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Game 142. Yanks snap losing streak, edge Mets 8-7. Tied with Toronto for final playoff spot.

The Yankees got a much needed win last night on the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, edging the Mets 8-7 to snap a 7-game losing streak.

Since Toronto swept a doubleheader from the awful Orioles, the Yanks and Toronto are in a dead-heat tie for the final wild card spot with 20 games to go. So you can see how much the win was needed.

Boston 81-63 holds top wild card spot for now.
Yanks and Toronto tied at 79-63, one game behind Boston
Seattle and Oakland tied at 77-65, three games back of Boston and two behind the Yanks and Toronto.

Of course, the win didn’t come easy, even though it briefly appeared as if it would.

The Yanks got five runs in the top of the second, on three home runs. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a single, and one out later, Kyle Higashioka homered (10) to put the Yanks up 2-0. After another out, D.J. LeMahieu singled. Brett Gardner hit a 2-run HR (8) and Aaron Judge followed him (31) as Gardner and Judge went back-to-back. 5-0 Yankees.

But the Yanks bats then went silent for a long time, and their pitchers couldn’t hold the lead. Corey Kluber gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the second inning, and a solo HR to Javier Baez in the bottom of the third, and it was 5-4 Yankees.

James McCann hit a 2-run HR in the sixth off of Chad Green, and the Mets were up 6-5. They added another run in the seventh off of Clay Holmes and going into the eighth, had a 7-5 lead.

Gardner led off the top of the eighth with a single, and Judge followed with his second HR of the game (32) to tie the score at 7. Giancarlo Stanton then singled and was PR for by Andrew Velazquez. One out later, Gleyber Torres singled Velazquez to second. Luke Voit PH for Holmes, and grounded into a force out. In trying to get Voit for the inning-ending DP, 2B Baez made a throwing error that enabled Velazquez to score what turned out to be the winning run. 8-7 Yankees.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (8)
Judge 2 hits, 2 HR (32), 3 RBI
Stanton 2 hits
Torres 2 hits
Higashioka 2-run HR (10)

Kluber 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.02
Luetge 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.84
Green (BS, 5) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.21
Holmes (W, 7-3) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.14 (Pit/NYY)
Abreu (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 4.24
Chapman (S, 26) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.78

Tonight’s game is the ESPN Sunday night game. Given the Yanks’ injury situation on the pitching staff, and how much each reliever has been used recently (the Yanks used six pitchers last night), don’t be surprised if #5 prospect Clarke Schmidt comes up from AAA to make the start. As of now, no starter has been named.

Jonathan Davis, recently DFA’d, cleared waivers and was outrighted to SWB.

Game 140. Wild card race tightens as Yanks lose sixth straight, get bad news on pitchers.

When it rains, it pours.

On a day when the Yanks got more bad news pitching-wise, the Yanks (78-62) lost their sixth game in a row, and tenth in their last twelve, to Toronto, 6-4.

Toronto has won eight in a row and has turned the wild card race into a crapshoot.

Before the game, besides the uncertainty on ace Gerrit Cole and his tight hamstring, the Yanks had to put Jameson Taillon on the 10 day IL due to a partially torn tendon in his ankle. They are holding out hope he still might make a start this season, but it doesn’t look good. Sal Romano was called up. OF Jonathan Davis was DFA’d , and expect Michael King up soon.

Also, Zack Britton, already done for this year, will in most likelihood miss ALL of 2022. Besides a bone chip being removed from his elbow, he also went TJ surgery.

Now for the game. Bo Bichette, the first batter of the game, hit a HR (22) off of Yankees’ starter Nestor Cortes, Jr. to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 immediate lead.

Cortes pitched well, giving up another solo HR, this one to Randal Grichuk (22) in the fifth, and the Blue Jays were up 2-0. That is all “Nasty Nestor” gave up. But he got little run support.

But the state of the Yankees bullpen is such that in a big game in September, Sal Romano and Andrew Heaney had to pitch.

The Yanks did tie the game in the bottom of the sixth when Aaron Judge singled and Anthony Rizzo followed with a 2-run HR (19).

But Toronto scored in the top of the seventh and never looked back. An error by Tyler Wade led to Toronto getting another run in the eighth and Vlad Guerrero Jr. hit HR #42 in the ninth off of Heaney to put the Blue Jays up 5-2. Toronto got another run off Heaney later in the ninth and it became 6-2.

In the bottom of the ninth, Gary Sanchez (21) and Luke Voit (9) hit back-to-back HRs, Voit as a PH, to make it 6-4, which would be the final score.

Judge 3 hits
Rizzo 2-run HR (19; Cubs/NYY)
Sanchez solo HR (21)
Voit solo HR (9)

Cortes, Jr. 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.70
Romano (L, 0-2) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 5.84 (Combined Reds/Brewers and NYY)
Peralta 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3.86 (Combined SF/NYY)
Heaney 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. gave up 1 HR. 5.86 (Combined LAA/NYY)

The Yanks are 10 behind Tampa Bay, 3rd in AL East, with 22 games to go.

Now for the wild-card picture.

Bos 80-62, top wild card seed
NYY 78-62 -1 from Boston. At present, the second wild card.
Tor 77-62 -1 1/2 from Boston and only 1/2 game behind the Yanks.
Oakland AND Seattle each 76-64, 3 behind Boston and both just 2 1/2 behind the Yanks.

Minor league action, 8-31-21. King, Torres on rehab.

AAA: SWB (59-41) lost both games of a doubleheader.

Game 1: Lost 5-1. SS Gleyber Torres 0 for 3 on rehab. Starting P Michael King, rehab, 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. Gave up HR. Only threw 21 pitches. Clarke Schmidt (#5 prospect) 4 1/3 IP, 1 R. LF Jonathan Davis solo HR.

Game 2: Lost 3-0.

AA: Somerset (60-42) won 13-10. First really bad outing of the year for #9 prospect Ken Waldichuk. 1 1/3 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K. SS Oswald Peraza (#3 prospect) 3 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR. #16 prospect 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 4 hits, 3 RBI. C Josh Breaux (#18 prospect) 2 hits, 3 RBI. DH Dermis Garcia 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR. 1B Chad Bell 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (63-39) lost 9-7 despite hitting six homers. #1 prospect SS Anthony Volpe solo HR. #13 Prospect CF Everson Pereira solo HR. #6 prospect C Austin Wells 2 hits. 1B Andres Chaparro 2 hits. #23 prospect Jake Sanford 3 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR.
LF Pat DeMarco 2 hits, solo HR. 2B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits, both solo HR, 2 RBI.

Low A: Tampa (67-34) lost 19-7 despite hitting six HR themselves. #7 prospect SS Trey Sweeney solo HR, but made 3 errors. #2 prospect Jasson Dominguez solo HR. #25 prospect C Antonio Gomez 4 hits, Solo HR. 1B Anthony Garcia 2-run HR. 2B Benjamin Cowles 2 hits, RBI. DH Ben Rice 2 hits, solo HR. 3B Roberto Chirinos 2 hits., solo HR. Tampa hit 6 HR.

Usually minor league games end around Labor Day and MLB rosters expand to 40 in September. Not so anymore. Minor league games are going right through October 3 and MLB rosters only expand to 28.

SWB tied for first in their division.
Somerset 1st by 3 1/2 games
Hudson Valley 1st by 11 games
Tampa 1st by 4 games

Minor League Action from 8-27-21

AAA: SWB (59-37) trounced Lehigh Valley, 11-4. CF Jonathan Davis 2 RBI. LF Greg Allen 3 hits, RBI. INF Armando Alvarez 2 hits. DH Max McDowell 3 hits, 4 RBI. INF Max Burt 2 hits, RBI.

AA: Somerset (58-41) lost 4-2, getting just five hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (61-38) lost 5-3, getting just three hits.

Low A: Tampa (65-32) was supposed to play a doubleheader but only got one game in, losing 6-3. #30 prospect Cooper Bowman, 3-run HR.

Minor league action 8-25-21.

It looks like P Corey Kluber will have another rehab outing with AA Somerset. OF Jonathan Davis, brought up 8-23 from SWB, was sent back yesterday.

AAA: SWB (57-37) crushed Lehigh Valley, 10-3. P Clarke Schmidt (#5 prospect) rehab: 3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K, 1 HBP. SS Kyle Holder 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. DH Socrates Brito 2 hits. 1B Armando Alvarez 2 hits, 3 RBI.

AA: Somerset (57-40) lost 5-3. P Ken Waldichuk (#9 prospect) no decision, 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
C Josh Breaux (#18 prospect) solo HR. CF Michael Beltre 3 hits, RBI.

High A: Hudson Valley (61-36) won 4-0. LF Jake Sanford (#23 prospect) 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR.

Low A: Tampa (64-31) lost both games of a doubleheader.

Game 1: Lost 13-6. SS Trey Sweeney (#7 prospect) 2 hits, RBI. CF Jasson Dominguez (#2 prospect) 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. 3B Ben Cowles 2 RBI.

Game 2: Lost 6-4. Sweeney DH’d. 2 hits. 3B Tyler Hardman 2 RBI, 2-run HR. 2B Cooper Bowman (#30 prospect) 2 hits, RBI.

Game 125. Yanks win 10th in a row, 5-1.

Yankees fans remember 1996 and 1999, and when you think of Yankees taking Atlanta, you can even go back to General Sherman and 1864 (LOL). But in the first game between two teams where both teams came into the game riding 9 game winning streaks since 1901(!) it was the Yankees coming out on top, 5-1, for their tenth win in a row.

With the win, the Yankees, 73-52, are 4 games back of Tampa Bay in the AL East. As for the wild card, they are 2 1/2 up on Boston for the 1st wild card spot, and 3 1/2 up on the A’s for the second slot. Seattle is 5 1/2 behind the Yankees, and Toronto 7 back of the Yankees.

How hot are the Yanks right now? They are 32-11 in their last 43 games, and 18-4 in the month of August.

Before the game, more moves. Estevan Florial sent back to SWB, and Jonathan Davis up. Zack Britton put on the IL, and Clay Holmes returned from the Covid-IL list. Also, Miguel Andujar was taken off of rehab and placed on the 60 day IL. That’s similar to what happened with Clint Frazier. It’s safe to say Frazier and Andujar’s seasons are over. Disappointing for both of them.

Giancarlo Stanton got the scoring in the game started with a solo HR (21) in the second inning to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Dansby Swanson homered off of Yankees’ starter and winner Jordan Montgomery in the bottom of the second to tie the game at one.

The Yanks went ahead for good with two runs in the top of the sixth. D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning by getting HBP, and two outs later, Joey Gallo walked. Stanton then doubled them both home. 3-1.

The Yanks got two insurance runs in the eighth. With two out, Aaron Judge singled and Gallo walked. After a balk moved the runners up, PH Luke Voit walked to load the bases. Gary Sanchez singled in two runs. 5-1.

Judge 2 hits
Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI. Solo HR (21)
Sanchez 2 RBI

Montgomery (W, 5-5) 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.69
Loaisiga 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.30
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.65 (Combined SF/NYY ERA)
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K 3.70

Not Yankees news, but big baseball news: Congratulations to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who became the 28th MLB player to hit 500 HR. Cabrera achieved the milestone on Sunday. He is also 45 hits away from becoming only the seventh player in MLB history with 3000 hits and 500 HR.

Minor League action from 8/20/21. Almost another no-hitter!

AAA: One night after a 7-inning no-hitter, SWB (55-36) almost threw another one, as their attempt to go back-to-back was broken up in the eighth inning of a 14-2 win. SWB has two no-hitters this year, Somerset and Hudson Valley one each.

Starter J.P. Sears 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K.

CF Estevan Florial 3 hits, RBI (#21 prospect)
LF Jonathan Davis 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 3-run HR
1B Rob Brantly 3 RBI
3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits, RBI
2B Kyle Holder 2 hits, 2 RBI
SS Cristian Perez 3 hits, 2 RBI

AA: Somerset (54-39) lost 11-3. CF Michael Beltre 2 hits. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 hits, RBI.

High A: Hudson Valley (59-35) won 3-1. RF Pat DeMarco 2 hits, solo HR.
Starting P Randy Vasquez 6 IP, 0 R, 8 H, 1 W, 8 K. (#20 prospect)

Low A: Tampa (62-29) won 8-4. 1B Eric Wagaman solo HR. CF Madison Santos 2 hits, RBI. Tyler Hardman 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Relief P Blane Abeyta 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 8 K. 1 WP. 1 HBP.

A new updated top 30 prospect list is out. Anthony Volpe is ranked #1 (#15 in all of MLB). Jasson Dominguez #2 for the Yanks. Deivi Garcia dropped to #11, Estevan Florial to #21. Numbers above reflect the new list.

Game 121. Velazquez leads Yanks to sweep of Bosox, 5-2.

Andrew Velazquez was born in the Bronx, went to Yankees games as a child, and dreamed of making his mark with his favorite and local team.

Last night his dreams came true. The light-hitting SS had two hits, drove in two runs, and made an outstanding play to end the game and save a 5-2 Yankees win that enabled the Yanks (69-52, 2nd in AL East, 5 games back) to sweep this week’s three-game series against Boston.

The wild card standings. Two of three would make the playoffs (granted, 41 games to go)

NYY 69-52 .570
Oak 68-53 .562 1 game behind NYY for top WC
Bos 69-54 .561 1 game behind NYY for top WC, .001 behind the A’s for the second wild card.

The Yanks have won 28 of their last 40 games, and their last six in a row.

Andrew Heaney gave up a HR to Xander Bogaerts in the first inning, giving Boston a 1-0 lead. You are forgiven, if, after his first three Yankees’ starts, all bad, you thought “here we go again.”

But Heaney was superb last night. After giving up that HR, he gave up no more runs, and only one more hit, in pitching seven innings.

The Yanks came back with four runs in the bottom of the second. Giancarlo Stanton led off with a single and Rougned Odor walked. Gary Sanchez blooped a single that loaded the bases. Odor was almost forced out at second on the play. Brett Gardner tied the game with a sacrifice fly, and Velazquez then singled to put the Yanks up 2-1. Velazquez stole second to put runners on second and third, and after a groundout that froze the runners, Anthony Rizzo singled in two runs on a play botched by Boston 1B Bobby Dalbec to make it 4-1.

It stood that way until the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Sanchez doubled and moved to third on a ground out by Gardner. Velazquez singled to make it 5-1.

Earlier in the day, Rizzo and Aroldis Chapman were brought off the IL. Rizzo the Covid-IL, and Chapman the regular IL. Sent down were NIck Nelson and Jonathan Davis. Chapman started the ninth.

But as we’ve seen this year, it seems the Yanks can’t just close out games easily. Chapman gave up a one-out, 456 ft. HR to Hunter Renfro. He did get a second out, but Lucas Luetge had to replace Chapman with two outs, two on and the tying run at the plate. Kevin Plawecki grounded a ball into the hole, but Velazquez made the stop and the long throw to nip Plawecki at first for the final out of the game, upheld upon review. An outstanding play.

Rizzo 2 RBI
Sanchez 2 hits.
Velazquez 2 hits, 2 RBI. Outstanding defensive play.

Heaney (W, 8-8) 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 5.51 (Combined LAA/NYY)
Britton (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.71
Chapman 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.79
Luetge (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.09

Game 107. Yanks crush O’s, 10-3. 2022 schedule released.

The Yankees (58-49, 3rd in AL East, 6 GB, 2 GB from playoff spot) crushed Baltimore 10-3 Wednesday night on a day where they also found out their 2022 schedule.

Before the game, they added OF Jonathan Davis to the roster after picking him up off of waivers from Toronto. Davis played for the Blue Jays parts of 2018-2021. In 122 MLB games, he has a .180 batting average, 4 HR, 16 RBI and 11 SB. OPS+ 52. He got into last night’s game late, then was sent down after the game. misread. Greg Allen sent down, Davis stays.

Down 3-0 after 3 1/2 innings, the Yanks came back. Baltimore had gotten two runs in the first inning of Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon, and added another on a solo HR in the fourth.

In the bottom of the fourth, with one out, Anthony Rizzo homered (17, Cubs/NYY). He became the first Yankee EVER to have an RBI in EACH of his first six games with the team. Aaron Judge singled, and after being forced at second by Joey Gallo (we are waiting for Gallo to heat up), Giancarlo Stanton walked. Gleyber Torres singled Gallo in to make it 3-2.

The Yanks tied the game in the fifth. Kyle Higashioka led off the inning with a double, went to third on a Brett Gardner groundout and scored on D.J. LeMahieu’s single.

The Yanks broke the game open with five runs in the seventh. Higashioka led off the inning with a walk and Davis pinch-ran for him. Sanchez pinch-hit for Gardner and walked. LeMahieu singled in Davis to make it 4-3, Sanchez going to third. Two outs later, Gallo walked to load the bases. Stanton cleared the bases by dunking in a seeing-eye double. Torres doubled in Stanton to make it 8-3.

The Yanks tacked on two more runs in the eighth. Davis singled, Sanchez singled and LeMahieu doubled both runners home.

LeMahieu 3 hits, 4 RBI
Rizzo solo HR (17 Cubs/NYY). First Yankee with RBI in each of his first six games with the team.
Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI

Taillon 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.04
Loaisiga (W, 8-4) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.60
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.44 (Combined Pit/NYY)
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W 2 K. 5.19

The 2022 schedule is out. The Yanks open the season at Texas on March 31. The home opener is against Boston April 7. They end the regular season October 2 against Baltimore. In interleague play, they play the NL Central as well as the cross-town Mets. The away interleague games are against the Brewers, Pirates, Mets and Cardinals. The home interleague games are against the Cubs, Reds, Mets and Pirates.

Yankees hire AAA manager.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees have selected their manager for AAA SWB, and it’s Doug Davis. Davis becomes SWB’s fourth manager in the last four years.

From the NY Post:

Davis takes over for Jay Bell, who left the organization this offseason because the former big-leaguer wanted “to pursue major league coaching positions,” general manager Brian Cashman told The Post in October.

Bell ended up going down a level to become manager of the Rocket City Trash Pandas, the newly formed Double-A affiliate for the Los Angeles Angels in Madison, Ala.

Despite the never-ending managerial turnover, the RailRiders have made the postseason every season since 2015 and won the league championship in 2016 under Al Pedrique, who now is the Oakland Athletics third base coach.

Davis was the RailRiders’ bullpen coach last season, and has worked various roles under Bell, Bobby Mitchell (2018) and Pedrique (2017).

The 57-year-old Davis played seven major league games between the Angels and Rangers in 1998 and 1992, and has managed 999 games in the minors (515-484).

Davis will retain pitching coach Tommy Phelps and hitting coach Phil Plantier, while Aaron Bossi and Raul Dominguez were added as defensive coaches.

An aside.

There are no words.

I was cooking and didn’t get the text message from my sister in CA until an hour after she texted me. I didn’t have the TV on, and was listening to some old music while I made my dinner on Sunday.

Then I found out about the crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13 year old daughter and seven others. One of the other seven was John Altobelli, a junior college baseball coach who coached the Yankees’ Aaron Judge and also the Mets’ Jeff McNeil.

My family in CA are Lakers fans. I am a Celtic fan, and my sister had to “switch” when she got married. My brother-in-law has season tickets, but has to sell many because he can’t make every game.

That crash happened only about ten miles from where my sister and her family live.

The game that was scheduled for tonight (Tuesday), but postponed because of Bryant’s death, was one of the games that he didn’t sell the tickets for yet. He, and my 13 year old niece, were (and still are?) going to attend the game.

My family is hurting, as are many fans. You can only imagine the anguish the affected families feel.

My workplace is slow right now, and voluntary time off was given on Monday. I took it and left early, for my mind wasn’t on my work. It was on my family.

My 13 year old niece plays her basketball from time to time at Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy. She would always look for him, but he wasn’t there when she played. My 15 year old nephew did meet him at a Lakers’ game once.

So my mind was with them yesterday, and I left work early.

When your friends or family hurt, YOU hurt also.