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Yesterday was strange. Other than the All-Star Break, when do the Yankees ever have off on a Friday? But they did, so no game report.
In lieu of that, it gives us time to look at what the minor league affiliates did yesterday, and how some players are doing.
AAA: SWB (21-11) lost 4-2. 2 hits RF Socrates Brito. 2 hits, solo HR DH Trey Amburgey. SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits.
CF Estevan Florial is only hitting .137 at SWB. 2B Hoy Jun Park, a lefty hitter, may not have the power of Odor, but in 18 AAA games since being called up, is hitting .344-5-15. 1B Mike Ford, after hitting just .133 for the Yankees, is only 2 for 24 (.083) for SWB. Amburgey is hitting j.397-6-21. Too bad he isn’t a lefty hitter.
AA: Somerset (21-12) won 5-2. DH Oswald Peraza (a SS), 2 hits, led off game with a HR. More on him in a bit. 2B Oliver Dunn 3-run HR.
Peraza is a touted prospect who was just promoted from High A. He turns 21 in a few days, is a righty hitter, and has impressed scouts and coaches. Between A+/AA this year, he has hit .289-6-17 with 16 SB. Infielder Diego Castillo, 23, a righty bat, is hitting .325-5-13. C Donny Sands, 25, righty bat, .270-3-8.
High A: Hudson Valley (18-14) won 8-0, giving up just 2 hits. SS Ezequiel Duran (22, righty bat, .288-6-17) solo HR. LF Evan Alexander 2-run HR. 1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, RBI.
Two recent top draft picks, both catchers, haven’t been hitting. Anthony Seigler is at .167 and Josh Breaux is at .158.
But here is the real story.
LHP (23 years old) Ken Waldichuk 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 10 K. 2-0, 0.00
Waldichuk has pitched 30 2/3 innings this year. Look at the era again. ZERO. He has 55 K in those 30 2/3 innings. He has actually given up more walks (13) than hits (12). I hope he gets promoted to AA, like…. Now. I’d like to find out more about him.
Of course, because of COVID, there were no minor leagues last year. Waldichuk’s total minor league numbers consist of 2019 and this year. So what are those numbers?
17 starts. 2-2, 1.80. 60 innings pitched. 104 strikeouts.
Intrigued yet? I sure am.
Low A: Tampa is like a beer league softball team. All offense. The pitching not so hot. Tampa (24-10) won 6-4 last night. C Austin Wells solo HR, 2 RBI (21, lefty hitter, .267-2-29, 7 SB). 3B Chad Bell 3 hits, 2 HR, 3 RBI (24, lefty bat, .290-6-19).
Others to watch: SS Anthony Volpe, a first-round pick: 20, righty hitter. .285-5-29, 15 SB.
2B Trevor Hauver 22, lefty hitter, .279-6-25.
The Yankees (27-19, 3rd, 1 1/2 back) won their fifth straight game on Saturday, 7-0, defeating the Chicago White Sox.
In their last four games, the Yankees’ pitchers have given up 0, 0, 1 and 0 runs. The only run given up came off of reliever Jonathan Loaisiga. Yankees’ starters have thrown 30 scoreless innings in those four games.
Today, Jameson Taillon, who has struggled (1-3, 5.73) tries to keep it going.
The Yankees got three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when with one out, Aaron Judge singled and Gio Urshela walked. Gleyber Torres, who is heating up, doubled in both runs, then Torres scored on a double by Rougned Odor.
They scored two more in the fifth. Luke Voit and Brett Gardner singled, and after Judge struck out, Urshela walked to load the bases for Torres, who singled in two runs. 5-0 Yankees.
Mike Ford hit a 447-ft. HR (3) leading off the sixth to make it 6-0.
The final run of the game scored in the seventh when Torres singled and one out later, Miguel Andujar doubled him home.
Gerrit Cole wasn’t as dominating as he usually is (uncharacterisically, three walks) but still was shutting out Chicago.
Gardner 2 hits
Judge 2 hits (.307)
Torres 3 hits, 4 RBI
Ford solo HR (3)
Cole (W 6-2) 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K. 1.81
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.40
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00
No minor league report until I recover more from my recent surgery but one note: Deivi Garcia (5.17 ERA at SWB) did not do well last night.
Aaron Hicks needs surgery on a torn tendon sheath in his wrist. He’s done for the year.
When two starters who have 5 CYA’s between them go against each other, you don’t expect many runs scored, and such was the case Saturday when Max Scherzer of Washington and Corey Kluber of the Yankees faced off.
The game started after a rain delay of almost 2 1/2 hours, and in the end, Gleyber Torres tied the game in the ninth for the Yankees and won it in the eleventh. Yanks (17-16) 4, Nationals 3.
The Nats got on the board first, when Kluber walked Juan Soto with the bases loaded in the top of the third inning.
Kyle Higashioka tied the game up in the bottom of the same frame with a solo HR (5).
Washington got a run off of Kluber in the top of the sixth to go up 2-1.
Meanwhile, Scherzer was dealing. He went 7 1/3, giving up just 2 hits and striking out 14.
In the bottom of the ninth, D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a walk. He moved to second on a groundout by Giancarlo Stanton and to third on a bloop single by the slumping Aaron Judge. Torres then singled to tie the game.
Washington got a run in the top of the tenth (I hate that extra innings start with a man on second rule) but the Yanks tied it in the bottom of the tenth when Mike Ford, who was 1 for his last 23, singled in “ghost” runner Clint Frazier.
Justin Wilson, who has been struggling this season, kept the Nats off the board in the top of the eleventh. In the bottom half, LeMahieu was the “ghost” runner starting at second. Both Stanton and Judge walked to load the bases. Torres nubbed a little dribbler towards third. Not pretty, but it got the job done and won the game.
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI
Higashioka solo HR (5)
The Yankees won despite striking out 17X.
Kluber 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 6 K. 3.06
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.33
Luetge 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.26
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Wilson (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.23
Now this is more like it. Domingo German was great over seven innings, the Yanks rapped out 12 hits, including 3 HR, and the Yanks (11-13) blanked Baltimore 7-0 Wednesday night.
Mike Ford homered (2) in the second inning to put the Yanks up 1-0.
With one out in the top of the third inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, then Giancarlo Stanton singled, then Gleyber Torres singled in LeMahieu. For Torres, it was just his third RBI of the season. Gio Urshela then hit a 3-run HR (4) to make it 5-0.
Stanton singled to lead off the fifth, and an out later, Urshela singled. Ford walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks hit a SF to make it 6-0.
Clint Frazier hit his first HR of the season in the eighth to make it 7-0, the final score.
LeMahieu 2 hits
Stanton 3 hits.
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Urshela 2 hits, 3-run HR (4)
Ford solo HR (2)
Frazier 2 hits solo HR (1)
German (W, 2-2) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K. 4.05
King 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
This time, it was the Yankees (9-12) who got a lead in Cleveland, only to see the Indians come back and win the game.
In the three previous games, the Yankees won after Cleveland scored first. The script was flipped on Sunday. Gio Urshela and Mike Ford hit back-to-back homers, with Gio’s being a 2-run blast. Top of the fourth, but that was all the Yanks’ offense.
Some observations. Jameson Taillon, coming off his second TJ surgery, appears to do fine for three innings, then seems to lose it in the fourth. Something about the second time around in the lineup. Fatigue? But it happened again yesterday. Three smooth innings, then in the bottom of the fourth, three straight singles for a run, then a 3-run HR.
Secondly, Nick Nelson needs more seasoning The youngster does have 15 K in just 8 1/3 IP this season, but is also 0-2 with an atrocious 9.72 ERA. He was sent down after the game. Deivi Garcia was called up to start Monday night.
Also, Miguel Andujar was activated off the I.L., but will continue at the alternate site.
Urshela 2-run HR (3)
Ford solo HR (1)
Taillon (L, 0-2) 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. 6.23 Gave up 1 HR.
Nelson 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. 9.72 1 WP
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.77