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Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (56-41) won 7-6. 1B Mike Ford (.305-20-52) 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. C Erik Kratz 3 hits (.339, and Kratz is 39!). CF Billy Burns 2 hits. RF Zach Zehner 2 hits, 2 RBI. Jonathan Holder 2 1/3 scoreless IP for the win.

AA: Trenton (50-43) lost 9-1, getting just six hits.

High A: Tampa (41-54) scored five times in the fourth inning and won 5-4.  1B Steven Sensley 2 RBI. Tampa won despite committing four errors.

Low A: Charleston’s game was suspended in the bottom of the seventh with Charleston trailing, 3-2. It is scheduled to be completed today, Friday.


Minor League Report.


AAA: All Star Game. The PCL beat the International League (SWB’s league), 9-3.

Here is how SWB’s representatives did:

C Kyle Higashioka started. 0 for 1 with a walk.
1B Mike Ford started. 0 for 2.
DH Ryan McBroom started. 0 for 2.
Reliever J.P. Feyereisen pitched a scoreless eighth. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

AA: Eastern League All-Star Game. The West beat the East (Trenton’s division) 5-0. The East only got 2 hits.

Trenton representatives:

RF Ben Ruta started, 1 for 2.
1B Chris Gittens started, 0 for 3 with a walk.
SS Hoy Jun Park, sub, 0 for 2.
Reliever Danny Alvarez pitched the 4th. 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 W, 3 K.
Reliever Trevor Lane pitched in the 8th. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.

High A: Tampa (37-50) lost Game 1 of a DH 10-8. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, RBI. DH Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Mickey Gasper 3 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR.

Game 2: Makeup of 7/9 postponement. Game suspended in the top of the third with Tampa up 3-0. To be resumed today, 7/11.

Low A: Charleston (46-44) lost 4-3. 1B Eric Wagaman 3 hits. Daniel Bies in relief, 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 6 K.




Game 87. Yanks lose in walk-off fashion, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

One-time Met Travis D’Arnaud hit a walk-off HR for the Tampa Bay Rays to beat the Yanks 4-3 Saturday.

The loss decreased the Yanks’ (57-30) lead in the AL East over the Rays to 7 1/2 games.

The Yanks got the early lead in the game when Brett Gardner hit his 14th HR of the year, putting the Yanks up, 1-0 in the second inning.

d’Arnaud singled in a run in the bottom of the inning to tie it up.

It stayed that way until the seventh. Gio Urshela singled and went to second on a WP. Mike Tauchman walked. D.J. LeMahieu GIDP, Urshela to third, then Aaron Judge walked. Aaron Hicks singled to put the Yanks up 2-1. Sanchez then walked, but Encarnacion lined out. He just missed out on a bases clearing double.

This was the Yanks’ bugaboo in the game. They were 1 for 12 w/RISP. In the fifth, they had bases loaded, one out and couldn’t score.

I thought CC would come out at this point. At this stage of his career, in his final season, about to turn 39 soon, CC doesn’t go seven innings anymore.

But his pitch count was low, and he did come out for the seventh. He did get the first two guys out, but then gave up a single, and on a 1-2 count (one strike away from getting out of the seventh), gave up a 2-run HR that put the Rays up, 3-2.

Second-guess? It’s tough. Got the first two outs in the seventh no problem, one strike away from getting through seven. One bad pitch.

Down to their last strike in the top of the ninth, Aaron Hicks homered (8) to tie up the game.

Chad Green came in for the ninth and got two quick outs, then d’Arnaud hit the first pitch he saw for a HR to win the game.

A tough loss, but it’s hard to bitch when you have won 16 of your last 19.

Tomorrow (Sunday) is the last game before the All-Star break.

Some notes: Before the game, Mike Ford sent down, Dan Camarena called up b/c of the pitchers being a bit burned out. There is a good chance Camarena doesn’t even get into a game, what with the All-Star break.

CC’s career will be honored in Cleveland (where his career began) during the All-Star Game.

Because of an injury, Masahiro Tanaka has been added to the All-Star roster.

Going into the game, LeMahieu not only led the AL in batting average, but also in RBI… the batting average for a leadoff hitter is no surprise, but the RBI is.

Hicks 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (8)
Sanchez 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts. Did draw one walk. Slumping. Down to .245.
Encarnacion 0 for 4. Just 8 for 61 (4 HR) since the Yanks got him.
Gardner solo HR (14)
Tauchman 2 hits.

Sabathia 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.03
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.83
Green (L, 2-3, 5.81) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up GW, walkoff HR.




Game 83. Yanks’ HR streak ends in 4-2 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You figured the record HR streak would end (at 31 games) in an interleague game where the Yanks lose the DH.

That’s what happened in the Yanks (54-29) 4-2 loss to the Mets Tuesday night. The loss reduced the Yanks’ AL East lead to 5 1/2 over Tampa Bay, 10 over Boston.

One thing I didn’t know is that the Yanks are just 4-17 in games in which they have scored less than four runs. That may not be a good thing come October, where they’ll face better pitching.

I was worried about this game, and am worried about this two game series, for a couple of reasons.

For one, it is sandwiched between two more important series (sorry Mets fans, but our division rivals, who have better records, have more importance), that being against Boston last weekend, and against the Rays this upcoming weekend.

Second, the jet lag after coming back from England. Yes, Monday was a day off, but … (and that is taking nothing away from the Mets or a nice performance by trade target Zack Wheeler).

Third, Domingo German comes off the IL to start today, and who knows how fresh he’ll be?

As for yesterday and yesterday’s game, a couple moves before the game. Nestor Cortes, Jr. up, Chance Adams down. Luke Voit to the IL and the Yanks call up Mike Ford.

James Paxton pitched well for the Yanks and even drove in a run.

The Yanks got both of their runs in the second inning. Didi Gregorius, Edwin Encarnacion and Gleyber Torres had consecutive singles to score the first run, and with men on first and third, one out, Paxton put down a bunt that Encarnacion scored on. 2-0 Yanks. Don’t ask me when the Yanks last squeezed a run home.

But the Yanks could not hold the lead. Paxton gave up a HR in the sixth, cutting the lead to 2-1.

Then in the eighth, Adam Ottavino gave up a run and left the bases loaded for Zack Britton. Britton’s first pitch was ripped for a 2-run double, and the Mets had a 4-2 lead and the ballgame.

There was a great defensive play by Torres in the game.

But there were also a couple of bad plays. Aaron Hicks thought he hit a HR, didn’t run hard out of the box and what should have been a triple was only a double. A couple of batters later, Didi Gregorius’ long fly only moved Hicks to third where it should have been a SF for a run.

Also, the game almost ended on a caught stealing. With two out in the top of the ninth and the tying run at the plate, Didi stole second…barely. You can’t end the game that way.

D.J. LeMahieu’s hitting streak ended at 14.

Gregorius 2 hits (the Yanks only had 6).

Paxton 6 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.   4.09
Kahnle (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.27
Ottavino (BS, 4; L, 3-3,  1.91) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER,  2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.50

Yesterday was international signing day and the Yanks got two of the top 30 players.

#1 Jasson Dominguez, OF. The switch-hitter is considered #1 not only of this year, but maybe the best International signing EVER. Just 16, scouts rave about him, comparing his skills to that of Mike Trout and Mickey Mantle. High praise. We’ll see what happens over the next few years. Signing bonus $5.1 MM.

#18 Jhon Diaz. OF. $1.2 MM.



Minor League Report.


Hopefully the minor league recaps won’t take me as long as the recap of that Yankees/Red Sox game!

AAA: SWB (46-34) lost to Lehigh Valley 12-3. DH Mike Ford (.321-19-49) 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 2B Tyler Wade 2 hits. LF Clint Frazier 2 hits.

AA: Trenton (44-32) won 5-2. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits, solo HR. C Kellin Deglan 3-run HR. Trenton pitchers combined for 17 K.

Keller 5 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 7 K.  1.80
Lail (W, 3-1, 2.00) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 7 K.
Kriske (S, 7) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   1.42

High A: Tampa (33-44) lost 6-1. DH Pablo Olivares 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Charleston (42-38) won 7-4. LF Canaan Smith 2 hits, 4 RBI. 2B Matt Pita 2 hits.


AAA: SWB 1st place by 4 games in International League North.

The other leagues play split seasons.

AA: Trenton won the first half Eastern League East Division title (38-27), so they are assured a playoff spot. They are in 2nd, 6-5, 1/2 game back, in the second half.

High A: Tampa is 3rd, 5-6, 3 1/2 out in the Florida State League North. They finished the first half 28-38, 5th, 13 1/2 out.

Low A: Charleston is 3rd, 5-5, one game out in the second half. They were 37-33, 3rd, less than a percentage point out of 2nd , 1/2 game out of first, in the first half.

Minor League Report. SWB hits 5 HR.


AAA: SWB (45-31) won 10-1. DH/3B Mike Ford 3 hits, 2 HR, 4 RBI, .325.  LF Trey Amburgey 3 for 3, 2 HR, 4 RBI.  1B Logan Morrison 2-run HR. .306.

Starter Dan Camarena (W, 2-3, 6.71) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 9 K.

AA: Trenton (43-30) scored in the bottom of the ninth to win 7-6. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, RBI. SS Kyle Holder 2 RBI. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits, RBI. 1B Chris Gittens 2 RBI (inc. GW RBI single). C Kellin Deglan 2 hits. Brady Lail 6 K in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

High A: Tampa (31-43) lost 4-2. DH Isiah Gilliam 2 hits. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, RBI. Ben Heller, on rehab, “Opener”, 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Low A: Charleston (40-37) won 3-1. 2B Kyle Gray 2 hits, RBI.

Harold Cortijo (W, 3-0, 2.05) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Daniel Bies (S, 3) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.   3.23

Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (44-31) lost a slugfest, 10-9. DH Mike Ford 4 hits, 2 RBI (.316). 3B Breyvic Valera 3 hits, RBI (.379). SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, RBI. 1B Logan Morrison (.305) 2 hits. 2B Thairo Estrada solo HR. RF Trey Amburgey solo HR.

AA: Trenton (42-30) lost 9-2 to Reading. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, RBI. RF Ben Ruta 2 hits. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, RBI.

High A: Tampa (31-42) lost 9-3. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 2 RBI. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits. 3B Wendell Rijo 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Charleston (39-37) won 5-4. 2B Kyle Gray 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Matt Pita 3 hits, 2 RBI.

Luis Gil (21, RHP) 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 W, 9 K.  (W, 3-3, 2.06)