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WS Game 6. Take it to the limit. Washington forces a Game 7 with a 7-2 win.


Never, in the history of the four major sports, has a road team won the first six games of a series (of course, football doesn’t have a best of 7).

Until now. Washington beat Houston 7-2 Tuesday night to force a seventh and deciding game tonight (Wednesday). The road team has won every game in the WS so far.

Anthony Rendon had three hits, inc. a 2-run HR, and drove in 5 runs. The HR came after a controversial call that went against the Nats and got manager Dave Martinez ejected—the first manager ejected from a WS game since Bobby Cox of Atlanta in Game 6 of the 1996 WS.

For Justin Verlander, another WS loss. The future HOF pitcher is now 0-6 in the World Series. ROY, CYA, MVP, 3 no-hitters, but no WS victory.

Stephen Strasburg went 8 1/3 IP for the win.

Besides Rendon, Adam Eaton and Juan Soto homered for Washington. Alex Bregman hit one for Houston.

Max Scherzer, who missed his Game 5 start because of a neck injury, apparently feels better after getting a cortisone shot and is expected to start Game 7 for Washington. He’ll be opposed by Houston’s Zack Greinke.



Game 7. Yanks hit 4 HR (2 by Gleyber) to win 8-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After the first inning, it didn’t look good. James Paxton gave up 3 runs in the first, and one run scored on a balk, another via a WP.

Gleyber Torres homered in the third, but after five innings, it was 4-1 Orioles and you feared the worst.

But in the fifth, Sanchez homered (3) to make it 4-2 and later that inning, Torres homered (2) to give the Yanks a 5-4 lead.

Luke Voit, who was slumping, hit a 3-run HR (2) in the top of the ninth for the cushion and the final score of 8-4.

The win puts the Yanks at 3-4 on the season. Tampa Bay is off to a good start, but take a look at Boston, 2-6.

Paxton did settle in after the first inning to get the win.

Torres 4 for 4. Single, double, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Voit HR, 3 RBI
Sanchez HR
Gardner 2 hits

Tough day for Aaron Judge, who may be trying to do too much to carry the team with all the injuries. 0 for 5, 4 strikeouts.

Paxton (W, 1-1, 4.09)  5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 2 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Britton (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.50.

Greg Booker, a setup man who pitched for the Padres in the 1984 WS, passed away, age 58.  1983-1989 SD, Twins 1989, Giants 1990. 5-7, 3.89 in MLB career, ERA+ 95.

HOF manager Bobby Cox, mostly known for his managerial work for the Braves, but a Yankees’ 3B 1968-1969, is in the hospital after what appears to be a stroke. Prayers go out to him.

The Yanks are off Friday.

The Yanks did make a move, acquiring Jake Barrett from the Pirates and he will go to AAA SWB.

From Pinstripe Alley

In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees moved pitcher Ben Heller to the 60-day injured list.

Barrett has just 93.1 major-league innings to his name, all out of the bullpen with the Diamondbacks, along with a 4.05 ERA. The 27-year-old posted his best season in 2016, when he ran a 3.49 ERA, good for a 129 ERA+, across 59.1 innings. He’s spent little time in the majors since, making just seven appearances in 2018, allowing four runs in seven innings in the process.

He did play well in the minors last season, maintaining a 2.87 ERA in 53.1 innings for Triple-A Reno. Barrett struck out 11.3 batters per nine, but also ran a 4.9 BB/9 rate. According to Statcast, during Barrett’s brief time in the bigs last year, he relied heavily on his fastball, throwing his four-seamer 60% of the time. His slider made up 35% of his repertoire, while a splitter served as more of a show-me pitch with 5% usage. He averaged just over 94 mph on his fastball.

Now that the minor league season has started, I’ll be posting reports on the Yanks’ farm teams.

Spoiler alert: Gio Gonzalez sucked for SWB in their opener Thursday. Minor league Report coming tomorrow morning.


Torre, Cox, LaRussa make the HOF

Joe Torre, who guided the Yankees to four WS Championships from 1996-2000, was unanimously selected to the Hall of Fame today by the Veterans’ Committee. Also selected were ex-managers Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa, both of them unanimously as well.

I have to get to work soon, so I can’t elaborate further right now.

On the ballot, but not getting in were Billy Martin, Marvin Miller, George Steinbrenner, Tommy John, among others.


Game 15. Funny game. Yanks turn first triple play since 1968, CC tosses 4-hitter, but Yanks 6 game win streak is snapped by A’s, 4-2.

On June 3, 1968, Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel was the #1 song, LBJ was President, RFK was in the last days of his life, and The Beatles were in the first week of recordings for the White Album.

…and the Yankees, in a 4-3 loss to the Twins, turned a triple play. Dooley Womack to Bobby Cox (yup, same one) to Mickey Mantle.

…and that was the last Yankees triple play…until today. Unfortunately for the Yankees, the end result was similar. A loss. This time 4-2 as the six-game winning streak is snapped.

Besides it being strange that you would lose a game in which you turn a triple play, another strange thing happened. CC got a complete game loss (8 IP) despite throwing a four-hitter. Walks did him in, particularly in the first. Two walks and a three-run HR by Kurt Suzuki (who hit into the TP) was basically the ballgame. Another run, set up by a walk to a Suzuki and a Cano error, scored a fourth run in the fourth. CC’s final line was 8 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 6 walks and 5K.

One thing Girardi has to think about (and it’s a GOOD thing to think about) is work for Mitre and Aceves. The starters have been fabulous lately, and then it’s to Joba, Marte, Mo. Guys like Robertson, Mitre and Aceves can get rust. Nitpicking, I know but that’s managing. Joe will have to find a way to keep them fresh.

Speaking of keeping people fresh, the lineup had a twist today. Day game after night game, Cervelli  again caught CC, although Cervelli is not CC’s personal catcher. It’s just working out that way. Cervelli did have two hits. He wasn’t the greatest hitter in the minors, and doesn’t hit for power, but Cervelli did hit .298 in limited time last year and is 5 for 9 this year.

The other lineup twists were that Teixeira got a half-day off, as Nick Johnson went to first. Not a bad move, Johnson is a fine 1B in his own right and maybe the change for a day gets Teix going (see below). Granderson got a day (along with Posada) as Gardner went to CF and Thames (see below) was in against a lefty. Granderson PH later.

The Yanks runs came on solo HRs by Thames and Teixeira, so as far as those moves went, it seemed like they worked.

Control trouble for CC. One pitch which was a 3-run HR.

But a fifth consecutive series won, despite the loss. First time for the Yankees since 1926.

On to Anaheim.   … as for me, time for the NFL Draft…

The minors today.

AAA: SWB lost 6-3. Kontos 3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER. Colin Curtis HR, 3 RBI. Nady 0 for 2 on rehab.  

AA: Trenton lost 4-3.  J. B. Cox (0-2, 8.31) with the loss. Injuries and performance have diminished this once prospect. Edwar Gonzalez 2 solo HR.

A+: 5-3 win for Tampa. Austin Romine 2 hits, RBI. Jeremy Bleich 2 R, 1 ER in 6 1/3. (6-4 3.40)

A-: 5-4 loss for Charleston. Ouch. Former first round draft pick Andrew Brackman drops to 1-6, 4.98. 5 runs in 3 1/3. 3 hits, 2 HR and 3 RBI for Melky Mesa.     

The minors tonight

AAA: SWB loses 6-1. Igawa 6 IP, 4 R, 2 ER.    Just 4 hits for SWB.

AA: Trenton loses 5-2. J. B. Cox gave up 3 in 1/3 IP to blow it.

A+: Six shutout innings for Lance Pendleton. Tampa wins 5-3. Solo hr Brandon Laird, 2 run HR Damon Sublett.

A- : no game. All star game.     Melky Mesa 1-2; Noesi 1 scoreless IP, Venditte, 2/3 iP, 2H, 2 K, but an earned run given up and the loss.  

The minors today.

AAA:  SWB starts at 6 Eastern. Dave Robertson is coming up to replace the DL’d Bruney.

SWB loses 7-3. J. B. Cox started. John Rodriguez HR. Austin Jackson (.358) two hits. 

Cox (L, 0-1) 2.1 6 5 5 2 0 0 7.08
Kroenke 2.2 1 0 0 0 4 0 1.27
Valdez, J 3.0 4 2 2 1 3 0 4.61



AA: Trenton wins a 7-0 shutout. Nice outing for Christian Garcia. Two hits, two rbi for James “Fenimore” Cooper.  

Garcia (W, 1-0) 5.0 2 0 0 3 4 0 0.00
Dunn 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4.97
Wordekemper 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Sanit 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.23

A+: Tampa is off. Click link for their stats.

A-:  Charleston won 4-1.  When are the Yanks going to promote Venditte already? Melky Mesa and Taylor Grote HRd.

Phelps (W, 4-1) 6.0 5 1 1 3 3 1 3.44
Arbiso (H, 4) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.49
Venditte (S, 13) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.90



I can see the intent, but couldn’t baseball have come up with something other than red caps? Yanks with red caps. Yuk.

Interesting from the Rays…they lose Iwamura for the year. Meanwhile, David Price makes his season debut. 

The minors.

AAA: Seems like SWB was watching the major league game. SWB does win yet again (14-1), 17-14 in 13 innings. Igawa was UGH-Gawa. Cox, Claggett not good. Ugly in lots of areas. 3 hits, double, HR and 6 RBI for Shelley Duncan. John Rodriguez 5 for 7, 2 doubles, 2 RBI. HR Juan Miranda. Eric Duncan 4 for 7, 2 doubles, 2 RBI.  

Igawa 4.0 9 8 6 0 2 4 6.75
Cox 2.0 5 3 3 0 0 0 6.43
Kroenke 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.42
Tomko 2.0 1 1 1 2 3 1 0.96
Claggett (BS, 1)(W, 2-0) 2.0 3 2 2 1 2 1 4.15
Wordekemper (S, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 9.00


AA: Trenton lost 5-1. Colin Curtis 3 for 4, 2 doubles.

Pope (L, 1-1) 6.0 4 4 4 1 4 0 3.63
Arias 2.0 3 1 1 0 2 0 2.45
Schmidt 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00


A+ Tampa shut out 8-0. They get just two hits.

Zink (L, 1-1) 4.0 6 4 4 1 3 1 3.21
Nolte 3.0 4 1 1 1 2 0 3.00
Duff 2.0 4 3 3 0 1 1 9.00


A-: 7-5 win for Charleston. Brian Baisley 2 hits, double, 3 RBI. Taylor Grote 2 run HR. 2 hits, 2 RBI for Garrison Lassiter.  Another great outing for Pat Venditte. Brackman not so hot.

Brackman 4.2 7 5 3 3 3 0 5.23
Noesi 2.2 3 0 0 0 5 0 0.00
Arbiso (W, 1-1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.59
Venditte (S, 5) 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00


Pinstripe Prospects: The Minor League Report.

AAA: A wild one. SWB took a 5-3 lead into the 8th, but LV scored in the 8th and 9th to force extra innings. SWB got 7 in the top of the 10th, but LV came back with 4. 12-9 SWB. Shelley Duncan 2 HR, 6 RBI. Eric Duncan 3-run HR. Matt Carson 2 run HR. Chase Wright 3 Runs, 1 ER in 6 IP. Melancon a scoreless IP (2.31). J. B. Cox gave up 4 R, 2 ER, in 2/3 of and inning. 16 hits for SWB, but Bernie Castro and Eric Duncan each made two errors.

AA: Trenton wins 9-7. Jeff Marquez, back from rehab but put at AA, not AAA, 4 IP, 2 R. Anthony Claggett, 2 scoreless, 2.22, 9th save. HR Reegie Corona. Francisco Cervelli 2 hits, 3 RBI. Austin Jackson 2 hits, 2 RBI.

A+: Tampa lost 8-1. Seth Fortenberry HR. Hideki Matsui, on rehab, was 1 for 3 (single) with a walk.

A: Charleston won 4-3. Dellin Betances (8-4, 3.45) 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 12 Ks. Austin Romine 4 for 4, 2 doubles, RBI. Brandon Laird 2 hits, 2 RBI.

I saw the 2nd game of Staten Island’s day/night DH. Beautiful park, on the water, good view of ships coming in, distant view of the Statue of Liberty, nice view of the skyline. Pat Venditte, the ambidextrous pitcher, pitched a 1-2-3 inning, and yes, he did switch-pitch.

Today, I’ll be heading over to Coca-Cola Park in the Lehigh Valley to catch Phil Hughes go up against Kris Benson. For Trenton, #45 pitches.

Pinstripe Prospects: The Minor League Report.

AAA: Once again, Ian Kennedy does it on the minor league level. Time to take it to the bigs, Ian. When will you do that? 2-1 win for SWB. 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 5 K. He got a ND though. (AAA ERA, 2.10; Majors? 0-4, 8.17). J.B. Cox got the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Phil Coke (1 2/3) and Scott Strickland (1 1/3) finished. Another doing well at SWB but who didn’t in the majors, Brett Gardner, was 3 for 4, with a triple. (.296 at SWB, was 9 for 59 with Yanks). Next time up guys, make it translate.

AA: Trenton lost 2-1. Eric Hacker continues his fine year, even though he lost. 2 R in 6 IP, 6-3, 2.73 at AA. 12 K’s for Trenton pitchers, 2 hits for Austin Jackson.

Hacker (L, 6-3) 6.0 5 2 2 2 6 0 2.73
Kroenke 2.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 3.09
Whelan 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.32

A+: Tampa and Matsui’s start of his rehab stint ppd.

A: Charleston lost 4-1 in a rain-shortened 6 inning game. Noel Castillo (7-7, 3.70) the loser. Only 4 hits for the Riverdogs.