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Minor League Report. SWB in slump.

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AAA: SWB (65-58) is slumping. They lost 5-2 Friday. Their lead is down to 2 games. They have lost five in a row and 9 of their last 10.

LF Clint Frazier 2 hits. C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits, RBI. RF Trey Amburgey 3 hits.

AA: Trenton (67-55) beat Reading 7-5. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, 2 RBI. CF Ben Ruta 3 hits. DH Isiah Gilliam 3-run HR. C Kellin Deglan solo HR.

High A: Tampa’s game was suspended with Tampa up 4-0 in the fourth inning.

Low A: Charleston (64-60) lost 12-3. DH Josh Breaux 3-run HR. –

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Minor League Report. SWB loses wild slugfest, 13-12. Wins for AA, A+, A.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB (65-56) lost a wild one, 13-12. After five innings, SWB was down 7-2. They scored 8 runs in the seventh and led 12-8 after 7. But they gave up 2 in the eighth, 2 in the 9th, and 1 in the tenth to lose the game.

SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, 3 RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 RBI. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 RBI. 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR, CF Trey Amburgey.

AA: Trenton (65-55) won 8-1. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, RBI. 1B Chris Gittens solo HR. LF Isiah Gilliam 3 RBI. CF Matt Lipka 3 hits.

Stephan (W, 2-4, 5.74) 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.
Bristo 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.  3.78
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  1.26
Lane 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.88

High A: Tampa (55-64) won 11-4. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits. DH Alexander Palma 4 RBI–Grand Slam. SS Diego Castillo 2 RBI. 1B Mickey Gasper 2 hits. C Donny Sands 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Starter Miguel Yajure (W, 8-6, 2.15) 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K.

Low A:  Charleston (64-58) won 3-1 on a two-hitter.

Starter Roansy Contreras (W, 9-5, 3.62) 7 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Lehnen (S, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.33

Game 117; Bullpen doesn’t hold up as Yanks lose, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (76-41) lost their second in a row, 5-4, to Toronto Saturday.

A few things.

Before the game, Gary Sanchez brought back, Kyle Higashioka back down.

Also, Jonathan Holder on the IL, Stephen Tarpley back up.

Remember when I wondered why Holder was pitching “as the opener” a third inning a few days ago? Well, that third inning may have come back to bite them.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the Fourth on a solo HR by Gary Sanchez (25).

Chance Adams, who had a couple great minor league years a few years ago, but who hasn’t taken it to the next level but instead has regressed, relieved Tarpley with two on and one out in the fourth and gave up a 3-run HR to the first batter he faced. 3-1 Toronto.

Tarpley and Adams are examples of how difficult the next step is. For Tarpley, he had a great spring training, winning the James P. Dawson Award as best rookie in camp this year, and Adams had great seasons at AA and AAA very recently but as you can see by their ERAs below, they haven’t been able to do it in the majors this season.

The Yanks tied the game in the sixth on a 2-run HR by Gio Urshela (17).

They went ahead in the top of the seventh on a walk to Mike Ford, a double by Mike Tauchman, and a SF by D.J. LeMahieu.

But Adam Ottavino gave up a two-run triple to Vlad Guerrero, Jr. in the bottom of the seventh to put Toronto back on top 5-4, and the Blue Jays held onto that lead for the victory.

The Yanks lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East was trimmed to 8 1/2. The magic # for clinching their first AL East title since 2012 remains at 37.

The Yanks got just five hits in the game. You wish Kahnle might have gone another inning.

Sanchez solo HR (25)
Urshela 2-run HR (17) .320
Tauchman 1 for 1,   3 walks.  .305

Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.   4.82
Tarpley 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 4 W, 4 K.  8.24  K’s nice, walks not.
Adams (BS, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  6.50   Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   2.98
Ottavino (L, 5-4, 1.73; BS, 5) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.   2.25

Game 114. Yanks pummel O’s again, 14-2. Open up 10 game lead.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Pregame News: Stephen Tarpley sent down, Chance Adams called up for a fresh arm.

Good news on Gleyber Torres. MRI negative, listed as day-to-day. Thairo Estrada was “on call” just in case.

As for the game, the Yanks (75-39) won their 8th straight as they continue to pummel Orioles pitching. This time the score was 14-2, and the Yanks hit 5 HR in the game.

The Yanks have hit 52 HR vs. the Orioles this year, breaking the record of 48 that the 1956 Yanks hit against the Kansas City Athletics. They still have four games against the Orioles—at home, August 12 (Day/night DH), 13 and 14. The Yankees have 11 players with multi-homer games against Baltimore this season, breaking the record of 10 set by San Francisco against the Dodgers in 1958 (I’m sure the LA Coliseum with its 251′ LF line had a lot to do with that). The Yanks also have the record for most homers at a ballpark by a visiting team in one season (43). (Some info from ESPN). They were 10-0 at Camden Yards this year and have won 15 straight there.

How bad has it been for the Orioles? Consider this. Greg Bird has been hurt most of the season. He was 6 for 35 in 10 games. His only HR of the year was against the Orioles.

Troy Tulowitzki got hurt and retired after going 2 for 11 in five games. HIS only HR of the season and the last of his career came against…. the Orioles.

With the win, the Yanks now have a 10 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. They are 41-14 against teams in their own division. Granted Baltimore and Toronto are awful, but they are still 23-9 vs. Tampa Bay and Boston.

With one out in the fourth, Gio Urshela doubled, and Didi Gregorius singled him to third. Cameron Maybin’s popup should have been caught, but fell in for a single and a 1-0 Yankees’ lead. Kyle Higashioka hit a three-run HR (2), his first of two for the game, and the Yanks were up 4-0.

Yanks’ starter James Paxton gave up a HR in the fourth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-1, but otherwise was sharp.

In the fifth, Aaron Judge reached on an error and Gio Urshela hit a 2-run HR (13), HIS first of two for the game, and the Yanks were up 6-1.

They got five more runs in the sixth. Mike Tauchman walked and advanced to second on a ground out. He went to third on a WP and D.J. LeMahieu singled to make it 7-1. LeMahieu went to second on another wild pitch, and Aaron Judge singled to make it 8-1. Urshela then hit his second HR of the game (14) to make it 10-1. Didi Gregorius singled and went to third on a single by Cameron Maybin combined with a throwing error. Didi scored on a groundout by Brett Gardner. 11-1.

In the top of the ninth, Maybin led off with his 7th HR of the year, then Gardner doubled and Higashioka hit his second HR of the game (3) to make it 14-1.

Baltimore got a run in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 14-2.

Urshela 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2 HR (14) .319 …. LeMahieu is at .335
Gregorius 2 hits
Maybin 4 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (7)  .327
Gardner 2 hits, RBI
Higashioka  2 HR (3),  5 RBI

Paxton (W, 7-6, 4.40) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K.   Gave up 1 HR.
Adams 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  6.61

Ernie Bowman, an infielder who appeared in two WS games against the Yanks in 1962, passed away at the age of 84. He played with the Giants 1961-1963 and in 165 MLB games hit .190 with 1 HR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game 111. Yanks sweep weekend series from Boston with 7-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got a first inning HR from Aaron Judge and got six runs in the third (Gio Urshela with a 2-run HR) on the way to beating Boston 7-4 Sunday night.

With the win, the Yanks (72-39) kept their 8 game lead over Tampa Bay and pushed Boston 14 1/2 out by sweeping Boston four straight this weekend.

Judge got the ball rolling by hitting his 12th HR of the year in the first inning. 1-0 Yankees.

In the third, with one out, Judge walked, and an out later, Urshela hit his 2-run HR (12) to make it 3-0. Doubles by Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin made it 4-0. Mike Ford singled to make it 5-0, then Kyle Higashioka doubled to put runners on second and third. Mike Tauchman singled, and it was 7-0.

J.A. Happ, back from paternity leave, gave up back-to-back HR in the fifth and it was 7-2. Happ faltered again in the sixth inning, giving up two runs before Luis Cessa, who started out a bit shaky, got the last out of the inning. 7-4.

Cessa settled in after that, pitching a scoreless seventh and eighth, before Chad Green finished off the game. Cessa and Green combined for 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings.

Judge solo HR (12)
Urshela 2-run HR (12) (.314)
Maybin 2 hits, RBI (.312)
Higashioka 2 doubles
Tauchman 2 RBI

Happ (W, 9-6, 5.24) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Cessa (H, 3) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  3.74
Green (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.84.

Before the game, the Yanks placed Aaron Hicks on the IL with a flexor tendon strain in his throwing elbow. So he is shut down for at least 10 days.

During the game, Urshela fouled balls off of each leg during the same at bat, causing considerable pain. He stayed in the game for two more innings, then was removed.

Gleyber Torres had a core issue problem and was also removed from the game. He went to the hospital for tests but his father tweeted that he is fine and headed to Baltimore. That is a good thing because Gleyber has killed the Orioles this year.

And one thing the Yanks don’t need is more injuries. It appears that they dodged a bullet regarding both Gio and Gleyber.

Gary Sanchez will play in a couple rehab games this week and is expected to come off the IL this upcoming weekend when the Yanks are in Toronto.

 

 

Game 104. Pitching dooms Yanks again, 9-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Once again, pitching doomed the Yanks as their horrific week of poor pitching continues. Starters aren’t even getting through five innings. In the past seven starts, no starter has given five innings, and in those seven games, starters have given up 51 runs.

The taxed bullpen is hurting, too. The Yanks have given up 73 total runs in their last seven games. Ugh.

Yesterday, it was CC Sabathia who got lit up as the Yanks lost their third in a row to Boston, 9-5.

The Yanks’ (66-38) lead is down to 8 over Boston and 8 1/2 over Tampa Bay. And they have Chris Sale, a Yankee-killer, to face tonight.

And hopefully they won’t lose D.J. LeMahieu (groin strain) to the IL. He’s gone for an MRI.

Gio Urshela started the scoring with a solo HR, #11, in the top of the second. Gio was 4 for 4 for the day.

But Andrew Benintendi got a cheapie HR, hitting the Pesky Pole for what was listed by Statcast as a 310′ HR to tie the game. For years, it’s been said that it is 302 down the RF line at Fenway, but there never has been a marker. There also have been rumors that the distance is actually shorter. Anyway, tie game.

In the fourth, Luke Voit doubled and Urshela singled him in to make it 2-1 Yanks.

But Boston scored three in the bottom of the fourth, getting two of them on a J.D. Martinez HR, to go up 4-2.

The Yanks tried to fight back, scoring in the top of the fifth to make it 4-3. Aaron Hicks walked and scored on a double by Edwin Encarnacion.

CC got knocked out in the fifth after he gave up back-to-back doubles to make it 5-3.

Chad Green let the game get away, giving up three in the sixth and one in the seventh and it was 9-3 Boston.

The Yanks got two in the eighth to make it 9-5, the final score. Gleyber Torres singled, Urshela doubled, and Kyle Higashioka singled in the two runs.

Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI.
Voit 2 hits
Urshela 4 for 4, HR (11), 2 RBI  .306
Higashioka 2 RBI

Sabathia, who just turned 39 on July 21, and who is retiring after this season, has been stuck on 251 wins for a while. #252 would pass Bob Gibson on the all-time list, but win #251 came on June 24, over a month ago.

Sabathia (L 5-6, 4.78) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 0 W, 3 K.  Gave up 2 HR
Green 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.18
Cortes, Jr.  1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.17
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.59

On Saturday, July 20, Masahiro Tanaka pitched five scoreless innings before giving up five runs in the sixth and then leaving the game.

Since then:

Paxton         3 1/3 IP, 7 R, 4 ER
CC                 4 IP, 7 R, 6 ER
German       3 2/3 IP,  8 R
Happ            3 1/3 IP, 6 R
Tanaka        3 1/3 IP, 12 R,
Paxton        4 IP, 7 R
CC                4 1/3 IP, 5 R.

 

Ugh. The bleeding has to stop sometime, doesn’t it?

 

Game 102. Red Sox Rout Yanks, 19-3. Tulo retires, Gardy to IL. Don Mossi dies.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Larry Rothschild, the Yanks’ pitching coach, has some work to do.

This turn around the Yanks’ rotation has been brutal. Brian Cashman will definitely be working the phones as the trade deadline looms.

The Yanks were able to get some wins, 14-12 and 10-7 over the Twins, even though the starting pitching stunk.

Not so tonight, when Masahiro Tanaka gave up seven runs in the third inning, could not give four innings, and was pulled after he gave up twelve runs.

Yes. TWELVE.

Stephen Tarpley came in,  and he gave up four more. Luis Cessa established some sense of normalcy with two scoreless innings, then Austin Romine had to close things out (as he did in that 16-1 playoff loss to Boston last year) by giving up three runs in his one inning of work.

The nineteen, (Yes, NINETEEN) runs Boston scored were the most ever by Boston against the Yankees.

Well, it’s just one game, the margin doesn’t matter. It’s not like Boston could make up an 11-game deficit in just this one game.

The Yanks (66-36) are up 9 1/2 on Tampa Bay, and 10 over Boston. The Yanks just have to split the series. If so, they stay 11 up on Boston, and four games come off the schedule.

Just don’t get swept and have Boston cut that deficit down to 7. Don’t give them hope.

But the pitching the past week or so has been a mess.

Get to work, Rothschild.

Voit 3 hits.
Higashioka solo HR (1)

Tanaka (L, 7-6, 4.79) 3 1/3 IP, 12 R, 12 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. UGLY OUTING
Tarpley 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K.   8.22   Good spring training, but has been awful.
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.96
Romine 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR.  27.00  Catcher used to close game, save BP.

Gardner to IL, Tarpley brought up.

Troy Tulowitzki announced his retirement. He only got into five games for the Yanks this year, going 2 for 11 with a HR.  Tulo, a 5x All-Star, won 2 Gold Gloves and 2 Silver Sluggers in his career with Colorado (2006-2015), Toronto (2015-2017) and the Yankees (2019). He retires with a .290 batting average and 225 HR. His 162 G Average .290-28-98, OPS+ 118. He was runnerup for ROY in 2007 when he helped the Rockies to the NL pennant, and had 3 top 10 MVP finishes 2009-2011. It’s a shame his career basically ended at the age of 31, three years ago.

Don Mossi, who many think was the inspiration for the Chief Wahoo logo the Indians used to have, died last week at the age of 90. With his hawk nose, and huge ears, many thought he WAS Chief Wahoo. Mossi pitched for the Indians 1954-1958, Tigers 1959-1963, White Sox 1964 and KC A’s 1965. He went 101-80, 3.43, ERA+ 115. The lefty was on the 1954 Indians team that won the AL pennant, and a 101 win 1961 Tiger team that finished second. He was 6-1, 1.94 with 7 saves for the 1954 Indians, and pitched four scoreless innings in three WS games against the NY Giants. He won 17 games for the 1959 Tigers and 15 for the 1961 Tigers. He was an All-Star in 1957. His 162 game average was 11-9, 3.43, ERA+ 115, 18 starts, 32 relief appearances.