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Game 18. Yanks’ Offense punchless in 6-1 loss to KC.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With all the injuries, a lot of guys in the Yanks’ lineup are AAA players.

That showed Friday night as the Yanks only got four hits—two by Clint Frazier—in losing to KC 6-1.

No one is going to feel sorry for you, though, and other players have to step up.

A win would have put the Yanks at .500. Instead they fall to 8-10 on the season.

Domingo German showed why he is sometimes such a tease. 9 K in 6 IP, but he gave up 2 HR in taking the loss. He wasn’t too bad, 3 R in 6 IP, but with the offense being feeble last night, he basically would have had to pitch a shutout.

The Yanks’ only run came via a SF by Gleyber Torres in the first inning.

German (L, 3-1, 2.37) 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 9 K.
Holder 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 7.00
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.68
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  8.59
Harvey 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.80

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Minor League Report. Semple dominating at Low A.

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The Yanks were off yesterday. They face Boston at home tonight.

AAA: SWB (8-4) beat Lehigh Valley 6-5 in 10 innings. 2b Billy Fleming grand slam. RF/1B Ryan McBroom solo HR. LF Zach Zehner 2 hits. C Ryan Lavarnway GW single.

AA: Trenton (7-3) won 8-6. 2B Hoy Jun Park 3 hits. SS Kyle Holder 2 RBI. RF Ben Ruta 3 hits. 1B Chris Gittens 4 for 4, 5 RBI, inc. HR. C Jorge Saez 2 hits, solo HR.

High A: Tampa (4-8) lost 4-1, getting just 3 hits.

Low A: Charleston (6-6) won 6-2.

CF Brandon Lockridge solo HR
2B Kyle Gray 2 hits
1B Mickey Gaspar 3 hits, solo HR
3B Nelson Gomez 2 hits.
DH Eric Wagaman 2 hits, RBI
LF Canaan Smith 2 RBI
SS Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits

Reliever Shawn Semple 4 IP, 5 K.

Semple, a 23 yr. old RHP, is 1-0, 0.69 as Charleston’s closer so far this year. In three games, 13 innings, he’s given up one run on three hits and has struck out 26. Seems like the kid could be getting a promotion to Tampa soon.

Nice team effort.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (7-4) won 9-5. 2B Thairo Estrada 2 hits, RBI. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, 3 RBI. HR.  (.471=5-14). Doing much better than Greg Bird right now. DH Ryan McBroom solo HR. SS Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, RBI. LF Zach Zehner 2 hits. C Kellin Deglan 2 run HR.

Gio Gonzalez 5 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 W, 8 K. Interesting call coming up for the Yanks soon.  I really don’t know if he has pitched well enough to be brought up to the big league club yet. Opt out date, April 20.

AA:  Trenton won 10-0 to go to 6-3 on the season. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, 2 RBI. RF Ben Ruta 3 hits, 3 RBI. C Francisco Diaz 2 hits, RBI. Despite 3 pitchers giving up 6 hits and 8 walks, an ugly shutout. The other team was 0 for 15 w/risp and stranded 13.

High A: Tampa (4-7) won 4-3 DH Dermis Garcia 2 hits, 2 RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, 2 RBI, HR. Rony Garcia 5 shutout IP.

Low A: Charleston (5-6) lost 11-2, getting just 4 hits.

 

Game 11. Bullpen blues. Yanks lose late again, 6-3. Severino shut down for 6 weeks.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The bullpen, supposed to be a strength of this Yankees’ (5-6) team, so far hasn’t been. Leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks’ bullpen gave up four runs after that as the Yanks lost 6-3 to Houston.

Clint Frazier had, let’s say, an interesting night in LF playing defense, and Brett Gardner made a mistake on a bunt attempt in thinking a ball was foul when it was fair. That resulted in bunting into a DP.

Jonathan Loaisiga (who was sent down after the game, what with CC coming back off of the DL) struck out the side in the first, but Houston worked up his pitch count and he was gone after just three innings. He did strike out five in those three innings.

Luke Voit homered (3) for the Yanks in the first, and Gary Sanchez had a two-run double in the sixth.

Loaisiga 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. 3.86
Tarpley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.75
Cessa 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.29
Holder (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40
Green (L, 0-2. 9.00) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K. 0.00

So far this season, we’ve seen Chapman take a loss, Green take two losses, Ottavino one. Not the bullpen that was expected so far.

Luis Severino has a grade 2 lat strain and has been shut down for six weeks. Since he’ll need to build himself back up (basically have to go through a “spring training”), we won’t see him on the mound for the Yanks until late June/early July at the earliest.

Gio Gonzalez (see minor league report) is a possibility. Gio rebounded well last night from two prior poor performances. Gio can opt out if not with the Yanks April 20.

Another possibility could be looking into free agent Dallas Keuchel.

 

Game 8. Judge HRs 2x, but it’s Frazier’s late HR that wins it for Yanks, 6-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge hit his first two homers of the season, but it was Clint Frazier’s late HR that enabled the Yanks to beat Baltimore 6-4 Saturday night.

The win evens the Yanks’ record at 4-4.

Judge hit his first HR of the year in the top of the first, but J.A. Happ gave up a HR in the bottom of the inning that evened things up.

Judge homered in the third to make it 3-1 Yanks.

The O’s got one in the fifth and two in the seventh to go up 4-3, but Clint Frazier’s 3-run HR (1) in the eighth won it for the Yanks, 6-4.

D.J. LeMahieu had three hits. I’d have had him leading off instead of Gardner.

Happ 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.48
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.76
Ottavino (W, 1-0, 0.00; BS, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Green (H, 2)  1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.15
Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.60

Game 6. Yanks’ offense sets embarrassing all-time team record in 2-1 loss. Now Tulo goes to DL

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You have to like the Yanks’ pitching so far, even if the bullpen lost games yesterday and today.

You have to hate the offense. Yes, there are injuries, but that’s no excuse for the all-time team record the Yanks set today by striking out 18x.

The Tigers got just 3 hits, but beat the Yanks 2-1. 3-1 yesterday, 2-1 today. You don’t win many games by scoring just one run.

Forget about the homers. Just concentrate on MAKING CONTACT.

To top it all off, Troy Tulowitzki strained a calf muscle and now HE goes on the DL. So now it looks like Torres will have to be at SS, Wade at 2B, and it looks like Thairo Estrada will be called up.

Estrada, 23, is the guy who missed almost all of last year because of a failed robbery attempt where he was shot in the leg. He has just 8 games of minor league experience above AA.

In 2017, he hit .301 for AA Trenton. In 2016, .290 between low A and high A. He is a righty bat.

The Yanks could also bring up Gio Urshela, but he doesn’t have the middle infield experience that Estrada has. Urshela is mostly a 3B.

I really like Jonathan Loaisiga, and he pitched decently today.

One HUGE problem. Gary Sanchez made his FOURTH throwing error of the season. The season is only six games old (with the Yanks 2-4).

Wade has a shot to prove himself.

I like LeMahieu leading off today. He did so because Gardner got the day off (until pinch-running late in the game and getting caught trying to steal). I think he should continue with Gardner dropped to ninth. LeMahieu is hitting .438 to Gardner’s .143 so far.

The Yanks’ only run came on a double by LeMahieu and an RBI single by Judge.

Newly acquired Mike Tauchman, who played CF today was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts.

Loaisiga 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2.25
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25
Green (L, 0-1, 4.50) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up HR in 8th that cost Yanks the game.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

As Joe McCarthy once said, “never fall below .500 if you can help it.” The first order of business is to get back to .500. They need to quit striking out, quit leaving runners on base and concentrate on making contact.

Sanchez has to stop the throwing errors.

They need to get healthy. This injury list is getting ridiculous.

Paxton on the mound tomorrow afternoon in Baltimore.

 

Game 2. Yanks fall to Orioles, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

These are the games that the Yanks need to win in order to win the division this year.

Facing a lousy team (47-115 last year), the Yanks got a good performance from their starter, but also made 3 errors, had lack of clutch hitting and the bullpen didn’t shut Baltimore down in a 5-3 loss. The Yanks are now 1-1 on the young season.

James Paxton pitched well, giving up 2 runs, just 1 earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

The game may have turned in the very first inning. With one out, three straight walks loaded the bases, but Miguel Andujar GIDP. Andujar would also have a chance in the ninth, but struck out to end the game.

The Yanks got a run in the fourth on an RBI single by D.J. LeMahieu.

Baltimore got two in the sixth. One run was unearned because of a throwing error by Gary Sanchez.

Chad Green gave up a run in the seventh to make it 3-1 O’s.

LeMahieu, who had 2 hits and that RBI I mentioned earlier, made some nice plays on the day, but an error he made in the ninth led to one of the two runs Baltimore got that inning to be unearned. 5-1 O’s.

The Yanks tried to come back. Troy Tulowitzki homered (1) to make it 5-2. LeMahieu doubled. Gardner (0 for the season so far) made out. Judge singled LeMahieu to third. Stanton struck out. Voit dunked a single in to make it 5-3. Andujar came up as the potential game-winning run but struck out to end the game.

Gleyber Torres had 2 hits.

Paxton (L, 0-1, 1.59) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Ottavino 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  9.00
Holder 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50.

The Yanks gave up 2 unearned runs, made 3 errors, and left 11 on base.