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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.

Game 92. Yanks edge O’s 2-1. #696 for Alex.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Alex Rodriguez hit his first HR in a month, and the Yanks made it back to .500 with a 2-1 win over Baltimore Monday night.

It seems like the Yanks are like one of those sinker lines on a fishing pole. They bob up to .500, sink down, then bob up again.

A-Rod got his 9th HR of the year (696* career) in the second inning to put the Yanks up 1-0. Jonathan Schoop tied it up in the third with a HR for Baltimore.

The Yanks got the tiebreaking and winning run in the bottom of the third. Gardner singled, went to third on a single by Beltran and scored on a SF by McCann.

Nova went six, then it was no-Runs DMC time.

Nova (w, 7-5, 4.92) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 hits, 3 walks, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 23) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 2 K. 2.54
Miller (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1.31
Chapman (S, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K., 2.22




Yankee Stadium Frieze
Just a combined report today, since there were no major league games yesterday due to the All-Star break, and very few minor league games either, as MLB wants to showcase the All-Star Game.

First of all, I did NOT watch the Home Run Derby (won by Giancarlo Stanton with an amazing total of 61 HR). I can’t stand Chris Berman going back-back-back all the time (please give it up or retire, Chris), and with Stanton bopping 61—all the worse. Besides, it kind of bores me. By going for the HR, some players have messed up their swings for the second half of the season.

By the way, I do NOT like the fact that the winning league of the All-Star Game gets home field advantage for the World Series. I find it a ridiculous ruling.

A-Rod is said to be working out at 1B during the break. The experiment failed last year, but it may be A-Rod’s only way (until Beltran’s hammy heals, enabling Beltran to go to RF and not DH) to get into the lineup. Teix’s knee won’t let him play every day, and as of now, Refsnyder is the backup 1B.

AAA: No games yesterday or today. All-Star Game Wednesday night.

AA: See AAA. The same applies.

High A: Tampa lost 5-3. Yelfrey Ramirez 6 IP, 2 R, 1 Earned, 4 H, 1 walk, 9 K. OF Mason Williams,   DH Trey Amburgey, OF Zack Zehner and C Francisco Diaz two hits each. No games today.

Low A: No games. Charleston does play tonight.





Game 79. Yanks comeback falls short, 7-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It’s frustrating. Every time the Yanks get to .500 or a game above, they slide back. They haven’t been two over .500 since they started the season 4-2.

A 4-run ninth inning wasn’t enough as the Yanks lost late last night in San Diego by the score of 7-6.

Nathan Eovaldi once again had a bad outing. He was so good in May, but since Memorial Day, he has been awful, 0-4 with an ERA of over 9.00. He gave up three runs right away in the first inning. He needs to get straightened out.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI single got one run back in the second, but Eovaldi gave it right back in the bottom of the frame by serving up a gopher ball.

He then gave up another gopher ball, a 2-run shot, in the fifth, to make it 6-1 Padres.

Brian McCann’s 13th HR of the season made it 6-2 in the sixth, but McCann’s passed ball in the seventh made it 7-2 Padres.

McCann started the ninth with a walk, and Castro was HBP. A-Rod pinch-hit (no DH in NL park) and singled in one run. Didi Gregorius, who is really emerging into a force, doubled in a run to make it 7-4. Hicks grounded out to make it 7-5, and a wild pitch with Beltran up pinch-hitting made it 7-6. Beltran doubled to put the tying run on second, but Ellsbury and Gardner both grounded out to end the game and foil any hopes for a comeback similiar to Wednesday night’s comeback vs. Texas.

The loss dropped the Yanks to 39-40.

Eovaldi (L, 6-6, 5.54)  4 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 2 HR given up.
Mullee 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.00
Bleier 1 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED) 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.00
Swarzak 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.86

Update: A-Rod’s hit was #3110 of his career, tying Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time list.

Game 76. Yanks lose, 7-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The unfortunate pattern continues. The Yanks battle to get to .500 or a game above, then go on a losing streak. Then they battle back to .500 or a game above, and another losing streak.

CC Sabathia battled Cole Hamels for seven innings, giving up a 2-run HR to Adrian Beltre in the first, and was behind 2-0 entering the eighth. Then it all fell apart as Texas got five in the eighth to salt the game away. 7-1 Texas.

A-Rod got a SF in the bottom of the eighth.

Carlos Beltran left the game in the first inning with hamstring tightness. He is day to day. If Beltran had strained or tore the hamstring, I wonder what the Yanks would have done. Personally, I’d run Refsnyder (.293) out there or bring up the red-hot Aaron Judge. I think the Yanks would just run Aaron Hicks out there. But Hicks, at .206, hasn’t shown us much this year. Just my opinion, but I’d rather see Refsnyder or Judge get a shot.

For Beltre, it was his 424th career HR. To me, he doesn’t get the ink he deserves. 2845 hits, 424 HR. He is one of the best 3B ever. Baseball Reference, in fact, lists him as the 5th greatest 3B ever.

Jim Hickman, a 1962 original Met who was on the 1969 Cubs team that collapsed, and who also was the man who singled home Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star Game when Rose barrelled over catcher Ray Fosse, died recently.

Sabathia (L, 5-5, 3.17) 7+ IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Swarzak 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.50
Mullee 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K., 4.50. Came up, Yates sent down.

The Yanks fall to 37-39.


Game 75. Yanks lose after long delay, 9-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth, the Yanks did what you’d expect them to do. They brought in Aroldis Chapman, who walked the first batter and fell behind on the second.

Then came a 3 1/2 hour rain delay, and when the game resumed, no Chapman. No win either, as the Yanks then lost 9-6—-with the game ending at 2:44 a.m.

Ivan Nova struggled, giving up a HR in the first inning. The Yanks got two in the second on an RBI single by Headley and an RBI groundout by Hicks.

Nova gave up a run in the third but the Yanks came right back to go up 3-2 on an RBI single by Castro.

Nova gave the lead right back by giving up two runs in the top of the fourth.

The Yanks went up 5-4 in the fifth on RBI singles by McCann and Gregorius.

Mark Teixeira homered in the seventh, his fifth of the year and second in two games after not homering from 4/13 to 6/26. Career HR #399 tied Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga on the all-time HR list and put the Yanks up 6-4.

But Andrew Miller gave up a HR in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-5, then the rain delay, and the four run disaster once Kirby Yates replaced Chapman in the wee small hours of the morning.

The Yanks had 16 hits in the loss which dropped them under .500 again at 37-38.

Nova 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 walks, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.32.
Bleier (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.38
Betances (H, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.89.
Miller (H, 12) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.34
Chapman 0 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.15.
Yates (BS, 2; L, 2-1, 5.72) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 HBP, 2 K.

A-Rod didn’t play again. Is he now a platoon DH against lefties only? He doesn’t play the field, does not pinch-run, and will be on the bench when the Yanks go to a NL city later this week (San Diego). If he isn’t DHing, and is on the bench, then he really doesn’t have much value. He’s then a $20+ million pinch-hitter. And that’s a problem.


Game 70. Rox have Yanks number again, 8-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

We have seen a couple of things lately. One is that the Yanks scramble to get to .500, then fall back, then scramble to .500, then fall back again. So far, they can’t get over the hump.

The other has been losing to Colorado. They lost twice to Colorado out there last week, and lost to them, this time at home, 8-4 on Tuesday night.

Ivan Nova didn’t have it. As of now, only Tanaka and CC are starters with ERAs under 5.00. That won’t do (Tanaka and CC are both under 3.00).

Nova gave up a HR to the first batter of the game and the Yanks were in an immediate hole. He gave up two more runs in the first inning. The Yanks were down 3-0 before they came to bat.

They got one run back, but Nova gave up another run in the second. The Yanks came back with one of their own. 4-2 after two.

Charlie Blackmon hit his second HR of the game off Nova in the fourth. The Rockies got another in the top of the fifth to make it 6-2.

A-Rod got a SF in the fifth, but Beltran was thrown out at second moments after Gardner scored. A chance for more runs wasted.

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run HR for the Rockies in the sixth to make it 8-3. Didi Gregorius’ RBI triple in the sixth closed the scoring.

The Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP, and struck out eleven times.

Nova (L, 5-5, 5.18) 4+ IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 walks, 1 K, gave up 2 HR.
Goody 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 4 K, gave up 1 HR. 4.91
Bleier 1 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.05
Yates 1 Ip, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks, 3 K. 4.78
Swarzak 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.45.

The Yanks fall to 34-36.