Aaron Judge hit an RBI double and two solo HRs to lead the Yankees (27-9) to a 5-4 win over Baltimore Tuesday night.
In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu led off the game by getting HBP and Judge scored him with a double. Last year, before Baltimore pushed back and raised the LF fence, it would have been a HR. Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon gave up a HR to Ramon Urias in the bottom of the second that tied the game up. Judge hit his first solo HR in the top of the third to put the Yanks up 2-1. The Orioles got two in the bottom of the fourth to go up 3-2. Judge hit his second HR (14) in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 3. In the top of the sixth, Gleyber Torres singled, and one out later, Isiah Kiner-Falefa was HBP and Kyle Higashioka walked. LeMahieu brought home Torres with an RBI groundout. With two out in the top of the seventh, Josh Donaldson doubled and scored when Gleyber Torres hit a hot shot that Orioles’ SS Urias couldn’t handle for an error. Even though the Yanks are an unreal 27-9, having won 20 of their last 23 games, I still have a few concerns. One of which is Aroldis Chapman continuing to stress my heart. He doesn’t make it easy with a nice, clean 1-2-3. Chapman got the first two outs, but then two singles and a double made it 5-4 with the tying run on third and the winning run on second. A popup ended the game. I wish Chapman would stop doing that. Nice clean 1-2-3, Aroldis. Please? Judge 4 hits, 3 RBI. 2 Solo HR (14) Torres 2 hits Taillon (W, 4-1) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.28 King (H, 5) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 6 K. 1.40 SUPERB AGAIN Chapman (S, 9) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.63 #6 Yankees’ prospect Ken Waldichuk, who I’ve been writing about a lot last year and this year, has been promoted from AA to AAA.
The Yankees (24-8) won for the 17th time in their last 19 games, beating the Chicago White Sox 10-4 Friday night. The Yankees hit 4 HR in the game, and Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton did it again, and became the third pair of Yankees teammates to each have 10 or more HR in the team’s first 32 games of a season, following Ruth and Gehrig in 1930 and Mantle and Berra in 1956. Before the game, Luis Gil sent back down, Clarke Schmidt brought up. Stanton got the ball rolling with a 2-run HR in the first inning (10). Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the first. In the top of the second, the Yanks scored three runs, and with Cole on the mound, you knew that was the ballgame. With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled, and Jose Trevino then singled IKF to third. Aaron Hicks doubled in IKF and Trevino scored on a groundout by D.J. LeMahieu. After Judge walked, Josh Donaldson doubled in Hicks to make the score 5-0. Judge hit a solo HR, his MLB leading 12th, in the top of the fourth to make the score 6-0. Chicago got a run in the bottom of the fourth when Cole balked home a run. Joey Gallo homered in the top of the fourth (4) to put the Yanks up 7-1. Cole gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the sixth and the White Sox had cut the score to 7-3. In the top of the ninth, with one out, Judge singled and Donaldson hit a 2-run HR (4), to make it 9-3. Stanton and Gleyber Torres followed with singles, then Joey Gallo loaded the bases with another single. IKF hit a SF to make it 10-3. Chicago got a run off of Michael King in the bottom of the ninth. Final score, 10-4. Judge 2 hits, solo HR (12) Leads MLB in HR Donaldson 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (4) Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (10) Torres 2 hits Gallo 2 hits, solo HR (4) Kiner-Falefa (IKF) 2 hits, RBI Cole (W, 3-0) 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 9 K. 1 WP. 1 balk. Gave up 1 HR. 2.95 King 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.59 With the win, the Yankees have a 4 1/2 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East, and are 7 1/2 up on third place Toronto. They have the best record in baseball.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Berra, Cole, Donaldson, Gallo, Gehrig, Gil, Hicks, Judge, Kiner-Falefa, King, Mantle, Ruth, Schmidt, Stanton, Torres
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
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
Aaron Judge hit 2 HR as the Yankees (16-6) won their 9th straight game, beating KC 6-4 on Sunday afternoon in a come from behind victory. Judge hit a solo HR in the first inning, a bomb that was 453 feet, to put the Yanks up 1-0. KC came back with 3 runs in the third and score another run in the fourth to go up 4-1. But the Yanks came back with 2 runs in the fifth to cut KC’s lead to 4-3. With one out, Miguel Andujar, starting in LF because of Joey Gallo’s groin strain, singled. Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled home Andujar to cut KC’s lead to 4-2. After another out, Kiner-Falefa scored on a single by D.J. LeMahieu. The Yanks went ahead with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Kiner-Falefa walked, and PH Anthony Rizzo was HBP. LeMahieu walked to load the bases. Judge grounded out, scoring Kiner-Falefa and moving up all runners. Josh Donaldson reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Rizzo. Judge’s second HR of the game (9), a solo shot in the ninth, gave the Yanks an insurance run. Judge 2 hits (both HR, (9)) 3 RBI Andujar 2 hits. Severino 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP. 3.75 Schmidt (W, 2-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.08 Luetge (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.70 King (H, 3) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0W, 2 K. 0.61 He has been fabulous so far this season. Chapman (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00 Miguel Andujar and Clarke Schmidt sent down to Scranton following today’s game, as rosters go from 28 players to 26.
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
Back after a ten-day vacation visiting my sis across the country. Some comments at end of article. Anthony Rizzo hit three of the Yanks (11-6) five homeruns in the Yanks’ 12-8 win over Baltimore Tuesday night. Luis Severino pitched 5 1/3 hitless, shutout innings before tiring, and the Yankees’ bullpen made things nervously close. Rizzo hit a 3-run HR in the third to start the scoring. Joey Gallo hit his first HR of the season to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Rizzo’s second HR of the game, a 2-run HR, made it 6-0 in the fifth. After losing his no-hit bid, Severino walked the next hitter then gave up a 3-run HR and Baltimore had cut the lead to 6-3. The Orioles scored another run in the top of the seventh to close the score to 6-4. In the bottom of the seventh, D.J. LeMahieu led off with a single and Aaron Judge singled D.J. to third. Rizzo walked to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton singled in one run, and after Josh Donaldson struck out, Gleyber Torres tripled to clear the bases and make the score 10-4. Baltimore made things uncomfortable again, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth, three on a HR given up by Jonathan Loaisiga (who has been struggling lately) to cut the score to 10-8. In the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got back-to-back homers by Judge (4) and Rizzo (8) to make it 12-8, which wound up being the final score. LeMahieu 2 hits Judge 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (4) Rizzo 3 hits, all HR (8), 6 RBI Now leads majors in HR Stanton 2 hits, RBI Torres 3 RBI Gallo solo HR (1) Severino (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.32 Holmes (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.04 Luetge 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 6.00 Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 8.10 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.00 A few notes on the games while I was away. A disappointing weekend in Baltimore, where the Yanks lost two of three. So far the pitching (except for last night) has carried the team. In the first 13 games of the season, the Yanks were shut out three times, and in another game, they only scored one run in an eleventh inning loss. Higashioka, Gallo, and Stanton have been struggling. Now in the last two games, they have scored ten and twelve runs, so maybe the bats are waking up. The team batting average is .242, meanwhile the team ERA of 2.85 leads the league. A good thing is Severino looking like the Severino of old. Meanwhile, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Mike King have been great. Tim Locastro was brought up, and J.P. Sears sent down. Miguel Andujar was brought up because Aaron Hicks is out on paternity leave. There will be some more moves coming because those extra players allowed because of the shortened spring training will have to be lopped off the roster after Sunday’s games. One thing I didn’t know until a few days ago is that EACH MLB team is now using humidors for the baseballs. Before, because of the light air and the way balls fly out, only teams like Colorado were doing so. The humidor helps to deaden the baseballs. Congrats in order to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who became only the seventh player to have 3000 hits and 500 HR in his career. The other six are Aaron, Mays, A-Rod, Pujols, Palmeiro and Murray.
Posted in Awards, In-Season Moves, Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Andujar, Cabrera, Chapman, Cortes, Gallo, Hicks, Higashioka, Holmes, Judge, King, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Locastro, Luetge, Rizzo, Sears, Severino, Stanton, Torres
Jameson Taillon pitched pretty well, but got no run support as the Yankees (2-2) lost to Toronto, 3-0, Monday night. George Springer hit a 2-run HR off Taillon, and added an RBI double later on off Michael King for Toronto’s runs. The Yanks only had four hits in the game, all singles, two by Joey Gallo. Gallo 2 hits. Taillon (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.60 King 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.93 Marinaccio 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 0.00
In a game that started out very poorly for the Yankees, the Yankees got a game-winning hit by new Yankee Josh Donaldson in the bottom of the eleventh to beat Boston 6-5 on Opening Day. After Opening day was pushed back a day because of rain (I got 4 inches in my basement, had to take off of work, and spent most of the day with a plumber going over what will be major work on my house) the game started off very poorly, as I just mentioned. After starter Gerrit Cole gave up a walk on four pitches to the first hitter, a HR, a single and a double followed, and the Yankees were down 3-0 just four batters into the game. Cole settled in after that, giving up just one more hit in his four innings of work. Anthony Rizzo got the Yankees back in the game with a 2-run HR in the bottom of the first inning. Maybe it was Opening Day jitters, may it was the shortened spring training, but both starters had trouble in the first inning. Giancarlo Stanton hit a laser shot, a screaming liner that cleared the short porch in right to tie the game up at 3 apiece in the bottom of the fourth inning. Boston got a run to go up 4-3 in the sixth, but D.J. LeMahieu tied it up again in the bottom of the eighth with a HR of his own. To extra innings, and that ghost runner rule that is going away next year. Boston scored in the top of the tenth but the Yankees tied it up in the bottom half on a SF by PH Gleyber Torres. Winner Michael King kept Boston from scoring in the top of the eleventh, and Donaldson, leading off the bottom of the eleventh, drove in ghost runner Isiah Kiner-Falefa with his game winning single. Donaldson 2 hits, GW RBI Judge 2 hits Rizzo 2-run HR (1) Stanton HR (1) LeMahieu HR (1) Cole 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 6.75 Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 Holmes 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 13.50 Castro 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00 Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 Peralta 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K 0.00 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K 0.00 King 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00 Earlier in the day, Aaron Judge, who is being offered $17MM this season from the Yankees while he asked for $21 MM in arbitration, turned down a 7 Yr./$213.5 MM extension offer from the Yankees. He’s a free agent after the season. That’s a lot of moolah to turn down (I could use that to pay my plumbing expenses).
Posted in Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season, The Front Office
Tagged Castro, Chapman, Cole, Donaldson, Green, Holmes, Judge, King, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Peralta, Rizzo, Stanton