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Game 42. Pineda, 3 HRs pace Yanks, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Michael Pineda pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, and the Yanks rode 3 HRs to a 4-2 win over KC on Monday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 26-16 and opened up a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Pineda gave up two runs in the top of the third, one via a HR, but Brett Gardner sliced KC’s lead to 2-1 with his ninth HR of the season in the bottom of the third.

Gardner didn’t get his first RBI of the season until April 29, when he had 2 HR and 4 RBI in that game. He went into that game at .188-0-0. Since then he has gone .354-9-19.

Didi Gregorius hit a 2-run HR (2) in the fourth to put the Yanks up 3-2. Didi had 2 hits.

Chris Carter added an insurance run with a solo HR (3) in the seventh.

Matt Holliday had 2 hits.

The Yanks took a small section of RF, added mahogany wood, made it look like a small jury box, and have renamed it “The Judge’s Chambers.” Cool.

Pineda (w, 5-2, 3.35) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren (H, 3) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.25
Clippard (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.37
Betances (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 k. 0.61

With Gleyber Torres’ promotion from AA to AAA, you wonder how fast he may be coming to the majors, and also where the SS would play. He has been getting time at 2B and 3B. We’ll see if he gets more reps at 3B at SWB, because while Didi is hitting .333 and Castro .335, Headley has gone .163-1-16 since April 18, and his defense has been shaky, too. Just saying, but it’ll be interesting to see how many games at 3B Torres gets at SWB.

Game 41. CC stops Rays behind Gardner HR, Judge catch, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees struck out 17x on Sunday, but found a way to win 3-2 behind CC Sabathia, the bullpen, Didi Gregorius’ 4 hits, a Brett Gardner HR, and a game-saving catch by Aaron Judge.

CC gave up a run in the first when Gary Sanchez made a throwing error trying to pick off a runner from first base.

All the Yankees’ runs came in the second inning. Ellsbury doubled, and after an out, Gregorius, 4 for 4 for the day, singled him in to tie the game. After another out, Brett Gardner hit a 2-run HR (8) to make it 3-1 Yanks.

CC gave up a HR to Derek Norris in the fifth that cut the score to 3-2, and that was the final.

But in the sixth, Aaron Judge saved the day. With no one out and a man on first, he made a diving catch on what appeared to be a game-tying double or triple by Evan Longoria and turned it into a DP, doubling up the runner on first. The next batter made out and the Yanks won the game 3-2.

It made up for a rough day at the plate for Judge and other Yankees.

Judge 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.
Holliday 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts, and I believe he was 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts on Saturday, meaning 0 for his last 7, all strikeouts.
Castro 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts.
Gardner (2) and Gregorius (4) had six of the Yanks’ seven hits.

Sabathia (W, 4-2, 4.62) 5+ IP, 2 R, 1 ER,   4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00
Clippard (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 2 K. 1.45
Betances (S, 2)  1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.66

The win puts the Yankees back in first by 1/2 a game at 25-16 as we hit the quarter pole.

Game 39. Rays edge Yanks, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Joe Girardi was attending his daughter’s graduation. Bench coach Rob Thomson filled in as manager, and Thomson made a couple of moves that have Yankees’ fans scratching their heads after a 5-4 Yankees loss to Tampa Bay that dropped their record to 24-15.

Luis Severino gutted out five innings, giving up just one run and leaving with a 2-1 lead. The Yanks got a run in the first when with one out, Ellsbury singled, Holliday doubled and Castro got an RBI groundout. Judge singled Holliday to third and stole second, but the Yanks couldn’t add on; Didi struck out. It would cost them later.

The Rays tied the game in the bottom of the first. In the third, Gardner got a bunt single and went to second on an error by Evan Longoria. It’s about the only thing Longoria did wrong all night. He had four hits against the Yankees, including the GW RBI. Ellsbury doubled Gardner home.

Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless sixth and after that, the Yankees’ bullpen, which has been so great this year so far, let the game get away.

Thomson brought in Warren to pitch the seventh. I hate when managers go “by the book” or “by the formula.” If a pitcher is doing well, leave him in. Change for changes sake, I hate. Seventh inning guy, eighth inning guy, etc. Phooey. Too many cooks (or pitchers) spoil the soup (or game). Holder gave up a double in the sixth, but no runs and had two strikeouts. Why not leave him in? If a guy is doing well, and is smoking, use your own eyes and gut and go with the hot hand. Leave him in.

That over managing, seventh-inning guy, eighth-inning guy, etc., is a change to the game I grew up with that I do not like. A change for the worse. I’m old school, remembering the days when a Gossage or Lyle would come in in the seventh and really close a game out, going 2 1/3 scoreless or so. People older than me may remember Joe Page…

I miss those days.

The move to Warren, who has been great and probably was due for a clunker, backfired. Warren gave up 3 runs in the seventh. Rays 4-2. The key blow was a double that 3B Ronald Torreyes couldn’t come up with, shortly after it appeared Warren Shreve was squeezed on a pitch by the home plate umpire.

In the top of the eighth, Matt Holliday hit a two-run HR (8) to tie it, 4-4.

But Tyler Clippard gave up a run and the game in the bottom of the eighth.

In the bottom of the ninth, with two out, Thomson let Austin Romine hit for himself instead of pinch-hitting Gary Sanchez for him. This is a move, or non-move if you will, that has Yankees’ fans scratching their heads. Even the Yankees’ broadcasters on WPIX, Ken Singleton and John Flaherty, were a bit surprised by the non-move. Sanchez has a far greater chance of tying the game up with a HR than Romine did or does, and you are just PH-ing catcher for catcher. Why Sanchez wasn’t up there, who knows. Romine tapped back to the pitcher, game over. Not only that, Romine (0 for 4) has been slumping lately (0 hits in at least his last 16 at bats) and is down to .247.

So that’s that.

Ellsbury 2 for 4, RBI; Holliday 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Castro 2 hits, RBI (.352).

Chris Carter was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. Tyler Austin’s start of his rehab was rained out.

Severino 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 W, 7 K. 3.64
Holder (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.04
Warren (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.31
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Clippard (L, 0-2, 1.53) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K.

 

Game 37. Yanks blast KC, 11-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Hicks hit a 3-run HR (7), and Starlin Castro (.351) had three hits as the Yanks beat KC 11-7 Wednesday night.

With the win, the 24-13 Yanks have a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

In the first, Gardner singled and scored on a two out double by Castro.

The Yanks got five in the fourth. With one out, Castro doubled again, and Judge walked. After Headley flied out for the second out, and Didi Gregorius singled in a run. Hicks then hit his 3-run HR to make it 5-0. Carter singled, and Gardner tripled to make it 6-0.

Yankee’s starter Michael Pineda gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the inning that cut the Yankee’s lead to 6-2.

The Yanks came right back with four in the fifth. Castro singled and Judge walked again. Headley singled in one run and Gregorius singled in another. Hicks walked to load the bases. Carter grounded into a force out that brought one run home and Gardner hit a SF to make it 10-2. Sanchez then singled but Carter was thrown out at the plate for the last out of the inning.

Pineda gave up another HR in the bottom of the fifth that made it 10-3. KC got another run in the seventh to make it 10-4.

The Yanks made it 11-3 in the eighth. Sanchez and Holliday singled and Castro walked. After Judge struck out, Headley got an RBI on a forceout.

Giovanny Gallegos ran into trouble in the bottom of the ninth, giving up three runs before Dellin Betances came in to get the final out. 11-7 Yankees.

Chase Headley’s defensive problems resurfaced. Two errors, and he has nine this year and we haven’t hit the quarter-pole yet.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI (.285)
Sanchez 2 hits, .293 (heating up)
Holliday 2 hits, .272
Castro 3 hits, rbi. .351
Headley 2 RBI
Gregorus 2 hits, 2 RBI (319)
Hicks 2 hits, 3-run HR (7) .326

Pineda (w, 4-2, 3.42) 6+ IP,  4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.52
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.19
Gallegos 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.75
Betances (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.73

 

Games 34/35. Yanks split DH.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Game 1: The Yanks won the opener of a DH, 11-6, with a six-run seventh inning.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the first on a double by Gardner and ground outs by Ellsbury and Holliday.

Severino got out of trouble in the first and second, but was knocked out in the third. He didn’t have it today. The unsung hero of the day is Chad Green, recalled when Chapman got put on the DL. With three runs already in, one out and the bases loaded, Green got a DP ball and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

With another game tonight, you don’t want to burn out your bullpen in game one.

The Yanks got back-to-back HRs from Castro (7) and Judge (14) in the fourth to go up 4-3. Castro’s slice to the RF porch was a 2-run HR and Judge’s went 441 ft., just right of dead center.

Adam Warren gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, in the top of the seventh to make it 6-4 Houston, but in the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks exploded, with the key blow being a bases-loaded triple by Chase Headley.

With one out, Gardner singled and Ellsbury doubled. Holliday singled in a run, Castro doubled to tie the game. Judge was intentionally walked to load the bases. After Didi struck out, Headley hit his triple to make it 9-6, and Carter doubled to make it 10-6.

Gardner homered (7) in the eighth for the final score of 11-6.

Gardner 3 hits, inc. the HR.
Holliday 2 RBI.
Castro 2 hits, inc. the HR, 3 RBI
Judge the HR.
Headley those 3 RBI.

Severino 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 HBP, 2 K. 3.86
Green 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00. Unsung hero.
Warren (Bs, 1; W, 1-0, 1.29) 2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.72

Game 2: After the Jeter #2 retirement ceremony which was great, the beginning of the game was a disaster, and you have to be wondering if something if physically wrong with Masahiro Tanaka, and the last thing the Yanks need after losing Chapman for a month is for something to be wrong for Tanaka.

Tanaka gave up HRs to both of the first two batters he faced, and later on in the first inning, he gave up a grand slam. The Yanks were down 6-0 before they even came to bat.

Tanaka gave up 2 more runs, and another HR, in the second inning. He didn’t make it out of the second inning, and in 1 2/3 IP, gave up 8 runs and 4 HR.

That is not Tanaka. The blowout on Opening Day. Now this. You really have to wonder if something is wrong with him—if that partially torn UCL in his elbow has blown out.

(Update: The postgame report said nothing is physically wrong with Tanaka. But…) 

I hope not. But tonight’s performance sets off alarms. His ERA is close to 6.00. That’s not him.

The reason Refsnyder was brought up and no corresponding move—if a surprise unexpected DH is necessary, teams can go to 26 players for the extra game. Still I wonder why Refsnyder, who unfortunately hasn’t distinguished himself too much, and not Ji-Man Choi, hitting .350 at SWB and who hopefully would be better than the so-far disappointing Chris Carter.

Giovanny Gallegos came in and was decent in his 2nd MLB game, keeping the game right there, giving up 1 run in the fourth.

The bullpen was great filling in for Tanaka, who was just brutal.

The Yanks got four runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Gardner and a 3-run HR by Holliday (7).

Houston got a run in the ninth, and the Yanks got 3 in the bottom of the ninth to make it respectable at 10-7. They had the tying run at the plate for the last out.

Tanaka (L, 5-2, 5.80) 1 2/3 IP, 8 R, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Gallegos 3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00
Shreve 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Layne 1 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.75
Betances 1/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.75

Gardner 3 hits, Sanchez 2 hits.
Holliday 3 RBI, HR.

Ex-umpire Steve Palermo died of cancer at the age of 67. He was not only a good umpire, but he lost his umpiring job due to being a hero. He was shot trying to break up a robbery, was paralyzed, busted his butt just to walk again and became director of umpires because he couldn’t umpire again. Courageous, a hero, and taken from us way too soon.

Game 30. Yanks win 6th straight, 10-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After last night’s 18-inning marathon, Masahiro Tanaka gave the Yanks what they needed, besides a win. Length. Save the bullpen that was fried last night.

To get an extra arm in the bullpen, the Yanks sent Rob Refsnyder down and called up Chad Green.

Tanaka gave 7 innings, and even though he gave up 4 runs (3 earned) he went 7, got the win. Mission accomplished.

The 10-4 win over the Reds is the Yanks’ sixth win in a row and puts their record at 21-9.

The Yanks got three in the first when Gardner reached on an error, Hicks singled, and after an out, Ellsbury walked. Sanchez singled in two and Didi singled in another.

Tanaka gave a run right back, but in the second, Torreyes (how great has he been) singled, Tanaka bunted him over and after another out, Hicks singled to make it 4-1.

In the fifth, with one out, Holliday, Ellsbury and Sanchez singled to load the bases and Didi got a SF. 5-1.

Cincinnati got a run in the bottom of the fifth, and here is where I need to bring up a point about Chase Headley. His error led to a run, and he has 7 errors in 30 games so far. That is way too many.

The Yanks got two in the seventh to make it 7-2. Headley was HBP with the bases loaded as the Yanks were HBP 3x in the inning. Torreyes singled in a run after that.

Tanaka gave up a two-run HR to Joey Votto in the bottom of the seventh that cut the Yanks’ lead to 7-4.

But in the eighth, the Yanks put the game away on a 2-run HR by Gardner (6) and a solo shot by Holliday (6).

Gardner 2 RBI, HR
Hicks 2 hits, rbi. .342.
Holliday 2 hits, rbi, HR.
Sanchez 3 for 3, 2 RBI. Good to see the Kraken waking up.
Gregorius 2 rbi.
Torreyes 2 hits, rbi. .316

Tanaka (w, 5-1, 4.36) 7 IP, 4 R, 3 earned, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W 0 K.  1.26
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K,  8.22

Game 28. Yanks bomb Cubs 11-6 behind Hicks, Castro.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Starlin Castro and Adam Warren came back to haunt their former team, and Aaron Hicks continued his amazing year as the Yanks scored five in the first and bombed the Cubs 11-6 last night.

The win keeps the Yanks in first place in the AL East at 19-9, 1/2 game ahead of the 19-10 Orioles. The Yanks have won 18 of their last 23 games.

Jordan Montgomery was again was steady and kept his team in the game. I’m impressed with his five major league starts so far.

In the first, Brett Gardner, Friday’s hero, picked up where he left off, doubling to lead off the game. Hicks singled on a bunt (bunt more often, Joe) and Gardner scored on a throwing error, Hicks not being able to advance. Castro then doubled in Hicks to make it 2-0. After Judge struck out, Sanchez singled to make it 3-0. Gregorius singled, then Headley doubled in two runs and before the Cubs’ fans were comfortable in their seats, it was 5-0 Yanks.

In the third, Sanchez and Gregorius singled and Sanchez scored on an error.

In the fifth, ex-Cub Castro hit a 2-run HR (6) to make it 8-0. Castro is rivaling Judge for team MVP right now. He’s hitting .381.

The Cubs got two in the fifth (one of the runs unearned because of a two-out error by Didi) and another in the seventh to cut the Yanks lead to 8-3.

Then Hicks basically insured the win with a 3-run HR (6) in the eighth. I, like many Yankees fans, was all over Hicks last year when he hit just .217-8-31 in 327 AB, OPS+ just 63. This year he’s been a revelation as the fourth OF, hitting .355-6-15, OPS+ 216! I don’t know where that came from, but wow, we’ll take it.

Tommy Layne had a terrible bottom of the eighth, giving up three runs that really blows up his ERA, but Adam Warren, who struggled last year with the Cubs before coming back to the Yankees, came in to slam the door. Being back with the Yankees has worked out well for Warren. Last year with the Cubs, he was 3-2, 5.91 before being traded back to the Yanks, for whom he went 4-2, 3.26. This year, 0-0, 0.57 so far. Since Warren wasn’t with the Cubs in the postseason, and since he didn’t pitch well for them, he decided to receive his WS ring in the bullpen privately on Friday than on the field.

Gardner 2 hits, scored 2 runs.
Hicks 4 hits, scored 3, drove in 3, HR.
Castro 3 hits, scored 2, drove in 3, HR.
Sanchez 2 hits, rbi.
Gregorius 2 hits.
Headley 2 RBI

Montgomery (w, 2-1, 3.81) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 earned, 4 W, 3 K.
Clippard 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W,  0 K. 1.50. Threw one pitch, got the out.
Layne 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 9.45.
Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.57.

The Yanks/Cubs game is the ESPN Sunday night game tonight, then to Cincinnati. More games w/out the DH. You may see Matt Holliday at 1B tonight to get him playing time.