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Game 90. Depleted Yanks get shut-out, 4-0.

Major problems. And these could sink the Yankees’ season.

The Yanks were already without Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid list). Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar were on the IL, not to mention others like Corey Kluber, Aaron Hicks and Darren O’Day.

Now add to the Covid List Wandy Peralta, Nestor Cortes, Jr. Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela. Add Luke Voit (knee) to the IL.

As a result, a bunch of guys had to be brought up from SWB. Hoy Jun Park and Trey Amburgey each made their MLB debuts last night. Rob Brantly had to be brought up. Chris Gittens, just off the IL himself, had to come up. Zack Britton was activated off of the IL. Am I missing anyone?

The depleted Yanks lost to Boston 4-0, getting just three hits. They are 0-7 vs. Boston this year, and are now 9 back and in fourth place with a 46-44 record. They play Boston six more times between now and June 25. They have Tampa Bay June 27-29. (In between there are two games with the Phillies).

Those guys out will be out for a while, leaving it up to the scrubs. This could get ugly.

So what did we see last night? The Yanks had a #3 hitter hitting .219, a cleanup hitter hitting .215, A #5 hitter at .237, a #6 hitter at .190. The #7 hitter is 2 for 22 in his MLB career. The #8 hitter was making his MLB debut. The #9 hitter is at .180 and was pinch-hit for by another guy making his MLB debut. Hoo boy. Is it any wonder why the Yanks got shut out?

Poor Jordan Montgomery. No run support. Montgomery had just one bad inning, the second, when he gave up a walk, double, RBI groundout, and a 2-run HR for 3 runs. That was more than enough for Boston. The second straight game he lost 4-0. In his last five starts, Montgomery has lost four of them. In those five games, the Yankees have scored a total of seven runs.

Later, Justin Wilson, who has been absolutely brutal this season, gave up a solo HR for the last run of the game. 4-0, Boston.

Montgomery (L, 3-5) 6 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. One bad inning. 4.18
German 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.72
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 8.62 Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.40


Yanks rained out, DH on 7/4; Minor league games affected also.

For the second straight day, the Yankees were rained out, this time against the Mets. The game will be made up on Sunday, the 4th of July. A split DH, first game at 2:05 PM, second game ESPN game, 7:08 PM. Since DH, both 7 inning games.

The weather forecast for today, Saturday July 3, isn’t good. Don’t be surprised if there is a delay or (gasp!) another postponement. Both teams have off on Monday, which could be a makeup day, but it would have to be an afternoon game since the Yankees then fly out to Seattle.

The Yanks (41-39, 4th in AL East) did lose more ground. Boston won last night so the Yanks are 9 1/2 back. They are 5 games out of a wild card spot, and would have to surpass four teams to even get that. They have a lot of work to do.

The Yanks put Clint Frazier (vertigo) on the IL. Just acquired Tim Locastro takes his place on the roster.

As for the minors:

AAA: SWB rained out.

AA: Somerset (33-18) split a DH. Both 7-inning games.

Game 1: Won 7-0. JP Sears (4 IP) and Janson Junk (3) combining on a 4-hit shutout. 1B Dermis Garcia solo HR. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 3 RBI, inc. a 2-run HR. RF Thomas Milone 3 RBI.

Game 2: Lost 5-2. C Jason Lopez 2 for 2 w/a walk. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 RBI.

High A: Hudson Valley (32-18) lost 8-2, a nine-inning game, getting just two hits. The second game was rained out.

Low A: Tampa (34-16) split a DH, both 7-inning games.

Game 1: Won 6-0 on a 1-hitter. Completion of suspended game. When the game resumed, Matt Sauer picked up in the second inning and pitched the rest of the way. 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 10 K. RF Jake Sanford 3 hits, 5 RBI, a 3-run HR. 2B Jesus Bastidas added a solo HR.

Game 2: Lost 3-1, getting just 4 hits. 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, RBI.

Game 73. Yanks walk-off a wild one, 6-5.

When I think of last night game, two songs come to mind: Wild One, and We Shall Overcome. For it was one wild game, and the Yankees (39-34, 3rd in AL East, 4 1/2 back) overcame late bullpen implosions to pull out a 6-5 walk-off win over KC.

I think Brian Cashman needs to find a starter somewhere. Jameson Taillon, today’s starter, is just 1-4, 5.59. Michael King is more a long man than a starter, at least to me. More on King in a bit, but King’s ERA as a reliever (2.29 this year) is much better than as a starter (5.75). Luis Severino and Corey Kluber don’t look as if they’ll be back until August, and that will be a huge boost. Clarke Schmidt hasn’t thrown a pitch yet this season, and Deivi Garcia is not doing well at AAA. Other prospects, like Ken Waldichuk (see the minor league report), are still too far away from the majors to help now. Another thing is that neither Taillon or King give you long outings. Rarely do either give you so much as five innings.

For whatever reason, King is ok coming out of a bullpen, but has trouble when he starts a game. He has the first inning blues. David Cone even suggested on the YES broadcast that King needs to change up his routine. He has to get through that first inning. King got the first two batters out, then, one strike away from a scoreless inning, gave up a double and a 2-run HR and the Yanks were down 2-0.

Royals’ pitchers were wild all game, walking 11 Yankees batters. But while King settled down, the Yanks weren’t taking much advantage of the free passes. In the second inning, the Royals walked the bases loaded, but Rougned Odor struck out to end the inning. He’d redeem himself later.

The Yanks did tie it up in the fourth. After a couple of walks and outs, Clint Frazier hit a 2-run double. Odor walked, but D.J. LeMahieu flied out, stranding both Frazier and Odor.

The Royals loaded the bases in the top of the fifth with two out, but Chad Green relieved King and got a fly out to get out of the inning.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but Luke Voit struck out, stranding the three runners. It should be noted that at this point, most of the runners the Yanks kept stranding all got on base via the walk. Voit, like Odor, redeemed himself later.

Now things really got wild.

In the top of the eighth, Zack Britton gave up a HR to Carlos Santana and KC took a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, Gleyber Torres walked to lead off the inning, but Miguel Andujar GIDP. Frazier walked as KC pitchers kept trying to give the game away with their wildness. Odor hit a 2-run HR (8) to put the Yanks up 4-3.

But in the top of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman couldn’t hold the lead. A strikeout, a single and a strikeout, and things didn’t look so bad. But then another hit, and then Carlos Santana was intentionally walked so that Chapman could face a rookie with NO MLB hits to get that one more out (and set up a force at any base to end the game). Chapman inexcusably walked that rookie on 4 pitches to force in the tying run. A little nubber for a hit then made it 5-4, KC.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Gary Sanchez tied up the game with his 12th HR of the season. Giancarlo Stanton followed with a single and Tyler Wade pinch-ran for Stanton. Wade moved up to second on a WP, and then Luke Voit singled off the LF fence, just missing a HR, but it was good enough to score Wade with the winning run.

Rough game for Aaron Judge. 0 for 5 with 4 strikeouts.

Today’s game (Thursday) is an afternoon game.


Sanchez solo HR (12)
Frazier 2 RBI
Odor 2-run HR (8)


King 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K. 1 WP. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 4.05
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.39
Britton 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.25
Chapman (W, 5-2; BS, 3) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.54

Today’s minor league report will be in a separate report.



Game 72. Yanks leave too many on base in 6-5 loss. O’Day, Wilson start rehab.

The Yankees had many chances to blow the game open. But they didn’t. They went 0 for 10 with RISP and left 13 men on base, and this came back to bite them in a 6-5 loss to KC last night.

With the loss, the Yankees are now 38-34, 3rd in AL East, 5 1/2 back.

The main culprits were Giancarlo Stanton, 0 for 3 (did walk twice) left six on, Gleyber Torres 0 for 4, all strikeouts (did walk once, left 3 on), and Clint Frazier (0 for 5, 3 strikeouts, left 6 on ). Torres is something like 2 for his last 33, and his batting average has dropped over 30 points. Where Torres’ power has gone is baffling too. I don’t expect 38 HR as in 2019, but we are close to the halfway point of the season, and Torres has just 3 HR. Something close to Torres’ 2018 rookie year when he hit 24 would be enough and expected.

The Yanks scored first, when Luke Voit, just off of rehab, hit the first pitch he saw 423 feet for a two-out HR, Voit’s 2nd HR of the season. The Yankees went on to load the bases, but Frazier grounded out.

In the second, Kyle Higashioka homered for his sixth HR of the season. It put the Yanks up 2-0. But with two on and one out, Voit popped up and Stanton struck out.

Right then I had a bad feeling. Yes, the Yankees were up 2-0 with their ace, Gerrit Cole, on the mound, but when you leave five men on base in the first two innings and don’t break the game wide open, it often comes back to bite you, and it did for the Yankees last night.

A bad break (literally) for Cole in the third when a couple broken bat hits led to a KC run as the Royals cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1. Cole gave up a game-tying HR in the fourth. 2-2. Those were the only hits Cole gave up.

The Yanks left the bases loaded in the fourth, when Stanton grounded into a force out. Another blown chance to salt the game away.

In the seventh, the Yanks went up 3-2. Luke Voit tripled. A fan tried to catch the ball (kick him out of the park. I hate when fans reach over the wall. They know better and still do it). There was no interference, and it was unclear if the ball would have cleared the fence anyway. Pinch-runner Tyler Wade then scored on a wild pitch.

Jonathan Loaisiga came in for the eighth inning. Cole had once again done a fine job, but the Yanks didn’t support him enough. Cole is 8-3 this season, but the Yankees are 0-4 when Cole gets a no-decision. Loaisiga has been great this season, but didn’t have it last night, giving up four runs.

D.J. LeMahieu got the Yanks back in the game with a two-run HR (6) in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Royals’ lead to 6-5. Aaron Judge then just missed tying the game up, as he doubled. So the Yanks had the tying run on second with one out. Once again, nothing. Rougned Odor popped up, and Stanton grounded out.

The Yanks got two on in the ninth, but Brett Gardner popped up to end the game.

The lack of getting just one clutch hit to break the game open really killed the Yanks last night. What a frustrating loss.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (6)
Judge 2 hits
Voit 2 hits, triple and a solo HR (2)
Urshela 2 hits
Higashioka solo HR (6)

If only Stanton, Torres or Frazier had come through just once. Sigh.

Cole 7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. Two broken bat his and the HR. That was all. 2.33
Loaisiga (L, 7-3; BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.52
Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.48


Minor League Notes, and a lot to think about and discuss here:

The 40-man roster creates some problems. Say someone is doing well (see below) but isn’t on the roster? Well, you want to add him, but who does he replace?


AAA: SWB (29-11) crushed Lehigh Valley, 14-5, in a game in which both Darren O’Day and Justin Wilson both started rehab stints. Both pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Hoy Jun Park, a 2B/SS, played CF. Read into that as you wish. He had 3 hits and an RBI, and is hitting .366 for SWB. He hits lefty. Interesting he played CF last night. Meanwhile, the Yanks aren’t getting anything from their lefty hitters. Odor (.193-7-15, OPS+ 78; 100 is average). Gardner .206-2-8, OPS+ 77. Gardner turns 38 in August. But Park isn’t on the 40-man roster. I’ve advocated bringing Park up. But at whose expense, and why did Park play the OF for the first time last night? I do have to wonder. RF Ryan LaMarre 3 hits, RBI. DH Trey Amburgey 3 RBI. Erik Kratz, former big-league catcher, and ex-Yankee, really likes Amburgey, a righty hitter. Amburgey is hitting .360 at SWB. Right now, he may be a better option than Frazier (.187-5-12, OPS+ 77) or Miguel Andujar (.242-5-9, OPS+77). Amburgey, like Park, is not on the 40 man roster, so if you give him a chance, at whose expense? The point is, if someone is raking at AAA, when do they get rewarded with a promotion? And at whose expense? How long do you continue playing someone whose adjusted OPS is 22-23% BELOW league average, as is the case with Odor, Gardner, Frazier and Andujar? These are legitimate questions GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone must decide, especially if the Yankees are to improve.

Besides the rehab stints of O’Day and Wilson, and the continued success and questions about Park and Amburgey, some other notes on SWB’s win: 2B Derek Dietrich 3 hits, RBI. 3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 1B Rob Brantly 2 RBI. C Max McDowell 2 hits. SS Andrew Velazquez, 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 2-run HR.

AA: Somerset ppd.

High A: Hudson Valley (26-16) won 12-3. SS Josh Smith 2 hits. C Josh Breaux 2 hits. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 3-run HR. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Chad Bell 3 hits, 2 RBI. RF Frederick Cuevas 2 hits, RBI, solo HR.

Low A: Tampa was up 2-0 when the game was suspended in the top of the second inning.





Game 70. Yanks overcome 4-1 deficit for a 7-5 win. Voit to return Tuesday.





Gio Urshela overcame getting a splinter in his eye early in the game to hit a key late-inning HR, and the Yankees (37-33, 3rd, 5 1/2 back) overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat Oakland 7-5 yesterday. One good thing: The Yanks were once 9 back, and it’s now 5 1/2.

A couple of different Yankee fan clubs were at the game.

In the middle of the game, Gio’s bat splintered as he GIDP. A piece of the bat got into his eye and, in pain, Gio had trouble trying to run to first, enabling the A’s to turn two. After getting the splinter removed and presumably some eye wash, Urshela later homered.

Domingo German was shaky. He gave up a HR to the second batter of the game, and Oakland had a quick 1-0 lead.

He gave up another HR in the top of the fourth, and the A’s were up 2-0.

The Yanks got a run back in the bottom of the fourth. Aaron Judge singled, and an out later, moved to second on a WP. Giancarlo Stanton walked, and Urshela (after the bat incident, which happened in the second inning) singled in Judge.

German then gave up two runs in the top of the fifth and the A’s were up 4-1. But here is where Nestor Cortes, Jr. became the savior of the game.

With the Yanks down 4-1, and runners on first and third with no one out, Cortes struck out the next two batters and got a fly out to keep it at 4-1. Cortes pitched three scoreless innings of relief to keep the Yankees in the game.

Gary Sanchez led off the bottom of the sixth with his 11th HR of the season to make it 4-2. The comeback was underway.

The Yanks tied it up in the seventh. Clint Frazier led off the inning with a double, and two outs later, Judge singled him in. Sanchez walked, then Stanton singled to tie up the game.

In the bottom of the eighth, Urshela homered (9) to lead off the inning. PH Chris Gittens walked, and Tyler Wade then pinch-ran for Gittens. Frazier walked, and Brett Gardner bunted both runners over. D.J. LeMahieu singled both runners in to make it 7-4.

The Yanks would need those insurance runs, since the A’s got a run off of Aroldis Chapman in the top of the ninth before Chapman closed out the game. Not before manager Aaron Boone got ejected for arguing balls and strikes, though.

LeMahieu 2 RBI
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Sanchez solo HR (11)
Stanton 2 for 2, 2 walks, RBI
Urshela 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (9)
Frazier 2 hits.


German 4+ IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.22
Cortes 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.46 Saved Yankees in this game.
Green (W, 2-4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.55
Chapman (S, 15) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.05


MInor League Notes: Voit homers back Tuesday. O’Day starts rehab Tuesday.

AAA: SWB PPD.

AA: Somerset (26-14) lost 14-5. DH Luke Voit led off the bottom of the first with a HR, then was removed from the game. He is expected to rejoin the Yankees on Tuesday. SS Oswald Peraza (keep an eye on him) 3 hits, RBI, solo HR (.302 for AA since callup; .305-7-19 overall, 16 SB in 39 games). C Jason Lopez solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (24-16) won 8-4. LF Elijah Dunham 2 RBI. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR. 2B Oliver Dunn 2 hits, solo HR. RF Frederick Cuevas 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Tampa (28-13) won 7-6. DH Anthony Volpe 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2 HR, a 3-run shot and a solo HR (.307-8-36). C Austin Wells 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (.280-5-36).

Game 66. Yanks come from behind for a 6-5 win.

Before the game, GM Brian Cashman addressed the media, stating he still believes in manager Aaron Boone and the team and that the Yankees (34-32, 3rd in AL East, 8 back) would be buyers, not sellers, at the trade deadline.

The Yanks then went out and snapped their 3-game losing streak with a 6-5 win in Buffalo over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The night started off shaky. Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery walked the bases loaded with no one out in the bottom of the first but got out of the inning giving up only one run.

Gary Sanchez tied the game up in the top of the second with his ninth HR of the season.

Yankee-killer Bo Bichette homered in the third inning to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Chris Gittens got his first MLB hit, a HR, to tie the game. Gittens was 0 for 14 before that.

Toronto came back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, all with two out, and Bichette was the guy again, delivering a two-run single.

The Yanks cut it to 5-3 in the top of the sixth. With one out, Gio Urshela singled, and Sanchez doubled him to third. A groundout by Miguel Andujar scored Urshela.

The Yanks then tied it up it the seventh, thanks to a gift run. Brett Gardner led off the inning with his second HR of the season. D.J. LeMahieu then doubled. Two wild pitches enabled LeMahieu to score and tie up the game.

The game-winning run came in the top of the eighth. Andujar singled, and Tyler Wade pinch-ran for him. One out later, Wade stole second, and pinch-hitter Clint Frazier then doubled home Wade to make it 6-5.

An oddity: Gerrit Cole, who is starting tonight, leads the Yankees with seven wins. Second is Jonathan Loaisiga with six—all in relief.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (9)
Gittens solo HR (1). FIRST MLB HIT.
Gardner solo HR (2)
Frazier pinch-hit GW RBI double.


Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 4 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.20
Cessa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.33
Loaisiga (W, 6-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.78
Britton (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 0.00
Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.85


Minor League Notes: TIme to really get concerned about Deivi Garcia. He only got one man out last night, and gave up five runs. His ERA at AAA SWB is now 8.10 (and in his 2 starts with the Yankees, 6.48). Ugly. Estevan Florial had 2 doubles and a HR, and drove in 3 runs as SWB (21-11) won 12-6. Florial is still hitting just .195. 2B Hoy Jun Park went 4 for 4, 3 RBI, and is hitting .365 for SWB. I, for one, advocate calling him up and replacing Odor.

AA: Luke Voit went 1 for 4 on rehab as Somerset (23-13) won 10-1. Starter Glenn Otto 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 14 K (3-2, 3.95). SS Oswald Peraza 3 hits, 2B Diego Castillo 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2-run HR. C Donny Sands 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 HR, a solo shot and a 2-run shot.

High A: Hudson Valley (21-14) won 6-5. C Josh Breaux 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Chad Bell a 3-run HR.

Low A: Tampa (27-10) won 10-5. C Austin Wells 3 hits, RBI. RF Josh Sanford 4 for 4, 2 RBI, solo HR. 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, 2 RBI. Two others with 2 hits each.

Games 55-58. A quick recap. And some serious news about why the delay in coverage.

Ok, before I start, a very brief description of why there hasn’t been any posts from me for a few days.

I will try to keep this brief and not be overly dramatic. I am lucky to be alive.

On May 17th, I had surgery for kidney cancer. 10% of my right kidney was removed. Thankfully, they got all of it, no spread, no chemo or radiation necessary.

On Memorial day, two weeks later, I started feeling very dizzy and had trouble breathing. I went to the emergency room the next day. I knew something wasn’t right, but didn’t know it was as bad as it was. Thank God I did, and thank God for the care of two of my sisters on the holiday.

I had a saddle pulmonary embolism. This was affecting the right side of my heart. I also had a thrombosis in a femur artery. It could have, and probably should have, killed me. I needed emergency surgery.

The doctor who saved my life went above and beyond the call of duty. Earlier that day, his wife gave birth to a newborn. Instead of spending time with his wife and baby that evening, he was spending hours on me saving my life. It’s hard to write that without becoming overcome with emotion.

I am now home. Recovery will take a while. There will be no minor league reports for quite some time, and game reports will be shorter and briefer as I try to recover. Thanks for your understanding.

The last report I wrote was the morning I went into the E.R. The Yanks had lost on Memorial Day, 3-1, to the Rays in the first game of a four-game series in the Bronx.

They won June 1 (Game 55) in eleven innings on a walk-off HR (5) by Clint Frazier, 5-3. Miguel Andujar also homered in that game (2). Frazier also saved that game with a diving catch. Luis Cessa (1-0, 3.00) the winner.

They won on June 2 (Game 56), 4-3. Gio Urshela had a 2-run HR (6), and Frazier a 2-run single. Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 3.92) the winner, Aroldis Chapman the save (12).

On June 3 (Game 57) Gerrit Cole wasn’t his ace-like self (L, 6-3, 2.26), the bullpen wasn’t good, and the Yanks lost 9-2. The Yanks’ runs came on HRs by Brett Gardner (1) and Andujar (3). Nick Nelson gave up 4 runs in 1 2/3 IP, and saw his ERA climb to 9.75. Ugly.

Last night the Yanks (31-27, 3rd, 4 1/2 out) lost to Boston 5-2. Once again, the offense isn’t doing anything. In the four games I am mentioning, the Yanks have scored a total of 13 runs, just over 3 a game. Michael King (L, 0-3, 3.62) gave up a 3-run HR in the first inning and that was basically it. Aaron Judge hit his 14th HR.

Game 53. Messed up in Motown. Yanks get swept by Tigers, 6-2.

The Yanks (29-24, 3rd in AL East, 4 1/2 out) got swept this weekend in Detroit, losing the series finale Sunday, 6-2, to the Tigers.

The TIgers. Who are not a good team at all. Ugh.

Michael King was ineffective as a fill-in starter, the defense made three errors in the same inning, allowing three unearned runs to score, the offense was once again putrid, and the baserunning, especially by Gary Sanchez (again!) was bad. There is nothing good to say about this, and judging by manager Aaron Boone’s postgame press conference, a lot to be p-o’d about.

The Yankees were something like 2 for 24 or thereabouts with runners in scoring position this weekend. Since coming off the IL, Giancarlo Stanton has shown rust, going 0 for 8 with 6 strikeouts.

Before the game, the Yankees brought up Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Nick Nelson and sent down Deivi Garcia and Albert Abreu.

In the top of the first, D.J. LeMahieu singled and Stanton walked, but Aaron Judge GIDP. Typical. The Yanks lead the majors in GIDP, killing rallies.

The Tigers got two runs off of King in the bottom of the first. One strike away from a scoreless inning, King gave up a two-run double.

Things got ugly in the third, when King and Cortes gave up four runs, all but one unearned because of three errors. One, by Gio Urshela, was a tough one, because he had to deal with the main part of a broken bat flying at him. The two others were by Gleyber Torres, who pounded the bench in frustration after the inning was over. Good he didn’t break or sprain a hand doing that.

Meanwhile, the Yankees’ offense was ineffective again. They got their two runs in the eighth. LeMahieu singled, and with one out, Judge walked. With two out, Torres singled in LeMahieu, moving Judge to third. Sanchez then singled in Judge, rounded first, headed to second, then thought better of it and STOPPED between first and second. Poor baserunning. Once you decide to go, you got to go. He tried to retreat, was caught in a rundown and inning over. Instead of first and third. Way to kill a rally, Gary. It’s not the first time Sanchez has made a poor baserunning decision this year.

The Yanks had a chance to tie the game in the ninth, but with the bases loaded, Judge struck out to end the game.

The Yanks have lost five of their last six games, looking ugly in the process. They are now 4 1/2 back of Tampa Bay in the AL East, and 3 1/2 back of second-place Boston. Guess who the next seven games (at home) are against? Tampa Bay and Boston.

The Yanks better right themselves, or they may find themselves at .500 and some 8 or 9 games back when those seven games are up.

LeMahieu 2 hits.
Sanchez 2 hits, RBI. Poor baserunning mistake
Frazier 2 hits.


King (L, 0-2) 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2 HBP 2.86
Cortes 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K. 2.45
Nelson 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 WP 7.84

Game 48. Concerns over Kluber (3 IP, shoulder tightness) after Yanks’ 6-2 loss.

Just one start after his no-hitter, concerns are raised regarding Corey Kluber, who had to leave the Yankees’ (28-20) Tuesday night 6-2 loss to Toronto after three innings because of tightness in his pitching shoulder.

The Yankees’ starters streak of scoreless innings ended at 37 1/3 when Kluber gave up a 2-run HR to the Blue Jays’ red-hot Vlad Guerrero, Jr. in the third inning.

Michael King replaced Kluber and gave up a HR to Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. in the top of the fourth to make it 3-0, Toronto.

An error by Gleyber Torres allowed the Blue Jays to get two unearned runs in the seventh off of Lucas Luetge.

Meanwhile, ex-Met Steven Matz was looking like Sandy Koufax out there, getting seven quick strikeouts on his way to ten. The Yankees still have too many hitters below the Mendoza line (.200) and on the interstate (meaning they are hitting in the .100s).

The Yanks got a run in the bottom of the seventh when Clint Frazier doubled and Kyle Higashioka singled him in.

Justin Wilson gave up a HR in the top of the ninth and it was 6-1, Toronto. You have to wonder about Wilson when Zack Britton returns. When Britton returns, someone has to go, and Luetge has pitched far better than Wilson so far.

The Yanks got a run in the bottom of the ninth when Rougned Odor walked and Kyle Higashioka doubled. Odor scored on an error on the play.

We’ll find out more today about Kluber. Hopefully it is nothing serious that requires a long IL stint.

Frazier 2 hits
Higashioka 2 hits, RBI

Kluber (L, 4-3) 3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.04
KIng 3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.29
Luetge 1 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.82
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.32
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.68

Game 47. Yanks sweep Chisox with 5-4 walkoff win.

Aaron Judge drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 9th as the Yankees won their sixth game in a row, 5-4, over the Chicago White Sox Sunday afternoon.

It was the first game Judge won for the Yanks in walkoff fashion.

With the win, the AL East looks like this:

Boston 29-19 —
Tampa Bay 29-19 — (the Rays have won 10 straight)
Yankees 28-19 – 1/2 (the Yanks have won 6 straight)

Talk about tight.

Yankees starter Jameson Taillon pitched five scoreless innings, extending the scoreless streak by Yankees’ starters to 35. The bullpen was a bit of a problem, yesterday, though.

The Yanks got two runs in the bottom of the first. In the top of the first, MIguel Andujar made a diving catch to save some runs. But in the bottom of the first, with one out, Luke Voit reached on an error. Judge singled, and both runners moved up on a groundout. The red-hot Gleyber Torres singled in both runners and the Yanks were up 2-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and Voit and Judge both walked. Gio Urshela GIDP, LeMahieu scoring. 3-0.

Wandy Peralta replaced Taillon for the fifth. He got an out, but then a walk and long HR by Jose Abreu cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-2. Chad Green came in to get out of the inning, with the help of a great catch on a pop-up by LeMahieu.

The Yanks got a gift run in the bottom of the sixth to go up 4-2. Gary Sanchez walked, and one out later, Clint Frazier singled. Brett Gardner reached on a fielder’s choice out, Frazier out at second, but in trying for the DP, Chicago SS Tim Anderson made a throwing error, enabling Gardner to reach and Sanchez to score.

Green gave up a HR to Yasmani Grandal in the top of the seventh, and Chicago cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-3.

In the top of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman gave up a HR to Chicago PH Andrew Vaughn that tied the game. It was the first earned run Chapman has given up all season.

Clint Frazier led off the bottom of the ninth for the Yankees with a single and stole second. With one out, D.J. LeMahieu was intentionally walked to try and set up a DP. Tyler Wade hit an infield single to load the bases, then came Judge’s game-winning walk.

The Yankees are off Monday.

Torres 3 hits, 2 RBI
Frazier 3 hits


Taillon 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K 5.06
Peralta (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.40 (combined SF/NYY ERA) Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 7) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.25 gave up 1 HR
Loaisiga (H, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.49
Chapman (W, 4-0; BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.47 gave up 1 HR

No minor league reports for a while since I am recovering from recent major surgery.