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Game 64. Gleyber helps German to 1st MLB win, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First off, thank you to all for understanding that I couldn’t post as often as I wanted to, especially on the minor league stuff, because one of my uncles passed away and that I had a viewing and funeral to attend.

Thank you all for your patience, understanding and consideration.

Unfortunately, given the age and health of my mom, aunts and uncles, this seems to be more of a pressing issue now than before. I hope and pray for your understanding and consideration. Thank you.

As for tonight’s game, Game #64, Domingo German finally gets his first MLB win, thanks to Gleyber Torres.

I like German’s stuff, but as a rookie, it seemed that he was 1) pitching in bad luck, not getting enough run support 2) would pitch great except for one bad inning that would cost him the game and 3) would pitch five good innings but have that one, as an inexperienced rookie, that he could not get out of,  and would cost him the game.

So it is good to see him get his first MLB win.

In the top of the first, on the very first pitch of the game, German gave up a HR. I don’t know if it was a “get me over” fastball, but HR. Down 1-0 already. He struck out the side for the rest of the inning, but already down to a pitcher who was 8-3, 2.30.

A two- out double by Andujar and walks to Austin and Torreyes loaded the bases in the bottom of the second for Walker, who struck out.

With one out in the third, a single and walk for TB. A lineout to Judge in RF. Then a single to Stanton that brings in one run, but the other is thrown out at the plate for out #3. If Gardner was out in LF, I don’t think ANY run would have scored. But down 2-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, with one out,  the Yanks scored all their runs for the game. The Yanks had two on, two out in the fourth and did nothing, but in the fifth, Hicks led off with his seventh HR of the year.

This week, Hicks has been taking a lot of called strike threes. So I was wondering if he needed to re-establish his strike zone. Nice HR there.

After Hicks made it 2-1,  Judge singled. He moved up on a WP, but Stanton struck out for the second out of the inning. The struggling Sanchez drew a walk. Torres then hit a 3-run HR (13) to put the Yanks up, 4-2.

Nice list on the game by FS1. Youngest players 21 or under (before 22nd b/day) to 13 or more HR: Gleyber, 13 now. Mantle, age 19 in 1951, 13; Mantle, age 20 in 1952, 23. Mantle, age 21 in 1953, 21. DiMaggio, age 21 in 1936, 29. How about THAT company?

The Yanks, through sloppy D, gave the Rays a run in the top of the sixth. Walk, K. Dropped foul pop by Sanchez. K, WP. Man on second, two out. Single, SB. K to get out of the inning. 4-3, which would be the final score.

Bad move by Carlos Gomez of the Rays in the top of the seventh. A double with one out, then a CS trying to steal third.

The win puts the Yanks at 44-20, with Boston out in Seattle with a late game tonight.

Not to be a downer on a 44-20 team, but with all the HR, you do wonder about the strikeouts and batting average for the Yankees. How it will play in the postseason. Average for a lot of guys not too hot. A lot of K, a lot of striking out, but oh, those HR.

German (W, (first MLB Win)  (W, 1-4, 5.23) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.89
Betances (H, 8)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.30
Chapman (S, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.21

Hicks solo HR
Judge 2 hits.
Torres 3-run HR

Yanks’ pitchers combine for 15 K.



Game 60. Yanks comeback to beat Mets, 4-3. Tanaka to DL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Domingo German settled down after giving up 2 HR and 3 runs in the first inning, and the Yanks (42-18) came back to beat the Mets 4-3 Saturday night. It keeps the Yanks 1/2 game ahead of 44-21 Boston.

The Yanks got a double by Hicks to lead off the game, but couldn’t score him. In fact, Hicks was picked off of second to end the inning.

In the bottom of the first, with one out, ex-Yankee Todd Frazier homered off German, Brandon Nimmo tripled, and Asdubral Cabrera hit a 2-run HR. 3-0 Mets already.

But to his credit, German was great after that, keeping the Yanks in the ballgame.

Gleyber Torres homered (11) in the third to cut it to 3-1.

German got out of a second and third, two out jam by striking out Jay Bruce in the bottom of the third.

The Yanks loaded the bases for Aaron Judge in the fifth, but Judge grounded out. He’d redeem himself later.

Miguel Andujar tied the game in the sixth with a 2-run HR (8).

Judge homered (18) in the eighth for the game-winning run. 4-3, Yanks.

Judge solo HR, Game-winning hit.
Andujar, 2 hits, 2-run HR that tied the game.
Gregorius 3 hits
Torres solo HR.

German 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.32. Settled down after 3-run first inning.
1 WP by German, 1 HBP.
Robertson (W, 5-2, 3.94) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances (H, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1-2-3, all strikeouts. 3.54
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.  1.30

Before the game, Masahiro Tanaka was put on the DL and Ronald Torreyes brought up from SWB. We’ll have to see how long Tanaka is out and who replaces him in the rotation.

Games 55 & 56. Yanks split DH with Tigers.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks split a DH with Detroit, winning the first game behind 3 HRs and Luis Severino 7-4, but losing the second game 4-2.

Clint Frazier was the 26th man for the DH today. Between games, Adam Warren was brought up and Tommy Kahnle was sent down.

It was an awful day for Aaron Judge, who went 0 for 9 for the day with 8 strikeouts.

Game 1:  Detroit got a run in the first on an RBI double by future HOF Miguel Cabrera. In the third, Gleyber Torres 10th HR of the season tied the game. Torres is the youngest Yankee to 10 career HR since Mickey Mantle.

The Yanks got six runs in the fourth inning. Greg Bird made it 2-1 with his second HR of the season. After that, Stanton and Didi singled, and Andujar singled to drive in a run. Frazier singled to make it 4-1. Romine hit a 3-run HR (4), 7-1. Frazier was sent back down after the DH (no room on the roster).

Detroit got an unearned run in the fifth off Severino, and two unearned runs in the ninth.

Bird solo HR
Torres solo HR
Romine 3-run HR.

Severino (W, 9-1, 2.20) 8 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K.
Holder 2/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.75
Chapman (S, 14) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.46

Game 2: Lost 4-2. The Yanks struck out 14x. Judge with the platinum sombrero, 0 for 5, 5 strikeouts. It seems as if Domingo German pitches just well enough to lose. He’s still looking for his first MLB win. He didn’t pitch that badly, but it seems he really needs a game where the Yanks give him a lot of run support to get him off the zero-win schneid. Tanaka can give up 4 runs in 7 IP, and win 10-4, but it seems German can do it and is unlucky, and will lose 4-2 as he did tonight.

Detroit got one in the second. German reached for a ball and it went off his hand into LF for a double. Lucky he wasn’t hurt. A passed ball, walk, SF and Detroit was up 1-0.

The Yanks tied it in the third on a single by Frazier and triple by Gardner. They had the bases loaded with two out but Torres bounced back to the pitcher. In this inning, Stanton was HBP, and some hard feelings ensued. Stanton was hit in the face by the same pitcher a few years ago.

The Tigers got two in the fourth to go up 3-1. Stanton got his revenge in the sixth with HR #13 to make it 3-2.

But in the seventh, the Tigers got a run for the final of 4-2. Adam Warren relieved German with two out and a runner on second, but gave up a double and a couple of walks before getting out of the inning.

The Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP in this game.

German (L, 0-4, 5.44) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 3 K. The kid needs a break where he gets lots of run support.

Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 K. 2.79

So the 38-18 Yanks stay 1 game back of idle Boston.

In the first round of the MLB draft, the Yanks selected a switch-hitting and switch-throwing (!) catcher, high-schooler Anthony Siegler.


Game 50. Yanks fall to Astros 5-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It’s tough for me to make a decision on Domingo German right now. He has had four MLB starts, and is still looking for his first MLB win. It seems like German has good stuff (he k’s more than one an inning) but that he can’t stay away from that one bad pitch or one bad inning.

Yesterday, one bad pitch, a 3-run HR in the second inning, doomed him and the Yanks as they fell to Justin Verlander and the Astros, 5-1.

The Astros got an unearned run in the fourth to make it 4-0 thanks to a Gleyber Torres error. Although Torres made a couple nice plays in the game, he also made a couple of rookie mistakes, the error here and also in getting picked off of second with two on and two out.

The Yanks’ only run of the game came via a Greg Bird HR (1) in the bottom of the seventh.

Defending AL MVP Jose Altuve homered for Houston in the eighth. 5-1.

The loss puts the 33-17 Yanks two back of Boston.

Bird 2 hits, solo HR.
Gregorius 2 hits.

German (L, 0-3, 5.45) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cole 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.75 (Was/NYY) Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 7.00



Game 45. “Cole” in the stocking. Hamels beats Yanks, 6-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With Jordan Montgomery out for a while, Domingo German is his replacement. It’s too soon to tell (he’s made three starts, one good, one bad, and one that started good but wound up bad), but with performances like last night’s, the Yanks may need an upgrade over German.

That upgrade could be the guy who beat them, Cole Hamels.

It appears that come the trade deadline, the Yanks will be looking to add a top notch starter. They have the prospects and surplus (guys like Drury and Lind are at AAA) to swing a deal for an established starter. Hamels fits the bill. Lefty, experienced veteran, 4x All-star, postseason experience (2008 NLCS and WS MVP). With his 6-4 win over the Yanks last night, Hamels is 3-4, but with a 3.38 ERA for a team that is 19-31. Texas’ isn’t going anywhere and doesn’t have much of a farm system. Hamels could and maybe should be dangled for prospects, and the Yanks certainly would be one of the bidders.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the first. The second inning cost the Yanks the game. German didn’t give up a hit, but a HBP, two walks and three WP gave Texas two runs. On one of the WP, the batter, who struck out, reached first. Embarrassing inning for German.

The Yankees’ Gleyber Torres got one run back in the top of the third with his seventh HR of the year.

German gave up a HR in the fourth, 6-1 Texas.

Six of the 11 outs he got were K’s, but 1 HBP, 3 walks, 3 WP.

Miguel Andujar cut it to 6-2 in the seventh with a HR, his fifth of the season.

Gary Sanchez had to leave the game with cramps. His replacement, Austin Romine, hit a 2-run HR (2) off Hamels’ replacement in the eighth to make it 6-4.

The loss drops the 31-14 Yanks 1/2 game behind Boston in the AL East.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone received his first ejection as a manager.

German (L, 0-2, 5.59) 3 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR, Three WP.
Cole 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 3 K. 7.94
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 3.18
Gallegos 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Yanks’ pitchers K’d 12, but gave up 8 walks.

The Yanks hit 3 hr in the game, missing by one of becoming the first team ever to hit four or more in four consecutive games.

Dave Garcia, who managed the Angels (1977-1978) and Indians (1979-1982) passed away recently at the age of 97. He was 307-311 in his managerial career.

Game 39. Yanks comeback. Walker walks it off in 7-6 win in extras.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks haven’t lost 3 in a row all year so far, and Neil Walker made sure it didn’t happen Saturday as the Yanks came from behind to win 7-6 in 11 innings to remain in a first place tie (27-12) with Boston.

For three innings, Domingo German picked right up from his last start, which was his first MLB start, in which he pitched six no-hit innings. After three, no runs, one hit and dominant.

Meanwhile, the Yanks were up 2-0 on back-to-back homers in the second by Sanchez (10) and Hicks (3).

But things fell apart in the fourth for German. He gave up five runs, three on a HR by Khris Davis that hit the top of the wall and bounced over.

German gave up another run in the fifth.

A learning experience for the rookie. Find out what worked so well for three innings, and why things went wrong in the fourth. As a rookie, learn how to be more consistent and how to adjust while on the mound.

So the Yanks went into the bottom of the fifth down 6-2.

They came right back to tie it up. Gardner led off with a walk, and Judge homered (11) to make it 6-4. Didi singled and stole second. After an out, Sanchez walked. With two out, Walker singled to make it 6-5 and Andujar tied it up with a single of his own.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the sixth but couldn’t score.

In the top of the ninth, the Yanks caught a break that turned the game around. Chapman was EXTREMELY SHAKY. Apparently he had a problem with a nail. Walk, Walk, WP, Walk. Bases loaded and no one out. He got a strikeout. PH Jonathan Lucroy hit a flyout to Brett Gardner and the runner on third was originally called safe for a go-ahead SF. But Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone thought that C Gary Sanchez, on a sweep tag, barely got the back of the runner before he hit the plate. The Yankees challenged and won the challenge. Sanchez DID barely clip the runners’ back. Inning-ending flyout/throw-him-out DP. The Yanks were still alive.

To the tenth and an unsung hero of the day: A.J. Cole, who hadn’t pitched since April 28, two weeks ago. I wrote about how the Yanks had Hale (not so hot yesterday) and Cole in the bullpen but they weren’t being used and how they seemed to be biding time until Kahnle and Warren came off the DL.

Today, Cole earned his pinstripes. 

After two weeks of inaction, Cole walked the first two batters he faced in the top of the tenth. He got out of it with two strikeouts and a popup. Whew.

He followed it up with a 1-2-3 eleventh, two more K’s.

In the bottom of the eleventh, with one out, Stanton walked but was forced at second. Hicks walked to put runners on first and second with two out. Walker singled in Sanchez to win the game, 7-6.

Walker has been heating up lately. Good to see. When Bird comes back, it’ll be interesting to see, with Bird, Torres, Andujar (not to mention Drury in the minors) how Walker will be utilized.

Walker, 32, going into the game, was at .200-0-8, OPS+ just 47. Only 5 of his 20 hits were for extra bases, no HR. The late arrival to spring training as an unclaimed free agent may have had something to do with that.

His 162 g. average however, is .270-19-79, OPS+ 112. Maybe that is starting to come around now.

And it’s welcome. A big come-from-behind win today, and the ace, Severino, is going tomorrow (Sunday, weather permitting, which it may not. Rain in forecast.).

Gardner 2 hits, 2 walks. Game saving throw-out at the plate.
Judge HR, 2 RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits, Solo HR, scored 3 runs, walked once.
Hicks solo HR
Walker 2 hits, 2 RBI, walk
Andujar 2 hits, RBI

Great job by the bullpen. Six scoreless innings, albeit with some scares.

German 5 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.26
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.38
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.57
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.29
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 1 K. 1.50
Cole (W, 2-1, 9.42) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K.  Combined Wash/NYY stats.

YES showed ex-Yankees’ 2B Bobby Richardson at the game. Looks good for someone turning 83 in August.



Game 34. What a comeback! Torres makes it Gleyber Day with a walk-off HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Every player remembers their first MLB HR.

Gleyber Torres made sure his second MLB HR was a memorable one, too. He became the youngest Yankee ever to win a game with a walk-off HR, breaking Mickey Mantle’s record.

Torres capped a great Yankees’ comeback win with a 3-run walk-off HR in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yanks a 7-4 win. The win, the Yanks’ 15th in their last 16 games, came after the Yankees entered the bottom of the eighth down 4-0.

The win keeps the 24-10 Yankees one game behind Boston in the AL East and the two teams face off in the Bronx Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tomorrow, Monday, is an off day. The Yanks will have their ace, Severino, on the hill on Tuesday night.

Domingo German, in his first MLB start, pitched six no-hit innings and struck out nine. The Elias sports bureau went back to 1893 and couldn’t find anyone else who did that in their first MLB start. German was replacing the injured Jordan Montgomery in the rotation, and was just brilliant. He was pulled after six because he hasn’t been stretched out that far.

So after seven innings, the one and only hit in the game belonged to the Yankees.

In the top of the eighth, Dellin Betances, who had a good seventh inning, faltered. Three straight singles for a run. Holder replaces Betances. After an out, a double plates another. A PB and a SF bring in two more. 4-0 Indians.

But the Yanks bounced back with three in the bottom of the eighth. Walker walked and with one out, Austin walked. With two out, Gardner singled in one run and Judge doubled home two.

But the Yanks still trailed, 4-3, going into the bottom of the ninth.

Hicks led off with a double. Walker doubled him in to tie the game. After a ground out, Stanton PH for Austin and was walked intentionally. Torres then homered to win the game.

Judge 2 RBI
Hicks 2 hits.
Torres HR, 3 RBI.

15 of their last 16. Gardner is hitting .203, and his only HR came on Opening Day. Sanchez is hitting .198. Walker .189. Stanton .227. Imagine how scary this team could be if when they start hitting and Greg Bird comes back.  Also, imagine them getting Betances straightened out, and Kahnle and Warren off the DL and pitching well.


German 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 9 K. 2.66
Betances 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.79
Holder 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.23
Shreve (W, 2-0, 3.46) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.