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Game 91. Orioles get slammed by the Bird. Wade hits first MLB HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (60-31) shut out Baltimore 9-0 on Wednesday night to stay 3 1/2 back of Boston (65-29) in the AL East (Boston has won what, 9 in a row? Yanks getting no help).

This is the Sonny Gray we hope to see but can he do this against teams better than 26-67 Baltimore?

The Yanks got five runs in the third. With one out, Gardner walked, Judge singled him to third, and after a fielder’s choice out at home, Stanton singled in a run. A walk to Hicks loaded the bases and Bird hit a grand slam (7th HR) off the foul pole to make it 5-0.

Tyler Wade hit his first MLB HR in the sixth to make it 6-0.

Austin Romine’s HR in the seventh, (6), added to his career high total for most in a year. 7-0 Yanks.

To the eighth, and Didi doubled and went to third on a single by Stanton. An error made it 8-0.

To the ninth, and the Yanks made it 9-0. A single by Clint Frazier, walk to Hicks and single by Stanton made it 9-0.

Stanton 4 hits, 2 RBI.
Bird Grand Slam 4 RBI.
Romine 2 hits, solo HR.
Wade 3 hits, first MLB HR. Probably best game ever in the majors.

Gray (6-7, 5.46) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K. The Gray we want to see.
Cole 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.97 (But 0.48 as a Yankee!)
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.    4.83

As I expected, Giancarlo Stanton did NOT win the final vote to get on the All-Star team.  Tough to do so when in the few games to do so, your team is on the road.

I won’t comment on any trade rumors. I will comment if and when a deal is done.


Game 88. 1st game of DH. Yanks lose, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Game 1 of today’s DH. A disappointing 5-4 loss to Baltimore (now 25-65) which drops the 58-30 Yanks 2 1/2 back of Boston. I was born after 1954, but anyone remember 1954? After winning 5 WS in a row,  the 1954 Yankees went 103-51 but finished 8 games back of Cleveland, who were swept in the WS. Those 1954 Yankees were the only team Casey Stengel had that won more than 100 in a season. Chasing Boston this year makes me think of 1954. Hope it doesn’t wind up like that.

This was a very disappointing loss to a team that even after this win, was just 25-65.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the second on a HR by Stanton (22). They got 2 in the third on a double by Higashioka, single by Wade which moved Higa to 3rd. Hicks grounded into a DP, Wade moving to second, but Judge then singled in one run,  and moving to second on the play at the plate. Didi then singled in Judge. Up 3-0, CC on the mound.

But they blew it. CC gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the fourth, 3-2.

In the sixth, Stanton singled, moved up on a groundout, and scored on a single by Neil Walker, 4-2.

But they tried to push CC past the fifth inning, and in the sixth, a walk, double, and 3-run HR cost the Yanks the game, 5-4.

In the ninth, the Yanks got a runner on third with one out, but Higashioka struck out and Gardner grounded out.

Higashioka is like, 5 for 38 in his MLB career, 3 HR, 1 double, but I wonder if a squeeze was in play there. I don’t know if Higgy can bunt, but…. 5 for 38 is 5 for 38. A squeeze play may have been in order there.  He struck out and Gardner (PH for Wade) grounded out.

The Yanks struck out 12x in the game, Clint Frazier 3x.

Stanton 2 hits, HR, RBI.

Sabathia (L, 6-4, 3.34)  5+ IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.98
Cole 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 5.33 (W/NYY combined).


Game 83. 3 HRs lift Yanks over Braves 8-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (55-28) got off to a 6-0 lead and hung on to beat Atlanta 8-5 Tuesday night. By doing so, they remain one game behind Boston.

Aaron Hicks hit a 2-run HR in the first (15) to give the Yanks a quick lead.

Funny thing about Kyle Higashioka. He’s something like 2 for 30 in his MLB career, but both hits are homers. HR #2 was hit in the second, 3-0 Yankees.

Five walks led to two Yankees’ runs in the third, with Brandon Drury and Higashioka drawing theirs with the bases loaded.

A double by Gardner, single by Judge and a WP made it 6-0 in the fourth.

Laugh-er?  Nope.

Domingo German unraveled in the fifth, giving up 3 runs on back-to-back HR, and A.J. Cole had to come in and get out of a jam. He left the bases loaded.  6-3.

Adam Warren gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh. 6-5.

Chasen Shreve (of all people) came in for Warren and got out of a two-on, one out jam in the eighth.

In the bottom of the eighth, Giancarlo Stanton sliced a 2-run HR (20) right around the RF foul pole to make it 8-5 Yanks. Most of his HR go well over 400 feet, and this one may have only been 320, if that, but we’ll take it.

Judge 2 hits
Stanton 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Hicks HR, 2 RBI
Higashioka HR, 2 RBI

German 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.   5.37
Cole (W, 3-1, 5.76) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.    But 2-0, 0.61 as a Yankee.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 R, 1 W.  2.11  Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.85
Chapman (S, 24) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.43

Game 82. Lack of execution drops Yanks into second with 5-3 loss in 11.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry, but I have to rip the Yanks tonight for losing 5-3 to Atlanta tonight in 11 innings.

Here is one reason why. 0 for 12 with RISP.

Here is another. Why, in the bottom of the ninth, with Gleyber Torres on first, no one out, ISN’T BRETT GARDNER BUNTING????? Speedy runner who can bunt, and he ISN”T BUNTING? Instead, GIDP, then Judge strikes out. Gardner’s AB– called strike, ball, GIDP. DIdn’t even attempt to bunt. What the hell?

I haven’t ripped Boone too much this year, and I think he’s done a fine job. But on that? WTF?

Sorry, Boonie, you blew it.

In the bottom of the tenth, the Yanks loaded the bases with one out. Bird and Romine both struck out.

No bunting. 0 for 12 with RISP. They deserved to lose and did. And the loss drops the 54-28 Yanks one game behind Boston.

Sometimes you can’t rely on the HR. You have to execute the fundamentals, something the Yanks did not do tonight.

In the first, Judge hit HR #23, 1-0 Yanks.

But Loaisiga gave up a HR in the third to tie the game.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the third when Torres doubled and advanced and scored on two WP.

Loaisiga went down to AAA after the game and Cole was brought back up.

Loaisiga gave up 3 straight doubles, and 2 runs, in the fourth, 3-2 Braves.

With one out in the fifth, Torres singled, Gardner and Judge walked, and Didi tied the game with a SF, but the Yanks could not add on.

Two on, no out in the bottom of the seventh, nada.

Two on, two out in the bottom of the eighth, Neil Walker PH for Higashioka. Strikeout.

See the bottom of the ninth and tenth above. Once again, why wasn’t Gardner bunting????

Top of the eleventh, Robertson gives up a two-run HR that ticked off of Judge’s glove. Ballgame.

5-3 Braves and the Yanks fall one game behind Boston.

Bunt sometimes, Boone. Bunt.

Yes, they would have walked Judge after the bunt. But the question then comes up… Do you bleeping trust Didi or not? And after Didi, Stanton?

Come on, Boonie.

Judge HR #23.
Hicks 2 hits.
Torres 3 hits, RBI.

Loaisiga 4 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.00
Holder 2 iP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.   1.89
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.01
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   1.47
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   2.70
Robertson (L, 5-3, 3.52) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Minor League Report. King dominates for Trenton.


AAA: SWB (40-39) won 7-6 in 10 innings, scoring two in the bottom of the ninth and walking it off in the 10th. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. SS Rey Navarro 4 hits, 3 RBI, Game-tying 2 run HR in bottom of the ninth. C Francisco Diaz 3 hits, GW RBI.

Rogers 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.53
Espinal (BS, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.63
Cole 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.  27.00  Gave up 1 HR, rehab not going well so far.
Feyereisen (W, 4-2, 1.59) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.

AA: Trenton (46-34) won 6-0.   3B Mandy Alvarez HR, 3 RBI. LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. 2 hits, solo HR RF Jhalen Jackson.

King (W, 2-1, 1.91) 9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 11 K. (3-4, 1.85 combined A+/AA)

High A (A+): Tampa (40-39) scored two in the top of the ninth to win 6-5. RF Alexander Palma 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. 1B Steven Sensley solo HR.

Whitlock 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 5 K.  2.00
Weissert (BS, 1)  1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  0.00  Just up from Charleston.
Wivinis (W, 1-1,  1.77)  1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.

Low A: Charleston (39-37) won 3-2. RF Carlos Vidal 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Yajure 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 5 K.  2.37
Higgins (W, 3-2, 1.16)  2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Zurak (S, 7) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.43

I don’t go lower than Low A in giving reports.

Minor League Report. Not a good rehab for Cole. Move forthcoming?


After the Yanks’ loss to the Phils last night, Luis Cessa was sent down to AAA. No corresponding move has been made yet. With the Yanks facing three lefties this weekend against Boston (Rodriguez, Sale & Price) could they be bringing up either Tyler Austin or Brandon Drury? Especially with the struggles Bird and Walker have been having at 1B?

The Yanks now are 1/2 game behind Boston, but have the same winning percentage. They are 52-26, Boston 54-27. Meaning that in making up three games, the Yanks have to go 2-1 in them to be in a tie with Boston.

Wednesday’s minor league results:

AAA: A.J. Cole’s rehab assignment didn’t go well as SWB (37-39) lost 4-2 to Lehigh Valley. 1B Drury and DH Billy McKinney homered for SWB. Each had 2 hits. RF/LF Zack Zehner also had two hits, and those six hits were all of SWB’s hits. Cole didn’t get anyone out as he was on rehab, on the DL due to a pinched nerve in his neck. Nice relief job by Justus Sheffield.

Cole (L, 0-1, infinity) 0 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.69
Sheffield 6 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.  2.82
Espinal 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.70

Drury and Cody Carroll were named to the AAA All-Star team.

AA: Trenton (44-33) won 8-5. 2 hits, HR, 4 RBI for 1B Ryan McBroom (AA/AAA this year, .304-10-39, 11 W, 71 K, 26 y.o.; Bats R). SS Abiatal Avelino 4 for 4. (AA/AAA .314-11-42; 23, Righty batter—-trade bait as the Yanks look to improve at the deadline?) RF Jeff Hendrix 2 RBI.

Keller (W, 6-5, 4.14)  5 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Frare (H, 3) 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 0.76 (lefty .. watch out Shreve?)
Tarpley (S, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.   1.26

High A: Tampa (39-37) lost 8-5. 2B Hoy Jun Park 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI. CF Rashad Crawford 3 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits. C Donny Sands 2 hits.

Rosa (L, 7-2, 3.99) 3 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Kamplain 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K.  2.48
Lane 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.77
Wivinis 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.89

Low A: Charleston (37-36) won 6-1. LF Carlos Vidal solo HR. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits. (Righty bat, 20, A/A+ .332-6-27).

Lehnen (W, 6-3, 2.67) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Ramos 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.28
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.62


Game 73. No O for CC again as Yanks fall, 2-1, to Rays.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Last Sunday, on Father’s Day, CC Sabathia pitched well but got no run support as the Yanks lost 3-1 to the Rays.

As Yogi Berra would have said, deja vu all over again. Last night, in his first start since then, also against the Rays, CC once again got no run support in losing 2-1 to the Rays.

With the loss, the Yanks’ (50-23) lead over Boston was nipped to one game because Boston won last night.

The Rays got one run in the fourth and another in the fifth. They would have gotten more in the fifth except for a great catch in RF by Giancarlo Stanton. CC hurt himself in the fifth by making a throwing error. The eventual game-winning run would turn out to be an unearned one.

The Yanks only got five hits in the game. They got their only run in the seventh on a one-out walk to Torres, and single to Gardner (back in the lineup after missing a few games with a sore knee) and a single by Judge.

Gardner had two of the Yanks’ five hits. They did draw six walks.

Luis Cessa, off the DL to replace A.J. Cole who went onto the DL with a pinched nerve in his neck, pitched two scoreless innings for the Yankees in relief.

Is it me, or are you waiting for the day when everyone in the lineup has a good day, about six HR are hit, they get some 20 hits, and the Yanks bomb someone, say 16-3? It’s been a while since they put up a 10-spot against an opponent, and I just have a feeling it’s coming.

Sabathia (L, 4-3, 3.18) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 9 H, 1 W, 4 K. In and out of trouble all game.
Warren  2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   1.84
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.  3.00