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Game 157. Nestor Nasty as Yanks shutout O’s, 8-0. Judge stuck on 61. Rainout likely Sunday?

Nestor Cortes’ last regular season start could not have gone much better. The best Yankees’ starter this season (sorry, Gerrit Cole) pitched 7 1/3 one-hit, shutout baseball as the Yankees defeated Baltimore 8-0 Saturday afternoon. Cortes was dominating, striking out 12.

Cortes ends his season 12-4, with a superb 2.44 ERA.

Aaron Judge went 0 for 2, with 2 walks and a HBP as we still wait and see if he can get #62 to set a new AL and Yankees record. He has a couple of things working against him. For one, the weather forecast is not good for Sunday. Should the Yankees be rained out on Sunday, the game, meaningless in the standings, would not be made up. So, Judge has one less game in order to hit #62. The Yankees next four games are on the road in Texas. One game Monday, a doubleheader Tuesday and the regular season finale on Wednesday. There may be a window to play today, but the game may be delayed for a very long time until that window arrives. There appears to be only a one-hour rainless window around 2 pm today, and a window from about 7 to 10 pm. That’s it, and with the Yankees needing to travel to Texas, it does not look good for a game today. Do they really sit in a clubhouse (and make the fans wait) six hours to start the game at 7 PM when they have to travel to Texas for a game tomorrow? For a game that means nothing in the standings, but only for one player. I don’t think so.

Also, you can’t hit a HR if every pitch is 2 inches off the ground and 4 inches outside. Since hitting #60, Judge is 7 for 27, with that 61st HR, but SEVENTEEN walks and the HBP.

Yesterday, as mentioned above, Judge was 0 for 2, both strikeouts, with a HBP and 2 walks. His batting average is at .313, two points below Luis Arraez of the Twins .315 as Judge also attempts to win the Triple Crown. It appears to be a two-man race for the batting title. Xander Bogaerts of Boston has dropped to .305.

The Yanks got on the board quickly yesterday scoring 3 runs in the first inning. Judge was HBP but forced out at second by Anthony Rizzo. Gleyber Torres doubled in Rizzo and went to third on the throw home. Josh Donaldson hit a SF to make it 2-0, then Giancarlo Stanton smashed a 447-ft. HR (29) to make it 3-0. For the badly slumping Stanton, who was hitting .156 since June 1, he needed that badly.

Kyle Higashioka homered for the Yanks in the bottom of the second (9) to make it 4-0.

In the seventh, Judge walked to lead off the inning, with the pitcher, who appeared to be avoiding Judge, drawing a great deal of derision. The Yanks made him pay for that. Rizzo singled Judge to second. Torres singled in a run to make it 5-0, both runners moving up on the throw. Donaldson singled in both runners to make it 7-0, and he moved up on the throw. Two outs later, Harrison Bader doubled to close out the scoring at 8-0.

Rizzo 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI
Donaldson 2 for 2, walk, 2 RBI.
Stanton 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (29)
Bader 2 hits, RBI
Higashioka 3 hits, RBI. Solo HR (9)

Cortes (W, 12-4) 7 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 12 K. 2.44
Barnes 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.64 (Det/NYY)

Before the game Jacob Barnes up from SWB. Zack Britton to IL.

If there is a game today, Chi Chi Gonzalez is supposed to start. No word as far as a corresponding move to get Gonzalez on the roster.

Luis Severino is to go on Monday. Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon will go in Tuesday’s doubleheader, and Domingo German closes out the regular season on Wednesday. The Yanks would then be off for six days, with Game 1 of the ALDS being at Yankee Stadium on October 11. Opponent to be determined.

Game 2 would be after another off day on October 13. Then another off day. Game 3, October 15.
Games 4 and 5 October 16 and 17 if necessary.

The Yankees would only need 3 starters for this series. Most likely Cole, Cortes and Severino. With the off days, the Game 1 starter could come back for Game 4, and the Game 2 starter for Game 5, but the Game 2 starter would be doing so on 3 days’ rest. Severino would probably go Game 3. But who goes in Game 1 and who in Game 2 between Cole and Cortes?

I think Cole would be better on his regular rest, so he lines up for 1 and 4. I think Cortes can adapt better to go on three days’ rest, so I’d have him Game 2. Taillon and German for middle relief if needed.

Game 152. Rain gives Yanks rain-shortened 6 inning win, 2-0, robs Judge of an AB. Magic # 2

Before last night, the Yankees had no complete games out of their starters this season.

They do now, thanks to the rain. Nestor Cortes pitched six innings of one-hit shutout baseball, and since the rain ended the game after six innings, he’s credited with a complete game victory.

The 2-0 win means the Yankees (94-58) magic number for clinching the AL East title is 2. Since the Yankees now head to Toronto for a three-game series, all the Yanks have to do is to win one of the three games and the AL East crown is theirs.

The rain ending the game early also meant that Aaron Judge was robbed of at least one at bat. He was scheduled to lead off the bottom of the seventh for the Yanks. Judge doubled in the first inning, walked in the third, and flied out in the fifth. His 1 for 2, combined with Xander Bogaerts 0 for 2, put Judge back on top for the AL batting lead and the Triple Crown, and barely. Judge is currently hitting .3143, and Bogaerts .3137.

The Yanks scored in the fourth when Oswaldo Cabrera led off with a double and stole third. A single by Jose Trevino plated Cabrera.

In the sixth, Harrison Bader singled and was forced out by Aaron Hicks. With two out, Hicks came around to score when one-time Yankee Rob Refsnyder had trouble catching a ball between the pouring rain and the lights and was charged with an error.

Although it would have been great to have Judge hit #61 and #62 at home, the perfect scenario now would be for him to hit both in the same game at Toronto tonight. Therefore, there could be a ton of celebrating, for Judge would have broken the AL and Yankees’ single season HR record in the same game in which they clinch the division. Also, perfect would be for that little boy who is a huge Judge fan and who was gifted a HR ball by a Toronto fan in a scene that went viral this summer to be there to witness it.

Rookie SS Oswald Peraza had 2 hits.

Cortes (W, 11-4) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K. 2.56

Miguel Andujar, DFA’d by the Yankees, was picked up by the Pirates.

Yankees’ legend Don Mattingly will not be back as Marlins’ manager next year. No offense to any of the Yankees’ coaches, but here is hoping Donnie comes back home, perhaps as the Yankees’ hitting coach (no offense to the coaches doing that now). It would be great to see #23 wearing his retired Yankees uniform, not have the pressure of managing, and teaching what he (.307 career batting average) did so well.

Game 147. What a night! 60! Fabulous Comeback! Triple Crown?

With all apologies to the Dells, Oh, What a Night!

Before the game, the Yankees placed Frankie Montas on the 15-day IL, retroactive to 9/17. Since he’d come off it right at the end of the season, I think it is safe to say that he would NOT start a postseason game.

Harrison Bader came off the IL and made his Yankees debut with 3 RBI. We will get to the game recap soon.

Ryan Weber chose free agency after being DFA’d. We’ll see what happens there.

Now to the game. Aaron Judge hit his 60th HR, tying the # Babe Ruth hit in 1927 (and in 147 games too!). He is now one behind Roger Maris’ Yankees and AL record of 61 (we know about the MLB and NL Steroid-aided records*).

Judge’s HR also put him at .316, and he now leads the AL in batting average as well as HR and RBI (and a whole lot of other categories). As of now, he’d win the Triple Crown, a feat done only once since 1967. Two Yankees have won the Triple Crown—Lou Gehrig in 1934 and Mickey Mantle in 1956.

Not only that, the Yankees, down 8-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, scored five runs to win the game 9-8 over Pittsburgh, capped off by an “ultimate slam” — a walk off grand slam with your team down by 3—by Giancarlo Stanton.

Nestor Cortes was “Nasty Nestor” again, but the Yankees’ bullpen was horrendous. Judge and Stanton’s HR, as well as Bader’s great Yankees debut, saved them.

With the win, the Yankees (89-58) kept their 5 1/2 game lead over Toronto. The magic # for clinching the division is 10. The magic # for a playoff berth is now 2 (since the Yankees own the tiebreaker over Baltimore).

The Pirates scored first, on a SF in the top of the fourth inning. Oswaldo Cabrera, making his first start in LF, caught the ball at the top of the wall. It just missed being a grand slam.

In the bottom of the fifth, Cabrera reached on a 3-base error, and was driven in on a single by Bader. Bader moved up on a groundout and scored on a single by Jose Trevino. 2-1 Yanks.

Ron Marinaccio put a couple runners on in the top of the sixth, and both scored when Lou Trivino replaced Marinaccio only to give up a 2-run double. 3-2, Pirates.

The Yanks came back in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. Josh Donaldson led off the inning with a single. After Stanton struck out, Cabrera walked. A wild pitch moved the runners up, then Bader singled them both in. Nice Yankees’ debut for Bader, who the Yankees traded Jordan Montgomery for, but who the Yanks had to wait on, due to Bader being on the IL with plantar fasciitis.

Trivino gave up a HR to Brian Reynolds in the top of the seventh that tied the game.

In the top of the eighth, the bullpen imploded further. With one out, a walk, error by Anthony Rizzo, and single off of Jonathan Loaisiga made it 5-4. Clay Holmes, who has been awful since July 9, came in and gave up a 3-run HR to made it 8-4. I don’t know what is wrong with Holmes, but the Yankees need to straighten him out. At this time, it seemed like the only reason to keep watching or listening was to see what Judge would do in his last at bat.

And in the bottom of the ninth, Judge didn’t disappoint, hitting #60 to make it 8-5 Yankees. The historic homer seemed to spark the team, who didn’t want the homer to go to waste in a loss. Rizzo followed with a double. Gleyber Torres walked. Donaldson singled to load the bases. Then Stanton, struggling mightily since June 1, hit HR #27, a walk off grand slam to win the game.

It was the fourth time in Yankees’ history that the Yankees were down by three runs and a batter hit a walk off grand slam (ultimate slam) to win the game. Babe Ruth did it in 1925, then a long wait for the second one, Jason Giambi in 2002. Donaldson did it last month, and now Stanton last night.

Judge Solo HR (60) .316-60-128 leads AL in all three categories. Can he win the Triple Crown?
Torres 2 hits
Donaldson 2 hits
Stanton 4 RBI walk off grand slam (27)
Bader 2 hits, 3 RBI
Trevino 2 hits, RBI

Cortes 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K. 2.67
Marinaccio (H, 6) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.31
Trivino (BS, 3) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.84 (A’s/NYY)
Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.64
Holmes 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.67
Chapman (W, 3-3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.41







Game 143. Aided by Boston bloopers, Yanks win, 5-3.

The Yankees (87-56) beat Boston Wednesday night, 5-3, helped by a few plays that made Boston look like the Bad News Bears.

With the win, the Yankees magic # for clinching the AL East is 14. The magic number for a playoff spot is 8 since they own the tiebreaker over Baltimore.

Nestor Cortes was “Nasty” again, even using a fancy “dipsy-doodle” move to strike out Rafael Devers. I wonder if Nestor can teach that move to Gerrit Cole.

The Yanks broke open a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the fifth. With one out, Aaron Hicks reached on an error. Hicks went to second on an infield single by Aaron Judge. After Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Gleyber Torres singled in Hicks, with Judge going to third. The throw came home, and Torres was caught way off of first base. But catcher Connor Wong’s throw to try and get Torres went way up the right field line, bringing in not only Judge, but Torres as well. 3-0 Yankees. Two errors that led to three Yankees runs.

Cortes gave up a run in the bottom of the fifth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-1.

The Yanks got the run right back in the top of the sixth. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) walked to start off the inning, stole second, and after a groundout, scored on a double by Jose Trevino. 4-1.

Boston cut the lead to 4-2 with a run in the bottom of the eighth. An overturned call at first base took a run off of the board when Boston when it was determined that J.D Martinez didn’t hit the first base bag but went over it. DP instead of run-scoring force out. A mistake that cost Boston.

The Boston mistakes continued in the top of the ninth. With one out, Giancarlo Stanton doubled on a ball misplayed by CF Abe Almonte. Then Torres hit a ball to the wall that Almonte turned into a two-base error, and the PR for Stanton, Tim Locastro, scored. 5-2.

Almonte got a leadoff double for Boston and came around to score in the bottom of the ninth. Final, 5-3.

Hey, we will take Boston’s Blunders anytime. Four of the five runs the Yanks scored were unearned.

Torres 3 hits, RBI

Cortes (W, 10-4) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 7 K. 2.70
Schmidt (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.59
Loaisiga (H, 10) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.54
Holmes (S, 20) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.47

The Yanks will have a lot of decisions to make soon as some guys are coming off the IL. The first guy expected back is Aroldis Chapman on Friday. We will see who get replaced, one by one, as the reinforcements arrive.





Game 138. Yanks fall short, 4-3. Big Series with Rays this weekend.

Before the game, Deivi Garcia was sent back down so that Nestor Cortes could come off the IL and make the start. Cortes was limited to 60 pitches, however.

Miguel Andujar was to go down after having been the 29th man in Wednesday’s DH. Instead, he stayed and D.J. LeMahieu joined the large contingent on the IL.

With so many players on the IL, the depleted Yankees need to think outside the box. In some ways, they did last night, but in another way, they did not, and it may have cost them the game. I’ll explain soon.

With the 4-3 loss, the Yankees lead over Tampa Bay is now 4 1/2 games. The Yankees host the Rays for three HUGE games this weekend. The Yankees’ magic # for clinching the AL East remains at 22. It is 15 for a playoff spot.

The Yankees started the game with Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) hitting in the cleanup spot. It was one way of thinking outside the box, and this was more or less by necessity. Everyone else is injured. In trying to hold on to their division lead, the Yankees’ lineups are looking like spring training lineups. Maybe worse. At least IKF did have two hits.

Andujar hit a 2-run HR (1) in the second inning to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. They wouldn’t score again until the eighth and blew chances in the eighth and ninth to tie the game or possibly win it. With all these injuries, the Yankees may need Andujar to recapture that 2018 form when he hit .297-27-92, with 47 doubles, and finished second in ROY voting to Shohei Ohtani.

Cortes retired the first 12 men he faced, but then two ex-Yankees got him. Cortes gave up a single to Gio Urshela to lead off the fifth, then after a WP, Gary Sanchez doubled Urshela home. Clarke Schmidt relieved Cortes. After a walk and a strikeout, a single tied the game.

With one out in the top of the eighth, pitcher Wandy Peralta could not make the play at first base, first missing the bag, then when he did step on the bag ahead of the runner, he didn’t have control of the ball. That bobble helped cost the Yankees the game. Peralta got the next batter out, but then Greg Weissert came in to face Carlos Correa. Weissert gave up a 2-run HR to Correa that made the score 4-2 and turned out to be the game-winner.

I do have to question the use of Weissert there. I understand that you want to use a righty against the righty swinging Correa. But Weissert? It was only Weissert’s seventh MLB game. He is 3-0, but with an ERA of 8.22. That is a lot of trust in a big spot in a big September game to place in someone with that little experience. I understand the injury situation. No Trivino or Effross. That may have factored into things here, also the fact that a lot of the bullpen was used in that 12-inning game one of the DH the day before. So Holmes and Loaisiga may have been unavailable. Those two things (injury and BP usage in the extra inning game) may have forced the Yanks to use Weissert. It cost them.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got one run back, but it could have been more. Aaron Judge led off, and he doubled. What you are seeing now is teams avoiding Judge like the plague if they can. We will get to that in a bit. After Gleyber Torres walked, IKF hit into a force out, then stole second while Marwin Gonzalez struck out. On ball four to Estevan Florial, the ball got away and Judge scored to make it 4-3. IKF went to third. Giancarlo Stanton PH but struck out. I wonder if Stanton is hurt more than we realize. Since June 1, he is hitting .153. That is Gallo-like. He is 4 for 39 with 10 strikeouts since coming off of the IL. The failure of Stanton to be Stanton and to protect Judge in the lineup is hurting the Yankees.

In the bottom of the ninth, the failure of Aaron Hicks to think outside the box may have cost the Yankees the game. With one out, Oswald Peraza singled. Hicks doubled Peraza to third. Hicks should NOT have gone to second but should have stayed at first. In a Sports Century feature on Willie Mays, at the end of the show, it was mentioned how Mays would sometimes NOT take second base, but would stay at first, in order to force pitchers to pitch to Willie McCovey rather than to walk McCovey. That is exactly why Hicks should NOT have gone to second. He had to think outside the box there and realize what would happen. And what would happen DID happen. With one out and men on second and third, the Twins walked Aaron Judge of course. A Judge single wins the game. The Twins, being smart and playing for THEIR playoff lives, were not going to let the big guy (pun not intended) beat them. So, they walk Judge to 1) not face the big man and 2) set up a game-ending DP. I wonder if when Hicks went into second if he realized the mistake he made. He took the bat out of Judge’s hands.

Gleyber Torres, who needs to right himself with all the other injuries going on, struck out. Torres is down to .237 and is hitting .179 since July 13. Once again, Judge needs help. He can’t do it alone.

IKF then grounded out to end the game.

The point is, the Yanks need to think outside the box. They can’t do things that will take the bat OUT of Judge’s hands. The other team will try to do that enough times on their own.

Judge 2 hits
IKF 2 hits
Andujar 2 hits, 2-run HR (1)

Cortes 4 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 WP 2.73
Schmidt 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.82
Peralta (L, 2-4) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 big error. 2.55
Weissert 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR, which decided game. 8.22
Weber 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.04







Games 136 & 137. Despite depleted lineups, Yanks sweep Twins. Judge hits #55, IKF, Peraza, Cole star.

Sorry, my original draft got erased and I had to re-write a lot. UGH.

A load of baseball yesterday, and at first it didn’t look good. Due to injuries, the Yankees’ lineups looked worse than a spring training lineup. In the first game of the DH yesterday, the Yanks (83-54) started three rookies, plus another guy who, although he had MLB experience and wasn’t a rookie, hadn’t played in the majors all season.

The Yanks put Josh Donaldson on the paternity list. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) played 3B. IKF had won a GG at 3B for Texas in 2020. Bard DFA’d, Deivi Garcia up. Miguel Andujar up as 29th man for the doubleheader. Rizzo to IL, Ron Guzman up.

But at the end of the day, the Yankees had won both games off of their perennial whipping boys, the Twins, by scores of 5-4 (in 12 innings) and 7-1.

With the wins, the Yanks are 5 up on the Rays in the AL East. The magic # for winning the division is 22, and the magic # for a playoff berth is 15. The wins ensured the Yankees a winning season. They haven’t had a losing season since 1992.

Game 1: Domingo German had a rough start but settled in. A double, strikeout, and HR, and Minnesota was up 2-0 just three batters into the game. With two out in the fourth, three straight singles made it 3-0 Twins and with the weakened Yankees’ lineup, it didn’t appear good.

The Yanks got a run in the bottom of the fourth of Aaron Judge’s 55th HR of the season. The home run meant that Judge now has hit more HR in a season than any other righty hitter in Yankees’ history. Only Ruth (60 in 1927) and Maris (61 in ’61) have hit more. Judge was walked 5x yesterday, 3x intentionally. Another reason to hate the ghost runner. If Judge is the first guy up, even with the ghost runner on second, first base is open, and Judge is walked to set up a DP. You take the bat out of the hands of the most dangerous hitter in baseball.

Gleyber Torres tied the game with a 2-run HR in the sixth. (19).

Both teams wasted chances. Oswaldo Cabrera, an infielder brought up to the Yanks a few weeks ago, got his fifth OF assist of the season in the top of the tenth. Ron Guzman, up for Rizzo, struck out 4x and then with the bases loaded and no out in extra innings, hit into a 3-2-3 DP.

The Twins got a run in the top of the 12th off of Ron Marinaccio, but with the bases loaded and one out, Greg Weissert avoided further damage.

In the bottom of the 12th, Marwin Gonzalez was the ghost runner and IKF singled to tie the game. With one out, IKF stole second. Jose Trevino singled, IKF was held up and Trevino took second on the throw. With two out, Cabrera singled to win the game.

Judge solo HR (55)
Torres 2-run HR (19)
Kiner-Falefa (IKF) 2 hits, RBI
Peraza 3 hits FIRST 3 HITS OF MLB CAREER.

German 6 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.27
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.58
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.66
Holmes 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.29
Marinaccio 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 1.73
Weissert (W, 3-0) 2/3 I, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 7.36

Game 2: With the long game in game 1, and several bullpen members used, the Yanks needed length from Gerrit Cole. He went 6 2/3 IP, striking out 14.

Cole leads MLB with 218 strikeouts and is 30 away from Ron Guidry’s Yankee team single season record of 248, set in 1978. Cole has four, maybe five starts left in the season.

Cole gave up a HR to his ex-teammate, Carolos Correa, in the top of the third.

IKF hit a grand slam, just his third HR of the season, in the bottom of the fourth. He didn’t get his first HR until mid-August.

In the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Hicks hit a bases-loaded double for three runs to make it 7-1.

Hicks 3 RBI
Kiner-Falefa 4 RBI. Grand Slam. (3)
Florial 2 hits.

Cole (W, 11-7) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 14 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.20
Luetge (S, 2) 2 1/3 Ip, 0 R, 3 H, 0W, 3 K. 2.55

Nestor Cortes returns to the rotation tonight to face ex-Yankee Sonny Gray.










Game 125. Yanks blow out A’s, 13-4. Cortes to IL.

Before the game, the Yanks put “Nasty” Nestor Cortes on the 15-day IL with a groin strain. They brought up Greg Weissert from AAA. More on Weissert in a bit.

Sorry for the late recap, but being up all night with the game on the West coast, well, you know…

The Yanks (77-48) got contributions from all their starters in a 13-4 blowout of Oakland. The victim for the most part was A’s starter and former Yankees’ farmhand, James Kaprelian.

The win was the Yanks’ fourth in a row and reduced their magic # for clinching the AL East to 31.

The Yanks got four runs in the second inning. With one out, Josh Donaldson walked and Oswaldo Cabrera singled Donaldson to second. Jose Trevino singled to load the bases. Isiaih Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled in two runs. Andrew Benintendi singled to reload the bases. After Aaron Judge popped up for the second out, Giancarlo Stanton, fresh off the IL (Estevan Florial was sent down) singled to make it 4-0.

The Yanks scored four more runs in the third to make it 8-0. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a walk. Donaldson doubled to make it 5-0. After an out, Trevino singled and IKF walked to load the bases. Benintendi hit a SF to make it 6-0. A walk to Judge reloaded the bases and a walk to Stanton forced in a run to make it 7-0. Anthony Rizzo got an infield single to make it 8-0.

Two more runs in the top of the fourth put the Yanks up 10-0. Despite 20 hits and 13 runs, the Yanks did not hit a HR in the game. Donaldson singled to lead off the fourth. With one out, Trevino doubled Donaldson in to make it 9-0. Singles by IKF and Benintendi loaded the bases, and a groundout by Judge made it 10-0.

With that kind of lead, Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon was cruising. His only mistake came when he gave up a solo HR in the sixth that made the score 10-1.

The Yanks came right back in the top of the seventh with three runs to go up 13-1. Rizzo singled with one out. Torres singled Rizzo to second, and Donaldson doubled both runners home to make it 12-1. A double by Cabrera made it 13-1.

Then came the only bad part of the night. With such a big lead, manager Aaron Boone brought in Weissert to make his MLB debut and it could not have gone worse. On his first pitch in the majors, Weissert hit the batter. Then before his second pitch, he balked the runner to second. Then on his second MLB pitch, he hit the NEXT batter. He got a flyout, but then walked the next two batters, forcing in a run. 13-2.

He was then relieved by Lucas Luetge. Weissert had 18 saves and a 1.77 ERA at SWB but the nerves apparently got the best of him in what was a terrible MLB debut.

After a popup for the second out, Luetge then forced in a run with what was the third HBP of the inning. 13-3. An infield single made it 13-4, which wound up being the final score.

Benintendi 3 hits, RBI
Stanton 3 RBI
Rizzo 2 hits, RBI
Torres 2 hits
Donaldson 3 hits, 3 RBI
Cabrera 3 Hits, RBI
Trevino 2 hits, RBI
IKF 2 hits, 2 RBI

Taillon (W, 12-4) 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.89
Weissert 1/3 IP, 3 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 2 HBP. 1 Balk. 81.00 MLB DEBUT
Luetge 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 2.58


Game 122. Benintendi’s blast lifts Yanks, 4-2.

Before yesterday’s game, the Yanks retired #21 in honor of Paul O’Neill. O’Neill becomes the 24th Yankee and 23rd number retired (#8 is retired for both Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey). Note I didn’t say players, as broadcaster John Sterling erroneously said in his introduction. After all, Joe Torre (6) and Casey Stengel (37) were managers, not players, for the Yankees.

One thing the Yankees should do next. I feel it is LONG overdue that Graig Nettles and Bobby Murcer get plaques in Monument Park. I am not talking retiring the numbers, for the numbers they wore (9 for Nettles, retired for Roger Maris or the 1 or 2 worn by Murcer. Those numbers are retired for Billy Martin (1) and Derek Jeter (2), respectively) are retired for other individuals, but plaques to honor the superb Yankees’ tenure of both men. For Murcer, not only as a player but also as a broadcaster. Get it done, Yankees.

The Yankees (74-48) then got a much-needed win over Toronto, 4-2. Their lead in the AL East is 8 games and the magic number for clinching the division is 34. The lead once was 15 1/2. As you know, the team has been struggling greatly lately.

The Yanks struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning. With two out, Anthony Rizzo singled, then D.J. LeMahieu singled Rizzo to third. Lourdes Gurriel, Jr.’s throw to third, trying to get Rizzo, got away, and Rizzo came in to score.

Toronto tied the game in the top of the third with one of the weirdest homeruns you’ll ever see. Whit Merrifield’s blast hit the top of the fence, bounced up and to the left, then bounced off the wall again and then over it for a HR. It was the only run Yankees’ starter Nestor Cortes gave up. Meanwhile the Yankees made four fine defensive plays in the game, two by RF Marwin Gonzalez, and one each by 1B Rizzo and SS Oswaldo Cabrera.

the Yanks took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third. With one out, Andrew Benintendi walked. After Aaron Judge struck out, Rizzo walked. LeMahieu followed with an RBI single.

Toronto tied it in the top of the seventh when the Yankees’ bullpen faltered. Jonathan Loaisiga gave up a leadoff single, but after a force-out, gave up a walk. Wandy Peralta came in and gave up a single to load the bases but then walked in the tying run. He then got a force-out at home before Lou Trivino came in to get the final out. Trivino did a great job in finishing the game off, going 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

In the bottom of the seventh, Jose Trevino led off with an infield single and was bunted over to second by Gonzalez. Benintendi then followed with his fourth HR of the season, and first as a Yankee, to make the score 4-2 Yankees, which was the final score.

There was a minor dustup in the fifth inning when Judge was HBP. The Yankees’ bench was about to charge but Judge waved them off. With first base open and a man on second at the time, the original thought was that the HBP was intentional (instead of just sending him to first) but it wasn’t.

A needed win. The Yanks are scheduled to face the Mets today and tomorrow, and not only that, but they also have to go up against Scherzer and DeGrom. Today’s game could be rained out, however. The weather forecast calls for rain all day.

Benintendi 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (4). First HR as a Yankee.
LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI.

Cortes 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.68
Loisiaga (H, 7) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 6.04
Peralta (BS, 5) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.45
Trivino (W, 2-7) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.27 (Combined Oak/NYY stats)





Game 117. Yanks skid, hitting woes continue in 3-1 loss.

Apologies for this posting late. I had to be sprung from Facebook jail first.

The first four batters Nestor Cortes faced in the top of the first inning went like this: Single, Single, Flyout, 3-run HR. Although Cortes settled down and Tampa Bay got only one more hit after that, the damage was done. Tampa Bay was up 3-0, and the way the Yankees’ offense has been lately, it felt like 30-0.

The Yanks (72-45) lost 3-1 to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. It’s their 11th loss in their last 13 games. In the past 7 games, they’ve only scored 9 runs. If not for the one run that they scored, they would have been shut out for the third consecutive game.

The Yanks scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Andrew Benintendi tripled and then scored when Miguel Andujar reached on an error.

The Yanks only had four hits in the game.

Estevan Florial is expected to be called up today. No corresponding move yet. Also, Clay Holmes (back) is expected to go on the IL. The corresponding move will probably be recalling Ron Marinaccio. More when the moves are confirmed.

UPDATE: The Yanks are also said to be bringing up Oswaldo Cabrera.

Benintendi 2 hits.

Cortes (L, 9-4) 7 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.74
Abreu 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.75 (Combined 3-team ERA)



Game 112. Judge hits 45th, but Yanks fall, 4-3.

Frustrating.

Nestor Cortes took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and Aaron Judge hit his 45th HR, but it wasn’t enough as the Yankees (71-41) lost to Seattle, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, Cortes lost his no-hit bid when he gave up a HR to Sam Haggerty that hit the foul pole. 1-0 Mariners.

The Yanks bounced back with three runs in the top of the seventh. With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa walked, then Kyle Higashioka hit a 2-run HR (7) to give the Yanks the lead. One out later, Judge hit his blast to make it 3-1 Yanks.

But the Yanks couldn’t hold it, giving up three runs in the bottom of the seventh. A single, PB and single made it 3-2 and chased Cortes from the game. Albert Abreu came in and got a strikeout, but then gave up a 2-run HR to Carlos Santana that proved to be the game winner.

It was one moment where I really missed the injured Michael King or Chad Green.

One day after only getting 3 hits in a 1-0 loss, the Yanks only got 4 hits in this game.

The Yanks are 21-17 in one-run games this season. They don’t get blown out, having gone 25-4 in games decided by 5 or more runs, but you wish they won a few more of those squeakers.

Frustrating. The Yanks are off today and are in Boston for the weekend.

Judge Solo HR (45) He now has 99 RBI
Higashioka 2-run HR (7)

Cortes 6+ IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.67
Abreu (L, 2-2; BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.91 (3-team ERA)
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.23