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Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (44-22) won 14-5. They hit 6 HR

2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits
3B Andrew Velazquez 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2 HR, a 2-run shot and a solo Shot.
CF Socrates Brito 2 hits (should have the nickname “The Philosopher”?)
C Donny Sands 2-run HR
1B Aramando Alvarez 2 hits, 4 RBI 3-run HR
RF Frederick Cuevas solo HR
SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, 2 RBI
LF Thomas Milone 2 hits, solo HR

AA: Somerset (42-27) won 7-3. DH Oswald Peraza 2 hits. 1B Dermis Garcia solo HR. C Jason Lopez 2 RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 RBI, solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (46-24) lost 3-1. SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, RBI. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits.

Low A: Tampa (46-23) lost 4-3. OF Aldenis Sanchez 2 hits, RBI. SS Roberto Chirinos solo HR.

Of course, we will have to see if any prospects are used in a trade between now and the trade deadline of July 30. Also, some prospects are untouchable. We’ll have to see which ones are in that category

Futures/MLB draft/Minor League Report.

First the Futures game. Two Yankees prospects were in the game. CF Jasson Dominguez went 0 for 3. Lineout, two strikeouts. Dominguez is just 18, and just started his career about two weeks ago (he is in the Florida Complex League). He is the first player to be in the Futures game without even having played in a full-season league.

Pitcher Luis Medina can hit the high 90’s/ low 100’s with his fastball. He needs control and command. He pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two, but also gave up two hits and a walk.

The MLB draft is on. The Yankees’ first round pick was Trey Sweeney, a lefty-hitting SS.

AAA: SWB (37-20) lost 9-8 in 10 innings. RF Ryan LaMarre 2 hits. DH Socrates Brito 3 hits. LF Greg Allen 2 hits. 3B Armando Alvarez 2 RBI. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, 5 RBI, a 2-run HR.

AA: Somerset (38-21) lost 1-0 in 10 innings. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits. RF Thomas Milone 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (39-20) lost 10-3.

Low A: Tampa (40-18) won 6-1. Relievers Edgar Barclay & Nick Paciorek combined for six scoreless and hitless innings and combined for 10 strikeouts. Combined with two other pitchers, Tampa struck out 16 and gave up only 2 hits.

DH Everson Pereira 3 hits. 1B Andres Chaparro 2 for 2, walked 3X, 3 RBI. C Carlos Narvaez 2 hits, RBI.

Minor League Report. SWB hits 4 HR in slugfest. Tampa’s Hauver homers in fifth straight game.

AAA: SWB (5-1) hit 4 HR in winning a slugfest, 15-10. DH Luke Voit (coming back to Yankees Tuesday, Miguel Andujar going back down) 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens, HR, 3 RBI. CF Socrates Brito 2 RBI. 3B Derek Dietrich 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. RF Trey Amburgey 3 hits, HR, 5 RBI. 2B Kyle Holder 2 hits. C Rob Brantly 2 hits, SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits.

AA: Somerset (5-1) won 6-5. CF Estevan Florial solo HR. 2B Hoy Jun Park HR, 2 RBI. C Donny Sands 2 hits. 3B Diego Castillo HR, 2 RBI. Three pitchers combined for six no-hit innings of relief.

High A: Hudson Valley (3-3) won 10-1. SS Oswald Peraza 4 hits. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits, RBI. DH Josh Breaux HR, 4 RBI. C Mickey Gasper 2 hits. RF Steven Sensley 3-run HR. 3B Cristian Perez 2 hits. Luis Medina 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 7 K.

Low A: Tampa’s (5-1) offense finally came back to earth, as they lost 4-1. 2B Trevor Hauver homered for the fifth straight game. SS Max Burt 2 hits.

Rule 5 draft results

Yankees rule 5 draft results, from River Ave. Blues:

Yanks draft LHP Matt Krook, RHP Reggie McClain

Lose

RHP Garret Whitlock (BOS)
SS Kyle Holder (Phillies)
RHP Trevor Stephan (CLE)
RHP Matt Wivinis (TEX)
RHP Kaleb Ort (BOS)
C Gustavo Campero (LAA)
LF Ben Ruta (SD)

They would have to stick on their team’s 26 man roster all year or be offered back to the original team at the cost of $50,000.

Yankees tender Sanchez, sign Cessa, Heller. Let Holder become free agent.

From ESPN:

The New York Yankees offered a contract to catcher Gary Sanchez on Wednesday, the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players for the 2021 season.

The Yankees also agreed to a one-year, $1.05 million contract with right-hander Luis Cessa and a one-year deal with right-hander Ben Heller, who gets $625,000 in the majors and $225,000 in the minors.

The Yankees allowed right-hander Jonathan Holder to become a free agent, declining to offer a 2021 contract.

It wasn’t certain what the Yankees would do with Sanchez after the poor year he had.

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.


Game 60. Yanks lose, 5-0. Are #5 seed, head to Cleveland.

The Yankees (33-27) lost their regular season finale, 5-0, to Miami but backed into the #5 seed when Toronto lost to Baltimore. Had Toronto won, the Yanks would have fallen to the #8 seed.

The Yanks head to Cleveland for the best-of-three first round, all games in Cleveland.

So Tuesday will be very interesting in Cleveland. Gerrit Cole, 7-3, 2.84 vs. Shane Bieber 8-1, 1.63. And, also the presidential debate in Cleveland, too.

As for yesterday’s game, not too much to write about. Clarke Schmidt got his first MLB start and took the loss, giving up three runs in the second. Jonathan Holder gave up a HR in the fifth, and Nick Nelson a HR in the eighth.

The Yanks got six hits. Three were by Brett Gardner, who may have been playing in his last game as a Yankee at Yankee Stadium. At 37, and coming off of a .223 year, and with Clint Frazier coming on, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he isn’t back next year. Two hits were by D.J. LeMahieu, who ended the season the MLB batting champ at .364 (Luke Voit’s 22 HR also led the majors).

LeMahieu 2 hits
Gardner 3 hits

Schmidt (L, 0-1, 7.11) 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 WP, 1 HBP
Holder 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.98
Nelson 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.79

Both Games 1 and 2 against Cleveland, Tuesday and Wednesday, are 7 PM, ESPN.

Game 53. Yanks’ winning streak ends with 10-2 loss.

Maybe pitching in the place (Fenway Park) where his idol, Pedro Martinez, made his mark was too much for young, 21 year old Deivi Garcia. Maybe he just didn’t have it. But Michael Chavis hit two homers off him, and after twelve straight wins over Boston, eight of them this year, the Yanks (31-22) finally lost to Boston, 10-2.

Chavis hit a two-run HR in the second, and added a three-run HR in the third and Boston was up 6-0.

The Yankees’ bats didn’t provide much help. They didn’t get their first hit until the sixth inning, and got only three for the game.

In the sixth, Tyler Wade doubled for the Yanks’ first hit, and went to third on a PB. After a walk to D.J. LeMahieu, Wade scored when Luke Voit GIDP.

Jonathan Holder gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh, one on a solo HR by Bobby Dalbec, and Boston went up 9-1.

Yankees’ backup C Erik Kratz gave up a HR to J.D. Martinez in the 8th and the Yanks were down 10-1.

Luke Voit hit his MLB leading 21st HR in the top of the ninth for the final of 10-2.

Even with the loss, the Yanks clinched a posteason berth when Seattle lost.

But the loss did knock the Yanks into the #5 seed for now. They are 31-22, while the Twins are 33-22. The way it looks now, the Twins, a familiar Yankees’ postseason opponent, and so-far, Yankees’ punching bag in the postseason, will be their opponent again.

The Yanks are moving back Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka in the rotation to set them up for starting Games 1 and 2 of the playoffs.

Voit solo HR (21)

Garcia (L, 2-2, 4.88) 3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.21
Holder 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.03 Gave up 1 HR.
Kratz 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 9.00 Gave up 1 HR. (BACKUP C)

Got to say, I’m not sure how much I trust Holder or Ottavino right now.

Game 50. 5 HR within 6 batters! Yanks set records in 10-7 win.

Six consecutive batters. Five HR among those six.

Five HR in the same inning.

First team in MLB history to hit six or more HR in three consecutive games.

There’s mashing, and there is MASHING.

The Yanks (29-21) won their eighth straight game, 10-7 over Toronto Thursday night (and it wasn’t that close. Toronto got 4 in the top of the ninth) and by sweeping the three game series against the Blue Jays, opened up space between them and Toronto. Not only that, the #5 seed (as of now) Yankees are just one game behind the #4 seed (as of now) Twins. That is the difference between having all three games in the first round be at home or on the road.

The scores in this three game bludgeoning of Toronto were 20-6, 13-2 and 10-7. As mentioned, if Jonathan Holder does his job last night instead of being sloppy, that last game would have been 10-3.

The Yankees got two runs in the first inning when D.J. LeMahieu walked, Luke Voit doubled him to third, and Aaron Hicks walked to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton singled in one run, and the second scored when Gleyber Torres GIDP.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up two runs in the top of the third, one on a solo HR by Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., and the game was tied.

Then, in the bottom of the fourth, came a power show you had to see to believe. You’ve never seen anything like it before.

With one out, Clint Frazier walked. Gary Sanchez doubled to make it 3-2.

Then…

Brett Gardner homered (5). 5-2.
D.J. LeMahieu homered (10). 6-2. Back-to back HR.
Luke Voit made it three HR in a row (MLB leading 20th). 7-2.

Aaron Hicks struck out.

Giancarlo Stanton homered (4) 8-2.
Gleyber Torres homered (3) 9-2. Back-to-back HR.

Six straight batters. 5 HR. Three in a row, then after a strikeout, back-to-back. Wow.

Gurriel hit another HR off of Tanaka in the fifth. 9-3, Yankees.

Sanchez homered (9) in the bottom of the seventh to make it 10-3 and enable the Yanks to set the record of first team with six or more HR in three consecutive games.

As mentioned above, things got sloppy in the top of the ninth. Jonathan Holder couldn’t do his job to close it out and Aroldis Chapman was needed to do so. Final 10-7.

The Yanks now go to Boston to hopefully put a lot of dents into the Green Monster or the seats above it.

LeMahieu (.373) solo HR (10) Leads MLB in BA, OPS+, AL in OBA, OPS
Voit 2 hits, solo HR (20—leads MLB) also leads AL in SA.
Stanton 4 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (4)
Torres solo HR (3)
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI Solo HR (9)
Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI. A 2-run HR (5)

Tanaka (W, 3-2, 3.27) 7 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.91
Holder 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 0 K. 4.08
Chapman (S, 3) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.15

Game 47. Gleyber’s PH double wins it, 3-1

Gleyber Torres didn’t start the game, but he sure ended it.

The Yanks (26-21) won their fifth straight, and swept the four game weekend series from Baltimore by winning 3-1 on Sunday.

Before the series, Baltimore was creeping up on the Yanks for a playoff spot. Not anymore.

J.A. Happ gave up a HR in the top of the second to Renato Nunez. 1-0, O’s.

Tyler Wade tied it up for the Yanks in the bottom of the third with his second HR of the season.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth. With two out, Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier both singled. Torres PH for Brett Gardner and doubled in two runs. 3-1 Yanks. Ballgame.

The Yanks are off Monday, 9/14.

Frazier 2 hits
Andujar 2 hits.
Torres 2 RBI
Wade solo HR (2)

Happ 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.96
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.43
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.08
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.80
Britton (W, 1-2, 2.25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.50

Maybe my post of yesterday helped. LOL. Albert Pujols tied Willie Mays on the all-time HR list with #660 on Sunday.