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Game 38. Pinch me for luck! Gio’s PH HR gives Yanks 5-4 win.

Gio Urshela hit a pinch-hit, 3-run HR in the top of the seventh to erase a 4-2 Orioles’ lead and to give the Yankees (21-17) a 5-4 win Friday night.

Aaron Judge hit two homers, and his first of the night came in the top of the first to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead.

The Yanks got a bit lucky in the bottom of the first. One of two plays that also helped the Yanks win the game. Cedrick Mullins led off the bottom of the first with a single, but was caught stealing second. Catcher Kyle Higashioka’s nab of Mullins was huge, because Austin Hays then homered for Baltimore, tying the game at one instead of putting the O’s up 2-1. Huge in a game the Yanks won by one run.

Judge’s second HR (10) of the game put the Yanks up 2-1 in the fourth inning.

The Orioles scored three runs off starter and winner Corey Kluber in the bottom of the fifth, but once again, the O’s took another run off the scoreboard for themselves, once again helping to cost them the game. A double by D.J. Stewart, an out, then another double by Pedro Severino to tie the game at two. A single by Pat Valaka to put the O’s up 3-2, an out. A SB by Valaka, then a walk to Hays. First and second, two out, then a double by Trey Mancini that scored Valaka to make it 4-2, but Hays was out by plenty at the plate Judge to LeMahieu to Higashioka, to prevent another run from scoring. Once again huge in a game the Yanks won 5-4.

In the top of the seventh, with one out, Miguel Andujar singled for his first hit of the season. Higashioka walked, then Urshela pinch-hit for Tyler Wade. Urshela fought off several pitches, fouling them off to stay alive before hitting a 3-run HR (5) to put the Yanks up 5-4, and that it how it stayed.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Judge 2 hits, both solo HR (10), 2 RBI
Urshela pinch-hit 3-run HR (5)


Kluber (W, 3-2) 6 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.48 Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.21 1 WP
Peralta (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.55 (Combined SF/NYY; 0.00 as NYY)
Loaisiga (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.49

Aaron Hicks was put on the injured list with a torn tendon sheath in his wrist that may require surgery. Time will tell. On meds, hope no surgery needed, but….

Game 33. Yanks edge Nats in 11, 4-3.

When two starters who have 5 CYA’s between them go against each other, you don’t expect many runs scored, and such was the case Saturday when Max Scherzer of Washington and Corey Kluber of the Yankees faced off.

The game started after a rain delay of almost 2 1/2 hours, and in the end, Gleyber Torres tied the game in the ninth for the Yankees and won it in the eleventh. Yanks (17-16) 4, Nationals 3.

The Nats got on the board first, when Kluber walked Juan Soto with the bases loaded in the top of the third inning.

Kyle Higashioka tied the game up in the bottom of the same frame with a solo HR (5).

Washington got a run off of Kluber in the top of the sixth to go up 2-1.

Meanwhile, Scherzer was dealing. He went 7 1/3, giving up just 2 hits and striking out 14.

In the bottom of the ninth, D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a walk. He moved to second on a groundout by Giancarlo Stanton and to third on a bloop single by the slumping Aaron Judge. Torres then singled to tie the game.

Washington got a run in the top of the tenth (I hate that extra innings start with a man on second rule) but the Yanks tied it in the bottom of the tenth when Mike Ford, who was 1 for his last 23, singled in “ghost” runner Clint Frazier.

Justin Wilson, who has been struggling this season, kept the Nats off the board in the top of the eleventh. In the bottom half, LeMahieu was the “ghost” runner starting at second. Both Stanton and Judge walked to load the bases. Torres nubbed a little dribbler towards third. Not pretty, but it got the job done and won the game.

Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI
Higashioka solo HR (5)

The Yankees won despite striking out 17X.

Kluber 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 6 K. 3.06
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.33
Luetge 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.26
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Wilson (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.23

Game 28. Kluber fabulous as Yanks get back to .500 with 2-0 win.

In an age where we see a lot of four-hour games, Sunday’s game was very old-school crisp, lasting just 2:14.

Corey Kluber, in his last two starts, has resembled the Kluger that won two CYA as a member of the Indians. Yesterday, the Yankees (14-14) needed just that. The Yanks only got three hits in a 2-0 win.

Kluber went 8 innings, gave up just two hits and struck out 10 in a masterful performance.

The only runs of the game came in the second inning. Gio Urshela singled and Aaron Hicks walked. After an out, Kyle Higashioka doubled home Urshela, Hicks moving to third. Brett Gardner hit a long drive that was caught at the wall for a SF.

That was the whole ballgame as both pitchers pitched brilliantly, with Kluber being slightly better.

Kluber (W, 2-2) 8 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 10 K. 3.03
Chapman (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Game 23. Yanks make a trade, then pull off a 5-1 win.

This was more like it. The Yanks got hits from most of the lineup, a couple of players get a multi-hit game, a couple of homers, a crisp performance from a starter going deeper into the game, and in the end, the Yanks (10-13) beat Balltimore, 5-1, on Tuesday night.

First some moves. Deivi Garcia was sent back to the alternate site after his start Monday night, and Mike King was recalled.

Tyler Wade was brought back from the alternate site. Mike Tauchman was traded to SF for LHP Wandy Peralta. Peralta, 29, was 2-1, 5.40 with 2 saves for the Giants this year before the trade. The lefty reliever is 9-9, 4.72 in his career, with those two saves. ERA+ 94.

Tauchman was 3 for 14 (.214) OPS+ 62 for the Yanks this year, not playing much except for pinch-running (led Yanks with 2 SB) and defensive replacement work. From 2019 through yesterday, Tauchman played 141 games as a Yankee, hitting .266-13-61, OPS+ 114. He had a great 2019 as a backup OF, but his last two years were not as good.

The trade did come as a surprise.

Now to the game. Another move before the game. Aaron Boone told Gary Sanchez that Kyle Higashioka would get more playing time at catcher, and during the game Higashioka justified Boone’s decision.

The Yanks scored in the top of the first when D.J. LeMahieu doubled, went to third on an Aaron Judge single and scored on a SF by Gio Urshela. Believe it or not, it was the Yankees first SF of the season….in game #23!

Judge made it 2-0 Yankees in the third inning with his fifth HR of the season.

Baltimore got their only run in the fourth inning off Yankees’ starter Corey Kluber, who worked into the seventh, his deepest outing of the season so far.

Higashioka homered (4) with one out in the fourth to make it 3-1, then with two outs in the same inning, LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton singled, and Judge walked to load the bases. Urshela singled in LeMahieu but Stanton was thrown out by plenty at the plate. Bad send.

Stanton homered (6) in the seventh for the final score of 5-1.

Lemahieu 2 hits.
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (6)
Judge 2 hits, solo HR (5)
Urshela 2 RBI
Torres 2 hits
Higashioka 2 hits, solo HR (4)

Kluber (W, 1-2) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. 4.15 1 HBP
Loaisiga (H, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.23
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.30

Hopefully this is the start of long dormant bats waking up. Hopefully soon Luke Voit returns to give a jolt to the lineup.

I do wonder something. Miguel Andujar is at the alt. site, rehabbing not only at 3B but at 1B and LF as well, If he’s hitting, and can handle LF, could he soon be replacing the badly slumping (.132) Clint Frazier in LF?

Game 17. Yanks’ bats still quiet in 4-1 loss.

Since I was only six at the time, I don’t remember too much of the 1968 Yankees, other than honoring my dad’s request to call him if he was out of the room every time #7 (Mickey Mantle) came up to bat. It was Mickey’s last season and my dad didn’t want to miss Mickey’s at bats.

Mickey only hit .237 that season, but it still was one of the better averages on a team that only hit .214 (no DH). HIs 18 HR led the team (thanks to a gift from Denny McLain, he beat out Roy White by one HR).

But that team is noted for its offensive deficiencies in the year of the pitcher.

It’s early, but this 2021 Yankees team so far resembles that 1968 team offensively.

There is a lot of time to turn things around, but we the fan base are getting impatient. Especially after the Yanks (6-11) were futile offensively again in losing to Atlanta, 4-1, on Wednesday night.

Corey Kluber started and wasn’t bad until running out of gas in the fifth, when the Braves scored twice. The Braves got another run in the seventh, They got a solo HR in the ninth.

The Yanks’ only run was actually a gift. They should have been shut out. In the bottom of the ninth, Aaron Hicks walked with one out. After another out, Hicks moved up to second on defensive indifference. Clint Frazier blooped a single to drive in HIcks. It was Frazier’s first RBI of the year. It’s hard to believe that after 17 games, both Frazier and Gleyber Torres each have just one RBI.

The Yanks only got give hits in the game, and the team batting average dropped to .205. No need to highlight individual failings, there are so many.

The Yanks express confidence in the team, manager Aaron Boone, and also the coaching staff, but I am pretty sure the hitting coaches (Marcus Thames and P.J. Pilittere) are feeling the heat.

We the fans, are sure impatient. This team has to start hitting soon, but when?

The Yanks are actually second in the league in ERA (3.41) but in 17 games, have given up 11 unearned runs. The defense has to tighten up, too.

Kluber (L, 0-2) 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 H, 2 W. 5.40
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 8.53
Cessa 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.93
Kriske 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 9.00 Gave up HR.

Kriske was brought up when King went back to the alternate site a few days ago. He was sent back down after the game so that the Yanks could recall Thursday’s starter, Domingo German.



Game 12. Yanks lose on walk-off HR in bottom of 9th, 5-4.

Chad Green came in, faced one batter, and that one batter hit a walk-off HR in the bottom of the 9th as the Yanks (5-7) lost this afternoon to Toronto, 5-4.

I can only imagine if the Boss were alive (he did fire Bob Lemon in 1982 after a 6-8 start, and Yogi Berra in 1985 after a 6-10 start).

The Yanks aren’t clicking right now. They don’t seem to get runs other than by homers. They only had five hits today, (and going into the game the team batting average was just .234) and two of those five hits were Aaron Judge homers. Even just the other day, all 3 runs were on Kyle Higashioka homers.

They have to start to string hits together and get more than just five hits a game.

Also, they need more length out of starters not named Gerrit Cole. Taillon got knocked out in the fourth last night, and Corey Kluber lasted just four innings today.

Judge hit a HR in the first to put the Yanks up 1-0, but Kluber gave up a 2-run HR in the second and a solo HR in the third and the Blue Jays were up 3-1 after 3.

The Yanks got three runs in the top of the fourth. Judge hit his second HR of the game (4) to cut the lead to 3-2. Brett Gardner then walked. After an out, Gleyber Torres doubled. After another out, Gio Urshela singled in two runs to give the Yanks a 4-3 lead. But they wouldn’t score again, and got only one more hit the rest of the way.

Jonathan Loaisiga got into trouble in the sixth. Two singles and a HBP loaded the bases with no one out, and a wild pitch enabled Toronto to tie the game. He was fortunate to get out of the inning giving up only one run.

Then in the bottom of the ninth, Green gave up the walk-off HR to Bo Bichette. It was Bichette’s second HR of the game.

Judge 2 Solo HR (4), 2 RBI
Urshela 2 RBI

Kluber 4 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 6.10 1 HBP
Loaisiga 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP, 1 HBP 1.13
O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Green (L, 0-2) 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.17 Gave up GW walk-off HR.

Problems.

Hicks .179.
Torres .220 with just 1 RBI
Bruce .118 (hurry back, Luke Voit!)
Frazier .200, no RBI
Stanton .175
Odor .133 (2 for 15)
Tauchman .143 (1 for 7)

Game 7. Rays hammer Yanks, 10-5.

The Yankees (3-4) entered Friday’s game with a team ERA of 1.74. It won’t stay that way after the Yankees got hammered by Tampa Bay, 10-5. (It went to 2.63, still very good after 7 games and an indication of why they are 3-4—the bats haven’t come alive yet. The top six players in WAR (Wins above replacement) after seven games are all pitchers).

(Another aside: those extra innings where a guy starts on second base [and the Yanks have lost two extra inning games this year] that runner is an unearned run, as if that runner got there via an error.)

Corey Kluber and Nick Nelson had rough outings, and except for one inning, the Yanks’ bats were silent.

An error by D.J. LeMahieu, playing 3B (more on that later) led to the Rays getting two unearned runs in the bottom of the second.

The Yanks came back with their only big offensive inning of the game in the top of the third. With two out, Tyler Wade singled, LeMahieu doubled, Giancarlo Stanton singled in two runs, and Aaron Hicks hit a 2-run HR (1).

After that, the Yanks bats went silent. They only scored again on a solo HR (1) by LeMahieu in the eighth.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay was getting runs by matching the inning. After two in the second, they got three in the third and four in the fourth. They also tacked on another run in the seventh.

Before the game, Justin Wilson came off the IL. No corresponding move was necessary, because Michael King went to the alternate site a few days ago.

Gio Urshela went on the Covid-IL because of a bad reaction to the Covid vaccine. Mike Ford was brought up.

LeMahieu 2 hits, solo HR, but an error that allowed 2 runs to score.
Stanton 2 RBI
Hicks 2-run HR.

Kluber (L, 0-1) 2 1/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K. 5.68
Nelson 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. 9.00
Luetge 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. 7.20 Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

I don’t know what will happen, but I can see King coming back soon, Luetge going down (or, if you want to keep Luetge because of an extra lefty, Nelson then goes down). I also can see Bruce (.125) possibly being released, the Yanks keeping Ford (more of a 1B than Bruce), with (once Gio gets back) D.J. going to 1B and Odor (once activated) taking over at 2B—at least until Voit returns. Just trying to look into a crystal ball here as far as future moves. The defense has been shaky, maybe that would help.

But ugh. Tampa Bay owned the Yanks last year (won 8 of 10, then the ALDS 3 games to 2), and not a good way to start this year.

I kill for sacrifice flies. Yes, it’s an out, but at least you are getting the run in. After seven games, the Yanks haven’t hit a SF yet. It’s better than striking out with a man on third and less than two outs. Get that runner in.

The one sac bunt Gardner (who is the #7 guy in WAR so far, after those pitchers) laid down the other day matched their total for ALL of last season.

Game 2. Yanks win 5-3. Kraken HRs again, B-day Boy Bruce drives in 2.

Getting to this a bit late, because I was at a Final Four get-together (and what a game between UCLA and Gonzaga!).

The Yankees (1-1) evened up their season record with a 5-3 win over Toronto Saturday. Gary Sanchez homered for the second straight game, and Jay Bruce (celebrating his 34th birthday), dunked in a 2-run single.

With two outs in the second, Gio Urshela singled, went to second on a double by Clint Frazier and scored on a single by D.J. LeMahieu.

A couple of walks, a WP and an error by Sanchez led to Toronto tying the game up in the top of the third.

Sanchez homered leading off the bottom of the fourth, and the Yanks tacked on another run when with one out, Frazier walked, and the Yanks got three straight singles from LeMahieu, Judge and Hicks to go up 3-1.

I am not sold on Hicks hitting third. I am thinking outside the box here. I’d flip Hicks (who walks a lot) to leadoff (he has decent speed) and bat LeMahieu third. Reason why? LeMahieu is the best contact hitter on the team, and he would split two guys (Judge and Stanton) who, besides their great power, do strike out a lot. Just my opinion.

Kluber gave up a leadoff homer in the top of the fifth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-2 then was replaced by Jonathan Loaisiga.

In the bottom of the sixth, LeMahieu walked, and with two out, Stanton and Torres both walked. Bruce then dunked in his two-run single and the Yanks had a cushion, a 5-2 lead.

Toronto got a run in the seventh, and the game ended 5-3 Yankees.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits
Bruce 2 RBI
Sanchez solo HR (2)
Urshela 2 hits.


Kluber 4+ IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP, 1 WP. 2.25
Loaisiga (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
Luetge (H, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 9.00
O’Day (H, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Green (S, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

This was the second and last game of Aroldis Chapman’s suspension.

S.T. Game 27. Yanks fall, 6-2.





The Yanks (14-11-2 in Spring training) lost Sunday to the Phillies, 6-2.

Thairo Estrada had a solo Hr.

Tyler Wade had two hits.


I haven’t been a big Luis Cessa fan, and he did struggle today.

The Yanks announced the rotation for the first six games of the regular season. Cole, then Kluber, then German, Montgomery, Cole, then Taillon.


Kluber (L) 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 W, 5 K. 1 HBP. Control off.
Kriske 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Cessa 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Medina 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

Tomorrow is the last Spring Training game. Regular season starts Thursday, April 1. It will be cold, temps at Yankee Stadium expected at 43 as a high.


UPDATE: This isn’t good. And bothersome. Sanchez hit .186 in 2018 and .147 last year. That hot start by Gary Sanchez this spring training is looking more distant by the day. After Sanchez struck out in all three plate appearances, he’s now in a 4-for-30 slump and has whiffed 15 times during that stretch.

That has to concern you.

S.T. Game 24. Yanks lose slugfest, 13-12 to Phils.

Aaron Judge finally hit his first HR of spring training, and Gleyber Torres added one as well, but it wasn’t enough as the Yankees (13-9-2 in spring training) lost a slugfest to the Phillies, 13-12. Chris Gittens also homered for the Yankees.

And yes, our old buddy Didi Gregorius tortured his old club again with another HR.

Any remote chance Michael King had to be the #5 starter—or even on the team heading north—probably disappeared with his showing last night. With the spring training rules of letting a pitcher off the mound because of too many pitches in an inning, then to have the pitcher go back out for the next inning to complete his work after he got some rest, all to protect the pitcher, it is embarrassing for a pitcher to actually have that happen to him.

It has happened to several pitchers this spring, and last night King was one of them, and it had to happen twice. The same thing happened with Matt Moore, the Phillies starter. King hasn’t had a good spring training.

King hit not one, not two, but THREE batters. Meanwhile, a Phillies pitcher threw not one, not two, but THREE wild pitches.

Ugly game if you were a pitcher.

Right now, I’d say German is the #5 starter behind Cole, Kluber, Taillon and Montgomery. Not necessarily in that order, but we do know Cole is #1.

King 2 1/3 IP, 7 R, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. Hit THREE batters.
Lane 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Loaisiga 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
L. Garcia 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Lyons 1 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cortes (L) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Hitting highlights:


LeMahieu 2 hits.
Judge 2-run HR
Florial 2 RBI
Gittens solo HR
Torres 3-run HR



The Yankees did make some moves. From ESPN:

Reassigned RHP Kyle Barraclough, OFs Socrates Brito and Ryan LaMarre and RHP Asher Wojciechowski to minor league camp.

Also, it appears as if Mike Tauchman has won a bench spot over Jay Bruce.