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Yanks rained out. D/N DH Saturday. Ex-player, ex-Yankees’ coach Cloninger dies.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks were rained out tonight and will play a day/night separate admissions DH against KC on Saturday. Luis Severino is scheduled to start the afternoon game and CC Sabathia the night game.

Tyler Wade was brought up to fill in Aaron Judge’s roster spot.

J.A. Happ will make his Yankees’ debut Sunday, with Masahiro Tanaka going Tuesday. That will set up Severino, CC, Happ and Tanaka for the Boston series next weekend, as Sonny Gray gets bypassed.

Tony Cloninger died Tuesday at the age of 77. Cloninger pitched in the majors from 1961-1972 with the Braves (Milwaukee and Atlanta) from 1961-1968, the Reds 1968-1971 and the Cardinals 1972.

In 1964, he won 19 games for the Milwaukee Braves, and in 1965, the last year the Braves were in Milwaukee, he won 24 and finished 28th in MVP voting.

He was 113-97, 4.07 for his career, ERA+ 88. His 162 g. average was 13-11, 4.07.

As a hitter, he hit .192 with 11 HR. On July 3, 1966, he hit two grand slams in the same game, and drove in 9 runs. He hit 5 HR that season.

Per Wikipedia:

as of 2018, this stands as the Braves’ franchise record for RBI in a game. Cloninger became the first player in the National League, and the only pitcher to date, to hit two grand slams in the same game.

After retiring, Cloninger served as a bullpen coach for the New York Yankees (1992–2001), where he was a member of five American League champions and four World Series champion teams, and pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox (2002 through early 2003). He was forced to step down from the latter post when he underwent successful treatment for bladder cancer, which had been diagnosed in spring training.[2] In 2018, Cloninger began his 15th consecutive season as a player development consultant for the Red Sox.

He got in 3 postseason games for the 1970 NL pennant winning Reds, starting one game in the NLCS, and starting and losing Game 3 of the WS. He was 0-1, 5.84 in postseason play. He had gone 9-7, 3.83, ERA+ 109 in 30 games (18 starts) for the Reds that year.

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Game 101. Yanks win game, trade for Happ, but lose Judge for 3 weeks.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Because there is so much Yankees news major-league wise, between the game, a trade and a major injury, there will be no minor league report today (no time before I have to leave for work).

Before the game, the Yanks made a trade with Toronto, getting J.A. Happ for Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney.

Happ, 35, made his first All-Star team this year, and is 10-6, 4.18, ERA+ 101 in 20 starts. He hasn’t been that good lately. Through June 13 he was 8-3, 3.48, but he has gone 2-3, 6.03 since. Hopefully he turns it back around for the Yanks. Happ, like the just-acquired Zack Britton, can become a free agent at the end of the season, he and Britton may just be rentals. Happ broke in nicely, and after just a little bit of MLB experience in 2007 and 2008 (he got in 8 games, 4 starts for the 2008 WS Champion Phillies), finished second in ROY in 2009, when he went 12-4, 2.93 in 35 games, 23 starts, for the NL pennant-winning Phils that year. Who knows, if he would have started for the Phils in the WS that year instead of Pedro Martinez (who was at the end of his career and who lost two WS games), maybe the Yanks don’t win that 2009 WS but lose it to the Phillies. Pedro never pitched again after that WS.

Happ then went 38-48, 4.56, ERA+ 86 between 2010-2014, bouncing from the Phils to Houston to Toronto. He upped his game in 2015, going 11-8, 3.61 for Seattle and Pittsburgh. He went back to Toronto in 2016 and was a 20 game winner, finishing sixth in CYA voting. Last year he was 10-11, 3.53. For his career he is 102-82, 3.95, ERA+ 104. 162 g. average 13-11, 3.95.

For Happ, the Yanks gave up Brandon Drury, who was expected to be their starting 3B this year, but migraines put Drury on the DL, and sent him to the minors. Meanwhile, Miguel Andujar took Drury’s job. Drury got into just 18 games with the Yanks, going 9 for 51 (.176) with 1 HR and 7 RBI, OPS+ just 47. In 61 games at SWB, he was .292-6-32. Drury turns 26 in a few weeks.

Also going to Toronto is OF/1B Billy McKinney. McKinney got into just 2 games with the Yanks at the beginning of the season, going 1 for 4. Soon to be 24, McKinney was hitting .228-13-35 for SWB in 63 games this year.

Now for the game. First, Judge’s injury.

Aaron Judge was HBP by a ball in the first inning. He stayed in the game and got an infield single in the third but was removed. An X-Ray, MRI and CT scan were all done and the final showed a a chip fracture of the right wrist (ulnar styloid bone). No surgery is recommended but Judge will miss at least 3 weeks.

Ouch, WAR has Judge as the Yanks’ best player (Severino is second).

The Yanks won the game 7-2 over KC, a bittersweet victory what with the Judge injury, and at 65-36, the Yanks picked up a game on Boston, who lost 2-1 to the Twins. The Yanks are now 4 1/2 back.

In that first inning, with one out, Judge was HBP. Didi doubled Judge to third. Stanton hit a SF which scored Judge and moved Didi to third. After Hicks walked, Torres reached on an error which allowed Didi to score. 2-0 Yanks.

The Yanks got 4 in the fourth. With one out, Walker singled and Romine doubled him in. After an out, Andujar, pinch-hitting for the injured Judge, reached on an error, and Didi Gregorius made KC pay for the error by hitting a 3-run HR (18).

In the fifth, Hicks singled, then Torres singled Hicks to third. Bird drove in the run with a SF. 7-0.

Adam Warren gave up a 2-run HR to Salvador Perez in the sixth, 7-2.

Britton made his Yankees’ debut in the eighth with a 1-2-3 inning.

Judge 1 for 1, HBP, Fractured wrist, Out at least 3 weeks.
Gregorius 2 hits, 3-run HR.
Hicks 2 hits, threw out a runner at the plate to end the game.
Walker 2 hits

Gray (W, 8-7, 5.08) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Warren 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  2.96
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.98
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.24 (combined Balt/NYY; NYY debut)
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.14

Vaughn Eshelman, who pitched for Boston 1995-1997, going 15-9, 6.07, ERA+ 81, died at the age of 49.

Game 97. Yanks escape with 7-6 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I just about had a heart attack, along with 47,000 or so other fans, at Yankee Stadium yesterday.

Aroldis Chapman came into the game with a four-run lead, threw 19 pitches, only 3 of which were strikes, and Chasen Shreve, of all people, had to come in with the bases loaded and no one out to save a 7-6 Yankees’ win over the Mets.

The win for the 63-34 Yanks, combined with Boston’s loss to the Tigers, moved the Yanks 4 1/2 back of Boston.

The Mets scored first when Sonny Gray gave up a HR to Michael Conforto on his first pitch in the second inning.

The Yanks got four in the fourth. Stanton reached on an infield dribbler. Gregorius tripled him in. Andujar doubled on a ball that would have been a double anyway, but some jackass leaned over the fence and caught it. Security was there soon thereafter to escort him from the Stadium. 2-1 Yanks. Bird doubled, 3-1. After a flyout, Romine singled in Bird to make it 4-1 Yanks. The Mets CF had a tough time that inning, diving for a couple of balls and coming up just short on the balls hit by Didi, Bird and Romine.

In the sixth, Gray walked a couple of batters and in came Robertson. He got out of the inning but not before giving up an RBI single and then by giving up another run on a boneheaded play. With two out and runners on first and third, he tried to pick off the runner at first. The ball hit the runner and ricocheted back toward the pitcher’s mound. As the ball was ricocheting back, the runner on third (Jose Bautista) scored to make it 4-3. Robertson then struck out the batter for the last out. Concentrate on, and do that first, especially with two out, just concentrate on getting that batter out, and that other run doesn’t score.

The Yanks got the run back in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Andujar and single by Bird. 5-3.

Aaron Judge homered in the seventh (26) to make it 6-3 Yanks.

To the eighth, Andujar singled and went to third when Drury singled, Drury advancing on the throw, which hit Andujar. Romine’s RBI groundout made it 7-3.

In came Chapman with a 4-run lead. Because of the All-Star break, he hadn’t pitched in a week, and my friend Larry was worried that Chapman may not have his command. He was right. Shreve was warming with Chapman in the eighth but sat down when Chapman came into the game. So no one was warming up when Chapman did come in.

Note to Boone: never assume.

Chapman was all over the place. At one point he threw 11 straight balls. Walk. Infield single. Walk. Walk to make it 7-4. HBP to make it 7-5. Now Shreve is rushed in with the bases loaded and no one out, and very little if any warmup time after the original warmup. Chapman was booed (he has had a great year, but for this outing, ugh) and the confidence level that the Yanks could get out of this wasn’t too high.

But Shreve got a DP, runner on third scoring, to make it 7-6. Two out, tying run on third, and Shreve got a little nubber back to the mound to end the game.

Whew.

Sanchez still doesn’t look right at the plate, and goodness, how many teams with .600 or better winning percentages have a .188 hitting cleanup hitter?

Judge 3 hits, solo HR. Triple shy of cycle.
Andujar 3 hits, 2 of them doubles
Bird 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Romine 2 RBI

Gray (W, 7-7, 5.34) 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 W,  6 K. Gave up 1 HR, 1 HBP
Robertson (H, 15) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Made one huge error.  3.05
Holder (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.76
Betances (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.55
Chapman 0 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 3 W, 0 K. 1 HBP.  2.03  All 5 runners reached. 19 pitches, 3 strikes.
Shreve (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.25

It was Shreve’s 2nd MLB save (he had one in 2016). I think he’ll remember this one better than the first one.

Once again, whew.

Update: Chapman said he feels fine and that it wasn’t the knee.

Game 96. Yanks blow chances in 7-5 loss. German sent down after poor outing, Cessa up.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A poor outing by Domingo German resulted in him being sent down after the Yanks lost to the Mets, 7-5, on Friday night.

The Yanks had their chances, stranding 14, and going 2 for 13 with RISP.

Luis Cessa, who pitched a good game for AAA last night, will come up to take his place.

Before the game, the Yanks activated Gary Sanchez off the DL and sent down Kyle Higashioka. They also brought up Brandon Drury.

German’s first inning woes continued as he gave up three runs. His first inning ERA is 9.00. You can’t just keep putting your team in a hole like that.

It’s becoming more and more apparent how much the Yanks miss Jordan Montgomery. Either Cessa has to step up and step in where German failed, or the Yanks have to make a deal. The loss dropped the Yanks to 62-34, and with Boston’s 1-0 win, put the Yanks now 5 1/2 behind Boston in the AL East. You can’t catch them if the now demoted German, and today’s starter, Sonny Gray, keep pitching as poorly as they have been.

Hopefully Gray has a good outing today. I’ll be at the game.

In the bottom of the first, the Yanks had first and third, two out, but Hicks grounded out. There was one chance of many to get something back. There would be many more failures.

In the third, Yoenis Cespedes, just off the DL, homered off the left field foul pole to make it 4-0, Mets.

The Yanks got a run on the third when Gardner and Judge singled and Stanton got a SF.

Three walks by Adam Warren in the fifth helped lead to two Mets runs. 6-1, Mets.

In the sixth, Sanchez and Bird singled, and Walker doubled in two runs. 6-3.

The Yanks loaded the bases with two out in the seventh but Andujar flied out.

In the eighth, with one out, Gardner reached on an error and Judge singled. Didi doubled in one run to make it 6-4, and a Stanton RBI groundout made it 6-5. But with first and third, two out, Sanchez struck out.

It seems like on those sliders down and away, Sanchez is either not recognizing the slider or trying to pull everything. Or both. He needs to shoot for RCF more often. He’s strong enough to take advantage of the porch. He’s way better than the .191 he’s at now. Embarrassing.

A WP helped lead to a Mets’ run in the top of the ninth. With two out in the bottom of the ninth, Walker walked, but Gardner, as the tying run, grounded out to end the game.

Judge 3 hits.
Didi 3 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits.
Walker 2 RBI

German (L, 2-6, 5.68) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. To AAA after game.
Warren 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 W, 2 K.  2.49    Couldn’t hold them
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.37
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.68
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   1.80
Cole 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.92 as NYY   1 WP

Brad Hand, a lefty reliever the Yanks were interested in acquiring, was dealt to Cleveland instead. SD had asked for Andujar.

 

AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 HR slugfest. Judge hits one of AL’s 5 HRs.

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The American League beat the National League, 8-6 in 10 innings, to win the All-Star Game.

The game featured ten home runs, five by each team.

The Yankees’ Aaron Judge hit the first HR of the game to put the AL up 1-0. He went 1 for 2 with a walk.

Luis Severino pitched a scoreless second inning, giving up a leadoff double but coming back to strike out two.

Gleyber Torres and Aroldis Chapman were selected to the team but didn’t play because of injuries.

Alex Bregman of Houston, who hit the go-ahead HR in the top of the tenth, was named the MVP of the game.

The game was 2-1 AL heading into the bottom of the seventh, and after that, it seemed like a HR derby, with seven HR being hit in the last 3 1/2 innings.

Minor League Report. Sanchez HRs again on rehab. Cortes dominant.

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In the All-Star Game, Aaron Judge will start, play LF and bat 6th. Severino will not start but will be the second AL pitcher after Sale.

AAA: SWB (49-43) won 5-0. Gary Sanchez solo HR on rehab. In two rehab games, he is 2 for 8 with 2 HR. CF Billy McKinney triple, 2 RBI. 2 Hits RF Ryan McBroom. LF Mark Payton 2 hits, 2 hits, RBI, 2B L.J. Mazzilli.

Cortes (W, 4-3, 3.11) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 10 K.
Espinal 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.20
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.81

AA: Trenton (51-42) lost 4-2. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. CF Jeff Hendrix 2 RBI.

Acevedo (L, 2-2, 2.84) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 4 W, 7 K.
Foley 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 1 K.  3.43

High A: Tampa (47-47) lost 15-4. LF Ben Ruta 3 hits.

Green (L, 6-4, 3.41) 3 IP, 11 R, 7 ER, 7 H, 4 W, 0 K.
Kamplain 2 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.40
Wivinis 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K.  2.05
Surum 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  0.00

Low A: Charleston (45-46) lost 4-2. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. LF Carlos Vidal 2 hits. RF Frederick Cuevas 2 hits. 3B Welfrin Mateo 2 RBI.

Sanmartin (L, 0-3, 4.30) 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K.
DeCarr 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.32
Vargas 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  4.56

 

 

Game 89. Yanks salvage split, 10-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With the Red Sox winning their seventh in a row, it was imperative for the Yanks to win the second game of today’s DH to remain, at 59-30, 2 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East race. They did so with a 10-2 win.

If I would have asked you this morning who you had greater confidence in, CC or Cessa, what would your answer have been? For it was Cessa, not CC, who came up big.

In this game, a single by Gardner and one-out double by Didi brought home a run in the first.

In the fourth, Walker got a bunt hit with two out and Gardner HR (7) to make it 3-0.

To the fifth. Double by Stanton, WP, and Single by Bird. 4-0.

8th inning. With two out, double by Clint Frazier, who was having a rough day, and 2-run HR by Romine (5) make it 6-0. Walker and Gardner double to make it 7-0. A WP and 2 walks load the bases. An error makes it 8-0.

Baltimore got a 2-run HR in the eighth, 8-2.

In the ninth, Andujar doubles. Frazier walks. Romine doubles in Andujar, Frazier nailed at home. With two out, Gardner singles in Romine. 10-2.

Gardner 4 hits, scored 3, HR, drove in 3
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Didi 2 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 hits
Romine 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI
Neil Walker 2 hits.

Cessa (W, 1-1, 3.00) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. Not high on Cessa, but great today!
Gallegos (S,1) 3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.  4.50

Update: With Stanton on the road all week, and Benintendi and Boston at home, I have a feeling about that “last man” vote, and that feeling isn’t good for Stanton.