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Games 102 & 103. Yanks come back to salvage DH Split. What’s wrong with Seve? Shreve, Gallegos traded.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After yesterday’s day/night DH split, the Yanks made a move to get the recently acquired J.A. Happ on the roster. With the recent acquisition of Zack Britton, it was a given that Chasen Shreve was gone. Shreve, along with Giovanny Gallegos, was traded to St. Louis for 1B Luke Voit.

Voit, 27, a righty hitter, was 2 for 11 in 8 games with the Cardinals this season. 1 HR, 3 RBI. For his MLB career, he has played in 70 games, 125 at bats, and has hit .240-5-21, OPS+ 93.

Shreve was 2-2, 4.26, 1 save, ERA+ 102 for the Yanks this season, and Gallegos 0-0, 4.50, ERA+ 99. For Gallegos, it was in just four games.

The Yanks had to come from behind to win the second game of a day/night DH to salvage a split of that DH. At 66-37, they are now 5 1/2 behind Boston.

In the first game, a 10-5 loss, you have to be concerned about Luis Severino. After being brilliant against Boston on July 1, he was 13-2, 1.98. In his four starts since then, he is 1-2, 8.84(!) and his ERA has gone from 1.98 to 2.94. What’s wrong?

Seve gave up a two-run double in the third, then in the fifth, gave up a two-run single and 2-run HR. Yanks down 6-0.

They tried to come back. In the bottom of the fifth, Hicks singled and Stanton hit one to the moon (24) to make it 6-2.

In the sixth, singles by Torres, Bird and Walker (who had a big DH) scored one run, and another scored on a GIDP. 6-4.

In the seventh, Didi singled and Torres doubled him home, but Torres was thrown out at third on the play. Ouch. Never make the first or last outs of an inning at third.

But here is where David Robertson let the game get away, as he gave up a 3-run HR in the 8th. The Royals got another run off of Shreve (in his last Yanks’ appearance) in the ninth.

10-5 KC.

Hicks 2 hits, 2 walks
Stanton HR (a bomb) 2 RBI
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Bird 2 hits
Walker 3 hits, RBI

Severino (L, 14-4, 2.94) 4 1/3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.70
Robertson 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.50
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  4.26   (traded after game 2)

The Yanks scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth for a come-from-behind 5-4 win in Game 2.

The Yanks got two in the first when Gardner and Stanton singled, Didi flied out, moving up both runners. Andujar got an RBI single (Torres was the cleanup hitter in Game 1, Andujar in Game 2—two rookies) and after Bird was HBP (what is it with KC plunking batters this series? Judge fractured wrist, Romine got hit in Game 1, now Bird here) Walker got a SF to make it 2-0.

CC gave up a HR to Salvador Perez in the third, 2-1 Yanks.

Shane Robinson got his first HR of the season to make it 3-1 Yanks in the fourth.

KC got a run off CC in the fifth, when a couple of walks helped to walk a run in, and he had to be pulled before he could qualify for the win. Holder got out of a bases loaded jam.

Holder got into trouble in the sixth, and Chad Green came in but couldn’t get out of the inning without yielding the tying run. 3-3.

Zack Britton got the first two outs in the top of the seventh, then fell apart, giving up a double, infield single, then two walks to force in a run and put KC up 4-3 before finishing the inning.

But in the bottom of the eighth, Greg Bird led off with a HR (9) to tie the game. Walker doubled and Romine, PH for Higashioka, reached on a bunt single. Torres walked to load the bases and Hicks got a SF to put the Yanks up 5-4.

Chapman ran into trouble in the ninth, but escaped.

Bird solo HR
Robinson solo HR
Walker 2 hits, RBI

Sabathia 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.53
Holder 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.11
Green 1/3 IP, 0 R 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.61
Britton 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  3.57 (Balt/NYY comb. ERA)
Betances (W, 2-3, 2.44) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman (S, 27) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.   1.98

At 66-37, with a .641 winning pct., the Yanks have the second-best record in baseball, and are on course to go 104-58, their best record since 1998, but of course, we know who has the best record in baseball right now (drat!)

HR watch: With 166 HR in 103 games, the Yanks are on pace for 261 HR, which would fall 3 short of the 1997 Seattle Mariners record. The losses of Judge and Sanchez really hurt the Yanks here.

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Minor League Report. Frazier Injured?

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I don’t know if the Yanks would have traded Clint Frazier anyway, word is he’s off the table, but it may turn out that they couldn’t anyway. Frazier dove for a ball in the first inning and was pulled from the game shortly thereafter.

AAA: SWB (51-44) won 7-3. Shane Robinson, Frazier’s replacement, 2 hits. 1B Mike Ford, 3 hits, triple shy of the cycle, HR a solo HR off of Andrew Miller. 3B Rey Navarro 2 hits, double, HR,  2 RBI. C Francisco Diaz 2 RBI. 2B Brandon Drury 2 hits, RBI.

SWB’s bullpen pitched 4 2/3 scoreless, no-hit innings. Columbus had Andrew Miller pitching (rehab) and Shane Bieber, who recently faced the Yanks, pitched as well.

Swanson 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.54
Gallegos (W, 2-1, 3.55) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 w, 1 K.  2.65
Carroll 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.43

AA: Trenton (52-44) lost 3-2. SS Kyle Holder 2 RBI.

Bollinger (L, 4-4, 5.34) 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K
Koerner 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  3.28
Sosebee 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.86

High A: Tampa (49-48) won 4-2. CF Estevan Florial finally back here after being out with an injury and rehabbing at a lower level. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, 2 RBI. DH Rashad Crawford 2 RBI. 2 hits 2B Hoy Jun Park. 3 hits LF Dom Thompson-Williams.

L. Rijo (W, 1-0, 3.00) 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Weissert (H, 2) 12/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.  3.60
Wivinis (S, 7) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.95

Low A: Charleston rained out.

Minor League Report. Sanchez homers on rehab, Cessa solid.

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Justus Sheffield pitched in the Futures game on Sunday, and in 1 2/3 IP, gave up 2 runs (inc. a HR) on 2 hits.

AAA: SWB (48-43) won 3-1. Gary Sanchez, starting rehab, was 1 for 3, striking out twice but also hitting a HR. CF Billy McKinney had a solo HR.

Cessa (W, 2-0, 2.08) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Gallegos (S, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.97

AA: Trenton (51-41) lost 4-3. LF Devyn Bolasky 3 hits. 2B Bruce Caldwell 2 hits. DH Wendell Rijo 2 RBI.

Stephan (L, 2-6, 4.81) 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Diehl 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  0.00  (24, LHP, 1st game up from High A, was 2-2, 3.14 there)
Lail 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K.  6.10

High A: Tampa (47-46) lost 5-4. 3B Angel Aguilar 2-run HR.

Lehnen (L, 0-1, 2.45) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 4 W, 3 K. (spent most of year at Charleston)
Weissert 1 2/3 2 R, 0 H, 5 W, 2 K.  4.32
Ort 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K.  3.38
Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K   6.46

Low A: Charleston (45-45) lost 8-7. 2B Wilkerman Garcia 2 RBI. DH Frederick Cuevas 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Mauricio 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 3 W, 6 K.  11.57
Ramos 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 0 K.  3.40
A. Severino (BS, 5; L, 2-2, 3.34) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Zurak 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.70

 

Game 89. Yanks salvage split, 10-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With the Red Sox winning their seventh in a row, it was imperative for the Yanks to win the second game of today’s DH to remain, at 59-30, 2 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East race. They did so with a 10-2 win.

If I would have asked you this morning who you had greater confidence in, CC or Cessa, what would your answer have been? For it was Cessa, not CC, who came up big.

In this game, a single by Gardner and one-out double by Didi brought home a run in the first.

In the fourth, Walker got a bunt hit with two out and Gardner HR (7) to make it 3-0.

To the fifth. Double by Stanton, WP, and Single by Bird. 4-0.

8th inning. With two out, double by Clint Frazier, who was having a rough day, and 2-run HR by Romine (5) make it 6-0. Walker and Gardner double to make it 7-0. A WP and 2 walks load the bases. An error makes it 8-0.

Baltimore got a 2-run HR in the eighth, 8-2.

In the ninth, Andujar doubles. Frazier walks. Romine doubles in Andujar, Frazier nailed at home. With two out, Gardner singles in Romine. 10-2.

Gardner 4 hits, scored 3, HR, drove in 3
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Didi 2 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 hits
Romine 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI
Neil Walker 2 hits.

Cessa (W, 1-1, 3.00) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. Not high on Cessa, but great today!
Gallegos (S,1) 3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.  4.50

Update: With Stanton on the road all week, and Benintendi and Boston at home, I have a feeling about that “last man” vote, and that feeling isn’t good for Stanton.

 

Minor League Report. King at AA strikes out 10, but loses.

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AAA: SWB (45-40) won 3-2. SS Abiatal Avelino 2 hits, RBI. 1B Billy McKinney 2-run HR. LF Zack Zehner 2 hits.

Adams 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K.   4.82
Feyereisen (W, 5-2, 1.69)  2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Gallegos (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.35
J. Harvey (S, 4) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  2.12

AA: Trenton (49-37) lost 3-1, getting just four hits.

King (L, 2-2, 2.17)  7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 10 K.
Frare 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.  0.69

High A: Tampa (42-42) lost 4-1, getting just three hits. RF Steven Sensley HR. The game was completed early due to rain.

Whitlock (L, 3-2, 2.01) 4 1/3 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Low A: Charleston (43-39) won 4-2. 2B Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 RBI. RF Leonardo Molina 2 hits.

Yajure 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K.  2.74
Ramos (W, 6-2, 3.82) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Bristo (S, 6) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.31

Minor League Report. Tanaka’s rehab.

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AAA: SWB (43-40) won 4-2. Masahiro Tanaka, on rehab, gave up a single and a HR to the first two batters he faced, then settled in. SS Tyler Wade 2 RBI (.271). Wade most likely will be called up because of Gleyber Torres going on the DL. CF Clint Frazier 2 hits. (.308).

Tanaka 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.   3.60
Tarpley (W, 1-0, 3.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Gallegos (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.58

AA: Trenton (48-36) won 8-3. LF Gosuke Katoh HR, 3 RBI. C Ryan Lidge 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Billy Fleming 2 hits. SS Abiatal Avelino 2 hits. (.346 at AA). 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, RBI. 2B Wendell Rijo 3 hits, 2 doubles, RBI.

Bollinger (W, 4-3, 5.62) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 4 W, 9 K.
Sosebee 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.38
Foley 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.50

High A: Tampa (42-41) won 5-1. 1B Brandon Wagner 2-run HR. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits, RBI. RF Dom Thompson-Williams 2 hits. 2B Ricky Surum 3 for 3.

N. Green (W, 6-3, 2.64) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Frawley 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.32

Low A: Charleston (41-39) lost 4-3. DH Dermis Garcia solo HR. 1B Chris Hess 2 hits, solo HR. SS Wilkerman Garcia 2 doubles, RBI.

Deivi Garcia (L, 1-2, 3.60) 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 7 K.  (Lot of Garcia’s here!)
Higgins 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  1.37
A. Severino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.09

Game 80. Ugly loss. Boston 11, Yanks 0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks ran up against their nemesis, Chris Sale, last night and lost to Boston 11-0. Sale has the lowest ERA against the Yanks of any pitcher in the past 100 years.

The loss drops the 53-27 Yanks one game behind 56-28 Boston. Tonight is game 81, meaning the last game of the first half of the season.

Since the Yanks only got two hits in the game, one against Sale and one against a reliever, it probably would not have mattered if the Yanks threw Ford, Gomez, Ruffing, Guidry, or Pettitte on the mound against Sale. It probably wouldn’t have mattered because Sale was that dominant.

But it wasn’t any of those Yankees legends on the mound. It was Sonny Gray. And Gray’s struggles against Boston (and not just as a Yankee) continued.

I give Gray a lot of credit for standing up to the interviewers after the game and in answering all their questions honestly instead of cowering in the trainer’s room. But in watching that interview on the post game YES show, I also had the feeling I was listening to a lost soul who had that deer in the headlights look.

Gray is 1-6, 6.98 in his career vs. Boston. When you feel more confident in maybe starting Jonathan Loaisiga, in what would have been his fourth MLB start, against Boston than Gray, well ….  at least Boston hasn’t seen Loaisiga and maybe you catch lightning in a bottle. And remember, “Johnny Lasagna” had only as 45 IP above Low A before pitching in the majors.

But in watching body language, doesn’t it seem like Loaisiga is more calm and collected and that Gray is scared to throw a pitch?

Gray got the first two hitters out, then gave up a single, walk, single, and with two strikes, a grand slam. The Yanks didn’t even come up to bat yet, and were down 4-0 to Sale. Game effectively over at that point. Then Gray gave up two more runs in the second and was knocked out in the third.

Gray is 5-6, 5.44. Here is a damning stat. Of all pitchers with a dozen or more starts as a Yankee at Yankee Stadium, Gray has the worst ERA, 7.10. That’s worse than Pavano, Jeff Johnson, Tim Leary, Scott Sanderson…. worse than anyone, even Ed Whitson. In 14 starts at Yankee Stadium, including as a member of the Oakland A’s facing the Yankees, Gray is 4-6, 6.78.

He’s getting booed, and as long as he is pitching like this, the boos will get more merciless.

We have a problem.

One reporter from Newsday suggested Cashman “work his magic” and trade Gray. Of course, the Yanks have to get a starter first, then trade Gray, and right now, you are trading low on Gray.

I hope he can get straightened out. But it could be that Gray is better suited for a small market team like Oakland and that he can’t handle NY. We’ve seen it before. One scout a few weeks ago suggested that that wasn’t going to be the case, and said the Yanks have and will continue to have a problem with Gray.

One thing we do know. This isn’t good with Gray. It has to improve or Gray and the Yankees would be better suited if he pitches elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Austin Romine, with a tight hamstring, was removed early from last night’s game for precautionary reasons. Hopefully it’s just a day-to-day thing and Romine doesn’t have to go on the DL. But Gary Sanchez already is on the DL and won’t be back for a month. Losing Romine would be a crippling blow. The lack of Yankees’ catching depth was proven in this year’s MLB draft when they took catchers in BOTH the first and second rounds.

The Yanks sent Giovanny Gallegos down to AAA and haven’t made a move yet, pending Romine’s leg. Kyle Higashioka is Romine’s backup right now, and Higashioka is 0 for 21 now in his MLB career. If Romine has to go down, Wilkin Castillo would be coming up from SWB. Castillo, 34, last played in the majors in 2009, and has just 22 games of MLB experience. A switch-hitter, he was an OF/IF back then before being converted to a catcher. He started this year in independent league baseball. He only hit .218 last year for SWB, .244 now.

One guy the Yanks did have was 38 year old Erik Kratz, but they traded him to Milwaukee a few weeks ago when they re-signed Castillo. In 14 games for the Brewers, Kratz has hit 3 HR. Go figure. In his brief Yankees’ career, Kratz was 2 for 2 last year.

Not much to say about last night’s game. As mentioned, Gray put the Yanks into an early 6-0 hole, they couldn’t do anything against Sale, and Boston dominated.

With the ace, Severino, on the mound tonight, let’s hope Seve is as dominant tonight against Boston as Sale was against the Yanks last night.

The offense has been sluggish lately as well, with a couple of shutouts. Let’s hope they awaken.

Gleyber Torres hit cleanup last night, the youngest Yankee to do so since Mickey Mantle in 1953.

Brandon Drury was called up and played 1b last night.

Gray (5-6, 5.44) 2 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up Grand Slam.
Warren 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.  1.35
Gallegos 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K.  3.86    Gave up 1 HR. Sent down to AAA
Holder 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.01
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.97