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Games 68 & 69. Yanks lose suspended game, win makeup game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First off, the remainder of the suspended game from May 15. The Yanks and Nationals resumed the game in the top of the sixth, with the score tied at 3. Tyler Austin, now in the minors, had hit 2 HR and drove in all 3 runs for the Yanks in that game.

Chad Green “started” today, and I won’t get into numbers, because the suspension of the game really throws things off. For example, Juan Soto, who made his MLB debut on May 20, hits his “first” MLB HR of the year in the bottom of the sixth to give the Nationals the 5-3 win, but it isn’t counted as his first MLB HR, and his “MLB debut” came five days after the start of this game, and the first HR after that is counted as his first MLB HR. You may recall that last week, the teen sensation hit 2 HR at the Stadium against the Yanks. The suspension and completion throws everything out of whack. Confused? I am, and I am not going to get more confused.

And I ain’t going back to make this game #41 and renumbering every game after that. Let’s just say result #68 and go from there.

Before the game, the Yanks sent down Ronald Torreyes and brought up Clint Frazier because of concerns over Brett Gardner’s sore knee. Giovanny Gallegos was player #26 for the other game.

Anyway, Chad Green lost the suspended game by giving up the two-run HR by Soto in the bottom of the sixth. The Yanks had a threat in the eighth, but couldn’t get it done.

As for the regular game, a makeup of a May 16 rainout, the Yanks won 4-2, making their record 47-22.

In the first, Hicks doubled and Stanton singled him in.

Sonny Gray gave up runs in the second and fourth. Gleyber Torres made a big play to keep another run from scoring in that second inning.

Aaron Judge made a nice play in the third.

In the fifth, Romine singled, Gray tried to bunt him over but bunted into a force play. Hicks then hit a 2-run HR (9) to put the Yanks up 3-2.

In the seventh, Clint Frazier, pinch-hitting, was hit by a pitch and went to second on an errant pickoff throw. After a walk to Judge, Stanton hit a double to make it 4-2.

In the meantime, Jonathan Holder had shut down a potential Nats rally in the sixth.

Dellin Betances was dominant in the eighth, but Aroldis Chapman ran into trouble in the ninth and was helped on a great play by Judge to end the game.

Hicks 2 hits, 2-run HR.
Judge 2 nice defensive plays.
Stanton 4 hits, 2 RBI

Gray (W, 5-4, 4.89) 5+ IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Holder (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R,  0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.19. Great job getting out of a jam.
Robertson (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.58
Betances (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.09. Dominant.
Chapman (S, 21) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. Struggled, helped by Judge D.   1.14

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Game 63. Nats win battle of the youngsters, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

21 year old Gleyber Torres hit a HR for the Yanks tonight, but 19 year old Juan Soto hit 2 for Washington in the Nationals’ 5-4 win over the Yanks Wednesday night.

Soto was the youngest to HR against the Yanks since Andruw Jones in the 1996 WS. Jones hit 2 in that game, and Soto also was the youngest to have a multi-HR game against the Yanks in the regular season game Gsince Junior Griffey in 1989.

Because of a viewing and funeral (one of my uncles died) I will not be posting a minor league recap of the Wednesday games, just this one.

Sonny Gray was, well, mediocre again. If not for him picking off two runners from first base and getting an OF assist from Brett Gardner, things could have been worse.

Top of the first. Double, single, strikeout but SB, and SF gives Washington a run.

In the bottom of the first, Gardner singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a SF by Judge.

In the second, Bird hit his third HR of the year, 2-1 Yanks.

A double by Judge and single by Stanton made it 3-1 Yanks in the third.

With two out in the fourth, Gray gave up a walk, single and a three-run HR to Soto that barely made the seats.

In the bottom of the fifth, Gleyber Torres’ 12th HR of the year tied the game.

But in the seventh, Soto hit his second HR of the game, this one off of Chasen Shreve, and that was the game. 5-4 Nats. With Boston’s win over pathetic Baltimore, the 43-20 Yanks drop one game behind Boston, even though the Yanks have a better winning percentage.

In the bottom of the ninth, down 5-4, I was surprised that Romine hit for himself and that Boone didn’t PH Sanchez for Romine, hoping for some lightning.

Stanton 3 hits, RBI.
Bird 2 hits, solo HR.
Torres solo HR.

Gray 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.98
Shreve (L, 2-1, 4.37) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.82
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.38

Game 58. Yanks blank Jays in 13, 3-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The game was scoreless in the top of the thirteenth inning when Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR (17) and Giancarlo Stanton followed later with a solo one (14) to enable the Yankees to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 and stay one game behind Boston in the AL East. The Yanks are 40-18, Boston 43-19. (The Yanks have played four less games. If they go 3-1 in those four games, then the teams are tied).

Sonny Gray was fabulous. This is the Sonny Gray the Yanks traded for last year and hope to have for the rest of the season.

Gardner 2 hits.
Judge 2-run HR
Stanton solo HR.

Gray 8 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 8 K. 4.81
Green 2 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.10
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.81
Robertson (W, 4-2, 4.08) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.40

The Yanks are off Thursday. They play the Mets in Queens in a three game series this weekend. I’ll be at the Sunday night game.

 

Game 53. Yanks beat O’s, 4-1. Ex-Yank Barker passes away.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Going into Friday night’s games, the Red Sox were 6-1 against Baltimore, 9-4 against Tampa Bay (13 games against the Rays already!!! The Yanks have only played them twice!), and  7-2 vs. Toronto ….. so Boston is 22-7 (29 games vs. the AL East outside of the Yanks) while the Yanks are 1-3 against Baltimore, 2-0 vs. the Rays, and 5-3 vs. Toronto (just 14 games in the AL East outside of Boston), so 8-6 against the AL East outside of Boston.

Boston 22-7 vs, the AL East outside of the Yankees.
Yankees 8-6 outside the AL East outside of Boston.

The Yanks are now 1/2 game behind Boston.

In just the AL East, outside of each other, the Red Sox are 6 1/2 games better than the Yankees.

So now you know WHY the Red Sox are ahead of the Yankees by 1/2 a game right now.   

In order to match or catch Boston, the Yanks must match or better what Boston has done vs. the dregs of the AL East, as well as beat Boston in their head to head matchups.

So the Yankees faced Baltimore, one of the worst teams in the league, tonight. The Yanks won 4-1 while Boston had a good matchup vs. Houston (the defending WS champs) and lost.

So that puts the 36-17 Yanks 1/2 game behind Boston now.

In the bottom of the first, Sonny Gray gave up a HR to Manny Machado. Two thoughts on that. The first was, that here we go again with Sonny Gray. The other? It’s Manny Machado, let’s give Sonny a pass on that.

Well, the pass worked, for other than that, Sonny was good tonight.

In the third, the Yanks tied the game but could have had so much more. Walker singled, Romine walked. Torres singled to tie the game. Gardner singled to load the bases. Big inning coming? Nope. Judge struck out, Bird hit into a force at the plate and Stanton grounded out. Aaargh.

That Torres RBI? #27. Can you believe he is just 2 RBI behind Stanton with three less weeks of playing time with the Yanks?  

In the fifth, Torres doubled, but in trying for a triple, lost a shoe and was barely thrown out at third. Gardner then singled, which could have meant a run. Gardy stole second (six for six for the season) and after Judge made out, Bird tripled to make it 2-1.

In the sixth, Didi singled and stole second (by the way, check out Didi’s Twitter account after a Yankees win for his creative use of emojis to describe various Yankees’ players). Romine, riding a 10-game hitting streak, doubled him home to make it 3-1.

At the start of spring training, Boone and his coaching staff challenged Romine, the backup catcher, to hit better. They believed he was better than the .220 hitter he has been from 2011-2017 with the Yanks, with just an OPS+ of 54.

And yes, I was down on Romine this past off-season.

Romine has so far responded to the challenge. He is at .375-3-16 so far this season, far exceeding expectations. I wanted improvement (as did Boone and the coaching staff) and he is doing much better than the improvement we were seeking.

In the seventh, Judge homered (16) to make it 4-1.

Dellin Betances gave us a scare in the eighth, but the Yanks wrapped up a win.

Gray (W, 4-4, 5.50) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP
Green (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.33
Betances (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 HBP.  4.13
Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.48

Ray Barker, who played for the Yanks 1965-1967, died this week at the age of 82. He was 0 for 6 for the 1960 Orioles, and made it back to the majors in 1965. With the Indians in 1965 he was 0 for 6 when he was traded to the Yankees for Pedro Gonzalez.

Barker, mostly a 1B, hit .254-7-31 in 205 AB for the Yanks in 1965. OPS+109. Decent.

In 1966, 75 AB, .187-3-13. OPS+ 73.

He went 2 for 26 in 17 games in 1967 for the Yanks, and was traded to the Orioles for Steve Barber. He never played in the majors again.

Barker played in 192 MLB games. He hit .214-10-44 in 318 MLB at bats, OPS + 84.

All-Star Voting began today.

 

Game 48. Bird back, Toe sent down, Gray bombed in Yanks’ 11-4 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sonny Gray was bombed, and there were surprising and questionable decisions made yesterday before and during the Yanks’ 11-4 loss to the Angels Saturday night.

Greg Bird came off the DL and made his season debut, going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. But the expected move, sending Tyler Austin down to AAA, didn’t happen. Instead, it was Ronald Torreyes, the supersub who was hitting .339, who went down to AAA. It was a tough, difficult decision to make, and one that shook up the team. Manager Aaron Boone even said it was undeserved, but the Yanks have a numbers crunch. You can only have so many players on a team, and as a result, some deserving players who could be starting for other teams are playing for SWB right now.

Which means, as an article in the NY Post states, that the Yanks really need to establish their identity. What is the roster of this team? And as for the guys at AAA who could be starting elsewhere, maybe the Yanks should look into dealing these guys. Especially for starting pitching help. And maybe include Sonny Gray in the deal for other starting pitchers.

In order to catch Boston in the AL East (the Yanks are now 32-16 and two games back. Still a great record but we are thinking ahead here) and/or to deal with Boston and Houston and maybe others in the postseason, the Yanks will need for Tanaka (5-2, but with a 4.95 ERA, ERA+ 88) and Gray (3-4, 5.98, ERA+ 73) to step it up or they need to trade for someone to bolster the rotation. CC turns 38 in July. Montgomery is on the DL. Maybe Justus Sheffield in the future comes up, but he isn’t ready yet and just came off the DL himself. The Yanks need another starter (Severino can’t do it himself) and they have the prospects to get one. Especially with guys like Torreyes, Drury and Clint Frazier. Also with guys like Estrada, Avelino and Tyler Wade, all infielders who are stuck behind Didi and Gleyber Torres.

They also, surprisingly, could use bullpen help. The bullpen, hyped as maybe the best ever, right now has guys with ERAs of 4.76 (Robertson), 4.71 (Betances), 4.82 (Shreve) and 7.88 (Kahnle).

How soon will Cashman pull the trigger?

As for Sonny Gray, he was bad again, getting knocked out in the fourth, and failing to hold a 4-1 lead. After Gray gave up a run in the top of the first, courtesy of a Mike Trout RBI double (Trout went 5 for 5, HR, 3 doubles, scored 3 runs and had 4 RBI), the Yanks took the lead back on back-to-back homers by Gardner (2) and Judge (14). For Gardner, it was his first HR since Opening Day.

Austin Romine sliced a 2-run HR (3) off the right-field foul pole in the bottom of the second to put the Yanks up 4-1. Then the roof fell in.

Gray gave up two runs in the third as the Angels cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-3.

In the fourth, Boone made a decision that I disagreed with. With two out and a man on third, he elected to pitch to Trout, who already had two doubles. You don’t let the big guy beat you. I was mentioning to a friend that I’d walk him. Now Boone did say that Trout would probably have stolen second anyway, taking the force away, and that you weren’t throwing through with the runner on third, and he didn’t want to put the go-ahead run on second. Fair enough. But Trout already had two doubles, and was the go-ahead run in the batter’s box. You guessed it. 2-run HR to give the Angels a 5-4 lead.

The Angels got four runs, two of them unearned, in the sixth off of Tommy Kahnle, and here I wonder about Kahnle being back with the team off of the DL. I don’t know if he had more time to be on the DL, but it seemed as if he was rushed back. (You wonder that about Bird, too). Kahnle had a couple of rehab stints before being reactivated on Friday, but he didn’t exactly put up impressive numbers in those rehab minor league games and he didn’t look good last night.

Chasen Shreve gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh to close out the scoring.

Judge 2 for 2 with 2 walks, solo HR.
Didi’s slump continues. Down to .234. We need him to snap out of it.
Andujar 2 hits.
Romine 2 hits, a 2-run HR

Gray (L, 3-4, 5.98) 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.31
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. 7.88
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.82 Gave up 1 HR.
Cole 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.11 (but 0.00 as a Yankee)

Game 43. The Austins (Tyler and Romine) power Yanks to a 10-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Yeah, Baby!

Tyler Austin powered the Yanks to a 10-1 win over KC on Sunday, as he hit two two-run homers, and not to be outdone, Austin Romine hit one himself.

Miguel Andujar also homered.

Sonny Gray had his best outing of the year, 1 R in 8 IP.

The Yanks broke open a scoreless duel in the fourth when Hicks walked and Austin hit a 2-run HR. Andujar then tripled and scored on a broken-bat single by Romine. 3-0 Yanks.

In the fifth, Stanton doubled and Hicks tripled him home. 4-0. Austin’s 2nd HR of the game, and eighth of the season, made it 6-0.

Meanwhile, Sonny Gray retired the first 14 batters he faced.

In the eighth, Romine doubled, Torreyes singled him to third. After an out, Gardner singled to make it 7-0. Judge walked to load the bases and a WP made it 8-0.

KC got a run in the bottom of the eighth, but Andujar (4) and Romine (1) hit back-to-back homers in the ninth to make it 10-1.

The win puts the Yanks at 30-13 for the season, and keeps them percentage points above Boston (but two up in the loss column). They head to Texas, and Monday it will be Tanaka vs. the “Big Sexy”, Bartolo Colon. Colon turns 45 on Thursday.

Stanton 2 hits. Double.
Hicks 2 hits, triple, RBI.
Austin 2 HR, 4 RBI
Andujar 3 hits, triple, HR
Romine 3 hits, double, HR. 2 RBI

Gray (W, 3-3, 5.48) 8 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Cole 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 8.80 (Wash/NYY)

 

Game 38. Yanks’ pitching awful in 10-5 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks’ pitching was awful, giving up 4 HR, in a 10-5 loss to Oakland Friday night. The loss drops the Yanks to 26-12, but they remain tied for first with Boston since Boston lost in extra-inning/walk-off-HR fashion up in Toronto.

Sonny Gray should worry less about a personal catcher and worry more about getting his pitching act together. Otherwise he could find himself, along with prospects, packaged at the trade deadline for another starting pitcher. So far it seems like he could be a Randy Johnson type who can do well elsewhere but who can’t handle NYC. I hope not, but we need to see better results than this.

Gray gave up two homers and three runs in the second, another run in the third. Gleyber Torres hit a HR (3) to pull the Yanks to within 4-1 after three but the A’s made it 5-1 in the fourth.

Aaron Judge’s tenth HR of the year, a three-run shot, made it 5-4 in the fifth.

Yesterday I wrote about how it seemed like Aaron Boone was trying to avoid using David Hale or A.J. Cole. He was forced to use Hale yesterday, and we saw why he was hesitant to use him. Hale gave up a HR in the sixth to make it 6-4 Oakland.

The Yanks got a run in the seventh to cut it to 6-5, but the opportunity to win the game slipped away here and then the pitching in the eighth and ninth eliminated all hope. In the bottom of the seventh, Andujar and Romine singled and Torres bunted them over. Gardner and Judge walked, with Judge’s walk forcing in a run to make it 6-5. Bases loaded, one out, but the slumping Didi flied out, and not deep enough to bring a run home, and Stanton popped out. The Yanks had a chance to break the game open, take the lead, but couldn’t do it.

Hale then gave up another HR in the eighth and Oakland was up 7-5.

Then David Robertson came in for the ninth and was awful, giving up three runs.

Gardner 1 for 2, 3 walks.
Judge 3-run HR (10), 4 RBI
Torres HR (3)

Gray (L, 2-2, 6.39) 5 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Hale 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.75 Gave up 2 HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.19