Major problems. And these could sink the Yankees’ season. The Yanks were already without Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid list). Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar were on the IL, not to mention others like Corey Kluber, Aaron Hicks and Darren O’Day. Now add to the Covid List Wandy Peralta, Nestor Cortes, Jr. Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela. Add Luke Voit (knee) to the IL. As a result, a bunch of guys had to be brought up from SWB. Hoy Jun Park and Trey Amburgey each made their MLB debuts last night. Rob Brantly had to be brought up. Chris Gittens, just off the IL himself, had to come up. Zack Britton was activated off of the IL. Am I missing anyone? The depleted Yanks lost to Boston 4-0, getting just three hits. They are 0-7 vs. Boston this year, and are now 9 back and in fourth place with a 46-44 record. They play Boston six more times between now and June 25. They have Tampa Bay June 27-29. (In between there are two games with the Phillies). Those guys out will be out for a while, leaving it up to the scrubs. This could get ugly. So what did we see last night? The Yanks had a #3 hitter hitting .219, a cleanup hitter hitting .215, A #5 hitter at .237, a #6 hitter at .190. The #7 hitter is 2 for 22 in his MLB career. The #8 hitter was making his MLB debut. The #9 hitter is at .180 and was pinch-hit for by another guy making his MLB debut. Hoo boy. Is it any wonder why the Yanks got shut out? Poor Jordan Montgomery. No run support. Montgomery had just one bad inning, the second, when he gave up a walk, double, RBI groundout, and a 2-run HR for 3 runs. That was more than enough for Boston. The second straight game he lost 4-0. In his last five starts, Montgomery has lost four of them. In those five games, the Yankees have scored a total of seven runs. Later, Justin Wilson, who has been absolutely brutal this season, gave up a solo HR for the last run of the game. 4-0, Boston. Montgomery (L, 3-5) 6 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. One bad inning. 4.18 German 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.72 Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 8.62 Gave up 1 HR. Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.40
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Amburgey, Andujar, Brantly, Britton, Chapman, Cortes, Frazier, German, Gittens, Hicks, Higashioka, Judge, Kluber, Loasiga, Montgomery, O'Day, Park, Peralta, Urshela, Voit, Wilson
Masterpiece. Pure guts. Gerrit Cole threw a complete game shutout and in the end, it was pure guts. Pure willpower. He threw 129 pitches, and with two out in the 9th, persuaded manager Aaron Boone to leave him in. Result? Three pitches, three strikes. The last two outs were strikeouts. It was like no way Cole was going to lose this game. Pure determination. The only run of the game came on a 419 ft. HR (21) by Aaron Judge in the third inning. Before the game, Miguel Andujar (hand) and Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid) were put on the IL. Albert Abreu and Brooks Kriske brought up. The Yanks had six hits, Houston had three. The complete game may have been necessary. Given the way Aroldis Chapman has been lately, I don’t think anyone would have been comfortable with Chapman in the game in that ninth inning. It was Cole’s to win or lose. And even with a high pitch count, I, and others, would rather take our chances there with Cole and his heart, guts and determination. With the win, the Yanks (46-42, 3rd place) are now 8 back. Judge HR (only run of game) #21 Cole (W, 9-4) 9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 12 K. 2.68
Posted in In-Season Moves, Managers and Coaches, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Andujar, Boone, Chapman, Cole, Judge, Kriske, Loaisiga
For the second time in a week, Nestor Cortes, Jr. got a spot start. The way he is pitching, maybe these won’t be spot starts anymore. Michael King suffered a freak injury to a finger, and besides, King is better in relief than as a starter. Up stepped Cortes, and the Yankees shut out the Astros last night, 4-0. The win moved the Yanks (45-42) into a virtual tie for third place in the AL East (Toronto .518 to the Yankees .517), 9 games back. The Yanks got two runs in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Gleyber Torres singled. After Rougned Odor forced Torres, Gio Urshela singled. Brett Gardner doubled both runners in. They got their other two runs in the seventh. With one out, Gardner walked. Tyler Wade doubled Gardner to third, and D.J. LeMahieu doubled both runners in. Wade had started in left partly because Miguel Andujar has a hand injury. That was all the Yanks needed, as Cortes and three relievers shut Houston down on just three hits. LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI Judge 2 hits Torres 2 hits, Urshela 2 hits Gardner 2 RBI Cortes 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1.05 Luetge (W, 3-1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.35 Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.14 Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.11
Posted in Players, Regular Season
Tagged Andujar, Cortes, Gardner, Green, Judge, King, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Luetge, Torres, Urshela
The Yankees (43-41, 4th in AL East, 9 1/2 back) needed this one. A game in which they got a big lead early en route to a blowout win. A couple of big homers, but more importantly, several Yankees had multi-hit games, their starter went deep and had the best outing of his Yankees’ tenure, and with a big lead, you can even let your struggling closer try and work things out. The Yanks beat Seattle, 12-1 last night. In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, went to second on a long fly out by Aaron Judge, then Gary Sanchez walked. Giancarlo Stanton hit a 434 ft. rocket for a 3-run HR (15), and the Yankees were up 3-0 on ex-Yankee Justus Sheffield. They scored three more in the second. With one out, Tim Locastro walked, and LeMahieu singled. Judge grounded into a force out, and then stole second. Sanchez walked, and ball four was a WP, enabling Locastro to score and Judge to go to third. Stanton was HBP to load the bases. Luke Voit singled in two runs to make it 6-0. In the third inning, Rougned Odor walked to lead off the inning , and Miguel Andujar singled him to second. After an out, LeMahieu singled in a run, Andujar moving to third. Judge doubled in a run to make it 8-0. The Yanks made it 9-0 in the fifth. Locastro singled, and with one out, Judge singled him to second. After another out, Stanton walked to load the bases. An infield single by Luke Voit brought in the run. Meanwhile, Jameson Taillon was able to go seven innings, only giving up 1 run. The Yanks closed the scoring in the eighth when Voit doubled, and Gio Urshela singled. Odor then hit a 3-run HR (9). Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth in order to work out his problems. From June 9 to July 5, Chapman’s ERA was 22.24. He pitched a scoreless inning, but not a clean one. The wildness was still there. A single, strikeout, WP, and walk. Another strikeout, another walk. Bases loaded, two out, thank goodness a blowout game. He got another strikeout to end the game. 3 K’s, but two walks. LeMahieu 3 hits, RBI Judge 2 hits, RBI Stanton 2 hits, a 3-run HR (15) Voit 5 hits, 3 RBI Odor 2 hits, 3 RBI. A 3-run HR (9) Andujar 2 hits, The Yanks banged out 18 hits, and were 7 for 15 w/RISP. Taillon (W, 4-4) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K. 5.05 Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.11 (Combined SF/NYY ERA) Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 1 WP 4.55
The Yankees (41-38, 4th in AL East, 7 1/2 out) set a season high in runs scored, 11, in banging out 11 hits, including 3 HR, and drawing 9 walks in defeating the L.A. Angels, 11-5 on Tuesday night. The 11 runs were a nice surprise for a team that has scored 3 or less runs in over half its games this season. The Yanks needed to score to keep up with Angels’ star Shohei Ohtani, who hit 2 more HR to lead the majors with 28. Ohtani, doing things not seen since Babe Ruth over 100 years ago, is the Angels’ starting pitcher tonight. With the win, the Yanks snapped a four-game losing streak. Gary Sanchez started things off with a solo HR in the first inning (14). Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon gave up a 2-run HR to Jose Iglesias in the top of the second, as the Angels took a 2-1 lead. Taillon got the win, but didn’t really pitch well, giving up 5 runs (3 HR, two to Ohtani) in 5 1/3 IP. He needed the run support. The Yanks came back with four runs in the bottom of the second and weren’t headed off the rest of the game. With one out, Gio Urshela walked and Miguel Andujar singled Urshela to third. Brett Gardner hit a SF tying up the game, and Andujar moved up on the SF as well. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Andujar to make it 3-2, then Aaron Judge homered (18) to make it 5-2. Ohtani hit the first of his two homers in the top of the third to make it 5-3. The Yanks broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Andujar led off the inning with a HR (6). Gardner walked. Two outs later, Sanchez doubled in Gardner to make it 7-3. Giancarlo Stanton walked, then Luke Voit doubled in a run to make it 8-3. Gleyber Torres, in the midst of a terrible slump, singled in Stanton and Voit to make it 10-3. Ohtani hit his second HR of the game, a 2-run shot, in the top of the fifth to cut the Yanks’ lead to 10-5. The final run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Torres singled, and Urshela singled. Torres stole third on what was supposed to be a double steal, but Urshela slipped and had to stay at first. Andujar doubled in Torres. Before the game, Darren O’Day was activated off of rehab. Brooks Kriske was sent down. The Yankees did not activate Justin Wilson yet off of rehab, and why should they? Both Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Albert Abreu are doing well (see below). Judge 2-run HR (18) Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (14) Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI Andujar 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (6) Taillon (W, 3-4) 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 3 HR. 1 WP. 5.43 Cortes 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.02 Abreu 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 2.13 UPDATE: The Yanks have sent Abreu back and will be activating Wilson today. I don’t know about that move. Hopefully Wilson (no options as opposed to Abreu) does better than the 6.08 ERA he had earlier. Abreu at 2.13 has been far better.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Andujar, Cortes, Gardner, Judge, Kriske, LeMahieu, O'Day, Ohtani, Sanchez, Taillon, Torres, Voit
What a lost weekend. Hal Steinbrenner needs to channel his father. You can only imagine how the old man would have reacted after the Yankees got swept in Fenway this weekend. Couple this with the Red Sox sweeping the Yankees at the Stadium three weeks ago, and the Yankees are 0-6 vs. the Red Sox this season. Pair that up with Tampa Bay, and the Yanks are 5-14 vs. those two teams this year. Sunday’s 9-2 loss dropped the Yankees to 40-37, and down to 4th place in the AL East, 6 1/2 out. The weekend was embarrassing. Even Yankees’ ace Gerrit Cole was affected. Cole gave up a HR on the very first pitch he threw, and gave up another HR, a 3-run 451 ft. shot, before the inning was out. After one inning, the Yanks were down 4-0, and it seemed like all the air was out of the balloon. In that inning, Miguel Andujar, still learning the outfield, made a bad defensive play. With two on and one out in the third inning, and a chance to get back into the game, the Yanks came away with nothing. In the bottom of the third, Cole gave up a leadoff HR to J.D. Martinez, which was another bomb, and an error by Gleyber Torres helped lead to another run. After three innings, Boston led 6-0. Cole settled down after that, at least giving the Yankees some innings (5), but even if he had pitched well, once again he received little support. The only runs the Yankees got came via a two-run HR by Aaron Judge (17) in the top of the sixth that cut the score to 6-2. They struck out 13x. The Yanks loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, came away with nothing. Boston, meanwhile, got a run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 7-2. Brooks Kriske, who has not pitched well for the Yankees this year (5 games, 7 R in 5 IP, ERA 12.60) gave up two runs in the eighth, including a solo HR, to make it 9-2, the final score. Later this week, the Yanks hit the halfway point of the season. Over the 4th of July weekend, I will give “mid-term grades” out. As you may guess, it won’t be pretty. LeMahieu 2 hits Judge 2-run HR (17) Cole (L, 8-4) 5 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 3 HR. 1 WP. 2.66 Cessa 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.13 Kriske 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 12.60
For those of you who may have watched the game on the MLB network (I watched on YES), some words from David Cone last night. He was talking mostly about Domingo German, last night’s starter, but it also applies to Michael King and tonight’s starter, Jordan Montgomery, as well. They have to change up their pre-game routine. They are too often putting the Yankees into an early first-inning hole. Last night, German gave up three first-inning runs. The Yanks did come back to tie it up in the second, but that was all the offense did in a 5-3 loss up in Boston last night. In the first inning alone, German has an ERA of 7.71 this year. Montgomery’s is 6.43. King’s is 14.40. You can’t have your team keep coming from behind so often. With the loss, the Yankees are 40-35, 3rd in AL East, 5 games back (and if the season ended today, 4 1/2 out of the last wild card spot). They are 5-8 against Tampa Bay, and 0-4 against Boston. So 5-12 against the teams above them in their division. Doing simple math, if they were 9-8 or 8-9 against those teams, the Yanks would be much more in the thick of things. Only a game or two out. So German gave up the three runs in the first inning. The Yanks tied it in the second when Giancarlo Stanton walked, Luke Voit singled. After an out, Gio Urshela reached on an error (more on Gio later) to load the bases. After Miguel Andujar struck out, Clint Frazier walked to force in a run, and D.J. LeMahieu singled in two more. Aaron Judge grounded out to end the inning. The Yanks got two on with one out in the top of third, but Gleyber Torres, 2 for his last 39, GIDP. German helped lose his own game in the fourth. A walk to lead off the inning, then a WP. After an out, German couldn’t field a comebacker and everyone was safe. A SF, which should have been the third out, instead put Boston up 4-3. In the top of the fourth, a huge mistake by Yankees’ 3B coach Phil Nevin. I am all in favor of replacing Nevin, NOW, as third base coach. How many Yankees have we seen, and are going to see, get thrown out at the plate this season? Gio Urshela led off the inning with a double. Miguel Andujar singled, but Urshela was thrown out at the plate. Let’s remember something here. Gio has been dealing with leg injuries. Instead of first and third, no out, the Yanks had man on first, one out. Frazier then flied out, a ball that would have been a game-tying SF. But no. He was HBP on the shin a few days ago and had missed the two games prior to this one! No excuse (and all commentators on the YES postgame show said as much) for sending Gio there. In the bottom of the eighth, Zack Britton had to leave the game as it appeared he tweaked his hamstring. We’ll see if he goes back on the IL (most likely) and who replaces him on the roster. Boston went on to score an insurance run in the inning to go up 5-3. The Yanks got singles in the top of the ninth by Urshela and Andujar, so down two runs, they had first and second, no out. But Frazier struck out, then LeMahieu GIDP to end the game. LeMahieu 2 RBI Voit 2 hits Urshela 2 hits Andujar 3 hits German (L, 4-5) 4 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 WP. 4.32. Made a crucial error. Luetge 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.37 Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.43 a WP led to a 4K inning, 3rd time in Yankees history. Britton 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.15 Cessa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.03 Before the game, Boston retired #15 for 2B Dustin Pedroia.
Posted in Awards, Ex-Players, Managers and Coaches, Media, Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Andujar, Britton, Cessa, Cone, German, King, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Luetge, Montgomery, Nevin, Pedroia, Torres, Urshela, Voit
The Yankees had many chances to blow the game open. But they didn’t. They went 0 for 10 with RISP and left 13 men on base, and this came back to bite them in a 6-5 loss to KC last night. With the loss, the Yankees are now 38-34, 3rd in AL East, 5 1/2 back. The main culprits were Giancarlo Stanton, 0 for 3 (did walk twice) left six on, Gleyber Torres 0 for 4, all strikeouts (did walk once, left 3 on), and Clint Frazier (0 for 5, 3 strikeouts, left 6 on ). Torres is something like 2 for his last 33, and his batting average has dropped over 30 points. Where Torres’ power has gone is baffling too. I don’t expect 38 HR as in 2019, but we are close to the halfway point of the season, and Torres has just 3 HR. Something close to Torres’ 2018 rookie year when he hit 24 would be enough and expected. The Yanks scored first, when Luke Voit, just off of rehab, hit the first pitch he saw 423 feet for a two-out HR, Voit’s 2nd HR of the season. The Yankees went on to load the bases, but Frazier grounded out. In the second, Kyle Higashioka homered for his sixth HR of the season. It put the Yanks up 2-0. But with two on and one out, Voit popped up and Stanton struck out. Right then I had a bad feeling. Yes, the Yankees were up 2-0 with their ace, Gerrit Cole, on the mound, but when you leave five men on base in the first two innings and don’t break the game wide open, it often comes back to bite you, and it did for the Yankees last night. A bad break (literally) for Cole in the third when a couple broken bat hits led to a KC run as the Royals cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1. Cole gave up a game-tying HR in the fourth. 2-2. Those were the only hits Cole gave up. The Yanks left the bases loaded in the fourth, when Stanton grounded into a force out. Another blown chance to salt the game away. In the seventh, the Yanks went up 3-2. Luke Voit tripled. A fan tried to catch the ball (kick him out of the park. I hate when fans reach over the wall. They know better and still do it). There was no interference, and it was unclear if the ball would have cleared the fence anyway. Pinch-runner Tyler Wade then scored on a wild pitch. Jonathan Loaisiga came in for the eighth inning. Cole had once again done a fine job, but the Yanks didn’t support him enough. Cole is 8-3 this season, but the Yankees are 0-4 when Cole gets a no-decision. Loaisiga has been great this season, but didn’t have it last night, giving up four runs. D.J. LeMahieu got the Yanks back in the game with a two-run HR (6) in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Royals’ lead to 6-5. Aaron Judge then just missed tying the game up, as he doubled. So the Yanks had the tying run on second with one out. Once again, nothing. Rougned Odor popped up, and Stanton grounded out. The Yanks got two on in the ninth, but Brett Gardner popped up to end the game. The lack of getting just one clutch hit to break the game open really killed the Yanks last night. What a frustrating loss. LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (6) Judge 2 hits Voit 2 hits, triple and a solo HR (2) Urshela 2 hits Higashioka solo HR (6) If only Stanton, Torres or Frazier had come through just once. Sigh. Cole 7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. Two broken bat his and the HR. That was all. 2.33 Loaisiga (L, 7-3; BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.52 Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.48 Minor League Notes, and a lot to think about and discuss here: The 40-man roster creates some problems. Say someone is doing well (see below) but isn’t on the roster? Well, you want to add him, but who does he replace? AAA: SWB (29-11) crushed Lehigh Valley, 14-5, in a game in which both Darren O’Day and Justin Wilson both started rehab stints. Both pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Hoy Jun Park, a 2B/SS, played CF. Read into that as you wish. He had 3 hits and an RBI, and is hitting .366 for SWB. He hits lefty. Interesting he played CF last night. Meanwhile, the Yanks aren’t getting anything from their lefty hitters. Odor (.193-7-15, OPS+ 78; 100 is average). Gardner .206-2-8, OPS+ 77. Gardner turns 38 in August. But Park isn’t on the 40-man roster. I’ve advocated bringing Park up. But at whose expense, and why did Park play the OF for the first time last night? I do have to wonder. RF Ryan LaMarre 3 hits, RBI. DH Trey Amburgey 3 RBI. Erik Kratz, former big-league catcher, and ex-Yankee, really likes Amburgey, a righty hitter. Amburgey is hitting .360 at SWB. Right now, he may be a better option than Frazier (.187-5-12, OPS+ 77) or Miguel Andujar (.242-5-9, OPS+77). Amburgey, like Park, is not on the 40 man roster, so if you give him a chance, at whose expense? The point is, if someone is raking at AAA, when do they get rewarded with a promotion? And at whose expense? How long do you continue playing someone whose adjusted OPS is 22-23% BELOW league average, as is the case with Odor, Gardner, Frazier and Andujar? These are legitimate questions GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone must decide, especially if the Yankees are to improve. Besides the rehab stints of O’Day and Wilson, and the continued success and questions about Park and Amburgey, some other notes on SWB’s win: 2B Derek Dietrich 3 hits, RBI. 3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 1B Rob Brantly 2 RBI. C Max McDowell 2 hits. SS Andrew Velazquez, 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 2-run HR. AA: Somerset ppd. High A: Hudson Valley (26-16) won 12-3. SS Josh Smith 2 hits. C Josh Breaux 2 hits. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 3-run HR. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Chad Bell 3 hits, 2 RBI. RF Frederick Cuevas 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. Low A: Tampa was up 2-0 when the game was suspended in the top of the second inning.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Managers and Coaches, Mike's Musings, Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season, The Front Office
Tagged Alvarez, Andujar, Bell, Boone, Brantly, Breaux, Cashman, Cole, Cuevas, Dietrich, Frazier, Gardner, Higashioka, Judge, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Lockridge, Luetge, McDowell, Nelson, Odor, Smith, Stanton, Torres, Urshela, Velazquez, Voit
Nobody’s perfect. Aroldis Chapman entered the bottom of the ninth with a 0.39 ERA and was trying to preserve a 5-3 Yankees’ lead. Four batters later, he took the loss and the ERA went to 1.96. Single, game-tying HR, single and game-winning HR. The Yankees (33-30, 3rd in AL East, 6 back) lost 7-5 to the Twins. The game started out great, and it seemed like the Yankees would sweep the Twins, all until the bottom of the ninth.
The Yankees jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. With one out, Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres singled and Giancarlo Stanton hit a 3-run HR (12). Gio Urshela then tripled, was left stranded when Gary Sanchez struck out, but Urshela was then nabbed at the plate trying to score on an errant pitch.
The Twins got one run back in the bottom of the first off of Yankees’ starter Michael King. Urshela homered (7) leading off the top of the fourth to put the Yankees up 4-1. The Twins got a run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 4-2 and knock King from the game. The Yanks got a run in the top of the sixth to make it 5-2. Sanchez and Miguel Andujar each singled, then Sanchez was forced out at third. After Clint Frazier lined out, D.J. LeMahieu singled in Andujar. The Twins made it 5-3 by scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh. Then came that bottom of the ninth. The Yanks have a rare Friday off-day today. LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI Torres 3 hits Stanton 3-run HR (12) Urshela 2 hits, solo HR (7) Andujar 2 hits King 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 3 K. 3.77 Luetge 2/3 IP, 0 R< 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 2.97 Loaisiga (H, 8) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.89 Peralta (H, 4) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP 5.23 (Combined SF/NYY ERA) Green (H, 10) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.90 Chapman (BS, 2: L, 4-1) 0 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR. 1.96 I don’t know how long until Luis Severino rejoins the rotation (a month?), but to me, it appears KIng is best as long reliever and not as a starter. Britton rehab: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K yesterday for AAA SWB. Not a good outing for Deivi Garcia for SWB yesterday. He took the loss, 2 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 3 W, 2 K. He gave up 2 HR. He is 1-2, 6.26 at SWB. Not good.
Posted in Mike's Musings, Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Andujar, Britton, Chapman, Garcia, Green, King, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Luetge, Peralta, Severino, Stanton, Torres, Urshela
For the first time all season, the Yankees have 10 or more hits in three consecutive games. They got 15 last night—4 of them homers—in a 9-6 win over the Twins.
The game really wasn’t as close as the final score. An ugly ninth inning by pitcher Brooks Kriske turned 9-2 into 9-6. It’s just the Twins. But hopefully this offensive outburst means the bats are FINALLY waking up. with the win, the Yanks are 33-29, 3rd in the AL East, 5 1/2 games out. The Yanks struck quickly. Aaron Judge, the second batter of the game, hit his 15th HR of the season to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
They made it 2-0 in the second inning. With two out, Kyle Higashioka singled and was doubled home by Brett Gardner.
They made it 5-0 in the third when Judge led off the inning with a double, Gleyber Torres walked, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a 3-run HR. It was the first of two Stanton home runs on the evening. Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole gave up a HR in the bottom of the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-1. Cole went six innings, and gave up two runs, both on solo HR. After the spider tack grip controversy, where Twins’ 3B Josh Donaldson made some accusatory statements regarding Cole, Cole responded by striking Donaldson out the first two times he faced him. The Yanks made it 8-1 in the fifth inning. Torres walked and Stanton hit a 2-run HR (11) for his second HR of the game. Two outs later, a red-hot Miguel Andujar hit a solo HR (5). It was Andujar’s fifth HR in his last eight games. Cole gave up a HR in the bottom of the fifth and it was 8-2. With one out in the seventh, Gio Urshela singled and Rougned Odor doubled him to third. Andujar got Urshela in with a sac fly. 9-2. As mentioned above, Brooks Kriske had an ugly ninth inning, giving up 4 runs, including a HR, that made the final score 9-6 and the score seem like the game was closer than it actually was. Judge 2 hits, solo HR (15) Stanton 3 hits, a double and 2 HR (11) 5 RBI Urshela 2 hits Andujar 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (5) Higashioka 2 hits Gardner 3 hits, RBI Now that is the offensive recap we’ve been waiting for. Cole (W, 7-3) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.31 Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.84 Kriske 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 11.25 SS Oswald Peraza was promoted from High A Hudson Valley to AA Somerset this week.
Posted in Minors, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Andujar, Cessa, Cole, Gardner, Higashioka, Judge, Kriske, Peraza, Stanton, Urshela