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ALCS Game 5. Yanks solve Keuchel, are one win away from 41st AL pennant.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Dallas Keuchel owned the Yankees.

Until Wednesday, that is.

The Yanks solved him, and won Game 5 of the ALCS, 5-0. With the win, the Yanks have won every postseason game at home so far, and as a result, have gone up 3 games to 2 in the ALCS.

If they can win either Game 6 or 7 in Houston, they will be headed to the World Series for the 41st time.

Game 6 will be Friday night in Houston, Severino vs. Verlander, and right now, Houston is not hitting….     9 runs in 5 games vs. the Yankees, with 2 unearned.

If Masahiro Tanaka is wanting to opt out of his contract, he is making a statement with his postseason performances. After a very up-and-down regular season, he has been incredible this postseason. A 1-0 win, 2-1 loss, and a 5-0 win.

In the second inning, Houston got a leadoff double, moved the runner to third with one out, but with the Yankees’ infield in (because they wouldn’t know how they could or would get to Keuchel, their nemesis), ex-Yankee Carlos Beltran grounded out and Tanaka got out of it, yielding no runs.

In the bottom of the second, with two out, Castro doubled and Bird singled. 1-0 Yankees.

The big thing and difference in the Yankees this postseason as opposed to the regular season is that we are seeing what Greg Bird can do when he is healthy, and it is coming at the right time. A big difference between him now, and him at the beginning of the year when he wasn’t himself, and Chris Carter.

In the third, Headley singled, Gardner forced him, and Judge doubled Gardner home. 2-0.

To the fifth, and Houston had men on 1st and 2nd, one out, and Tanaka got out of it.

In the bottom of the fifth, with one out, Headley (who had 3 hits) singled, and after Gardner grounded out, Judge walked. Sanchez singled to make it 3-0, and Didi singled to make it 4-0.

In the bottom of the seventh, Sanchez homered to make it 5-0, the final score.

The Yankees’ bullpen is all set up. Tanaka for 7, Kahnle for 2 today. Off day tomorrow. A rested bullpen for Games 6 and possibly 7 in Houston.

Sanchez 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.
Gregorius 2 hits, RBI.
Headley 3 hits.

Tanaka (WIN) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Kahnle 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

In the NLCS, the Cubs avoided a sweep by the Dodgers by winning Game 4, 3-2.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale won 9-5. Yankees’ prospect 2B Kyle Holder went 2 for 4. Prospect Cody Carroll pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up a hit and a walk but striking out the side.

 

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ALCS Game 2. Yanks clipped by Astros in 9th 2-1. In 0-2 Hole.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Carlos Correa drove in Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth to win Game 2 of the ALCS, 2-1 for Houston over the Yankees.

Houston now leads the series two games to none.

Correa and Altuve each had two hits, accounting for four of Houston’s five.

Correa’s HR in the fourth gave the Astros a 1-0 lead. It was ruled no fan interference on the play as a youngster almost pulled a “Jeffrey Maier.”

The Yanks tied it in the fifth on back-to-back two-out doubles by Aaron Hicks and Todd Frazier. Frazier’s ground-rule double was odd in that it stuck in the fence.

In the ninth, Altuve singled and Correa doubled him home. The throw beat Altuve, but catcher Gary Sanchez could not catch it cleanly and Altuve scored.

The Yanks only had five hits in the game, as Justin Verlander got a CG win with 13 K.

Severino 4 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K,
Robertson 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chapman (Loss) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Joe Espada is having a bad couple of games as the Yankees’ third base coach. Bird thrown out at the plate in Game 1, and in Game 2, Brett Gardner was thrown out at third trying for a triple.

One thing about Aaron Judge batting second: He does draw lots of walks, so his OBP is good (although right now he is slumping badly with many strikeouts), but with Judge up, Gardner doesn’t run because he doesn’t want to get thrown out at second with Judge up. A double-edged sword. You got the homers and walks with Judge #2, but at the expense of a Gardner SB?

Game 3 is in the Bronx on Monday night.

In the NLCS, the Dodgers took Game 1 from the Cubs, 5-2.

In the Arizona Fall League,  Scottsdale lost 11-1. Yankee SS prospect Kyle Holder was 1 for 4. DH Thairo Estrada was 2 for 4 with the RBI. Cody Carroll pitched a scoreless inning, walking one batter.

 

 

ALDS Game 5. Yanks complete comeback! Advance to ALCS, 5-2. Didi HRs twice.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees stunned the baseball world, completing a comeback from an 0-2 deficit in their best-of-five ALDS series vs. Cleveland, by beating the Indians, 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Before losing the last three games of this division series, Cleveland had won 35 of their previous 39 games. Cleveland manager Terry Francona, while with Boston, led them to their historic comeback from down 0-3 to the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, but now has seen the Indians lose a 3-1 WS lead last year, and a 2-0 ALDS lead this year.

The Indians’ last WS title? 1948.

For Joe Girardi, a reprieve from what happened with the non-challenge in Game 2.

The Yankees now head to Houston to take on the Astros for the AL pennant. The ALCS is a best-of-seven.

Didi Gregorius got the Yanks on the board in the first inning with his first HR of the night.

In the third, Didi did it again, hitting a 2-run HR to put the Yanks up 3-0.

CC Sabathia was brilliant for 4 1/3 innings, striking out nine, but faltered in the fifth, giving up four straight hits, and two runs.

David Robertson came in and got a DP to get out of the inning, then went two more innings.

It was nail-biter time until the ninth, when the Yanks got two insurance runs to put the game away. With one out, Hicks singled and went to second on an error. After an out, Todd Frazier walked, and Brett Gardner got his third hit of the night to drive in a run. When the throw to the infield got away for another Cleveland error, Frazier scored.

Aroldis Chapman then closed out the game.

The Yanks won despite striking out 16x. Judge struck out 4x. The Yanks struck out 15 Indians.

Sabathia 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K.
Robertson (Winner) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Chapman (Save) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K.

Gardner 3 hits, RBI.
Didi 3 hits, 2 HR, 3 RBI.

What to do about Aaron Judge? 1 for 20 in the series with 16 strikeouts. Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird had a rough Game 5, each took 0-for’s with 3 K each. Chase Headley had an 0 for the series.

Despite some players having offensive woes that they need to break out of vs. Houston, the Yanks came back from a seemingly impossible situation and advance.

Game 1 of the ALCS is Friday in Houston. I would expect the Yanks’ rotation to go like this for the ALCS:

Gray
Tanaka
Severino
CC
Gray
Tanaka
Severino (lined up for Games 3 and 7)

One problem with that is that Tanaka has pitched far better at home than on the road, and with this scenario, Games 2 and 6 are on the road. The Yanks could (and probably won’t) use Montgomery, but Montgomery hasn’t pitched in a while, and with that short LF fence in Houston, the Yanks probably wouldn’t want to use a lefty there.

As for that trade with Chicago this summer? Getting Robertson back has been huge.

And better things to come? The Arizona Fall League started yesterday, and Yankees’ prospects did well in a 7-4 win.

Yankees’ prospects for the Scottsdale Scorpions:
Justus Sheffield 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K. Win
Cody Carroll 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. Save
SS Thairo Estrada 2 for 4, RBI
OF Billy McKinney 1 for 4, 3 -run HR.
OF Estevan Florial 1 for 4.

Lastly, Boston manager John Farrell got the axe yesterday. Brad Ausmus of the Tigers is history. So the Phils, Mets, Tigers and Red Sox are all currently looking for new managers.

Minor League Report. SWB down 2 games to 1, Trenton gets swept.

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AAA: SWB lost Game 3 of the International League Finals and is down two games to one in the best of five series. They lost 6-2. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits, RBI. 1B Garrett Cooper 2 hits, SS Jonathan Diaz 2 hits.

Adams (Loss) 4 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Mantiply 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Coshow 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Feyereisen 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Pena 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Frare 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

AA: Trenton lost Game 3 and got swept in the Eastern League Finals, losing 4-2, getting just four hits. CF Rashad Crawford 2 hits, RBI.

Carter (Loss) 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 W, 2 K.
Espinal 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K
Carroll 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Minor League Report. SWB evens Series, Trenton in 0-2 hole. German brilliant.

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AAA: SWB evened up the International League Finals at a game apiece with a 4-0 victory. Domingo German was brilliant. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits, RBI. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits, RBI. DH Garrett Cooper 3 hits, RBI.

German (Winner) 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 8 K.
Gomez (Hold) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Rumbelow 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

AA: Trenton is in a bind. Down 0-2 in the Eastern League finals.  RF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits, RBI. 1B Billy Fleming 2 hits.

Sheffield (Loss) 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Widener 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Carroll 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Brewer 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Minor League Report. Cycle for Estrada.

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AAA: SWB lost Game 1 of their postseason series, 6-5 to Lehigh Valley, in 12 innings. They had a 5-1 lead after five.

2B Donovan Solano 3 hits, RBI. 3B Miguel Andujar solo HR. LF Billy McKinney 2-run HR.

German 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Mantiply (BS) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Gomez 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Feyereisen (L) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Jones 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

AA: Trenton evened up their series against Binghamton at a game apiece, winning 9-6.

Cycle for SS Thairo Estrada, 4 hits, 3 RBI. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 3 hits, solo HR. 3 hits LF Zack Zehner. 2B Nick Solak 2 RBI. CF Rashad Crawford 3 hits. C Francisco Diaz 2 hits, RBI.

Koerner 2 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Reeves (Win) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Carroll (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Schwaab (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Brewer (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 2 K.

 

 

 

Minor League Report. Austin HRs 2x in SWB loss. Playoffs coming now.

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AAA: SWB (86-55) lost 4-3 to Lehigh Valley in their regular season finale. Lehigh Valley swept SWB and made the playoffs as a wild card. They caught and tied Rochester, but are the wild card because they were 13-9 against Rochester this season, so they win the tiebreaker, and will now face SWB all over again….in the first round of the International League Playoffs.

DH Tyler Austin had 2 solo HR for SWB. 2B Billy Fleming and SS Jonathan Diaz each had 2 hits.

Pena (L, 0-1, 9.95) 2 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Mantiply 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.83
Gomez 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Jones 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.38

AA: Trenton (92-48) won their regular season finale, 3-2. SS Abiatal Avelino 2 RBI. 2 hits each for RF Jeff Hendrix & DH Garrett Cooper. Trenton now will face Binghamton in the first round of the Eastern League Playoffs.

Espinal 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 5 K. 0.46
Sosebee 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.35
Carroll (W, 2-5, 2.66) 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Schwaab (S, 2) 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.57

High A: Tampa’s regular season ended Sunday. They face Dunedin in the first round of the Florida State League Playoffs.

Low A: Charleston (76-63) ended their regular season with an 8-2 loss. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, solo HR.   C Ryan Lidge 3 for 3. They will play Greenville in the first round of the South Atlantic League playoffs.

Nick Green (L, 8-9, 4.49) 5 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 10 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Morris 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.73
Cedeno 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.00