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Game 96. Yanks slam Rockies, 8-2, behind some ex-Rockies. Lead now 9.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam, ex-Rockies D.J. LeMahieu, Mike Tauchman, and Adam Ottavino tormented their former team, and Aaron Judge added a 2-run HR as the Yanks (63-33) beat Colorado 8-2 Friday night.

With the win, the Yanks’ AL East lead grew to 9 over Tampa Bay and 11 over Boston.

The Rockies struck first, scoring two in the second off of J.A. Happ. Ryan McMahon led off the inning with a HR, then an out later, Chris Ianetta singled and then scored on a double by Garrett Hampson. Hampson advanced to third on the play on an error by Gleyber Torres. Happ got out of further trouble, when, on a fly ball to LF Mike Tauchman,  Tauchman lined up perfectly to catch the ball and then threw a perfect one-hopper to Gary Sanchez to nail Hampson, who was trying to tag up and score on the flyout, at the plate.

The Yanks took over in the third inning. With one out, LeMahieu, the former Rockie (as is Tauchman and Ottavino) singled. Both Judge and Sanchez walked, and Encarnacion hit a grand slam, his 29th HR of the season, to put the Yanks’ up 4-2.

Tauchman was huge in this game. Besides throwing a guy out at the plate, his hustle came up big. He made a nice sliding catch at one point in the game, and in the fourth, with two out, blooped a hit into shallow left. He hustled it into a double, and that hustle paid off when LeMahieu singled him in to make it 5-2.

Tauchman singled with one out in the sixth, and then showed off his hustle again by stealing second. He advanced to third on a throwing error on the play and scored on a fielders’ choice grounder, beating the play at the plate. More hustle. LeMahieu reached on that play, and then Judge added a 2-run HR (11) to make it 8-2.

The Yanks got excellent relief pitching as Happ, Ottavino and Stephen Tarpley combined for 17 K. 

With Nestor Cortes, Jr. having gone a few innings on Thursday, he was sent down and Tarpley brought up in order for the Yanks to have a “fresh arm.”

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI .330
Judge 2-run HR (11), threw out a guy at second.
Encarnacion grand slam HR (29), 4 RBI
Hicks 2 hits
Torres 2 hits
Tauchman 3 hits, scored two runs due to hustle, made great defensive plays.

Happ (W, 8-5, 4.86) 5 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. In and out of trouble all night, helped by Tauchman and Judge.
Ottavino (H, 23) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.66
Tarpley (S, 2) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K.  7.30.

Manager Aaron Boone was suspended for this game due to his ejection in Game 1 of Thursday’s DH.

I can’t help but think. With the excellent defense (and hitting) LeMahieu and Urshela provide, could good bat/weak glove youngsters Clint Frazier and (the injured) Miguel Andujar be on the trade block in order to land a starting pitcher? There are only so many spots to go around to fill up a team, and someone would have to go.

My reports this weekend may be spotty, if at all. I’ll be up in Cooperstown Sunday for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.



Game 90. Yanks almost shut out in 2-1 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

J.A. Happ pitched a great game, but the Yanks didn’t score until there were two out in the ninth as they lost 2-1 to Toronto on Saturday afternoon.

Had they been shutout, it would have snapped a streak of 171 games in which they were not shut out. So it stands (barely) at 172. The record is 308, sent by the Yankees between 1931 and 1933.

I texted-teased my niece and sister, both of whom were at the game, that they were the jinx.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Yanks loaded the bases with two out, but Gary Sanchez liner to CF was caught on a diving catch by CF Randal Grichuk.

With one out in the sixth, Happ gave up a couple of singles, then was pulled from the game for Adam Ottavino. Ottavino struck out Vlad Guerrero, Jr., but then the Blue Jays pulled off a double steal before Grichuk blooped a 2-run single into right field.

In the ninth, Aaron Hicks walked, and after two fly outs, D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge singled, with Judge’s single scoring Hicks and preserving the scoring streak. Luke Voit (just off the IL) then was caught looking on a 3-2 pitch that ended the game.

The Yanks’ (58-32) lead over Tampa Bay was cut to 6 games because the Rays split a DH against the horrible Orioles. Boston stays nine back because they were crushed by the Dodgers.

Judge 4 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits.

Happ (L, 7-5, 4.93) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.77
Cortes, Jr. 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.54
Britton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.41
Hale 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.63

It is two straight games without a HR for the Bronx Bombers. Hopefully that changes in a big way today.

Minor League Report. Lipka hits for cycle at AA.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgThe Major League New York Yankees return to action Friday night vs. Toronto. The first three starters will be German, Happ, then Tanaka.

AAA: SWB (52-38) lost 4-2. SS Tyler Wade (.310) solo HR. 1B Ryan Lavarnway solo HR.

AA: Trenton (46-40) lost 5-3. RF Matt Lipka 4 for 4, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR in the ninth that enabled him to hit for the cycle. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits.

High A: Tampa (39-50) swept a DH.

Completion of suspended game of 7/10 (ppd from 7/9): Won 8-2. LF Pablo Olivares 2 RBI. CF Estevan Florial 4 for 4, RBI.  2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. DH Mickey Gasper 2 hits. C Donny Sands 2 RBI. SS Diego Castillo 3 hits, RBI.

Reg. scheduled game: Won 2-1 in 8 innings (DH’s only go 7 regular innings). RF Steven Sensley solo HR. Both sides only got four hits apiece. Castillo GW RBI single.

Low A: Charleston (46-45) lost 3-1 despite giving up just 3 hits.

Luis Medina 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 10 K.  7.59
Myatt (L, 3-2; BS, 1) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 4 W, 0 K.  4.15
C. Espinal 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  2.50


Game 85. Yanks win 8-4 in extras. Lead is 7 1/2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I have an early doctor’s appt. tomorrow so an early recap of today’s 4th of July game.

First, some All-Star news. Because of an injury, Gleyber Torres was FINALLY selected to the All-Star Game. About time. It was a travesty he was originally left off the team.

Aroldis Chapman blew a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth, but D.J. LeMahieu (MVP!) and Gary Sanchez came through in the top of the 10th as the Yanks (56-29) beat the Rays 8-3.

The win puts the Yanks 7 1/2 games up on Tampa Bay, and it is nine in the loss column. The Yanks have played three less games than the Rays, so three less games in order for the Rays to try to catch them. Boston, depending if they win or lose, will be 11 or 12 out.

The Rays scored a run off of J.A. Happ in the first inning, but Happ, who has been so inconsistent and disappointing this season (ERA over 5), settled in to pitch a good game.

A couple of breaks helped the Yanks score twice in the third. Mike Ford singled, went to second on a PB and scored on a single by Mike Tauchman. Two outs later, Tauchman went to second on a WP and he scored on a double by Aaron Hicks.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a HR (25) in the seventh to make it 3-1 Yanks.

But in the bottom of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman gave up a walk and double to make it 3-2, then two wild pitches enabled the Rays to tie the game. Chapman was all over the place. He needs better command and control than he showed today.

On the double, Aaron Boone challenged the call at the plate. The runner didn’t appear to touch the plate and should have been called out. The call stood, and a freeze-frame showed by the YES network appeared to show that the runner did miss the plate. Tough break, but it did appear he missed the plate by millimeters.

After the two wild pitches that enabled the Rays to tie the game, two singles and a walk loaded the bases before Chapman finally got out of it with a strikeout. Whew.

The Yanks then scored five in the top of the tenth. Gio Urshela walked. Urshela didn’t start the game, but got there in the middle of the game after an MRI showed no problems from that almost injury he had last night. Aaron Judge PH for Tauchman and walked. Brett Gardner put down a beautiful bunt…so beautiful it wasn’t a sacrifice, but a single that loaded the bases. D.J. LeMahieu (too early to start the MVP chant? Yes, but if he keeps this up… ) got a 2-run single to make it 5-3. After Aaron Hicks struck out, Gary Sanchez hit a bomb (461 ft). for a 3-run HR (24) to make it 8-3.

Luis Cessa came in for what should have been an easy tenth inning. What the heck, he had a five run lead.

But he gave up a run, and David Hale had to come in with the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate to close out the 8-4 win.

A little messy from the bullpen trying to close out the game, but a win.

LeMahieu 2 RBI
Sanchez 3-run HR (24)
Encarnacion solo HR (25)

Happ 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K.  5.02
Ottavino (H, 21) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.88
Kahnle (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.18
Britton (H, 18) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.43
Chapman (BS, 3; W, 2-1, 1.85)  2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2 WP.
Cessa 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K.  4.75
Hale (S, 2)  1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.00




Game 77. Yanks winning streak ends at 8. Lose 9-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It was Old-Timer’s Day at the Stadium, and a good time for all of them, and Mariano Rivera even hit an inside-the-park HR.

But then the regular game started and the law of averages took over. The Yanks (49-28), who had won 8 in a row, were due to lose one, and Houston, who had lost seven in a row, were due to win one.

On top of that, Houston had Justin Verlander pitching.

Unfortunately for the Yanks, they had J.A. Happ going. Happ has been the most disappointing starter this season, and he disappointed again today.

This after being so good (7-0) last year after the Yanks got him in a trade with Toronto  … good up until Game 1 of the Division Series against Boston.

Also concerning was that in watching the postgame show, Happ had that look and the answers to questions that looked similar to the look that Sonny Gray had last year. Shellshocked. One of confusion. One that said the pitcher didn’t know what was going on or how to correct it.

And that concerns me. I hope I’m wrong in that assessment. Also, Happ is starting to get booed, much like Gray was last year. Hopefully this isn’t another Sonny Gray scenario.

But Happ has given up 20 HR in just 1/2 a season, and he gave up 3 more today, including one to the first batter of the game, Jose Altuve. Altuve has killed the Yanks.

In the third Altuve got a hustle double and later scored to make it 2-0 Astros.

Happ gave up a grand slam in the fourth. 6-0. He gave up another HR, a 2-run shot in the fifth, 8-0. Luis Cessa came in and gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, 9-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, D.J. LeMahieu hit a 3-run HR (10) to cut it to 9-3. The HR extended the Yanks streak to 26 consecutive games with a HR, breaking the team record, and putting them one behind the all-time record for consecutive games with a HR.

In the eighth, LeMahieu tripled and scored on an RBI groundout by Aaron Judge.

Since coming off the IL, Judge hasn’t got a hit yet. One thing I am worried about is that it is great to get Didi, Hicks, Stanton and Judge back, but it may take each of them a little time to get back in the groove since coming off the IL. None may have their timing down yet.

Nestor Cortes Jr. was brought back to replace the injured Cameron Maybin on the roster.

LeMahieu 3 hits, double shy of cycle, .322, HR and 3 RBI. He had 1/2 of the Yanks’ 6 hits in the game.

Happ (L, 7-4, 5.23)  4+ IP, 8 R, 11 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 3 HR
Cessa 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.   5.11
Hale 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.   3.43

Tampa won, Boston lost. So 4 1/2 up on Tampa, 8 on Boston.



Game 72. Maybin homers in fourth straight game as Yanks win 6-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It’s a good thing Tanaka threw a complete game Monday, because the bullpen was needed Tuesday night.

Although he got the win, J.A. Happ only went the minimum five innings, and four relievers were needed to close out the Yanks (45-27) 6-3 win over Tampa Bay. It is the Yanks’ fourth consecutive victory.

The win puts the Yanks 2 1/2 up on the Rays in the AL East. Boston lost in 17 innings, so the Red Sox are 6 1/2 back.

Cameron Maybin (a most difficult decision when Judge comes back, what do the Yanks do?) homered for the fourth consecutive game, and Edwin Encarnacion got his first Yankees’ HR in the win.

The Yanks scored in the bottom of the first when D.J. LeMahieu singled, Luke Voit walked, Aaron Hicks grounded into a force out and LeMahieu scored on a SF by Gary Sanchez.

Happ gave up a run in the second inning and another in the third and the Rays had a 2-1 lead.

In the fifth, the Yanks scored three runs to go up 4-2. With one out, Gleyber Torres singled, and Maybin singled Torres to second. LeMahieu singled to tie the game, and Voit’s single put the Yanks up 3-2. After Hicks struck out for out number two, Sanchez’ single made it 4-2.

Tommy Kahnle gave up a HR in the seventh and the Yanks’ lead was cut to 4-3.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Maybin homered (5) to make it 5-3, and in the bottom of the eighth, Encarnacion’s 22nd HR (and first as a Yankee) made it 6-3.

The Yanks have an afternoon game today.

In seeing Voit’s success and the acquisition of Encarnacion, not to mention how well Mike Ford is doing at AAA and Chris Gittens at AA, there is a glut of 1B/DH, and you wonder where Greg Bird even fits in now, if at all.

I do wonder why Hicks (.204, hasn’t got it going yet since coming off the IL) is still batting third.

In a forerunner of what is probably to come, Stanton was removed for defense (Gardner) late in the game.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI (.313)
Voit 3 for 3 w/a walk, RBI
Sanchez 2 RBI
Encarnacion solo HR (22, first as a Yankee)
Maybin 3 hits, solo HR (5, has homered in four straight games) (.315)

As mentioned, when Judge comes back, how can you just DFA Maybin? Tough call.

Happ (W, 7-3, 4.59) 5 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Ottavino (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.69
Kahnle (H, 13) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR.   2.93
Britton (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.67
Chapman (S, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.30






Game 67. Un”Happ”y night. Yanks blow 4-0 lead, lose 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yanks placed Kendrys Morales on the IL and sent down Stephen Tarpley. They brought back up Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Mike Tauchman.

With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton due off the IL soon, you wonder if, when Morales recovers, they’ll just DFA him then.

As for the game, disappointing. The Yanks (41-26) blew a 4-0 lead in losing 5-4 to the Chicago White Sox.

J.A. Happ’s season has been disappointing so far, and last night was no exception. Staked to a 4-0 lead after three innings, Happ had to escape a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, then in the fifth gave up a walk, single, double that cut the lead to 4-1, then a 3-run HR that tied it.

The Yanks had scored two runs in the second when Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres singled and after a forceout by Brett Gardner, a WP moved both runners up, scoring Didi. Clint Frazier singled in Gardner to make it 2-0.

Gardner made it 4-0 in the fourth with a 2-run HR (11). The Yanks didn’t score again.

Adam Ottavino gave up a HR in the seventh to make it 5-4.

Tampa Bay lost, so the Yanks maintained their 1/2 a game lead in the AL East, but still….

A disappointing night.

Gregorius 2 hits
Torres 2 hits.
Gardner 2-run HR (11)
Frazier 3 hits, RBI

Happ 5 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.66
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.70
Ottavino (L, 2-2, 1.80) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.68

I’ll be interested to see what pitching moves will be made soon (trade?). So far this month the pitching has been disappointing. The starters aren’t giving length, either, and the bullpen gets overworked.

The Yanks need a couple of games soon where a starter gives them 7 or 8 strong innings, not just five.

For a time last night, we thought last night could or should have been it.