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Game 37. Yanks fall, 9-1.

The Yanks (20-17) took two out of three from the Rays this week despite scoring only five runs in the three games. They did it because of pitching. The pitching wasn’t there in the game last night as the Yanks lost, 9-1.

In the games the Yanks won, they won 3-1 and 1-0.

Jameson Taillon struck out 9 in 4 2/3 IP, but took the loss to drop to 1-3, 5.40, ERA+ just 72 on the season. If there is a “weak link” in the Yanks’ rotation so far, Taillon has been it. He is just coming back from his second TJ surgery. The Yanks can look to replace him with Deivi Garcia, or Mike King, or (and what I think will happen) ride him out, hope he improves, but then look to replace him with Luis Severino, once Severino is healthy in two months.

Remember that Severino was the ace before the Yanks got Gerrit Cole. So far all indications are that Severino, himself coming off TJ surgery, looks great.

The Yanks bats were silent, and you keep wondering how long this will go on. Heck, even D.J. LeMahieu is only hitting .264. You still have too many people under .200 (Sanchez, who got two of the Yankees’ five hits last night is at .197; Andujar 0 for 13; Frazier .141; Gardner .182; Mike Ford isn’t even at .100! He’s at .095; Hicks .194; Odor .164; Bruce was at .118 when he retired). They are just hitting .220 as a team. Imagine if they were in the NL with no DH.

Taillon gave up 2 runs in the first, then a 2-run HR in the third. Down 4-0 after three, the way the Yanks haven’t been hitting, you basically knew game over.

When Mike King gave up a 3-run HR in the sixth, those feelings were confrimed. It wasn’t the Yanks’ night. Justin Wilson gave up two runs in the eighth.

The Yanks’ avoided the shutout by scoring in the ninth. Gio Urshela singled to lead off the inning, Sanchez doubled. Ford walked. The slumping Frazier GIDP, the at that time meaningless run scoring, the Rays, already up 9-0, gladly swapping the run for two outs. Andujar then flied out to end the game.

You keep waiting for one of those 12-run explosion games. Maybe this weekend in Baltimore?

Sanchez 2 hits.

Taillon (L, 1-3) 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 9 K. 5.40 1 WP, Gave up 1 HR.
King 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 6 K. 1.84 Gave up 1 HR.
Wilson 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 6.52

Funny stat. Pitchers gave up 9 runs. Struck out 16. Strange.

Before the game, Andujar had to be brought back up because Gleyber Torres had to go on the COVID IL . 8 Yankees, inc. players, coaches (1B, 3B, and P), and staff have been affected.

Game 35. Judge, Sanchez HRs back Montgomery in 3-1 Yanks’ win.

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez hit solo homers to back Jordan Montgomery’s strong outing as the Yankees (19-16) beat Tampa Bay 3-1 Tuesday night.

Judge hit his solo HR (8) in the bottom of the first.

With one out in the third inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled and Giancarlo Stanton walked. Two passed balls by Rays’ catcher Mike Zunino enabled the runners to move up two bases, and LeMahieu to score. 2-0 Yankees.

Zunino homered in the bottom of third to cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1.

Sanchez hit his solo HR (4) in the top of the seventh.

The game marked the return of Luke Voit from the injured list. Miguel Andujar was sent down.

Coaches Phil Nevin and Reggie Willits have tested positive for Covid, even though they were asymptomatic and had received the vaccine. They were two of a few positive Covid tests among coaches and staff.

Judge 2 hits, solo HR (8)
Sanchez solo HR (4)


Montgomery (W, 2-1) 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K. 3.96. Gave up 1 HR.
Loaisiga (H, 4) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.61 1 WP
Chapman (S, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00

Minor League Report. SWB hits 4 HR in slugfest. Tampa’s Hauver homers in fifth straight game.

AAA: SWB (5-1) hit 4 HR in winning a slugfest, 15-10. DH Luke Voit (coming back to Yankees Tuesday, Miguel Andujar going back down) 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens, HR, 3 RBI. CF Socrates Brito 2 RBI. 3B Derek Dietrich 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. RF Trey Amburgey 3 hits, HR, 5 RBI. 2B Kyle Holder 2 hits. C Rob Brantly 2 hits, SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits.

AA: Somerset (5-1) won 6-5. CF Estevan Florial solo HR. 2B Hoy Jun Park HR, 2 RBI. C Donny Sands 2 hits. 3B Diego Castillo HR, 2 RBI. Three pitchers combined for six no-hit innings of relief.

High A: Hudson Valley (3-3) won 10-1. SS Oswald Peraza 4 hits. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits, RBI. DH Josh Breaux HR, 4 RBI. C Mickey Gasper 2 hits. RF Steven Sensley 3-run HR. 3B Cristian Perez 2 hits. Luis Medina 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 7 K.

Low A: Tampa’s (5-1) offense finally came back to earth, as they lost 4-1. 2B Trevor Hauver homered for the fifth straight game. SS Max Burt 2 hits.

Game 32. Bullpen fails Yanks again in 11-4 loss.

Up until the last couple of games, the bullpen was a great strength. But in the last two games, it seems as if the law of averages is catching up to them, as for the second straight game, the bullpen blew it in the end.

A tie game going into the eighth inning became a 11-4 loss as the Yankees (16-16) slipped back to .500.

The Yanks scored first when D.J. LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first with a HR (2).

Washington came right back with three in the top of the second. Jameson Taillon gave up 2 HR that inning, but other than that, pitched well.

Gary Sanchez cut the Nats’ lead to 3-2 with a HR (3) in the bottom of the second.

LeMahieu tied the game with another HR (3) in the bottom of the sixth.

Then the roof fell in. Washington scored six in the top of the eighth off of Jonathan Loaisiga and Luis Cessa, who weren’t helped by three errors. The Nationals got two more in the ninth.

The Yanks got a gift run (defensive indifference) in the bottom of the ninth. 11-4 Nats.

The Yanks only got five hits.

LeMahieu 3 hits, 2 solo HR (3)
Sanchez solo HR (3)

Taillon 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. 5.02 gave up 2 HR.
Peralta 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.97 (Combined SF/NYY ERA)
Loaisiga (L, 3-2) 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.89 Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 WS, 1 K. 2.40 Gave up 1 HR.

Before the game the Yanks brought up Miguel Andujar and sent back Albert Abreu.

Minor League Report. Big night for Andujar, but Deivi disappoints.

AAA: SWB won 17-11. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, RBI. 1B/3B Miguel Andujar 4 hits, 2 HR, 3 RBI. RF Socrates Brito 2 hits, RBI. DH Derek Dietrich 2 RBI. LF Trey Amburgey 3 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. C Rob Brantly 2 hits, 2 RBI. 3B/2B Armando Alvarez 2 RBI. SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, RBI.

Disappointing outing for Deivi Garcia 3 1/3 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 7 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR, 1 HBP. Addison Russ 4 R in 1 IP. Nick Goody 2 runs in 2 IP. SWB pitchers walked 13.

AA: Somerset lost 5-2. 3B Diego Castillo 2 hits. Carlos Espinal 3 1/3 scoreless IP, 3 K.

High A: Hudson Valley lost 5-1. SS Ezequiel Duran 2 hits. Hayden Wesneski 5 IP, 1 R, 1 H (HR), 8 K.

Low A: Tampa won 10-6. In three games, they have scored 40 runs. DH Anthony Volpe 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Trevor Hauer 3 hits, 3 RBI, HR. RF Jake Sanford 2 hits. 1B Spencer Henson 3-run HR. CF Evan Alexander 2 hits, RBI. Sean Boyle 3 IP, 4 K.

Minor League Report. Voit looking good.

AAA: SWB won 7-5. 1B Luke Voit 2 hits, 2-run HR. Miguel Andujar (playing LF) 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (Voit and Andujar HRs back-to-back). OF Trey Amburgey solo HR. Brody Koerner started, 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H. Adam Warren 1 1/3 scoreless IP, 3 K. Trevor Lane 2 scoreless IP, 3 K.

I wonder if Frazier and Gardner keep hitting under .200 and Andujar proves he can play LF, if a change will be made. As for Voit, the Yanks really miss the HR leader of last season. Bruce (now retired) and Ford haven’t filled Voit’s void.

AA: Somerset won 3-1. 4 pitchers, combined two-hitter. Shawn Semple 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 5 K. C Donny Sands solo HR. 3B Diego Castillo 3 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley won 8-0 on a two-hitter. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits. CF Brandon Lockridge 4 hits, RBI. 1B Steven Sensley 2 hits, 2 RBI

Low A: Tampa, after winning 11-7 Tuesday night, won 19-9 Wednesday night. After two innings, they were losing 7-0.

DH Austin Wells 2 hits, 2 RBI
2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR, walked 3x
RF Jake Sanford 2 hits, 2 RBI
1B Andres Chaparro 4 hits, 2 RBI
3B Chad Bell 2 hits, RBI
CF Pat DeMarco 2 hits, both HR, 5 RBI

Game 23. Yanks make a trade, then pull off a 5-1 win.

This was more like it. The Yanks got hits from most of the lineup, a couple of players get a multi-hit game, a couple of homers, a crisp performance from a starter going deeper into the game, and in the end, the Yanks (10-13) beat Balltimore, 5-1, on Tuesday night.

First some moves. Deivi Garcia was sent back to the alternate site after his start Monday night, and Mike King was recalled.

Tyler Wade was brought back from the alternate site. Mike Tauchman was traded to SF for LHP Wandy Peralta. Peralta, 29, was 2-1, 5.40 with 2 saves for the Giants this year before the trade. The lefty reliever is 9-9, 4.72 in his career, with those two saves. ERA+ 94.

Tauchman was 3 for 14 (.214) OPS+ 62 for the Yanks this year, not playing much except for pinch-running (led Yanks with 2 SB) and defensive replacement work. From 2019 through yesterday, Tauchman played 141 games as a Yankee, hitting .266-13-61, OPS+ 114. He had a great 2019 as a backup OF, but his last two years were not as good.

The trade did come as a surprise.

Now to the game. Another move before the game. Aaron Boone told Gary Sanchez that Kyle Higashioka would get more playing time at catcher, and during the game Higashioka justified Boone’s decision.

The Yanks scored in the top of the first when D.J. LeMahieu doubled, went to third on an Aaron Judge single and scored on a SF by Gio Urshela. Believe it or not, it was the Yankees first SF of the season….in game #23!

Judge made it 2-0 Yankees in the third inning with his fifth HR of the season.

Baltimore got their only run in the fourth inning off Yankees’ starter Corey Kluber, who worked into the seventh, his deepest outing of the season so far.

Higashioka homered (4) with one out in the fourth to make it 3-1, then with two outs in the same inning, LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton singled, and Judge walked to load the bases. Urshela singled in LeMahieu but Stanton was thrown out by plenty at the plate. Bad send.

Stanton homered (6) in the seventh for the final score of 5-1.

Lemahieu 2 hits.
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (6)
Judge 2 hits, solo HR (5)
Urshela 2 RBI
Torres 2 hits
Higashioka 2 hits, solo HR (4)

Kluber (W, 1-2) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. 4.15 1 HBP
Loaisiga (H, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.23
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.30

Hopefully this is the start of long dormant bats waking up. Hopefully soon Luke Voit returns to give a jolt to the lineup.

I do wonder something. Miguel Andujar is at the alt. site, rehabbing not only at 3B but at 1B and LF as well, If he’s hitting, and can handle LF, could he soon be replacing the badly slumping (.132) Clint Frazier in LF?

Game 21. Yanks lose to Cleveland, 7-3.

This time, it was the Yankees (9-12) who got a lead in Cleveland, only to see the Indians come back and win the game.

In the three previous games, the Yankees won after Cleveland scored first. The script was flipped on Sunday. Gio Urshela and Mike Ford hit back-to-back homers, with Gio’s being a 2-run blast. Top of the fourth, but that was all the Yanks’ offense.

Some observations. Jameson Taillon, coming off his second TJ surgery, appears to do fine for three innings, then seems to lose it in the fourth. Something about the second time around in the lineup. Fatigue? But it happened again yesterday. Three smooth innings, then in the bottom of the fourth, three straight singles for a run, then a 3-run HR.

Secondly, Nick Nelson needs more seasoning The youngster does have 15 K in just 8 1/3 IP this season, but is also 0-2 with an atrocious 9.72 ERA. He was sent down after the game. Deivi Garcia was called up to start Monday night.

Also, Miguel Andujar was activated off the I.L., but will continue at the alternate site.

Urshela 2-run HR (3)
Ford solo HR (1)


Taillon (L, 0-2) 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. 6.23 Gave up 1 HR.
Nelson 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. 9.72 1 WP
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.77

S.T. Game 15. German solid again in Yanks’ 4-2 win.

Giancarlo Stanton had 2 hits and 2 RBI as the Yankees (10-4-1 in spring training) beat the Phillies 4-2 Monday afternoon.

Domingo German was solid again, and it’s going to be interesting who gets that #5 rotation slot. My hunch is that it goes to German, so that 21 year old Deivi Garcia can get a little more experience and so that more control is put over the youngster’s innings.

So far, the pitching has been impressive from the revamped rotation. And remember, Luis Severino comes back in mid-season and all reports on him have been favorable.

Miguel Andujar, however, has been shut down because of hand and wrist issues. The 2018 runnerup for ROY has had nothing but problems since that year when he had 47 doubles, 27 HR and 92 RBI.

German 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K.
King (W; BS) 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up HR.
L. Garcia (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Cortes (S) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.

S.T. Game 1. Yanks fall, 6-4.

It’s always nice to watch that first S.T. game, especially when, where you live, there is still snow on the ground and the temperature is still in the low 40s.

The Yanks lost their first spring training game to Toronto today, 6-4, in a 7-inning game. Because of COVID, S.T. games may be shortened for health reasons, as long as everyone gets their work in.

The only pitcher who seems to have a shot of making the Yankees’ team was the starter today, Michael King, who is trying to win the #5 rotation spot. It didn’t go well for him.

Rob Brantly, looking for a backup C spot (odds are he is #3 or #4 and SWB bound) and Mike Tauchman each hit a HR for the Yankees.

Tauchman, and also Miguel Andujar (1 for 2 today) will be interesting calls for the Yanks. Tauchman is out of options, and with Gardner back, appears not to have a place on the team. He is out of options and could be DFA’d. The HR by Tauchman was welcome, because he hit 13 HR in 2019, but those are his ONLY MLB HR. He did not hit any last year. The lack of power was interesting. Tauchman says he had a sore shoulder. Sore enough to bother him but not put him on the IL.

Andujar is an interesting case. He has an option left, but it seems like the 2018 runnerup for ROY (47 doubles, 27 HR, 92 RBI) does not have a place on the team as well, barring injury.

Barring an injury, the 13 position players (taking into account 13 players, and 13 pitchers on a 26 man roster) appear to be

C Sanchez and Higashioka (Brantly and Chirinos looking to take spot away from Higashioka)
1B Voit (and I think Jay Bruce (1B, LF, RF) will take backup spot from Mike Ford)
2B LeMahieu
SS Torres
3B Urshela
UT Wade (2B, SS, 3B, and OF; fighting for spot with Estrada)
LF Frazier
CF Hicks
RF Judge
OF Gardner
DH Stanton.

I don’t think others, like Derek Dietrich or Esteban Florial, have a legit shot.

LeMahieu 1 for 2, single
Torres a double.
Andujar 1 for 2, single
Brantly 2 run HR
Tauchman HR

King (L) 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2 HBP
Wojciechowski 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Barraclough 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3rd time with Yanks. Coming off injury. Looked good. Needs more rehab.
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave UP 1 HR.

Tomorrow Cole and Taillon pitch. Much more interested there.