Minor League Report.

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See the report of last night’s major league game for a couple moves done by the Yanks in releasing a couple of SWB players.

AAA: SWB (65-55) got blown out, 15-1. They only got four hits, two by LF Clint Frazier. 1B Ryan McBroom solo HR (.324-20-50).

AA: Trenton (64-55) lost 8-1, getting just five hits and making three errors. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, solo HR.

High A: Tampa (54-64) won 4-2. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI. DH Alexander Palma 3 for 3, 2 RBI, 2-run HR.

Junk (W, 4-6, 5.19) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Bies (S, 1) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K   6.75

Low A: Charleston scored in the bottom of the ninth to win 1-0. DH Josh Stowers 3 hits, inc. bunt single to get on base in the bottom of the ninth. 1B Eric Wagaman GW RBI double.

Luis Medina 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 10 K.  6.00
D. Ramos (W, 1-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

 

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Game 121. German wins 16th, Yanks win 8-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before game moves: Yanks DFA Joe Mantiply, send down Brady Lail, release Dan Camarena from SWB. Also, they let go Dan Jennings from SWB. They signed him last month. Jennings only pitched 1 1/3 innings for SWB, giving up five runs, including 3 HR.

They bring up Jonathan Loaisiga and Adonis Rosa. Rosa would make his MLB debut later during the ballgame.

The Yanks beat Baltimore for the 15th time in a row, 8-3, to go to 80-41 on the season. They “only” hit one homer in the game, giving them 60 HR vs. the Orioles this year.

UPDATE: The last time the Yanks beat a team 15 times in a row in the same season was in 1954, against the Philadelphia Athletics—-the A’s last season in Philadelphia.

D.J. LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first by hitting the first pitch he saw for a HR (19).

In the second inning, Gleyber Torres walked, Didi Gregorius doubled him to third and Cameron Maybin singled both runners in to make it 3-0.

Domingo German, who improved to 16-2 on the season, gave up a HR in the fourth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-1.

The Yanks came right back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-1. With one out, Austin Romine singled and Mike Tauchman walked. D.J. LeMahieu lined out for the second out, but Aaron Judge doubled in two runs. Nice to see Judge pull this one. He hasn’t been pulling the ball, probably due to complications from the oblique injury he had, but nice to see him turn on this one. 5-1. Gio Urshela singled in Judge. 6-1. Urshela moved to second on a WP and scored on a double by Gary Sanchez. 7-1. Good for Sanchez. The Yanks need to get him going. He was 11 for his last 98 before that double and his batting average dropped into the .220s. It’s still only .228.

German gave up another HR in the top of the fifth that made the score 7-2. The Yanks came back with a run of their own to make it 8-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Maybin walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Tauchman.

Adonis Rosa made his MLB debut and gave up a HR in the ninth. The final score was 8-3.

With the win, the Yanks maintain a 9-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East and the magic # for clinching the division is 33.

The Yanks have an afternoon game today (Wednesday). It’s their final game against Baltimore this season. They are 16-2 vs. the Orioles.

It’s taken a long time, but finally some payback for 1966, when the Yanks finished in last place and were just 3-15 vs. the WS Champion Orioles that year. Just saying.

LeMahieu solo HR (19)  .337
Judge 2 RBI
Urshela 3 hits, RBI  .336 (just short of qualifying for batting title, right behind D.J.)
Sanchez 2 hits, RBI
Maybin 2 RBI
Romine 3 hits
Tauchman 2 hits, RBI

True team effort.

German (W, 16-2, 3.96) 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K.  Gave up 2 HR.
Rosa 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50  Gave up 1 HR.  MLB DEBUT.

Update 2: Rosa was sent back down after the game. No word yet on who is coming up.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB off.

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa (53=64) won 5-1. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 3-run HR.

Otto 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W. 5 K.   2.32
Cordero (W, 1-0, 0.00) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Wivinis 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 3 K.  3.03
Zurak 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.89

Low A: Charleston (62-58) scored in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at one, then after giving up a run in the top of the tenth, came back with two of their own to win 3-2.

CF Brandon Lockridge 3 hits. RF Josh Stowers 2 hits, GW RBI. LF Frederick Cuevas 2 hits. 3B Oliver Dunn 2 hits.

Brito 7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.  3.27
C. Espinal (W, 1-2, 2.29) 3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.

 

Game 120. Gleyber bashes O’s again, Yanks win 11-8.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (79-41) beat Baltimore 11-8 in the night game of the day/night DH as Gleyber Torres continued to torment the Orioles.

Of Torres’ 26 HR this season, half have come vs. Baltimore. With two games left against the Orioles this year, Torres has 13 HR against Baltimore. The Yanks as a team have hit 59 HR vs. the Orioles (13 Torres, 9 by Sanchez), 43 at Camden Yards.

The major league record for most HR against one team in a single season is by Lou Gehrig in 1936 against the Cleveland Indians—14 of his 49 that year. Gleyber is one short.

Want more? From MLB.com (some repeating what I mentioned above) :

• The 13 homers vs. the Orioles this season are the most by a player against a single opponent in the divisional era (since 1969).

• The 13 homers vs. the Orioles are tied for the second most by a player against a single opponent in a season in MLB history (record is Lou Gehrig‘s 14 vs. Cleveland in 1936).

• Torres is the first player since Roger Maris in 1961 vs. the White Sox — his record-setting season — with 13 homers against a single opponent in a season.

• Torres’ five multihomer games vs. the Orioles are the most by a player in a season against a single opponent.

• With 50 career homers, he’s the third-youngest Yankees player to reach that mark.
(Mantle and DiMaggio)

• Torres is the youngest player in American League history to reach 8 career multihomer games.

• The second-year player has surpassed his rookie-year homer total of 24.

• Torres is the first player since Mike Schmidt (1983 vs. the Expos) to homer in both games of a doubleheader twice against the same team in the same season. Torres also homered in both games of a twin bill vs. the Orioles on May 15.

He’s not even 23 yet.

Things are getting so ridiculous with Gleyber vs. the Orioles that in the eighth inning, with two on and two out, the Orioles walked him intentionally to load the bases rather than face him.

The win was the Yanks’ 14th in a row over the Orioles. They are 15-2 vs. them this season.

With the win, the Yanks have a 9 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. The magic # to clinch the division is 34.

In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and one out later, Gio Urshela singled. Torres singled to load the bases, and Brett Gardner hit a 3-run triple. 3-0 Yanks.

With one out in the second, Breyvic Valera singled and LeMahieu walked. A WP moved the runners up, and an error in trying to get Valera at third moved them up even further, Valera scoring to make it 4-0.

The Yanks used a lot of B-pitchers in this game. Chad Green once again served as the opener.

Recently acquired Joe Mantiply, who got his first MLB win, gave up 3 runs, including a 2-run HR, in the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-3. Mantiply was making his Yankees’ debut. He did pitch in five games in 2016 for the Tigers—to a 16.88 ERA. That career ERA wasn’t lowered by much.

Mike Ford homered (4) in the bottom of the fourth to make it 5-3 Yankees.

Torres hit the first of his two 3-run homers in the game in the fifth (25) to make it 8-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, he hit his SECOND 3-run homer of the game (26) to make it 11-3.

Brady Lail, making his MLB debut, gave up a 3-run HR in the seventh that cut the Yanks’ lead to 11-6.

Bottom of the eighth, and with two on and two out, Torres, as mentioned earlier, is intentionally walked. No chance for a third 3-run HR.

Torres also turned a nifty DP, barehanding a the flip to second before firing to first.

Baltimore got two runs in the top of the ninth to make it 11-8 before Adam Ottavino closed things out.

The Yankees’ pitching wasn’t great, but Gleyber made up for it.

LeMahieu 3 hits, .338
Urshela 3 hits, .332 (can he catch D.J.?)
Torres 3 hits, Two 3-run HR (26)  6 RBI. Team HR leader (passed Sanchez).
Gardner 3 RBI
Ford solo HR (4)

Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.69
Mantiply (W, 1-0, 9.00) 3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. NYY Debut, 1st MLB win.
Lail (H, 1) 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR. MLB debut.  10.13
Cortes, Jr. 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.44
Ottavino (S, 2) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.71

 

 

 

Game 119. Yanks blast 4 HR vs. O’s in game 1 of DH, win 8-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (78-41) made it 13 in a row over the Orioles by winning the day game of a day/night DH vs. Baltimore, 8-5. They are 14-2 against Baltimore this season.

I so doing, they hit 4 HR, making it 56 in 16 games vs. Baltimore this season.

The O’s got a run in the top of the first against James Paxton but the Yanks struck right back on a 3-run HR by Didi Gregorius (9) and a solo HR by Gleyber Torres (24). It’s the eleventh HR Torres has hit against the Orioles this season.

Back-to-back doubles by Brett Gardner and Gio Urshela made it 5-1 in the second inning.

Paxton gave up a HR in the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-2.

In the bottom of the fifth, Urshela hit a 461 Ft. Bomb (18) to make it 6-2 Yanks.

Paxton gave up another HR in the top of the sixth, 6-3, Yanks.

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the sixth on a HR by Cameron Maybin (8) to make it 7-3.

They scored in the seventh on a walk to Gardner, single by Urshela and SF by Didi. 8-3.

Luis Cessa came in for the eighth, didn’t have it, and gave up two runs. Zack Britton had to bail him out. 8-5.

Aroldis Chapman got the save, with Urshela making a great play to end the game.

Urshela 3 hits, 2 RBI. HR (18) .328
Gregorius 4 RBI, a 3-run HR (9)
Torres solo HR (24)
Maybin solo HR (8)  .319

Paxton (W, 8-6, 4.40) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.  Gave up 2 HR.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K   2.92
Cessa 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.  3.99
Britton (H, 24) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.22
Chapman (S, 32) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.51

The 2020 Yankees’ schedule has been released. They open in Baltimore (way too early in my opinion) on March 26. Hope it doesn’t snow. They have interleague vs. the NL Central, as well as the home and home vs. the Mets. The Cubs, Pirates and Reds come to the Bronx, and the Yanks go to Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and St. Louis. They also have that Field of Dreams game Aug. 13, 2020 in Iowa vs. the White Sox. The home opener is April 2 vs. Toronto. They close the season with seven against the Astros, and then the Rays.

The Yanks also received good news on the injury front from Luke Voit, Dellin Betances and Luis Severino in their rehab work today.

 

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (65-54) lost 3-1. They only got four hits.

Deivi Garcia pitched four scoreless innings, but then gave up runs in the fifth. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first.

He may need to work on his move since there were some stolen bases off of him.

When he left, there were runners on first and third with one out, but reliever Trevor Lane let in both runs and also another on his own.

Garcia (L, 1-3, 5.93 in AAA) 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Combined record this year A+/AA/AAA: 5-9, 4.29, but 147 K in 98 2/3 IP. He’s only 20. Some more time at AAA, cut down on the walks, lower the ERA and …

AA: Trenton (64-54) won 7-5. SS Hoy Jun Park 2 hits. 1B Chris Gittens 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. CF Matt Lipka 2 hits.   James Reeves, Brooks Kriske and Daniel Alvarez combined for five scoreless, hitless innings of relief.

High A: Tampa (52-64) lost 9-0. LF Pablo Olivares 2 of Tampa’s 6 hits. Rough outing for starter Clarke Schmidt, 7 R in 3 IP.

Low A: Charleston (61-58) only gave up two hits, but lost 2-1. C Eduardo Navas 3 hits. 2B Eduardo Torreabla 2 hits.

Harold Cortijo (L, 4-3, 2.86) 5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 W, 2 K.
Aaron McGarity 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 6 K.  3.19

 

 

Game 118. Tanaka Terrific as Yanks win, 1-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, Stephen Tarpley to the Injured List (pitching elbow), Breyvic Valera sent down. Coming up, pitchers Brady Lail and Joe Mantiply.

With a DH tomorrow, the Yanks needed an outing that would save their bullpen today (Sunday).

They were also hoping to see improvement from Masahiro Tanaka.

They got both. And how.

Tanaka threw 8 shutout innings as the Yanks (77-41) beat Toronto 1-0. The win keeps the Yanks 8 1/2 up on Tampa Bay.

In his previous seven starts, Tanaka had a 10.23 ERA, causing justifiable concern.

Today he was brilliant and was the Tanaka we hope to see in October.

The only run of the game scored in the top of the fifth inning. The first 12 Yankees went down in order from innings one through four, but back-to-back doubles by Gio Urshela and Brett Gardner, the first two batters in the top of the fifth, plated the only run of the game.

Urshela 2 hits (.323) also a nice play in the field.
Gardner RBI. Only run of the game.

Tanaka (W, 8-6, 4.64) 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Chapman (S, 31) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.56