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Game 117. The Aaron’s (Hicks & Judge) and the Kraken power Yanks, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Home runs by the Aaron’s (no, not Henry or Tommy) Hicks and Judge and another by Gary (the Kraken) Sanchez powered the Yanks to a 4-2 subway series win over the Mets Monday night.

I was worried about Luis Cessa starting. He pitched half decently tonight but didn’t provide length (see below…injury). There are times I and others wondered “why Cessa again? Why not bring up Chance Adams?” Cessa does appear better suited for middle relief than a starting role. His numbers seem to back that up.

Now to bring up Adams, the Yanks would have to put him on the 40-man and take someone off. Girardi thinks Adams, despite his fine record in the minors (13-3, 1.96 AA/AAA this year), isn’t ready yet. He may or may not have to be ready now, because Cessa got hurt tonight. I know I, and a lot of the fan base, would like to see the kid. And see him over Cessa, no offense to Cessa. With Cessa’s injury, do we now see Adams?

Cessa left the game in the fifth inning with an apparent back injury. Meanwhile, CC Sabathia apparently tried pitching today and may or may not be ready on Saturday. So he’d fit right back in line if he was ready.

Cessa gave up HRs in the third to both ex-Yankee Curtis Granderson and to Yoenis Cespedes to put the Mets up 2-0.

In the fourth, Sanchez hit a SF to cut the lead to 2-1.

Aaron Judge tied the game with HR #36 in the sixth. The strikeouts did continue, but maybe this HR gets him going again.

With the score tied in the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got HRs from Aaron Hicks (12) and Gary Sanchez (20) to put the game away, 4-2.

For all three, it was their 40th career HR. All three got it in the same game.

Cessa 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.75
Green 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.95. Been great all year.
Robertson (W, 6-2, 2.30) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Betances (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.25

Some further notes. The Yanks may want to bring up someone like Donovan Solano and send Tyler Wade down? Castro will be starting rehab soon and should be back soon, and they need him. Wade, 22, has done well at SWB but is down to .120 and really looks overmatched so far in the majors.

The slump of Judge and the slump of Holliday, combined with the DL stints for Holliday and Castro have really hurt the lineup. 3 homers today helped win the game, but the Yanks will have to be good at playing littleball until some players come back, be it Bird, Holliday and/or Castro.

The win, puts the Yanks at 62-55. With Boston losing, they are now 4 1/2 out in the AL East. They retain the top wild card spot.


Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (76-43) lost 6-3, blowing a 3-1 lead.. 3B Donovan Solano solo HR. DH Ji Man Choi solo HR. CF Jake Cave 2 hits. RF Billy McKinney 2 hits, RBI.

Lail 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. 5.03
Jones (BS, 5; L, 6-4, 4.34) 2 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.

AA: Trenton (78-40) split a DH.

Reg. Sched. game: Lost 3-2. CF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits, 2 RBI. Dillon Tate promoted from Tampa.

Tate (L, 0-1, 4.50) 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 4 W, 2 K.

Makeup of 7/28 rainout: Won 4-0. 2B Abiatal Avelino 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits, RBI. C Francisco Diaz 2 hits.

Mesa 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K. 1.26
Reeves (W, 1-0, 0.00) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 (Just promoted).

High A: Tampa (72-46) won 5-1. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, RBI. Same for CF Estevan Florial. DH Chris Gittens 2 RBI. 1B Tim Lynch 3 hits, RBI.

Swanson (W, 6-2, 3.86) 6 Ip, 0 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Frawley 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 k. 2.70
Lane 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 k. 3.55

Low A: Charleston (65-53) won 7-3. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. 3B Dermis Garcia 2 hits RBI. Same for LF Pablo Olivares.

Nick Green (W, 8-8, 4.77) 5 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Morris 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2.95
Hodson 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00


Game 112. Yanks beat Toronto 11-5 behind Cooper, Todd Frazier.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Unfortunately, the Red Sox aren’t losing (they have won 8 in a row) so the Yanks could not make up ground, but the Yanks did win, so they continue to maintain or increase the advantage they have for the top wild card spot. There is a big series at home against Boston this weekend.

With tonight’s 11-5 win over Toronto, the Yanks record improves to 60-52. Fifty games left. Four back of Boston.

Before the game, Clint Frazier was a late scratch with an oblique problem. He has been slumping badly lately. Aaron Hicks was expected back Friday. That may be bumped up with this problem.

The Yanks struck first, scoring twice in the second on back to back HR by Gary Sanchez (18) and Todd Frazier (19).

Tanaka gave a run right back. 2-1 Yanks after two.

Didi Gregorius homered (18) in the third to make it 3-1 Yanks. Toronto scored in the bottom half of the frame off a stuggling Tanaka to make it 3-2.

In the fifth, with one out, Judge walked. Gregorius doubled Judge to third. After Sanchez struck out for the second out, Todd Frazier doubled in two runs. Ellsbury doubled in Frazier. 6-2 Yanks.

Jose Bautista homered off Tanaka in the bottom of the fifth, and chased him. 6-3.

Toronto got two in the fifth before the Yanks’ bullpen was able to slam the door. 6-5.

The Yanks put the game away in the last two innings. In the eighth, Garrett Cooper’s third hit of the night put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Ronald Torreyes singled in two runs.

In the ninth, with the bases loaded and no one out, a ground out by Ellsbury drove in a run. Cooper singled (his fourth hit) in two more.  11-5.

Gregorius (.311) 3 hits, HR, RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits, HR, RBI.
Todd Frazier 3 hits, HR, 3 RBI.
Ellsbury 2 RBI.
Cooper 4 hits, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Tanaka 4 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 5 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.92. Uncharacteristically wild.
Green (W, 2-0, 2.06) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Kahnle (H, 10) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.38
Robertson (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.44
Betances (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.36
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.89

With Tanaka not going the requisite five innings, it falls to the official scorer. Personally, I would not have given the W to Green (2 runs in 1 1/3?) but probably to Robertson instead. Too many official scorers are lazy, however, and go “by the book.”


Minor League Report.


One thing I would like to remind you about.

This sport of baseball is a crazy sport. Even though the Yanks play with a 25-man roster for most of the year, rosters can expand on Sept. 1.  Other sports don’t do this. Now, how many players will the Yanks leave down in the minors to compete for minor league titles and how many players will they bring up to expand the MLB roster to compete for the playoffs, who knows. But this is one reason I do the minor league report. Once rosters expand, who will be added? That way, you have an idea. For example, remember the big HR Slade Heathcott (now with the Giants AA/AAA) hit a couple of years back that helped the Yanks get in the playoffs?

AAA: SWB (73-41) won 5-0. 2 hits, solo HR 2B Donovan Solano. SS Cito Culver 2 hits, rbi. RF Jake Cave 2 hits, RBI. Neither Aaron Hicks or Tyler Austin, both rehabbing, played.

Lail 4 2/3, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K. 5.23
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.93
Feyereisen (W, 2-2, 2.76) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.93

AA: Trenton off.

HIgh A; Tampa (67-46) won 13-11. 1B Chris Gittens HR 2 RBI. 2B Kyle Holder 3 hits, 2 doubles, 4 RBI. C Donny Sands 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2 doubles, SS Hoy Jung Park. RF Troy Amburgey 2 hits, 1 RBI.

Swanson 2 2/3 IP, 10 R, 7 Er, 9 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.92
Frare 1  1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 5 W, 2 K. 5.82
Reeves 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K. 2.52
Lane (W, 2-1, 3.72) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Harvey (S, 1) 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 h, 0 w, 1 K. 1.56

Low A: Charleston (61-52) lost 6-4. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera HR, 4 rbi.  3 hits, 2 doubles, LF Dalton Blaser.

Nick Green (L, 7-8, 4.92)  3 IP, 6 r, 6 h, 1 w, 3 k. Gave up 1 HR.
Morris 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 8 K. 2.72
Harris 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 2.55



Game 108. Yanks lose 4th in a row, 7-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jaime Garcia’s Yankees’ debut didn’t go well as the Yanks lost their fourth straight game, 7-2.

The loss puts the Yanks at 57-51 at the 2/3rd mark of the season, meaning they are on an 85/86 win pace.

They fell to 3 games behind Boston in the AL East. They still hold the top wild card spot.

The Yanks picked up a lot of pitching help at the trade deadline, but the bats have gone dead lately. Before the All Star Break, they averaged 5.4 runs per game. Since? 4.0.

Gary Sanchez needs to work a bit on his defense. One of the two runs Cleveland scored in the second inning came courtesy of Sanchez’ 12th passed ball of the season.

Sanchez’ passed ball was part of some sloppiness the Yanks have shown defensively over the past few games. Aaron Judge made an error in the third inning, an inning where Cleveland scored two more runs to make it 4-0. Both Garcia and Chad Green threw wild pitches in the game.

UPDATE: Joe Girardi called out Sanchez’ sloppy defense after the game.

Todd Frazier homered (18) in the fifth to put the Yanks on the board, but they left the bases loaded. Cleveland came back with two more runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-1.

Cleveland got a run in the eighth and Brett Gardner’s RBI single in the ninth for the Yanks accounted for the final score of 7-2.

Five different Yanks had two hits, but the Yanks were not bunching them at the right times. Rookie Clint Frazier is another who has cooled off lately. He isn’t alone.

Garcia (L, 5-8, 4.49) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 H, 4 W, 4 K.
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K. 1.74. Green has been superb this year.
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.44



Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (69-39) won 5-1. LF Billy McKinney, 3-run HR. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits, RBI. RF Jake Cave 2 hits. DH Mark Payton 2 hits.

Adams (W, 7-3, 2.32) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 4 W, 3 K.
Feyerisen (H, 3) 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.03
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 k. 3.14

Adams is 11-3, 1.93 between AA/AAA this season. He’ll be 23 soon.

AA: Trenton (72-35) lost 3-1. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 3 hits, RBI. 2B Nick Solak has been promoted to Trenton.

Koerner (L, 3-3, 3.72) 3 R, 7 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Schwaab 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 7.11

High A: Tampa (64-44) won 5-3. 1B Tim Lynch solo HR. CF Estevan Florial has been promoted to Tampa, as has 2B Hoy Jung Park (I can’t list all moves, but if I see someone has been moved up, I’ll state so).

Swanson (W, 5-2, 3.23) 7 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Frawley (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.05
Foley (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.84

Low A: Charleston (58-49) scored twice in the bottom of the ninth but lost a slugfest, 11-10. RF Isiah Gilliam double, HR, 4 RBI. 3B Dermis Garcia solo HR. CF Carlos Vidal 2 hits, 3 RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 3 hits, RBI. 2 hits each for DH Steven Sensley and LF Pablo Olivares.

Nick Green (L, 7-7, 4.52) 2 2/3 IP, 9 R, 8 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 6 K.
DeCarr 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.75
Mundell 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 2.17
Harris 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.05

Game 103. Yanks’ six game winning streak ends. Playing chicken w/A’s?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This is why the Yankees acquired Jamie Garcia this morning.

Even though Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino have done well, neither has pitched, say, 200 innings in a season before. The Yankees therefore, are worried about both “Hitting the Wall” in the months of August and September.

Yesterday, Caleb Smith was knocked out in the fourth inning. Today, Jordan Montgomery was knocked out in the third. You can’t have that, no matter how good your bullpen is. You’ll burn out that bullpen.

As of now, no deal for Sonny Gray. The trade deadline (non/waivers) is 4 PM tomorrow, Monday. It appears as if the Yanks and A’s are playing a game of “chicken.”

As for today, the Yanks had chances to extend their six game winning streak but fell short. Aaron Judge, since the All-Star Game, is slumping. He’s dropped 30 points off the batting average. He is so strong that he can hit HRs the other way. Stop pulling off the ball, concentrate on hitting the ball the other way or up the middle and the HRs will return.

Matt Holliday is down to .234 with his slump.

The only offensive threat the Yanks had today as from the “Mighty Mite”, Ronald Torreyes. He had two of their four hits and all three RBI.

Montgomery gave up a run in the top of the first.

Torreyes hit a 2-run HR (3) to put the Yanks up 2-1 after two.

Montgomery got knocked out in the third when the Rays scored three to go up 4-2.

In the fourth, Todd Frazier walked and Torreyes doubled him home. 4-3.

Tampa Bay got an insurance run in the 8th, 5-3.

Clint Frazier made a nice defensive play at the start of the game.

The Yanks caught a break with Austin Romine. He had a rough day, taking a foul tip off of the throat protector, catching the backswing off an at bat,  and getting a bruised hand off an HBP. He’s banged up.

The Yanks were 1 for 11 w/RISP today.

Boston lost, so the Yanks (56-47) remain in first by 1/2 a game.

Detroit, Justin Verlander (if he isn’t dealt) and his fiancee, Kate Upton, are next.

Don’t expect Verlander to go to the Yanks, unless the Tigers want to assume some of Jacoby Ellsbury’s $alary in return.

Montgomery (L, 7-6, 4.15) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Cessa 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 w, 4 K. 4.83
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.70
Green 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K. 1.83.

The Yanks lost despite striking out 16 Rays.

Here is a question. Is it me, or does it seem that Luis Cessa works better out of the bullpen as a long man than as a starter? I believe that’s the case. If so, maximize his potential. Forget about him a starter. Concentrate on him as a long man, as you do with Green and Warren.

Moves. Before the game, Shreve up from SWB, Smith sent down.

After the game, Cessa sent down. I believe this is to make room for the recently acquired Jamie Garcia.