Gerrit Cole threw a complete game shutout and in the end, it was pure guts. Pure willpower. He threw 129 pitches, and with two out in the 9th, persuaded manager Aaron Boone to leave him in. Result? Three pitches, three strikes. The last two outs were strikeouts. It was like no way Cole was going to lose this game. Pure determination.
The only run of the game came on a 419 ft. HR (21) by Aaron Judge in the third inning.
Before the game, Miguel Andujar (hand) and Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid) were put on the IL. Albert Abreu and Brooks Kriske brought up.
The Yanks had six hits, Houston had three.
The complete game may have been necessary. Given the way Aroldis Chapman has been lately, I don’t think anyone would have been comfortable with Chapman in the game in that ninth inning. It was Cole’s to win or lose. And even with a high pitch count, I, and others, would rather take our chances there with Cole and his heart, guts and determination.
With the win, the Yanks (46-42, 3rd place) are now 8 back.
Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run, PH HR in the top of the seventh, and the Yanks survived a ninth-inning scare to beat Toronto up in Buffalo (Covid restrictions ballpark) by a 3-2 score Wednesday night.
The win put the Yankees at 35-32 for the season. They are in third place in the AL East, 7 back of Tampa Bay and 6 back of Boston.
The Yanks scored in the first inning but missed the chance to get more runs. D.J. LeMahieu reached on an error, and Aaron Judge singled. Gleyber Torres walked, and the Yankees had the bases loaded with no one out. Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF but that was the only run the Yanks would get that inning. Not only that, Judge’s hit was the only hit the Yankees would get until the seventh inning.
Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole gave up a HR to Marcus Semien on his second pitch of the game. In the fifth inning, Cole gave up another solo HR, this one to Cavan Biggio, and the Blue Jays were up 2-1.
In the top of the seventh, Miguel Andujar singled to lead off the inning. It was just the Yankees’ second hit of the game. One out later, Sanchez PH for Kyle Higashioka and drilled his 10th HR of the season. The two-run shot gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead.
In the top of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman gave up a single, then a double to put runners on second and third with no one out. Chapman escaped with a strikeout, then a comebacker that caught Vlad Guerrero, Jr. too far off the bag at third. Guerrero was tagged out, 1-2-5, then Chapman got a liner to center to finish off his escape and the ballgame.
The Yankees only got four hits in the game.
Sanchez 2-run HR (10)
Cole (W, 8-3) 8 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.31 Chapman (S, 14) 1 P, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.78
Minor league briefing: A couple of walk-off homers. Nice records for the farm teams.
AAA: SWB (25-11) got a 3-run HR by C Rob Brantly in the bottom of the 10th to win 10-7. SS Hoy Jun Park (.368 at AAA, .318 combined AA/AAA this year) 1 for 2, 4 walks, RBI (I would like Odor cut loose and Park, 25, a lefty hitter, given a shot. Park also plays 2b). LF Tom Milone 3 hits, RBI. The Yanks let Ryan LaMarre be a free agent, possibly clearing a roster spot for someone like Park or maybe OF Trey Amburgey (26, Righty bat, hitting .365, and ex-Yankees C Erik Kratz likes him) . We’ll see. Maybe Park and Amburgey don’t cut it in the majors, but given the way some Yanks are not hitting, why not give them a chance if there is an opportunity available?
AA: Somerset (21-13) won 7-5. Rehabbing Luke Voit 0 for 3, walk, struck out 2x. Luis Medina, just promoted, 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 10 K. 2b Diego Castillo 3 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands 3 RBI, GW 2-run HR in bottom of the 11th.
High A: Hudson Valley (21-15) lost 6-4. DH Josh Breaux 4 hits, RBI. SS Josh Smith 2 hits.
Low A: Tampa (27-11) lost 3-2. Game called after five innings.
For the first time all season, the Yankees have 10 or more hits in three consecutive games. They got 15 last night—4 of them homers—in a 9-6 win over the Twins.
The game really wasn’t as close as the final score. An ugly ninth inning by pitcher Brooks Kriske turned 9-2 into 9-6.
It’s just the Twins. But hopefully this offensive outburst means the bats are FINALLY waking up. with the win, the Yanks are 33-29, 3rd in the AL East, 5 1/2 games out.
The Yanks struck quickly. Aaron Judge, the second batter of the game, hit his 15th HR of the season to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
They made it 2-0 in the second inning. With two out, Kyle Higashioka singled and was doubled home by Brett Gardner.
They made it 5-0 in the third when Judge led off the inning with a double, Gleyber Torres walked, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a 3-run HR. It was the first of two Stanton home runs on the evening.
Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole gave up a HR in the bottom of the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-1. Cole went six innings, and gave up two runs, both on solo HR. After the spider tack grip controversy, where Twins’ 3B Josh Donaldson made some accusatory statements regarding Cole, Cole responded by striking Donaldson out the first two times he faced him.
The Yanks made it 8-1 in the fifth inning. Torres walked and Stanton hit a 2-run HR (11) for his second HR of the game. Two outs later, a red-hot Miguel Andujar hit a solo HR (5). It was Andujar’s fifth HR in his last eight games.
Cole gave up a HR in the bottom of the fifth and it was 8-2.
With one out in the seventh, Gio Urshela singled and Rougned Odor doubled him to third. Andujar got Urshela in with a sac fly. 9-2.
As mentioned above, Brooks Kriske had an ugly ninth inning, giving up 4 runs, including a HR, that made the final score 9-6 and the score seem like the game was closer than it actually was.
Judge 2 hits, solo HR (15) Stanton 3 hits, a double and 2 HR (11) 5 RBI Urshela 2 hits Andujar 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (5) Higashioka 2 hits Gardner 3 hits, RBI
Now that is the offensive recap we’ve been waiting for.
Cole (W, 7-3) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.31 Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.84 Kriske 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 11.25
SS Oswald Peraza was promoted from High A Hudson Valley to AA Somerset this week.
Ok, before I start, a very brief description of why there hasn’t been any posts from me for a few days.
I will try to keep this brief and not be overly dramatic. I am lucky to be alive.
On May 17th, I had surgery for kidney cancer. 10% of my right kidney was removed. Thankfully, they got all of it, no spread, no chemo or radiation necessary.
On Memorial day, two weeks later, I started feeling very dizzy and had trouble breathing. I went to the emergency room the next day. I knew something wasn’t right, but didn’t know it was as bad as it was. Thank God I did, and thank God for the care of two of my sisters on the holiday.
I had a saddle pulmonary embolism. This was affecting the right side of my heart. I also had a thrombosis in a femur artery. It could have, and probably should have, killed me. I needed emergency surgery.
The doctor who saved my life went above and beyond the call of duty. Earlier that day, his wife gave birth to a newborn. Instead of spending time with his wife and baby that evening, he was spending hours on me saving my life. It’s hard to write that without becoming overcome with emotion.
I am now home. Recovery will take a while. There will be no minor league reports for quite some time, and game reports will be shorter and briefer as I try to recover. Thanks for your understanding.
The last report I wrote was the morning I went into the E.R. The Yanks had lost on Memorial Day, 3-1, to the Rays in the first game of a four-game series in the Bronx.
They won June 1 (Game 55) in eleven innings on a walk-off HR (5) by Clint Frazier, 5-3. Miguel Andujar also homered in that game (2). Frazier also saved that game with a diving catch. Luis Cessa (1-0, 3.00) the winner.
They won on June 2 (Game 56), 4-3. Gio Urshela had a 2-run HR (6), and Frazier a 2-run single. Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 3.92) the winner, Aroldis Chapman the save (12).
On June 3 (Game 57) Gerrit Cole wasn’t his ace-like self (L, 6-3, 2.26), the bullpen wasn’t good, and the Yanks lost 9-2. The Yanks’ runs came on HRs by Brett Gardner (1) and Andujar (3). Nick Nelson gave up 4 runs in 1 2/3 IP, and saw his ERA climb to 9.75. Ugly.
Last night the Yanks (31-27, 3rd, 4 1/2 out) lost to Boston 5-2. Once again, the offense isn’t doing anything. In the four games I am mentioning, the Yanks have scored a total of 13 runs, just over 3 a game. Michael King (L, 0-3, 3.62) gave up a 3-run HR in the first inning and that was basically it. Aaron Judge hit his 14th HR.