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Game 69. Yanks snap losing streak, beat Angels 8-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks snapped their seven-game losing streak, beating the Angels 8-4 Wednesday night.

More woes for Tyler Clippard, though. The struggling Clippard faced two batters and gave up a double and HR. It’s looking like his role will be reduced.

The win puts the 39-30 Yanks back in first place by 1/2 a game over the Red Sox.

In the second, the Yanks jumped out in front 2-0 on a 2-run HR by Didi Gregorius (8).

Martin Maldonado hit the first of his two two-run HRs in the fourth to tie it up for the Angels.

Matt Holliday made it 3-2 Yanks in the fifth with his fifteenth HR of the season.

In the sixth, Sanchez singled, and Headley walked. Romine doubled in two runs, and Romine scored on a single by Hicks. 6-2 Yanks.

In the seventh, Holliday doubled and scored on a Castro single. Castro later scored on a single by Headley.

Put into a low leverage situation, up 8-2 in the ninth, Clippard faced two batters, gave up a double and HR, and was pulled. It has been a tough time for him lately. Aroldis Chapman then closed out the 8-4 Yankees’ win.

Holliday double, HR (15), RBI
Sanchez 2 hits.
Gregorius HR (8), 2 RBI
Romine 3 hits, 2 RBI.

Montgomery (W, 5-4, 3.74) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.31
Betances 1 Ip, 0 R,.0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.40
Clippard 0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.77. Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.07.

Ex-Yankees’ PR announcer James Hall passed away recently.


Game 67. Road trip from hell ends with 6-game losing streak. Yanks fall, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ugh. The Road trip from hell ends with the Yanks going 1-6, losing six in a row, four by one run, two in extra innings.

It is not for me to figure out how the 40 man roster works, who gets  put on and off, but I kind of wish Chance Adams and Dustin Fowler, both not on the 40 man who would have had to be put on at the expense of others, were brought up instead of Mason Williams and Luis Cessa. Just my opinion b/c I think Adams and Fowler were and are doing better at AAA and deserved it more.

Cessa gave up four runs in one inning and it was enough to doom the Yanks, 4-3. The loss drops the Yanks to 38-29 and into a virtual tie for first with 39-30 Boston.

The Yanks are off today. Travel day back home.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the second on Matt Holliday’s 14th HR of the year. They got another run in the third when Brett Gardner doubled and Aaron Judge singled him in.

Then Cessa gave up 4 runs in the bottom of the third.

Didi Gregorius homered (7) in the fourth to cut it to 4-3 but that was it.

The Yanks got the tying run to second (2-base error) in the ninth but Headley and Carter couldn’t get him in.

Gardner 2 hits. Gregorius 2 hits, inc. HR. Holliday HR.

Chapman came off the DL and got an inning of work.

Cessa (L, 0-1, 7.36) 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.45
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.22
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.29

Minor League Report. Acevedo, Estrada continue to impress, Chapman rehab, FSL All Stars.


AAA: SWB (38-26) won 8-1. 2B Tyler Wade (.317) 2 hits, RBI. CF Dustin Fowler (who I thought they’d call up instead of Mason Williams, but apparently Fowler isn’t on the 40-man roster) 2 hits, 2 RBI. DH Tyler Austin 2 hits, RBI. RF Clint Frazier 3-run HR. SS Gleyber Torres 3 hits.

Domingo Acevedo promoted. First AAA game. Rapidly rising. Was 0-4, 4.57 at Tampa this year, then 2-0, 1.62 at AA, now this. Overall 3-4, 3.09.

Acevedo (W, 1-0, 1.29) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 5 W, 4 K.
Layne 1 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 w, 2 K. 0.00   Sent here after DFA and not claimed.
Heller 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.57

AA: Trenton (43-22) won 4-2. Gleyber Torres gets all the attention, deservedly, but SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits, .323. Jorge Mateo at High A has been struggling and has already been passed on the SS depth chart by Torres, Wade and Estrada. Trade bait? Torres is 20, but Estrada is only 21.

1B Mike Ford solo HR. Aroldis Chapman put in a rehab appearance, hmmm…. Chapman is expected to rejoin the Yanks on Sunday.

Chapman 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 13.50. Threw two WP. Hit 102.
Pena 3 1/3 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 0.00. Just promoted, first AA game.
Mesa (BS, 1) 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.80. Just promoted, 2nd AA game.
Marsh (W, 2-2, 3.68) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Rumbelow (S,1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00

High A: Tampa off. The Florida State League All-Star Game is today. For the FSL North, from Tampa (and some of these players have already been promoted to AA Trenton): P Cody Carroll, P Zack Littell, P Dillon McNamara, P Jose Mesa (son of ex-MLB reliever Jose Mesa), P Josh Rogers, SS Jorge Mateo (even though he is struggling). OF Tito Polo.

Low A: Charleston (32-36) lost 4-1. LF Ben Ruta and 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits each. RBI for Ruta.

Nelson (L, 0-6, 6.34) 3 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
DeCarr 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. 2.16
Lane 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.84

Game 65. West Woes continue as Yanks lose another close one, 7-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (38-27) AL East lead is down to one after a 7-6 loss Friday night in Oakland. The West coast trip has been hellish.

Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks are day to day with the injuries, and Adam Warren was put on the DL, joining CC. Giovanny Gallegos was sent down, Mason Williams (for Hicks) and Kyle Higashioka (for Sanchez) were brought up. It’s hard to keep up with the moves lately.

Once again the Yanks had a lead, and once again the B-listers (anyone not Warren, Chapman, Clippard or Betances) of the bullpen blew it. Chapman is supposed to return Sunday (see the minor league report for his rehab stint), Warren is now on the DL and the others aren’t getting the ball to Betances.

In the four-game losing streak, the Yanks have lost three games by one run, and two in extra innings. Excruciating. The losses have been by Shreve, Herrera (MLB debut), Gallegos (rookie on the NYY-SWB shuttle with 9 MLB games under his belt) and now Holder, another rookie.

The close losses have really affected their Pythagorean record. According to runs scored vs. runs allowed, the Yanks should be five wins better than they are right now. But close losses like these and big blowouts like last weekend against Baltimore skew that Pythagorean record. It’s a sign of what a team should be doing, and after all it’s the real record that counts anyway.

Luis Severino had one bad inning, giving up four runs in the second.

But the Yanks came back, and took a 6-4 lead late in the game. Aaron Judge started the comeback with a 3-run HR (23) in the third.

Gardner and Didi were getting days off. Sanchez and Hicks are hurt, day to day. As a result, the lineup had Refsnyder in left, Mason Williams (20 MLB games before last night) in CF. Romine was catching and Torreyes was at SS. So half the lineup was backups, who did OK.

In the fifth, the Yanks tied it on Torreyes’ double and a single by Williams.

Chris Carter hit a HR (8) in the sixth to put the Yanks up 5-4.

In the seventh, Judge tripled, Holliday walked and Castro singled to put the Yanks up 6-4.

Then the roof caved in.

The A’s got a run in the seventh off Shreve to cut the lead to 6-5. They then got two off of Holder in the eighth to win the game 7-6.

When Holder ran into trouble in the eighth, I wondered if Girardi would turn to Betances for a multi-inning save. Nope, and the Yanks lost because of it, but I can see you can’t just burn Betances out. With Warren and Chapman on the DL, the rest of the bullpen isn’t picking up the slack, and some guys are a bit fried right now. Clippard has been in a slump.

Judge 2 for 3, scored 2, 3 RBI, HR, triple. Walked twice.
Castro 2 hits, RBI.
Torreyes 2 hits.

Severino 6 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 4 W, 6 K. Uncharacteristically wild, all 4 hits in same inning.
Shreve (H, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.86
Holder (BS, 2; L, 1-1, 3.49) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. First MLB loss.


Game 63. Herrera’s MLB debut results in 7-5 Yanks’ loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

That first game in the majors has to be exciting. Unfortunately for Ronald Herrera, it resulted in a loss.

Herrera was called up from AA Trenton earlier in the day when Ben Heller was sent back to the minors.  The Yanks needed a fresh arm. He gave up a late 2-run HR that doomed the Yanks as they lost 7-5 to the Angels Wednesday night. The loss cuts the Yanks’ (38-25) AL East lead to two games since Boston beat the lowly Phillies.

It started out good. In the first, Gardner singled, and with one out, Judge singled. Judge stole second and Matt Holliday just missed a 3-run HR as he hit a SF. After Castro was HBP, Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (11) to make it 4-0.

But Michael Pineda didn’t have much tonight, giving up a run in the first, two in the second and two more in the third. He did gut out six innings.

That run in the first that Pineda gave up could have been more. Aaron Hicks took a grand slam away from Luis Valbuena. It went as a SF instead.

In the second, the Yanks wasted a one-out triple by Rob Refsnyder. I would have loved to have had Gardner squeeze in a run, but as readers of this blog know, the one criticism I have of Girardi is that he never squeezes home a run. This, and other things, contributed to the loss. Instead, Refsnyder was left stranded.

Didi Gregorius (.337) extended his hitting streak to 16 games, but was hit by a batted ball on a single by Chase Headley in the fourth when the Yanks got three hits but no runs.

In the fifth, with two out, Judge reached on an error and Holliday and Castro both singled. Judge was thrown out at the plate however, on a bad send by 3B coach Joe Espada. Judge hadn’t even reached third when the LF fielded the ball and Judge was out easily.

The Yanks did tie the game in the sixth when Sanchez singled and went to second on an error. After Didi struck out, Headley singled to tie the game at five.

In the seventh, Hicks laid down a beautiful bunt for a hit. I wish Gardner had done that with Refsnyder on third in the second.

After Pineda went six innings, Girardi brought in Herrera. I was a little surprised at that because of the flight to CA (figure you’d give a guy a chance to rest a day after the flight before bringing him in… flight could take something out of you, esp. cross-country, and esp. after a 3:30 AM wakeup call to tell you you’ve been promoted) and also that Herrera was doing great as a STARTER at AA Trenton. You don’t know how he would do as a reliever. That’s a different area. Herrera gave up a 2-run HR to Andrelton Simmons in the seventh which decided the game.

It seems as if Girardi was looking long term (at least, according to a NY Post article) and willing to sacrifice one game for the long term benefit of his bullpen, which he described as “fried.”

The Yanks got a break in the ninth, when with two out, Hicks’ long drive seemed to be caught against the wall by the RF. The call was overturned and Hicks was given a double, meaning Judge was up as the tying run. Although he hit the ball hard, Judge grounded out to third to end the game.

Gardner 2 for 5. Hicks 2 for 5 (.314). Sanchez 3 for 4, scored 2 runs, 3 RBI, HR. Headley 2 hits, RBI.

Pineda 6 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.71. Gave up 1 HR.
Herrera (L, 0-1, 9.00) 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.

CC was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Still no word on how long he’ll be on the DL. CC says he feels good and hopes to miss just one start, but this could put him out until mid-August.

Aroldis Chapman is expected to return to the Yanks on Sunday after a couple of rehab stints.




Chapman goes on DL

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aroldis Chapman has been placed on the DL and could miss a month or more. Chad Green has been recalled.

The Yanks are expected to bring up Rob Refsnyder for Game 2 (why not Choi?). No word on the corresponding move for Refsnyder.

Game 33. McCann hurts former team, Yanks lose, 5-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jordan Montgomery wasn’t too bad, but ex-Yankee Brian McCann hit one mistake he made for a three-run HR and Houston beat the Yanks Friday night 5-1.

The Yanks’  third straight loss dropped them to 21-12.

Montgomery pitched three scoreless innings before McCann wrapped his HR around the RF foul pole.

Houston got a run in the fifth off Montgomery and another in the ninth off of Aroldis Chapman.

Meanwhile, the Yanks were shut out until Didi Gregorius got an RBI single in the ninth.

The Yankees struck out 13x.

Montgomery (L, 2-2, 4.19) 6 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up the 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W 0 K. 1.84
Clippard 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.17
Chapman 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.55
Gallegos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 MLB DEBUT. FACED ONE BATTER WHO FLIED TO CF.

Things don’t look good for Saturday’s game. A LOT of rain is in the forecast.

I recently advocated why not bring up Ji-Man Choi and see what you have, esp. since he is hitting over .330 at SWB and the Yanks aren’t getting anything at 1B from Bird (on DL) or Carter so far. (Holliday played 1B last night). On another blog, some people criticized me for that.

Now, I don’t mean this in a mean way, although it may come off as that. That is not the intention. But I hope these people never get a promotion if they are doing well in their job and someone above them isn’t doing well. I mean, if they want to deny a chance to someone else, why should they get one themselves?

All I am saying is that maybe the Yanks should call up Choi and give him a chance for a couple of weeks until Bird gets healthy. Platoon him with Carter, maybe. Choi vs. righties, Carter vs. lefties. See who gets hot. I was a little surprised Refsnyder was brought up recently instead of Choi. Refsnyder is more versatile, but Choi was doing better and is the natural 1B whereas Refsnyder isn’t.

Some people criticized Choi because he went .170-5-12, OPS+ 68 in 112 AB for the Angels last year. True, but is that a big enough sample size to judge him on? After all, Aaron Judge went .179-4-10, OPS+ 60 in 84 AB last year, striking out way more than Choi did. I’m not saying that Choi is going to be another Judge, but did these same people dismiss Judge a few months ago as they are dismissing Choi now? Choi is a year older than Judge. He turns 26 next week. He is a lefty hitter which may play well at the Stadium. Going into Friday night’s action, he has hit .310 in the minors, and in 178 AAA games, is .309-14-98 with 95 walks. Those numbers, and his 6’1″, 230 pound build, remind me of a John Kruk type, even though Kruk was smaller. Kruk’s 162 g. MLB average was .300-14-80, OPS+ 134 and Kruk averaged 88 walks in that 162 g. average.

I’m not saying Choi would develop into a Judge or Kruk. Maybe he can give half of that which would be fine for a two week fill-in. What I am saying is that with Bird on the DL and Carter at .200-1-7, OPS+ 58, that maybe for a couple of weeks that the Yanks bring Choi up and see what you have in him.

What’s wrong with giving a person the chance to succeed? Or you won’t know until you try?

Every star needed a chance to shine sometime. Who knows what Choi can do. Maybe he won’t be a star. But if in two weeks he goes .250-1-5 or so, isn’t that better than what you are getting out of 1B so far?

Sometimes all someone needs is a chance (see Gallegos above). What’s wrong with giving someone that chance? That’s all I’m saying.