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Tag Archives: Holmes
Judge 3-run HR (33)
Gallo 2 hits, solo HR (33)
Sanchez game-winning single in bottom of the tenth.
Gil 6 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 3 HR. 2.88
Heaney 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.76 (LAA/NYY)
Abreu 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.19
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.70
Holmes (W, 8-3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.07 (Combined Pit/NYY) .
Clarke Schmidt was sent back to SWB. Sal Romano decided to become a free agent rather than go to SWB.
Game 139. Yanks lose 5th straight, 6-3. Slide out of top wild-card spot with 2nd WC slot in jeopardy.
Yes, we Yankees fans should worry. The Yanks lost their fifth straight game Wednesday night, and ninth in their last eleven games, 6-3 to Toronto. Toronto has won seven in a row. They are surging. With the loss, the Yanks dropped out of the top wild card slot and are in danger of missing the playoffs altogether.
The division is over. Tampa Bay has a 9 game lead over Boston (9 1/2 over the 78-61 Yanks) with only 23 games to go.
But here is where it gets scary.
Bos 80-62 === 1st wc slot (would host WC game)
NYY 78-61 1/2 game behind Boston. Has 2nd and last WC spot for now.
Tor 76-62 2 games behind Boston and just 1 1/2 behind the Yankees.
Sea 76-64 3 behind Boston, just 2 1/2 behind the Yankees.
Oak 75-64 3 1/2 behind Boston and just 3 behind the Yankees.
The Yanks seem out of gas and running on fumes. Hopefully they have something left in the tank but they haven’t looked good recently and yes, we should worry.
Starter Luis Gil’s scoreless streak to start his career ended in the fourth inning at 19 innings. Gil only gave up 1 hit, but walked 7. With one out in the top of the fourth, three straight walks loaded the bases. Lucas Luetge came in to relieve Gil and a run scored on a WP. An out later, a single made it 3-0 (batter made last out at second trying to stretch the hit into a double).
The Yanks did tie the game in the bottom of the fifth. Joey Gallo led off with a single, and one out later, Rougned Odor walked. With two out, Brett Gardner homered (7) to tie the game at 3.
These appear to be the last games of Gardner’s career. Nothing has been said, but at age 38, it appears this may be it.
A mistake by SS Andrew Velazquez led to Toronto getting a run in the seventh. A slow dribbler for a single that Velazquez tried to make a play on. He barehanded the ball and should have eaten it when the ball started to crawl up his wrist. Instead he threw to first—-not with a good grip—and the throwing error enabled the hitter to reach second. Two outs later, a single drove in the runner. 4-3 Toronto, and that turned out to be the winning run.
A triple and SF made it 5-3 Toronto in the eighth inning, and Vlad Guerrero, Jr. hit a HR (41) in the ninth to make it 6-3, which was the final score.
Could Guerrero, Jr., just 22 now, turn out even better than his Hall-of-Fame father?
Gardner 3-run HR (7)
Stanton 2 hits.
Gil 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 7 W, 6 K. 1 WP 1.42. Just 1 H, 6 K. But wild with the 7 walks.
Luetge 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP 2.74
Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.65 (Tex/NYY)
Holmes (L, 6-3) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.21 (Pit/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W 2 K. 3.13
Chapman 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.86. More concerns here.
Peralta 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.98 (SF/NYY)
Yesterday was the induction day at the Hall of Fame for Derek Jeter.
For whatever reason, the Yankees just don’t score when Jordan Montgomery pitches this year. Luck of the draw, maybe. Next year it could be another starter that gets no run support.
The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the seventh inning. They only got three in a 4-3 loss to the Orioles Saturday afternoon.
The loss drops the Yanks (78-57) 7 1/2 behind Tampa Bay with 27 games to go. The division title seems impossible to get. The Yanks need to hold onto the top wild card spot. They are now just 1/2 game above Boston to have that one-game, sudden death wild card game at home instead of in Fenway. Oakland and Seattle are 4 games behind Boston, and Toronto is 5 back.
With two out and two on (second and third) in the top of the fourth, Montgomery walked one-time Yankees’ prospect Jorge Mateo, but threw a WP in doing so, allowing a run to score. 1-0 Orioles. This would be a big difference in the game. So would another WP later on.
Baltimore got two runs in the top of the seventh off of Wandy Peralta, and had the bases loaded with one out, looking for more, but Lucas Luetge stopped it right there.
In the bottom of the seventh, Anthony Rizzo led off the inning by reaching on an error, then Brett Gardner walked. PH Gary Sanchez flied out, moving Rizzo to third. PH Gleyber Torres singled in Rizzo to cut the Orioles’ lead to 3-1. It was the first hit of the game for the Yanks. But then PH Luke Voit GIDP to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and Joey Gallo—15 for 115 as a Yankee to that point—homered to tie the game. If ever someone needed that, Gallo did. Hopefully it can be the spark that gets him going. 16 for 116 is just .138. You could see the frustration and pressure building up in him.
But Aroldis Chapman is a question mark. Come playoff time, the way he’s pitched lately, can you really count on him closing out a game? Remember in each of the last two seasons, the Yankees’ season ended because Chapman gave up game-winning home runs. Yesterday, he couldn’t keep the score at three, and wound up losing the game. A WP on a strikeout enabled the go-ahead run to reach base. Then came a single and a walk to load the bases with no one out. Chapman got a strikeout, but a SF scored what turned out to be the winning run. A strikeout ended the inning, but the O’s now had a 4-3 lead, one they maintained.
The Yanks keep running Chapman out there in the ninth, hoping to get him right. But Jonathan Loaisiga, by far, has been the Yankees’ most dominant reliever this year, especially since mid-June, when Chapman started going downhill. Do you make a change to Loaisiga now? Especially since you are on pins and needles when Chapman comes in right now, not knowing if he will do the job (and when he does do the job, it isn’t without a lot of angst).
We have been spoiled by Mariano Rivera, but the shaky closer situation right now is a problem. History lesson: In 2009, the last year the Yanks won the World Series, EVERY playoff closer blew a game except one—the great Mariano. That is one reason the Yanks won that year, and how important a shut-down closer is come playoff time.
Here is hoping (and praying?) both Gallo and Chapman right themselves and get hot.
Gallo 2-run HR (31, combined Tex/NYY)
Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 WP 3.47 (with that ERA should be better than 5-5). No run support.
Holmes 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.04 (Pit/NYY) (was dominating yesterday)
Peralta 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.08 (SF/NYY)
Luetge 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.86
Chapman (L, 5-4) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 WP 3.72
The Yanks have to beat Baltimore, a team that is only 42-92 this season. Six of Baltimore’s 42 wins are against the Yankees, the most they have against any team. Tampa Bay went 18-1 vs. Baltimore this season. The Yanks are just 9-6 against Baltimore. That is one explanation of why the Yanks trail Tampa Bay by 7 1/2. Those games against Baltimore ALONE are a seven game difference.