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Game 72. Yanks ride two 2-run HR in first to 4-3 win and sweep of M’s.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In the first inning, the Yanks got two two-run homers (and Giancarlo Stanton was robbed of a solo shot) for four runs, and they rode that to a 4-3 win and a sweep of Seattle at the Stadium this afternoon.

With the win, the Yanks are at 50-22, and remain two games ahead (4 in the loss column) of Boston (50-26) in the AL East.

So in the bottom of the first, Clint Frazier singled and Judge homered (19). Stanton then hit one deep but was robbed of a HR. After another out, Torres singled and Andujar hit a 2-run HR (10) to make it 4-0.

Severino wasn’t totally on, but got the win. He gave up a 2-run HR to Seattle in the top of the second and another run in the sixth.

But those four runs on the two two-run HRS in the first held up. Final score, 4-3 Yanks.

A.J. Cole was placed on the DL with a pinched nerve in his neck. Luis Cessa off the DL and back with the team.

Frazier 2 hits. Played CF today.
Judge 2-run HR.
Didi 2 hits.
Torres 2 hits.
Andujar 2-run HR.

Severino (W 11-2, 2.24) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave Up 1 HR
Robertson (H, 12) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.44
Betances (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.00
Chapman (S, 22) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.07



Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (33-34) won  9-7 in 11 innings. CF Clint Frazier 3 hits, .322. SS Tyler Wade 3 hits, triple, RBI, .269. 3B Brandon Drury 3 hits, 3 RBI, .353. No offense to these guys but they need to be on a MLB roster, the Yanks don’t have room, the Yanks could use another top-notch starter. That means these three guys are trade bait. 1B Ryan McBroom 3 RBI.

Hale 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.50
Joe Harvey (H, 2) 2/3 IP,  1 R, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K. 1.74
Carroll (BS, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.97
Espinal (W, 3-1, 2.70) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 5 K.

AA: Trenton (39-28) lost 10-2. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, RBI. Cessa on rehab.

Cessa 4 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.  0.00 At AA. (0-1, 3.18 in 2 rehab stints)
Sosebee (L, 0-1, 6.00) 2 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Young 1 1/3 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K.   40.50
Ort 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 w, 2 K.  1.85

High A:  Tampa off. The Florida State All-star game was played tonight. 1B Brandon Wagner 0 for 3 for FSL North. 2B Diego Castillo 2 doubles, RBI. The North won 5-0.

Nick Green (Started) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 1 K.
Rosa (pitched 5th inning) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K
Lane (got last out) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Low A:   Charleston (33-34) won 10-4. 1B Chris Hess 4 for 4, 2 doubles, 5 RBI. DH Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits, RBI. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. RF Steven Sensley 2 hits. 3B Dermis Garcia 2 hits. C Eduardo Navas 2 hits.

Lehnen 5 1/3 IP, 4 R,  7 H, 5 W, 5 K. 2.92
Higgins (BS, 1; W, 2-1, 1.50) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Bristo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.33

The Yanks received an infielder from the Brewers for Erik Kratz. From what I see, nothing special. Last name, Rijo.

Monday’s minors. Cessa starts rehab.


AAA: SWB (28-33) won, 10-3. 3 hits, HR, 5 RBI for 1B Ryan McBroom. Solo HR RF Billy McKinney. Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade 2 hits each.

Hale (W, 3-2, 4.69) 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Feyereisen 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.55
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.25
Coshow 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.47

AA: Trenton (36-25) off.

High A:  Tampa (34-30) lost 4-1. C Ryan Lidge HR. Luis Cessa starts rehab. It looks like Jonathan Loaisiga will be coming up to temporarily replace the DL’d Tanaka in the rotation. We’ll see how long Tanaka is out, how long Loaisiga will replace him and if Cessa could be in the mix depending how long Tanaka is out. Cessa showed the rust last night.

Cessa (L, 0-1, 10.80) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 W, 1 K.
Trieglaff 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.70.
Nelson 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W. 4 K. 3.86
Lane 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86

Low A: Charleston (31-31) won 6-3. C Jason Lopez 2 hits, RBI. RF Leonardo Molina 3 hits. 2 hits, RBI 2B Welfrin Mateo.  LF Carlos Vidal 2 hits, both triples, 4 RBI.

Deivi Garcia 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.60
Weissert (H, 3) 2 IP, 0 H, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.89
A. Severino (BS, 3; W, 2-1, 4.11) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Zurak (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.54

Game 16. Marlins maul Yanks, 9-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks are off today.

Aaron Boone should have a mandatory practice at the stadium today to work on fundamentals and to rip his team for a stinker of a performance last night.

Losing 9-1 to the MARLINS?

There was enough blame to go around. Masahiro Tanaka was terrible, so was Giancarlo Stanton. Poor starting pitching, lack of clutch hitting, two errors (could have been three), a PB, a WP… all against probably the worst team in baseball.


Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe the Yanks will heat up and become more consistent when the weather heats up. But sooner rather than later. Maybe the rain outs over the weekend made Tanaka rusty. They didn’t hurt Severino.

But no excuses. This cannot continue.

Before the game, Kahnle to the DL with shoulder tendonitis and Cessa brought up.

Update: Cessa pitched, but strained an oblique and is headed to the DL.

Tanaka gave up three runs in the top of the first.  An error by Didi didn’t help matters. Miami got another run in the second to go up 4-0, and an error by Tyler Austin didn’t help there.

Meanwhile, in the bottom of the first, Gardner and Judge walked. The Yanks could get back into the game but Stanton GIDP. In the third, with one out and Gardner and Judge on base (both walked again) Stanton popped up. The next two times up, Stanton struck out. The Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP. There are hints of Stanton being dropped in the order.

The Yanks drew seven walks in the game but were getting no-hit for a while. They only got four hits in the game, and the only highlight of the game for the Yanks came with two out in the bottom of the ninth when Miguel Andujar hit his first MLB HR. He had two of the hits and seems to be finally heating up.

Tanaka gave up a 3-run HR in the fifth that basically iced the game for Miami. Miami got two more in the eighth.

Tanaka (L, 2-2, 6.45) 5 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.50
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.16
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.72

Besides Stanton off to a bad start, Sanchez, who seems to be heating up, got off to a bad start, same with Wade, Walker, Andujar (finally heating up), Tanaka’s last two outings haven’t been good, Gray’s ERA is 6.92, higher than Tanaka’s, the bullpen hasn’t been as advertised.

Yes, there have been injuries, but…

It’s early, but things need to change soon. Last night was unacceptable, and against one of the worst teams in the majors.

Imagine this type of performance against, say, Houston.

A day off. A day to regroup. A day to right the ship.

There is too much talent here to be this inconsistent and to be like this at 8-8. Start turning it around.

Minor League Report. Weather makes a mess of things.


AAA: SWB (7-3) won a rain-shortened game, 4-3. The game was called in the sixth. Luis Cessa and Shane Robinson will be going back to SWB. As for the game, DH Zach Zehner solo HR. C Kyle Higashioka had 2 hits and an RBI. Gleyber Torres (.385) 1 for 3.

Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.60
Koerner (W, 1-0, 5.00) 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR>

AA: Trenton (5-4) ppd. rain.

High A: Tampa (5-6) won 6-1 in a game called in the seventh inning. 2B Diego Castillo 2 hits, 2 RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits, RBI.

Nick Green (W, 2-0, 0.82) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 W, 5 K.

Low A: Charleston (5-5) ppd. Inclement weather.


Games 15 and 16. Yanks/Tigers day/night DH postponed until June 4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

From MLB. com:

For the second consecutive day, the Tigers and Yankees lost out to the weather. This time, an ice storm forced the postponement of their Sunday doubleheader at Comerica Park.

The games will be made up with a day-night doubleheader at Comerica Park on Monday, June 4. Game times will be 1:10 and 7:10 p.m. ET.

The Yankees will stop over in between series at Baltimore and Toronto.

What this means for the Yanks’ rotation is that they won’t be forced to start Luis Cessa. Luis Severino can go Monday night against Derek Jeter’s Marlins at Yankee Stadium and CC Sabathia comes off the DL on Tuesday night to face the Marlins. Severino will have five days of rest.

Game 11. Yanks embarrassed, 14-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, a couple of moves. The Yanks brought up OF Shane Robinson and DFA’d Jace Peterson.

They also made a minor league move, trading with the Mets and getting L.J. Mazzilli, Lee’s kid, for OF Kendall Coleman. A righty bat, Mazzilli, 27, has mostly played 2B, and spent most of last year in AA. In 110 games between AA/AAA last year, he hit .254-5-40. He was suspended a few years back for 50 games for a drug violation. Coleman, 22, a lefty hitting OF, has barely made it up to low A Charleston, and has struggled to a .207 average in his minor league career.

The pitching duel was between the CYA runnerup last year, Chris Sale, and Luis Severino, who finished third.

Seve didn’t have it (a friend told me that Rick Sutcliffe on ESPN suggested that Severino was tipping his pitches) and the bullpen was horrible, giving up nine in the sixth, in a 14-1 Yankees’ loss that dropped them under .500 to 5-6 on the season.

Meanwhile, after an Opening Day loss, Boston has won nine in a row and are 4 1/2 up on the Yanks.

An Aaron Judge HR (3) was the only highlight of the night. He had 3 hits. Didi had 2.

After two strikeouts, Giancarlo Stanton had a single and double, hopefully signs he is snapping out of it. One article I read yesterday suggested that Stanton is like Teixeira in that both would always get off to slow starts, then heat up.

But you have to wonder when Gary Sanchez will be dropped in the lineup or when he’ll wake up. Batting fourth or fifth all year, Sanchez is now 2 for 36.

Tyler Wade is only at .136. If Gleyber Torres heats up, you have to wonder if there could be a switch there. Miguel Andujar is struggling at .125. An Andujar error led to six unearned runs. The kid’s aren’t alright.

Too many grand slams given up. I can remember Robertson gave one up in Toronto, Holder in the extra inning loss at home to Baltimore, and now Shreve last night.

Severino (L, 2-1, 3.50) 5 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 H, 3 W, 0 K. 7.11
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00. Gave up grand slam.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Not much more to say about this game. It was a stinker.