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Game 80. Ugly loss. Boston 11, Yanks 0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks ran up against their nemesis, Chris Sale, last night and lost to Boston 11-0. Sale has the lowest ERA against the Yanks of any pitcher in the past 100 years.

The loss drops the 53-27 Yanks one game behind 56-28 Boston. Tonight is game 81, meaning the last game of the first half of the season.

Since the Yanks only got two hits in the game, one against Sale and one against a reliever, it probably would not have mattered if the Yanks threw Ford, Gomez, Ruffing, Guidry, or Pettitte on the mound against Sale. It probably wouldn’t have mattered because Sale was that dominant.

But it wasn’t any of those Yankees legends on the mound. It was Sonny Gray. And Gray’s struggles against Boston (and not just as a Yankee) continued.

I give Gray a lot of credit for standing up to the interviewers after the game and in answering all their questions honestly instead of cowering in the trainer’s room. But in watching that interview on the post game YES show, I also had the feeling I was listening to a lost soul who had that deer in the headlights look.

Gray is 1-6, 6.98 in his career vs. Boston. When you feel more confident in maybe starting Jonathan Loaisiga, in what would have been his fourth MLB start, against Boston than Gray, well ….  at least Boston hasn’t seen Loaisiga and maybe you catch lightning in a bottle. And remember, “Johnny Lasagna” had only as 45 IP above Low A before pitching in the majors.

But in watching body language, doesn’t it seem like Loaisiga is more calm and collected and that Gray is scared to throw a pitch?

Gray got the first two hitters out, then gave up a single, walk, single, and with two strikes, a grand slam. The Yanks didn’t even come up to bat yet, and were down 4-0 to Sale. Game effectively over at that point. Then Gray gave up two more runs in the second and was knocked out in the third.

Gray is 5-6, 5.44. Here is a damning stat. Of all pitchers with a dozen or more starts as a Yankee at Yankee Stadium, Gray has the worst ERA, 7.10. That’s worse than Pavano, Jeff Johnson, Tim Leary, Scott Sanderson…. worse than anyone, even Ed Whitson. In 14 starts at Yankee Stadium, including as a member of the Oakland A’s facing the Yankees, Gray is 4-6, 6.78.

He’s getting booed, and as long as he is pitching like this, the boos will get more merciless.

We have a problem.

One reporter from Newsday suggested Cashman “work his magic” and trade Gray. Of course, the Yanks have to get a starter first, then trade Gray, and right now, you are trading low on Gray.

I hope he can get straightened out. But it could be that Gray is better suited for a small market team like Oakland and that he can’t handle NY. We’ve seen it before. One scout a few weeks ago suggested that that wasn’t going to be the case, and said the Yanks have and will continue to have a problem with Gray.

One thing we do know. This isn’t good with Gray. It has to improve or Gray and the Yankees would be better suited if he pitches elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Austin Romine, with a tight hamstring, was removed early from last night’s game for precautionary reasons. Hopefully it’s just a day-to-day thing and Romine doesn’t have to go on the DL. But Gary Sanchez already is on the DL and won’t be back for a month. Losing Romine would be a crippling blow. The lack of Yankees’ catching depth was proven in this year’s MLB draft when they took catchers in BOTH the first and second rounds.

The Yanks sent Giovanny Gallegos down to AAA and haven’t made a move yet, pending Romine’s leg. Kyle Higashioka is Romine’s backup right now, and Higashioka is 0 for 21 now in his MLB career. If Romine has to go down, Wilkin Castillo would be coming up from SWB. Castillo, 34, last played in the majors in 2009, and has just 22 games of MLB experience. A switch-hitter, he was an OF/IF back then before being converted to a catcher. He started this year in independent league baseball. He only hit .218 last year for SWB, .244 now.

One guy the Yanks did have was 38 year old Erik Kratz, but they traded him to Milwaukee a few weeks ago when they re-signed Castillo. In 14 games for the Brewers, Kratz has hit 3 HR. Go figure. In his brief Yankees’ career, Kratz was 2 for 2 last year.

Not much to say about last night’s game. As mentioned, Gray put the Yanks into an early 6-0 hole, they couldn’t do anything against Sale, and Boston dominated.

With the ace, Severino, on the mound tonight, let’s hope Seve is as dominant tonight against Boston as Sale was against the Yanks last night.

The offense has been sluggish lately as well, with a couple of shutouts. Let’s hope they awaken.

Gleyber Torres hit cleanup last night, the youngest Yankee to do so since Mickey Mantle in 1953.

Brandon Drury was called up and played 1b last night.

Gray (5-6, 5.44) 2 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up Grand Slam.
Warren 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.  1.35
Gallegos 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K.  3.86    Gave up 1 HR. Sent down to AAA
Holder 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.01
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.97



Minor League Report. Concerns on Sheffield.


AAA: SWB (16-18) split a DH.

Game 1: Lost 5-4. SS Tyler Wade 1 for 3, walk, 2 strikeouts, made an error. LF Clint Frazier 0 for 3 with a walk. 3B Brandon Drury 0 for 3, walk, 3 strikeouts. 1B Mike Ford HR, 2 RBI. C Erik Kratz HR, 2 RBI. DH Adam Lind 0 for 3 with a walk.

Justus Sheffield was pulled after 3 2/3 no-hit innings with shoulder tightness.

Sheffield 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K. 2.16
Gallegos 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K  13.50
O. Perez 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.38
Coshow (L, 0-2, 2.30) 2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Carroll 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.35

Game 2 (makeup of 5/10) Won 7-0. LF Clint Frazier 3 for 3, 2 doubles, solo HR, walk, scored 2 runs. 3B Brandon Drury grand slam. CF Shane Robinson 2 hits. SS Wade 0 for 3, walk, 2 strikeouts. DH Lind 0 for 3, strikeout.

Rogers (W, 3-3, 2.61) 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. 

AA:  Trenton (20-13) lost 6-1. SS Abiatal Avelino 3 hits. DH Jhalen Jackson 2 hits, solo HR.

Carter (L, 0-2, 5.76) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 3 W, 3 K.
Mesa, Jr. 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.70

High A: Tampa (19-16) won 7-1. 1B Greg Bird 1 for 2, RBI, 2 walks. DH Billy McKinney 1 for 3, 3 RBI, 2 walks. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.

Nelson 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 6 K. 5.14
Diehl (W, 1-1, 2.57) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Harris 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.19

Low A: Charleston (16-18) lost 1-0. They got only 3 hits, struck out 13x.

Whitlock (L, 2-2, 1.13) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K.
DeCarr 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00

Minor League Report.


SWB got David Hale back and they released Cody Asche.

AAA: SWB (11-13) won 7-1. CF Tyler Wade 1 for 4, RBI. DH Kyle Higashioka 2 doubles, 2 RBI. 3B Brandon Drury 0 for 3 with a walk and reports are that he’s not ready to come up yet. 2 hits, solo HR C Erik Kratz. Clint Frazier 0 for 4, two strikeouts. Thairo Estrada (1 for 4, RBI) has been moved up here as well, Abital Avelino going down to Trenton. 2B Billy Fleming 2 hits, RBI. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits.

Camarena (W, 1-1, 4.50) 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Lail 2 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.26

AA: Trenton split a DH.

Game 1: Won 6-1. 1B Chris Gittens HR, 2 RBI. RF Jhalen Jackson 3 hits, double, HR, 2 RBI. CF Ben Ruta 2 hits, double, triple, RBI.

Sheffield 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 W, 9 K. 2.25
Schwaab (BS, 2; W, 1-2, 2.70) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

Sheffield is pitching well and could go up to AAA soon. Heck, depending on what we hear about Montgomery, could the Yanks even bring him up from AA?

Game 2: makeup of 4/30 rainout. Trenton (13-10) lost 6-4. SS Avelino (see above) 2 hits. Jackson 2 hits. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Keller 4 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 4 W, 2 K. 5.40
Harris (L, 0-1, 9.00) 2 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. Both hits given up were HR.

High A: Tampa (15-10) won 2-1. 1B Adam Lind 0 for 3 with a walk. Seriously, did you ever think Lind would be here in High A barring injury and rehab? And where is there room for him barring an injury to Bird (again) or Austin? 3 hits LF Isiah Gilliam.

Stephan (W, 2-0, 1.57) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up HR.
Lane (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.93

Low A: Charleston (11-14) lost 3-1. 3B Chris Hess 2 hits. DH Pablo Olivares 2 hits. C Eduardo Navas 2 hits. 1B Dalton Blaser 2 hits, solo HR.

Garcia (L, 0-2, 5.32) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W, 6 K.
Cedeno 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Bristo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Minor league report.


AAA: SWB (9-8) won 9-0. C Erik Kratz 4 for 4, solo HR. CF Shane Robinson 2 hits, triple, RBI. DH Mike Ford, 3 hits, rbi.  RF Zach Zehner 3 RBI. 2 hits, solo HR 1B Ryan McBroom.  LF Cody Asche solo HR.

Rogers (W, 2-1, 3.00) 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 7 K. Interesting 23 yr. old LHP.
Espinal 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.48

AA:  Trenton (10-7) won 3-1. 2b Bruce Caldwell 2 RBI.

Swanson (W, 4-0, 0.87) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 11 K.
Frare 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  0.00

High A: Tampa (9-9) won 6-4. SS Hoy Jun Park double, 3 rbi. LF Alexander Palma 2 hits. C Francisco Diaz 2 hits.

Rosa (W, 2-1, 4.82) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 w, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Hodson (H, 1)  1/3 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.70
Frawley (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 0.00

Low A: Charleston (7-10) rained out.

Minor League Report. Gleyber watch continues. Continuing to rake.


AAA: SWB (6-3) didn’t do too much against the White Sox’ stud prospect, Michael Kopech, getting just one run off of him in six innings, and falling behind 5-1, but once he was out of the game, they beat up on his relievers for a 10-5 win.

3b Gleyber Torres continues to rake (.389), and the Gleyber watch is on for a call up next weekend. Torres was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI tonight, and both hits were doubles.

RF L.J. Mazzilli, Lee’s kid, drove in 3 runs. DH Mike Ford had 2 hits. C Erik Kratz had a HR and 2 RBI. SS Abiatal Avelino had 2 hits, and CF Rashad Crawford had 2 hits and an RBI.

Camarena 3 1/3 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 5 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.87
Lail (W, 2-0, 1.59) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
O. Perez (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Carroll 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 5.06

AA:  Trenton (5-4) won 1-0 on a two-hitter. RF Jhalen Jackson with a HR (5) for the only run of the game. He’s only at .176 right now, but has 5 HR and 6 RBI.

Tate 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 0.90
Mesa (W, 1-0, 5.79) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Ort (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.59
Foley (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 0.00

High A: Tampa (4-6) lost 5-4. 3 hits 3B Brandon Wagner. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, RBI. Gilliam, 21, a switch-hitting OF, was .275-15-85 for Low A Charleston last year. 1B Tim Lynch 2 hits, RBI. C Keith Skinner 2 hits, RBI.

King (L, 0-1, 2.25) 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Kamplain 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K, 4.15
Harris 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.91

Low A: Charleston lost 4-3 in 10 to drop to 5-5.  RF Steven Sensley solo HR. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. DH Frederick Cuevas 2 hits.

Lehnen 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K. 2.45
Weissert 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1.93
Bristo (L, 0-1, 0.00) 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K.



S.T. Games 29 and 30. Yanks take both Split-Squad games, but Bird hurt.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Here we go again…. we hope not. Greg Bird was pulled before his game today, complaining of a sore foot. It is the same foot that had the ankle problem last year. Did one thing lead to another? He had a CT scan and an MRI and will be seeing a specialist. GM Brian Cashman is concerned.

The Yanks announced, as I hoped they would, that Jonathan Holder is the 13th pitcher on the team and that Domingo German will be sent to AAA to stretch out and get ready to be an emergency starter should they need one.

A couple of Rule 5 picks were returned to the Yankees—P Anyelo Gomez and 1B Mike Ford. Ford will go to AAA and he and Billy McKinney could now come into play if Bird’s situation is serious. Miguel Andujar is also working out at 1B. You also have Neil Walker and Tyler Austin in case Bird has to be DL’d. As one person wrote or said, maybe Adam Lind left too soon.

As for today’s games, the Yanks had a split squad and won both games. 13-6 over Toronto at home and 8-3 over the Braves on the road. I’ll try to be brief.

The home game:

The Yanks got three two-run homers in the game, and they were hit by Didi, Stanton, and minor leaguer Zach Zehner. Rashad Crawford and Erik Kratz each had 2 hits, Kratz driving in 3 runs.

Hale 3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up HR.
Gallegos (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Feyereisen (H) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up HR.
Rogers (S) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

In the road game, the Yanks scored six in the top of the ninth to win. Their spring training record is 17-12-1.

Aaron Hicks had 2 hits, inc. a HR. Ryan McBroom had two hits, 2 RBI and homered. Gleyber Torres had two hits and an RBI.

Luis Severino pitched well in his last tuneup before Opening day.

Severino 5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up HR.
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Heller (W) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Carroll 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.


S.T. Game 19. Lind released, Yanks lose 7-4 as Adams bombed.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Well, in the test who see who would be the Yanks’ emergency starter if they need one this year, Chance Adams isn’t doing so well. Maybe there is a reason he wasn’t called up late last year despite a good year between AA and AAA.

Adams gave up 2-run HRs in the first and also the second innings as the Yanks lost to Baltimore, 7-4, to drop their spring training record to 11-7-1.

Adams got just five outs while giving up five runs.

Personally, from what we’ve seen in spring training, I would choose Domingo German right now as my emergency starter. That could change as the year progresses. But it’s clear so far that Adams needs some more work.

After he gave up the 2-run HR to Adam Jones in the bottom of the first, the Yanks did come back with three in the top of the second.

Drury and McKinney walked, and Romine singled to load the bases. Torreyes got an RBI on a groundout, and with two out, Shane Robinson singled in two.

Adams then gave up three runs in the bottom of the second, two on a HR by Jonathan Schoop.

The Orioles got one in the third to make it 6-3, and Erik Kratz homered in the fourth for the Yanks to cut it to 6-4.

Baltimore got one in the seventh for the final score of 7-4.

Adams (L) 1 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Carroll 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Hale 3 IP, 0 r, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K.
LeBlanc 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

I can’t see LeBlanc sticking. Shreve has outperformed him.

Adam Lind, signed recently by the Yanks to a minor league deal, was released by the Yanks today. That could be good news for Tyler Austin, who appears to be making the team as the backup to Greg Bird at 1B. Austin, who also can play corner outfield, appears as if he’ll play 1B if the Yanks need to give Bird a rest or sit hit against a tough lefty pitcher. Here is where Austin, a righty batter, had the edge over the lefty swinging Lind in backing up the lefty swinging Bird.