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Game 122. Unleash the Kraken! Yanks edge Orioles, 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (81-41) edged Baltimore 6-5 Wednesday afternoon. The win was the Yanks 16th in a row vs. the Orioles and they went 17-2 against them this year.

With win #81 of the season, the Yanks ensured that they would not have a losing season. The last time that happened was in 1992.

Gary Sanchez, who had been slumping until Tuesday, had 3 hits and 3 RBI, including a 3-run HR. Good to get him going again. It was the 10th HR he hit against Baltimore this year. With Gleyber Torres hitting 13, they became the second pair of Yankees to each hit 10 or more homers against the same opponent since Ruth and Gehrig, who each mashed 11 home runs off Red Sox pitchers in 1927. (MLB.com)

Some company.

From MLB.com:

The 16 consecutive victories over Baltimore, is their longest single-season streak since winning 21 straight over the 1927 St. Louis Browns.

By going 17-2 against the O’s, it represented the Yanks’ best showing since they won 17 of 22 against the Kansas City Athletics in 1959. They also established a Major League record by belting 61 home runs against a single opponent, having homered in all 19 games against Baltimore. (43 of the HR were at Camden Yards, another record).

Torres also legged out a sixth-inning double, becoming the first Yankee to record 17 extra-base hits against one opponent in a single season since Mickey Mantle had 18 extra-base hits against the 1957 White Sox.

Before the game, the move was Thairo Estrada coming up, Adonis Rosa sent back down.

J.A. Happ gave up a run in the top of the first but the Yanks came right back with four in the bottom half.

Brett Gardner walked and Aaron Judge hit into a forceout. Gio Urshela singled, then Didi Gregorius singled in a run, with Urshela moving to third. Sanchez then launched a 3-run HR (26).

Baltimore got a run in the third to cut it to 4-2.

In the sixth, the Yanks got two runs to make it 6-2. With two out, Sanchez singled and Torres got that double. Mike Tauchman walked to load the bases and Mike Ford singled in two runs.

The Orioles got 3 runs off of Luis Cessa in the seventh.

Sanchez 3 for 3 with a walk. 3-run HR (26). Scored 2x, drove in 3.
Ford 2 RBI

Happ (W, 10-7, 5.40) 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Cessa (H, 4) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.33
Ottavino (H, 25) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.70
Britton (H, 25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.17
Chapman (S, 33) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.   2.45

The Yanks claimed RHP Ryan Dull, 29, off of waivers. He was 0-0, 12.00 for Oakland this year. For his career, 8-9, 4.08, all with Oakland (2015-2019). He was claimed off of waivers from the Giants. His best year was in 2016 when he was 5-5, 2.42 for the A’s.

Brady Lail was DFA’d. Tough week for Mantiply and Lail. In the same game, Mantiply gets his first MLB win and Lail makes his MLB debut. In just a few days, both get DFA’d.

With today’s win, the Yanks’ lead in the AL East goes to 10 since the Rays lost. The magic # for the Yankees clinching their first AL East title since 2012 is 31 (updated the #, was one too many. 31.).

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Game 119. Yanks blast 4 HR vs. O’s in game 1 of DH, win 8-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (78-41) made it 13 in a row over the Orioles by winning the day game of a day/night DH vs. Baltimore, 8-5. They are 14-2 against Baltimore this season.

I so doing, they hit 4 HR, making it 56 in 16 games vs. Baltimore this season.

The O’s got a run in the top of the first against James Paxton but the Yanks struck right back on a 3-run HR by Didi Gregorius (9) and a solo HR by Gleyber Torres (24). It’s the eleventh HR Torres has hit against the Orioles this season.

Back-to-back doubles by Brett Gardner and Gio Urshela made it 5-1 in the second inning.

Paxton gave up a HR in the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-2.

In the bottom of the fifth, Urshela hit a 461 Ft. Bomb (18) to make it 6-2 Yanks.

Paxton gave up another HR in the top of the sixth, 6-3, Yanks.

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the sixth on a HR by Cameron Maybin (8) to make it 7-3.

They scored in the seventh on a walk to Gardner, single by Urshela and SF by Didi. 8-3.

Luis Cessa came in for the eighth, didn’t have it, and gave up two runs. Zack Britton had to bail him out. 8-5.

Aroldis Chapman got the save, with Urshela making a great play to end the game.

Urshela 3 hits, 2 RBI. HR (18) .328
Gregorius 4 RBI, a 3-run HR (9)
Torres solo HR (24)
Maybin solo HR (8)  .319

Paxton (W, 8-6, 4.40) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.  Gave up 2 HR.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K   2.92
Cessa 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.  3.99
Britton (H, 24) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.22
Chapman (S, 32) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.51

The 2020 Yankees’ schedule has been released. They open in Baltimore (way too early in my opinion) on March 26. Hope it doesn’t snow. They have interleague vs. the NL Central, as well as the home and home vs. the Mets. The Cubs, Pirates and Reds come to the Bronx, and the Yanks go to Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and St. Louis. They also have that Field of Dreams game Aug. 13, 2020 in Iowa vs. the White Sox. The home opener is April 2 vs. Toronto. They close the season with seven against the Astros, and then the Rays.

The Yanks also received good news on the injury front from Luke Voit, Dellin Betances and Luis Severino in their rehab work today.

 

 

Game 115. Yanks win 9th in a row behind red-hot Urshela, Tauchman.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (76-39) won their 9th straight game, 12-6 over Toronto, as Gio Urshela and Mike Tauchman stayed red-hot.

Urshela became only the second 3B ever with back-to-back 2 HR, 4 RBI games. The other is Matt Williams.

Tampa Bay was idle, so the Yanks’ lead in the AL East increased to 10 1/2 games. They have the best winning percentage in the majors by .003 over the L.A. Dodgers. They play the Dodgers in L.A. in two weeks.

Urshela got the Yanks going with a 2-run HR (15), his first of the game, in the first inning. 2-0 Yanks.

The Yanks got six in the third inning to make it 8-0. Breyvic Valera was HBP and D.J. LeMahieu singled him to second. Both runners moved up on an Aaron Judge groundout, then moved up again on a WP that made the score 3-0. Urshela’s 2nd 2-run HR of the game (16) made it 5-0. Didi Gregorius then singled, moved up on another WP, and Cameron Maybin singled him home to make it 6-0. Then came a pitching change, an error on a pickoff attempt that enabled Maybin to move up to second, then Mike Tauchman hit a 2-run HR (11) to make it 8-0.

Domingo German was fine for four innings but fell apart in the fitth, giving up four runs, three earned, on two homers. Fortunately for German, who improved to 15-2, he had that nice cushion to work with. Bo Bichette, Dante’s son, hit one of the homers, becoming the first rookie since Ted Williams in 1939 to have an extra base hit in nine consecutive games.

The Yanks came right back with two runs in the top of sixth with two runs to make it 10-4. Austin Romine singled and one out later, Valera doubled.  LeMahieu then singled in both runs.

Chad Green gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 10-5.

Luis Cessa gave up a HR in the eighth that cut it to 10-6.

The Yanks scored two in the ninth for the final score of 12-6. Urshela singled, and one out later, Cameron Maybin, who had a rough day in the field, doubled. Tauchman singled in both runs.

LeMahieu 3 hits, 2 RBI  .338
Urshela 3 hits, 4 RBI.  Two 2-run HR (16)   .323
Maybin 3 hits, RBI   .335     Rough day in the field. One error, could have had two.
Tauchman 2 hits, 4 RBI.  2-run HR (11)
Romine 2 hits

German (W, 15-2, 4.05) 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave up 2 HR
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.   4.93
Cessa (S, 1) 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K.   3.70

Next year, on August 13, 2020, the Yanks will play the White Sox in Iowa at the site of the Field of Dreams’ movie ballfield, what with the cornfield and all. Chicago will be the home team. The temporary seating will only seat about 8000.
 

 

Game 111. Yanks sweep weekend series from Boston with 7-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got a first inning HR from Aaron Judge and got six runs in the third (Gio Urshela with a 2-run HR) on the way to beating Boston 7-4 Sunday night.

With the win, the Yanks (72-39) kept their 8 game lead over Tampa Bay and pushed Boston 14 1/2 out by sweeping Boston four straight this weekend.

Judge got the ball rolling by hitting his 12th HR of the year in the first inning. 1-0 Yankees.

In the third, with one out, Judge walked, and an out later, Urshela hit his 2-run HR (12) to make it 3-0. Doubles by Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin made it 4-0. Mike Ford singled to make it 5-0, then Kyle Higashioka doubled to put runners on second and third. Mike Tauchman singled, and it was 7-0.

J.A. Happ, back from paternity leave, gave up back-to-back HR in the fifth and it was 7-2. Happ faltered again in the sixth inning, giving up two runs before Luis Cessa, who started out a bit shaky, got the last out of the inning. 7-4.

Cessa settled in after that, pitching a scoreless seventh and eighth, before Chad Green finished off the game. Cessa and Green combined for 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings.

Judge solo HR (12)
Urshela 2-run HR (12) (.314)
Maybin 2 hits, RBI (.312)
Higashioka 2 doubles
Tauchman 2 RBI

Happ (W, 9-6, 5.24) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Cessa (H, 3) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  3.74
Green (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.84.

Before the game, the Yanks placed Aaron Hicks on the IL with a flexor tendon strain in his throwing elbow. So he is shut down for at least 10 days.

During the game, Urshela fouled balls off of each leg during the same at bat, causing considerable pain. He stayed in the game for two more innings, then was removed.

Gleyber Torres had a core issue problem and was also removed from the game. He went to the hospital for tests but his father tweeted that he is fine and headed to Baltimore. That is a good thing because Gleyber has killed the Orioles this year.

And one thing the Yanks don’t need is more injuries. It appears that they dodged a bullet regarding both Gio and Gleyber.

Gary Sanchez will play in a couple rehab games this week and is expected to come off the IL this upcoming weekend when the Yanks are in Toronto.

 

 

Game 106. Yanks’ lose, 4-2. Trade deadline is today.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (67-39) returned to the Bronx, but the offense wasn’t much to be found as they lost 4-2 to Arizona Tuesday night. They have lost four of their last five games, and things don’t get easier with Zack Greinke on the mound for Arizona today.

With the loss, the Yanks’ lead over Tampa Bay is now 7 1/2. They remain 9 up on Boston.

Arizona scored right away off of J.A. Happ in the first inning on a pair of singles, a walk that loaded the bases, and a SF.

They made it 3-0 in the fourth on a HR, double and single.

The Yanks cut it to 3-1 in the sixth. Aaron Judge reached on a two-base error and scored on a double by Edwin Encarnacion.

But Luis Cessa gave up a HR in the seventh to the first batter he faced that made it 4-1 Arizona.

Tyler Wade, just up from SWB, and in the game when Luke Voit had to leave with an injury, hit his first HR of the season (only 2nd of his MLB career) to make it 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth.

Hopefully Voit is Ok. It looked like an oblique and the Yanks can’t afford to lose Voit right now while LeMahieu is still day-to-day. He will be undergoing an MRI for what is said to be a core muscle injury. Earlier in the game, Voit was HBP.  MLBTR reminds us that Voit already went to the injured list with an abdominal strain earlier this month, though he returned after missing the minimum amount of time. You wonder if this is related to that.

The Yanks only got five hits in the game.

Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI
Wade solo HR (1)
Urshela 2 hits (.312)

Happ (L, 8-6, 5.19) 6 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.91 Gave up 1 HR.

Things also don’t look promising as far as the trade deadline (4 PM today, Wednesday) goes. Target Trevor Bauer was dealt to Cincy by Cleveland. Bauer is a bit of a head case, but a good pitcher. It remains to be seen whether Cincy will now flip him, but we’ll see.

But as long as other teams have unreasonable demands (like asking for Gleyber Torres) for pitchers who really aren’t aces but middle to back of the rotation pieces who don’t have a long, good track record , the Yanks won’t be making a deal.

CC Sabathia stated that if elected and inducted into Hall of Fame, it’ll be with him wearing a Yankees’ cap. CC, expected to be a first-ballot choice, would be inducted in 2025.

C Ryan Lavarnway, who was with SWB most of the season, was released by the Yanks July 18. He joined the Reds, got into a couple of games, going 5 for 18, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 7 RBI, then was DFA’d this weekend. He cleared waivers and is now with the Reds’ AAA team.

Mike Roarke, a backup C for the Tigers from 1961-1964, passed away at the age of 88. He got most of his playing time for the 1961 Tigers as a 30 year old rookie. That team won 101 games but finished second, 8 behind the Yankees. Roarke was a .230 career hitter in 194 games.

 

 

Game 102. Red Sox Rout Yanks, 19-3. Tulo retires, Gardy to IL. Don Mossi dies.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Larry Rothschild, the Yanks’ pitching coach, has some work to do.

This turn around the Yanks’ rotation has been brutal. Brian Cashman will definitely be working the phones as the trade deadline looms.

The Yanks were able to get some wins, 14-12 and 10-7 over the Twins, even though the starting pitching stunk.

Not so tonight, when Masahiro Tanaka gave up seven runs in the third inning, could not give four innings, and was pulled after he gave up twelve runs.

Yes. TWELVE.

Stephen Tarpley came in,  and he gave up four more. Luis Cessa established some sense of normalcy with two scoreless innings, then Austin Romine had to close things out (as he did in that 16-1 playoff loss to Boston last year) by giving up three runs in his one inning of work.

The nineteen, (Yes, NINETEEN) runs Boston scored were the most ever by Boston against the Yankees.

Well, it’s just one game, the margin doesn’t matter. It’s not like Boston could make up an 11-game deficit in just this one game.

The Yanks (66-36) are up 9 1/2 on Tampa Bay, and 10 over Boston. The Yanks just have to split the series. If so, they stay 11 up on Boston, and four games come off the schedule.

Just don’t get swept and have Boston cut that deficit down to 7. Don’t give them hope.

But the pitching the past week or so has been a mess.

Get to work, Rothschild.

Voit 3 hits.
Higashioka solo HR (1)

Tanaka (L, 7-6, 4.79) 3 1/3 IP, 12 R, 12 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. UGLY OUTING
Tarpley 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K.   8.22   Good spring training, but has been awful.
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.96
Romine 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR.  27.00  Catcher used to close game, save BP.

Gardner to IL, Tarpley brought up.

Troy Tulowitzki announced his retirement. He only got into five games for the Yanks this year, going 2 for 11 with a HR.  Tulo, a 5x All-Star, won 2 Gold Gloves and 2 Silver Sluggers in his career with Colorado (2006-2015), Toronto (2015-2017) and the Yankees (2019). He retires with a .290 batting average and 225 HR. His 162 G Average .290-28-98, OPS+ 118. He was runnerup for ROY in 2007 when he helped the Rockies to the NL pennant, and had 3 top 10 MVP finishes 2009-2011. It’s a shame his career basically ended at the age of 31, three years ago.

Don Mossi, who many think was the inspiration for the Chief Wahoo logo the Indians used to have, died last week at the age of 90. With his hawk nose, and huge ears, many thought he WAS Chief Wahoo. Mossi pitched for the Indians 1954-1958, Tigers 1959-1963, White Sox 1964 and KC A’s 1965. He went 101-80, 3.43, ERA+ 115. The lefty was on the 1954 Indians team that won the AL pennant, and a 101 win 1961 Tiger team that finished second. He was 6-1, 1.94 with 7 saves for the 1954 Indians, and pitched four scoreless innings in three WS games against the NY Giants. He won 17 games for the 1959 Tigers and 15 for the 1961 Tigers. He was an All-Star in 1957. His 162 game average was 11-9, 3.43, ERA+ 115, 18 starts, 32 relief appearances.

 

Game 99. Yanks hit into triple play, give up 5 HR in 8-6 loss to Twins.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You know it isn’t your night when, in the first inning, you hit into a triple play and your starting pitcher gives up back-to-back HR.

That’s what happened in the Yankees’ (64-35) 8-6 loss to the Twins Monday night. They stay 9 ahead of Tampa Bay and 10 up on Boston (who beat the Rays).

A few notes before the game recap.

Cameron Maybin begins a rehab assignment today (Tuesday). With Mike Tauchman hot right now, it’ll be interesting to see what happens when Maybin is ready. He is out of options. Tauchman, meanwhile, is hot.

Jonathan Holder was brought back up before the game, Stephen Tarpley sent down.

Aaron Boone has done a great job this year, but there are a few moves recently that I question. For one, Gary Sanchez is in a bad slump, having lost 40 points off of his batting average since June 21 (a little over a month ago). Yet Boone continues to hit Sanchez third, or as was the case last night, fourth. Gleyber Torres is hitting .294 but batted seventh last night. Why not ride the hot hand, Aaron, and switch those two in the lineup? Sanchez’ slump and position in the lineup hurt the Yanks last night a couple of times.

One thing I worry about is this. Despite the big divisional lead, what starter do you absolutely trust to win a must-win game in the postseason? That is why there are all the trade rumors involving the Yankees and a pitcher. I won’t report on rumors, just facts once something happens.

But when something happens, which of the current starters in the bullpen gets bumped out once a deal is made (one starter goes) or Severino returns.  If BOTH happen, then which TWO starters get bumped?

It is July 23. Things are going to get VERY interesting regarding Yankees’ starting pitching very soon. The trade deadline is just over a week away.

Now to the game recap.

In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge walked, but Edwin Encarnacion hit a ground ball to third. Step on third, go around the horn, and the Twins get a 5-4-3 triple play to get out of it.

After an out, CC Sabathia then gave up back-to-back HR in the bottom of the first. Yanks down 2-0.

In the top of the third, the Yanks tied it up. With one out, Gio Urshela homered (10). Tauchman singled, LeMahieu doubled. Judge walked. Bases loaded. Encarnacion singled to tie the game, but with a chance to do more damage, Sanchez GIDP.

CC gave up three runs in the bottom of the third. He wasn’t helped when Sanchez was called for catcher interference, forcing in one of the runs.

The Yanks made it 5-3 in the top of the fourth when Luke Voit homered (19).

But CC came back out for the fourth, a move I question. He had already given up two HR, and five runs, in three innings. He gave up two more HR in the fourth inning, making it four for the game, and the Yanks were down 7-3.

The Yanks got two back in the top of the fifth on a 2-run HR by LeMahieu (15).

They made it 7-6 in the sixth when Torres doubled, and with one out, Tauchman singled him home. LeMahieu then singled, but Judge ended the inning by GIDP.

Luis Cessa gave up a HR in the bottom of the sixth to make it 8-6 Twins, the final score.

With two on, and one out in the ninth, the slumping Sanchez struck out. He is down to .233 after being at .274 after the June 21 games.

Aaron Hicks was 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts.

LeMahieu 3 hits (.338) 2 RBI, 15th HR.
Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI. Hit into a triple play.
Voit 19th HR. 1 for 4, the HR but 3 strikeouts.
Urshela 2 hits, RBI, 10th HR.
Tauchman 3 hits, RBI. (Brett Gardner has a sore knee).

Four of the six hits CC gave up were HR.

Sabathia (L, 5-5, 4.50) 4 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.  4.13  Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.63