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Game 52. Yanks rally to force extras but lose in 10th, 8-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nothing lasts forever.

Domingo German came into the game with a 9-1 record (it stays 9-1) and the Yanks were on a seven-game winning streak.

German had an off-day, giving up 4 HR, and the Yanks, down 7-1 at one point, rallied with three runs with two out in the ninth to force extra innings only to lose 8-7 in the tenth.

Before the game, Jake Barrett to the IL (elbow inflammation), Joe Harvey brought up.

The Yanks scored first when with one out in the second, Gleyber Torres singled, Kendrys Morales walked and Clint Frazier singled in Torres.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the second, then a solo shot in the fourth.

In the fifth, back-to-back HR given up by German scored three more runs and the Yanks were in a 7-1 hole.

Gleyber Torres got the Yanks back in the game with a 3-run HR (13) in the sixth. 7-4.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Frazier and Gio Urshela singled. Frazier had to watch himself as he could have been picked off second. Brett Gardner struck out and the Yanks were down to their final out. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Frazier to make it 7-5. Luke Voit walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks singled to tie the game.

Here is where I had a lot of questions. I don’t know what relievers were available, but I found some decisions a bit strange.

Manager Aaron Boone left Nestor Cortes, Jr. in to pitch a fourth inning after the Yanks had tied it up. I had figured that once the Yanks did tie it up, that someone like Ottavino, Kahnle, or Britton might now come in. Instead Cortes stayed out there. He got the first two outs, then got into a jam, giving up two singles and an intentional walk to load the bases before getting out of it with a pop-up. Even after Cortes gave up the hits, he stayed out there. Odd, I thought, stretching Cortes out to four innings, especially with the game on the line.

Then in the tenth, Boone brought in Jonathan Holder rather than someone else. As I mentioned, I don’t know who was or wasn’t available, but I am not too comfortable with Holder in a tight game. Of all the regular relievers (those who have pitched in ten or more games this year, not those on the SWB shuttle), only Chad Green has a higher ERA than Holder. So my “trust factor” in Holder isn’t as high as with the others. But again, it may have been a case of lose the battle to win the war. Who was and wasn’t available.

Holder’s biggest mistake was, with one out, walking the #9 hitter, Billy Hamilton. Hamilton has little power, but a great deal of speed. You just can’t walk him there (and on five pitches). You have to make him earn his way on. Sure enough, Hamilton stole second. After Gio Urshela made a fabulous play for the second out, Whit Merrifield hit one past Urshela that ate him up and that ended the ballgame.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa did make an interesting and true observation the other day. As much as we love the bats of Sanchez, Voit, Frazier and Andujar, the Yanks will have to make some decisions on them. Now Sanchez and Voit aren’t going anywhere, but Frazier and Andujar’s futures could turn on their defense, or lack of it. As much as we love their bats, their defense can’t be so bad that it negates their sticks. We know the problems with Sanchez on wild pitches and passed balls. Voit is Ok, but more Giambi than Mattingly-like at 1B.  You can’t just field a team that cannot play the D. Judging by what I heard, I think Francesa thinks that if Frazier’s and Andujar’s D don’t pick up in the upcoming years, that both could be on the trade block. One reason for the Yanks winning right now is the defense of guys like LeMahieu and Urshela. Maybe Frazier (and this was mentioned on YES’ postgame show) is a little gun-shy after his concussion last year, but his defense in this KC series left a lot to be desired, especially when he got close to the wall. And it hasn’t just been in this past KC series, either.

The “easy” part of the Yanks’ schedule is now over. They don’t have as many Orioles/KC/White Sox teams anymore. The schedule now gets tougher. They have a 3-game series at home now against SD, followed by 4 games at home against Boston. They’ll be facing tougher teams now.

To their credit, the Yanks did what they should do with the soft schedule they’ve had so far. Win. 34-18. Up by 2 games in the AL East, even with a team decimated by injuries. Good job so far.

But decisions will have to be made soon. Didi Gregorius will move up to AAA SWB on Tuesday and should be back in maybe one or two weeks. What I would do when he comes back is not to send down Thairo Estrada, but to DFA Kendrys Morales. Didi could DH (until Stanton returns) instead of Morales. By having Didi DH, you protect that recently operated on right elbow of his. You play him at SS every so often to give Torres or LeMahieu a rest, and LeMahieu or Estrada can go to 3B to give Urshela a breather. LeMahieu can spell Voit at 1B. To me, Morales (5 for 30) as a Yankee is expendable. I would like to keep Estrada (.318) a bit longer. We’ll see what the Yanks do.

Also, when Stanton or Judge return, more decisions. Frazier has options, Maybin doesn’t. It may be better to keep Maybin’s defense and speed on the bench for now (out of options) and send down Frazier (who has options) to work on his defense once Judge or Stanton, whoever is first, comes back.

But when guys return, tough decisions will have to be made, and someone who is performing well now will have to go for guys like Didi, Judge and Stanton to regain their spots.

That goes for pitchers too, when Paxton, Severino, Betances and Montgomery come back and also if, after the baseball draft, the Yanks outbid the Rays for someone like Dallas Keuchel.

The moves in the next few months will be very interesting.

The game:

Hicks 2 RBI (tied game in 9th)
Torres 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR (13)
Frazier 3 hits, RBI. Did make an error.
Urshela 2 hits

German 5 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 0 W, 6 K. 3.43. Gave up 4 HR.
Cortes 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K.  5.40
Holder (L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

A non-baseball note: RIP Bart Starr, #15, QB for those great Lombardi Green Bay Packer teams of the 1960s. Starr was a 5x Champion. After losing in the 1960 NFL title game to the Eagles, Starr led the Packers to NFL titles in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1967. The 1966 and 1967 titles were followed with wins over the AFL (pre-merger) in Super Bowls I and II, both of which Starr was the MVP in. Starr was 85.

Update: With Paxton still on the shelf, as well as CC and Loaisiga (and Adams went 4 innings the other day, Cortes 4 yesterday), Chad Green will once again be the “opener” today, hence the decisions of yesterday to save the bullpen. Pitching, especially starting, reinforcements can’t arrive fast enough, whether it be Paxton and CC getting off the DL (along with Severino and Montgomery) or getting another starter.

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Game 46. Sanchez 3-Runs HR caps Yanks’ comeback win. 10-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

J.A. Happ has been the Yankees’ most disappointing starter this season, and that continued Monday night as the Yankees (29-17, 1st by 1 game) trailed 6-1 after four innings.

But the Yanks scored 4 times in the top of the ninth to complete a 10-7 win over the Orioles, capped off by Gary Sanchez’ GW HR (13).

Gleyber Torres homered twice (10). What Torres and Sanchez are doing to Baltimore pitching is amazing. 8 of Torres’ 10 HR are against the O’s, as are 7 of Sanchez’ 13.

The disappointing Happ gave up two runs right away in the bottom of the first.

Torres hit the first of his two HR of the night in the top of the second to cut the O’s lead to 2-1.

Happ gave up 2 HR in the third, 4-1. He gave up two more runs in the fourth and was knocked out of the game, 6-1.

In the sixth, D.J. LeMahieu singled and Aaron Hicks walked. A groundout by Luke Voit moved both runners up. Sanchez singled in one run to make it 6-2. Kendrys Morales’ groundout made it 6-3.

Luis Cessa gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth, 7-3 Orioles.

The Yanks cut it to 7-5 in the seventh. Gio Urshela singled and with one out, Cameron Maybin walked. LeMahieu singled in one run. Aaron Hicks hit a flyball and wasn’t given a SF, because twice in this game, LF Dwight Smith of the Orioles made poor throws to home plate. Instead, on this one, Smith got an error, no SF for Hicks as Maybin scored.

Torres’ second HR of the game cut the Orioles’ lead to 7-6 in the top of the eighth.

In the top of the ninth, Brett Gardner led off with a single, and advanced to third on a single by Maybin. Maybin took second on the throw, as the O’s tried to get Gardner at third. After a groundout that failed to advance the runners, Hicks hit his second SF of the game to score Gardner and tie the game, and Maybin took third. Great baserunning by Maybin in this inning.

Earlier in the game, Luke Voit dropped a popup. Now he popped up for what should have been the final out of the inning. Orioles’ catcher Pedro Severino misplayed the foul popup and it dropped. Voit walked, and on the first pitch to him, Sanchez drilled a 3-run HR to make it 10-7 Yankees, which was the game’s final score.

Before the game, Chance Adams, who threw 50 pitches Sunday in going three scoreless innings for the save, was sent down and Jake Barrett was recalled in order to give the Yankees a fresh bullpen arm.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI.
Voit 2 hits.
Sanchez 2 hits, 4 RBI. GW 3-run HR. HR #13. 7 against the O’s.
Torres 2 solo HR. 10 HR on the season, 8 against the O’s.

Happ 3 2/3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.16
Cessa 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  3.63
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.91
Britton (W, 2-0, 2.53) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Chapman (S, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   1.93

Not counting Chad Green, who served as the “opener” on Sunday, Yankees’ starters ERAs are:

Tanaka 3.09
Happ 5.16
German 2.50
Paxton 3.11
CC 2.97
Loaisiga 4.50

Loaisiga of course, is on the DL and probably won’t return until August, and he was the fill-in starter. Paxton should come off the DL soon. But of the five regulars (Tanaka, Happ, German, Paxton and CC), you can see that Happ has been the most disappointing by far this season.

But a great comeback win which puts the Yanks a full game in front of the idle Rays.

Minor League Report. Hicks breaks out.

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AAA: After going 0 for 14 in his first four rehab games, CF Aaron Hicks broke out in SWB’s (18-14) 5-1 win, getting 3 hits— two doubles and a solo HR. DH Mike Ford had two solo HR. Raynel Espinal 5 IP, 1 R. Stephen Tarpley and Jake Barrett combined for four innings of scoreless relief.

AA: Trenton (21-10) scored five runs in the bottom of the 12th to win 8-7. LF Zach Zehner 2 RBI, inc. GW triple. CF Rashad Crawford 2 hits. 2B Wendell Rijo 3 hits, 4 RBI, inc. 2-run HR.

High A: Tampa won the completion of the suspended game, 5-2. CF Pablo Olivares 3 for 3, RBI. C Jason Lopez 2 RBI.

They (17-18) also won the regularly scheduled game 4-3 (both games 7 innings b/c of forced DH). C Donny Sands 2 hits, RBI. 3B Welfrin Mateo 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Charleston (19-16) lost 4-3 in 13 innings. CF Brandon Lockridge 2-run HR. Alexander Vizcaino a no-decision. 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 8 K. 3.34.

Game 36. Yanks fall, 10-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Just a bad night all around as the Yanks (21-15) lost 10-1 to Seattle. They only got five hits.

The only run came in the sixth when Mike Tauchman doubled, D.J. LeMahieu singled him to third and Tauchman scored on a SF by Luke Voit.

Only Luis Cessa pitched well.

Gio Urshela fouled a ball off of his leg and had to leave the game. X-rays negative, bruised knee.

D.J. LeMahieu 2 hits (.339).
Mike Tauchman 2 hits.

The Yanks may have to reconsider how quickly they are bringing guys back from rehab. Miguel Andujar is 2 for 19 since coming off of the DL. Meanwhile (see the minor league report) Aaron Hicks, in three rehab games, hasn’t got a hit yet. Maybe both need more time?

Loaisiga (L, 1-1, 4.50) 4 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.32
Barrett 2 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.   14.73

When Loaisiga was added to the roster for the start, Tyler Wade was sent down.

After this game, Barrett was sent down. Nestor Cortes reportedly on his way up.

Game 32. Paxton to DL, and Yanks fall, 7-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before Saturday’s game, the Yanks put James Paxton on the 10 day DL. They brought up Jake Barrett from SWB, where Barrett was 0-1, 1.50 in eight games. Barrett, 27, RHP, spent MLB time with Arizona 2016-2018, going 2-4, 4.05, ERA+ 113. He’ll probably be with the Yanks until the Yanks need a starter (Loaisiga, probably) to fill Paxton’s spot next turn around.

J.A. Happ, meanwhile, gave up 2 HR in the Yanks’ (18-14) 7-3 loss to the Twins Saturday. It’s been a disappointing start to the season for Happ so far, and with Paxton now shelved, the Yanks really need Happ to step it up.

The Yanks were down 5-0 in the seventh when Brett Gardner doubled, Cameron Maybin singled him to third and Gardner scored with Maybin moving up on a WP. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Maybin to cut it to 5-2.

But the Twins came right back with runs in the eighth and ninth.

The other Yankees’ run came when Gary Sanchez hit his eleventh HR of the year in the bottom of the eighth.

Miguel Andujar returned to the lineup, had a hit but made two errors.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Sanchez solo HR

Happ (L, 1-3, 4.93) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Harvey 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.14
Tarpley 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  10.38
Barrett 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40 Gave up 1 HR.

Today’s game (Sunday) has been pushed back from 1 PM to 4 PM because of the weather. The Yanks hope the rain stops and that they can get the game in.

 

 

Acquisitions and Minors. Semple overpowers at Low A.

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The Yanks made a couple minor acquisitions for depth in the past couple of days.

They picked up RHP Jake Barrett, 27. Barrett, a reliever, pitched in seven games for Arizona last year, going 0-1, 5.14. For his MLB career (2016-2018, all with AZ) he is 2-4, 4.05, ERA+ 113 in  103 games. He was 1-2, 3.49 as a rookie in 2016.

With the injuries to the infield, they also picked up infielder Cliff Pennington, 34 (35 in June), a switch-hitter. Pennington played in 16 games for the Reds in 2018. For his career, he has played for the A’s (2008-2012), Arizona (2013-2015), Blue Jays (2015), Angels (2016-2017) and Reds (2018). Mostly a SS/2B, he can play a little 3B, too. His 162 g. average for his career is .242-6-40, 14 SB , OPS+ 79. He was the A’s full-time SS 2010-2012. He has played in nine postseason games, going 4 for 15.

Both players will go to SWB.

Friday’s minor league action:

AAA: SWB (1-1) won over Buffalo 6-1. 3B Gio Urshela 3 hits, RBI. Starter and winner Nestor Cortes 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 9 K.

AA: Trenton got smoked in their opener, 11-1, getting just 3 hits. Nick Green gave up 7 runs in 2 2/3 IP of relief.

High A: Tampa (0-2) lost 5-3. RHP Deivi Garcia, 19, struck out 9 in his 10 outs (3 1/3 IP) but gave up 4 runs. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI. OF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits, RBI.

Low A: Charleston (2-0) won 6-1. RF Josh Stowers 3 hits, RBI.  C Josh Breaux 2 RBI. SS Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits.

Matt Sauer 4 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K
Shawn Semple (W) 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 10 K.   

 

 

Game 7. Yanks hit 4 HR (2 by Gleyber) to win 8-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After the first inning, it didn’t look good. James Paxton gave up 3 runs in the first, and one run scored on a balk, another via a WP.

Gleyber Torres homered in the third, but after five innings, it was 4-1 Orioles and you feared the worst.

But in the fifth, Sanchez homered (3) to make it 4-2 and later that inning, Torres homered (2) to give the Yanks a 5-4 lead.

Luke Voit, who was slumping, hit a 3-run HR (2) in the top of the ninth for the cushion and the final score of 8-4.

The win puts the Yanks at 3-4 on the season. Tampa Bay is off to a good start, but take a look at Boston, 2-6.

Paxton did settle in after the first inning to get the win.

Torres 4 for 4. Single, double, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Voit HR, 3 RBI
Sanchez HR
Gardner 2 hits

Tough day for Aaron Judge, who may be trying to do too much to carry the team with all the injuries. 0 for 5, 4 strikeouts.

Paxton (W, 1-1, 4.09)  5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 2 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Britton (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.50.

Greg Booker, a setup man who pitched for the Padres in the 1984 WS, passed away, age 58.  1983-1989 SD, Twins 1989, Giants 1990. 5-7, 3.89 in MLB career, ERA+ 95.

HOF manager Bobby Cox, mostly known for his managerial work for the Braves, but a Yankees’ 3B 1968-1969, is in the hospital after what appears to be a stroke. Prayers go out to him.

The Yanks are off Friday.

The Yanks did make a move, acquiring Jake Barrett from the Pirates and he will go to AAA SWB.

From Pinstripe Alley

In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees moved pitcher Ben Heller to the 60-day injured list.

Barrett has just 93.1 major-league innings to his name, all out of the bullpen with the Diamondbacks, along with a 4.05 ERA. The 27-year-old posted his best season in 2016, when he ran a 3.49 ERA, good for a 129 ERA+, across 59.1 innings. He’s spent little time in the majors since, making just seven appearances in 2018, allowing four runs in seven innings in the process.

He did play well in the minors last season, maintaining a 2.87 ERA in 53.1 innings for Triple-A Reno. Barrett struck out 11.3 batters per nine, but also ran a 4.9 BB/9 rate. According to Statcast, during Barrett’s brief time in the bigs last year, he relied heavily on his fastball, throwing his four-seamer 60% of the time. His slider made up 35% of his repertoire, while a splitter served as more of a show-me pitch with 5% usage. He averaged just over 94 mph on his fastball.

Now that the minor league season has started, I’ll be posting reports on the Yanks’ farm teams.

Spoiler alert: Gio Gonzalez sucked for SWB in their opener Thursday. Minor league Report coming tomorrow morning.