Game 97. Yanks lose in 12, Chapman deal “close.”

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I was up on a bus trip to the game yesterday, and in watching the game in the sweltering heat, saw the Yanks lose to the Giants in twelve innings, 2-1.

It was the Giants’ first win after the All-Star break, snapping a six-game skid.

The Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP and wasted a good pitching effort by Ivan Nova and the Holy Trinity of Smoke.

That threesome appears to be over for now. Rumors are that the Yanks are close to trading Aroldis Chapman to get something back for him. Chapman is a free agent at the end of the year and has liked his time in NY. By trading him, the Yanks can get some key prospects, and also NOT lose a draft pick if they are able to re-sign him in the offseason.

In the fourth inning, Didi Gregorius singled and went to third on a single by Mark Teixeira. When the RF, Mac Williamson, bobbled the ball, Didi kept running and scored what turned out to be the only run of the game.

As the game went on, it became apparent to me that—–how can I put this nicely but make a tongue-in-cheek point —-the Yanks couldn’t score if they were the only rooster in a henhouse.

Seeing Aaron Hicks name in the lineup just makes me groan. Just saying.

And A-Rod is useless if he isn’t starting. Who is he going to pinch-hit for? He isn’t going to pinch-hit for Hicks, because then DH Beltran would have to take the field, and you lose the DH. Here is where roster inflexibility hurts the Yankees. A-Rod isn’t going to pinch-run for anyone. He isn’t going to pinch-hit for Headley or Teix and all of a sudden take the field. The Yanks have their hands tied.

That inflexibility limits Girardi’s ability to make moves, and helps cause losses like yesterday’s.

Williamson got redemption for his error, tying the game with a HR in the fifth, and getting the GW single in the 12th.

Great defensive plays by Brett Gardner and Didi saved Nova a couple of runs early.

One play of the game made me a little mad. In the bottom of the 10th, the Yanks loaded the bases with one out. They could have won the game there. There are many different ways, not just with a hit. Brian McCann swung at the first pitch and flied softly to left—not deep enough to score the run. Starlin Castro then fouled out to right. A walk wins the game there. Why swing at the first pitch, McCann? Why not take at least one strike? Sigh.

The Yanks fall to 49-48.

Nova 7 IP, 1 R, 6 Hits, 2 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.65.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 1.45
Chapman 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.01
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.57
Swarzak (L, 1-1, 4.34) 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Bleier 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.75

As one friend stated yesterday, and no disrespect meant to Swarzak, seeing Swarzak was probably a relief to the Giants after they burned through the Holy Trinity of Smoke.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB got a run in the bottom of the 10th to win 6-5. Ben Gamel GW hit. Mason Williams 3 hits, 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton lost 5-2. 3 hits, rbi Dustin Fowler.

High A: Tampa was up 3-0 when the game was suspended because of rain. It’ll be completed today, Saturday.

Low A: Charleston lost 4-2.  They got just four hits.

Game 96. Yanks squeak past Giants, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Over the course of a season, you win games you probably should have lost, and lose games you probably should have won.

Friday night, the Yanks won one they probably shouldn’t have, 3-2 over the Giants.

In the first, the Yanks scored off of Giants’ ace, Madison Bumgarner, on a Gardner single and RBI double by Starlin Castro, and later loaded the bases, but one run was all they got.

In the second, the Yanks got an RBI single by Carlos Beltran.

Beltran threw out a Giants’ runner at the plate in the third, and Masahiro Tanaka got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth.

Tanaka pitched six shutout innings, then no-runs DMC became runs-DMC. The Yanks aren’t going to win many games when Betances and Miller blow a lead, but they did last night.

Betances gave up a run on a WP in the seventh, and Miller gave up the tying run in the eighth.

In the bottom of the eighth, Chase Headley got an infield single, and Mark Teixeira walked. Austin Romine couldn’t get down a sac bunt, and I am thinking to myself, “You got to be able to do the little things. Now watch him hit into a DP.” …. and Romine hit a ball that should have been a DP, except that Giants’ SS Brandon Crawford, in trying to convert it, did a 360 degree spin move after touching second and wound up throwing the ball away for his third error of the game. Headley scored what proved to be the winning run.

Tanaka 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 walks, 4 K. 3.00
Betances (H, 25) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.63. 1 WP.
Miller (BS, 2) (W, 6-1, 1.49) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 20) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.15.

I’ll be up at the game today.

The Yanks are 49-47.

 

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 8-4. Luis Cessa gave up 3 HR. Jose Rosario 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton won 11-2. Chance Adams 6 IP, 1 R, 3 hits. DH Mark Payton 4 for 5, 2 doubles, 4 RBI. 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI Lane Adams. 2 hits each for Kyle Higashioka and Mike O’Neill.

High A:  Tampa lost 4-2. 1B Connor Spencer 3 for 4, rbi. Jeff Hendrix 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston won 5-4. 2 hits, HR, 4 RBI Alexander Palma. Hoy Jun Park 3 hits. 2 hits each for Mandy Alvarez, Ricardo Ferreira, and Jhalen Jackson.

Game 95. O’s beat Yanks, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia gave up 2 runs in the first, and they were all Baltimore would need in beating the Yanks 4-1 on Thursday afternoon.

The Yanks’ only run came in the second inning on a double by Gregorius and single by Castro. The Yanks managed only five hits for the game.

Baltimore iced the game with two runs in the seventh.

Chase Headley returned to the team after a short absence due to a personal matter. His son had a health condition.

The Yanks are 48-47.

Sabathia (L, 5-8, 4.04) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Green 2 1/3, 0 R, 2 H, 0 H, 1 walk, 6.11.

The Minors. 12-run inning for SWB.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 14-2. Luis Severino 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 11 K. He and Johnny Barbato combined for 15 K.

SWB scored 12 in the sixth.

C Gary Sanchez 3 hits, inc. a grand slam. DH Ike Davis 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Tyler Austin 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. OF Ben Gamel 2 hits, OF Jake Cave 2 hits, rbi, SS Pete Kozma 2 hits, rbi, 3B Jose Rosario 3 hits.

AA: Trenton won 7-4. OF Dustin Fowler 2 h, double, HR, 3 RBI. 2B Vicente Conde 3 hits, rbi.

High A: Tampa won 6-0. James Reeves 7 IP, 2 H. SS Jorge Mateo returned from his suspension, HR, 2 RBI. OF Jeff Hendrix 3 hits, 3 RBI. 3 Hits, rbi for C Wes Wilson.

Low A: Charleston lost 5-4. 3 hits, RBI OF Jhalen Jackson. 2 hits, RBI C Luis Torrens. 2 hits, OF Ricardo Ferreira.

Game 94. Yanks shutout Orioles.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the first time since they were 4-2, the Yanks are two games above .500 this season after they shutout the Orioles 5-0 Wednesday night.

The Yanks jumped on the board right away. Brett Gardner tripled leading off the bottom of the first and scored on a SF by Carlos Beltran.

Mark Teixeira’s 8th HR of the year, #402 of his career, made it 2-0 Yanks in the fourth.

Teix walked with the bases loaded in the sixth to make it 3-0.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes, playing 3rd because Chase Headley was a last minute scratch to due personal issues (hope all is OK), tripled, and scored on a Gardner SF.

Beltran finished the scoring in the eighth, when he hit his 20th HR of the season. Career HR #412 tied Alfonso Soriano on the all-time list.

Pineda (W, 4-9, 5.25) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 8 K.
Betances (H, 24) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 2.49.
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.32.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,   0 walks, 2 K. 4.30.