Minor League Report. Lack of O. Charleston has to deal with Keuchel.

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AAA: SWB off.

AA: Trenton rained out.

High A: Tampa (27-36) got 10 hits, but were shut out, 1-0. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, RF Isaih Gilliam 3 hits.

Rony Garcia (L, 0-2, 2.16) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up HR.
Harris 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  6.41
Wivinis 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.50

Low A: Charleston lost 1-0 in 10 innings, getting just one hit. There was a big reason for that. For 7 innings, Charleston was facing Dallas Keuchel. 3B Max Burt got Charleston’s only hit. To the credit of Luis Gil, he matched Keuchel pitch for pitch.

Gil 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 10  K.  1.81
C. Espinal 2 1/3 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.78

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Yanks/Mets rained out. Day/night DH today. Yanks fall into 2nd place.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks and Mets were rained out last night. They will play a separate admission, day-night DH today, weather permitting.

There was one piece of bad news. Tampa Bay won last night, and that pushed the Yanks into second place, 1/2 game back.

Minor League Report. SWB slugs way to DH Sweep. Trenton & Tampa pitch shutouts.

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The Yanks signed soon-to-be 39 year old C Erik Kratz for catching depth. He is now with SWB. The journeyman catcher was with the Yanks in 2017 and got into four games that year with them.

AAA: SWB (36-25) swept a DH.

Regular game: Won 7-5. 1B Mike Ford grand slam. CF Mike Tauchman 3 for 3. DH Logan Morrison 2 hits, RBI. RF Ryan McBroom 2 RBI.

Makeup of 4/28 postponement: Won 14-3. 2B Breyvic Valera (.407) 2 hits. 1B Ford (.350) 2 hits. LF Tauchman 3 hits, RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 2-run HR. 3B Brad Miller 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR. McBroom 2 hits (.323). DH Morrison 3-run HR.

AA: Trenton (34-24) only got three hits but won 1-0. RF Rashad Crawford solo HR. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits.

Stephan (W, 1-3, 5.40) 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Lail (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  0.00
Carter (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.56

High A: Tampa (27-35) won 5-0. 1B Dermis Garcia 3 for 3, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Frank German (W, 3-3, 3.83) 5 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 3 W, 8 K.
Bristo (H,1) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  2.40
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40

Low A: Charleston (34-29) lost 3-2. LF Canaan Smith 2 for 2, 2 walks (.318). DH Omar Carrizales 2 hits.

Game 64. A sloppy win, 7-6 in 10. Also, news on Lucchesi, Big Papi.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (40-24) tried their best to blow this game. Their best relievers failed, and it was up to a rookie, who arrived at 4 AM after a seven-hour or so drive via cab or Uber (don’t know which; UPDATE: Yanks arranged a SUV for the 6 1/2 hour, 375 mile drive), to save the day.

But in the end, they won 7-6 in 10 innings over Cleveland and maintained their first place tie with Tampa Bay.

Before the game, the Yanks had to place Domingo German on the IL (hip) and recall Stephen Tarpley. Tarpley is the one who had to make the trip in the wee small hours of the morning.

Now we know that German didn’t “hit a wall” per se, but that something was physically wrong the past few starts.

Forced to use an opener again (Tanaka’s start pushed back a day due to his wife giving birth), the Yanks got 5 runs in the second inning. With two out, Clint Frazier singled and Brett Gardner homered (9). Gio Urshela walked and Cameron Maybin singled. D.J. LeMahieu singled in a run, 3-0. Then a WP and a walk to Aaron Hicks loaded the bases. Luke Voit doubled in two runs, 5-0. Gary Sanchez walked to reload the bases but Gleyber Torres flied out.

Chad Green, the opener, and Nestor Cortes, Jr.Greg combined to shut out the Indians for five innings, but in the bottom of the sixth, Tommy Kahnle gave up 4 runs on 2 HR and it was 5-4.

In the seventh, Adam Ottavino gave up a HR that tied the game at 5.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Luke Voit singled and Gary Sanchez doubled. Gleyber Torres was inentionally walked to possibly set up a DP but Clint Frazier hit a SF to put the Yanks up 6-5.

But in the bottom of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman gave up a single, made and error on a pickoff attempt, and then walked the next batter. He rebounded to get two outs and then had two strikes on the next batter. One strike away, and then a ground ball to SS. Didi Gregorius, who didn’t start the game but who was in for defensive purposes, booted it for a two-base error and the tying run scored. Chapman then got out of the inning.

With one out in the tenth, Maybin doubled, and one out later, Hicks doubled to put the Yanks up 7-6.

Tarpley, who made that long trip hours earlier, struck out the side in the bottom of the tenth to earn his first MLB save.

Tarpley, you’ll recall, had a great spring training before getting roughed up earlier in the season, causing him to be sent down to SWB.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI (.321)
Hicks GW RBI double
Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI
Frazier 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2-run HR (9)
Maybin 2 hits

Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  8.27
Cortes, Jr.  3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.86
Kahnle 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.84   Gave up 2 HR.
Ottavino (BS, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.53  Gave up 1 HR
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.86
Chapman (W, 1-1, 1.40; BS, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Tarpley (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  First MLB save.

The Yanks now play the Mets for two games in Yankee Stadium.

In other baseball news…

Frank Lucchesi died at the age of 92. Lucchesi managed the Phillies (1970-1972), Rangers (1975-1977, taking over for Billy Martin) and Cubs (1987). He was the last manager for the Phillies while they played at old Connie Mack Stadium. He also was the manager that Lenny Randle assaulted in 1977 when Randle took umbrage at how Luchessi was managing him. Luchessi’s managerial record was 316-399, a .442 winning pct., which averages to a 72-90 season.

Ex-Red Sox star David Ortiz (Big Papi) is in stable condition after being shot in the Dominican Republic. From MLB.com:

Retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot and wounded at an amusement center in his hometown of Santo Domingo on Sunday but was in stable condition and expected to be OK, his agent Fernando Cuza told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, also addressed reporters and said doctors anticipate a full recovery.

confirmed that he sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region…..

(FROM ESPN) The team had to remove part of Ortiz’s intestines and colon, as well as his gallbladder. Ortiz suffered liver damage. He was shot at a club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Authorities say Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at nearly point-blank range.

 

 

Minor League report. 2 HR for Lo-Mo.

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AAA: SWB (34-25) won 3-1. 1B Logan Morrison 2 HR, 3 RBI. RF Trey Amburgey 2 hits.

Koerner (W, 3-0, 3.41) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 W, 7 K.
Coulombe (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  3.38
Feyereisen (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.83

AA: Trenton (33-24) lost 3-2. Starter Garrett Whitlock, ND, 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K.

High A: Tampa (26-35) won 7-3. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, a 3-run HR. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits. DH Tyler Hill a 3-run HR.

Low A: Charleston (34-28) won 7-0. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, RBI. 2B Kyle Gray 2 RBI. 3B Max Burt 2 hits. SS Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Roansy Contreras (W, 5-3, 4.12) 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Aaron McGarity 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  3.96

 

 

Game 63. Yanks skid continues with 8-4 loss. Drops them into a tie for first.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The script was set. CC Sabathia could win #250 at Cleveland, where his career began.

It didn’t work out that way, as the skidding Yanks (39-24, lost five of their last six) lost 8-4. With Tampa Bay splitting a DH with Boston, the Yanks and Rays are now tied for first with Boston 6 back.

It started out well when Didi Gregorius hit his first HR of the season, a 2-run shot, in the first inning.

CC threw three shutout innings but then gave up 2 runs in the fourth, and a 2-run HR in the fifth.

Jonathan Holder came in for the sixth and gave up 3 runs on 2 HR.

The Yanks made in 7-4 in the seventh. Didi singled and went to second on an error. Gleyber Torres doubled Didi home. Kendrys Morales grounded out, moving Torres to third, and Clint Frazier walked. Gio Urshela hit a SF to bring in Torres.

Cleveland scored an insurance run in the eighth.

Brett Gardner, in a fit of frustration, threw his helmet and it bounced back at him. Six stitches in his lower lip.

Masahiro Tanaka won’t start Sunday’s game. He has been placed on paternity leave and Nestor Cortes has been recalled.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.320)
Didi 2 hits, 2-run HR (1), 2 RBI

Sabathia (L, 3-3, 3.96) 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.?
Holder 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.  4.88
Cessa 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.   5.28

Hopefully the ship gets righted soon.

Minor League Report. Very little offense.

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AAA: SWB (33-25) lost 3-1. LF Trey Amburgey, HR. 2B Tyler Wade 2 hits. Randall Delgado tough-luck losing pitcher, 7 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.

AA: Trenton (33-23) lost 6-1. SS Hoy Jun Park (.314) 2 hits.

High A: Tampa (25-35) won 1-0 on a two-hitter. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, scored the run.

Starter Miguel Yajure a no-decision, 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 10 K. 2.64
Lane (W, 1-0, 0.00) 2 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Wivinis (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.   5.14

Low A: Charleston (33-28) lost 4-1, getting just four hits. Starter and losing pitcher Luis Medina 9 K in 5 IP.