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Game 132. Yanks win in 13, make some deals.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks beat KC in 13 Wednesday night, and were busy making deals.

There is a lot of news here, including some passings, so bear with me.

Ben Gamel, just named International League MVP, was dealt to Seattle for two minor league pitchers, 18 year old Juan De Paula and 19 year old Jio Orozco, both righties. Gamel was 1 for 8 for the Yanks this year, and the 24 yr. old OF was .308-6-51 with 19 SB at SWB. De Paula has been down in the rookie leagues, and in 25 games in the minors, is 6-6, 2.58 with 121 K in 118 2/3 IP. Orozco, in 20 minor league games, is 5-3, 3.73 with 87 K in 70 IP. Both are young and a long way away, so we’ll see.

The Yanks sent cash to the Brewers for OF Eric Young. Young, 31, has played for Colorado, the Mets and Braves in his career. He led the NL in SB in 2013 with 46. He can play all 3 OF positions and 2B.  His 162 g. average is .247-2-26 with 42 SB and an OPS+ of 74. It appears he will be used as a pinch-runner in September with the expanded rosters. Young could get more playing time than expected, since Aaron Hicks left last night’s game with a hamstring strain.

The Yanks also announced that Greg Bird, Tyler Wade, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and Brody Koerner to the Arizona Fall League.Three others are to be announced. For Bird, a good sign that he is coming along and to get him a few at bats this year as he rehabs from that shoulder surgery.

Now for the game. The Yanks came back from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4 in 13 innings. They are now 69-63, in fourth place in the AL East, 6 1/2 out, but now only 2 1/2 out of the final wild card spot and have to jump three teams.

Luis Cessa struggled early, giving up two runs in the first inning, a run in the second and another in the third. Kendrys Morales hit a 2-run HR off him in the first, and Eric Hosmer a solo shot in the third.

The Yanks got three in the sixth to get back in the game. Ellsbury singled, went to second on a walk to Sanchez and to third on a fly ball by Teixeira. After Gregorius’ SF brought in one run, Castro hit a 2-run HR (19) to cut it to 4-3.

The Yanks tied it in the seventh. With one out, Hicks walked, Gardner singled him to third and Ellsbury tied the game with a SF.

In the 13th, Gregorius singled, was doubled to third by Castro and scored on a SF by McCann.

Ben Heller got his first MLB win.

The Yankees bullpen pitched seven no-hit, shutout innings. Combined with Cessa’s last three innings, the Yanks shut out KC for the last 10 innings of the game.

Cessa 6 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 4.17. Gave up 2 HR.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 4.85.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.38 (Bos/NYY)
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.22 (Cubs/NYY)
Parker 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 wlk, 1 K. 3.60 (Sea/NYY)
Heller (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 6.00
Betances (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.12.

Juan Bell, brother of 1987 AL MVP George Bell, and an infielder in the early 1990s for the Orioles and Phillies, along with the Brewers, Expos and Red Sox, passed away at the age of 48. He was a .212 hitter, OPS+ 60, from 1989-1995.

Joe DeMaestri has passed away at the age of 87. The SS was best known as the SS for the Philadelphia and KC A’s from 1953-1959. Before that he played for the White Sox and Browns. He ended his career by playing for the 1960 and 1961 Yankees. A .236 hitter, OPS+ 62, he made the 1957 All-Star team.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Dietrich Enns at AAA, and Chance Adams at AA, both of whom have been exceptional this year, have been moved to the bullpen and basically shut down due to innings limits.

AAA: SWB won 4-0. Combined 3-hitter. Nestor Cortes 5 2/3 IP, no hits. Luis Severino 2 1/3 IP, 5 K. Enns 1 IP. Donovan Solano 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2 hits, RBI for both Mason Williams and Rob Refsnyder.

SWB’s Magic # for clinching the division is 3.

Earlier in the day, OF Ben Gamel was named International League MVP.

AA: Trenton won 6-4. Mark Payton 2-run HR. 2 hits Miguel Andujar, 2 RBI Tyler Wade. 2 hits, rbi for Abiatal Avelino. Trenton stays 1 1/2 back of Reading for the division, and have already clinched a wild card spot.

High A: Tampa had already won the first-half title. They were scoreless in the second inning when rain suspended the game. It should be completed today.

Low A: Charleston had already won the first-half title. they lost 2-0, getting just 3 hits.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Leaving town for a couple of days. There will be no reports on Friday and Saturday games.

The Yanks were off. Some Yankees news: Apparently Chase Headley is complaining about lack of playing time recently because Ronald Torreyes is taking some playing time from him. Hey Chase. Shut up. If Torreyes has a 4 hit and a 3 hit game like he’s had this week, he’s gonna play. You are going to ride the hot hand. Plus, it’s not like you have been Graig Nettles this year. .253-11-40 with an OPS+ of 92 is a bit below average. Now if you were .253-20-70, that’s different. Let your bat and glove do the talking. Otherwise, zip it. BTW, Torreyes is some eight years younger than you are. If you haven’t heard, there is a youth movement going on. Also, Rob Refsnyder has been playing 3B down in SWB lately.

I hate when guys pop off about playing time. Let your performance speak for you.

Ok, I’ll get off my rant and give the minor league report.

Bryan Mitchell off the DL, assigned to SWB.

AAA: SWB won 4-0. Jordan Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 walks, 8 K. Each member of the lineup had exactly one hit. Ben Gamel solo HR.

AA: Trenton lost 4-3. Double, HR & 2 RBI Mark Payton. Dustin Fowler with his 14th triple. Trenton batters struck out 13x.

High A: Tampa made four errors and lost 6-2. Tampa pitchers struck out 17. Rashad Crawford 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston lost 7-2. Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, rbi. 2 hits each: Luis Torrens & Austin Afenir.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

SWB’s Manager suggests that an overlooked minor leaguer that could help the team is OF Ben Gamel. Perhaps if Gardner can be dealt for pitching help (offered, no takers), that may happen.

AAA: SWB won 10-4. Gamel had 2 hits, 2 RBI. Severino shaky, 5 2/3 IP, 4 runs. Apparently the Yanks want him to concentrate on his changeup right now and aren’t too concerned with results as long as he throws and perfects the change. Severino, however, should just keep his mouth shut. He stated that he could just work on things in the majors instead of being demoted. Not with an ERA over 7.00 you won’t. Time to shut the Yap, Luis, and do what they tell you. You should be a bit more humble with that MLB ERA over 7.00 this year. Mason Williams 3 hits, RBI (another candidate for OF spot if Gardner dealt) . Donovan Solano 3 hits. Refsnyder 2 hits, RBI. Frazier 2 hits. Jake Cave 3 hits, 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton won 4-1. Chance Adams only went 4 1/3 (Innings limit?)   1 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 10 K.  Wondering why pulled after 10 of 13 outs recorded were by strikeout.  2 hits, RBI Dustin Fowler.

High A:   Tampa won 3-0 on a 2-hitter. Yefrey Ramirez 8 IP, 1 hit, 0 walks, 8 K. Connor Spencer 2 hits and an RBI.

Low A: Charleston won 4-1. Daris Vargas 6 shutout IP.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB beat LV, 5-3. Dietrich Enns didn’t start, but did get the win, giving up 1 run in 3 IP of relief. Why he isn’t on the 40 man roster, and why the Yanks don’t bring him up baffles me. He is 7-2, 1.33 at SWB, and overall this year, between AA and AAA, he is 14-4, 1.65. I’d rather see a kid like him, or Chance Adams or Jordan Montgomery get a shot than to see someone like Swarzak and others like Yates and Shreve continue to do poorly. Just saying. Time to try someone else. Ben Gamel 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Mason Williams 2 hits, 2 RBI. Rob Refsnyder and Donovan Solano 2 hits each.

AA: Trenton won 5-2. Dan Camarena (9-5, 3.36) 6 IP, 1 R. Dustin Fowler 2 hits, triple, HR, 3 RBI. Billy McKinney 2 hits, RBI. Mike Ford 2 hits.

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston won 8-2. Nick Green pitched six shutout innings. 3 hits, 2 HR and 5 RBI for Chris Gittens. Alexander Palma 2 RBI. Ricardo Ferreira and Cesar Diaz 2 hits each.

An aside: I hate playing “matchups.” If a pitcher comes in and does well, why not leave him in? Too often you see these “one out guys” come in, dominate, and get pulled because of matchups. Then the next guy comes in and stinks and blows the game. If a guy is doing well, just leave him in there. Guess I am too “old school” but I hate this managing by the book too much. Go by what you see and go with your gut. Guy is doing well? Ride that horse.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 4-0.  Jordan Montgomery 7 IP, 3 H, 8 K. Rob Refsnyder 4 for 4. Ban Gamel 2 hits, RBI. Pete Kozma 2 hits, 3 RBI. Donovan Solano 2 hits.

AA: Trenton lost 3-1. Tyler Wade and Mike Ford 2 hits each.

High A: Tampa won 2-1. Rashard Crawford and Jeff Hendrix each had 2 hits and an RBI. 2 hits for Thairo Estrada.

Low A: Charleston lost 6-4.  Ricardo Ferreira 2 RBI.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB (78-47)  lost 10-6. Brady Lail got knocked out in the fourth, gave up 9 runs. Kyle Higashioka and Pete Kozma each had 2 hits w/a solo HR. Ben Gamel and Rob Refsnyder each had 2 hits and an RBI. Donovan Solano 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2 hits Clint Frazier.

AA: Trenton (76-47)  lost 6-5. Solo HR Dustin Fowler. 3 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBI Jose Rosario.

High A: Tampa (70-52) lost 6-3. Solo HR Kevin Cornelius. 2 hits for Devyn Bolasky.

Low A: Charleston (65-56) won 5-1. Nick Green 6 IP, 1 R. 3 hits Kyle Holder, 2 hits w/RBI Chris Gittens. 2 hits, 2 RBI for Cesar Diaz.

Since it is getting late in the minor league seasons….


SWB leads the International League North by 3 1/2 over Lehigh Valley.They have the best record in the league.

Trenton is in 2nd place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division, 3 games behind Reading, with the 2nd best record in the league.

Tampa won the first half (split season) with a 42-27 record. For the second half, they are in 4th place in the Florida State League North, 7 1./2 out at 28-25.

Charleston won the first half (split season) with a 42-27 record. For the second half, they are  23-29, in fifth place in the Southern Atlantic League’s Southern Division, and 10 1/2 back.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB tied in it the bottom of the 8th and won it in the bottom of the 9th, 3-2. Donovan Solano 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Ben Gamel 3 hits, RBI, GW hit.

AA: Trenton lost 4-1. Mike Ford 4 for 4. Sebastian Valle 2 hits.

High A: Tampa split a DH, despite getting only 3 hits combined in the two games.

Reg. Scheduled game: Lost 7-0, got only two hits.

Makeup of 8/10 rainout: Won 1-0 despite getting only one hit. Justus Sheffield six shutout innings (maybe in a few years, the Yanks will not only have a Judge, but also Justus?)

Low A: Charleston lost 7-3. Vicente Conde 3 hits. 2 hits & 2 RBI for Hoy Jun Park. 2 hits each for Ricardo Ferreira and Mandy Alvarez.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 12-7. Aaron Judge HR, 2 RBI. Donovan Solano 3 hits, HR, 4 RBI. Cesar Puello 4 hits, HR, 4 RBI. Ben Gamel 2 doubles. 2 hits, solo HR, Cito Culver.

AA: Trenton lost 5-4. They scored 4 in the bottom of the 9th but came up just short. Dan Camarena 6 IP, 1 R. Billy McKinney grand slam.

High A: Tampa lost 5-2. Zack Zehner 2 rbi. 2 hits each for Jorge Mateo and Thairo Estrada.

Low A: Charleston won 4-0. 2 hits, solo HR Mandy Alvarez. 2 hits, RBI Alexander Palma.

The Minors. Will Enns be called up to replace the injured Eovaldi?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB blasted Lehigh Valley, 10-0. Dietrich Enns was dominant again, pitching six shutout innings, and giving up just two hits. The 25 year old lefty is 6-2, 1.20 in 9 starts for SWB after going 7-2, 1.93 in 12 starts for Trenton. His combined record this year: 21 starts, 13-4, 1.61. Nathan Eovaldi had to leave last night’s game after one inning with elbow discomfort. Enns is lined up on the same day as Eovaldi. Could Enns be called up?

Now for the hitters: Ben Gamel 3 hits, RBI. Same with Clint Frazier and Donovan Solano. Aaron Judge 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Tyler Austin 3 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBI. 3 RBI Cito Culver.

AA: Trenton won 5-4 in 12 innings.J.P. Feyereisen 2 scoreless relief innings for the win. Dustin Fowler 2 doubles.

High A: Tampa rained out.

Low A:   Charleston lost 6-4 in 12 innings. Erik Swanson 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 9 K. Vicente Conde 3 hits. Chris Gittens 2 hits, double, solo HR. Alexander Palma 2 hits, double, HR, 2 RBI. Luis Torrens 2 hits.