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Game 71. Stanton’s walkoff HR completes Yanks’ comeback. 7-5. RIP Billy Connors. Estrada probably done for year.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The dangerous, explosive aspect of the Yankees’ attack showed itself tonight as the Yanks rebounded from a 5-0 deficit to stun Seattle 7-5 on Wednesday night, courtesy of a walk off 2-run HR by Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the ninth.

The Yankees’ win (49-22) combined with a Boston loss (49-26) puts the Yanks 2 up (4 in the loss column) over the Red Sox.

Jonathan Loaisiga pitched in and out of trouble, but when he departed after 3 2/3 he had given up just one run, courtesy of an error, but with two on and two out in the fourth, Chasen Shreve, called in to get out of the inning with just one run given up, gave up a single to make it 3-0, two runs charged to “Johnny Lasagna.”

Shreve then gave up 2 more runs the next inning. Hey, if the Yanks want to upgrade by getting a better lefty reliever in Brad Hand from SD, I am all for it.

The Yanks did get two back in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Andujar doubled. After Frazier struck out, Hicks walked and Judge singled in a run. The other run scored on an error which let Judge go to second and let Hicks score. 5-2.

In the seventh, Clint Frazier doubled, and went to third on a single by Judge. A SF by Didi made it 5-3.

To the eighth. Torres walks and Sanchez ties the game with HR #14.

To the bottom of the ninth. With two out, Didi singled and Stanton ended the game with a walk-off HR, HR #18, which ties him with Judge for the team lead.

Judge 3 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI, walkoff HR.
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI, Game-tying HR.

Loaisiga 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K.  3.12
Shreve 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.91
Holder 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.00. A real godsend this year.
Chapman (W, 3-0, 1.10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Billy Connors, a long-time member of the Yankees pitching staff and front office, died at the age of 76.

From the NY Post:

Connors had three stints as Yankees pitching coach (1989-90, 1994-95 and 2000), but he made his most significant impact with the organization as vice president, player personnel, from 1996-2012.

Connors pitched with the Cubs and Mets from 1966-68. After his playing days, he became a minor league pitching instructor for the Mets and also worked for the Royals, Cubs, Mariners and Phillies.

Connors went 0-2, 7.53 in his MLB career, 26 games, 1 start. ERA+ 46. He was 1 for 2 as a hitter.

 

Meanwhile, the Post also reports that

Thairo Estrada, the highly regarded Yankees prospect who returned from a gunshot wound this year, will likely miss the rest of the season after suffering a back injury.

 

 

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Games 68 & 69. Yanks lose suspended game, win makeup game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First off, the remainder of the suspended game from May 15. The Yanks and Nationals resumed the game in the top of the sixth, with the score tied at 3. Tyler Austin, now in the minors, had hit 2 HR and drove in all 3 runs for the Yanks in that game.

Chad Green “started” today, and I won’t get into numbers, because the suspension of the game really throws things off. For example, Juan Soto, who made his MLB debut on May 20, hits his “first” MLB HR of the year in the bottom of the sixth to give the Nationals the 5-3 win, but it isn’t counted as his first MLB HR, and his “MLB debut” came five days after the start of this game, and the first HR after that is counted as his first MLB HR. You may recall that last week, the teen sensation hit 2 HR at the Stadium against the Yanks. The suspension and completion throws everything out of whack. Confused? I am, and I am not going to get more confused.

And I ain’t going back to make this game #41 and renumbering every game after that. Let’s just say result #68 and go from there.

Before the game, the Yanks sent down Ronald Torreyes and brought up Clint Frazier because of concerns over Brett Gardner’s sore knee. Giovanny Gallegos was player #26 for the other game.

Anyway, Chad Green lost the suspended game by giving up the two-run HR by Soto in the bottom of the sixth. The Yanks had a threat in the eighth, but couldn’t get it done.

As for the regular game, a makeup of a May 16 rainout, the Yanks won 4-2, making their record 47-22.

In the first, Hicks doubled and Stanton singled him in.

Sonny Gray gave up runs in the second and fourth. Gleyber Torres made a big play to keep another run from scoring in that second inning.

Aaron Judge made a nice play in the third.

In the fifth, Romine singled, Gray tried to bunt him over but bunted into a force play. Hicks then hit a 2-run HR (9) to put the Yanks up 3-2.

In the seventh, Clint Frazier, pinch-hitting, was hit by a pitch and went to second on an errant pickoff throw. After a walk to Judge, Stanton hit a double to make it 4-2.

In the meantime, Jonathan Holder had shut down a potential Nats rally in the sixth.

Dellin Betances was dominant in the eighth, but Aroldis Chapman ran into trouble in the ninth and was helped on a great play by Judge to end the game.

Hicks 2 hits, 2-run HR.
Judge 2 nice defensive plays.
Stanton 4 hits, 2 RBI

Gray (W, 5-4, 4.89) 5+ IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Holder (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R,  0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.19. Great job getting out of a jam.
Robertson (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.58
Betances (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.09. Dominant.
Chapman (S, 21) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. Struggled, helped by Judge D.   1.14

Game 65. The “Lasagna” was good. Yanks win 5-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before his MLB debut tonight, Jonathan Loaisiga already had a nickname that I saw on various sites. “Johnny Lasagna”.

The lasagna was very good tonight.

Loaisiga, who started tonight’s game with only 10 games of minor league experience above Low A ball under his belt, and NONE at the AAA level, pitched five scoreless innings in the Yanks’ 5-0 win tonight, and earned his first MLB victory.

Not only that, but Seattle, down 6-3 to Boston, came back to win 7-6.

Yankees 45-20 — but winning pct. .692
Boston 48-23 —- (tied this way, but.. ) winning pct. .676

Meaning the Yanks have played six less games than Boston, but if the Yanks go 4-2 in those six games, they have a 1 game lead. 3-3 means they are even.

In the third inning, Didi Gregorius hit HR #14 off of ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi to put the Yanks up 1-0.

In the sixth, Aaron Judge doubled, went to third on an infield hit by Didi, and scored on a SF by Giancarlo Stanton.

The Yanks put it away in the eighth. With one out, Judge singled. Didi singled and went to second on the throw trying to get Judge at third. Stanton was intentionally walked. After Bird struck out for the second out, Sanchez, dropped to sixth in the lineup because of his slump, doubled to clear the bases.

About time Sanchez went the other way.

Judge 2 hits.
Didi 3 hits, solo HR.
Sanchez 3 RBI.

Loaisiga (W, 1-0, 0.00) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 4 W, 6 K.  MLB DEBUT.
Holder (H, 3)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.28
Robertson (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.69
Betances (H, 9 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.19
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.31

 

Game 63. Nats win battle of the youngsters, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

21 year old Gleyber Torres hit a HR for the Yanks tonight, but 19 year old Juan Soto hit 2 for Washington in the Nationals’ 5-4 win over the Yanks Wednesday night.

Soto was the youngest to HR against the Yanks since Andruw Jones in the 1996 WS. Jones hit 2 in that game, and Soto also was the youngest to have a multi-HR game against the Yanks in the regular season game Gsince Junior Griffey in 1989.

Because of a viewing and funeral (one of my uncles died) I will not be posting a minor league recap of the Wednesday games, just this one.

Sonny Gray was, well, mediocre again. If not for him picking off two runners from first base and getting an OF assist from Brett Gardner, things could have been worse.

Top of the first. Double, single, strikeout but SB, and SF gives Washington a run.

In the bottom of the first, Gardner singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a SF by Judge.

In the second, Bird hit his third HR of the year, 2-1 Yanks.

A double by Judge and single by Stanton made it 3-1 Yanks in the third.

With two out in the fourth, Gray gave up a walk, single and a three-run HR to Soto that barely made the seats.

In the bottom of the fifth, Gleyber Torres’ 12th HR of the year tied the game.

But in the seventh, Soto hit his second HR of the game, this one off of Chasen Shreve, and that was the game. 5-4 Nats. With Boston’s win over pathetic Baltimore, the 43-20 Yanks drop one game behind Boston, even though the Yanks have a better winning percentage.

In the bottom of the ninth, down 5-4, I was surprised that Romine hit for himself and that Boone didn’t PH Sanchez for Romine, hoping for some lightning.

Stanton 3 hits, RBI.
Bird 2 hits, solo HR.
Torres solo HR.

Gray 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.98
Shreve (L, 2-1, 4.37) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.82
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.38

Game 61. Yanks blanked by Mets, 2-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks went into Sunday night’s game with a 4-game winning streak, and the Mets with an 8-game losing streak. All things must pass, and the Mets blanked the Yanks 2-0 on a 3-hitter. Miguel Andujar had 2 of the Yanks’ 3 hits. The Mets only had five hits themselves.5

The Yanks stay 1/2 game ahead of Boston, who also lost on Sunday.

The Mets got Luis Severino’s pitch count up, and he was gone after 93 pitches and 5 innings. Seve threw over 30 pitches in the first inning.

In the fifth inning, Seve struck out the first two hitters, but then gave up a single to .139 hitting Jose Reyes. He got two strikes on ex-Yankee Todd Frazier, but Frazier hit a 2-run HR for the only runs of the ballgame.

It was the first time the Yanks were shut out all year.

Since I was at the game, and it’s now past 2 AM, no minor league report today.

Severino (L, 9-2, 2.27) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.35
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.53
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.49

One thing I wonder. When will Aaron Boone start hitting Andujar (.310) fifth and drop the .190 hitting Sanchez down in the order?

Game 59. Late blasts lead Yanks to 4-1 win over Mets.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Late HRs by Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton broke open a pitcher’s duel and enabled the Yanks (41-18) to beat the Mets 4-1 Friday night. The win, coupled with Boston’s 1-0 loss, puts the Yanks 1/2 game up on the 43-21 Red Sox. So the Yanks have played five less games than Boston, meaning if the Yanks go 3-2 in those five games, they are one game better.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a HR on the second pitch he threw tonight, but after that was great.

In the top of the sixth, the Yanks tied the game but lost Tanaka. Tanaka reached on an error. Now he had to run the bases. Torres singled, Gardner walked to load the bases and Judge hit a SF, scoring Tanaka. But Tanaka’s hamstrings tightened up running the bases and he had to leave the game.

Hasn’t MLB learned the lesson of Chien-Ming Wang a few years ago? Haven’t they learned that it is grossly unfair for AL teams to play one way for 153 games a season but to have their pitchers do something completely different for 9 inter-league games a year?

It is inevitable, and make it happen soon. Make the NL adopt the DH. The NL, and one league in Japan, are the ONLY leagues (and that includes the minors) that don’t implement the DH. With the high cost of some AL pitchers’ salaries, isn’t it time the NL adopts the DH or is forced to do so?

Besides, who the hell pays a ticket to watch pitchers hit?

Anyway, tie game, Tanaka out and the bullpen takes over. We’ll find out tomorrow how bad it is and if Tanaka has to miss a start or go on the DL.

In the top of the eighth, with two out, Torres singled and Gardner hit a 2-run HR (5) that bounced off the top of the fence and over the wall. 3-1 Yanks over DeGrom who pitched a great game against the Yanks tonight.

Giancarlo Stanton got HR #15 off a Mets reliever in the top of the ninth.

The Mets, struggling lately, found out before the game that their closer, Familia, went on the DL and that one of their best starters, Syndergaard, will not face Severino Sunday night. Seve faces Seth Lugo instead, and I and friends will be at the Sunday night game.

Torres 2 hits.
Gardner 2 hits, 2-run HR.
Stanton solo HR.

They had all five of the Yankees’ hits.

Tanaka 5 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 H, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.58
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.61
Green (W, 4-0, 2.03) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Betances (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.67
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 1.35

Golden State swept the Cavs for the NBA title, and last night, the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup.

Games 55 & 56. Yanks split DH with Tigers.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks split a DH with Detroit, winning the first game behind 3 HRs and Luis Severino 7-4, but losing the second game 4-2.

Clint Frazier was the 26th man for the DH today. Between games, Adam Warren was brought up and Tommy Kahnle was sent down.

It was an awful day for Aaron Judge, who went 0 for 9 for the day with 8 strikeouts.

Game 1:  Detroit got a run in the first on an RBI double by future HOF Miguel Cabrera. In the third, Gleyber Torres 10th HR of the season tied the game. Torres is the youngest Yankee to 10 career HR since Mickey Mantle.

The Yanks got six runs in the fourth inning. Greg Bird made it 2-1 with his second HR of the season. After that, Stanton and Didi singled, and Andujar singled to drive in a run. Frazier singled to make it 4-1. Romine hit a 3-run HR (4), 7-1. Frazier was sent back down after the DH (no room on the roster).

Detroit got an unearned run in the fifth off Severino, and two unearned runs in the ninth.

Bird solo HR
Torres solo HR
Romine 3-run HR.

Severino (W, 9-1, 2.20) 8 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K.
Holder 2/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.75
Chapman (S, 14) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.46

Game 2: Lost 4-2. The Yanks struck out 14x. Judge with the platinum sombrero, 0 for 5, 5 strikeouts. It seems as if Domingo German pitches just well enough to lose. He’s still looking for his first MLB win. He didn’t pitch that badly, but it seems he really needs a game where the Yanks give him a lot of run support to get him off the zero-win schneid. Tanaka can give up 4 runs in 7 IP, and win 10-4, but it seems German can do it and is unlucky, and will lose 4-2 as he did tonight.

Detroit got one in the second. German reached for a ball and it went off his hand into LF for a double. Lucky he wasn’t hurt. A passed ball, walk, SF and Detroit was up 1-0.

The Yanks tied it in the third on a single by Frazier and triple by Gardner. They had the bases loaded with two out but Torres bounced back to the pitcher. In this inning, Stanton was HBP, and some hard feelings ensued. Stanton was hit in the face by the same pitcher a few years ago.

The Tigers got two in the fourth to go up 3-1. Stanton got his revenge in the sixth with HR #13 to make it 3-2.

But in the seventh, the Tigers got a run for the final of 4-2. Adam Warren relieved German with two out and a runner on second, but gave up a double and a couple of walks before getting out of the inning.

The Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP in this game.

German (L, 0-4, 5.44) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 3 K. The kid needs a break where he gets lots of run support.

Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 K. 2.79

So the 38-18 Yanks stay 1 game back of idle Boston.

In the first round of the MLB draft, the Yanks selected a switch-hitting and switch-throwing (!) catcher, high-schooler Anthony Siegler.