The Yanks (28-9) got a break from some sloppy Orioles play and beat Baltimore 3-2 Wednesday night. All three runs scored in the top of the first inning, and it all happened with two out. Anthony Rizzo singled as did Josh Donaldson. Gleyber Torres doubled in Rizzo, and then Donaldson scored on a WP. In trying to nab Donaldson at the plate, Orioles C Anthony Bemboom threw the ball away for an error, enabling Torres to score. Yankees starter Gerrit Cole shut down Baltimore until the sixth, when he gave up two runs to cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-2. That’s the way it ended up, however, as the Yankees won for the 21st time in their last 24 games. Donaldson 2 hits. Cole (W, 4-0) 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 5 K. 2.89 Holmes (S, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.44
The Yankees (25-9) got only 2 hits in the game, but still beat the White Sox 5-1 Sunday. I don’t know when Whitey Ford got reincarnated as Nestor Cortes, Jr. (just kidding) but we will take Nasty Nestor’s 1.35 ERA any time. In the second inning, with two out, Joey Gallo walked. Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled, then Jose Trevino walked to load the bases. Walks to Aaron Hicks and D.J. LeMahieu forced in two runs and a wild pitch scored another. Cortes kept the White Sox off the board until he gave up a solo HR in the eighth inning. In the top of the ninth, Gallo hit a 2-run HR (5) for the final score of 5-1. Gallo 2-run HR (5) Cortes (W, 2-1) 8 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.35 Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.49
You can’t win them all, and the Yankees (24-9) did win 17 of their previous 19 games.
Dallas Keuchel has always given the Yankees fits, going back to the former CYA winner’s days with Houston. He gave the Yanks fits again Saturday night, tossing five shutout innings as the White Sox beat the Yankees 3-2, walking it off with a run in the bottom of the ninth. Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery kept the Yanks in the game despite struggling, giving up a run in the first inning and a solo HR to Yoan Moncada in the third. The Yanks loaded the bases with two out in the top of the fifth, but Anthony Rizzo grounded out. With one out in the eighth, they pushed across a run on three consecutive singles—by Aaron Judge, Rizzo and the RBI by Giancarlo Stanton. But they could not tack on as both Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres then struck out. The Yanks tied it up in the top of the ninth. Joey Gallo led off with a walk and Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled. IKF stole second. Kyle Higashioka hit a SF to tie the game but IKF made a baserunning blunder and got thrown out at third. No one is perfect, and I think all Yankees fans have been spoiled by how easy Mariano Rivera made it look. Aroldis Chapman comes with more drama than Mariano did. Most of the time Chapman gets out of it, but not without drama. Mo made getting the last outs look so easy. Last night Chapman couldn’t get out of it, as with one out, he gave up a single, walk, then another single that won the game for Chicago, 3-2. Stanton 3 hits, RBI Kiner-Falefa 2 hits Montgomery 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.06 Schmidt 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.82 Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.52 Chapman (L, 0-1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.54 Ex-MLB pitcher David West passed away at the age of 57. He pitched for the Mets, Phillies, Twins and Red Sox from 1988-1998. He was 31-18, 4.66 in his career, ERA+ 89. He was part of the 1988 Mets that lost in the NLCS, the 1991 Twins team that won the WS and also the 1993 Phillies team that lost the WS and also the 1998 Red Sox who made the postseason. He was 1-0, 10.61 in ten postseason games. One thing that is bothersome is how many ex-Phillies all have died from brain cancer. Was something fishy about the Vet? Was, for example, too much asbestos in the home clubhouse or something? I dont know but the number of ex-Phils all succumbing to brain cancer is alarming.
Posted in Ex-Players, Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Chapman, Holmes, Keuchel, Kiner-Falefa, Montgomery, Schmidt, Stanton, West
Gleyber Torres drove in all of the Yankees (22-8) runs in a 5-3 win over Toronto Wednesday afternoon. It was the Yankees’ 15th win in their last 17 games. Toronto got a run in the first inning off of Jameson Taillon, but in the fourth inning, with one out, Anthony Rizzo and D.J. LeMahieu singled, then Torres hit a 3-run HR (5). Toronto cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the sixth, but the Yanks came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up 5-2. With one out, Rizzo walked and LeMahieu doubled. Torres singled in two runs. It seems as if when Aroldis Chapman saves a game, he makes us sweat it out first. Such was the case again today, because Chapman gave up a run in the ninth to make it 5-3 before closing out the game.
LeMahieu 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, 5 RBI. 3-run HR (5) Taillon (W, 3-1) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP 2.93 King (H,4) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.35 Holmes (H, 7) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.55 Chapman (S, 8) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP 0.79
It’s only too bad he didn’t get credit for the W. Nasty Nestor Cortes Jr. no-hit Texas for 7 1/3 innings, and the Yankees finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth as the Yanks beat Texas 1-0 in an afternoon makeup game from all the rain the Northeast got on Friday and Saturday. The only run of the game came when with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Judge singled and Anthony Rizzo then doubled him home. It wound up as a combined 2-hit shutout. The Yanks only got five hits themselves. Rizzo RBI double (only run of game) Cortes 7 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 W, 11 K. 1.41 Holmes (W, 4-0) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.61 Chapman (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 Who’d have thought Nasty Nestor would have an ERA of 1.41 after six starts, or have 42 K in 32 IP so far? Or that of the 20-8 Yankees, the team leader in wins would be the 4 by Holmes? Or that after 28 games, the Yanks’ ERA would be 2.50?
Before the Mother’s Day DH against Texas, a couple of moves. Tim Locastro goes on the IL with a back injury, and with the Yanks playing 23 games in 22 days, Ron Marinaccio was brought up. Also, for the DH only, Estevan Florial was brought up. The Yanks (19-8) didn’t hit much Sunday, and split a DH with Texas. Game 1: Gleyber Torres hit a walkoff HR (4) in the bottom of the ninth as the Yanks won 2-1. The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the sixth inning, when Aaron Judge singled, Anthony Rizzo singled Judge to third, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF. With one out in the top of the seventh, Gerrit Cole gave up a HR to the last batter he faced (pitch #114. One batter too many? But then Cole did strike out the previous hitter on three pitches) and the score was tied. Torres led off the bottom of the ninth with his game-winning blow. The Yanks only had five hits in this game. Torres 2 hits, RBI. Solo GW HR (4) Cole 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.67 Loaisiga 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.63 Holmes (W, 3-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.64 Game 2: Michael King has been great all year, but maybe he was due for a clunker. Yanks lose 4-2. The Yanks only had three hits in this game. They took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a 2-run HR by Giancarlo Stanton (6). Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery gave up a HR in the top of the sixth and Texas had cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1. In the seventh, Montgomery gave up a leadoff double. King came in and gave up a walk, but then got a strikeout and a forceout. It looked like King was going to get out of it and would be the dominating King we have seen all year. But then a WP tied the game, and on the next pitch, King gave up a 2-run HR that made it 4-2 Texas, and that turned out to be the final score. Stanton 2-run HR (6) Montgomery 6+ IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 2.90 King (L, 2-1; BS, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 w, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP 1.42 Peralta 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.80 Spoiler Alert: I’ll post the minor league games of Sunday tomorrow, but you know how I’ve been writing about AA pitcher Ken Waldichuk. Check out what he did today. If no time, check my report tomorrow.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Mike's Musings, Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Cole, Florial, Holmes, King, Loaisiga, Locastro, Marinaccio, Montgomery, Peralta, Stanton, Torres, Waldichuk
No streak lasts forever, and the Yankees (18-7) 11-game winning streak ended last night with a 2-1 loss in Toronto. They didn’t go down quietly, however. Hard-luck losing pitcher Nestor Cortes, Jr. didn’t have his best stuff, but he kept the Yankees in the game. Cortes gave up a HR to Matt Chapman in the second inning that put Toronto up 1-0, but the Yankees’ Joey Gallo hit his third HR of the season to tie the game in the top of the third inning. With two out in the bottom of the third, Bo Bichette doubled, then Vlad Guerrerro, Jr. singled him home to put Toronto up 2-1 and that turned out to be it. Bichette seems to always kill the Yanks. The Yanks had a man on third, one out in the top of the sixth but couldn’t score. They had two on and one out in the seventh but could not score. Manager Aaron Boone was thrown out in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes. In the ninth, with two out and two on, Gallo walked to load the bases, but Isiah Kiner-Falefa grounded out. The Yanks challenged the call, but it was determined that Guerrero kept his foot on the bag during his stretch. The Yanks are off today. They return home to play a weekend series against Texas. Michael King was great again in relief. Gallo solo HR (3) Cortes (L, 1-1) 4 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.82 King 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.51 Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.69
Gleyber Torres drove in all three Yankees runs as the Yankees (17-6) won their tenth straight game, beating the Blue Jays up in Toronto, 3-2. Torres hit a 2-run HR (3) in the top of the fourth to put the Yanks up 2-0 but Toronto came right back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. In the top of the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton led off with a single and Tim Locastro pinch ran for him. Locastro stole second, and with two out, Torres singled in what turned out to be the game-winning run. The Yankees have the best record in baseball, and lead Toronto by 2 1/2 games in the AL East. Torres 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (3) Montgomery 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 6 K. 2.88 Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.40 Castro 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.00 Holmes (W, 2-0) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.75 Green (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.48
The team with the best ERA in the league improved on that as the Yankees won their 8th straight game, 3-0, over Kansas City last night. With the win, the Yankees (15-7) have the best record in the majors. Gerrit Cole pitched six of the scoreless innings, and after a rough start to the season, seems to have righted himself. The shutout dropped the Yankees’ ERA to 2.70. The Yankees got single tallies in the second, third, and fourth innings. In the second, Gleyber Torres singled to lead off the inning, then Aaron Hicks walked. Joey Gallo, who later had to leave the game with a groin injury, singled to load the bases. Torres scored when Isiah Kiner-Falefa GIDP. In the third, with one out, Josh Donaldson walked. Anthony Rizzo followed with a walk and Giancarlo Stanton singled to load the bases. Torres hit a SF. In the fourth, Hicks led off with a walk and Gallo singled, Hicks advancing to third on an error. Kiner-Falefa then hit a SF to bring in Hicks. Torres 2 hits, RBI Hicks 2 for 2 with 2 walks Gallo 2 for 2, left game with groin injury Cole (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.00 Castro (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.16 Holmes (H, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 0.84 Chapman (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
The Yankees once again got great pitching, and both Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Gallo homered to lead the Yanks (12-6) to their fifth win in a row, 5-2 over Baltimore. Stanton started the scoring with a 2-run HR (3) in the first inning. It was the 350th of his career. Jordan Montgomery threw five shutout innings but gave up a game-tying 2-run HR in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, D.J. LeMahieu led off with a walk. One out later, Anthony Rizzo singled D.J. to third, and Stanton brought home D.J. with a SF. In the bottom of the seventh, Gallo homered (2) and later in the inning, Isiah Kiner-Falefa scored on a WP. Michael King was once again fabulous in relief, as was Clay Holmes. Aaron Judge 2 hits Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (3) #350 of career. Gallo solo HR (2) Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2 HBP. 2.70 King (W, 2-0) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.69 Holmes (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.93