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Game 49. Bombers hit 7 HR (3 by Higashioka) in 13-2 win.

One night after hitting 6 HR in a 20-6 win over Toronto, the Yankees (28-21) kept pouring it on, hitting 7 HR in a 13-2 win over Toronto last (Wednesday) evening.

It was the very first time in franchise history that the Yanks hit six or more HR in consecutive games.

The Yanks have now won seven games in a row.

Backup C Kyle Higashioka hit 3 of those 7 HR. D.J. LeMahieu hit 2.

LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first with a HR (8) to give the Yanks a quick 1-0 lead.

They got two more in the third when Tyler Wade singled and Higashioka hit a 2-run HR (2). 3-0, Yankees.

Clint Frazier led off the bottom of the fourth with a HR (7) to make it 4-0, Gary Sanchez singled, and two outs later, LeMahieu hit his second HR (9) of the game to make it 6-0. Before D.J.’s HR, Higashioka’s out was a long drive. He almost had a four homer game (done just once in Yankees history—by Lou Gehrig).

With Gerrit Cole on the mound, that was more than enough.

Aaron Hicks led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, moved to second on a groundout, and after another out, scored on a single by Frazier. 7-0.

Toronto scored a run in the top of the sixth, when they got their first hit, combined with a WP by Cole, but the Yanks came right back with four runs. With one out, Higashioka hit his second HR (3) of the game to make it 8-1. LeMahieu doubled, and after another out, Hicks walked. Luke Voit then hit a 3-run HR to make it 11-1. Voit’s 19th HR of the season leads the majors.

In the bottom of the seventh, after a walk and a GIDP, Wade walked and Higashioka hit his THIRD HR of the game to make it 13-1.

Nick Nelson gave up a run on a two-out solo HR to Toronto in the top of the ninth. Final 13-2.

Aaron Judge came off the IL, and going down was Thairo Estrada.

LeMahieu 3 hits (.373) 2 HR (9), 3 RBI
Voit 3-run HR (19, leads MLB)
Frazier 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (7)
Higashioka 3 hits, all 3 hits HR (4); 5 RBI

Cole (W, 6-3, 3.00) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 8 K. 100TH MLB win.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.00
Nelson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.52

It’s the third time Cole was paired with Higashioka and third straight good outing. Personal catcher?

UPDATE: James Paxton has been placed on the 45 day I.L., effectively ending his season. Since he is a free agent at the end of the season (and has a flexor tendon issue right now in his pitching forearm), his Yankees tenure could be over.

Game 48. 6 HR, 20 runs. Yanks move into 2nd with 20-6 win.

The Yankees (27-21) moved back into second place in the AL East with a 6-HR, 20-run drubbing of Toronto Tuesday night. The final score was 20-6.

As it now stands, with 12 games left in the season, the Yanks would be the #5 seed in the AL and would head to Minnesota to play a familiar postseason foe, the Twins.

Before the game, the Yanks sent down to the alternate site Clarke Schmidt, Miguel Andujar and Mike Ford. Coming off the IL were Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela and Jonathan Loaisiga.

After the game, Thairo Estrada was sent back, so it appears as if Aaron Judge comes off the IL tonight.

Deivi Garcia pitched a strong seven innings to pick up his seventh MLB win in his fourth MLB start. Other than Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., Garcia didn’t have much trouble with the rest of the Blue Jays lineup.

Luke Voit hit two of the Yankees’ six HR in the game to take over the MLB HR lead at 18. He is a strong MVP candidate.

Guerrero hit a HR off of Garcia in the top of the second to make it 1-0 Toronto.

The Yanks came back with seven in the bottom of the second. With one out, Urshela, who had a great game just coming off the IL, doubled. Clint Frazier reached on an error (Toronto RF Derek Fisher had an awful night), moving Urshela to third. Brett Gardner singled in Urshela to tie the game. After an out, Tyler Wade singled in Frazier to make it 2-1. D.J. LeMahieu singled Gardner to make it 3-1. Luke Voit then hit a 3-run HR (17) to make it 6-1 and Aaron Hicks made it back to back HR with his fifth. 7-1 Yanks.

The Yanks added five more in the bottom of the third to go up 12-1 and the game was basically over. Urshela walked, went to second on a balk, and Frazier walked. Gardner walked to load the bases. Sanchez was HBP, forcing in a run. Wade walked, forcing in another run. LeMahieu cleared the bases with a 3-run double. 12-1.

Garcia gave up a 2-run HR to Gurriel in top of the fourth that cut the lead to 12-3.

The Yanks came right back with four in the bottom of the fourth to make it 16-3. Urshela doubled, Frazier walked, and after an out, Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (8). After another out, LeMahieu doubled, and Voit singled in LeMahieu.

Voit hit a solo HR in the bottom of the sixth (18). 17-3.

In the bottom of the seventh, Urshela singled and Frazier hit a 2-run HR (6). 19-3.

In the bottom of the eighth, LeMahieu hit a solo HR (7). 20-3.

Michael King gave up 3 runs in the top of the ninth. It does appear he needed minor league time this year, but alas, no minors this COVID year, so he is getting a bit of a rude awakening on the MLB level.

LeMahieu 4 hits, solo HR (7), 5 RBI. .363
Voit 3 hits, 2 HR (MLB leading 18), 5 RBI.
Hicks solo HR (5)
Urshela 3 hits
Frazier 2 hits, 2-run HR (6)
Sanchez 4 RBI, a 3-run HR (8)
Wade 2 RBI

Garcia (W, 2-1, 3.28) 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR
King 2 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K. 6.75

Gerrit Cole pitches for the Yankees (who have won six straight) tonight. There are 12 games left in this shortened season.

Game 39. Dominating start turns into 6-1 loss.

Gerrit Cole started out the game dominating, retiring the first eleven hitters in a row, eight by strikeout.

He took a shutout into he sixth, but the Yankees (21-18) had not scored either.

Then it all fell apart. D.J. Stewart hit a HR to lead off the bottom of the sixth, 3B Thairo Estrada made an error that led to four unearned runs, and Baltimore got five runs in the inning.

The way the Yankees’ offense has been recently, that was enough. The Orioles went on to beat the slumping Yankees, 6-1. The Yanks, once 16-6, are now 21-18, having lost 12 of their last 17 games.

Stewart hit another HR, this one off of rookie Miguel Yajure, in the seventh. 6-0 Orioles.

The Yankees’ only run came on an eighth inning HR by Clint Frazier. The Yankees struck out 12x. Gary Sanchez was 0 for 4, all strikeouts.

The Yanks were 0 for 9 w/RISP. Forget about HR, just try to make contact.

Frazier 2 hits, solo HR (5)
Higashioka 2 hits

Cole (L, 4-3, 3.66) 6 IP, 5 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Yajure 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.80 Gave up 1 HR.

Nothing set in stone, but I read reports that the Yanks may be thinking of moving their AA team from Trenton to Bridgewater, NJ. 

Game 22. Yanks sweep Boston behind 4 HR, win 6-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (16-6) hit four HR in a 6-3 win over Boston Monday night. With the win, the Yanks remain undefeated at home and undefeated against Boston this season. It was their sixth win in a row.

They got three runs in the second inning. With two out, Tyler Wade was hbp, and Aaron Hicks doubled him in. Luke Voit then hit a 2-run HR, his first of the game and sixth of the season, to make it 3-0.

Jordan Montgomery pitched great, gave up a run in the top of the fourth, then a rain delay in the top of the fourth prevented him from continuing.

In the bottom of the fourth, Thairo Estrada hit his first HR of the season to make it 4-1, Yankees.

Voit hit his second HR of the game and seventh of the season in the bottom of the fifth to make it 5-1.

In the top of the sixth, Miguel Andujar misplayed a ball in LF with two out, and the Red Sox got a gift run to make it 5-2.

In the bottom of the seventh, Hicks homered (2) to make it 6-2.

Aroldis Chapman made his season debut after being out because of COVID, and gave up a run in the top of the ninth. Final score 6-3.

The Yanks only got five hits in the game, but four were homers.

David Hale was DFA’d (for it seems the umpteenth time) to make room for Chapman.

Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI, Solo HR (2)
Voit 2 hits, both HR (7) 3 RBI
Estrada solo HR (1)

Montgomery 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K.  4.66
Avilan 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.  2.25
King (W, 1-1, 6.59) 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.   FIRST MLB WIN
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.   9.00




Game 19. Gleyber snaps slump, leads Yanks to 10-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, Aaron Judge was put on the 10-day IL with a strained calf. Thairo Estrada was brought up.

With Stanton and Judge on the IL, two Yankees in terrible slumps now had and have to snap out of those slumps.

Gleyber Torres did, by going 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

Gary Sanchez was only 1 for 5, but that one hit was a 2-run HR.

Oh yeah, it also helps that you have your ace on the mound, and including his time with Houston last year, Gerrit Cole has now won his last 20 decisions (the record is 24, set by Carl Hubbell of the NY Giants, 1936-1937).

The Yanks (13-6) bombed Boston, 10-3.

In the bottom of the first, Mike Tauchman struck out with the bases loaded and the Yanks wasted a scoring opportunity. Tauchman would make up for it later in the game in big ways.

The Yanks struck first, getting two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Luke Voit led off with a single, and Aaron Hicks walked. After a ground out moved the runners up, Torres doubled in two runs to make it 2-0, Yanks.

Cole made few mistakes in the game, but did make one in the top of the fourth, giving up a solo HR that cut the Yankees’ lead to 2-1.

The Yanks scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to break the game open. With two out, Torres singled and went to second on a balk. Tauchman doubled him home, then Sanchez hit a 457 foot HR (3) to make it 5-1.

The Yanks tacked on three more runs in the seventh. With one out, Gio Urshela singled, then Torres singled him to third. A single by Tauchman scored Gio and moved up Torres to second. A WP moved both runners up but Sanchez struck out. Clint Frazier then doubled in two runs to make it 8-1.

Jonathan Holder then relieved Cole but was ineffective, giving up two runs to cut the Yanks’ lead to 8-3 before Adam Ottavino finished off the half-inning.

The Yanks got those two runs back in the bottom of the eighth when D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a single and Luke Voit walked. After two outs, Tyler Wade singled to load the bases. Tauchman singled in two runs to make it 10-3, which wound up as the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .429
Torres 4 for 4, 2 RBI
Wade 1 for 1
Tauchman 3 hits, 4 RBI
Sanchez 2-run HR
Frazier 2 RBI

Cole (W, 4-0, 2.76) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W 8 K.   Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K   3.68
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.17
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.38

It was the Yanks’ third straight win.


Estrada down, Frazier up, and a rotation switch.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With Stanton now on the Injured List, Thairo Estrada has been sent back down and Clint Frazier will be coming up.

The Yanks are also making a rotation switch. Jordan Montgomery will start tonight (Tuesday) at home vs. the Braves with Masahiro Tanaka going tomorrow night. J.A. Happ gets skipped this time around.

Game 16. Rays edge Yanks, 4-3

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It was one of those losses that drive you crazy. The Yanks (10-6) had a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning, and after two bad starts to begin the season, James Paxton was pitching great.

Then it all unraveled.

The Yanks didn’t exactly mash to get those three runs. They got one in the first when Mike Ford was HBP with the bases loaded, and two in the fifth courtesy of a two-out, three-base error.

But in the bottom of the seventh, a double, popup, and then back-to-back homers by the Rays tied the game. Up until that point, Paxton had a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts going.

The Yanks caught two breaks before finally losing the game. In the bottom of the eighth, it appeared that the Rays scored the go ahead run but on review, the batter was called out, giving the Yanks an inning-ending DP instead of a force that would have brought a run home.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Rays got a leadoff double, then Mike Brosseau did what Mike Tauchman did the other day. Get thrown out at third on a bad baserunning play. If on second you don’t go if the ball is hit to the SS. It got to get through. So the Yanks got the runner at third, but a WP, walk, and groundout led to a two-out, game-winning single by Michael Perez.

It was the Yanks’ fifth loss in their last seven games.

Estrada was brought back up with Stanton going on the IL.

LeMahieu 2 hits.

Paxton 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 11 K. Gave up 2 HR.  7.84
Holder 1 2/3 IP,  0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  0.00
Britton (L, 0-1, 1.59) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.

Games 14 & 15. Yanks split DH with Rays, but lose a couple to the IL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (10-5) split a doubleheader to the Rays, but also lost a couple players to the injured list.

They won the first game 8-4, behind three home runs.

But before that game, Kyle Higashioka was put on the IL. 40 year old Erik Kratz was brought up to be the backup catcher. Chris Ianetta retired. That’s the catchers, and remember, starting catcher Gary Sanchez is struggling mightily. In the second inning of the first game, he struck out again with the bases loaded. Sanchez is now 3 for 35 with 20 strikeouts.

Thairo Estrada was called up briefly (sent back then, Ben Heller up), and the Yanks DFA’d Nick Tropeano. Albert Abreu was made the 29th man for the DH.

Got all that? More to come.

In that first game (both seven-inning affairs), the Yanks got four runs in the top of the third when with one out, Aaron Judge singled and Mike Ford hit a 2-run HR, his first of the season. Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres each walked, and after Mike Tauchman struck out, Gio Urshela doubled in two runs to make it 4-0.

Stanton hit his third HR of the season, a solo shot, in the top of the fifth to put the Yankees up 5-0.

Gerrit Cole struck out ten, but the Rays made him work, as he threw 107 pitches. He didn’t get the win because he only went 4 2/3 innings, one out short of qualifying for the W. He gave up three runs in the bottom of the fifth, and that cut the Yanks’ lead down to 5-3.

Speaking of, if a starter has to go five for a W in a nine-inning game, why is it the same for a seven-inning game? Shouldn’t it be then cut to four? Just asking. No biggie.

The Yanks got two back in the top of the sixth when D.J. LeMahieu singled and Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR, his 8th of the year, to put the Yanks up 7-3.

The Rays got a run in the bottom of the sixth, 7-4.

In the top of the seventh, Tauchman doubled, stole third and scored on a SF by Urshela. 8-4, and that was the final score.

Judge 3 hits, 2 RBI. A 2-run HR (8).
Ford 2-run HR (1).
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (3).
Urshela 2 his, 3 RBI.

Cole 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 10 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  3.22
Green (W, 2-0, 0.96) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 WP.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R,  0 H, 0 W, 2 K   1.50

Walks and two-out hits killed the Yankees in game two of the doubleheader, which they lost 5-3. Michael King made his first MLB start, and gave up only one hit in 3 2/3 IP, but walked five. The Yanks walked nine total.

In the bottom of the first, King gave up a leadoff double, then got two outs. He couldn’t get out of the inning scoreless, walking three in a row to force in a run before getting the third out.

The Yanks tied it in the top of the fourth. With one out, Giancarlo Stanton walked and moved up to second on a WP. The slump-ridden Gleyber Torres singled Stanton to third. A single by Luke Voit brought in the run, but Torres was thrown out at third.

But on that advance on the WP, Stanton hurt is hamstring and most likely is headed to the IL.

The Rays came back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Once again, walks killed the Yanks and they couldn’t close the inning out. King got the first two batters of the inning out. Then two straight walks. In came Luis Avilan, and HE walked the first batter HE faced to load the bases. Then he gave up a single that brought in two runs, another walk to reload the bases, before he got the third out of the inning.

The absence of Chapman has had a snowball effect. Britton, a lefty, is now the closer, and Avilan, another lefty like Britton and Chapman, assumes Britton’s spot. It may have hurt the Yanks in this case.

Albert Abreu made his MLB debut in the bottom of the fifth and gave up two runs to put the Rays up 5-1. He gave up a single, HBP, got two outs, but just like the other two times in this game, the Yanks couldn’t get out of the inning—the Rays scoring their runs with two outs. A two-run single in this case.

The Yanks tried for the comeback in the top of the seventh. Voit singled but Tauchman GIDP. That GIDP was a killer, because after that, Urshela singled, Kratz doubled him to third, and LeMahieu singled in two runs to make it 5-3, with the tying run at the plate in Aaron Judge. Judge flied out to end the game. Judge just missed hitting a double earlier in the at bat, and his drive to LCF was caught in the middle of the warning track. He just missed a game-tying HR.

Both manager Aaron Boone and hitting coach Marcus Thames were ejected in the fifth inning.

LeMahieu 2 RBI
Voit 2 hits, RBI

King (L, 0-1, 7.59) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 5 W, 4 K.
Avilan 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.  3.60
Abreu 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 HBP   13.50   MLB DEBUT
Heller  2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   5.40


Game 13. Mistakes cost Yanks in 1-0 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Mistakes cost the Yankees (9-4) in a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday night. Both teams combined had only four hits in the game, two by each team.

Aaron Hicks (.188), Gleyber Torres (.119) and Gary Sanchez (.091) continued to struggle. Even Luke Voit, despite 4 HR, is only at .216.

The Yanks could have broken open a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh when they loaded the bases with two out, but Sanchez struck out on three pitches. He really looks lost right now. 3 for 33 with 19 strikeouts.

In the top of the eighth, Mike Tauchman led off the inning with a leadoff double, but then inexpicably tried to advance to third on a ball hit to the shortstop By D.J. LeMahieu and was thrown out at third. Bad baserunning play. Especially with Aaron Judge up after LeMahieu.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Rays scored the only run of the game on two walks, a WP, and a SF.

The Yanks and Rays have a doubleheader today.  Hopefully some bats wake up. Gerrit Cole will start one of those two games. Remember, for this year (maybe for the future?) DHs are seven-inning affairs.

Tanaka 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K.  1.17
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Ottavino (L, 2-1, 1.80) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.  1 WP.

Recent moves: Andujar, Estrada and Nelson sent down to get down to new roster limit. The team is so deep right now, they have no room for Andujar or Frazier. With Happ and Paxton struggling, you wonder about a trade for a starter.



Games 10 & 11. Yanks split DH with Phils. lose opener 11-7, win nightcap 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In this crazy year, both games of the doubleheader just seven innings.

The Yanks lost the opener, 11-7, as their seven game winning streak was snapped. They scored first when in the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, Aaron Judge reached on an error and Aaron Hicks walked to load the bases. D.J. scored when Gleyber Torres GIDP.

They got two more in the second when with two out, Kyle Higashioka singled and Brett Gardner hit a 2-run HR (3). 3-0 Yanks.

But J.A. Happ gave it back, giving up four runs in the top of the third (because of Tuesday’s rainout, the Yanks were the home team in Philadelphia for game one). Happ is a big problem for the Yanks with what his performance was last year (12-8, 4.91; most of the year ERA was over 5) and so far this year. Based on that, I don’t expect him back in 2021. He turns 38 in October. He gave up a HR to Bryce Harper but it was walks that really hurt him here.

Nick Nelson came in for his second MLB game and didn’t have it. He gave up a HR to J.T. Realmuto in the fifth, but then six runs in the top of the sixth. In a 7-inning game, that was a killer.

Since the Yanks had a DH, and also have a DH in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Aaron Boone left Nelson in. You didn’t want to burn the bullpen, and see the game 2 recap for how well the bullpen did in Game 2. (Hint: Fabulous)

The Yanks did get four runs in the bottom of the seventh to turn 11-3 into 11-7. Mike Tauchman singled, and after an out, Brett Gardner singled. Thairo Estrada singled in a run and Aaron Judge homered (7).

LeMahieu 3 for 3
Estrada 1 for 1, RBI
Judge 3-run HR
Wade 1 for 1
Higashioka 2 hits, but a huge error
Gardner 2 hits, 2-run HR.

Happ (L, 0-1, 10.29) 3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 6 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Nelson 1 2/3 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 0 K.  Gave up 1 HR.   11.57  (2nd MLB game)
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00 (Kriske sent down)

In the nightcap, it was tied in the top of the seventh when the Yanks (9-2) broke through for two runs to go up 3-1.  Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit singled, then Mike Tauchman doubled in a run. After Gary Sanchez was HBP to load the bases, Gio Urshela singled in a run.

In the second, Voit had hit a HR (4) to put the Yanks up 1-0. The Phils tied it in the bottom of the frame.

Concerns? Torres and Sanchez still struggling.


Voit 2 hits, solo HR.
Tauchman GW RBI
Urshela 2 hits, RBI

Loaisiga 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.32
Avilan 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.86
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Ottavino (W, 2-0, 0.00) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Britton (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

The bullpen threw 4 2/3 no -hit, no-run innings.