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Game 90. Depleted Yanks get shut-out, 4-0.

Major problems. And these could sink the Yankees’ season.

The Yanks were already without Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid list). Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar were on the IL, not to mention others like Corey Kluber, Aaron Hicks and Darren O’Day.

Now add to the Covid List Wandy Peralta, Nestor Cortes, Jr. Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela. Add Luke Voit (knee) to the IL.

As a result, a bunch of guys had to be brought up from SWB. Hoy Jun Park and Trey Amburgey each made their MLB debuts last night. Rob Brantly had to be brought up. Chris Gittens, just off the IL himself, had to come up. Zack Britton was activated off of the IL. Am I missing anyone?

The depleted Yanks lost to Boston 4-0, getting just three hits. They are 0-7 vs. Boston this year, and are now 9 back and in fourth place with a 46-44 record. They play Boston six more times between now and June 25. They have Tampa Bay June 27-29. (In between there are two games with the Phillies).

Those guys out will be out for a while, leaving it up to the scrubs. This could get ugly.

So what did we see last night? The Yanks had a #3 hitter hitting .219, a cleanup hitter hitting .215, A #5 hitter at .237, a #6 hitter at .190. The #7 hitter is 2 for 22 in his MLB career. The #8 hitter was making his MLB debut. The #9 hitter is at .180 and was pinch-hit for by another guy making his MLB debut. Hoo boy. Is it any wonder why the Yanks got shut out?

Poor Jordan Montgomery. No run support. Montgomery had just one bad inning, the second, when he gave up a walk, double, RBI groundout, and a 2-run HR for 3 runs. That was more than enough for Boston. The second straight game he lost 4-0. In his last five starts, Montgomery has lost four of them. In those five games, the Yankees have scored a total of seven runs.

Later, Justin Wilson, who has been absolutely brutal this season, gave up a solo HR for the last run of the game. 4-0, Boston.

Montgomery (L, 3-5) 6 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. One bad inning. 4.18
German 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.72
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 8.62 Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.40


Games 49 & 50. Yanks split DH with Toronto.

The Yankees (29-21) have to do a better job against teams within their division. They are 6-12 against Tampa Bay and Toronto this season, and 23-9 against everyone else. They have not played Boston yet.

Yesterday, they split a DH against Toronto.

Before the games, Estevan Florial and Albert Abreu were brought up to replace Corey Kluber and Luke Voit, both of whom went on the IL. Nick Nelson was the 27th man for the second game, returned to SWB after the game.

It remains to be seen who goes back to SWB, Abreu or Florial once Giancarlo Stanton comes off the IL today.

UPDATE: Florial was sent back down after the game.

Game 1: Domingo German didn’t pitch badly, but got no support as the Yankees lost 2-0. German gave up back-to-back HRs in the third inning to Marcus Semien and Bo Bichette for the only runs of the game. Remember doubleheader games now are just seven innings long. The Yanks only got two hits off a pitcher making his MLB debut, both of them singles by Miguel Andujar.

Andujar 2 hits.

German (L, 4-3) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 1 HBP. 3.06
Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.66


Game 2: Aaron Judge homered and drove in 3 runs, and Gary Sanchez also homered as the Yanks won the nightcap, 5-3.

The Yanks got a run in the first inning when D.J. LeMahieu singled, and after an out, Aaron Judge walked. Gio Urshela doubled home LeMahieu, but Judge was thrown out at the plate (the Yankees lead the majors in runners thrown out at the plate–what’s up with that? Later in the game, Sanchez was thrown out at home — by plenty—when Florial doubled).

Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery gave up a 3-run HR to Bichette in the top of the third inning and Toronto went up 3-1.

In the bottom of the third, LeMahieu singled with one out, and one out later, Judge homered (13) to tie the game.

Sanchez homered (6) in the bottom of the fourth to give the Yanks a 4-3 lead.

The Yankees got an insurance run in the fifth. Tyler Wade reached on an error, and one out later, stole second. Gleyber Torres walked and both runners moved up on a WP. Judge hit a SF to drive in Wade. 5-3.

Chad Green closed out the game because an ill Aroldis Chapman was not available.


LeMahieu 2 hits
Judge 2-run HR (13), SF 3 RBI
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (6)


Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.22
Loaisiga (W, 4-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.39
Peralta (H, 3) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.28 (Combined SF/NYY ERA)
Green (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.16

The reason Montgomery wasn’t left in for one more out and a possible win? Man on first, and Bichette, who homered off him earlier, was up.

Yankees news: A Rainout, a DH; Stars to and off Injured List and a Minors Report.

Ok, wrapping things up in one package today.

First off, the Yankees were rained out yesterday. They will play a straight, old-fashioned (almost, that is coming) single-admission doubleheader starting at 4:05 PM today. The almost is because of the recent rule about doubleheaders. Each game seven innings (unless there are extras required).

Good and Bad news on the injury front. Giancarlo Stanton is scheduled to come off the IL (quad) tomorrow, Friday. But going on are Luke Voit (oblique) and Corey Kluber (shoulder). Voit could be out a month. For Kluber, he won’t even THROW for 4 weeks, then has to build himself up. Two months for him. Deivi Garcia will be coming up to take Kluber’s rotaton spot.

Minors report:

AAA: SWB’s game was suspended (rain) after three innings with SWB trailing 2-0.

AA: Somerset’s game was rained out.

High A: Hudson Valley (10-10) lost 6-3 in 10 innings. Luis Medina 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 7 K. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Low A: Tampa split a DH.

Game 1: 7-1 win. DH Josh Smith 3-run HR. SS Anthony Volpe 4 hits, solo HR. 3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits.

Game 2: 4-3 loss. RF Jake Sanford solo HR.

Game 48. Concerns over Kluber (3 IP, shoulder tightness) after Yanks’ 6-2 loss.

Just one start after his no-hitter, concerns are raised regarding Corey Kluber, who had to leave the Yankees’ (28-20) Tuesday night 6-2 loss to Toronto after three innings because of tightness in his pitching shoulder.

The Yankees’ starters streak of scoreless innings ended at 37 1/3 when Kluber gave up a 2-run HR to the Blue Jays’ red-hot Vlad Guerrero, Jr. in the third inning.

Michael King replaced Kluber and gave up a HR to Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. in the top of the fourth to make it 3-0, Toronto.

An error by Gleyber Torres allowed the Blue Jays to get two unearned runs in the seventh off of Lucas Luetge.

Meanwhile, ex-Met Steven Matz was looking like Sandy Koufax out there, getting seven quick strikeouts on his way to ten. The Yankees still have too many hitters below the Mendoza line (.200) and on the interstate (meaning they are hitting in the .100s).

The Yanks got a run in the bottom of the seventh when Clint Frazier doubled and Kyle Higashioka singled him in.

Justin Wilson gave up a HR in the top of the ninth and it was 6-1, Toronto. You have to wonder about Wilson when Zack Britton returns. When Britton returns, someone has to go, and Luetge has pitched far better than Wilson so far.

The Yanks got a run in the bottom of the ninth when Rougned Odor walked and Kyle Higashioka doubled. Odor scored on an error on the play.

We’ll find out more today about Kluber. Hopefully it is nothing serious that requires a long IL stint.

Frazier 2 hits
Higashioka 2 hits, RBI

Kluber (L, 4-3) 3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.04
KIng 3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.29
Luetge 1 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.82
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.32
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.68

Games 40-44. Catching up, but very briefly.

Sorry I have been away for a while. This will be a VERY BRIEF catchup of the Yankees’ last five games.

Ok, first things first. Why no recent reports, and why this will be brief.

I had surgery Monday to remove part of my right kidney after a tumor was found on it. Recovery time will be a while, so a BRIEF report on the Yankees, and NO minor league reports. It’ll be this way for a while. Bear with me while I recover.

So while I was away:

Game 40: Yankees get 4 in top of first but Jordan Montgomery (5 R, 3 IP) has nothing and Yankees lose to Baltimore 10-6, Michael King (0-1) taking the loss in relief. HRs Sanchez (5), Frazier (4) and Judge (12)

Game 41. No one is perfect, not even Gerrit Cole. He loses 5-2 to Texas to drop to 5-2, 2.03. HR: Voit (1)

Game 42. Yanks get 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and beat Texas, 7-4. Taillon disappointing again. Peralta the win. 3 RBI for LeMahieu, 2 for Urshela.

Game 43. Yanks win 2-0 as Corey Kluber (4-2, 2.86) tosses a no-hitter. Only one walk kept it from being a perfect game. It is the first no-hitter for a Yankees’ pitcher since David Cone’s perfect game in 1999. OF Ryan LaMarre got hurt in this game (hamstring) and his replacement, Tyler Wade, tripled in the first Yankees’ run and scored the second on a SF.

Game 44. Another 2-0 win as Domingo German (4-2, 3.05) pitches seven innings, and both runs score on pinch-hit singles, one by Gio Urshela, and another by Aaron Judge. Yanks 25-19, 3rd place, 1 1/2 out as top four teams in AL East very close.

Other baseball news; Ex-players Rennie Stennett (Pirates) and Richie Scheinblum (several teams) have passed away. Stennett was on the 1971 and 1979 Pirates WS teams and once went 7 for 7 in a 9-inning game.

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.