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Game 81. Bucs Beat Yanks, 5-2.

On any given day, any team can beat any team.

Such was the case Tuesday night when the Yanks suffered a disappointing 5-2 loss in the ‘Burgh to the underwhelming Pirates, 5-2. Game #81 marks the halfway point of the season, and the Yanks are 58-23, and the Yanks are up by 13 in the AL East.

Jameson Taillon didn’t have it, and the offense once again sputtered. Taillon gave up a solo HR to Daniel Vogelbach (whose physique, shall we say, is Ruthian?) to put the Buccos up 1-0 in the second inning. Pittsburgh got three more, including a 2-run HR by Jack Suwinski in the fourth to go up 4-0.

The Yanks had chances early but couldn’t come up with a big two-out hit. They finally got on the board in the fifth, when with one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled, and an out later, Aaron Judge singled him in.

Pittsburgh got another run in the sixth to go up 5-1. The Yanks scored in the eighth on a leadoff walk to Gleyber Torres, who advanced to second on a WP and to third on a groundout. With two out, Matt Carpenter singled Torres home.

At least Aroldis Chapman had a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth.

The Yanks got a look at a potential trade target, and also will tonight. CF Bryan Reynolds of Pittsburgh was 2 for 4 with a single and double.

Anthony Rizzo (sore lower back) is day to day and was a late scratch from last night’s game.

Some Yanks have been in a slump lately. Aaron Judge is 10 for his last 62. Giancarlo Stanton 10 (7 are HR) for his last 65. In his last three starts, Taillon has given up 14 R in 16 IP. Jose Trevino is 6 for his last 48.

Hopefully all of them get hot again soon.

Torres 2 hits.
Carpenter 2 hits, RBI
Kiner-Falefa 3 hits.

Taillon (L, 9-2) 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.63
Luetge 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.04
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.80


Game 79. Yanks complete DH sweep by winning Game 2, 6-1.

The Yankees (58-21) completed a doubleheader sweep of Cleveland by winning the nightcap, 6-1. They now have a 14-game lead in the AL East.

Nestor Cortes, Jr. gave up a HR to the second batter he faced, but that was his only mistake as he was “Nasty Nestor” again, pitching six innings.

With two out in the top of the fourth inning, Anthony Rizzo (22) and Giancarlo Stanton (20) hit back-to-back homers to give the Yanks a 2-1 lead. The Yanks are the only team in baseball with three players with 20 or more HR (Aaron Judge has 29). The season isn’t quite at the halfway point.

The Yanks got four insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning. Rizzo and Stanton opened the inning with singles, and Josh Donaldson doubled in one run. An error after a fielder’s choice made it 4-1. After Joey Gallo walked to put runners on first and second, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled in a run, Gallo going to third. A SF by Kyle Higashioka completed the scoring.

The Yankees bullpen worked out of jams in the seventh and ninth.

After the game, Miguel Andujar, the 27th man for the DH, was sent back to AAA. Ron Marinaccio was put on the 15-day IL with a shoulder injury.

Rizzo 2 hits, solo HR (22)
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (20)

Cortes (W, 7-3) 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.44
King 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.27
Peralta 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 1 HBP. 2.15
Holmes 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.49

Game 68. Yanks doomed by HRs, get edged by Rays, 5-4.

Isaac Paredes of Tampa Bay hit 3 HR and drove it 4 runs to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-4 win over the Yankees (50-18) Tuesday night. Nestor Cortes gave up 2 of the HR, and Clarke Schmidt the other.

Cortes gave up 3 HR on the night.

In the bottom of the first inning, Cortes gave up back-to-back HR to Paredes and Harold Ramirez, and the Rays were up 2-0.

The Yanks tied it in the top of the second. With one out, Kyle Higashioka singled, and Marwin Gonzalez doubled him to third. D.J. LeMahieu’s two-out single plated both runners.

Paredes homered off Cortes in the third to make it 3-2. In the fifth, Cortes gave up a one-out single. Rather than have Cortes face Paredes again, manager Aaron Boone brought in Clarke Schmidt. Understandable since Cortes had given up two HR to Paredes. The move backfired when Paredes hit Schmidt’s first pitch for a 2-run HR, Paredes’ third HR of the game, to make the score 5-2.

In the top of the ninth, with the Yanks down to their last out, Gonzalez hit a 2-run HR (2) to cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 5-4. Aaron Judge then came to bat as a PH, but his attempt to tie the game was caught in front of the fence on the warning track.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI
Gonzalez 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (2)

Cortes (L, 6-3) 4 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR. 2.31
Schmidt 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.13
Marinaccio 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP 2.81
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.66

Marinaccio is starting to come around. Isiah Kiner-Falefa should be back soon, he’s nursing a sore hamstring.

I had to peek at the schedule to see when the Yanks play Boston next. It’s in Fenway, July 7-10, then Boston comes to NY July 15-17. One reason I looked is that even though Boston (now in third) is 12 1/2 games back of the Yanks, they are 27-11 after an 11-20 start, and the Yanks haven’t played the Red Sox since the opening series to the season.

A couple of moves. Ender Inciarte at AAA became a free agent and signed with the Mets. Albert Abreu is back with the Yanks (going to AAA) after having been DFA’d by a couple of teams. The Yanks DFA’d David McKay.

CORRECTION: Abreu is out of options and has to go on the major league roster. A move is forthcoming.

Game 65. 9th straight win puts Yanks 12 up. Hicks’ 3 RBI key 4-0 shutout of Blue Jays.

Clay Holmes broke Mariano Rivera’s scoreless inning streak mark as he combined with starter Jameson Taillon and reliever Michael King to shutout Toronto, 4-0, Saturday.

Holmes gave up a run on opening day and hasn’t given up a run since.

Aaron Hicks’ bases-loaded double was the key blow.

The win put the Yanks (49-16) 12 games up on second place Toronto in the AL East, and was the Yankees’ 9th win in a row. Since a 7-6 start, the Yankees have won 42 of their last 52 games. Astounding.

In the top of the fourth inning, with one out, Anthony Rizzo walked. Gleyber Torres singled Rizzo to second, and one out later, Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled to load the bases. Hicks then ripped a bases-clearing double into the right field corner to make the score 3-0 Yankees.

The Yanks tacked on another run in the sixth when Torres led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a flyout, then scored on a double by IKF.

Torres 2 hits
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits, RBI
Hicks 2 hits, 3 RBI

Taillon (W, 8-1) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 8 K. 2.70
King (H, 10) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.41
Holmes 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.28

Game 61. Yanks blank Rays, 2-0.

After what happened last outing (HR to each of the first three hitters, five total, knocked out in the third inning), you knew Gerrit Cole would come out last night pissed. You knew there would be a sense of atonement, a sense of not getting embarrassed like that again. A sense of purpose.

That’s not saying that those senses aren’t there at other times, but after what happened in Minnesota, you knew that that had to piss him off, and that the next team would pay.

Cole pitched six shutout innings, getting through a shaky sixth with the help of a reviewed call, a fine stop, and a big DP, and the Yankees (45-16) won their fifth straight game, 2-0 over Tampa Bay.

The Yanks scored the only runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning off of ex-Yankee Corey Kluber, with the help of some Rays’ errors. With one out, Giancarlo Stanton walked, then Gleyber Torres reached on an error, Stanton moving to second. After another out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled in Stanton, with Torres also scoring on the play because of a throwing error by LF Randy Arozarena who was trying to get Stanton out at home. IKF moved to second on the play.

IKF later came up huge defensively. In that key top of the sixth inning, Cole gave up a leadoff single. On a comebacker, Cole appeared to pull Gleyber Torres off the bag as he tried for a DP. Upon review, it was ruled that Torres somehow kept a toe on the bag, so Cole at least got the forceout. A single followed. Then Ji-Man Choi (once a Yankee for a couple of weeks) singled (Choi seems to have Cole’s number), but IKF made a diving stop of the ball to keep it as an infield single, thus saving a run from scoring. Cole then got a DP to end the inning.

The Yanks’ bullpen took over from there, including another shutout inning by Clay Holmes, who hasn’t given up a run since his first appearance of the season on April 8.

With the win, the Yankees have a 9-game lead in the AL East over second place Toronto, and they lead Tampa Bay by 10.

Kiner-Falefa 2 hits, RBI. Run-Saving defensive play.

Cole (W, 6-1) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K. 3.33
Peralta (H, 5) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.61
King (H, 9) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.62
Holmes (S, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.30

Game 60. Yanks clobber Cubs, 18-4.

A good day yesterday, for me personally as I attended the wedding of one of my nieces, and for the 44-16 Yankees, who obliterated the Cubs, 18-4, Sunday afternoon.

One funny thing about the game: The Yankees were led by two players not in the original starting lineup. Gleyber Torres came down with a stomach bug, so Matt Carpenter took over at 3B, with D.J. LeMahieu moving over to 2B (Josh Donaldson got the day off). I was wondering, after such a hot start he had, why Carpenter wasn’t getting a little more playing time. Carpenter responded yesterday with 2 HR and 7 RBI.

Jose Trevino had a bit of a sore back, so he, like Torres, was scratched from the original lineup. With the Yankees off today (Monday) it gives him and Torres some extra rest. Kyle Higashioka stepped in and hit two HR. Higgy really needed that. He came into the game hitting just .148 with an OPS+ of just 17. After hitting seven HR in spring training, these were his first two HR of the season. Hopefully now he can get rolling.

Yankees starter Jameson Taillon gave up a HR in the top of the first inning to Ian Happ. The Yanks, however, came back with a vengeance, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first.

Aaron Judge led off with a single. One out later, Giancarlo Stanton and LeMahieu walked, so the bases were loaded. Carpenter walked to force in a run and tie the game. Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled in two runs to make it 3-1. An error reloaded the bases, then Joey Gallo doubled in two runs to make it 5-1.

With one out in the second inning, Stanton and LeMahieu each walked again. Carpenter hit the first of his two HR of the game, a 3-run shot, to make it 8-1 Yankees.

Higashioka led off the bottom of the third with his first HR of the game, and first of the season to make it 9-1. Gallo walked, and two out later, with Gallo now on second, Stanton doubled to make it 10-1.

The Cubs got a run in the fourth and another in the fifth off of Taillon to cut things to 10-3.

In the sixth, Anthony Rizzo singled, and one out later, LeMahieu singled Rizzo to third, LeMahieu out at second trying to stretch it into a double. Carpenter then hit his second HR of the game (6) to make it 12-3.

The Cubs scored in the top of the seventh to cut it to 12-4, but once again, all that did was make the Yanks score even more runs.

In the bottom of the seventh, Higashioka singled with one out, and Gallo walked. Aaron Judge singled to load the bases. Rizzo singled in one run, Stanton singled in two. 15-4. After a flyout, Carpenter doubled to make it 16-4. A single by Kiner-Falefa made it 17-4.

Higashioka hit his second HR of the game in the eighth to make it 18-4, the final score. This HR came off of the 1B, pressed to pitch because of the score. It was hit off a 35 MPH blooper pitch.

The Yanks are off today, but now face a tough stretch. 14 of their next 17 games are against Tampa Bay, Toronto, and Houston.

Judge 3 hits .318
Rizzo 2 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI
Carpenter 3 hits. 2 HR (6) 7 RBI
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits, 3 RBI
Higashioka 3 hits, 2 HR (2); 2 RBI
Gallo 2 RBI

Taillon (W, 7-1) 5 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.93
Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.89
Banuelos (S, 1) 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.29

The save rule is the save rule, no matter how ridiculous it sometimes gets. By pitching three innings, Banuelos gets the save in an 18-4 blowout.




Game 59. Yanks blast 6 HR in shutting out Cubs, 8-0.

The Yankees (43-16) made last night their personal HR derby, blasting six home runs in shutting out the Chicago Cubs, 8-0.

Since starting the season 7-6, the Yankees are 36-10.

Aaron Judge got the ball rolling by leading off the bottom of the first inning with his 23rd HR of the season. It was the first of two he’d hit for the night.

In the fourth inning, Giancarlo Stanton (13) and Gleyber Torres (12) hit back-to-back HR. Stanton’s was a missile, having an exit velo of 120 MPH.

In the fifth, three more HR. Jose Trevino (now hitting .309! Who knew he’d be such a steal?) led off the inning with a HR (5), and one out later, Judge hit his second HR of the game (24). One out after that, Anthony Rizzo joined the HR party by hitting his 15th. 6-0 Yanks, all on six solo HR.

The Yanks tacked on two more runs in the sixth. Torres led off the inning with a single and Aaron Hicks walked. Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled in Torres, moving Hicks to second. Trevino’s single loaded the bases. One out later, Judge’s SF made it 8-0.

Meanwhile Jordan Montgomery was putting up goose-eggs on the scoreboard.

Final, 8-0 Yankees.

Judge 2 hits, both solo HR (24) 3 RBI Now hitting .313
Rizzo solo HR (15) Only hitting .216, but 15 HR, 40 RBI. Most dangerous .216 hitter in baseball.
Stanton solo HR (13) #360 for his career.
Torres 2 hits, solo HR (12). 12th HR of 2022 matched total of 2020 and 2021 combined.
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits, RBI
Trevino 3 hits, RBI. Solo HR (5) Now hitting .309

Montgomery (W, 2-1) 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. 1 HBP. 2.70
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.97
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.15

The Yanks now lead the AL East by 8 1/2 over Toronto and 9 over Tampa Bay. Boston is 12 1/2 games back.




Game 54. Yanks edge Tigers, 5-4 in 10 innings. Reach 1/3 mark with 39 wins.

The Yankees (39-15) reached the 1/3 mark of the season with 39 wins after a 5-4, 10-inning win over Detroit Sunday. The game had an unusual start time of 11:35 AM. Since starting the season 7-6, the Yankees have gone 32-9, and have won six straight. They are off Monday.

The Tigers broke on top first, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled. At first he was called out trying to steal second on what would have been a strike him out/throw him out to end the inning, but the Yankees challenged the call and IKF was then ruled safe with a stolen base. Joey Gallo then homered (6) to tie the game.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the seventh. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a single, and one out later, IKF singled. Matt Carpenter, PH for Jose Trevino, walked. After Gallo struck out, D.J. LeMahieu walked to force in a run and put the Yanks up, 3-2.

But the Tigers came back with two runs in the top of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead. I do question a move that Aaron Boone didn’t make. With two out and first base open, he elected to pitch to future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cabrera, and Cabrera singled in a run. I would have walked him and set up the force at any base to end the inning. Granted Cabrera is old and not what he was, but he is still Miguel Cabrera, with over 3000 hits and over 500 HR. Oh, well. A WP helped the Tigers get that second run.

The Yanks did tie the game in the bottom of the eighth, thanks to Anthony Rizzo. He got HBP to start the inning, stole second and went to third on an error. He scored when Gleyber Torres hit into a fielder’s choice, beating the play at the plate. Gleyber was able to go to second on a throwing error on that play.

The game went into the tenth with that ghost runner on second to start the inning rule that I hate. But Michael King came up huge, striking out the side in the top of the tenth.

Aaron Judge was the ghost runner for the Yanks in the bottom of the tenth, and Rizzo singled him to third. Rizzo moved to second on defensive indifference, before Josh Donaldson’s SF brought home Judge to win the game.

Kiner-Falefa 2 hits
Gallo 2-run HR (6)

Montgomery 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K. 3.02
Schmidt 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.72
Castro (BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.52
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K, 1.96
King (W, 3-1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.90


Game 52. Yanks pound Tigers, 13-0.

Before getting to the recap, some Yankees moves. After the DH against the Angels and before the game against the Tigers, Estevan Florial (27th man for the DH, didn’t play) sent down, as was David McKay. Josh Donaldson returned off the IL (1 game suspension still under appeal).

After the game against the Tigers, Miguel Andujar sent down (expect Stanton to come off the IL today), and Tim Locastro off the rehab list and assigned to AAA. It’s too bad Andujar sent down, but Matt Carpenter’s bat is hot. I only wish Carpenter (1B, 2B, 3B) could play LF. He has played only 7 games there in his MLB career. Dead pull hitter, 4 HR in a week or so with the Yankees. Has given the lineup a jolt. But the only way he can play is if Stanton plays in the OF and Carpenter DH’s. You have Rizzo, LeMahieu, Torres and Donaldson, 4 guys at 3 spots, now with Carpenter it’s 5 guys for 3 spots. Numbers crunch. Stanton in RF means Judge in CF, and then you pick between Hicks or Gallo in LF. Remember that Marwin Gonzalez can play some 7 positions, too. Numbers crunch unless a deal is struck.

Now to last night’s game. After a 7-6 start to the season, the Yankees (37-15) have now won 30 of their last 39 games. They pounded the Tigers last night, 13-0. One night after Jameson Taillon retired the first 21 batters in a row, Gerrit Cole almost matched him, retiring the first 20 batters in a row. Manny Banuelos, a top Yankees prospect over a decade ago, finally pitched for the Yankees, hurling the last two innings.

The Yanks got two runs in the third inning. The red-hot Jose Trevino (what a trade that is proving out to be so far!) hit his 4th HR of the season to lead off the inning. Two outs later, Aaron Judge hit his MLB leading 20th. Despite the steroid era, Roger Maris still is the AL HR champ with his 61 in 61. But I wonder if in the great beyond, Roger is getting a bit nervous about his record.

The Yanks tacked on three more runs in the fourth. With two out, Carpenter got on on a bunt single, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled Carpenter to third. Trevino hit a liner that Detroit’s CF misplayed into a 2-run triple, and Aaron Hicks singled in Trevino to make it 5-0. Hicks was thrown out trying for two.

The way Cole was going, you knew the game was over, but the Yanks ensured it by scoring seven times in the fifth inning. D.J. LeMahieu walked to lead off the inning, and Judge singled. Anthony Rizzo hit a 3-run HR (12) to make it 8-0. One out later, Andujar singled, and Carpenter homered (4) to make it 10-0. After a pitching change, IKF doubled, Trevino walked, and Hicks was HBP. LeMahieu singled in two runs to make it 12-0.

After that, the only suspense was if Cole would get the perfect game or a no-hitter.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers used an OF as a pitcher and LeMahieu led off with a double, then Judge singled him in to make it 13-0. Judge out trying for two. The outfielder who nailed Judge at second was Kory Clemens, Roger’s son, who was just called up to the majors this week.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI
Judge 4 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (20)
Rizzo 3-run HR (12)
Carpenter 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (4)
Kiner-Falefa (IKF) 2 hits
Trevino 2 hits, 3 RBI. Solo HR (4)

Cole (W, 5-1) 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 9 K. 2.78
Banuelos 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 (25th MLB game, but 1st as a Yankee for one-time NYY prospect)

The Yanks made one other move, getting 1b/LF Jake Bauers from Cincinnati for cash. Bauers was only hitting .135 at AAA Louisville and will be assigned to AAA SWB. What that means for 1B Ron Guzman or Greg Bird, both already at AAA, who knows, but they, like Bauers, weren’t hitting well. Bauers has been with Tampa Bay (2018), Cleveland (2019, 2021) and Seattle (2021). In 328 MLB games, he has hit .213-27-110. OPS+ 78. HIs 162 game average is .213-13-54. He bats and throws lefty.

The Yanks at 37-15 now have a six -game lead in the AL East. over Tampa Bay and 6 1/2 over Toronto.

I heard a bit of the postgame show, and one amazing stat: In their last 13 games, the Yankees’ starting pitchers have an ERA of 1.59.

The Yanks ERA is 2.78. I looked up the ERA in 1968 (Year of the pitcher) and it was 2.79 that year. But of course that Stadium had 457′ to LCF and 463′ to CF. And different era and bigger strike zone. The mound was 15″ high, not 10″. The Yanks lead the AL in ERA now with 2.78 and are 37-15. In 1968 the Yanks only hit .214 as a team (no DH as well) and were only 83-79 in Mickey Mantle’s final season.

Game 51. Yanks complete sweep of DH 2-1 behind Taillon and Rizzo.

The Yankees (36-15) completed a DH sweep of the Angels by winning the nightcap, 2-1. They had won the opener 6-1.

Jameson Taillon was perfect for seven innings before yielding a leadoff double in the eighth. Two outs later, a single by Kurt Suzuki put the Angels up 1-0, and it appeared like Taillon’s gem would be for naught.

The Yankees to that point of the game were squandering scoring opportunities, but in the bottom of the eighth, with one out, Miguel Andujar doubled. Isiah Kiner-Falefa walked, Andujar going to third on ball four, a WP. Aaron Hicks followed with a walk to load the bases. Joey Gallo struck out. But Anthony Rizzo, pinch-hitting for Kyle Higashioka, singled in two runs to put the Yanks up 2-1.

Clay Holmes got the first two outs in the top of the ninth, but then created a lot of trouble for himself. He walked Shohei Ohtani, then hit both Mike Trout and Jared Walsh to load the bases. He then got a groundout to end the game and extend his scoreless streak of innings pitched to 25.

For the Angels, it was their eighth straight loss.

Kiner-Falefa 2 hits
Rizzo 2 RBI; GW pinch-hit 2-run single
Gonzalez 2 hits

Taillon (W, 6-1) 8 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K. 2.30 Was perfect through 7.
Holmes (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2 HBP. 0.35

The Yanks lead Toronto by 5 1/2, and are 6 up on Tampa Bay.