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Minor League Report.

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I think I read where Jacoby Ellsbury was cleared to resume BP on Wednesday. If so, and all went ok, he should be starting rehab games soon. It does look like he would be one expensive fourth OF, though. It appears Aaron Hicks has taken his job.

AAA: SWB (43-28) lost 5-2. 1B Tyler Austin 2-run HR. You wonder if he’ll be called up to replace the struggling Chris Carter soon. Girardi didn’t exactly give Carter much of a ringing endorsement the other night. CF Dustin Fowler and 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits each.

Acevedo (L, 1-1, 4.38) 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 3 W, 4 K.
Feyereisen 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.38
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00

AA: Trenton (47-24) won 2-1.

Herrera (W, 8-0, 1.13) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 W, 1 K.
Frare (H, 7) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K. 4.66
Brewer (S, 5) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.47

High A: Tampa (39-31) won 13-4. 2B Nick Solak 4 hits, 3 RBI. DH Jhalen Jackson 2 hits, 4 RBI. 1B Gosuke Katoh and C Sharif Othman each had 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Tito Polo 2 hits, rbi.

Koerner (W, 3-1, 2.79) 7 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Harvey 2 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00

Low A: No games. Their ASG was June 20. All Star Break.

Game 68. Unlucky 7th loss in a row. Yanks battle back, but Clippard costs Yanks’ win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ouch. The Yanks fell behind 3-0, battled back to tie it at 3, and Girardi went “formula” bringing in his “seventh inning” guy, Tyler Clippard, who has been pitching poorly lately, and who blew the game.

The Yanks lost 8-3.

Those who know me know I hate managers who go by the book or binder. You aren’t hired to go by the book or binder. You are hired to USE YOUR BRAIN. To see what is going on and act accordingly by what you are seeing.

I consider managers who go by the book or binder lazy managers. If you have to go by that, and not by your gut, your eyes, what you are SEEING, then to me, you are a lousy manager. Sorry, but…

Michael Pineda gave up a run in the first and two more in the second to put the Yanks in a 3-0 hole. An error by Chris Carter led to the two runs in the second, both unearned.

In the fourth, Castro singled, Sanchez walked, and a couple of flyouts made it 3-1. SF for Headley.

Aaron Judge’s 24th HR of the year made it 3-2 in the fifth, and Gary Sanchez’ 12th HR in the sixth made it a 3-3 tie.

Then Clippard came in and gave up a HR, double, and flyout that was caught at the fence. At this point, I pull him. After all, three batters, a HR, double, and out that was close to being a 2-run HR. I pull him.

Instead, Clippard stays in to give up another double. Not that it would have mattered anyway, given the final score, but maybe a reliever here keeps it at 4-3 and the Yanks have a chance for a comeback.

Leaving Clippard in for that fourth batter and second double killed off any chance at a comeback.

Now, the Yanks only got 4 hits on the night, so blame has to be put on the offense, but please put away the binder, etc. and go by what you see. And if a guy gives up a HR, double and long flyout caught in front of the fence on his first three batters, then you know he doesn’t have it and get him the heck out of there.

With the loss, the Yanks fall to 38-30, 1/2 game back of Boston.

Here is what I mean. See below. Shreve faces ONE batter. Strikes him out. So why the bleep do you take him out to go to your “seventh inning guy”? Doing so takes a pitcher out who did well with the one batter he faced, puts in a new pitcher who stunk and cost you the game.

Whatever happened to riding the hot hand? Shreve here, was the hot hand. Pulled for NO GOOD REASON, other than you are going to your “seventh inning guy.”

What bullshit.

Please, Joe. Next time, go by your gut and what you are seeing. Throw the book away and get rid of that “7th inning guy” “8th inning guy” “9th inning guy” bullshit.

Use your eyes. Manage by what you see.

I blame modern baseball, and modern baseball managing, for this loss. Shreve faced one batter and got him out. Why pull him?

 

Pineda 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 ER (Carter error), 7 H, 1 W, 7 K. 3.56
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.83       Should have started the next inning.
Clippard (L, 1-4, 3.14) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.77. Gave up 1 HR.

 

 

Game 65. West Woes continue as Yanks lose another close one, 7-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (38-27) AL East lead is down to one after a 7-6 loss Friday night in Oakland. The West coast trip has been hellish.

Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks are day to day with the injuries, and Adam Warren was put on the DL, joining CC. Giovanny Gallegos was sent down, Mason Williams (for Hicks) and Kyle Higashioka (for Sanchez) were brought up. It’s hard to keep up with the moves lately.

Once again the Yanks had a lead, and once again the B-listers (anyone not Warren, Chapman, Clippard or Betances) of the bullpen blew it. Chapman is supposed to return Sunday (see the minor league report for his rehab stint), Warren is now on the DL and the others aren’t getting the ball to Betances.

In the four-game losing streak, the Yanks have lost three games by one run, and two in extra innings. Excruciating. The losses have been by Shreve, Herrera (MLB debut), Gallegos (rookie on the NYY-SWB shuttle with 9 MLB games under his belt) and now Holder, another rookie.

The close losses have really affected their Pythagorean record. According to runs scored vs. runs allowed, the Yanks should be five wins better than they are right now. But close losses like these and big blowouts like last weekend against Baltimore skew that Pythagorean record. It’s a sign of what a team should be doing, and after all it’s the real record that counts anyway.

Luis Severino had one bad inning, giving up four runs in the second.

But the Yanks came back, and took a 6-4 lead late in the game. Aaron Judge started the comeback with a 3-run HR (23) in the third.

Gardner and Didi were getting days off. Sanchez and Hicks are hurt, day to day. As a result, the lineup had Refsnyder in left, Mason Williams (20 MLB games before last night) in CF. Romine was catching and Torreyes was at SS. So half the lineup was backups, who did OK.

In the fifth, the Yanks tied it on Torreyes’ double and a single by Williams.

Chris Carter hit a HR (8) in the sixth to put the Yanks up 5-4.

In the seventh, Judge tripled, Holliday walked and Castro singled to put the Yanks up 6-4.

Then the roof caved in.

The A’s got a run in the seventh off Shreve to cut the lead to 6-5. They then got two off of Holder in the eighth to win the game 7-6.

When Holder ran into trouble in the eighth, I wondered if Girardi would turn to Betances for a multi-inning save. Nope, and the Yanks lost because of it, but I can see you can’t just burn Betances out. With Warren and Chapman on the DL, the rest of the bullpen isn’t picking up the slack, and some guys are a bit fried right now. Clippard has been in a slump.

Judge 2 for 3, scored 2, 3 RBI, HR, triple. Walked twice.
Castro 2 hits, RBI.
Torreyes 2 hits.

Severino 6 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 4 W, 6 K. Uncharacteristically wild, all 4 hits in same inning.
Shreve (H, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.86
Holder (BS, 2; L, 1-1, 3.49) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. First MLB loss.

 

Game 63. Herrera’s MLB debut results in 7-5 Yanks’ loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

That first game in the majors has to be exciting. Unfortunately for Ronald Herrera, it resulted in a loss.

Herrera was called up from AA Trenton earlier in the day when Ben Heller was sent back to the minors.  The Yanks needed a fresh arm. He gave up a late 2-run HR that doomed the Yanks as they lost 7-5 to the Angels Wednesday night. The loss cuts the Yanks’ (38-25) AL East lead to two games since Boston beat the lowly Phillies.

It started out good. In the first, Gardner singled, and with one out, Judge singled. Judge stole second and Matt Holliday just missed a 3-run HR as he hit a SF. After Castro was HBP, Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (11) to make it 4-0.

But Michael Pineda didn’t have much tonight, giving up a run in the first, two in the second and two more in the third. He did gut out six innings.

That run in the first that Pineda gave up could have been more. Aaron Hicks took a grand slam away from Luis Valbuena. It went as a SF instead.

In the second, the Yanks wasted a one-out triple by Rob Refsnyder. I would have loved to have had Gardner squeeze in a run, but as readers of this blog know, the one criticism I have of Girardi is that he never squeezes home a run. This, and other things, contributed to the loss. Instead, Refsnyder was left stranded.

Didi Gregorius (.337) extended his hitting streak to 16 games, but was hit by a batted ball on a single by Chase Headley in the fourth when the Yanks got three hits but no runs.

In the fifth, with two out, Judge reached on an error and Holliday and Castro both singled. Judge was thrown out at the plate however, on a bad send by 3B coach Joe Espada. Judge hadn’t even reached third when the LF fielded the ball and Judge was out easily.

The Yanks did tie the game in the sixth when Sanchez singled and went to second on an error. After Didi struck out, Headley singled to tie the game at five.

In the seventh, Hicks laid down a beautiful bunt for a hit. I wish Gardner had done that with Refsnyder on third in the second.

After Pineda went six innings, Girardi brought in Herrera. I was a little surprised at that because of the flight to CA (figure you’d give a guy a chance to rest a day after the flight before bringing him in… flight could take something out of you, esp. cross-country, and esp. after a 3:30 AM wakeup call to tell you you’ve been promoted) and also that Herrera was doing great as a STARTER at AA Trenton. You don’t know how he would do as a reliever. That’s a different area. Herrera gave up a 2-run HR to Andrelton Simmons in the seventh which decided the game.

It seems as if Girardi was looking long term (at least, according to a NY Post article) and willing to sacrifice one game for the long term benefit of his bullpen, which he described as “fried.”

The Yanks got a break in the ninth, when with two out, Hicks’ long drive seemed to be caught against the wall by the RF. The call was overturned and Hicks was given a double, meaning Judge was up as the tying run. Although he hit the ball hard, Judge grounded out to third to end the game.

Gardner 2 for 5. Hicks 2 for 5 (.314). Sanchez 3 for 4, scored 2 runs, 3 RBI, HR. Headley 2 hits, RBI.

Pineda 6 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.71. Gave up 1 HR.
Herrera (L, 0-1, 9.00) 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.

CC was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Still no word on how long he’ll be on the DL. CC says he feels good and hopes to miss just one start, but this could put him out until mid-August.

Aroldis Chapman is expected to return to the Yanks on Sunday after a couple of rehab stints.

 

 

 

Game 62. CC hurt as Yanks give one away, 3-2 in 11.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia strained his hamstring (how bad, how long a DL stint and who’ll replace him we don’t know yet) in a 3-2 11-innings Yankees’ loss to the Angels Tuesday night.

The loss cut the Yankees’ (38-24) AL East lead to three games, because the Red Sox are taking advantage of the fact that they are playing the worst team in the majors right now in the 21-42 Phillies.

The Angels scored first, With two out, Chris Carter made a 2-base fielding error and the next batter singled in a run.

The Yanks tied it in the fifth on a Headley double and Gardner single.

Headley homered in the seventh (4) to put the Yanks up 2-1.

I’ll never understand why managers feel the need to pull a guy who just pitched a scoreless inning just to put in their “eighth inning guy”. After pitching a scoreless seventh, Adam Warren was pulled for Tyler Clippard. Clippard gave up a game-tying HR to the first batter he faced. When will managers stop going by the book and go by what they see and what is in their gut? Guy is doing well, leave him in! Getting too fine and cute costs you. I hate this mix and match. If the guy had a good inning, leave him in there.

In the top of the eleventh, with one out, Sanchez walked, Gregorius doubled to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, and Headley was intentionally walked. But Carter and Gardner both popped up.

In the bottom of the eleventh, a walk, SB after an out, another out that moved up the runner, a walk and a single won the game for the Angels.

Headley 3 for 4, HR.

Sabathia 4 IP, 1 R, UNEARNED, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. 3.46. Headed to DL.
Gallegos 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.91
Warren (H, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.23
Clippard (BS, 4) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.00 Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.96
Shreve (L, 1-1, 1.47) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Heller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00

 

 

 

Game 60. You have heard of Boston Massacre? How about Baltimore Blitz? Sweep. 38-8 over 3 games! Sanchez 450 and Judge 495 Ft. HRs in 14-3 rout.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You have heard of the Boston Massacre. What do you call this, the Baltimore Blitz? For the Yanks swept Baltimore this weekend 38-8 in three games, and during their five game winning streak, have scored 55 runs (11 per game).

Today, four more HR, and two were absolute bombs.

Once again, the Yanks jumped out early and put the game away in the very first inning. With the 14-3 blowout, they go to 37-23 on the season.

In the first, singles by Gardner and Judge. WP . A 2-run single by Castro. A 3-run 450 ft. HR by Sanchez (10). That 450 foot HR would look like nothing by the end of the game.

The Orioles mounted a comeback, getting 3 in the third. Chad Green started, but did not last long due to pitch count. 5-3.

In the fourth, Hicks walked, Judge doubled and Holliday singled in two. 7-3.

To the sixth. Judge homered, and #20 for Judge was something to behold. Over the LF bleachers and a fan reached over the walkway for it. 495 feet!

After that, Holliday reached on an error and then Castro HR’d (12) to make it 10-3.

In the seventh, with one out, Torreyes and Gardner walked. Hicks doubled in two, and Judge hit his second HR of the game (21) to make it 14-3.

Domingo German made his MLB debut (Tommy Layne was DFA’d) and did a great job in this 14-3 win.

As far as pitching, a job pieced together by Girardi.

Batting:

Hicks, 2 RBI.
Judge 4 for 4. Walk. Scored 4 runs. Drove in 3. 2 HR.
Holliday 2 RBI.
Castro 2 hits, HR and 4 RBI
Sanchez HR and 3 RBI.
2 hits for Didi.
2 hits for Carter.

Green 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.41
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R 2 H, 0 W 2 K. 1.08
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.04
Warren (W, 2-1, 2.30) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
German 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00   MLB DEBUT.

UPDATE: German was sent back down after the game. The Yanks are expected to call up Ben Heller.

 

 

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Game 59. Bombs away! Yanks hit 5 HR in 16-3 rout of Orioles.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jacob Ruppert, the Yanks’ owner in the 1920s and 1930s, said that an enjoyable day to him was seeing the Yankees score seven runs in the first inning and gradually pull away.

He would have loved last night.

The Yanks scored six runs in the first inning, hit five home runs in the game, got an outstanding performance from Luis Severino, and crushed Baltimore 16-3.

The win puts the Yanks at 36-23 on the season. Rookie Domingo German starts Sunday as Masahiro Tanaka is pushed back a day.

Correction: German was brought up, but Chad Green got the start.

The Yanks blew the game open right away in the bottom of the first. With two out, Aaron Judge homered (19) and what a laser shot it was. It set the statcast record for the highest exit velocity off the bat EVER at 121.1 MPH. I pray he never hits one like that directly back at the pitcher. That would be scary.

After a single by Holliday and a double by Castro, Sanchez singled in two runs and Didi Gregorius hit a 2-run HR (6) to make it 5-0. Chase Headley walked, went to second on a WP and scored on a single by Chris Carter.

In the second, Aaron Judge and Matt Holliday walked, and manager Joe Girardi gave Starlin Castro the green light on a 3-0 count. It paid off as Castro crushed a 3-run HR (11) to make it 9-0.

To the fourth. Hicks walked, Judge singled and Holliday tied his “bald brother”, Brett Gardner, in their friendly competition, by crushing his 13th HR of the season, a 3-run shot. 12-0.

Meanwhile, Severino retired the first 12 batters he faced.

To the fifth. Gardner singles, Hicks doubles. Judge doubles in two. 14-0.

Things got a little sloppy after that. Severino made his only mistake of the night in a brilliant performance, giving up a solo HR in the seventh.

Giovanny Gallegos gave up a solo HR in the eighth. 14-2.

Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the eighth to make it 16-2 Yanks.

Tommy Layne finished up but not before giving up a run.

Judge 3 for 4, scored 3, 3 RBI. HR
Holliday 3 for 4 scored 3, 3 RBI. HR
Castro 2 for 3, scored 2, 3 RBI HR
Sanchez 3 for 4, scored 2, 4 RBI HR
Gregorius 2 for 5, scored 1, 2 RBI HR
Carter 2 hits, RBI

Severino (W, 5-2, 2.75) 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Gallegos 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 7.27. Gave up 1 HR
Layne 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.62