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Game 95. Bullpen woes cost Yankees. Lose 5-4 in 10.

The Yankees had a short bullpen, with the IL and COVID IL having O’Day, Peralta, Cortes, Loaisiga & King on it, and both Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman were unavailable due to recent usage.

Next man up, but….

those men didn’t deliver as the Yanks blew a 3-1 lead in the 9th, then a 4-3 lead in the tenth as the Yanks (50-45, 3rd, 8 GB) lost 5-4 in Boston. Another late inning bullpen meltdown, and the Yanks have had too many of those lately.

Poor Jordan Montgomery pitched well and once again got little run support. The Yanks only got four hits all game long.

They did go up 1-0 in the fourth. Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton walked to lead off the inning. After an out, a passed ball moved both runners up, and Gardner scored on a groundout by Gleyber Torres.

There was a 55 minute rain delay in the fifth inning.

Boston tied the game, helped by an error by Tyler Wade, in the seventh.

The Yanks went ahead 3-1 in the eighth. D.J. LeMahieu and Gardner both walked to lead off the inning, then Stanton singled to make it 2-1. Rougned Odor bunted both runners over and Torres hit a SF.

Luis Cessa pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, but manager Aaron Boone went to his closer for the night, Chad Green, for the ninth. Strikeout, single, single, lineout, and the Yankees were one out away. Instead, a double tied the game before Green then got the last out.

In the top of the tenth, Tyler Wade was the ghost runner at second. He moved up to third on a ground out and scored on a SF by Gardner.

Then to a wild, terrible bottom of the tenth. Brooks Kriske came in to pitch, and FOUR wild pitches by Kriske basically gave Boston the game. Boston had their ghost runner. WP moved him to third. Another WP and the game was tied, and Boston did nothing to earn that. A walk. A WP moved the winning run to second. Another WP moved him to third. A strikeout. A SF to win the game. What an ugly way to lose.

Torres 2 RBI

Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K. 3.96 1 WP
Romano (H, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.06 (Combined Cin/NYY; see below)
Luetge (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.20
Cessa (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.82
Green (BS, 2) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.06
Kriske (L, 1-1; BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 10.80 FOUR wild pitches.

Before the game, the Yanks DFA’d Asher Wojciechowski and brought up Sal Romano. Romano was with the Reds 2017 through this year and going into this game, had a career record of 15-19, 5.15 (ERA+ 85). 83 games, about half of which were starts.

Kriske was sent down after the game.

Game 94. Yanks walk-off Phils in 10, 6-5.

The Yanks moved into sole possession of third place in the AL East with a 6-5, 10-inning walk-off win over the Phils last night. The Yanks are 50-44, 7 GB.

The game featured both teams using spot, emergency starters. Both starters did surprisingly well, considering.

Asher Wojciechowski started for the Yanks, and things looked like they would be bleak when he gave up a HR to Jean Segura of the Phils on his first pitch of the game. But he settled in to just give up 2 runs in 4 IP. Hoy Jun Park was sent down to make room for Wojciechowski on the roster.

After the Phils made it 2-0 in the third inning, the Yanks came back to tie the game in the fourth. With two out, Gleyber Torres homered (6). Brett Gardner singled, and then Greg Allen, who has really given the Yankees a jolt, doubled in Gardner to tie the score.

The Yanks got three runs in the bottom of the seventh to go up 5-2. With one out, rookie Estevan Florial singled, then stole second. After another out, Giancarlo Stanton singled in Florial, then Rougned Odor hit a 2-run HR (11).

The Yanks’ bullpen couldn’t hold the lead, as Zack Britton and Nick Nelson combined to give up three runs in the top of the eighth to allow the Phils to tie the game.

The Yanks had a chance to walk it off in the ninth, but couldn’t get the run in, so to extra innings it went.

Gary Sanchez was the “ghost” runner in the tenth, a rule that (thankfully) seems like it will be going away and back to the minors. Gleyber Torres sacrifice bunted Sanchez to third, and PH Ryan LaMarre singled in Sanchez with the winning run.

Brooks Kriske got his first MLB win.

The Yanks were fortunate. They won despite issuing 11 walks. The Phils were 1 for 14 w/RISP.

The Yanks now head to Boston for a big 4-game series.

Odor 2-run HR (11)
Torres solo HR (6)
LaMarre PH GW RBI single


Wojciechowski 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50
Abreu 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1.88
Wilson 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.94
Britton (H, 3) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 8.53
Nelson (BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 9.45
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.28
Kriske (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 10.50 FIRST MLB WIN.

Game 93. Yanks do big (4 HR) and small things in beating Phils, 6-4.

When you look at the Yankees’ win (6-4) over the Phillies last night, it’s easy to look at the four homers that were hit. But to me, most impressive was the little things that Greg Allen and rookie Estevan Florial did in the victory.

Both players are filling in while others are on the IL or Covid-IL.

Florial was brought up earlier in the day when Trey Amburgey (hamstring) had to go on the IL. This was his third MLB game.

The Phillies struck first when Rhys Hoskins hit a HR in the second inning off of Yankees’ starter Domingo German.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the third. Allen tripled, and Florial got him in with a groundout to second. Just doing the little things to get the run in.

The Phils got a run in the fourth to go up 2-1. They were helped by a balk by German, and ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes doubled in the run.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the fifth. Allen walked and stole second. He moved up to third when Florial flied out (doing the little things). I would have liked to have seen Tyler Wade squeeze home the run there, but he swung away and lined out to SS (to ex-Yankee Didi Gregorius). Gregorius tried to double Allen off of third but made a throwing error that allowed Allen to score. Brett Gardner followed that with a HR (4).

Gary Sanchez homered (17) in the sixth to make it 4-2 Yankees.

In the top of the seventh, Chad Green got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam with a couple of strikeouts, the last one to Didi.

In the bottom of the seventh, Giancarlo Stanton homered (16) to put the Yanks up 5-2.

The Phillies got a run in the top of the eighth to cut it to 5-3, and it was Torreyes who got the inning going for them.

In the bottom of the eighth, Florial hit his first MLB HR to put the Yanks up 6-3.

Aroldis Chapman gave up a HR in the ninth to Andrew McCutchen (another ex-Yankee playing for the Phils, managed by, you guessed it, ex-Yankee Joe Girardi) that made the score 6-4 before closing out the game.

With the win, the Yanks, 49-44, are in a virtual tie for third, 7 games back. After tonight’s game with the Phils, they have four games at Fenway against Boston, followed by three in Tampa Bay. These games are right before the trade deadline.

I won’t write about rumors, but if the Yanks do make deals, I’ll write about the deal and my reaction to it.

Gardner solo HR (4)
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (16)
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (17)
Florial 2 RBI, solo HR (1) FIRST MLB HR


German 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K. 1 Balk. Gave up 1 HR. 4.71
Cessa (W, 3-1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.89
Luetge (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 3.25
Green (H, 13) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.76
Britton (H, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.00
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.41

The Yanks are bringing up Asher Wojciechowski for a spot start tonight vs. the Phils.

Game 92. Yanks Blast Boston, 9-1.

The Yankees (48-44, 4th, 7 back) beat Boston 9-1 last night, and it was a satisfying win on many levels.

For one, Jameson Taillon is 4-0, 2.86 in his last six starts, lowering his ERA from 5.74 to 4.60.

For another, the players the Yanks have filling in while others are on the IL or Covid IL, made huge contributions. They don’t have to be Aaron Judge. Who can be. What they need to do, and what they did do, was stay within their game, do what they do well, and contribute using the best of their own individual talent. Good to see that from them last night.

For another, those fill-ins, if you will, were aggressive and you saw a hit-and-run, stolen bases, and even a drag bunt for a hit by regular Rougned Odor (who also homered).

The Yanks struck first in the second inning when Gleyber Torres hit a solo HR (5).

In the third, one of the players filling in, Greg Allen, singled. He went to third on a hit-and-run single by D.J. LeMahieu, and scored on an RBI groundout by Giancarlo Stanton. 2-0.

More aggressiveness in the fifth. Odor beat out a bunt for a single. Other player filling in, Ryan LaMarre, singled Odor to third and moved up to second himself on an error. Earlier in the game, it appeared as if LaMarre was injured, but he shook it off. He would contribute even more later. Good thing LaMarre was ok, because earlier in the game, another of the fill-ins, Trey Amburgey, had to leave the game with a hamstring issue. Not only that, on another play in the game, the Yanks almost had three players run into each other. You can’t keep losing players.

Anyway, now the Yanks had runners on second and third, and Allen made it 3-0 by hitting a SF. Just doing the little things.

The Yanks broke open the game with four runs in the seventh. Brett Gardner singled and Odor homered (10) to make it 5-0. LaMarre walked and stole second. Allen walked. A couple of flyouts later, and LaMarre was on third. Allen stole second. Gary Sanchez walked to load the bases. Torres walked to force in a run. 6-0. Chris Gittens walked to force in another run. 7-0.

Boston scored a run in the top of the eighth, but the Yanks scored two more in the bottom of the eighth when Odor walked and LaMarre hit a 2-run HR (1).

Final score, 9-1.

Torres 2 RBI. Solo HR (5)
Odor 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (10)
LaMarre 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (1)

Taillon (W, 5-4) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.60
Green (H, 12) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.79
Britton 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 5.40
Luetge 1/3 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.32
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.26

Game 90. Depleted Yanks get shut-out, 4-0.

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


Covid concerns postpone Yankees’ Game/Minor League Report

The Yankees/Red Sox game on Thursday night was postponed due to Covid concerns, and the whole four-game weekend series could be in jeopardy. Things could get even worse for MLB. This could affect each team.

Besides Jonathan Loaisiga, who tested positive before the All-Star Game, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Wandy Peralta have also tested positive. The Yanks made roster substitutions, reinstating Zack Britton off of the IL, bringing up Trey Amburgey, and putting Hoy Jun Park on the taxi squad.

Then it was reported that Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka are in protocol. First reports are that they are positive too, but further testing is needed to confirm.

Since Judge was just a starter and played at the All-Star Game, if he was/is positive, then every team has a problem, especially with its All-Stars, and MLB is then in a tizzy.

Hoo Boy.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (40-21) won 11-3. RF Ryan LaMarre, 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Greg Allen 2 hits, RBI. 3B Aramando Alvarez 2 hits, 3 RBI, SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, 2 RBI.

AA: Somerset (40-22) won 6-5 in 10 innings. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI. DH Donny Sands 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (40-23) lost both games of a doubleheader.

Game 1: Lost 3-2. CF Pablo Olivares 3 for 3, RBI.

Game 2: Lost 2-1, getting just two hits. 3B Chad Bell HR.

Low A: Tampa (43-19) won 8-1. Top uber-prospect 18 yr. old Jasson Dominguez 2 hits. Edgar Barclay 4 scoreless, hitless relief innings, 7 K. Nick Paciorek 2 scoreless IP, 5 K. DH Austin Wells 2 RBI, solo HR. 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, RBI. RF Jose DeLeon 2 hits. 3B Eduardo Torrealba 2-run HR.

Game 89. Brutal. Yanks blow it in 9th, give up 6 runs, lose 8-7.

This was brutal. Up 7-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees (46-43, Tied for 3rd, 8 back) gave up 6 runs to Houston in the bottom of the 9th, the last three on a walkoff HR by Jose Altuve, and lost 8-7.

With the all-star break now, the Yanks will have that depressing memory to chew on for a while.

The Yanks didn’t have Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid) available. Zack Britton and Darren O’Day are both on the IL. But it speaks volumes that they didn’t even let Aroldis Chapman start the ninth inning with a five-run lead. No trust in him.

And this is the FOURTH really bad loss in a month and a day. THIRD in two weeks. Some bad memories as we revisit.

June 10. Up 5-3 in Minnesota. The game that started Chapman’s skid. He gave up two 2-run HRs, didn’t get an out, in the bottom of the ninth. Yanks give up 4 runs. Yanks lose 7-5.

June 30. Up 8-4, Yanks give up 7 in top of the ninth to Angels and lose 11-8.

July 4. 1st game of DH, 7-inning game. Up 5-4 going into the top of the seventh, give up 6, lose to Mets 10-5.

Now July 11. Up 7-2 in Houston, give up six in the bottom of the ninth. Lose 8-7.

I heard a little bit of WFAN after the game. In those few minutes, they were ripping into Hal Steinbrenner to show some emotion. To show he cares. To get ticked off about these losses. To show that he, like us, is a LITTLE bit like a fan, and that isn’t only a business that he only cares about on the business end but is impassive on the wins and losses end. Or if he doesn’t care, then sell the team to someone who does. They were really on him.

The Yanks scored in the top of the third when Gary Sanchez walked with one out. On a strikeout, Sanchez moved up on a WP. Luke Voit walked, and Sanchez scored on a error on a ball hit by Gleyber Torres.

Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon gave up a HR in the bottom of the third that allowed Houston to tie the game.

Tim Locastro hit his first Yankees’ HR (second of the year for him) to put the Yanks up 2-1.

The Yankees went up 3-1 in the fifth. Giancarlo Stanton singled, Voit walked, and Torres singled in Stanton.

Jameson, who pitched well, gave up another HR in the sixth, and it was 3-2.

In the seventh, the Yanks made it 4-2 when with two out, Torres walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Gio Urshela.

Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (15) in the eighth to make it 7-2.

Then the roof fell in in the bottom of the ninth. As mentioned, Chapman not trusted with a five-run lead (Yikes!). Domingo German comes out for his third inning of relief. Single. Double.

In comes Chad Green. Double to make it 7-4. Another double makes it 7-5. Bloop single. Runners on first and third. Line out. Then the 3-run HR by Altuve to win it for Houston. Yikes.

The Yankees could have crushed the Astros in this game. They walked 14 times to go with their 8 hits. But they were 3 for 16 w/RISP.

Sanchez 3-run HR (15)
Stanton 2 hits.
Urshela 2 hits, RBI
Locastro solo HR (2)


Taillon 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 2 of 3 hits given up HR. 4.90 (nice job, has lowered ERA by a run, was almost 6)
German (H, 2) 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K
Green (L, 3-5) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up walkoff HR. 2.89



Game 76. Yanks fall to Boston again, 4-2.

You know the saying. Make contact, don’t strike out, and you might get lucky. You don’t know what may happen.

That sure worked for Boston as the Red Sox got five infield hits in beating the Yankees 4-2 Saturday night.

Usually when you are a lefty pitching at Fenway, and give up 3 runs in 6 innings, you did pretty well. But for Jordan Montgomery, it only made him a hard-luck loser last night as the Yankees had trouble getting to ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi. More on that in a bit.

The loss dropped the Yankees to 40-36, 6 back. They are 4 1/2 out of what would be the final playoff spot if the season ended today. They are in third place in the AL East, but only 1/2 game ahead of 4th place Toronto. They really need a win today, and at least have ace Gerrit Cole starting the game today.

A lot of the Yankees’ problems deal with how the roster is constructed. Yankees’ teams have traditionally been built on lefty bats (including switch-hitters) and lefty pitching. Here is a look at just a few Yankees’ title teams of the past. Lefty hitters listed, switch-hitters have an asterisk.

1927: Ruth, Gehrig, Combs, Koenig*
1939: Dickey, Rolfe, Keller, Selkirk, Henrich
1961: Mantle*, Maris, Berra, Kubek, Blanchard
1977: Nettles, Chambliss, Rivers, Jackson, White*
1998: Williams*, O’Neill, Martinez, Raines*, Strawberry, Posada*, Ledee, Davis*
2009: (the last title) Swisher*, Cabrera*, Teixeira*, Posada*, Cano, Damon, Matsui, Gardner … even Pena* and Hinske.

Wow. Look at all the switch-hitters in 2009.

Now look at this year. I’ll also have to point out the production, or lack of. Remember 100 is average OPS+. For example, an 80 means 20% below league average.

Odor .209-8-18, OPS+ 93; Gardner .198-2-8, 71; Hicks* .194-4-14, 76 (only 32 games, out for season); Ford .133-3-5, 58 (traded to Tampa Bay); Bruce .118-1-3, 32 (retired after 10 games), Wade .217-0-2, 54. Tauchman was 3 for 14, traded to SF, and young Estevan Florial was 1 for 3 in one game.

There’s very little lefty bats in the lineup, and they have been unproductive. Against a tough righty pitcher like Eovaldi, the Yanks only had one lefty hitting starter in the lineup last night. That was Gardner, hitting ninth.

You can see the problem. Look at the lefties and switch-hitters (and you know how productive they were) of some of the title teams and compare that to this year’s team.

People can talk about the short porch at Yankee Stadium all they want. The Yanks aren’t taking advantage of it.

One last thing before a quick game recap: The Yankees are hitting into a ton of DPs this year, and are at the top in that category. Remember that a righty hitter has to take two or three more steps to get to first base than a lefty one. Those steps are the difference between a force out and a DP.

As for the game, Boston got two runs off of Montgomery in the second inning. Two infield hits, and a SF that went 152 ft. 1B Luke Voit had to go up the line in foul territory for the catch, and was in no position to make a good throw home. So Montgomery and the Yanks had no luck there.

Boston got another run in the third to make it 3-0, helped by two more infield hits. Once again, no luck. Boston added another run in the seventh to make it 4-0.

D.J. LeMahieu got the Yanks on the board in the top of the eighth with a solo HR (7) with two out. The Yanks then loaded the bases on three straight walks, but Voit grounded out to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth, LeMahieu singled in a run to make it 4-2, but with two men on, Aaron Judge struck out to end the game.

LeMahieu 4 hits, Solo HR, 2 RBI
Judge 2 hits


Montgomery (L, 3-2) 6 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 WP 4.06.
Abreu 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.53

Half of Boston’s 10 hits were infield hits.

Before the game, Zack Britton (hamstring) and Wandy Peralta (back) were placed on the injured list. Albert Abreu and Brooks Kriske were brought up.



Game 75. Yanks lose to Boston, 5-3.

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. 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. 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.

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.

Game 73. Yanks walk-off a wild one, 6-5.

When I think of last night game, two songs come to mind: Wild One, and We Shall Overcome. For it was one wild game, and the Yankees (39-34, 3rd in AL East, 4 1/2 back) overcame late bullpen implosions to pull out a 6-5 walk-off win over KC.

I think Brian Cashman needs to find a starter somewhere. Jameson Taillon, today’s starter, is just 1-4, 5.59. Michael King is more a long man than a starter, at least to me. More on King in a bit, but King’s ERA as a reliever (2.29 this year) is much better than as a starter (5.75). Luis Severino and Corey Kluber don’t look as if they’ll be back until August, and that will be a huge boost. Clarke Schmidt hasn’t thrown a pitch yet this season, and Deivi Garcia is not doing well at AAA. Other prospects, like Ken Waldichuk (see the minor league report), are still too far away from the majors to help now. Another thing is that neither Taillon or King give you long outings. Rarely do either give you so much as five innings.

For whatever reason, King is ok coming out of a bullpen, but has trouble when he starts a game. He has the first inning blues. David Cone even suggested on the YES broadcast that King needs to change up his routine. He has to get through that first inning. King got the first two batters out, then, one strike away from a scoreless inning, gave up a double and a 2-run HR and the Yanks were down 2-0.

Royals’ pitchers were wild all game, walking 11 Yankees batters. But while King settled down, the Yanks weren’t taking much advantage of the free passes. In the second inning, the Royals walked the bases loaded, but Rougned Odor struck out to end the inning. He’d redeem himself later.

The Yanks did tie it up in the fourth. After a couple of walks and outs, Clint Frazier hit a 2-run double. Odor walked, but D.J. LeMahieu flied out, stranding both Frazier and Odor.

The Royals loaded the bases in the top of the fifth with two out, but Chad Green relieved King and got a fly out to get out of the inning.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but Luke Voit struck out, stranding the three runners. It should be noted that at this point, most of the runners the Yanks kept stranding all got on base via the walk. Voit, like Odor, redeemed himself later.

Now things really got wild.

In the top of the eighth, Zack Britton gave up a HR to Carlos Santana and KC took a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, Gleyber Torres walked to lead off the inning, but Miguel Andujar GIDP. Frazier walked as KC pitchers kept trying to give the game away with their wildness. Odor hit a 2-run HR (8) to put the Yanks up 4-3.

But in the top of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman couldn’t hold the lead. A strikeout, a single and a strikeout, and things didn’t look so bad. But then another hit, and then Carlos Santana was intentionally walked so that Chapman could face a rookie with NO MLB hits to get that one more out (and set up a force at any base to end the game). Chapman inexcusably walked that rookie on 4 pitches to force in the tying run. A little nubber for a hit then made it 5-4, KC.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Gary Sanchez tied up the game with his 12th HR of the season. Giancarlo Stanton followed with a single and Tyler Wade pinch-ran for Stanton. Wade moved up to second on a WP, and then Luke Voit singled off the LF fence, just missing a HR, but it was good enough to score Wade with the winning run.

Rough game for Aaron Judge. 0 for 5 with 4 strikeouts.

Today’s game (Thursday) is an afternoon game.


Sanchez solo HR (12)
Frazier 2 RBI
Odor 2-run HR (8)


King 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K. 1 WP. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 4.05
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.39
Britton 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.25
Chapman (W, 5-2; BS, 3) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.54

Today’s minor league report will be in a separate report.