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Minor League Report.

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AAA: Didi Gregorius rehab for SWB : DH, 0 for 4. Taking a while to get his stroke back.  1 for 16 on rehab.

SWB (30-21) lost 6-5 to Lehigh Valley. Joe Harvey’s 4 walks in the top of the ninth cost the Railriders the game. 2B/SS Breyvic Valera 2 hits. (.441). LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits, 4 RBI, 3-run HR. CF Billy Burns 2 hits. Starter Randall Delgado 6 IP, 2 R.

AA: Trenton (32-20) lost 4-1. SS Hoy Jun Park 2 hits (.329). 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, RBI. RF Matt Lipka 2 hits.

High A:  Tampa (23-32) lost 7-3. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 RBI, solo HR.

Low A: Charleston (30-26) won 5-0. 3B Max Burt 2 hits, solo HR.

Nolan Martinez (W, 1-0, 1.15) 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K.
McGarity 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.57

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Game 54. First four batters doom Yanks, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Four batters and 14 pitches into the game, the Yanks were down 4-0. They fought back but lost 5-4.

So at the 1/3 point in the season, the Yanks are 35-19 (a 105 win pace, despite all the injuries) and the lead in the AL East is one game over Tampa Bay.

Those 14 pitches resulted in an error, a single, a bloop single for a run, and a 3-run HR. Before recording an out, Masahiro Tanaka and the Yanks were down 4-0. Tanaka rebounded to give six innings, but the rough beginning put the Yanks in a hole they couldn’t get out of.

In the fourth, the Yanks got a run when Gary Sanchez hit his 17th HR of the season.

San Diego got a run in the sixth to go up 5-1.

The Yanks got three in the seventh when Kendrys Morales walked, and one out later, Thairo Estrada walked. Brett Gardner singled to load the bases, and D.J. LeMahieu singled in two runs to make it 5-3. Luke Voit re-loaded the bases with an infield single. Aaron Hicks drove in a run on a ground out, 5-4.

The Yanks put the leadoff man on in the ninth, but couldn’t bring him around to tie the game.

LeMahieu 2 RBI (.313)
Voit 2 hits
Hicks 2 hits, RBI
Sanchez solo HR (17)
Urshela 1 for 1, PH single (.333)

Tanaka (L, 3-4, 3.20) 6 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 9 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Joe Harvey 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.  4.50
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  3.16

Aaron Judge has started hitting off a tee. Didi Gregorius’ AAA rehab game was rained out. James Paxton comes off the DL today to start and CC looks good to go for Sunday. Slowly, some guys are starting to work at coming off the DL.

UPDATE: After the game, Harvey was sent down to make room for Paxton’s return.

Game 52. Yanks rally to force extras but lose in 10th, 8-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nothing lasts forever.

Domingo German came into the game with a 9-1 record (it stays 9-1) and the Yanks were on a seven-game winning streak.

German had an off-day, giving up 4 HR, and the Yanks, down 7-1 at one point, rallied with three runs with two out in the ninth to force extra innings only to lose 8-7 in the tenth.

Before the game, Jake Barrett to the IL (elbow inflammation), Joe Harvey brought up.

The Yanks scored first when with one out in the second, Gleyber Torres singled, Kendrys Morales walked and Clint Frazier singled in Torres.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the second, then a solo shot in the fourth.

In the fifth, back-to-back HR given up by German scored three more runs and the Yanks were in a 7-1 hole.

Gleyber Torres got the Yanks back in the game with a 3-run HR (13) in the sixth. 7-4.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Frazier and Gio Urshela singled. Frazier had to watch himself as he could have been picked off second. Brett Gardner struck out and the Yanks were down to their final out. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Frazier to make it 7-5. Luke Voit walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks singled to tie the game.

Here is where I had a lot of questions. I don’t know what relievers were available, but I found some decisions a bit strange.

Manager Aaron Boone left Nestor Cortes, Jr. in to pitch a fourth inning after the Yanks had tied it up. I had figured that once the Yanks did tie it up, that someone like Ottavino, Kahnle, or Britton might now come in. Instead Cortes stayed out there. He got the first two outs, then got into a jam, giving up two singles and an intentional walk to load the bases before getting out of it with a pop-up. Even after Cortes gave up the hits, he stayed out there. Odd, I thought, stretching Cortes out to four innings, especially with the game on the line.

Then in the tenth, Boone brought in Jonathan Holder rather than someone else. As I mentioned, I don’t know who was or wasn’t available, but I am not too comfortable with Holder in a tight game. Of all the regular relievers (those who have pitched in ten or more games this year, not those on the SWB shuttle), only Chad Green has a higher ERA than Holder. So my “trust factor” in Holder isn’t as high as with the others. But again, it may have been a case of lose the battle to win the war. Who was and wasn’t available.

Holder’s biggest mistake was, with one out, walking the #9 hitter, Billy Hamilton. Hamilton has little power, but a great deal of speed. You just can’t walk him there (and on five pitches). You have to make him earn his way on. Sure enough, Hamilton stole second. After Gio Urshela made a fabulous play for the second out, Whit Merrifield hit one past Urshela that ate him up and that ended the ballgame.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa did make an interesting and true observation the other day. As much as we love the bats of Sanchez, Voit, Frazier and Andujar, the Yanks will have to make some decisions on them. Now Sanchez and Voit aren’t going anywhere, but Frazier and Andujar’s futures could turn on their defense, or lack of it. As much as we love their bats, their defense can’t be so bad that it negates their sticks. We know the problems with Sanchez on wild pitches and passed balls. Voit is Ok, but more Giambi than Mattingly-like at 1B.  You can’t just field a team that cannot play the D. Judging by what I heard, I think Francesa thinks that if Frazier’s and Andujar’s D don’t pick up in the upcoming years, that both could be on the trade block. One reason for the Yanks winning right now is the defense of guys like LeMahieu and Urshela. Maybe Frazier (and this was mentioned on YES’ postgame show) is a little gun-shy after his concussion last year, but his defense in this KC series left a lot to be desired, especially when he got close to the wall. And it hasn’t just been in this past KC series, either.

The “easy” part of the Yanks’ schedule is now over. They don’t have as many Orioles/KC/White Sox teams anymore. The schedule now gets tougher. They have a 3-game series at home now against SD, followed by 4 games at home against Boston. They’ll be facing tougher teams now.

To their credit, the Yanks did what they should do with the soft schedule they’ve had so far. Win. 34-18. Up by 2 games in the AL East, even with a team decimated by injuries. Good job so far.

But decisions will have to be made soon. Didi Gregorius will move up to AAA SWB on Tuesday and should be back in maybe one or two weeks. What I would do when he comes back is not to send down Thairo Estrada, but to DFA Kendrys Morales. Didi could DH (until Stanton returns) instead of Morales. By having Didi DH, you protect that recently operated on right elbow of his. You play him at SS every so often to give Torres or LeMahieu a rest, and LeMahieu or Estrada can go to 3B to give Urshela a breather. LeMahieu can spell Voit at 1B. To me, Morales (5 for 30) as a Yankee is expendable. I would like to keep Estrada (.318) a bit longer. We’ll see what the Yanks do.

Also, when Stanton or Judge return, more decisions. Frazier has options, Maybin doesn’t. It may be better to keep Maybin’s defense and speed on the bench for now (out of options) and send down Frazier (who has options) to work on his defense once Judge or Stanton, whoever is first, comes back.

But when guys return, tough decisions will have to be made, and someone who is performing well now will have to go for guys like Didi, Judge and Stanton to regain their spots.

That goes for pitchers too, when Paxton, Severino, Betances and Montgomery come back and also if, after the baseball draft, the Yanks outbid the Rays for someone like Dallas Keuchel.

The moves in the next few months will be very interesting.

The game:

Hicks 2 RBI (tied game in 9th)
Torres 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR (13)
Frazier 3 hits, RBI. Did make an error.
Urshela 2 hits

German 5 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 0 W, 6 K. 3.43. Gave up 4 HR.
Cortes 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K.  5.40
Holder (L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

A non-baseball note: RIP Bart Starr, #15, QB for those great Lombardi Green Bay Packer teams of the 1960s. Starr was a 5x Champion. After losing in the 1960 NFL title game to the Eagles, Starr led the Packers to NFL titles in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1967. The 1966 and 1967 titles were followed with wins over the AFL (pre-merger) in Super Bowls I and II, both of which Starr was the MVP in. Starr was 85.

Update: With Paxton still on the shelf, as well as CC and Loaisiga (and Adams went 4 innings the other day, Cortes 4 yesterday), Chad Green will once again be the “opener” today, hence the decisions of yesterday to save the bullpen. Pitching, especially starting, reinforcements can’t arrive fast enough, whether it be Paxton and CC getting off the DL (along with Severino and Montgomery) or getting another starter.

Game 35. O Gio My! Yanks get 3 in bottom of 9th to shock M’s, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gio Urshela hit a game-tying 2-run HR in the bottom of the ninth, and D.J. LeMahieu soon followed with a game-winning RBI single as the Yankees (21-14) scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to stun Seattle and win 5-4.

Seattle scored first, getting a run in the second inning. It could have been more except for a fielder’s choice wherein Urshela nabbed a runner at the plate.

The Yanks came back to tie it in the third. Urshela doubled, went to third on a flyout by Cameron Maybin and scored on a groundout by Brett Gardner.

Tanaka gave up a HR in the sixth to Edwin Encarnacion and Seattle was up 2-1.

In the eighth, after a long rain delay in the seventh inning, Seattle struck twice. Urshela made an error that led to two unearned runs. One run scored on a seeing-eye bloop double by Jay Bruce.

Clint Frazier has a fine bat, but his defense needs work. He made one error in the game and he and Brett Gardner messed up another flyball that should have been caught but fell for a single.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks cut the gap to 4-2. Gardner and LeMahieu walked, and after Luke Voit hit into a forceout and Gary Sanchez struck out, Gardner scored on a WP.

In the top of the ninth, Seattle had men on second and third with one out and once again, Urshela came home on a fielder’s choice and nabbed the runner at the plate. Those two occurences proved huge in the game.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Gleyber Torres singled, and on an 0-2 pitch, Urshela drilled his second HR of the season over the CF wall to tie the game. Cameron Maybin singled, stole second, and scored (barely getting in before the tag) on a single by LeMahieu. The Mariners challenged the call, but lost the challenge.

LeMahieu 2 hits, GW RBI, .330
Torres 2 hits
Urshela 2 hits, Game-tying 2-run HR, 2 RBI .360
Maybin 2 hits, .360

Maybe Andujar (.179) should be dropped out of cleanup until he gets his feet wet again. He’s been slumping since coming off of the DL.

Tanaka 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.77
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   3.79
Kahnle 1 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.29
Harvey (W, 1-0, 5.40) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.

For Joe Harvey, it was his first MLB victory.

 

 

 

Game 32. Paxton to DL, and Yanks fall, 7-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before Saturday’s game, the Yanks put James Paxton on the 10 day DL. They brought up Jake Barrett from SWB, where Barrett was 0-1, 1.50 in eight games. Barrett, 27, RHP, spent MLB time with Arizona 2016-2018, going 2-4, 4.05, ERA+ 113. He’ll probably be with the Yanks until the Yanks need a starter (Loaisiga, probably) to fill Paxton’s spot next turn around.

J.A. Happ, meanwhile, gave up 2 HR in the Yanks’ (18-14) 7-3 loss to the Twins Saturday. It’s been a disappointing start to the season for Happ so far, and with Paxton now shelved, the Yanks really need Happ to step it up.

The Yanks were down 5-0 in the seventh when Brett Gardner doubled, Cameron Maybin singled him to third and Gardner scored with Maybin moving up on a WP. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Maybin to cut it to 5-2.

But the Twins came right back with runs in the eighth and ninth.

The other Yankees’ run came when Gary Sanchez hit his eleventh HR of the year in the bottom of the eighth.

Miguel Andujar returned to the lineup, had a hit but made two errors.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Sanchez solo HR

Happ (L, 1-3, 4.93) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Harvey 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.14
Tarpley 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  10.38
Barrett 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40 Gave up 1 HR.

Today’s game (Sunday) has been pushed back from 1 PM to 4 PM because of the weather. The Yanks hope the rain stops and that they can get the game in.

 

 

Game 28. Yanks complete sweep of Giants with 11-5 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (17-11) completed a weekend sweep of the Giants with an 11-5 win Sunday and also got fortunate that two players weren’t hurt worse.

D.J. LeMahieu (knee) and Gio Urshela (HBP on hand) got negatives on X-rays after both were forced to leave the game. Just what the Yanks would have needed— more injuries. They are off Monday and Thursday of this week, so time for healing.

The Yanks scored twice in each of the first three innings. In the first, LeMahieu singled and both Luke Voit and Brett Gardner walked to load the bases. Gary Sanchez reached on an error and it was 1-0 Yanks. The second run scored when Gleyber Torres GIDP.

Urshela singled to lead off the second, and Tyler Wade walked. With two out, both runners moved up on an error on a pickoff attempt and Voit singled them both home. 4-0 Yanks.

Torres hit a 2-run HR (5) in the third. 6-0.

The Yanks made it 8-0 in the sixth when Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run HR (8).

Domingo German had a one-hit shutout through five innings but faltered in the sixth, giving up four runs.

The Yanks got insurance with three runs in the top of the ninth. Torres walked and went to second on a WP. Mike Tauchman singled Torres to third. Cameron Maybin singled in Torres and both runners moved up to second and third on the throw. Tyler Wade then singled them both in. 11-4.

Joe Harvey gave up a HR in the bottom of the ninth.

Thairo Estrada 2 hits.
Voit 3 hits, 2 RBI
Sanchez HR, 3 RBI
Torres 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Urshela 2 for 2, HBP
Wade 2 RBI

German (W, 5-1, 2.56) 6 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.02
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.69
Harvey 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  6.75 Gave up 1 HR.

Game 25. Yanks’ win streak snapped with 11-5 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Going into the bottom of the fifth, it appeared the Yankees’ win streak would hit seven because the Yanks led 4-0.

The pitching then fell apart and the Yanks’ (14-11) win streak was snapped at six with an 11-5 loss to the Angels.

The Yanks struck first in the third inning when Tyler Wade singled, stole second and third, and scored on a single by D.J. LeMahieu.

Gio Urshela made it 2-0 Yanks in the fourth with his first HR of the season.

The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out in the fifth when Luke Voit and Brett Gardner singled, and Gary Sanchez walked. After Mike Tauchman struck out, a wild pitch plated one run and Gleyber Torres singled in another. 4-0 Yanks.

But in the bottom of the fifth, single, HR, groundout, single, HR off of Masahiro Tanaka and the game was tied.

The Angels then scored two in the sixth and five in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Rough night not only for Tanaka, but also for the rookies, Tarpley and Harvey.

Brett Gardner drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth for the Yanks’ final run.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Voit 3 hits

The Yanks stole five bases, but made 2 errors and Gary Sanchez was charged with 2 passed balls.

It appears as if Sanchez needed more rehab time, but with the Yanks’ injury issues, that he was forced to come back too soon.

Tanaka (L, 2-2, 3.60) 5 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.   5.40
Tarpley 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.  10.80. Great spring training, rough reg. season so far.
Harvey 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.  6.35. First time roughed up while in majors.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.93

Earlier yesterday the Yanks acquired Cameron Maybin from Cleveland for cash considerations. This after putting Clint Frazier on the DL. (I still call it DL). Maybin, 32, a righty-hitting OF, has played with the Tigers, Marlins, Padres, Braves, Tigers again, Angels, Astros, Marlins again, and Mariners in his journeyman career that started in the bigs in 2007. A .254 hitter, his 162 g. average is .254-9-49 with 27 SB, OPS+ 91. Slightly below average hitter, good speed. But Yanks desperate for a healthy body in the OF.

On a basketball note, I was saddened to see the news last night that my first basketball idol, Hondo, the great #17 of the Boston Celtics, John Havlicek, passed away yesterday at the age of 79.