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Minor League Report. SWB slugs way to DH Sweep. Trenton & Tampa pitch shutouts.


The Yanks signed soon-to-be 39 year old C Erik Kratz for catching depth. He is now with SWB. The journeyman catcher was with the Yanks in 2017 and got into four games that year with them.

AAA: SWB (36-25) swept a DH.

Regular game: Won 7-5. 1B Mike Ford grand slam. CF Mike Tauchman 3 for 3. DH Logan Morrison 2 hits, RBI. RF Ryan McBroom 2 RBI.

Makeup of 4/28 postponement: Won 14-3. 2B Breyvic Valera (.407) 2 hits. 1B Ford (.350) 2 hits. LF Tauchman 3 hits, RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 2-run HR. 3B Brad Miller 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR. McBroom 2 hits (.323). DH Morrison 3-run HR.

AA: Trenton (34-24) only got three hits but won 1-0. RF Rashad Crawford solo HR. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits.

Stephan (W, 1-3, 5.40) 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Lail (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  0.00
Carter (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.56

High A: Tampa (27-35) won 5-0. 1B Dermis Garcia 3 for 3, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Frank German (W, 3-3, 3.83) 5 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 3 W, 8 K.
Bristo (H,1) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  2.40
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40

Low A: Charleston (34-29) lost 3-2. LF Canaan Smith 2 for 2, 2 walks (.318). DH Omar Carrizales 2 hits.


Game 1 ALDS. Un-Happ-y result as Yanks lose, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

J.A. Happ didn’t have it, giving up a 3-run HR to J.D. Martinez in the first inning and getting knocked out in the third. The Yanks clawed back in it, but couldn’t come all the way back and lost Game 1 of the Division Series to Boston 5-4.

Masahiro Tanaka will start for the Yanks tonight vs. David Price. The Yanks have had success against Price so hopefully the Yanks will exit Boston with a split.

The hope was that Chris Sale, who has a history of owning the Yankees, would be stale Sale since he hasn’t pitched much since the All-Star break, having been on the DL twice and whose velocity has been down recently. Instead, Sale mixed his pitches well, and was hitting 95 instead of the recent 90. Sale struck out the side (with one walk in there) in the first inning.

Meanwhile, in the bottom of the first, Happ gave up that 3-run HR that just cleared the green monster.

In the third, Betts doubled off the monster, Benintendi bunted for a hit, and Happ was replaced by Chad Green. The Yankees nemesis, Steve Pearce, singled in a run. 4-0 Boston. Two flyouts advanced and scored Benintendi. 5-0 Boston.

The Yanks’ bullpen shut down Boston after that as the Yanks tried to make a late charge to steal the win away from the Red Sox.

But the rookies who have helped so much this year, Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres, along with veteran Giancarlo Stanton, who is in his first playoff series, couldn’t come up with the big hits when needed.

In the fourth, Aaron Hicks singled but had to be pulled from the game due to a tight hamstring. We’ll have to see about his availability for the rest of the series. A huge blow. Gardner can provide the D, but not the power that Hicks can provide.

With two on and two out in the fourth, Andujar struck out. The Yanks struck out 13x in the game.

The Yanks finally broke through in the sixth. Judge singled, and after a forceout, Stanton singled, which knocked Sale out of the game. Voit singled in a run to make it 5-1. Didi grounded into a forceout, runner scoring. 5-2. Didi moved up on a WP. Andujar and Sanchez both walked to load the bases, but Torres struck out.

Maybe the young Torres (21) got too anxious. He swung at the first pitch out of the zone, took three balls, but that 3-1 pitch he took for strike two looked like a pitch he should have swung at and crushed. Then he fished on a breaking pitch which would have been ball four and struck out.

The Yanks probably lost the game for good in the seventh, when they loaded the bases with no one out and only got one run out of it. McCutchen and Judge started it off with singles, and after a pitching change, both moved up on a WP. Gardner walked to load the bases.

But Stanton, who went 1 for 5 with 4 strikeouts, struck out. That may have been THE at bat of the ball game.

A-Rod got criticized often for not coming up big in key moments of the postseason (at least until 2009, and even in retirement he still gets criticized, despite 2009, for it today). Yankee fans are hoping Stanton isn’t another “A-Rod” in this regard.

But last night didn’t help.

The fact that Stanton couldn’t get his bat on the ball, even for a SF there, played a major factor in costing the Yanks the game.

Voit grounded into a force out, barely beating out the DP attempt, to make it 5-3. Didi grounded out to end the inning.

But the Yanks needed more there. They couldn’t load the bases with no one out and come away with just one run. That inning was the difference and cost the Yanks the game.

In the ninth, Judge homered to lead off the inning, but Kimbrel bounced back with three straight strikeouts (including Stanton, who NEVER TOOK THE BAT OFF HIS SHOULDER) to end the game. Voit striking out to end it.

Big one for the Yanks tonight. Get out of Boston with the split. Hopefully Tanaka is on.

And hopefully, the Yanks’ situational hitting improves. Don’t worry about the green monster. Use the whole field.

Make contact.

Judge 3 hits, solo HR.
Stanton 1 for 5, struck out 4 times
Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Happ (L) 2+ IP, 5 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up 3-run HR
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Lynn 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.


In other series, Milwaukee shut out Colorado 4-0 and is up 2 games to 0.
The Dodgers blanked the Braves, 3-0, and are up 2 games to 0.
Houston beat Cleveland behind 4 HR, 7-2, and are up 1-0.

By the way, did you see who the Brewers’ catcher is? Erik Kratz, who started the year being the backup to Kyle Higashioka at SWB. Kratz, who is 38, played in four games for the Yanks in 2017,  going 2 for 2 with a double and 2 RBI. He started this year at SWB. On May 25 of this year, the Yanks traded him to Milwaukee for a player to be named later (it turned out to be Wendell Rijo). In 67 games for the Brewers, Kratz hit .236-6-23, OPS+ 69. Six walks, 40 strikeouts.




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.