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Minor League Report. Charleston wins on 1-hitter.


AAA: The Yanks traded INF Brad Miller off of SWB to the Phillies for cash considerations.

SWB (38-26) lost 4-3. SS Breyvic Valera 2 hits (.416). 3B Thairo Estrada 2 hits, RBI. Brody Koerner (L, 3-1, 3.25) 7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.

AA: Trenton (36-25) won 4-1. DH Chris Gittens 2 for 2 w/a walk. C Kellin Deglan 2-run HR. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, solo HR. Weather shortened game to 7 innings.

High A: Tampa (28-38) rained out.

Low A: Charleston (36-31) won 10-0 on a 1-hitter. Last year’s first-round draft pick, C Anthony Seigler, 2 hits. LF Canaan Smith (.316) 3 hits, 4 RBI, as he hit two two-run HR. 2B Kyle Gray 2 hits, 3 RBI. CF Omar Carrizales 2 hits, 2 RBI. SS Eduardo Torrealba 2 for 2 with a walk, 1 RBI.

Medina (W, 1-4, 7.43) 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Marinaccio (S, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 0.00


SWB 1st in International League North by 5 1/2 games

Trenton 1st in Eastern League Eastern Division by 1 game (Magic #8 for first half title)

Tampa 5th in Florida State League North, 13 1/2 out. First half over this weekend, didn’t qualify for postseason in the first half. Second half?

Charleston 1st in South Atlantic South by 1 game. (Magic #3 for first half title).



Minor League Report. Stanton hits 2 more HR on his rehab.


While the big-league Yanks were off yesterday, Tampa Bay lost, so the 41-25 Yankees are in first place by 1/2 a game.

AAA: SWB (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 38-25) won 7-6. 3B Tyler Wade 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-Run HR. 2B Thairo Estrada 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 -run HR. LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. Danny Farquhar, who had that brain aneurysm with the White Sox last year, pitched in his first minor league game this year, giving up 3 runs in 1 2/3 innings for SWB.

AA: Trenton (35-25) won 7-2. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. LF Ben Ruta 2 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens 2 RBI. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits, RBI. 3B Mandy Alvarez 3 hits, 2 RBI.

Albert Abreu (W, 3-5, 3.79) 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 8 K.

High A: RF Giancarlo Stanton hit 2 HR in his rehab for Tampa. Tampa, 28-38, won 6-2. Stanton was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. LF Isiah Gilliam also hit 2 HR and drove in 3 runs. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits.

Shawn Semple (W, 1-1, 3.11) 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 5 K.

Low A: Charleston (35-31) lost 3-2. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, RBI. Starter Harold Cortijo, ND, 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K.  2.70.

Game 61. Yanks beat Toronto 6-2 behind Happ, Hicks, D.J.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (39-22) snapped their three-game losing streak Thursday night with a 6-2 win over Toronto. They went into the game knowing that Tampa Bay and Boston had both already won in the afternoon.

J.A. Happ pitched probably his best game of the season so far.

In the second inning, with two out, Thairo Estrada reached on an error. Cameron Maybin singled, and D.J. LeMahieu just missed a 3-run HR as he doubled off of the CF fence for a run. Aaron Hicks then cleared the fence with a 3-run HR (3) to put the Yanks up 4-0.

Gio Urshela led off the top of the fourth with his fourth HR of the season to put the Yanks up 5-0 and they weren’t finished that inning. After an out, Maybin doubled and LeMahieu continued his amazing production w/RISP this season with an RBI single, 6-0.

Happ gave up a solo HR in the bottom of sixth. Toronto also scored in the ninth when they loaded the bases with no one out and Aroldis Chapman had to come in to close the game out.

As the game progressed, it was found out that Dallas Keuchel isn’t going to become a Yankee. It was thought that the Yanks were the favorite to sign the free agent, but he went to Atlanta instead.

After the game, Thairo Estrada was sent down to make room for Didi Gregorius’ return off of the Injured List. I was kind of hoping they would have kept him a bit longer and DFA Morales, but they want Estrada to play and not rot on the bench.

LeMahieu 3 hits, 2 RBI (.323)
Hicks 2 hits, 3-run HR (3)
Urshela (.323) solo HR
Maybin 2 hits.

Happ (W, 6-3, 4.48) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green 1 IP+, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K.  9.16
Chapman (S, 18)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   1.46

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.

Games 50 and 51. Yanks sweep DH in KC, 7-3 and 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (34-17) swept a DH in KC yesterday, winning the first (day) game 7-3 and the second (night) game 6-5. With the wins, the Yankees have won seven in a row and have opened up a 3-game lead in the AL East over the Rays, 7 1/2 over Boston.

In the first game, the Yanks scored two runs in the first on a two-run double by Clint Frazier.

They made it 3-0 in the sixth when Brett Gardner tripled and scored on a SF by Gio Urshela.

J.A. Happ, pitching a great game to that point, got victimized by the long ball in the bottom of the sixth. In that inning, he gave up 3 of the 4 hits he gave up, including a 3-run HR that tied the game. Billy Hamilton started everything off for KC with a bunt single.

But in the top of the seventh, Luke Voit hit a 470 ft. bomb. HR #13 of the season gave the Yanks a 5-3 lead.

A two-run double by Thairo Estrada in the eighth gave the Yanks a 7-3 cushion, the final score.

Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (13)
Frazier 2 RBI
Gardner 3 hits
Estrada 2 hits, 2 RBI

Happ (W, 4-3, 5.09) 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. Good except for that sixth.
Ottavino (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   1.48
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.33

In the second game, Chance Adams earned his first major league victory in the Yankees’ 6-5 win.

Chad Green started as the “opener” and his struggles this year continued as he gave up a run in his only inning of work.

The Yanks bounced right back with five in the top of the top of the second to take a 5-1 lead. Kendrys Morales singled, Frazier walked, and Urshela singled to load the bases with no one out. Austin Romine singled up the middle for two runs, Urshela going to third on an error. Cameron Maybin doubled in two runs. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Maybin.

The Yanks made it 6-1 in the third, then had to hold on for the 6-5 win. In the third, with one out, Frazier walked again. With two out, Romine singled Frazier to third and Maybin singled Frazier in.

Adams pitched better than his line. Two balls hit to the outfield were misplayed by Gardner and Frazier, and another dropped when neither saw the ball in the lights/dusky sky.

KC got one in the third, two in the fourth and their final run in the ninth to keep the game tight.

Romine 3 hits, 2 RBI
Maybin 2 hits, 3 RBI

Green 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.  12.15
Adams (W, 1-0, 3.86) 4 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Holder (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.68
Kahnle (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.71
Britton (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.31
Chapman (S, 14) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.74

Adams was the 26th man, used just for the DH, and goes back down to SWB now.

Game 48. Yanks power past O’s 7-5. Sanchez and Torres at it again. Looks like CC to DL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It is unbelievable how much Gleyber Torres (10 of his 12 HR) and Gary Sanchez (9 of his 15 HR) have owned Baltimore pitching this season.

Last night, Torres hit 2 HR, Sanchez one, and were joined by Thairo Estrada and D.J. LeMahieu as the Yanks (31-17) hit 5 HR in beating Baltimore 7-5.

With one out in the second, Brett Gardner hit the first of his 3 doubles on the night, and with two out, Estrada hit a 2-run HR (3). Cameron Maybin then walked and LeMahieu then hit his fourth HR of the season. 4-0 Yanks.

Torres made it 5-0 in the third with his eleventh HR of the season.

Baltimore got a run in the bottom of the third off of CC Sabathia.

Sanchez homered (15) in the top of the fourth to make it 6-1.

Baltimore got an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth (Torres’ error) to make it 6-2.

Torres hit his second HR of the game (12) in the top of the fifth to make it 7-2.

Then things got hairy. CC got lit up in the fifth inning, and I was surprised manager Aaron Boone even let him finish the inning. But it happened so fast Boone most likely didn’t have time to get anyone warmed up.

Even the outs were hit hard. CC gave up a HR to Richie Martin (his first MLB HR) to lead off the inning. The next batter flied out deep to right. Then a double. Then a lineout that LeMahieu at third made a great play on. Then a HR. 7-5. Double. Single, but instead of it being 7-6, Gardner threw the runner out at the plate.

CC barely made it through 5 for the win, #249 of his career (tying Vic Willis on the all-time list), but his knee has been barking recently. It looks as if he will be getting a lubricating injection in the knee and will be going on the DL for a while. We’ll see if it’s just one start he misses, or more.

We’ll have to see who his replacement would be. Remember Loaisiga is out until August, and Paxton isn’t off the DL yet.

There was no further scoring in the game.

Baltimore is on pace to give up about 338 HR this season(!)

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2-run HR (4), .329
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (15)
Torres 2 solo HR (12)  .302
Gardner 3 doubles, threw runner out at plate
Estrada 2 hits, 2-run HR (3),  .316

CC (W, 3-1, 3.48) 5 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR.
Kahnle (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.42
Ottavino (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.54
Green (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 HBP.  12.41
Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.83.

I have to admit, there were a few things I was surprised at. One was Green in the eighth with the game close. Britton was unavailable. But Green, the way he’s pitched so far this year? But he did well and hopefully is turning the corner.

The other was the infield. I’d have moved LeMahieu to 1B (replacing Morales there) and put Urshela at 3B late in the game for defensive purposes (and Kenny Singleton suggested such on the WPIX TV broadcast) but that wasn’t done.

In other news: When the Yanks and Red Sox play 2 games (Boston “home” team) in London in late June, both will be wearing their home uniforms. The field will be astroturf. It’ll be 330′ down the lines, but only 385′ to CF with a 16′ high wall. Wembley Stadium may be a hitters’ ballpark.



Game 45. Yanks regain 1st place with 13-5 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (28-17) stole a page from Tampa Bay’s book, employing an opener, and while that didn’t go smoothly, some plate patience, 3 HR, and a big PH double helped them to a 13-5 win over the Rays on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Yankees took two of three from Tampa Bay this weekend and moved back into first place by 1/2 a game.

Chad Green, who started, got help in the top of the first from Gary Sanchez. After a leadoff walk, Sanchez gunned down the runner trying to steal. This was huge because the next batter doubled. Green held the Rays scoreless in the top of the first.

The Yanks scored in the bottom of the first when D.J. LeMahieu singled and with one out, Luke Voit walked. With two out, Kendrys Morales singled home LaMahieu.

But in the top of the second, Chad Green’s struggles all season continued. With two out, he gave up back-to-back HR on consecutive pitches, then hit the next batter in the head, which, even if unintentional, isn’t a good look. 2-1 Rays.

Brett Gardner hit his 7th HR of the season, a 2-run shot, to put the Yanks up 3-2 in the bottom of the second.

But in the top of the third, Nestor Cortes gave up a 3-run HR to put the Rays up 5-3. To Cortes’ credit, he settled down after that.

One concern about having Green start and Cortes follow is this. Going into this game, the Yankees’ team ERA was 3.64. Take away Green, Cortes, Stephen Tarpley and Jake Barrett, and that ERA would have been 3.14. Hence the apprehension over Green and Cortes.

Aaron Hicks hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the fourth (1) that tied the game at 5.

Bottom of the fifth. Gary Sanchez triples to lead off the inning but the Yanks can’t bring him in. Aaargh.

Top of the sixth. Adam Ottavino comes in with two on, two out and walks the batter to load the bases. He gets a strikeout to get out of it.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Yankees scored seven runs, part of it due to good plate patience and taking the walk. Gardner singled to lead off the inning and stole second. Clint Frazier, 8 for his last 51 and dropped to ninth in the lineup, walked. LeMahieu popped up a bunt attempt for out #1. Aaron Hicks walked to load the bases. Luke Voit walked to force in the go-ahead run. 6-5 Yanks. With Gary Sanchez up, a pitch got away, but Frazier was thrown out at home for out #2, the other runners moving up. Sanchez was then intentionally walked to set up the force at any base for out #3, which didn’t come for a while. Kendrys Morales walked to force in another run. 7-5, Yankees. Gleyber Torres reached on an infield single, upheld by replay, 8-5 Yankees. Thairo Estrada PH for Gio Urshela, who got banged up earlier, and Estrada broke the game wide open with a bases-clearing double. 11-5. Gardner then doubled to make it 12-5 before Frazier struck out for the final out.

In the seventh, LeMahieu homered (3) for the final tally of 13-5.

Chance Adams closed things out with three scoreless innings of relief for his first MLB save.

LeMahieu 2 hits, solo HR (.312)
Hicks 2-run HR (1)
Sanchez 2 hits.
Morales 2 RBI
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Estrada 3 RBI
Gardner 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR
Frazier, slumping. 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk. 8 for last 51.

Green 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR. 1 HBP. 13.50
Cortes  4 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 9.00
Ottavino (W, 2-1, 1.61) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Adams (S, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K.  0.00

The Yanks now have an opportunity to open that lead a little wider. They now play two of the worst teams in the league, the Orioles followed by KC.

Time to make a little hay.