Game 38. KC beats Yanks, 5-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For Jordan Montgomery, deja vu all over again and not in a good way. In his previous start against Houston, he made one mistake which was hit for a 3-run HR, and the Yanks only scored one run.

Against KC last night, he made one mistake which was hit for a 3-run HR, and the Yanks  scored just one run in a 5-1 loss. The Yanks are now 24-14, and still hold a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Montgomery gave up 2 runs in the second, and here some wildness and bad defense hurt him. He walked two batters, but with one out, got what appeared to be a DP ball. But Starlin Castro’s throw on the pivot bounced and Chris Carter didn’t come up with the scoop. That play should have and has to be made. Instead of an inning-ending DP, Montgomery then, instead of getting out of it, gave up two hits for two runs before finally getting out of the inning. So the Yanks gave KC 2 runs and essentially the game, there.

In the third, the big mistake, a 3-run HR to Moustakas.

Didi Gregorius RBI single in the ninth averted the shutout.

The Yanks struck out 14x. Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Judge had 2 hits each.

 

Montgomery (L, 2-3, 4.81) 5 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K. 0.00.

It’s too early, but the way Green pitched last night, you may start to wonder if he may have put a little pressure on Montgomery as far as that rotation spot is concerned.

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (21-16) won 9-8. C Eddy Rodriguez 3 hits, 2 HR, 4 RBI. 1B Mike Ford solo HR. 2B Rob Refsnyder 2 hits, rbi. LF Clint Frazier 2 hits, rbi, same with DH Mark Payton and SS Ruben Tejada.

Cessa 7 ip, 6 R, 5 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.58
Heller (W, 1-3, 4.15) 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K.

AA: Trenton (23-14) won 7-6. 1B Billy Fleming 3-run HR. 2 hits, solo HR DH Billy McKinney. 2B/SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits.

Sheffield (w, 2-2, 4.21) 6 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 9 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Frare (H, 5) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.71
Feyereisen (S, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR, 3.46.

High A: Tampa (19-21) won 4-1. DH Jorge Mateo finally starting to heat up. 3 hits, HR, 3 RBI and SB #16.

Widener (W, 2-4, 3.82) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Harris (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 k. 3.38
Gomez (H, 1) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K 0.00
McNamara (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.59

Low A:  Charleston off.

Game 37. Yanks blast KC, 11-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Hicks hit a 3-run HR (7), and Starlin Castro (.351) had three hits as the Yanks beat KC 11-7 Wednesday night.

With the win, the 24-13 Yanks have a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

In the first, Gardner singled and scored on a two out double by Castro.

The Yanks got five in the fourth. With one out, Castro doubled again, and Judge walked. After Headley flied out for the second out, and Didi Gregorius singled in a run. Hicks then hit his 3-run HR to make it 5-0. Carter singled, and Gardner tripled to make it 6-0.

Yankee’s starter Michael Pineda gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the inning that cut the Yankee’s lead to 6-2.

The Yanks came right back with four in the fifth. Castro singled and Judge walked again. Headley singled in one run and Gregorius singled in another. Hicks walked to load the bases. Carter grounded into a force out that brought one run home and Gardner hit a SF to make it 10-2. Sanchez then singled but Carter was thrown out at the plate for the last out of the inning.

Pineda gave up another HR in the bottom of the fifth that made it 10-3. KC got another run in the seventh to make it 10-4.

The Yanks made it 11-3 in the eighth. Sanchez and Holliday singled and Castro walked. After Judge struck out, Headley got an RBI on a forceout.

Giovanny Gallegos ran into trouble in the bottom of the ninth, giving up three runs before Dellin Betances came in to get the final out. 11-7 Yankees.

Chase Headley’s defensive problems resurfaced. Two errors, and he has nine this year and we haven’t hit the quarter-pole yet.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI (.285)
Sanchez 2 hits, .293 (heating up)
Holliday 2 hits, .272
Castro 3 hits, rbi. .351
Headley 2 RBI
Gregorus 2 hits, 2 RBI (319)
Hicks 2 hits, 3-run HR (7) .326

Pineda (w, 4-2, 3.42) 6+ IP,  4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.52
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.19
Gallegos 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.75
Betances (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.73

 

Minor League Report. Torres HRs.

 

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AAA: SWB (20-16) won 7-2. 2 hits, double, HR, 4 RBI for 1B Mike Ford, just called up from Trenton with Ji-Man Choi on the DL. So if Bird/Carter continue to struggle, there are options with Austin (starting rehab games this weekend), Choi and Ford. 2B Rob Refsnyder 2 hits. CF Mason Williams with 2 hits. LF Mark Payton 2-run HR.

Mitchell 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K. 4.00
Webb (W, 3-0, 3.79) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K.
Gurka 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. gave up 1 HR. 7.11

AA: Trenton (22-14) won 4-2. 2 hits, double, HR, 2 RBI. 2b Gleyber Torres. SS Thairo Estrada 3 hits. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits, RBI.

Ramirez (W, 5-0, 3.23) 7 IP, 2 R 2 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Hissong (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.65
Coshow (S, 9 ) 1 IP, 1H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86

High A: Tampa (18-21) won 3-0.  CF Jorge Mateo 2 hits. LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Rogers (w, 3-3, 2.49) 8 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 7 K.
Mesa (S,1 ) 1 IP 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.72

Low A: Charleston (19-20) lost 6-2. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 RBI. C Donny Sands 3 hits.

Orozco (L, 1-3, 5.91) 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 W, 4 K. ?
Diehl 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.63

Game 36. CC back on track. Yanks win 7-1 behind Sanchez, Carter HRs.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia got off the tracks the last few starts, but righted himself tonight in the Yanks’ 7-1 win over KC.

In his first 3 starts of the season, CC had an ERA of 1.47. But in his next four starts, he went 0-2 with an ERA of 9.58, raising that ERA from 1.47 to 5.77.

Good to see him get back on track tonight with 6 2/3 shutout innings.

Gary Sanchez gave him all the runs he would need with a 3-run HR (3) in the third inning.

The struggling Chris Carter made it 5-0 in the fourth with a 2-run HR (2).

In the seventh, singles by Castro, Judge and Ellsbury made it 6-0.

In the eighth, Didi walked and Carter singled. With one out, Sanchez walked to load the bases. A run scored on a forceout by Holliday.

KC scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to avoid the shutout.

Chase Headley made a couple of tough grabs off some liners that were smoked.

Sanchez 2 h, HR, 3 RBI.
Castro 2 hits, .340
Judge 2 hits, .320
Gregorius 2 hits, .313
Carter 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Good to see him finally break out. The way he was going, his job was on the line, be it being replaced by Tyler Austin, or Ji-Man Choi even with Greg Bird coming back from injury, whenever that could be.

Austin may begin rehab games this weekend.

Sabathia (w, 3-2, 4.93) 6 2/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Clippard 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.08
Holder 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.16

Gee, after cutting down Dellin Betances in arbitration, now Yankees president Randy Levine is praising him saying he could do the job for Chapman as the closer now that Chapman is hurt. What a disgusting hypocrite. Chop him up and shoot your mouth off bragging about winning arbitration in February, and kiss his ass now.

Shut up and go away, Randy.

Minor League Report.

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Sure. Just when I advocate calling up Ji-Man Choi to see how he’d do at 1B (.350+ at SWB) he goes on the 7-day DL.

AAA: SWB (19-16) scored 4 in the bottom of the 12th to win 8-4.

Walkoff grand slam by C Eddy Rodriguez, who had 2 hits.

Solo HR by 2B Tyler Wade (.326), who had 2 hits. (12 SB)

CF Dustin Fowler (.308) 4 hits, double, triple, 2 singles, 2 RBI. The triple was his seventh of the season.

RF Mason Williams 3 hits, RBI. DH Mark Payton 2 hits.

Smith 5 IP, 3 R, all unearned, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. gave up 1 HR 2.88
Graham 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.52
Jones 3 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K. 3.26
Frieri (w, 2-0, 2.40) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 w, 3 K.

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa (17-21) got a run in the top of the 9th and won 1-0.Swanson 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.75
Marsh (w, 1-0) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00Low A: Charleston (19-19) won 4-1. Solo HR 1B Brandon Wagner. Perez (w, 1-2, 5.20) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Lane (h, 2) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.33
Mundell (s, 2) 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.07.

 

Minor League Report. Adams, at new level, continues to dominate.

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AAA: Chance Adams, promoted to AAA SWB (18-16), continued to dominate, pitching five shutout innings and getting the win, and improved his minor league record to 21-2 in SWB’s 6-2 win.

RF Clint Frazier had 2 hits and 2 RBI. 1B Mike Ford, promoted from AA Trenton, had 2 hits.

Adams (1-0, 0.00 AAA) 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 w, 6 K.
Mantiply (H,1) 2 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 k. 3.06
Brewer (S, 1) 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. gave up 1 HR. 9.00

AA: Trenton (21-14) split a DH. They won Game 1 2-1.

Lail (w, 1-0, 1.59) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K. Just sent down from AAA.
Wotherspoon (S, 2 ) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R,  1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.13

Game 2 : 6-4 loss. SS Thairo Estrada, LF Jake Cave and 2B Gleyber Torres all had solo HRs.

Cortes 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.38
Ruth (L, 0-1, 7.20) 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 Hr.
Coshow 2 IP., 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.11

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston (18-19) lost 10-2. CF Blake Rutherford solo HR, same w/ 1B Isiah Gilliam.

Rosa (L, 0-1, 5.20) 2 IP, 8R, 7 earned, 7 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 4 HR.
kind of like Tanaka tonight….
Espinal 4 IP, 2 r, 4 H 1 w, 2 K. 1.86
Morris 2 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 w, 2 K. 2.79