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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.

Game 10. Yanks win 3-1 behind Cole, BP and Higashioka.

Gerrit Cole pitched six strong innings, was followed by a strong bullpen, and Kyle Higashioka drove in all three Yankees’ (5-5) runs with two home runs as the Yankees beat Toronto 3-1 on Monday night.

Cole gave up a run in the first inning on a couple singles, a WP and a groundout.

The Yanks didn’t get their first hit until the fifth inning. They only had four hits in the game. In the fifth, Rougned Odor singled, and Higashioka hit his first HR of the game, a 2-run shot, to put the Yanks up 2-1.

Higashioka added a solo HR in the eighth to make it 3-1.

Higashioka 2 HR, 3 RBI

Cole (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K. 1.47 1 WP
Wilson (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
O’Day (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Chapman (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Game 6. Yanks lose in 11, 4-3.

For the second time in just six games, the Yankees (3-3) have lost a game by one run in extra innings. This time it was 4-3 to Baltimore in 11 innings.

Hopefully, when this pandemic is over, the rule that extra innings begin with a runner on second gets scrapped. I hate that rule. I’m a purist and hate seeing baseball bastardized. The only exception I make is with the DH. I can’t stand watching pitchers try to hit. (Ohtani and Bumgarner are exceptions).

The Yankees did not have Aaron Judge available for the game, because of a sore oblique. He is day to day.

A few things I haven’t liked this season. One is Aaron Hicks hitting third, even though he did get an RBI in last night’s game, and the other is Gleyber Torres’ defense.

Torres is basically a 2B playing SS. He did play SS in the minors, but his defense needs a lot of work, and it is costing the Yankees right now.

Jameson Taillon started for the Yankees, and it was his first start in nearly two years. Taillon has undergone two TJ operations, a hernia operation, cancer and being hit in the head by a line drive. He retired the first nine batters he faced and pitched well.

The Yanks struck first, getting a run in the bottom of the third on singles by Brett Gardner and D.J. LeMahieu, then after Torres struck out, Hicks’ single.

Taillon gave up two homers in the fourth and the Orioles took a 2-1 lead.

The Yanks tied it in the eighth. With two out, Gary Sanchez singled on a ball the Orioles’ LF should have caught. Sanchez thought it would be caught, and instead of a double, only got a single. Mike Tauchman pinch-ran for Sanchez and scored, just getting in ahead of the tag, on a double by Gio Urshela. Tie game.

A fine play by Jay Bruce in the top of the tenth on a bad throw by Chad Green appeared to be able to save the Yankees from giving up a run, but on the next play, which should have been the third out of the inning, Bruce couldn’t prevent a bad throw by Torres from becoming an error that let Baltimore go up 3-2. It was a routine play. Torres just botched it.

The Yanks tied in the the bottom of the tenth when down to their last out, Kyle Higashioka singled to right, scoring pinch-runner Tyler Wade, who just got in under the tag. Wade started the inning at second base. (I did mention I HATE that new rule.)

In the eleventh, the Orioles bunted the runner over, and dunked in a single to bring the runner in and take a 4-3 lead. Luis Cessa got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out two batters to keep it at 4-3.

In the bottom of the eleventh, Gio Urshela started at second base for the Yankees (once again, I HATE this rule). Gardner bunted him to third, then LeMahieu hit a liner to right. Urshela tried to tag up and score but was a dead duck at the plate, getting tagged out to end the game.

The Yankees out-hit Baltimore 13 to 4, They struck out 17 Orioles. They gave up 2 earned runs over 11 innings. In the last 6 1/3 innings, Yankees’ pitchers only gave up ONE hit (I hate that rule!).

Yet they lost. They left 12 men on base. They struck out 10 times.

Clint Frazier and Jay Bruce, the 5 and 6 hitters, combined to go 0 for 10. I can see Bruce being benched, LeMahieu going to 1B, and Odor playing 2B. … but there is still the problem of Torres’ defense at SS.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Stanton 2 Hits
Sanchez 2 hits
Higashioka 1 for 1, RBI. Big hit at the time
Urshela 2 hits, RBI, Big hit at the time
Gardner 2 hits.

Taillon 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.86.
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
Green (L, 0-1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Cessa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00

With those runners starting the inning on second, (I … you get the idea) those runs are unearned.



S.T. Game 16. Frazier,Urshela, Tauchman lead Yanks to 7-4 win. Injury concerns.

Clint Frazier went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI, including a HR, Mike Tauchman hit a 2-run HR, and Gio Urshela—playing SS—went 2 for 2 with an RBI as the Yankees (11-4-1 in Spring Training) beat Detroit 7-4 Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Rob Brantly caught Gerrit Cole. Kyle Higashioka has some pain in his side. Hopefully it isn’t serious because with Robinson Chirinos out with a broken wrist, the Yankees’ catching depth would be thinned out and Brantly then becomes the backup catcher.

Also, Adam Warren was shut down because of shoulder issues.

Cole struggled in the second inning, giving up 2 solo HR.

Cole (W) 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 solo HR. 1 HBP
Loaisiga (H) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 solo HR.
Lyons (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Barraclough 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.

So far, I like what I see in spring training, especially from the starting pitchers and relievers like Loaisiga and Nelson. Not to mention Luetge.

S.T. Game 11. Yanks beat Phils 6-1. Cole, Loaisiga sharp. Hicks HR. Chirinos out with fractured wrist.

The Yankees (6-4-1 in spring training) beat the Phils yesterday, 6-1, but did receive bad news about Robinson Chirinos, who was trying to win the backup C job.

Chirinos was HBP during Wednesday’s game, and X-rays revealed a fractured right wrist. So it appears Kyle Higashioka will remain the backup catcher. Rob Brantly is in camp as a non-roster invitee, just in case.

Aaron Hicks led off the game with a HR. He had 2 hits and 2 RBI yesterday. Minor league 1B Chris Gittens was 2 for 2 with an RBI and minor league infielder Andrew Velazquez had 3 hits and a RBI. The lineup for the most part was a B-lineup.

Gerrit Cole and Jonathan Loaisiga were strong on the mound. Cole did have trouble with ex-Yankee Andrew McCutchen, who got two hits and an RBI off of him. Jhoulys Chacin had his first good outing of the spring.
Finally, it really appears like Lucas Luetge, having a great spring, will fill make the team as a lefty reliever until the injured Zack Britton returns.

Cole (W) 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Loaisiga (H) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chacin (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

ALDS GAME 4. Yanks stay alive, force Game 5.

The Yankees stayed alive and evened up the best-of-five series at two games apiece by beating Tampa Bay 5-1 Thursday night.

Gerrit Cole will start the deciding game 5 tonight. He has never pitched on three days rest before.

The rest of the division series are over. The winner of the Yankees/Rays game tonight faces Houston in the ALCS. The NLCS features the Braves against the Dodgers.

Houston, of course, beat the Yanks in the ALCS in 2017 and 2019.

The Yanks scored twice in the second inning. Luke Voit led off the inning with a 450 ft. home run, then walks to Brett Gardner, Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela loaded the bases. After Kyle Higashioka struck out, D.J. LeMahieu hit a SF.

Tampa Bay got their only run in the top of the third.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Gardner singled and Torres followed with a two-run HR.

The Yanks added their final run in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Torres singled. After another out, he stole second and scored on a single by Higashioka.

The Yankees’ bullpen came through with five no -hit innings after a decent, if short, start by Jordan Montgomery.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI. Great defensive play.
Voit solo HR
Gardner 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, 2-run HR
Higashioka 2 hits, RBI

Montgomery 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K.
Green (WINNER) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Britton (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Chapman (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.

ALDS Game 2. A decision backfires, and Yanks pitching fails in 7-5 loss. Rays even series.

I agreed with the decision to start Deivi Garcia in game 2 of this ALDS. Less pressure on the rookie (the youngest Yankee to start a postseason game), and especially less pressure after the Game 1 win.

But I was shocked when I saw that Aaron Boone only planned to use Garcia as the opener, pitching just one inning, before bringing in J.A. Happ. I didn’t like that move, and that move backfired when Happ reverted to the Happ of earlier this year and of 2019 in a 7-5 loss to Tampa Bay that evened the series at one game apiece.

Who knows if Garcia, who gave up one run (a HR) in the first inning would have settled down? Happ, a starter his whole career, isn’t used to coming out of the bullpen. I didn’t like the move, still don’t, and the results speak for themselves.

Yankees’ pitching gave up four HR last night in the loss. After getting a couple of flyouts, Garcia gave up a HR, hit a batter, then got a groundout. I don’t know what Boone’s plans are for Garcia for the rest of the series, but who knows if the kid would have settled down after that and had given you four, five or six good innings after that?

In the top of the second, a red-hot (homers in four straight postseason games) Giancarlo Stanton homered to tie the game at one.

But in came Happ, who gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the second, then another two-run HR in the bottom of the third and after three innings, the Yanks were in a 5-1 hole they couldn’t get out of.

We won’t know what Garcia would have done because in going the “opener” route, Garcia was never given the chance. While he was pitching and getting the first two outs, Happ was already warming up. Sometimes you just outthink yourself, and maybe Boone did that here. How are you going to inspire confidence in the kid when you do that? Boone talks about the kid’s maturity and confidence but then does that?

This is just my opinion, and I haven’t read the NY Post, MLB, ESPN or anything but I’d be interested in reading some reactions to Boone’s move on those sites. Also see what the fans think.

As or me, I didn’t like it.

So, after Boone brings in Happ, who made the deficit 5-1, Stanton tried to get the Yankees back into the game with a three-run bomb of a HR in the top of the fourth that cut the Rays’ lead to 5-4.

But the Yanks showed little offense other than Stanton. They struck out 18x, a postseason record for a 9-inning game.

One problem the Yanks have had all year is that their bullpen is letting inherited runners score, and not shutting down the inning then and there. After Adam Ottavino walked the leadoff man in in the bottom of the fifth (who then stole second), and got a groundout, Jonathan Loaisiga gave up a run-scoring single before getting a DP (great play by D.J. LeMahieu) to end the inning.

Loaisiga gave up a HR in the sixth and it was 7-4.

The Yanks got a couple of walks to lead off the top of the ninth, but then two strikeouts. D.J. LeMahieu kept hope alive with an RBI single, but Aaron Judge grounded out to end the game.

Let’s hope Tanaka brings his A game tonight. At least we know he won’t be used as an “opener.”

Sanchez was 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts, PB. Maybe just stick with Higashioka?

Stanton 2 HR, 4 RBI

Garcia 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR.
Happ (LOSS) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR. Made an error.
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Loaisiga 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Nelson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.