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Game 34. Yanks get only 2 hits, still win 5-1.

The Yankees (25-9) got only 2 hits in the game, but still beat the White Sox 5-1 Sunday.

I don’t know when Whitey Ford got reincarnated as Nestor Cortes, Jr. (just kidding) but we will take Nasty Nestor’s 1.35 ERA any time.

In the second inning, with two out, Joey Gallo walked. Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled, then Jose Trevino walked to load the bases. Walks to Aaron Hicks and D.J. LeMahieu forced in two runs and a wild pitch scored another.

Cortes kept the White Sox off the board until he gave up a solo HR in the eighth inning.

In the top of the ninth, Gallo hit a 2-run HR (5) for the final score of 5-1.

Gallo 2-run HR (5)

Cortes (W, 2-1) 8 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.35
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.49

Game 28. Nasty Nestor no-no’s into 8th. Yanks win 1-0.

It’s only too bad he didn’t get credit for the W.

Nasty Nestor Cortes Jr. no-hit Texas for 7 1/3 innings, and the Yankees finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth as the Yanks beat Texas 1-0 in an afternoon makeup game from all the rain the Northeast got on Friday and Saturday.

The only run of the game came when with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Judge singled and Anthony Rizzo then doubled him home.

It wound up as a combined 2-hit shutout. The Yanks only got five hits themselves.

Rizzo RBI double (only run of game)

Cortes 7 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 W, 11 K. 1.41
Holmes (W, 4-0) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.61
Chapman (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00

Who’d have thought Nasty Nestor would have an ERA of 1.41 after six starts, or have 42 K in 32 IP so far?

Or that of the 20-8 Yankees, the team leader in wins would be the 4 by Holmes?

Or that after 28 games, the Yanks’ ERA would be 2.50?

Game 25. Yanks’ win streak ends as they are nipped by Blue Jays, 2-1.

No streak lasts forever, and the Yankees (18-7) 11-game winning streak ended last night with a 2-1 loss in Toronto. They didn’t go down quietly, however.

Hard-luck losing pitcher Nestor Cortes, Jr. didn’t have his best stuff, but he kept the Yankees in the game. Cortes gave up a HR to Matt Chapman in the second inning that put Toronto up 1-0, but the Yankees’ Joey Gallo hit his third HR of the season to tie the game in the top of the third inning. With two out in the bottom of the third, Bo Bichette doubled, then Vlad Guerrerro, Jr. singled him home to put Toronto up 2-1 and that turned out to be it. Bichette seems to always kill the Yanks.

The Yanks had a man on third, one out in the top of the sixth but couldn’t score.

They had two on and one out in the seventh but could not score.

Manager Aaron Boone was thrown out in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

In the ninth, with two out and two on, Gallo walked to load the bases, but Isiah Kiner-Falefa grounded
out. The Yanks challenged the call, but it was determined that Guerrero kept his foot on the bag during his stretch.

The Yanks are off today. They return home to play a weekend series against Texas.

Michael King was great again in relief.

Gallo solo HR (3)

Cortes (L, 1-1) 4 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.82
King 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.51
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.69


Game 20. Yanks blast 4 HR in 12-2 8-inning blowout of KC for seventh straight win.

The Yanks (14-6) jumped out to an early 3-0 first inning lead on back-to-back homers by Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton and never trailed as they won their seventh straight game, 12-2 over Kansas City, in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain.

The Yanks hit four homers in the game.

D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a double, and one out later, Rizzo hit his MLB leading ninth HR of the season. Stanton followed with his fourth HR of the season and the Yanks were up 3-0.

KC got a run in the bottom of the first off of “Nasty” Nestor Cortes, and an unearned run (Due to a PB by C Kyle Higashioka) in the second to cut the Yanks lead to 3-2.

It stayed that way until the top of the seventh, when the Yanks broke the game open. With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled, and with two out, Higashioka walked. A single by LeMahieu made it 4-2, and Aaron Judge then hit a 3-run HR (6) to put the Yanks up 7-2.

The Yanks scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning. Stanton singled and Joey Gallo PR for him. Gleyber Torres followed with a 2-run HR (2) to make it 9-2. Aaron Hicks was HBP and Kiner-Falefa singled Hicks to second. Tim Locastro reached on an error, loading the bases, then Higashioka cleared the bases with a 3-run double. That may be an important hit for Higashioka, who had a great spring training but who has struggled mightily in the early going, and who could be losing his starting job to Jose Trevino.

After the eighth inning, the rains came and there was a delay before the game was called. I understand wanting to give the Royals their chance to come back, and don’t know how long the delay was before the game was called, but with the score at 12-2, common sense needs to prevail and let all go out and get some KC BBQ.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Judge 3-run HR (6)
Rizzo 2-run HR (9) Leads MLB in HR
Stanton 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (4)
Torres 2-run HR (2)
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits
Higashioka 3 RBI

Cortes (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.31
Loaisiga (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.00
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.86
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.91

Notes: Even though the team batting average is .249, that is still 4th in the league. Batting averages are down, and the average team MLB batting average is somewhere between .230 and .235. In fact, the Phillies were no-hit by five Mets’ pitchers last night. The Yanks do lead the AL in HR with 29, and are second in runs scored, slugging and OPS (OPS+ 123) and third in total bases and OBP.

The pitching so far has been fabulous, and who’d have thought that with all five starters having made four starts each, that the best starter, with the lowest ERA and the most strikeouts, would be Cortes? Meanwhile who would have thought that the starter with the highest ERA so far would be Cole? The Yanks lead the AL in ERA at 2.84, have given up the least amount of HR, and their pitchers have the most strikeouts. The ERA+ is 134 (100 is average).

Aaron Hicks returned from paternity leave, after becoming father to a baby boy.

Game 17. Yanks (11-6) win slugfest 12-8 behind 5 HR, 3 by Rizzo.

Back after a ten-day vacation visiting my sis across the country. Some comments at end of article.

Anthony Rizzo hit three of the Yanks (11-6) five homeruns in the Yanks’ 12-8 win over Baltimore Tuesday night. Luis Severino pitched 5 1/3 hitless, shutout innings before tiring, and the Yankees’ bullpen made things nervously close.

Rizzo hit a 3-run HR in the third to start the scoring. Joey Gallo hit his first HR of the season to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Rizzo’s second HR of the game, a 2-run HR, made it 6-0 in the fifth.

After losing his no-hit bid, Severino walked the next hitter then gave up a 3-run HR and Baltimore had cut the lead to 6-3. The Orioles scored another run in the top of the seventh to close the score to 6-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, D.J. LeMahieu led off with a single and Aaron Judge singled D.J. to third. Rizzo walked to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton singled in one run, and after Josh Donaldson struck out, Gleyber Torres tripled to clear the bases and make the score 10-4.

Baltimore made things uncomfortable again, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth, three on a HR given up by Jonathan Loaisiga (who has been struggling lately) to cut the score to 10-8.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got back-to-back homers by Judge (4) and Rizzo (8) to make it 12-8, which wound up being the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Judge 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (4)
Rizzo 3 hits, all HR (8), 6 RBI Now leads majors in HR
Stanton 2 hits, RBI
Torres 3 RBI
Gallo solo HR (1)

Severino (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.32
Holmes (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.04
Luetge 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 6.00
Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 8.10
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.00

A few notes on the games while I was away. A disappointing weekend in Baltimore, where the Yanks lost two of three. So far the pitching (except for last night) has carried the team. In the first 13 games of the season, the Yanks were shut out three times, and in another game, they only scored one run in an eleventh inning loss. Higashioka, Gallo, and Stanton have been struggling. Now in the last two games, they have scored ten and twelve runs, so maybe the bats are waking up. The team batting average is .242, meanwhile the team ERA of 2.85 leads the league. A good thing is Severino looking like the Severino of old. Meanwhile, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Mike King have been great.

Tim Locastro was brought up, and J.P. Sears sent down. Miguel Andujar was brought up because Aaron Hicks is out on paternity leave. There will be some more moves coming because those extra players allowed because of the shortened spring training will have to be lopped off the roster after Sunday’s games.

One thing I didn’t know until a few days ago is that EACH MLB team is now using humidors for the baseballs. Before, because of the light air and the way balls fly out, only teams like Colorado were doing so. The humidor helps to deaden the baseballs.

Congrats in order to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who became only the seventh player to have 3000 hits and 500 HR in his career. The other six are Aaron, Mays, A-Rod, Pujols, Palmeiro and Murray.


Game 5. Reversal of Fortune. Yanks blank Blue Jays, 4-0.

After being shut out by Toronto on Monday night, the Yankees (3-2) returned the favor Tuesday night, blanking Toronto 4-0.

One turn through the rotation, and guess who pitched the best? The #5 starter, “Nasty” Nestor Cortes, Jr.

In the first inning, some tough breaks. Josh Donaldson led off with a walk, then Aaron Judge was robbed of a double. Anthony Rizzo then doubled, but Donaldson was thrown out at home. He had stopped and once you do that, you can’t start up again.

The Yanks got a two-run HR from Aaron Hicks (1) in the bottom of the second inning.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled and went to second on a single by Gleyber Torres. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt let LeMahieu score to make it 3-0.

In the bottom of the eighth, Donaldson walked, and Judge doubled him to third. After Rizzo struck out, Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF to make it 4-0.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Torres 2 hits
Hicks 2-run HR (1)

Cortes 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. 0.00
Holmes (W, 1-0) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.70
Castro (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K, 0.00
Loaisiga (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00



S.T. Game 16. Higashioka stays red hot, hits 2 HR as Yanks crush defending champs, 10-0.

Kyle Higahioka probably wishes this WAS the regular season. The red-hot Yankees catcher hit two more HR today (Saturday) as the Yankees (7-8-1 in spring training) crushed the defending WS Champion Atlanta Braves, 10-0 in a rain-shortened, 5 1/2 inning affair.

Higashioka, who now has seven HR in spring training, drove in 3 runs. The Yankees scored in each of their five innings. Aaron Judge had 2 hits, including a solo HR. Anthony Rizzo also had two hits, including a solo HR. D.J. LeMahieu was 3 for 3 with an RBI. Aaron Hicks was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI.

After a scare earlier this week with a bit of a sore arm, Luis Severino was everything the Yankees could have hoped for today. If he can get back to being the Severino of 2017 and 2018 and be a solid #2 starter behind Gerrit Cole, that will be key to the Yankees’ success this season. Both he and Nestor Cortes, Jr. pitched well today.

Severino (W) 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Cortes 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.


S.T. Game 12. Yanks crush Phils, 14-2.

The Yanks (5-6-1 in Spring training) crushed the Phils, 14-2, in Spring training on Tuesday.

After Clarke Schmidt started, the rest of the pitching was of guys who all should be bullpen to start the season.

Marwin Gonzalez continued to crush the ball, hitting a 3-run HR, driving in 4 runs, and going 3 for 3. The swtich-hitter who can play six different positions appears to have mde the team in my eyes.

Kyle Higashioka also continued to be hot this spring, crushing his fourth HR of spring training.

Minor Leaguer Max Burt hit a grand slam, and minor leaguer Ben Cowles also homered.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa had 2 hits.

Pitching line:

Schmidt (W) 3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Luetge (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Peralta (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Holmes (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Hopefully nothing serious. Luis Severino with some arm soreness. The rotation to start the season is Cole, Severino, Montgomery, Taillon, and Cortes.

S.T. Game 4. Yanks beat Phils 5-2.

The Yankees (1-2-1 in Spring Training) beat the Phillies 5-2 Monday afternoon.

Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs with a double and Aaron Hicks had an RBI double of his own. Another run scored on an RBI double by Phillip Evans. Evans is a corner infielder/outfielder who was with Pittsburgh last year and who has been in the majors (121 games total) for the Mets (2017-2018) and Pirates (2020-2021).

Pitching line:

Taillon (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K Nice. Had ankle surgery in the offseason.
Cortes (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. Nasty Nestor.
King 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
McClain 1 R, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K
Weissert (S) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.

Game 160. Yanks lose, 4-3. M’s loss means Yanks magic # to get in is 1. Guarantee Game 163 if nec.

The Yanks lost to Tampa Bay Friday night, 4-3, but did get help as the Angels beat the Mariners 2-1. The Yanks control their own destiny as far as getting into the playoffs. They do NOT control their own destiny as to where the wild card game would be. There are just two games left in the season, with a Game 163 a real possibility.

WILD CARD STANDINGS:

YANKEES 91-69 — top wild card as of now.
Boston 90-70 -1
Seattle and Toronto 89-71 -2, and 1 game behind Boston.

If the Yankees win both Saturday and Sunday, they host the wild card game. That is the easiest way. They can also host it if they win one game and Boston loses one game. They just may not know who they host. If the Yanks and Boston tie with 92 wins, Boston hosts the Yankees. The most Seattle and Toronto can get is 91 wins. Of course if Boston finishes with 92, the Yanks 91 and the other two at 90, Boston hosts the Yankees.

But what if there is a three or four way tie at 91 wins? We won’t go there. Of course (and doubtful, since Boston and Toronto are playing cellar-dwellers) is that the Yanks end with 91 and the others all tie at 90.

One thing we know. The Yanks have at least guaranteed themselves a game 163 tiebreaker if necessary.

Got all that? Easy solution. Just win.

Nestor Cortes is not flashy or dominant, nor does he go deep into games, but he does keep you in them. Nestor did so last night, but the Yankees bats didn’t help him out. Cortes gave up a HR to Nelson Cruz in the first inning and Tampa Bay was up 1-0. It was HR #449 of Cruz’ career.

Gleyber Torres led off the bottom of the first with a double, and scored on a Giancarlo Stanton single as the Yankees tied the game. They wouldn’t score again until the ninth.

A nubber and a blooper helped Tampa Bay score a run in the second and the Rays were up 2-1. It stayed that way until the ninth.

A couple of walks by Domingo German (pitching for the first time in quite a while—just off the IL) led to two Rays’ runs and a 4-1 lead in the ninth.

The Yanks almost came back. With one out, Stanton doubled and went to third on defensive indifference. Joey Gallo did what he had to do. With the Rays putting on the shift and conceding the whole left side, Gallo bunted there to bring in Stanton and bring the tying run to the plate. Gio Urshela singled and was PR for by Tyler Wade. Brett Gardner singled to make it 4-3. But then PH Gary Sanchez and Rougned Odor both struck out to end the game.

Stanton 2 hits, RBI
Urshela 2 hits
Gardner 2 hits, RBI

Cortes (L, 2-3) 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.90
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.65 (Pit/NYY)
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1 HBP 3.44 (SF/NYY)
Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.21
German 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.58
Abreu 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.15