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Game 67. Un”Happ”y night. Yanks blow 4-0 lead, lose 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yanks placed Kendrys Morales on the IL and sent down Stephen Tarpley. They brought back up Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Mike Tauchman.

With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton due off the IL soon, you wonder if, when Morales recovers, they’ll just DFA him then.

As for the game, disappointing. The Yanks (41-26) blew a 4-0 lead in losing 5-4 to the Chicago White Sox.

J.A. Happ’s season has been disappointing so far, and last night was no exception. Staked to a 4-0 lead after three innings, Happ had to escape a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, then in the fifth gave up a walk, single, double that cut the lead to 4-1, then a 3-run HR that tied it.

The Yanks had scored two runs in the second when Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres singled and after a forceout by Brett Gardner, a WP moved both runners up, scoring Didi. Clint Frazier singled in Gardner to make it 2-0.

Gardner made it 4-0 in the fourth with a 2-run HR (11). The Yanks didn’t score again.

Adam Ottavino gave up a HR in the seventh to make it 5-4.

Tampa Bay lost, so the Yanks maintained their 1/2 a game lead in the AL East, but still….

A disappointing night.

Gregorius 2 hits
Torres 2 hits.
Gardner 2-run HR (11)
Frazier 3 hits, RBI

Happ 5 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.66
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.70
Ottavino (L, 2-2, 1.80) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.68

I’ll be interested to see what pitching moves will be made soon (trade?). So far this month the pitching has been disappointing. The starters aren’t giving length, either, and the bullpen gets overworked.

The Yanks need a couple of games soon where a starter gives them 7 or 8 strong innings, not just five.

For a time last night, we thought last night could or should have been it.

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Game 64. A sloppy win, 7-6 in 10. Also, news on Lucchesi, Big Papi.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (40-24) tried their best to blow this game. Their best relievers failed, and it was up to a rookie, who arrived at 4 AM after a seven-hour or so drive via cab or Uber (don’t know which; UPDATE: Yanks arranged a SUV for the 6 1/2 hour, 375 mile drive), to save the day.

But in the end, they won 7-6 in 10 innings over Cleveland and maintained their first place tie with Tampa Bay.

Before the game, the Yanks had to place Domingo German on the IL (hip) and recall Stephen Tarpley. Tarpley is the one who had to make the trip in the wee small hours of the morning.

Now we know that German didn’t “hit a wall” per se, but that something was physically wrong the past few starts.

Forced to use an opener again (Tanaka’s start pushed back a day due to his wife giving birth), the Yanks got 5 runs in the second inning. With two out, Clint Frazier singled and Brett Gardner homered (9). Gio Urshela walked and Cameron Maybin singled. D.J. LeMahieu singled in a run, 3-0. Then a WP and a walk to Aaron Hicks loaded the bases. Luke Voit doubled in two runs, 5-0. Gary Sanchez walked to reload the bases but Gleyber Torres flied out.

Chad Green, the opener, and Nestor Cortes, Jr.Greg combined to shut out the Indians for five innings, but in the bottom of the sixth, Tommy Kahnle gave up 4 runs on 2 HR and it was 5-4.

In the seventh, Adam Ottavino gave up a HR that tied the game at 5.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Luke Voit singled and Gary Sanchez doubled. Gleyber Torres was inentionally walked to possibly set up a DP but Clint Frazier hit a SF to put the Yanks up 6-5.

But in the bottom of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman gave up a single, made and error on a pickoff attempt, and then walked the next batter. He rebounded to get two outs and then had two strikes on the next batter. One strike away, and then a ground ball to SS. Didi Gregorius, who didn’t start the game but who was in for defensive purposes, booted it for a two-base error and the tying run scored. Chapman then got out of the inning.

With one out in the tenth, Maybin doubled, and one out later, Hicks doubled to put the Yanks up 7-6.

Tarpley, who made that long trip hours earlier, struck out the side in the bottom of the tenth to earn his first MLB save.

Tarpley, you’ll recall, had a great spring training before getting roughed up earlier in the season, causing him to be sent down to SWB.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI (.321)
Hicks GW RBI double
Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI
Frazier 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2-run HR (9)
Maybin 2 hits

Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  8.27
Cortes, Jr.  3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.86
Kahnle 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.84   Gave up 2 HR.
Ottavino (BS, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.53  Gave up 1 HR
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.86
Chapman (W, 1-1, 1.40; BS, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Tarpley (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  First MLB save.

The Yanks now play the Mets for two games in Yankee Stadium.

In other baseball news…

Frank Lucchesi died at the age of 92. Lucchesi managed the Phillies (1970-1972), Rangers (1975-1977, taking over for Billy Martin) and Cubs (1987). He was the last manager for the Phillies while they played at old Connie Mack Stadium. He also was the manager that Lenny Randle assaulted in 1977 when Randle took umbrage at how Luchessi was managing him. Luchessi’s managerial record was 316-399, a .442 winning pct., which averages to a 72-90 season.

Ex-Red Sox star David Ortiz (Big Papi) is in stable condition after being shot in the Dominican Republic. From MLB.com:

Retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot and wounded at an amusement center in his hometown of Santo Domingo on Sunday but was in stable condition and expected to be OK, his agent Fernando Cuza told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, also addressed reporters and said doctors anticipate a full recovery.

confirmed that he sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region…..

(FROM ESPN) The team had to remove part of Ortiz’s intestines and colon, as well as his gallbladder. Ortiz suffered liver damage. He was shot at a club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Authorities say Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at nearly point-blank range.

 

 

Game 63. Yanks skid continues with 8-4 loss. Drops them into a tie for first.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The script was set. CC Sabathia could win #250 at Cleveland, where his career began.

It didn’t work out that way, as the skidding Yanks (39-24, lost five of their last six) lost 8-4. With Tampa Bay splitting a DH with Boston, the Yanks and Rays are now tied for first with Boston 6 back.

It started out well when Didi Gregorius hit his first HR of the season, a 2-run shot, in the first inning.

CC threw three shutout innings but then gave up 2 runs in the fourth, and a 2-run HR in the fifth.

Jonathan Holder came in for the sixth and gave up 3 runs on 2 HR.

The Yanks made in 7-4 in the seventh. Didi singled and went to second on an error. Gleyber Torres doubled Didi home. Kendrys Morales grounded out, moving Torres to third, and Clint Frazier walked. Gio Urshela hit a SF to bring in Torres.

Cleveland scored an insurance run in the eighth.

Brett Gardner, in a fit of frustration, threw his helmet and it bounced back at him. Six stitches in his lower lip.

Masahiro Tanaka won’t start Sunday’s game. He has been placed on paternity leave and Nestor Cortes has been recalled.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.320)
Didi 2 hits, 2-run HR (1), 2 RBI

Sabathia (L, 3-3, 3.96) 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.?
Holder 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.  4.88
Cessa 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.   5.28

Hopefully the ship gets righted soon.

Minor League Report. DH shutout sweep for SWB.

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AAA: SWB (33-23) swept a DH, winning both games by shutouts.

Reg. sched. game: Won 3-0. Good to see Rehabbing DH Didi Gregorius find his stroke with 2 hits. LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. 2B Breyvic Valera 2 hits, RBI.

Adams (W, 4-1, 3.35) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.

Makeup of 4/19 postponement: Won 4-0 on a 1-hitter. Valera (.431) a 2-run HR. C Kyle Higashioka solo HR.  1B Ryan McBroom 2 for 2 w/a walk.

Cortes (W, 2-2, 3.86) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 8 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.93

AA: Trenton (33-21) won 7-2 despite striking out 18x. 3B Wendell Rijo 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Kellin Deglan 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. CF Rashad Crawford 2 RBI. Starter Deivi Garcia 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 4 W, 4 K. 2.97.

High A: Tampa (24-34) lost 7-3. 3B Angel Aguilar 3-run HR.

Low A: Charleston (32-27) won 2-1. Solo HR Canaan Smith (.311) in the top of the 9th. Solo HR in the 7th by 1B Mickey Gasper.

Vizcaino 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.  3.16
Diaz (W, 3-1, 4.35) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.

Game 58. Yanks fall 8-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, Nestor Cortes sent down to make room for CC coming off the DL.

I was worried about CC being a bit rusty coming off the DL (I still call it the DL) and he may have been a bit, but he didn’t pitch too badly.

Clint Frazier’s defense though, was, shall we say, problematic. Not only that, but his blowing off the press after the game was, too.

CC gave up a solo HR in the first, a run in the second and a solo HR in the fourth and the Yanks were down 3-0.

They got two back in the fourth. With one, out, Luke Voit homered (15), then three straight singles by Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres loaded the bases. Gio Urshela made it 3-2 with a SF. The inning ended strangely when it appeared a double steal went awry.

In the top of the seventh, Frazier let a single get under his glove for a two-base error allowing the runner who was on first to score. Later on, after Boston scored another run, he (NY Post words) he tried and failed for a diving catch and made an off-line throw that allowed runners to move up and another run scored. 6-2 Boston.

In the eighth, after Boston made it 7-2, Frazier allowed a hit to get past him for a triple. 8-2.

The Yanks tried to come back in the bottom of the eighth, but they were in too much of a hole. D.J. LeMahieu singled, Voit walked. Gary Sanchez walked to load the bases. A balk brought in one run, a groundout another. Torres’ SF made it 8-5.

After the game, Frazier didn’t want to talk to the press about his fielding deficiencies. If there is an “attitude problem”, the Yanks need to nip it in the bud immediately.

Voit solo HR (15)
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Frazier 2 hits, but an error and other misadventures in the outfield.

Sabathia (L, 3-2, 3.61) 6 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Cessa 1 IP+, 5 R, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K.   4.73. Rough outing. Frazier didn’t help.
Hale 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.70

The Yanks (38-20) are off Monday. They are 2 1/2 up on the Rays, 8 1/2 up on Boston.

 

 

Game 55. Yanks shut out Padres, hit 4 HR, Win 7-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (36-19) shut out the Padres on four hits this afternoon, and hit 4 HR in winning 7-0. The Padres didn’t get a hit until the sixth inning.

In the bottom of the first, D.J. LeMahieu (5) and Luke Voit (14) hit back-to=back HR to begin the bottom half of the inning, giving the Yanks a quick 2-0 lead.

Gio Urshela hit a HR (3) in the third to make it 3-0.

James Paxton, just off the IL, no-hit the Padres for four innings. Since he was just off the IL, he had a pitch count and was pulled after four innings.

In the fifth, LeMahieu walked, went to second on a fielder’s choice in which Voit reached, and after a single by Gleyber Torres loaded the bases, LeMahieu scored on a SF by Brett Gardner.

With one out in the sixth, Cameron Maybin singled and stole second. After Austin Romine struck out, Maybin stole third and scored on a throwing error by the Padres’ catcher.

Torres hit a 2-run HR in the seventh (14) to make it 7-0, which was the final score.

LeMahieu solo HR (5) (.313)
Voit triple and solo HR (14)
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (14)
Urshela solo HR (3) (.331)
Maybin 2 hits.

Paxton 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 7 K. Just off IL.  2.81
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  10.57
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.37
Holder (W, 4-2, 4.55) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Cortes 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  4.91

 

Game 52. Yanks rally to force extras but lose in 10th, 8-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nothing lasts forever.

Domingo German came into the game with a 9-1 record (it stays 9-1) and the Yanks were on a seven-game winning streak.

German had an off-day, giving up 4 HR, and the Yanks, down 7-1 at one point, rallied with three runs with two out in the ninth to force extra innings only to lose 8-7 in the tenth.

Before the game, Jake Barrett to the IL (elbow inflammation), Joe Harvey brought up.

The Yanks scored first when with one out in the second, Gleyber Torres singled, Kendrys Morales walked and Clint Frazier singled in Torres.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the second, then a solo shot in the fourth.

In the fifth, back-to-back HR given up by German scored three more runs and the Yanks were in a 7-1 hole.

Gleyber Torres got the Yanks back in the game with a 3-run HR (13) in the sixth. 7-4.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Frazier and Gio Urshela singled. Frazier had to watch himself as he could have been picked off second. Brett Gardner struck out and the Yanks were down to their final out. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Frazier to make it 7-5. Luke Voit walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks singled to tie the game.

Here is where I had a lot of questions. I don’t know what relievers were available, but I found some decisions a bit strange.

Manager Aaron Boone left Nestor Cortes, Jr. in to pitch a fourth inning after the Yanks had tied it up. I had figured that once the Yanks did tie it up, that someone like Ottavino, Kahnle, or Britton might now come in. Instead Cortes stayed out there. He got the first two outs, then got into a jam, giving up two singles and an intentional walk to load the bases before getting out of it with a pop-up. Even after Cortes gave up the hits, he stayed out there. Odd, I thought, stretching Cortes out to four innings, especially with the game on the line.

Then in the tenth, Boone brought in Jonathan Holder rather than someone else. As I mentioned, I don’t know who was or wasn’t available, but I am not too comfortable with Holder in a tight game. Of all the regular relievers (those who have pitched in ten or more games this year, not those on the SWB shuttle), only Chad Green has a higher ERA than Holder. So my “trust factor” in Holder isn’t as high as with the others. But again, it may have been a case of lose the battle to win the war. Who was and wasn’t available.

Holder’s biggest mistake was, with one out, walking the #9 hitter, Billy Hamilton. Hamilton has little power, but a great deal of speed. You just can’t walk him there (and on five pitches). You have to make him earn his way on. Sure enough, Hamilton stole second. After Gio Urshela made a fabulous play for the second out, Whit Merrifield hit one past Urshela that ate him up and that ended the ballgame.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa did make an interesting and true observation the other day. As much as we love the bats of Sanchez, Voit, Frazier and Andujar, the Yanks will have to make some decisions on them. Now Sanchez and Voit aren’t going anywhere, but Frazier and Andujar’s futures could turn on their defense, or lack of it. As much as we love their bats, their defense can’t be so bad that it negates their sticks. We know the problems with Sanchez on wild pitches and passed balls. Voit is Ok, but more Giambi than Mattingly-like at 1B.  You can’t just field a team that cannot play the D. Judging by what I heard, I think Francesa thinks that if Frazier’s and Andujar’s D don’t pick up in the upcoming years, that both could be on the trade block. One reason for the Yanks winning right now is the defense of guys like LeMahieu and Urshela. Maybe Frazier (and this was mentioned on YES’ postgame show) is a little gun-shy after his concussion last year, but his defense in this KC series left a lot to be desired, especially when he got close to the wall. And it hasn’t just been in this past KC series, either.

The “easy” part of the Yanks’ schedule is now over. They don’t have as many Orioles/KC/White Sox teams anymore. The schedule now gets tougher. They have a 3-game series at home now against SD, followed by 4 games at home against Boston. They’ll be facing tougher teams now.

To their credit, the Yanks did what they should do with the soft schedule they’ve had so far. Win. 34-18. Up by 2 games in the AL East, even with a team decimated by injuries. Good job so far.

But decisions will have to be made soon. Didi Gregorius will move up to AAA SWB on Tuesday and should be back in maybe one or two weeks. What I would do when he comes back is not to send down Thairo Estrada, but to DFA Kendrys Morales. Didi could DH (until Stanton returns) instead of Morales. By having Didi DH, you protect that recently operated on right elbow of his. You play him at SS every so often to give Torres or LeMahieu a rest, and LeMahieu or Estrada can go to 3B to give Urshela a breather. LeMahieu can spell Voit at 1B. To me, Morales (5 for 30) as a Yankee is expendable. I would like to keep Estrada (.318) a bit longer. We’ll see what the Yanks do.

Also, when Stanton or Judge return, more decisions. Frazier has options, Maybin doesn’t. It may be better to keep Maybin’s defense and speed on the bench for now (out of options) and send down Frazier (who has options) to work on his defense once Judge or Stanton, whoever is first, comes back.

But when guys return, tough decisions will have to be made, and someone who is performing well now will have to go for guys like Didi, Judge and Stanton to regain their spots.

That goes for pitchers too, when Paxton, Severino, Betances and Montgomery come back and also if, after the baseball draft, the Yanks outbid the Rays for someone like Dallas Keuchel.

The moves in the next few months will be very interesting.

The game:

Hicks 2 RBI (tied game in 9th)
Torres 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR (13)
Frazier 3 hits, RBI. Did make an error.
Urshela 2 hits

German 5 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 0 W, 6 K. 3.43. Gave up 4 HR.
Cortes 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K.  5.40
Holder (L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

A non-baseball note: RIP Bart Starr, #15, QB for those great Lombardi Green Bay Packer teams of the 1960s. Starr was a 5x Champion. After losing in the 1960 NFL title game to the Eagles, Starr led the Packers to NFL titles in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1967. The 1966 and 1967 titles were followed with wins over the AFL (pre-merger) in Super Bowls I and II, both of which Starr was the MVP in. Starr was 85.

Update: With Paxton still on the shelf, as well as CC and Loaisiga (and Adams went 4 innings the other day, Cortes 4 yesterday), Chad Green will once again be the “opener” today, hence the decisions of yesterday to save the bullpen. Pitching, especially starting, reinforcements can’t arrive fast enough, whether it be Paxton and CC getting off the DL (along with Severino and Montgomery) or getting another starter.