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Game 41. CC stops Rays behind Gardner HR, Judge catch, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees struck out 17x on Sunday, but found a way to win 3-2 behind CC Sabathia, the bullpen, Didi Gregorius’ 4 hits, a Brett Gardner HR, and a game-saving catch by Aaron Judge.

CC gave up a run in the first when Gary Sanchez made a throwing error trying to pick off a runner from first base.

All the Yankees’ runs came in the second inning. Ellsbury doubled, and after an out, Gregorius, 4 for 4 for the day, singled him in to tie the game. After another out, Brett Gardner hit a 2-run HR (8) to make it 3-1 Yanks.

CC gave up a HR to Derek Norris in the fifth that cut the score to 3-2, and that was the final.

But in the sixth, Aaron Judge saved the day. With no one out and a man on first, he made a diving catch on what appeared to be a game-tying double or triple by Evan Longoria and turned it into a DP, doubling up the runner on first. The next batter made out and the Yanks won the game 3-2.

It made up for a rough day at the plate for Judge and other Yankees.

Judge 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.
Holliday 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts, and I believe he was 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts on Saturday, meaning 0 for his last 7, all strikeouts.
Castro 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts.
Gardner (2) and Gregorius (4) had six of the Yanks’ seven hits.

Sabathia (W, 4-2, 4.62) 5+ IP, 2 R, 1 ER,   4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00
Clippard (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 2 K. 1.45
Betances (S, 2)  1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.66

The win puts the Yankees back in first by 1/2 a game at 25-16 as we hit the quarter pole.

Game 37. Yanks blast KC, 11-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Hicks hit a 3-run HR (7), and Starlin Castro (.351) had three hits as the Yanks beat KC 11-7 Wednesday night.

With the win, the 24-13 Yanks have a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

In the first, Gardner singled and scored on a two out double by Castro.

The Yanks got five in the fourth. With one out, Castro doubled again, and Judge walked. After Headley flied out for the second out, and Didi Gregorius singled in a run. Hicks then hit his 3-run HR to make it 5-0. Carter singled, and Gardner tripled to make it 6-0.

Yankee’s starter Michael Pineda gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the inning that cut the Yankee’s lead to 6-2.

The Yanks came right back with four in the fifth. Castro singled and Judge walked again. Headley singled in one run and Gregorius singled in another. Hicks walked to load the bases. Carter grounded into a force out that brought one run home and Gardner hit a SF to make it 10-2. Sanchez then singled but Carter was thrown out at the plate for the last out of the inning.

Pineda gave up another HR in the bottom of the fifth that made it 10-3. KC got another run in the seventh to make it 10-4.

The Yanks made it 11-3 in the eighth. Sanchez and Holliday singled and Castro walked. After Judge struck out, Headley got an RBI on a forceout.

Giovanny Gallegos ran into trouble in the bottom of the ninth, giving up three runs before Dellin Betances came in to get the final out. 11-7 Yankees.

Chase Headley’s defensive problems resurfaced. Two errors, and he has nine this year and we haven’t hit the quarter-pole yet.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI (.285)
Sanchez 2 hits, .293 (heating up)
Holliday 2 hits, .272
Castro 3 hits, rbi. .351
Headley 2 RBI
Gregorus 2 hits, 2 RBI (319)
Hicks 2 hits, 3-run HR (7) .326

Pineda (w, 4-2, 3.42) 6+ IP,  4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.52
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.19
Gallegos 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.75
Betances (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.73


Games 34/35. Yanks split DH.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Game 1: The Yanks won the opener of a DH, 11-6, with a six-run seventh inning.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the first on a double by Gardner and ground outs by Ellsbury and Holliday.

Severino got out of trouble in the first and second, but was knocked out in the third. He didn’t have it today. The unsung hero of the day is Chad Green, recalled when Chapman got put on the DL. With three runs already in, one out and the bases loaded, Green got a DP ball and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

With another game tonight, you don’t want to burn out your bullpen in game one.

The Yanks got back-to-back HRs from Castro (7) and Judge (14) in the fourth to go up 4-3. Castro’s slice to the RF porch was a 2-run HR and Judge’s went 441 ft., just right of dead center.

Adam Warren gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, in the top of the seventh to make it 6-4 Houston, but in the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks exploded, with the key blow being a bases-loaded triple by Chase Headley.

With one out, Gardner singled and Ellsbury doubled. Holliday singled in a run, Castro doubled to tie the game. Judge was intentionally walked to load the bases. After Didi struck out, Headley hit his triple to make it 9-6, and Carter doubled to make it 10-6.

Gardner homered (7) in the eighth for the final score of 11-6.

Gardner 3 hits, inc. the HR.
Holliday 2 RBI.
Castro 2 hits, inc. the HR, 3 RBI
Judge the HR.
Headley those 3 RBI.

Severino 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 HBP, 2 K. 3.86
Green 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00. Unsung hero.
Warren (Bs, 1; W, 1-0, 1.29) 2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.72

Game 2: After the Jeter #2 retirement ceremony which was great, the beginning of the game was a disaster, and you have to be wondering if something if physically wrong with Masahiro Tanaka, and the last thing the Yanks need after losing Chapman for a month is for something to be wrong for Tanaka.

Tanaka gave up HRs to both of the first two batters he faced, and later on in the first inning, he gave up a grand slam. The Yanks were down 6-0 before they even came to bat.

Tanaka gave up 2 more runs, and another HR, in the second inning. He didn’t make it out of the second inning, and in 1 2/3 IP, gave up 8 runs and 4 HR.

That is not Tanaka. The blowout on Opening Day. Now this. You really have to wonder if something is wrong with him—if that partially torn UCL in his elbow has blown out.

(Update: The postgame report said nothing is physically wrong with Tanaka. But…) 

I hope not. But tonight’s performance sets off alarms. His ERA is close to 6.00. That’s not him.

The reason Refsnyder was brought up and no corresponding move—if a surprise unexpected DH is necessary, teams can go to 26 players for the extra game. Still I wonder why Refsnyder, who unfortunately hasn’t distinguished himself too much, and not Ji-Man Choi, hitting .350 at SWB and who hopefully would be better than the so-far disappointing Chris Carter.

Giovanny Gallegos came in and was decent in his 2nd MLB game, keeping the game right there, giving up 1 run in the fourth.

The bullpen was great filling in for Tanaka, who was just brutal.

The Yanks got four runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Gardner and a 3-run HR by Holliday (7).

Houston got a run in the ninth, and the Yanks got 3 in the bottom of the ninth to make it respectable at 10-7. They had the tying run at the plate for the last out.

Tanaka (L, 5-2, 5.80) 1 2/3 IP, 8 R, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Gallegos 3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00
Shreve 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Layne 1 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.75
Betances 1/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.75

Gardner 3 hits, Sanchez 2 hits.
Holliday 3 RBI, HR.

Ex-umpire Steve Palermo died of cancer at the age of 67. He was not only a good umpire, but he lost his umpiring job due to being a hero. He was shot trying to break up a robbery, was paralyzed, busted his butt just to walk again and became director of umpires because he couldn’t umpire again. Courageous, a hero, and taken from us way too soon.

Game 31. Reds snap Yanks’ win streak at 6, win 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia had one bad inning, but that one bad inning cost him 5 runs and the ballgame as the Yanks’ six-game winning streak came to an end, 5-3, at the hands of the Reds.

Gary Sanchez put the Yanks up 1-0 in the first with his second HR of the season. Remember he missed a month.

Didi Gregorius, who also missed a month or so, hit his first HR of the year in the second to put the Yanks up 2-0.

Then CC gave up 5 in the bottom of the second. Reds’ star Joey Votto had 2 of the RBI.

Didi singled in a run in the fourth to make it 5-3 but there was no scoring after that.

I have to ask this question. Ronald Torreyes has done a decent job filling in, esp. when Didi was out. But there is a big flaw in his game. After tonight, in 84 plate appearances, Torreyes, who is small, 5’6″ or so, has only one walk. One. He needs to develop better plate discipline.

He came up with the bases loaded in the sixth. Foul, groundout. Only two pitches. You’d think with his small size, he’d crouch a little and try to draw a walk.

Just kidding as far as crouching, but you know what I mean. 1 walk in 84 plate appearances isn’t good, even if Torreyes is hitting .305. A mild criticism, but a legit one.

Sanchez came up in the ninth with two on and one out and hit a bullet, but the liner was caught and Hicks was doubled off of second. That’s baseball. He hit it hard, but….

Chad Green made his season debut.

CC struggled, and his ERA has gone from 2.70 to 5.77 in his past few starts. You can say he is the weak link in the rotation. He has to be fine and perfect. He can’t get away with stuff like he could have five years ago. He had only one bad inning but it cost him. He doesn’t have much of a margin for error with what he has right now.

Sabathia (L, 2-2, 5.77) 6 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K. 0.77. Walked the first two, struck out the next three.
Chad Green 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Didi was 3 for 4, HR, 2 RBI.

Hopefully Chris Carter wakes up soon and doesn’t keep hitting like Jimmy Carter. I still don’t know why Ji-Man Choi wasn’t brought up for a couple of weeks to platoon w/Carter at 1B while Bird is out. Choi is hitting like .350, playing 1B for SWB.

The Yanks are off Wednesday, then a four-game set against AL West leader Houston (inc. Beltran and McCann). Houston is playing well, so this will be a test. Sunday night’s game (Mother’s Day) is an ESPN night game, and the Yanks will be retiring Derek Jeter’s #2 that night.

Game 29. Yanks win 18-inning marathon 5-4, sweep Cubs.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For those of you (and that would be most of you) who were NOT up at 2 A.M. watching the end of this one….

Luis Severino, maturing in front of our eyes, went seven strong innings, making only one mistake, but saw his good effort wasted by an Aroldis Chapman bad performance that put the game into extra innings.

The game went on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and…

the Yanks wound up winning it in 18 innings, 5-4, to sweep the defending World Champion Cubs and go to 20-9 on the season.

The Yanks struck first. Ellsbury singled but was picked off first by the catcher. Cubs starter Jon Lester is infamous for not wanting to field his position or throw to first on pickoffs and Ellsbury took a big lead. But that doesn’t mean the catcher can’t try to pick you off. When the catcher threw down, Ellsbury should just have taken off to second. Who knows, maybe the first baseman makes a bad throw. Instead, he was a dead duck.

But Hicks walked, Holliday singled, and they executed a double steal. Good. Have to be aggressive on the basepaths against Lester. Castro’s RBI groundout plated a run.

Severino retired the first eight guys he faced, but gave up a HR with two out and two strikes in the third.

So it stood until the seventh. Good pitcher’s duel.

In the seventh, Castro reached on a two-base error and Judge tripled him in.

Now I have to criticize Girardi a bit. As people who consistently read me know, the only criticism I have of Girardi is that he NEVER squeezes. Ever. With Judge on third and no one out, Didi popped up on the first pitch, Headley grounded to third, and Romine lined to third. They didn’t get Judge in. Luckily it didn’t bit them.

But think of this. Judge, 6’7″, 282 pounds, at third. No one out. You squeeze. If you are the other team’s catcher, how would you feel having Judge barreling down the line at you and you have to tag him out? Know what I’m saying here?

In the eighth, Gardner PH for Severino and singled. Ellsbury followed with a two-run HR (4) to put the Yanks up 4-1. Well, that made up for before.

Chapman struggled in the ninth and was awful.  I HATE bringing in a closer just because “he’s your closer”. Use your damned eyes. If the setup guy is doing well, LEAVE HIM IN THERE. Chapman blew the lead and forced the game into extra innings.

Honestly, it isn’t difficult. Too often managers over-manage and take the easy way out.

I really feel managers lose games more than win them.

One thing about playing in an NL park without the DH—- Aaron Judge was double-switched out of the ball game. Think about that for a minute. I hate NL rules. Sorry.

Finally, in the 18th, Hicks bunt singled and went to second on a throwing error. Torreyes bunted him to third, and Hicks scored when Castro grounded out, beating the play at the plate. The Yanks put more runners on, but Shreve made the last out. The Yanks were out of position players.

In the bottom of the 18th, the Cubs put runners on but the last out of the game was made by the pitcher, since the Cubs ran out of position players and in fact, a couple times in the game, had to PH one better hitting pitcher for a weaker-hitting one, and this was one of those cases.

There were 48 strikeouts in the game, a major league record.

Severino 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR, 3.40
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.84
Chapman (BS, ) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 3.00. 1 HBP w/the bases loaded that tied the game.
Clippard 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.35
Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.51
Holder 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.08.
Shreve (w, 1-0, 0.00) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 5 K.

With the bullpens being used so much, I won’t be surprised if a move is made today.

Let’s hope Tanaka throws a complete game victory against the Reds tonight.

Game 26. All Rise! Judge HRs again in Yanks’ 8-6 win. Ex-Twins mgr. Mele dies.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks’ overcome a bad start by CC Sabathia and beat Toronto 8-6 on Wednesday night to go to 17-9 on the season. They got HRs by Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge in the victory. They are off today and head to Chicago for a weekend series against the Cubs. They should be getting Gary Sanchez back Friday as well.

CC gave up 4 runs in the first inning, but the Yanks got three back on Holliday’s HR, his fifth of the season and #300 of his career.

But CC gave up two more in the top of the second.

Judge got two back in the third with his 13th HR of the season.

The Yanks had the bases loaded in the fifth, and at this point, probably every Yankees’ fan was rooting for Kyle Higashioka to finally get his first MLB hit, but he struck out. Higashioka will be sent down for Sanchez, and unfortunately will be taking an 0 for 18 back with him.

Joe Girardi didn’t like the umps’ strike zone and was ejected.

Shortly after the ejection, with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Judge singled, Headley doubled him to third, and Carter singled to tie the game. PH Didi Gregorius singled to make it 7-6 Yanks, and later on Aaron Hicks walked with the bases loaded to give the Yanks an insurance run.

Gardner 2 Hits and drew 2 walks. Holliday 3-run HR.
Judge 3 hits, inc. HR. 2 RBI. Carter 2 hits, RBI. Hicks walked 3x.

Sabathia 4+ IP, 6 R, 7 H, 4 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.45
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 H, 1 K. 0.63
Clippard 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 w, 2 k. 1.54
Betances (w, 3-1, 0.93) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.87

The Yanks’ bullpen cleaned up for CC, going 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 6 K. And check their ERA’s.

Sam Mele died a few days ago at the age of 95. He was an OF/1B for the Red Sox 1947-1949, Senators 1949-1952, White Sox 1952-1953, Orioles 1954, Red Sox again 1954-1955, Reds 1955 and Indians 1956. He led the AL in doubles in 1951. His 162 game average was .267-12-84 OPS+ 97.

He managed the Twins from 1961-1967, winning the 1965 AL pennant. They lost that series in 7 to the Dodgers. He had a .546 winning percentage. His teams also finished second in 1962 and 1966.

Game 25. Judge (2 HR), Jury (Gardner, 2 HR) and Executioner (Hicks) as Yanks win 11-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge hit 2 HR and so did Brett Gardner as the Yanks beat Toronto tonight, 11-5, to go to 16-9 on the season.

One bit of concern. Austin Romine left the game with a groin injury. Will the Yanks be forced to rush Gary Sanchez back from rehab? (See my minor league report on what Sanchez did in his first rehab game tonight. I should be posting that tomorrow morning.)

Before the game, a couple of moves. Cessa down, Shreve up. Bird to the 10-day DL. Refsnyder up.

Doubles by the resurgent Brett Gardner and by Matt Holliday gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead in the first.

In the second, the Yanks got a 2-run HR by Hicks (5) and Gardner’s first HR of the game (3), also a 2-run shot, to make it 5-0.

Aaron Judge sliced a HR around the opposite field (RF) foul pole (11) to make it 6-0 in the third.

Gardner, who had no RBI in the first 20 games, had his second 2-hr game of the week by hitting a HR in the fourth to make it 7-0. You need this. Guys hot will cool off, and then guys cold need to heat up. Not everyone is hot at the same time. You need the guys who are cold to heat up when the hot guys cool off.

Chase Headley got an RBI single in the sixth, but Steve Pearce hit 2 HR for Toronto, one in the fifth and another in the seventh, and Dellin Betances balked home a run in the seventh, and the next thing you know, it was 8-4 Yanks.

Aaron Judge then hit his second HR of the game, a three-run shot (12) in the seventh to put the game away, 11-4.

Toronto got a run in the eighth, but that was the end of the scoring. Yanks win 11-5.

Gardner 3 hits, scored 3, drove in 3, 2 HR.
Headley 2 hits, rbi.
Holliday 3 hits, rbi.
Castro 2 hits (.360).
Judge 2 for 3, scored 3 runs, drove in 4, walked twice. 2 HR.
Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI. HR.

Hopefully Kyle Higashioka gets his first MLB hit soon. The poor guy is 0 for 15.

Tanaka (w, 4-1, 4.46) 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Clippard 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.80
Betances (H, 5) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.08
Layne 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.00
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00

Some Red Sox’ fans hurled racist epithets at Baltimore’s Adam Jones last night. Disgusting. Boston was the last of the original 16 teams to integrate. They even had a disgusting, racist thing happen to Celtics’ legend Bill Russell in the 1960s. Not all Red Sox fans are assholes like this. All fan bases have jerks. But what happened is uncalled for.

Manny Machado, Jones’ teammate, blasted the Red Sox. Nice job, asshole fans who did that. Machado is a free agent soon. He is a superstar. If he signs with, say, the Yankees over Boston, you have no one to blame but yourselves.