston Thursday afternoon.

The Yanks struck first when the red-hot Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo HR (9). He has a 12 game hitting streak.

Cole gave up a HR in the top of the fourth to Yordan Alvarez, who would torment the Yanks all game.

A 2-run HR (3) by Clint Frazier in the bottom of the fourth put the Yanks’ up 3-1.

Cole gave up another HR to Alvarez in the seventh. 3-2.

In the top of the eighth, the wheels fell off. Chad Green gave up a 3-run HR to Jose Altuve and Houston went up 5-3.

On a strange play in the bottom of the eighth, Gleyber Torres scored all the way from first on an infield single by Aaron HIcks to cut Houston’s lead to 5-4.

But Justin Wilson gave up a 2-run HR in the top of the ninth, final Houston 7-4. The Yanks’ bullpen disappointed today.

Gio Urshela had to leave the game. MRI today.

Can’t wait to get Luke Voit back. Jay Bruce retired after hitting just .118. Mike Ford is 3 for 31 (.091).


Stanton solo HR (9)
Urshela 2 hits.
Hicks 3 for 3, walk, RBI.
Frazier 2 run HR (3)

Cole 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.61 Gave up 2 HR.
Green (L, 0-3; BS, 1) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.50 Gave up HR.
Luetge 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.63
Wilson 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.04 Gave up 1 HR.

Missing Zack Britton too. Wilson hasn’t filled his shoes.

Two sidenotes about three of the greatest players in MLB history.

One, Happy 90th birthday to Willie Mays.
Two. Albert Pujols released by Angels. 3253 hits, 667 HR.
Three. Miguel Cabrera last I saw hitting about .105. Needs something like 128 hits for 3000, 11 HR for 500, but ugh. Something like 6 for 57 so far.

Minor league report tomorrow morning.

Ex-manager Ray Miller dies at age 76

One-time MLB manager Ray Miller has passed away at the age of 76.

Miller took over in the Twins in mid-1985, and was 50-50 as they finished 4th. The next year, he was 59-80 when he was replaced by Tom Kelly. The Twins finished 6th. Kelly led the Twins to the WS Championship in 1987.

Miller then managed the Orioles in 1998 and 1999, going 79-83, then 78-84, finishing 4th both years.

He was 266-297 as a manager, winning pct. .472 which over a 162 game season, averages out as 76-86.