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Minor League Report. 1 -hitter for Charleston.

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After last night’s Yankees’ game, Tyler Austin was sent down to make room for tonight’s starter, Jonathan Loaisiga.

AAA: SWB (31-34) won 9-5 in 10 innings. SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Wade is finally starting to hit after a rough start to the season (the flu didn’t help). He’s up to .260 now. 3B Brandon Drury 2 hits, double, HR, 3 RBI. .328. 2 hits, RBI 1B Ryan McBroom. C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits, both doubles, RBI.

Sheffield 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 W, 6 K. 3.03
Feyereisen (BS, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.76
Coshow (W, 1-2, 5.08) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Lail 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.18

AA: Trenton (39-26) won 5-3. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. DH Devyn Bolasky 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2 hits for LF Trey Amburgey, SS Gosuke Katoh, and 2B Billy Fleming.

Koerner 4 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K.  3.95
Tarpley (W, 5-0, 1.55) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Reeves (S, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R,  1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.82

High A: Tampa (34-33) lost 7-4. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. CF Ben Ruta with 2 hits.

Whitlock (L, 2-1, 2.35) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 9 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Carter 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.30

Low A: Charleston (32-33) won 2-1 on a combined one-hitter. DH Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI.

Yajure (W, 1-0, 3.00) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 9 K.
Vargas (S, 1) 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.91

ICYMI-Boston won their late game in Seattle, 2-1, so the Yanks are 44-20, Boston 48-22. Some places show Boston in 1st place with the Yanks 1 game back, but actually MLB and the Elias sports bureau goes by winning percentage, and there, the Yanks are in first place, .688 to .686. This funky scenario may stay this way until the Yanks are able to make up those six games less that they haven’t played compared to Boston. Put it this way—if the Yanks go 4-2 in those six games they need to make up, then the two teams are tied.

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Game 48. Bird back, Toe sent down, Gray bombed in Yanks’ 11-4 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sonny Gray was bombed, and there were surprising and questionable decisions made yesterday before and during the Yanks’ 11-4 loss to the Angels Saturday night.

Greg Bird came off the DL and made his season debut, going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. But the expected move, sending Tyler Austin down to AAA, didn’t happen. Instead, it was Ronald Torreyes, the supersub who was hitting .339, who went down to AAA. It was a tough, difficult decision to make, and one that shook up the team. Manager Aaron Boone even said it was undeserved, but the Yanks have a numbers crunch. You can only have so many players on a team, and as a result, some deserving players who could be starting for other teams are playing for SWB right now.

Which means, as an article in the NY Post states, that the Yanks really need to establish their identity. What is the roster of this team? And as for the guys at AAA who could be starting elsewhere, maybe the Yanks should look into dealing these guys. Especially for starting pitching help. And maybe include Sonny Gray in the deal for other starting pitchers.

In order to catch Boston in the AL East (the Yanks are now 32-16 and two games back. Still a great record but we are thinking ahead here) and/or to deal with Boston and Houston and maybe others in the postseason, the Yanks will need for Tanaka (5-2, but with a 4.95 ERA, ERA+ 88) and Gray (3-4, 5.98, ERA+ 73) to step it up or they need to trade for someone to bolster the rotation. CC turns 38 in July. Montgomery is on the DL. Maybe Justus Sheffield in the future comes up, but he isn’t ready yet and just came off the DL himself. The Yanks need another starter (Severino can’t do it himself) and they have the prospects to get one. Especially with guys like Torreyes, Drury and Clint Frazier. Also with guys like Estrada, Avelino and Tyler Wade, all infielders who are stuck behind Didi and Gleyber Torres.

They also, surprisingly, could use bullpen help. The bullpen, hyped as maybe the best ever, right now has guys with ERAs of 4.76 (Robertson), 4.71 (Betances), 4.82 (Shreve) and 7.88 (Kahnle).

How soon will Cashman pull the trigger?

As for Sonny Gray, he was bad again, getting knocked out in the fourth, and failing to hold a 4-1 lead. After Gray gave up a run in the top of the first, courtesy of a Mike Trout RBI double (Trout went 5 for 5, HR, 3 doubles, scored 3 runs and had 4 RBI), the Yanks took the lead back on back-to-back homers by Gardner (2) and Judge (14). For Gardner, it was his first HR since Opening Day.

Austin Romine sliced a 2-run HR (3) off the right-field foul pole in the bottom of the second to put the Yanks up 4-1. Then the roof fell in.

Gray gave up two runs in the third as the Angels cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-3.

In the fourth, Boone made a decision that I disagreed with. With two out and a man on third, he elected to pitch to Trout, who already had two doubles. You don’t let the big guy beat you. I was mentioning to a friend that I’d walk him. Now Boone did say that Trout would probably have stolen second anyway, taking the force away, and that you weren’t throwing through with the runner on third, and he didn’t want to put the go-ahead run on second. Fair enough. But Trout already had two doubles, and was the go-ahead run in the batter’s box. You guessed it. 2-run HR to give the Angels a 5-4 lead.

The Angels got four runs, two of them unearned, in the sixth off of Tommy Kahnle, and here I wonder about Kahnle being back with the team off of the DL. I don’t know if he had more time to be on the DL, but it seemed as if he was rushed back. (You wonder that about Bird, too). Kahnle had a couple of rehab stints before being reactivated on Friday, but he didn’t exactly put up impressive numbers in those rehab minor league games and he didn’t look good last night.

Chasen Shreve gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh to close out the scoring.

Judge 2 for 2 with 2 walks, solo HR.
Didi’s slump continues. Down to .234. We need him to snap out of it.
Andujar 2 hits.
Romine 2 hits, a 2-run HR

Gray (L, 3-4, 5.98) 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.31
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. 7.88
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.82 Gave up 1 HR.
Cole 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.11 (but 0.00 as a Yankee)

Game 47. Gleyber’s O and Judge’s D lead Yanks to a 2-1 Win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks will be bringing up Greg Bird tomorrow. (Tommy Kahnle rejoined the Yanks today, replacing Ryan Bollinger, who was there for only one day). Tyler Austin is expected to be the move to go back to AAA. Tough call for Austin. Even though Austin is hitting just .231, he does have 8 HR, 23 RBI. His strikeout to walk ratio, however,  is only 7/43, and that isn’t good. Consider him trade bait if the Yanks are looking into a decent starting pitcher.

The Yanks (32-15) stayed 1 game back of Boston by beating the Angels 2-1 tonight. Luis Severino didn’t have his best stuff, but even without it, went 6 innings and only gave up 1 run. Time to consider him as one of the best pitchers in baseball.

In the first, with two on and one out, Seve got Albert Pujols to GIDP.

In the bottom of the second, Sanchez singled. Didi hit into what at the time, was thought to be a DP. The Yanks appealed, force out instead. This appeal would decide the game. After a walk to Hicks, and an Austin strikeout, Andujar walked (which he does not do often, as the rookie is a free-swinger). Bases loaded, two out for the wunderkind, Torres. He gets an infield single that drives in a run, but after some sloppy fielding, Hicks tries to score to and is nailed at the plate.

With two on and two out in the top of the third, Justin Upton singled to RF, but Aaron Judge fired a laser to home to nail the runner at the plate, preserving the Yanks’ one-run lead. Run Saved.

In the fifth, the player I consider the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, sliced one down the line into the upper deck in RF off of Severino to tie the game at 1. Severino has given up just three HR all year, and one is to Trout and another to Ohtani.

In the bottom of that inning, the Yanks loaded the bases with two out for Stanton, but he popped up.

In the top of the seventh, Judge threw out a runner trying for a double. What is fortunate about this is that, unlike the laser to the plate before, it seemed as if Judge did not throw this ball particularly hard to 2B for this out. The next batter singled, so this probably saved another run.

Bottom of the seventh. For the fourth consecutive game, Gleyber Torres homers (9) and it gives the Yanks a 2-1 lead. We heard the hype when the Yanks got him at the age of 19 two years ago. The hype is real. Torres also ranged far to his left to make a fine defensive play tonight.

With one on and two out in the top of the eighth, Chapman is called upon for a four-out save.  He comes on with a man on first, two out to face Ohtani, and he gets him (after a WP) on a groundout.

Judge 2 OF assists.
Wow. Didi’s slump has him down to .240
Torres 2 hits. Both RBI. HR.

Severino 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 4 W, 5 K. 2.28. Gave up 1 HR. Thanks to Judge.
Green (W, 3-0, 2.42) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.    Thanks to Judge.
Robertson (H, 7) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.76
Chapman (S, 10) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.33

Surprising: Boston DFAd Hanley Ramirez, a Yankee-killer.

Minor League Report. (Also, some Yankees news).

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For the second time this month, the Yanks had to spend overnight at an airport. Last night, after taking off, it was discovered that there was a malfunction, the plane had to return to Dallas and the Yanks once again had to wait hours at the airport before leaving. This happened last week in Washington, now again. Luckily both occurrences were before off-days, but the Yanks came out flat in KC after it happened. What about tomorrow vs. the Angels? At least tomorrow (Friday) the ace, Severino, is pitching.

Some interesting tidbits about Old-Timer’s Day this year. Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi will be there. Jim Leyritz is pissed because he didn’t get an invite.

Boston lost, so the lead Boston has over the Yanks is down to one. Boston is 34-16, the Yanks 31-15. So the Yanks are actually one up in the loss column, having played four less games. So if the Yanks, in those four extra games they have, go 3-1, they would be even with Boston.

He was not there long. Ryan Bollinger, brought up yesterday, was immediately sent back down. Reason? Tommy Kahnle is expected to be reactivated tomorrow.

Now for Saturday, it gets interesting, because Greg Bird is expected back on Saturday. But who does he replace? Tyler Austin? In 28 games, 101 at bats, Austin is hitting only .238, but has 8 HR, 23 RBI and has an OPS+ of 118, 18% above league average. The walk/k ratio isn’t good at 7/41, and the average isn’t hot, but it would be a tough send-down for someone with an 118 OPS+, 8 HR and 23 RBI.

Nick Swisher is with the Yanks, basically as a “scout”.

AAA: SWB (21-24) won 3-1. SS Tyler Wade (.228) 2 hits. 1B Greg Bird 1 for 5, RBI. 2B Billy Fleming 2 hits. RF L.J. Mazzilli 2 hits.

Keep an eye on Josh Rogers. If the Yanks need an emergency starter, he may be called up before Justus Sheffield. LHP, 23, 24 in July.

Rogers (W, 4-3, 2.80) 6 1/3, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Feyereisen (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.18
Coshow (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.21

AA: Trenton (27-19) lost 1-0, getting just three hits.

Keller (L, 4-3, 3.11) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Frawley 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.45

High A: Tampa (24-21) lost 9-1.

3B Angel Aguilar HR. RF Alexander Palma and CF Dom Thompson-Williams 2 hits each.

Nelson (L, 1-2 6.89) 2 2/3 IP, 7 R, 4 H, 4 W, 3 K
Trieglaff 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.70
Young 3 IP,  1 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K.    5.63

Low A: Charleston (20-25) rained out.

 

 

Game 43. The Austins (Tyler and Romine) power Yanks to a 10-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Yeah, Baby!

Tyler Austin powered the Yanks to a 10-1 win over KC on Sunday, as he hit two two-run homers, and not to be outdone, Austin Romine hit one himself.

Miguel Andujar also homered.

Sonny Gray had his best outing of the year, 1 R in 8 IP.

The Yanks broke open a scoreless duel in the fourth when Hicks walked and Austin hit a 2-run HR. Andujar then tripled and scored on a broken-bat single by Romine. 3-0 Yanks.

In the fifth, Stanton doubled and Hicks tripled him home. 4-0. Austin’s 2nd HR of the game, and eighth of the season, made it 6-0.

Meanwhile, Sonny Gray retired the first 14 batters he faced.

In the eighth, Romine doubled, Torreyes singled him to third. After an out, Gardner singled to make it 7-0. Judge walked to load the bases and a WP made it 8-0.

KC got a run in the bottom of the eighth, but Andujar (4) and Romine (1) hit back-to-back homers in the ninth to make it 10-1.

The win puts the Yanks at 30-13 for the season, and keeps them percentage points above Boston (but two up in the loss column). They head to Texas, and Monday it will be Tanaka vs. the “Big Sexy”, Bartolo Colon. Colon turns 45 on Thursday.

Stanton 2 hits. Double.
Hicks 2 hits, triple, RBI.
Austin 2 HR, 4 RBI
Andujar 3 hits, triple, HR
Romine 3 hits, double, HR. 2 RBI

Gray (W, 3-3, 5.48) 8 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Cole 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 8.80 (Wash/NYY)

 

Game 42. Yanks crush 5 HR in 8-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks hit five homers while defeating KC 8-3 on Saturday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 29-13 on the season and kept them percentage points above 31-15 Boston in the AL East.

The Yanks struck first by getting a run in the top of the first. Aaron Hicks singled and later scored on a double by Gary Sanchez.

In the third, Hicks hit his fourth HR of the season. It was his second inside-the-park HR of the year, and he is the first Yankee since Mickey Mantle (3 in 1958) to have more than one inside-the-park HR in a season. When Mickey played, it was 457′ to LCF and 461′ to CF right behind the monuments in the old Stadium. So if he hit a moonshot out there and it didn’t get over the fence, he’d get a 450 ft. inside the park HR. With Hicks it’s been a bit different with funky caroms off of the wall in away games. But anyway, 2-0 Yanks.

With Severino going, you figured 2-0 was enough. But while good, Seve wasn’t at his ace-like best, and gave up two runs in the third.

Gleyber Torres got the lead back for the Yanks for good in the game by crushing a 3-run HR in the fourth, his fourth HR of the season.

KC got one back in the fifth to make it 5-3, and almost got more. A Stanton to Torreyes to Sanchez relay off a double nailed a runner at the plate. KC appealed, but lost.

Sanchez homered in the seventh, his first of two homers for the game, to make it 6-3. The Yanks lost out on another run when Miguel Andujar was gunned down at the plate trying to score on a double by Clint Frazier.

In the ninth, Stanton (11) and Sanchez (12) went back-to-back with their HRs, making for the final score of 8-3.

Hicks 2 hits, solo HR.
Stanton solo HR.
Sanchez 4 hits, double, 2 HR, 3 RBI.
Austin 2 hits.
Clint Frazier (1st MLB game this season) double, two walks.
Torreyes 2 hits.
Torres 3-run HR.

Severino (W, 7-1, 2.35) 6 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 2 W, 6 K.
Green (H, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.35
Betances (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.74
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.42

 

Game 25. Red-Hot Didi wins it in the 10th, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Didi Gregorius’ 10th HR of the season, a solo shot in the top of the tenth, won the game for the Yankees, 4-3, over the Angels Friday night. The win is the Yanks’ seventh in a row and puts them at 16-9 on the season. They are three behind Boston and in second place in the AL East.

The Angels scored first when Shohei Ohtani hit a solo HR off of Luis Severino in the second inning. Ohtani later had to leave the game with an ankle injury.

The Yanks tied it in the fifth when Andujar hit the first of his two doubles on the night, went to third on a single by Torreyes, and scored on a SF by Hicks.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the sixth, when Didi beat out a bunt single, and went to second when Stanton reached on an error. Gary Sanchez struck out, but a WP moved both runners up. Neil Walker was robbed of a HR, and Didi scored on the SF, but in a timing play, he scored before Stanton was ruled out for moving to third and for leaving the bag too early while tagging up. The umps appeared to blow that call.

Walker, hitting just .164 with only two extra-base hits and 4 RBI, did show signs of maybe snapping out of it, just missing two HR on the night. Stanton also hit one deep that appeared to be gone but just missed.

But you do wonder what becomes of Walker when Greg Bird comes back. The Yanks can’t send down Tyler Austin (who has been doing well, what with Austin hitting .290-5-16), can they?

Severino was sailing along with a two-hitter and the only mistake being the Ohtani HR until the seventh when Trout and Pujols singled, and with two out, Severino threw a WP. The next pitch after that was hit for a triple by Andrelton Simmons, giving the Halos a 3-2 lead. For Pujols, it was hit #2995. He has 619 HR. The only players in MLB history with 3000 or more hits and 600 or more HR are Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and A-Rod.

The Yanks tied it in the ninth. Sanchez walked and with one out, Andujar hit his second double of the night (I don’t know what the Yanks are going to do once Brandon Drury is ready. Andujar is at .292-3-11 and leads the majors with 11 doubles).  After Gleyber Torres was intentionally walked to set up a possible game-ending DP, Brett Gardner PH for Torreyes, and this was a risky move because then the Yanks lost the DH, and Andujar, who was the DH, later went to replace Torreyes at 3B. The pitcher now had to hit. Remember the Yanks’ have a shortened bench because this was the first game of Tyler Austin’s suspension (reduced to 4 games from 5). Gardner came through with a SF that tied the game at 3.

That set the stage for Didi’s 10th HR of the year in the top of the tenth. Chapman gave up a two-out double in the bottom of the tenth but got the save.

Didi: what a start. .368-10-30. He leads the majors in ALL THREE CATEGORIES, as well as Slugging, OPS, OPS+, and Total bases.

Judge: 0 for 5, 4 K. After one K, bench coach Josh Bard was ejected.
Didi: 3 hits, bunt single, double, GW HR.
Andujar: 2 doubles

Severino 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K. 2.61. Gave up HR to Ohtani.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 8.10
Robertson (W, 1-1, 3.14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.64

David Hale was claimed off of waivers by the Twins. UPDATE: Less than 48 hours later, the Twins DFA’d him.