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Game 90. Depleted Yanks get shut-out, 4-0.

Major problems. And these could sink the Yankees’ season.

The Yanks were already without Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid list). Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar were on the IL, not to mention others like Corey Kluber, Aaron Hicks and Darren O’Day.

Now add to the Covid List Wandy Peralta, Nestor Cortes, Jr. Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela. Add Luke Voit (knee) to the IL.

As a result, a bunch of guys had to be brought up from SWB. Hoy Jun Park and Trey Amburgey each made their MLB debuts last night. Rob Brantly had to be brought up. Chris Gittens, just off the IL himself, had to come up. Zack Britton was activated off of the IL. Am I missing anyone?

The depleted Yanks lost to Boston 4-0, getting just three hits. They are 0-7 vs. Boston this year, and are now 9 back and in fourth place with a 46-44 record. They play Boston six more times between now and June 25. They have Tampa Bay June 27-29. (In between there are two games with the Phillies).

Those guys out will be out for a while, leaving it up to the scrubs. This could get ugly.

So what did we see last night? The Yanks had a #3 hitter hitting .219, a cleanup hitter hitting .215, A #5 hitter at .237, a #6 hitter at .190. The #7 hitter is 2 for 22 in his MLB career. The #8 hitter was making his MLB debut. The #9 hitter is at .180 and was pinch-hit for by another guy making his MLB debut. Hoo boy. Is it any wonder why the Yanks got shut out?

Poor Jordan Montgomery. No run support. Montgomery had just one bad inning, the second, when he gave up a walk, double, RBI groundout, and a 2-run HR for 3 runs. That was more than enough for Boston. The second straight game he lost 4-0. In his last five starts, Montgomery has lost four of them. In those five games, the Yankees have scored a total of seven runs.

Later, Justin Wilson, who has been absolutely brutal this season, gave up a solo HR for the last run of the game. 4-0, Boston.

Montgomery (L, 3-5) 6 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. One bad inning. 4.18
German 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.72
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 8.62 Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.40


Covid concerns postpone Yankees’ Game/Minor League Report

The Yankees/Red Sox game on Thursday night was postponed due to Covid concerns, and the whole four-game weekend series could be in jeopardy. Things could get even worse for MLB. This could affect each team.

Besides Jonathan Loaisiga, who tested positive before the All-Star Game, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Wandy Peralta have also tested positive. The Yanks made roster substitutions, reinstating Zack Britton off of the IL, bringing up Trey Amburgey, and putting Hoy Jun Park on the taxi squad.

Then it was reported that Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka are in protocol. First reports are that they are positive too, but further testing is needed to confirm.

Since Judge was just a starter and played at the All-Star Game, if he was/is positive, then every team has a problem, especially with its All-Stars, and MLB is then in a tizzy.

Hoo Boy.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (40-21) won 11-3. RF Ryan LaMarre, 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Greg Allen 2 hits, RBI. 3B Aramando Alvarez 2 hits, 3 RBI, SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, 2 RBI.

AA: Somerset (40-22) won 6-5 in 10 innings. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI. DH Donny Sands 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (40-23) lost both games of a doubleheader.

Game 1: Lost 3-2. CF Pablo Olivares 3 for 3, RBI.

Game 2: Lost 2-1, getting just two hits. 3B Chad Bell HR.

Low A: Tampa (43-19) won 8-1. Top uber-prospect 18 yr. old Jasson Dominguez 2 hits. Edgar Barclay 4 scoreless, hitless relief innings, 7 K. Nick Paciorek 2 scoreless IP, 5 K. DH Austin Wells 2 RBI, solo HR. 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, RBI. RF Jose DeLeon 2 hits. 3B Eduardo Torrealba 2-run HR.

Games 82 & 83. Yanks salvage nightcap to split DH after first game disaster.

The Yankees (42-41, 4th in AL East, 10 back) split a DH with the Mets yesterday, winning the nightcap 4-2 after having a disastrous loss in the first game, 10-5. Both games were 7-inning affairs.

Wandy Peralta was the 27th man for the DH.

UPDATE: After the DH, Tyler Wade was sent down, with no corresponding move. Peralta may have been activated to the normal squad.

Game 1: Both pitchers Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman were named to the All-Star team, joining starter Aaron Judge. Neither pitcher pitched like an All-Star yesterday, and both raised red flags about their recent performances.

Cole gave up a solo HR in the first inning to Dominic Smith and the Yanks were down 1-0. The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the second. Giancarlo Stanton singled leading off the inning and everyone was safe when Gio Urshela reached on an error. After a forceout, Brett Gardner was hit by pitch to load the bases. Kyle Higashioka doubled in two runs and newcomer Tim Locastro hit a SF.

The Yanks made it 4-1 in the third. Judge singled, Luke Voit singled Judge to third, and Judge scored when Stanton GIDP.

With your ace on the mound, a shortened game, and a three-run lead, you felt good. Except that Cole gave up three runs in the fourth, enabling the Mets to tie the game. Heading into June, Cole’s ERA was 1.78. It has risen to 2.91. Since June 1, Cole’s ERA is 5.24. Very concerning. And when we get to Chapman (and Lucas Luetge), things get far worse.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Yanks went ahead 5-4. With one out, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and Judge singled D.J. to third, and then a wild pitch enabled D.J. to score.

The Yanks took this 5-4 lead into the top of the seventh, then Chapman and Luetge both imploded, just like they did the other night against the Angels. They gave up six runs to blow the game. Chapman, after blowing a couple of fastballs past Pete Alonso, hung a slider and Alonso’s HR tied the game. There was a lot of second-guessing on the YES postgame show over that pitch selection. A HBP and walk followed and Chapman was replaced by Luetge.

A single loaded the bases, then Luetge got a strikeout. A double (with fan interference from a Mets fan) put the Mets up 7-5. A single brought in two more and an error by Judge on the play enabled the hitter (Brandon Nimmo) to go to second. Another single brought in Nimmo. Disaster. 10-5.

The implosion sent Chapman’s ERA to 4.71. On June 9, it was 0.39. Since June 9, Chapman has an ERA of 22.24.

Luetge’s ERA went to 3.46. In his last 3 2/3 IP, Luetge has given up six earned runs, raising his ERA from 2.37.

Judge 2 hits
Higashioka 2 RBI

Cole 3 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.91. See above, 5.24 since June 1.
Loaisiga 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP 2.20 Should have been named to All-Star Team.
Green (H, 11) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.45 Would return for Game 2. See below.
Chapman (L, 5-3; BS, 4) 0 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. Gave up HR. See above. ERA 22.24 Since June 9.
Luetge 1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.46 See above. 7 R, 6 ER in last 3 2/3 IP.


Game 2: Yanks win 4-2.

Nestor Cortes, Jr. started and did well, and Green was dominant in closing it out.

In the second inning, Luke Voit led off with a double and Rougned Odor beat out a bunt for a hit. Urshela then hit a 3-run HR. (11).

With one out in the top of the fourth, Cortes gave up a double and was replaced by Darren O’Day, who gave up a two-run HR to Alonso. 3-2.

The Yankees got an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Brett Gardner walked, as did LeMahieu. A groundout by Judge moved the runners up, and Gardner scored on a WP.

Green pitched three perfect innings for the win, and closed the game with an immaculate inning (9 pitches, 9 strikes, strike out the side, 1-2-3).

Urshela 3-run HR (11)

Cortes 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.29
O’Day 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.38
Green (W, 3-4) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 6 K. 2.28. Like Loaisiga, could have been considered for All-Star Team.

The Yanks are off today. Travel day. Out in Seattle.

Game 72. Yanks leave too many on base in 6-5 loss. O’Day, Wilson start rehab.

The Yankees had many chances to blow the game open. But they didn’t. They went 0 for 10 with RISP and left 13 men on base, and this came back to bite them in a 6-5 loss to KC last night.

With the loss, the Yankees are now 38-34, 3rd in AL East, 5 1/2 back.

The main culprits were Giancarlo Stanton, 0 for 3 (did walk twice) left six on, Gleyber Torres 0 for 4, all strikeouts (did walk once, left 3 on), and Clint Frazier (0 for 5, 3 strikeouts, left 6 on ). Torres is something like 2 for his last 33, and his batting average has dropped over 30 points. Where Torres’ power has gone is baffling too. I don’t expect 38 HR as in 2019, but we are close to the halfway point of the season, and Torres has just 3 HR. Something close to Torres’ 2018 rookie year when he hit 24 would be enough and expected.

The Yanks scored first, when Luke Voit, just off of rehab, hit the first pitch he saw 423 feet for a two-out HR, Voit’s 2nd HR of the season. The Yankees went on to load the bases, but Frazier grounded out.

In the second, Kyle Higashioka homered for his sixth HR of the season. It put the Yanks up 2-0. But with two on and one out, Voit popped up and Stanton struck out.

Right then I had a bad feeling. Yes, the Yankees were up 2-0 with their ace, Gerrit Cole, on the mound, but when you leave five men on base in the first two innings and don’t break the game wide open, it often comes back to bite you, and it did for the Yankees last night.

A bad break (literally) for Cole in the third when a couple broken bat hits led to a KC run as the Royals cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1. Cole gave up a game-tying HR in the fourth. 2-2. Those were the only hits Cole gave up.

The Yanks left the bases loaded in the fourth, when Stanton grounded into a force out. Another blown chance to salt the game away.

In the seventh, the Yanks went up 3-2. Luke Voit tripled. A fan tried to catch the ball (kick him out of the park. I hate when fans reach over the wall. They know better and still do it). There was no interference, and it was unclear if the ball would have cleared the fence anyway. Pinch-runner Tyler Wade then scored on a wild pitch.

Jonathan Loaisiga came in for the eighth inning. Cole had once again done a fine job, but the Yanks didn’t support him enough. Cole is 8-3 this season, but the Yankees are 0-4 when Cole gets a no-decision. Loaisiga has been great this season, but didn’t have it last night, giving up four runs.

D.J. LeMahieu got the Yanks back in the game with a two-run HR (6) in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Royals’ lead to 6-5. Aaron Judge then just missed tying the game up, as he doubled. So the Yanks had the tying run on second with one out. Once again, nothing. Rougned Odor popped up, and Stanton grounded out.

The Yanks got two on in the ninth, but Brett Gardner popped up to end the game.

The lack of getting just one clutch hit to break the game open really killed the Yanks last night. What a frustrating loss.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (6)
Judge 2 hits
Voit 2 hits, triple and a solo HR (2)
Urshela 2 hits
Higashioka solo HR (6)

If only Stanton, Torres or Frazier had come through just once. Sigh.

Cole 7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. Two broken bat his and the HR. That was all. 2.33
Loaisiga (L, 7-3; BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.52
Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.48


Minor League Notes, and a lot to think about and discuss here:

The 40-man roster creates some problems. Say someone is doing well (see below) but isn’t on the roster? Well, you want to add him, but who does he replace?


AAA: SWB (29-11) crushed Lehigh Valley, 14-5, in a game in which both Darren O’Day and Justin Wilson both started rehab stints. Both pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Hoy Jun Park, a 2B/SS, played CF. Read into that as you wish. He had 3 hits and an RBI, and is hitting .366 for SWB. He hits lefty. Interesting he played CF last night. Meanwhile, the Yanks aren’t getting anything from their lefty hitters. Odor (.193-7-15, OPS+ 78; 100 is average). Gardner .206-2-8, OPS+ 77. Gardner turns 38 in August. But Park isn’t on the 40-man roster. I’ve advocated bringing Park up. But at whose expense, and why did Park play the OF for the first time last night? I do have to wonder. RF Ryan LaMarre 3 hits, RBI. DH Trey Amburgey 3 RBI. Erik Kratz, former big-league catcher, and ex-Yankee, really likes Amburgey, a righty hitter. Amburgey is hitting .360 at SWB. Right now, he may be a better option than Frazier (.187-5-12, OPS+ 77) or Miguel Andujar (.242-5-9, OPS+77). Amburgey, like Park, is not on the 40 man roster, so if you give him a chance, at whose expense? The point is, if someone is raking at AAA, when do they get rewarded with a promotion? And at whose expense? How long do you continue playing someone whose adjusted OPS is 22-23% BELOW league average, as is the case with Odor, Gardner, Frazier and Andujar? These are legitimate questions GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone must decide, especially if the Yankees are to improve.

Besides the rehab stints of O’Day and Wilson, and the continued success and questions about Park and Amburgey, some other notes on SWB’s win: 2B Derek Dietrich 3 hits, RBI. 3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 1B Rob Brantly 2 RBI. C Max McDowell 2 hits. SS Andrew Velazquez, 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 2-run HR.

AA: Somerset ppd.

High A: Hudson Valley (26-16) won 12-3. SS Josh Smith 2 hits. C Josh Breaux 2 hits. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 3-run HR. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Chad Bell 3 hits, 2 RBI. RF Frederick Cuevas 2 hits, RBI, solo HR.

Low A: Tampa was up 2-0 when the game was suspended in the top of the second inning.





Game 62. Offense finally waking up? Yanks win, 9-6; Hit 4 HR (2 by Stanton).

For the first time all season, the Yankees have 10 or more hits in three consecutive games. They got 15 last night—4 of them homers—in a 9-6 win over the Twins.

The game really wasn’t as close as the final score. An ugly ninth inning by pitcher Brooks Kriske turned 9-2 into 9-6.

It’s just the Twins. But hopefully this offensive outburst means the bats are FINALLY waking up. with the win, the Yanks are 33-29, 3rd in the AL East, 5 1/2 games out.

The Yanks struck quickly. Aaron Judge, the second batter of the game, hit his 15th HR of the season to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

They made it 2-0 in the second inning. With two out, Kyle Higashioka singled and was doubled home by Brett Gardner.

They made it 5-0 in the third when Judge led off the inning with a double, Gleyber Torres walked, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a 3-run HR. It was the first of two Stanton home runs on the evening.

Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole gave up a HR in the bottom of the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-1. Cole went six innings, and gave up two runs, both on solo HR. After the spider tack grip controversy, where Twins’ 3B Josh Donaldson made some accusatory statements regarding Cole, Cole responded by striking Donaldson out the first two times he faced him.

The Yanks made it 8-1 in the fifth inning. Torres walked and Stanton hit a 2-run HR (11) for his second HR of the game. Two outs later, a red-hot Miguel Andujar hit a solo HR (5). It was Andujar’s fifth HR in his last eight games.

Cole gave up a HR in the bottom of the fifth and it was 8-2.

With one out in the seventh, Gio Urshela singled and Rougned Odor doubled him to third. Andujar got Urshela in with a sac fly. 9-2.

As mentioned above, Brooks Kriske had an ugly ninth inning, giving up 4 runs, including a HR, that made the final score 9-6 and the score seem like the game was closer than it actually was.

Judge 2 hits, solo HR (15)
Stanton 3 hits, a double and 2 HR (11) 5 RBI
Urshela 2 hits
Andujar 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (5)
Higashioka 2 hits
Gardner 3 hits, RBI

Now that is the offensive recap we’ve been waiting for.


Cole (W, 7-3) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.31
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.84
Kriske 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 11.25


SS Oswald Peraza was promoted from High A Hudson Valley to AA Somerset this week.

Game 48. Concerns over Kluber (3 IP, shoulder tightness) after Yanks’ 6-2 loss.

Just one start after his no-hitter, concerns are raised regarding Corey Kluber, who had to leave the Yankees’ (28-20) Tuesday night 6-2 loss to Toronto after three innings because of tightness in his pitching shoulder.

The Yankees’ starters streak of scoreless innings ended at 37 1/3 when Kluber gave up a 2-run HR to the Blue Jays’ red-hot Vlad Guerrero, Jr. in the third inning.

Michael King replaced Kluber and gave up a HR to Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. in the top of the fourth to make it 3-0, Toronto.

An error by Gleyber Torres allowed the Blue Jays to get two unearned runs in the seventh off of Lucas Luetge.

Meanwhile, ex-Met Steven Matz was looking like Sandy Koufax out there, getting seven quick strikeouts on his way to ten. The Yankees still have too many hitters below the Mendoza line (.200) and on the interstate (meaning they are hitting in the .100s).

The Yanks got a run in the bottom of the seventh when Clint Frazier doubled and Kyle Higashioka singled him in.

Justin Wilson gave up a HR in the top of the ninth and it was 6-1, Toronto. You have to wonder about Wilson when Zack Britton returns. When Britton returns, someone has to go, and Luetge has pitched far better than Wilson so far.

The Yanks got a run in the bottom of the ninth when Rougned Odor walked and Kyle Higashioka doubled. Odor scored on an error on the play.

We’ll find out more today about Kluber. Hopefully it is nothing serious that requires a long IL stint.

Frazier 2 hits
Higashioka 2 hits, RBI

Kluber (L, 4-3) 3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.04
KIng 3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.29
Luetge 1 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.82
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.32
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.68

Game 33. Yanks edge Nats in 11, 4-3.

When two starters who have 5 CYA’s between them go against each other, you don’t expect many runs scored, and such was the case Saturday when Max Scherzer of Washington and Corey Kluber of the Yankees faced off.

The game started after a rain delay of almost 2 1/2 hours, and in the end, Gleyber Torres tied the game in the ninth for the Yankees and won it in the eleventh. Yanks (17-16) 4, Nationals 3.

The Nats got on the board first, when Kluber walked Juan Soto with the bases loaded in the top of the third inning.

Kyle Higashioka tied the game up in the bottom of the same frame with a solo HR (5).

Washington got a run off of Kluber in the top of the sixth to go up 2-1.

Meanwhile, Scherzer was dealing. He went 7 1/3, giving up just 2 hits and striking out 14.

In the bottom of the ninth, D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a walk. He moved to second on a groundout by Giancarlo Stanton and to third on a bloop single by the slumping Aaron Judge. Torres then singled to tie the game.

Washington got a run in the top of the tenth (I hate that extra innings start with a man on second rule) but the Yanks tied it in the bottom of the tenth when Mike Ford, who was 1 for his last 23, singled in “ghost” runner Clint Frazier.

Justin Wilson, who has been struggling this season, kept the Nats off the board in the top of the eleventh. In the bottom half, LeMahieu was the “ghost” runner starting at second. Both Stanton and Judge walked to load the bases. Torres nubbed a little dribbler towards third. Not pretty, but it got the job done and won the game.

Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI
Higashioka solo HR (5)

The Yankees won despite striking out 17X.

Kluber 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 6 K. 3.06
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.33
Luetge 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.26
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Wilson (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.23

Game 28. Kluber fabulous as Yanks get back to .500 with 2-0 win.

In an age where we see a lot of four-hour games, Sunday’s game was very old-school crisp, lasting just 2:14.

Corey Kluber, in his last two starts, has resembled the Kluger that won two CYA as a member of the Indians. Yesterday, the Yankees (14-14) needed just that. The Yanks only got three hits in a 2-0 win.

Kluber went 8 innings, gave up just two hits and struck out 10 in a masterful performance.

The only runs of the game came in the second inning. Gio Urshela singled and Aaron Hicks walked. After an out, Kyle Higashioka doubled home Urshela, Hicks moving to third. Brett Gardner hit a long drive that was caught at the wall for a SF.

That was the whole ballgame as both pitchers pitched brilliantly, with Kluber being slightly better.

Kluber (W, 2-2) 8 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 10 K. 3.03
Chapman (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Game 23. Yanks make a trade, then pull off a 5-1 win.

This was more like it. The Yanks got hits from most of the lineup, a couple of players get a multi-hit game, a couple of homers, a crisp performance from a starter going deeper into the game, and in the end, the Yanks (10-13) beat Balltimore, 5-1, on Tuesday night.

First some moves. Deivi Garcia was sent back to the alternate site after his start Monday night, and Mike King was recalled.

Tyler Wade was brought back from the alternate site. Mike Tauchman was traded to SF for LHP Wandy Peralta. Peralta, 29, was 2-1, 5.40 with 2 saves for the Giants this year before the trade. The lefty reliever is 9-9, 4.72 in his career, with those two saves. ERA+ 94.

Tauchman was 3 for 14 (.214) OPS+ 62 for the Yanks this year, not playing much except for pinch-running (led Yanks with 2 SB) and defensive replacement work. From 2019 through yesterday, Tauchman played 141 games as a Yankee, hitting .266-13-61, OPS+ 114. He had a great 2019 as a backup OF, but his last two years were not as good.

The trade did come as a surprise.

Now to the game. Another move before the game. Aaron Boone told Gary Sanchez that Kyle Higashioka would get more playing time at catcher, and during the game Higashioka justified Boone’s decision.

The Yanks scored in the top of the first when D.J. LeMahieu doubled, went to third on an Aaron Judge single and scored on a SF by Gio Urshela. Believe it or not, it was the Yankees first SF of the season….in game #23!

Judge made it 2-0 Yankees in the third inning with his fifth HR of the season.

Baltimore got their only run in the fourth inning off Yankees’ starter Corey Kluber, who worked into the seventh, his deepest outing of the season so far.

Higashioka homered (4) with one out in the fourth to make it 3-1, then with two outs in the same inning, LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton singled, and Judge walked to load the bases. Urshela singled in LeMahieu but Stanton was thrown out by plenty at the plate. Bad send.

Stanton homered (6) in the seventh for the final score of 5-1.

Lemahieu 2 hits.
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (6)
Judge 2 hits, solo HR (5)
Urshela 2 RBI
Torres 2 hits
Higashioka 2 hits, solo HR (4)

Kluber (W, 1-2) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. 4.15 1 HBP
Loaisiga (H, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.23
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.30

Hopefully this is the start of long dormant bats waking up. Hopefully soon Luke Voit returns to give a jolt to the lineup.

I do wonder something. Miguel Andujar is at the alt. site, rehabbing not only at 3B but at 1B and LF as well, If he’s hitting, and can handle LF, could he soon be replacing the badly slumping (.132) Clint Frazier in LF?

Game 18. Yanks’ offense starts to come alive in 6-3 win.

Hopefully the monster has awoken.

The Yankees’ (7-11) offense, dead for 17 games, and coming in with a .205 batting average, got 11 hits and drew 9 walks in a 6-3 win over Cleveland Thursday night.

Granted they did leave 13 runners on base. But the much-needed win, and the fact that they got two to three times more people on base in this game than they have in recent games, was encouraging.

As manager Aaron Boone would say, they “created traffic on the basepaths.”

It didn’t start out well. Domingo German gave up three runs in the first inning, and he wasn’t helped by sloppy fielding and bloop hits (including his own error). But he settled in and pitched five scoreless innings after that messy first inning.

The Yanks tied it up in the third inning. Kyle Higashioka, who, it appears, should get more playing time at the expense of Gary Sanchez the way both are playing so far, led off the inning with a double. He was balked to third, and after an out, D.J. LeMahieu singled him in to cut the Indians’ lead to 3-1. After another out, Mike Ford walked. Gleyber Torres singled for just his second RBI of the year, and a two-base error on the play enabled Ford to score and tie the game and Torres to get to third, where he was stranded. Tie game.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the sixth but didn’t score.

With one out in the seventh, Aaron Judge walked, and after another out, Torres singled. Aaron Hicks walked, then Rougned Odor singled in two runs. Nice to see Odor going up the middle and beating the shift rather than pulling the ball into the shift or swinging from the heels for a HR like we have seen too much of lately. Good piece of hitting by Odor there. 5-3 Yankees.

Higashioka hit a solo HR (3) in the eighth to make it 6-3, the final score.

Judge 0 for 2, 2 strikeouts, but drew 3 walks.
Torres 3 hits, RBI
Odor 2 hits, 2 RBI
Higashioka 2 hits, solo HR (3)


German (W, 1-2) 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 6 K. 6.23
Loaisiga (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.50
Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.79
Chapman (S, 3) 1 IP 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00

Hopefully this wasn’t a one-game blip, and is the beginning of the Yankees’ offense operating the way we expected.