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WS Game 3. Muncy’s walkoff HR wins it for LA in 18th, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In a game that ended around 3:30 AM Eastern Time, the Dodgers won the longest WS game in history, 3-2 in 18 innings, on a Max Muncy walkoff HR off of Nathan Eovaldi to avoid an 0-3 deficit in games. Boston leads two games to one.

With the game going so long, teams will have to decide who starts Game 4 (see below), and players could be exhausted. Eovaldi threw 97 pitches of relief in Game 3.

Joc Pederson homered for the Dodgers in the third to put them up 1-0.

In the sixth, Manny Machado hit what he thought was a HR, showboated, and wound up with a long single instead of a double. So far this postseason, there is a lot NOT to like about a team potentially signing him as a free agent. So much talent, too many headaches. If the Yanks sign him, could they be getting another A-Rod, another person with so much talent and so many headaches?

Funny how Manny adores A-Rod, A-Rod is pushing for Machado and A-Rod despite his TV connections, is still a Yankees’ advisor. You wonder if A-Rod will bring Machado, and all his talent, but also all his problems, to the Bronx.

A-Rod redux. And just like A-Rod, a guy who wants to play one position, but is forced into another (although, with Didi’s injury, Machado may get to play the position he desires, at least temporarily, but then what? Where does Andujar go if Machado does wind up a Yankee?)

Dodgers’ starter Walker Buehler was brilliant.

But in the bottom of the eighth, Jackie Bradley tied it with a HR off of Kenley Jansen.

Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers pulled a rock, getting picked off of first in the bottom of the ninth. In the top of the tenth, he made up for it by throwing out a runner at the plate for an inning-ending DP.

Boston scored in the top of the 13th, but left the bases loaded. LA came back to tie it up with two out in the bottom of the 13th on an error, setting the stage for Muncy’s walkoff HR in the bottom of the 18th. Muncy had just missed winning it with a walkoff HR in the bottom of the 15th, as his long drive was just foul.

Wood the winner, Eovaldi the loser. As the NY Post’s Joel Sherman reports, the Dodgers didn’t use Rich Hill, and have him to start Game 4, but Boston used Price in relief, used up Eovaldi, and didn’t even use Drew Pomeranz who now may be forced to start Game 4. Who starts?

The Hank Aaron awards for league’s best hitters went to Christian Yelich of the Brewers and Boston’s J.D. Martinez.

And if you want a good chuckle, agent Scott Bora$$ says that Jacoby Ellsbury will be ready to go for the Yanks in 2019 spring training. What else did you expect Bora$$ to say? The guy is great at fleecing owners.

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Game 154. Yanks clinch playoff spot with 3-2 win. Stay 1 1/2 up on A’s.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (95-59) clinched a wild card spot in the playoffs with a 3-2, 11-inning, win over the Bad News Bears (oops, 44-110 Baltimore Orioles) yesterday, but whether the Yanks will be playing that one-game, sudden-death wild card game in the Bronx is very much still up in the air.

Oakland scored in the bottom of the ninth, thanks to a Minnesota error and a passed ball (hmm, Twins imitating Sanchez) that let in the winning run, and won 3-2. The A’s remain 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees for the top wild card spot.

The Yanks’ magic # over the A’s to ensure that the wild card game will be played in the Bronx is 6. Any combination of Yanks’ wins and A’s losses adding up to 6 and the game will be in the Bronx. The Yanks own the tiebreaker.

The Yanks got two runs in the second on homers by Aaron Hicks (26) and Luke Voit (12, 11 as a Yankee). They now have 251 HR on the season, on pace to tie the 1997 Seattle Mariners for the all-time single season record by a team (264).

Gary Sanchez continued his defensive woes, committing a PB and a throwing error in the third inning that allowed the Orioles to score a run. Besides a PB and an error, Sanchez also went 0 for 4, striking out twice, and his batting average dropped to .182. He was dropped to eighth in the lineup, and you really wonder if it’s just best right now to have Romine in there instead.

The Yanks could really have been in trouble except that Steve Wilkerson was twice thrown out at home.

Baltimore tied it in the fifth, and would have had more except for one of those times Wilkerson was thrown out at home (by Judge) and the fact they left the bases loaded.

After the Voit HR, the Yanks didn’t do too much offensively, and it became a battle of the bullpens.

Jonathan Holder got out of a huge jam in the top of the 10th. The Orioles left the bases loaded.

Finally, in the bottom of the 11th, Didi Gregorius singled, and Aaron Hicks double drove in Didi with the winning run.

Hicks 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits
Voit HR

Lynn 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 2 W, 4 K.  4.80 (Min/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.60
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.59  Encouraging outing since just off DL
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   2.64
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.26 (Balt/NYY)
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.97
Kahnle (W, 2-0, 6.75) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

MLBTR states that CC wants to return in 2019, even if not to the Yanks. Tough call. Questionable knee, doesn’t go too deep into games. 39 next July. Yanks may want to cut the cord, so to speak.

Also, MLBTR reporting that Yanks have interest in bringing back McCutchen (a free agent) if the price is right, but that probably means buying out Brett Gardner’s option at $2MM instead of bringing him back at $12.5MM. Also, you have Clint Frazier and Jacoby Ellsbury (both of whom missed most or all of this year due to injuries) to think about…

Then again, Bryce Harper is a free agent….

Game 138. Yanks flat in 6-3 loss to A’s.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks need a wake-up call. There are a lot of questions about this team right now, and despite an 86-52 record, 2nd best in baseball, they are playing right now like a team that could be one and done in the playoffs.

They lost Monday afternoon to Oakland, their probable opponent in the sudden death wild card game, 6-3. They got just four hits. Remember they got only two in winning 2-1 on Saturday.

The first run came via a gift in the top of the first inning, when Andrew McCutchen singled, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. Aaron Hicks’ SF plated him.

Luke Voit homered in the second to tie the game after CC Sabathia gave up 3 runs, 2 earned (error by Andujar), in the bottom of the first. But that was it for the offense.

Why the Yanks continue to bat Gary Sanchez fourth or fifth in the lineup (as they did yesterday and today) despite his .184 batting average baffles me. When will they drop him? Of course we’ve seen stubbornness like this before in their patience with Neil Walker, despite his .223, and also in their seeming endless patience with .196 hitting Greg Bird (patience with them that may finally be running out thanks to Luke Voit). Not only patience with them, but also in batting them third or fifth despite those poor batting averages, just like they are still doing with Sanchez.

So the continuance of batting Sanchez in the middle, despite the .184 is one question. Another is what becomes of Brett Gardner after this season. Gardner, 35, is hitting .212 since June 9 and .237 on the season. The Yanks can bring him back for 2019 at $12.5 MM or buy out his option at $2 MM. Guess which one looks like the better play right now? The Yanks finally are starting to bat Gardner 9th vs. lefties.

With $21MM still owed Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yanks could just go with a Ellsbury/Clint Frazier platoon in LF next year (McCutchen is a free agent and probably will sign elsewhere).

Aaron Judge started swinging a bat. Progress. When he comes back, I think we may see a lot of a McCutchen/Gardner platoon in LF.

With CC, he is a free agent after the season. He may retire, but if he does want to come back, the Yanks have to decide whether they want to invest $10MM in someone 38—39 next July—who has that knee issue. Or is it time to go to a Justus Sheffield, Jonathan Loaisiga (see below) or Michael King (see the minor league report) instead?

Also, they never bunt runners over. Now with some guys you don’t bunt (like, for example, Judge and Stanton), but with others like Gardner or Torreyes? Only 9 sac bunts all year long, and none are by pitchers in those interleague games. Still, only 9.

Phil Rizzuto would have had 9 at the All-Star break all by himself.

Shows how the game has changed.

For the second straight game, a Yankees’ starter got knocked out in the fourth inning. CC gave up 3 runs in the first, one in the second, one more in the fourth. A.J. Cole gave up a HR in the fifth.

Voit 2-run HR (7th)

Sabathia (L, 7-6, 3.54) 3 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Cole 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  5.24 (Wash/NYY) Gave up 1 HR
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.62
Loaisiga 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.    2.70

With the loss, the Yanks drop 8 1/2 back of Boston and the lead for the top wild card spot is down to 3 1/2 over the A’s. Beating the A’s Tuesday and Wednesday is paramount.

The Yanks are 3-5 in their last 8 games, but the 3 wins haven’t been easy. The comeback against Chicago (Walker HR), and a 2-1 win where they only got 2 hits are two of those 3 wins. They could be 1-7 in their last eight.

That is concerning. They have to start playing better baseball, or they could face playing the end of the regular season at Boston, and flying out to Oakland for that one-game playoff. Even if they win that, they then fly right back to Boston. Ugh.  Too much travel.

Start playing well, and ensure that the one-game playoff is at home.

 

 

Game 127. Voit, Walker lead Yanks to 7-5, 10-inning win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With Greg Bird disappointing with a .202 batting average, manager Aaron Boone decided to give Luke Voit a shot. Voit didn’t disappoint, hitting two 2-run HRs in a 7-5, 10-inning Yankees’ win over Baltimore Friday night.

The homers were Voit’s first two as a Yankee. The 27 year old has played in 78 MLB games, just 148 AB, and is .250-7-27. The Yanks wonder if he had 425 at bats in a year if that could translate to 20 HR/80 RBI or more.

He has shown power and potential in AA and AAA, and the Yanks are intrigued, and want to see what he can do with at bats in the majors, especially since Bird has been slumping.

In 136 AA games, Voit: .297-20-75.
In 150 AAA games, he is .314-23-89.

Hence the intrigue.

CC Sabathia, just off the DL (Chance Adams was sent down), was rusty early, giving up two runs in the first inning, but then settled in, giving up no more.

Voit tied the game in the fourth with his first two-run HR of the game. It was his first HR as a Yankee, second of the year. (St. L/NYY)

An error by Gleyber Torres and a 2-run HR given up by David Robertson put Baltimore up 4-2 in the seventh.

But Torres atoned for his error. In the top of the eighth, Stanton led off with a walk, and after an out, both Andujar and Walker singled to load the bases. Torres’ two-run single tied the game at four.

In the top of the 10th, Neil Walker homered (8) to put the Yanks up 5-4. Torres walked and Voit then hit his second two-run HR of the game (3) to make it 7-4.

The insurance runs were necessary because Zach Britton gave up a HR in the bottom of the tenth. Final 7-5 Yanks.

Both homers in the tenth were off of Cody Carroll, who was with SWB most of the season before the Yanks traded him to Baltimore for Britton.

The Yanks will have a interesting calls after the season. Both Brett Gardner and CC are in their option years and can be bought out. CC has pitched great (ERA 3.30), but turns 39 next summer, and there are always concerns about that knee. Gardner is slumping, 35 now, and hitting just .242. It’ll be tough calls. Do they get a free agent for LF or just platoon the now injured Clint Frazier with Jacoby Ellsbury? Do they go after a pitcher because of CC’s age? Will CC come back or retire?

Stanton 3 walks.
Andujar 2 hits.
Walker 3 hits, HR in 10th broke 4-4 tie
Torres 2 RBI. 2-run Single in 8th tied game at 4
Voit 3 hits, Two 2-run HR. 4 RBI. Tied game at 2 in 4th, gave Yankees much needed cushion in 10th.

Sabathia 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K.  3.30
Robertson 1 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.05
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H. 0 W, 2 K.   2.19
Green (W, 7-2, 2.66) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Britton (S, 5; Balt/NYY; 1st NYY save) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  4.33

The win puts the 80-47 Yanks 8 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East, and they are 4 up on Oakland for the top wild card spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game 125. Banged up Yanks win 2-1 in 12, worry about Chapman.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

No Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez or Didi Gregorius.

Before the game, Didi was placed on the 10-day DL with a bruised heel. I was surprised that Luke Voit was brought back up instead of Tyler Wade. With Neil Walker going back to 2B, the infield looks OK with Torreyes as a backup, but if Walker goes back to 2B, what then, about the OF, where Walker was filling in?

Wade still hasn’t proven that he can hit MLB pitching, but at least he can play OF as well as IF. Voit can’t (1 MLB inning in RF), so I was a bit surprised at the move for Voit. Besides, Shane Robinson hasn’t given anything. I still hope the Yanks can make a deal for an OF before 8/31 (the deadline for that player to be postseason eligible), especially if problems remain with Aaron Judge and that fractured wrist. And we won’t even get into Clint Frazier (still on concussion DL) or Jacoby Ellsbury (who hasn’t played anywhere all season and is done for the year).

Now the Yanks have to hold their breaths on Aroldis Chapman. More on that later.

With a depleted lineup, others (like Greg Bird (.206) and Brett Gardner (.243), especially) need to step up. Bird, however, was 0 for 6 with 3 strikeouts last night in the Yanks’ 2-1 squeaker of a 12-inning win.

With the win, the Yanks (79-46) move to 8 back of Boston. They are 3 1/2 up on Houston and Oakland (each are tied for 1st in the AL West) for the top wild card slot.

It wasn’t easy, since the Yanks had to escape a couple of late inning jams.

The Yanks threatened in the second but didn’t score.

In the fourth, Andujar singled, and with one out, Torres singled. Walker singled in a run to make it 1-0. Romine was HBP to load the bases, Tabut Tanaka (damned NL no-DH rules) popped up and Gardner flied out.

Tanaka got out of a jam in the fourth.

Tanaka pitched well, but made a mistake in the fifth. As we all know, when Tanaka (gopher-ball prone) makes a mistake, it leaves the yard. At least it was just a solo HR. Game tied at 1.

Chad Green escaped a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the bottom of the ninth.

A.J. Cole escaped a bases-loaded, NO out situation in the bottom of the eleventh, helped by a nice 6-2 forceout at home by Gleyber Torres.

In the top of the twelfth, Kyle HIgashioka singled. Brett Gardner walked. After Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Aaron Hicks was HBP to load the bases. Miguel Andujar hit a SF for the eventual game-winning run. A WP moved up the runners to 2nd and 3rd, but Bird struck out.

In the bottom of the twelfth, Chapman came in, walked the first batter, and removed himself from the game after only six pitches because of increased pain in his knee. He’s been dealing with it most of the season, but the pain was worse and he’ll have an MRI today. So there is THAT for the Yanks to be concerned with. Meanwhile, Justus Sheffield was moved to the bullpen for SWB so that Sheffield could help in that capacity down the stretch.

Tommy Kahnle replaced Chapman, pitched well, and the game ended when Higashioka nailed the baserunner trying to steal second.

David Robertson wasn’t available due to a tender shoulder.

2-1 Yanks in 12 innings.

Stanton 2 hits.
Andujar GW SF.
Torres 2 hits.
Walker 2 hits, 2 walks, RBI
Higashioka 1 for 1, scored winning run, threw runner out for last out.

Tanaka 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H,  1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.90
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.15 (Balt/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.24
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.  2.70
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  3.12
Cole (W, 4-1, 5.53 Wash/NYY) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Chapman 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.11  Threw just 6 pitchers, left game, injured.
Kahnle (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.39

 

 

 

Game 112. Yanks edge Chisox in 13, 4-3. Yanks pitchers strike out 20.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sonny Gray pitched three scoreless innings of relief and got the win as the Yanks (70-42) edged the Chicago White Sox 4-3 in 13 innings Tuesday night.

Yankees’ pitchers combined for 20 strikeouts in the game.

CC Sabathia turned the clock back some ten years by striking out 12 in 5 2/3 innings, but left trailing 1-0, having given up a run in the third.

The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the sixth. In the sixth, they had runners on first and third with no one out but didn’t score.

The Yanks tied the game in the seventh when Miguel Andujar hit his 15th HR of the season.

In the top of the tenth, Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run HR (26) to put the Yanks up 3-1, but with two out in the bottom of the tenth, Zach Britton gave up a 2-run HR to Jose Abreu that tied the game.

In the top of the 13th, Didi walked with one out. After Torres struck out, Voit singled Didi to second and Andujar singled him in, 4-3 Yanks, the final score.

For the second straight night, a Yankee batter was robbed of a HR by Adam Engel. This time Kyle Higashioka was robbed.

Stanton 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Andujar 3 hits, 2 RBI

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 12 K.  3.49
Green 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K  2.75
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.35
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.30
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.57
Britton (BS, 2) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.98 (Balt/NYY). Threw 2 WP, 1 HBP
Gray (W, 9-8, 5.40) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 H, 4 K.

In other news:

Jacoby Ellsbury needed hip surgery this week. 6 month recovery time. Out all year.

Clint Frazier not happy at some comments Michael Kay made about Frazier’s stint on the DL re: concussion issues.

Ex-MLB player (and a former Yankee) Esteban Loaiza will get years in jail for running a drug ring. From the NY Post (edited):

Former Yankees pitcher Esteban Loaiza is expected to change his plea later this week in a felony cocaine distribution case, according to a report.

Loaiza — who was arrested in February in San Diego after authorities said they found 44 pounds of cocaine in a van parked in the garage of a rented townhouse — has a “change of plea” hearing listed in Southern California US District Court on Friday, WLS-TV reports.

The Tijuana-born Loaiza, 46, initially pleaded not guilty in February. A change of plea hearing results in a defendant submitting a guilty plea in “99 percent” of all criminal cases, according to the station’s legal analyst Gil Soffer, a former federal prosecutor.

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Federal investigators have said they believe Loaiza used the rented townhome as an intermediate destination for cocaine. Prior to his arrest, during which Loaiza was pulled over for a traffic violation and cops found a sophisticated compartment to hide contraband in his Mercedes-Benz, the former MLB star had crossed the Mexican border earlier that day, prosecutors said.

Authorities later obtained a search warrant for Loaiza’s rented home in Imperial Beach, where investigators said they found 44 pounds of cocaine stored less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school.

Loaiza, who posted bail in May, faces a mandatory 10-year minimum sentence and up to life in prison if convicted, according to the station.

Loaiza pitched for nine teams throughout his 14-season career, including the Yankees, Dodgers, White Sox and Pirates. He retired in 2008 with a 126-114 record and a 4.65 career ERA. He was a two-time All-Star and the second-winningest Mexican pitcher in MLB history, second only to Fernando Valenzuela. In 2003, he finished second in the American League Cy Young voting and started the All-Star Game.

Minor League Report. Clint Frazier forcing tough Yanks’ decision.

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You can’t carry 30 players on a 25-man roster. Even though the Yankees are off today and Thursday (with two games in Washington in between), they have a difficult decision to make soon.

AAA: CF Clint Frazier will be forcing the Yanks to make a difficult decision soon (not to mention the same goes for Jacoby Ellsbury and Brandon Drury whenever they may be ready for MLB play again). Frazier went 3 for 5 with a solo HR in SWB’s (16-19) 3-1 loss on Sunday. Since coming off the DL for his concussion, Frazier is hitting .323 in 16 games. 4 doubles, 2 triples, 4 HR, 5 RBI. 20 for 62. Meanwhile, at the MLB level, you have no room for him right now. Also in this game, SS Tyler Wade 1 for 4. 3B Drury 1 for 4. 1B Adam Lind 1 for 3.

It’s worth noting that Frazier 1) has been playing CF and 2) has been leading off for SWB. Brett Gardner has been hot lately, but Gardner 1) has just one HR, and that was hit on Opening Day and 2) despite 2 hits yesterday, is still hitting just .227. As for Aaron Hicks, he had two RBI yesterday, but he is still hitting just .215. It’s fair to say that both could be looking over their shoulders at Frazier. But how to make room for him?

Camarena (L, 2-2, 4.72) 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Lail 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.89
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.00
Espinal 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.16

AA:  Trenton (22-13) won 3-2. 1B Chris Gittens 2-run HR. RF Jhalen Jackson 2 hits, RBI.

Keller (W, 3-2, 4.18) 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K.
Tarpley (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.40
Foley (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.65

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston (17-19) won 12-9. SS Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits, 2 RBI. DH Dom Thompson-Williams 4 hits, double, 2 HR, 5 RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera HR, 2 RBI. RF Steven Sensley 3 hits. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits.

R. Garcia (W, 1-2, 4.50) 5 IP, 5 R, 3 ER,  5 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Weissert 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.60
Cedeno 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.90
Martin (S, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00