One bullpen failure and the domino effect.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Pyrrhic Victory: A Pyrrhic victory is a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat. Someone who wins a Pyrrhic victory has been victorious in some way. However, the heavy toll negates any sense of achievement or profit. Another term for this would be “hollow victory”.

Now I don’t know about the long term, or devastating toll, but it could be said that the victory over the Mets on Thursday, and how it ended, was a contributing factor to the Yankees’ loss to Boston last night.

The Yanks had a 7-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth Thursday night when Bryan Mitchell was brought in to mop up. Instead, he got the gas and started a fire. He got no one out, gave up a grand slam and it was 7-5.

….and in came Dellin Betances to close out the game. In so doing, Betances was not available against Boston last night while the Yankees’ bullpen was bleeding runs.

So what if Mitchell would have done his job? Even if he gave up a run or two but got all three outs while keeping Betances from having to enter the game?

Maybe the Yanks win last night if they could have used Betances as a tourniquet. Maybe not.

But we won’t know, because of Mitchell’s failure on Thursday night. It had a domino effect.

Team. One person can affect things greatly, and it can have a trickle down domino effect, as shown here.

Minor League Report. Rehab city. Bird hits 2 HR. Holliday & Castro begin rehab.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgAAA: SWB (78-46) lost 10-6, but rehabbing 1B Greg Bird cracked 2 HR and drove in 3 runs in finally looking like the Greg Bird we saw in spring training before he got hurt. If the Yanks can get him back for the final month, and get him back the way he was hitting in spring training, it could be huge. The lineup is so righty-leaning, he provides balance, esp. in Yankee Stadium as a lefty bat.

Starlin Castro started his rehab. He Dh’d, going 0 for 4 w/a walk.

Miguel Andujar (3B) had 2 hits.

Cortes (L, 1-3, 1.44) 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K.
Brewer 2/3 IP, 6 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K. 11.70
Coshow 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.86
Jones 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.81
Feyereisen 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.61

AA: Trenton (80-43) lost 5-1, getting just three hits, two by 1B Ryan McBroom.

Tate (L, 0-2, 5.25) 6 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Schwaab 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 3 K.  4.26

High A: Tampa (75-47) lost 7-6. Matt Holliday started his rehab, going 0 for 4 with a walk, RBI and strikeout.

2B Kyle Holder 3 hits, 3 RBI. SS Hoy Jun Park 3 hits, 2 doubles. C Donny Sands 2 hits.

Swanson 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 7 K. 3.83
Lane (BS, 1; L, 2-2, 4.20) 1 2/3 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Palladino 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.27.

Low A: Charleston (68-55) lost 5-4. 2B Diego Castillo 3 hits, HR shy of cycle, RBI. C Ryan Lidge 2 hits.

Nick Green 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.80
Morris (L, 4-2, 3.09) 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K.


Game 121. Bullpen blows it. Yanks lose to Boston 9-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a 6-3 lead, but the bullpen blew it as the Yanks lost to the Red Sox 9-6 Friday night.

With the loss, the division title is probably slipping away and the Yanks may have to concentrate on that top wild card spot. They are now 65-56 and five games back of Boston. Granted there are 41 games left, but…

Today doesn’t look good. You don’t know how someone will be just coming off the 10-day DL after missing a turn and that is exactly what CC Sabathia will be doing tonight. Worse yet, the Yanks are facing Chris Sale, who just owns them.

Even worse…. the struggles of Aroldis Chapman continued last night, and he appears lost and his confidence appears shattered. Not good.

Jordan Montgomery started and was ok. He did give up a 2-run HR in the second and a solo shot in the fifth. Not good, but not terrible.

The Yanks got back into the game on a 2-run HR by Todd Frazier (20) in the sixth, then got four runs in the seventh.

Gary Sanchez tied the game with his 23rd HR of the season. Ronald Torreyes singled in two, and Aaron Hicks was HBP (he was hit twice in the game) with the bases loaded to force in another run. 6-3 Yanks.

Then the bullpen imploded. The Yanks gave up four in the bottom of the seventh to blow the lead and another two in the eighth to give Boston some insurance.

On MLB, they correctly criticized the Yanks for a couple of things.

  1. Tommy Kahnle, who has a 98 MPH fastball, threw three changeups to one hitter and got beat on a change with two strikes on the batter. If you are going to get beat, get beat on your best pitch.
  2. Yankees’ pitchers frequently got two strikes on Red Sox hitters but couldn’t put them away.
  3. Chapman, after giving up a hit and runs, stood disconsolate and lost on the mound and didn’t run to back up home plate as he should. His body language, both on the mound and walking off of it after the inning was over, was terrible. His ERA is now over 4.00…. terrible for a closer.
  4. Offensively, they could have done more. They were 1 for 11 with RISP. They blew some chances to put the game away.

Aaron Judge tied a MLB record for most consecutive games striking out.

Brett Gardner and Chase Headley each had three hits. Todd Frazier 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2 RBI for Torreyes.

One good news for an ex-Yankee. Derek and Hannah Jeter became parents of a baby girl, Bella Raine Jeter, on Thursday.

Montgomery 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.00
Green 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W,  1 K. 2.25
Kahnle (BS, 6; L, 2-4, 2.61) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.29 

Time to refocus. Winning the division would be nice. But five back, 41 to go, concentrate on not blowing the playoff spot.

Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (78-45) won 5-4. Rehabbing DH Greg Bird 2 for 4, RBI. CF Jake Cave 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Ji Man Choi 2 hits, 2 RBI.  2 hits, RBI LF Mason Williams. 2 hits 2B Donovan Solano.

Lail (W, 6-4, 5.06) 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Gallegos (H, 4) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.62
Heller (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W,  2 K. 2.70

AA: Trenton (80-42) won 4-3. SS Thairo Estrada 2 RBI. CF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits. C Francisco Diaz 2 for 2 with a walk.

Acevedo 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.  2.38
Mesa (W, 2-0, 1.47) 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 5 W, 7 K.

High A: Tampa’s regularly scheduled game was suspended after an inning and a half because of rain. There was no score. The game of 8/16 that was to be made up on 8/17 was postponed.

Low A: Charleston (68-54) won 7-2. 3B Dermis Garcia 2 hits–double, HR, 3 RBI. DH Steven Sensley 3 RBI. 2B Diego Castillo 3 hits, RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits, 2 doubles.

Vargas (W, 1-2, 2.35) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Mundell (H, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K. 2.70
Trieglaff 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00


Game 120. Sweep the Mets, Sweep the Mets, step right up and Sweep the Mets!

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I hope I don’t have to pay copyright infringement on the Mets’ theme song. LOL.

The Yanks swept the Subway Series from the Mets, 7-5 tonight, to improve to 65-55. 4 back of Boston in the AL East, still in control of the top wild card spot.

They face Boston in Fenway this weekend.

Gary Sanchez drove in 5 runs.

In the first, he hit a 3-run HR. (22)

In the fourth, Tyler Austin (just called up b/c Garrett Cooper was put on the DL w/a hamstring problem) singled. Austin was 2 for 4 tonight. Torreyes singled and Severino was called upon to bunt. Even though he popped up the bunt, it was missed, and Severino got his first MLB hit to load the bases with no one out. Gardner doubled in two. Hicks grounded out softly, no advance. Judge was HBP to reload the bases and Sanchez singled in two to put the Yanks up 7-0.

The Mets got an unearned run in the seventh on a two-base error by Judge, WP by Severino (brilliant tonight) and RBI single.

So the Yanks took a 7-1 lead into the ninth. Garbage time for Bryan Mitchell, who was garbage, getting no one out. Double, Single, Walk loads the bases and Ex-Yankee Curtis Granderson hits a grand slam to make it 7-5 and send Mitchell out, Betances in, and Betances finishes off the sweep of the Metropolitans.

Severino 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 4 H, 3 W, 9 K. (W, 10-5, 3.18)
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.70
Mitchell 0 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.67 Gave up a grand slam.
Betances (S, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W 0 K 2.15.

Imagine how scary Aaron Judge (3 K tonight) could be if he cut his strikeouts by 25-30%????

Gardner 2 RBI
Sanchez 2 hits, HR (22), 5 RBI
Gregorius 2 hits, .311
Austin 2 hits.



Minor League Report. Bird starts rehab (again). Sensley powers Charleston.


AAA: SWB lost the completion of Tuesday’s suspended game, 9-4. 3 hits, solo HR 1B Tyler Austin. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits, RBI.

German (L, 4-2, 3.26) 5 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Mantiply 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.16
Jones 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.92
Feyereisen 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.43

SWB (77-45) lost the regularly scheduled game 4-1. Greg Bird started his rehab from the operation on that ankle bone, went 0 for 2 with a strikeout. SWB only got five hits in the game. Chance Adams had a rare (for him this year) off night.

Adams (L, 9-4, 2.56) 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. (AA/AAA 13-4, 2.16)
Rumbelow 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00

AA: Trenton (79-42) won 8-7. DH Ryan McBroom 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Same for LF Zack Zehner. Solo HR 3B Abiatal Avelino. 2 hits apiece for CF Jeff Hendrix, 2B Nick Solak and SS Thairo Estrada, with Estrada adding an RBI. 2 RBI 1B Mike Ford.

Koerner 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 W, 2 K. 4.25  Gave up 1 HR.
Espinal (W, 2-0, 1.74) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Reeves (S, 1) 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

High A: Tampa rained out.

Low A: Charleston (67-54) won 5-2. They were down 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth, but RF Steven Sensley hit a grand slam in the five-run inning.

Garcia 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 6 K. 2.09
Bristo (W, 1-0, 2.70) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Hodson (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Game 119. Didi wins game, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

He may be the most underrated SS in the majors right now. He is hitting .308-18-58, has played great defense and missed what, the first 3 weeks of the season? Give him those weeks, he’d have 20+ HR right now, a .300 average, and over 40 games to go.

Didi Gregorius took over for a legend and should be considered as the All-Star he has become. His two-run double in the seventh won tonight’s game over the Mets, 5-3.

The win puts the Yanks at 64-55, and keeps them 4 1/2 back of Red-hot Boston right now. They still control the top wild card spot.

The Mets struck for a run in the first. The Yanks tied it in the second when the Mets gifted the Yanks a run. Headley walked, went to 2nd on a WP, 3rd on a PB and scored on a groundout. Thanks, Mets.

The Yanks took the lead in the fourth. Aaron Judge hit a 457 ft. bomb into the third deck at Citi Field, HR #37, to put the Yanks up. He had his first multi-hit game since July 18, but did strike out once in the game, setting a MLB record for most consecutive games striking out.

The Mets tied it in the fifth on a HR.

The Yanks got a single by Judge and a couple of walks to load the bases in the top of the sixth. A SF by Headley put the Yanks up 3-2 but the Mets tied it in the bottom of the inning.

The decisive runs came in the top of the seventh. The igniter, the “Mighty Mite”, Ronald Torreyes, doubled. After Girardi correctly played littleball and Gardner (PH for pitcher) bunted him to third, Ellsbury and Hicks walked to load the bases. Judge popped up, AAARGH! but Didi picked him up with a two-run double that was the game-winning hit.

A friend asked me about my managerial strategy. I am glad Girardi listened. I said Warren forG two innings, and D-Rob to close. No Betances (needs a day off) and no Chapman (confidence? Needs to clear his head).

So I called it. LOL

Garcia 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.52
Kahnle (BS, 5; W, 2-3, 2.27)  2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Warren (H, 10) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.73
Robertson (S, 14) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25

Some recent baseball passings & a retirement:

Paul Casanova: C, mostly known as the Washington Senators C in the late 1960s. In 1967, finished 21st in MVP voting and an All-Star with a .248-9-53 season. 162 g. average for his career? .225-9-48, OPS+ 65. As you can see, didn’t hit much. Washington 1965-1971, Atlanta 1972-1974.

Danny Walton, OF. Houston 1968. Seattle Pilots 1969 (only Pilots season before moving and becoming the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970). Milwaukee 1970-1971, Yankees (for only 5 games) 1971. Minnesota 1973, 1975. Dodgers 1976, Astros 1977. Rangers 1980. Only season 100 or more games: 1970 Brewers, .257-17-66, OPS+ 117. Good year. 162 G. average, .223-15-58, OPS+ 90.

Don Gross. LHP. Reds, 1955-1957. Pittsburgh 1958-1960.   20-22, 3.73 in his career, ERA+ 108. Average 162 G. season: 7-8, 3.73, 4 saves as a spot starter/long reliever.

Jered Weaver announced his retirement today. Weaver was 150-98 in his career, Angels 2006-2016 & 2017 Padres. A 3x All-Star, he was 5th for ROY in 2006, 5th for the CYA in 2010, runnerup for it in 2011, and 3rd for it in 2012. He finished 22nd for MVP in 2012.

2011: 18-8, 2.41, ERA+ 156.
2012: 20-5. 2.81 ERA+ 135.

He was 2-1, 2.60 in the postseason, 4 starts, 3 relief. He pitched in 3 games against the Yankees in the 2009 ALCS, 0-0, 4.26.

His 162 G. average was 15-10, 3.63, ERA+ 111. Solid starter. He led the AL in wins with 20 in 2012 and 18 in 2014.