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Game 147. Brutal 3-2 loss pushes Yanks back in WC card race.

If the Yankees miss out on the playoffs by a game, there are several gut-wrenching losses this year that will stick in our minds.

The one on Thursday (yesterday) will be one of several. Just one strike away from winning the game, a wild pitch enabled Baltimore to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, and the Orioles went on to beat the Yanks 3-2 in 10 innings.

The wild card standings with 15 games to go for the Yankees:

Toronto 82-64 —
Boston 83-65 —-
NYY 82-65 – 1/2
Oakland 79-67 – 3 1/2
Seattle 78-68 -4

As of now that loss dropped the Yanks out of the playoffs. You can’t lose games like that to the cellar-dwellers. And the way they lost was just brutal.

The Yanks only scored two runs as the bats were silent. Both runs scored in the second inning. Joey Gallo hit a HR (35) with one out. Gary Sanchez and Tyler Wade followed with walks, and a double by Gio Urshela drove in Sanchez. The Yanks never added any more runs and it wound up costing them.

Jordan Montgomery was great, striking out 12 in 5 2/3 innings. Combined with Nestor Cortes’ 11 K’s the night before, it was the first time in Yankees’ history they got 11 or more K’s from their starters in back-to-back games.

Montgomery’s only blemish was a solo HR he gave up in the sixth.

The Yanks entered the bottom of the ninth with a 2-1 lead and Clay Holmes trying to close it out. Closer Aroldis Chapman had appeared in each of the three previous games. Holmes got a strikeout, then gave up a single. A WP moved the runner to second and a groundout moved the runner to third. On a 2-2 pitch, one strike away from a win, Holmes threw another WP that allowed the tying run to score. He then got the strikeout.

To extra innings, with that ghost runner I hate (a bastardization of baseball). The Yanks couldn’t move the runner in the top of the tenth. Baltimore got a bunt single to put runners on first and third. The runner on first moved up on defensive indifference. An intentional walk to load the bases. A strikeout, then a single to win the game for Baltimore.

One strike away. Just brutal.

The Yankees threw four wild pitches in the game.

Gleyber Torres’ problems at SS have had a domino effect that could hurt the Yanks. Moving him back to 2B moved LeMahieu, a 2B, to 3B, and the 3B Urshela to SS. Not your best defensive alignment, and something the Yanks have to think about now and in the offseason. Also, Sanchez’ defense behind the dish is something that has been problematic for years. Could he have blocked that WP? Could Higashioka have blocked it?

Stanton 2 hits.
Gallo Solo HR (35, Tex/NYY)

Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 12 K. 2 WP, Gave up 1 HR. 3.63
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.08
Rodriguez (H, 13) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.75 (Tex/NYY)
Holmes (BS, 2) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2 WP. 4.09 (Pit/NYY)
Peralta (L, 5-4) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.83 (SF/NYY)

UPDATE: (From the NY Post): Right-hander Brooks Kriske was claimed by the Orioles after being designated for assignment by the Yankees.

Game 145. 5 Yankees’ HRs lead to 7-2 win and a virtual 3-way tie for 2 wild card slots.

The Yankees hit 5 HR in a 7-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night and in so doing are in the middle of a 3-way virtual tie for the two wild card spots.

Here is how it looks right now.

Yanks and Toronto both 81-64 .559 —
Boston 82-65 .558 —- virtual tie, .001 back

Seattle 78-67 -3
Oakland 77-67 – 3 1/2

(Forget the division, Tampa Bay is up by 9 and their magic # to clinch is 9).

Gerrit Cole returned to the mound after leaving early last time because of tightness in his left hamstring. He got his 15th win, but had to leave after five innings due to a high pitch count (108).

The Yanks got on the board right away. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a single and Aaron Judge followed with a 2-run HR (34).

With one out in the third inning, Anthony Rizzo was HBP and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a 2-run HR (28). Luke Voit made it back-to-back HRs with #10 and the Yanks were up 5-0.

Cole had settled down after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. Baltimore touched him for a run in the fifth, but with two on and two out, Cole ended his night with a strikeout.

Michael King replaced Cole and threw three scoreless innings. King’s career numbers are better in relief than as a starter.

Joey Gallo made it 6-1 in the eighth with a HR (34) and LeMahieu homered (10) in the ninth to make it 7-1.

Sal Romano, who turned down a DFA assignment to SWB and elected to become a free agent, re-signed with the Yankees (lot of head scratching there) and the Yanks then turned around and DFA’d Brooks Kriske. Romano started the ninth for the Yankees. He got a K, but a single walk and single made it 7-2, and Romano got injured on that RBI single, so Aroldis Chapman came in. Chapman got a K, then threw a WP, putting runners on second and third, so things got a bit hairy, but another K by Chapman ended the game.

Besides the Romano/Kriske DFA switch, Clarke Schmidt went back to SWB after his Sunday start, so that freed that spot for Romano. Domingo German was sent to SWB to start a rehab assignment.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (10)
Judge 2-run HR (34)
RIzzo 2 hits.
Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (28)
Voit solo HR (10)
Gallo solo HR (34; Tex/NYY)
Urshela 2 hits.

Cole (W, 15-7) 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K. 2.75
King (H, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.48
Romano 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 6.12 (Reds/NYY/Brewers)
Chapman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 3.65

Minor league action from 9-12-21.

AAA: SWB (64-47) lost 8-7 after taking a 7-1 lead into the top of the eighth. Brooks Kriske faced five batters and walked all five. 27 pitches, only 7 strikes, 1 WP. Wow. DH Ryan LaMarre 2 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands (#28 prospect) solo HR. RF Socrates Brito 2 RBI, solo HR.

AA: Somerset (69-44) won 11-3. CF Brandon Lockridge (#19 prospect) 2 hits, RBI. SS Oswald Peraza (#3 prospect) 2-run HR. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera (#16 prospect) 2 for 2, RBI, 3 walks. LF Michael Beltre 2-run HR. 1B Dermis Garcia solo HR.
DH Isiah Gilliam solo HR. C Jason Lopez solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (68-46) won 13-9. SS Anthony Volpe (#1 prospect) 2 hits. CF Everson Pereira (#13 prospect) 3-run HR. DH Austin Wells (#6 prospect) 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR. 3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. RF Elijah Dunham (#24 prospect) 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. 1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Tampa (72-40) lost 4-2, getting just four hits.

Game 138. Cole leaves early with hamstring issue as Yankees lose 4th straight, 5-1.

Gerrit Cole left Tuesday’s game early with hamstring tightness and may miss his next start. It’s the last thing the reeling Yankees needed as they lost their fourth game in a row, 5-1, to the surging Toronto Blue Jays.

The Yanks are now 2-8 since the 13-game winning streak.

Even if Cole was healthy and pitched like he usually does, like an ace, the offense was still comatose, scoring just the one run.

The Yanks fell 9 1/2 back of Tampa Bay for the divisional lead. With just 24 games to go, it’s a given the Rays win the division.

But the Yanks are struggling to hold on to a wild card spot. They still have the top seed, but things are close.

NYY 78-60 — (top wild card spot)
Bos 79-62 – 1/2 (second wild card spot)
Tor 75-62 – 2 1/2 from Yanks, 2 behind Bos
Sea 75-64 -3 1/2 from Yanks, 3 behind Bos
Oak 74-64 -4 from Yanks, 3 1/2 behind Bos

Cole gave up a HR to Alejandro Kirk in the second inning, and the Blue Jays were up 1-0.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the third inning when Andrew Velazquez singled, stole second, went to third on a flyout, and scored on a single by Anthony Rizzo.

Cole gave up two runs in the top of the fourth. Toronto was helped by a balk and a passed ball. Cole then had to leave the game.

Albert Abreu gave up a HR to Marcus Semien (38) in the top of the fifth. 4-1.

Kirk got his second HR of the game off of Clay Holmes in the eighth.

Rizzo 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits
Velazquez 2 hits

Cole (L, 14-7) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 balk. Gave up 1 HR. 2.78
Abreu 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50
Rodriguez 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.76 (Tex/NYY)
Holmes 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.13 (Pit/NYY)
Heaney 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.76

Luis Gil will try to right the ship. He starts tonight. Brooks Kriske was sent down to make room for Gil.

Game 137. Slumping Yanks blanked by Jays, 8-0.

The Yanks, after a 13-game winning streak, have now lost seven of their last nine games, losing on Labor Day to Toronto, 8-0.

The Yanks are still in second place in the AL, 8 1/2 behind Tampa Bay, with 25 games to go. It’s a foregone conclusion that Tampa Bay will win the division, barring a monumental collapse.

The Yanks are fighting for their playoff lives.

Right now, they have the top wild card spot, but barely. But if this slump continues, they could fall out of playoff contention.

Yankees 78-59 — top wild card
Boston 79-61 – 1/2 2nd wild card
Toronto 74-62 -3 1/2 3 behind Boston
Seattle 75-63 – 3 1/2 3 behind Boston
Oakland 74-63 -4 3 1/2 behind Boston

Toronto won the first of the four games against the Yanks, and could really make a statement.

The Blue Jays got back-to-back HRs in the top of the first inning against Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon from Marcus Semien (36) and Vlad Guerrero Jr. (40). It was all the Blue Jays needed as the Yankees’ offense came up empty.

Taillon settled down after that, not allowing another run until the seventh.

The Yankees’ bullpen is beaten up. So much so that the Yankees were forced to use Brooks Kriske to pitch the ninth inning. Kriske gave up a solo HR to Teoscar Hernandez (25) and a grand slam to Semien (37).

I’ll just present the facts here, nothing else. You can draw your own conclusions. Kriske has pitched in 12 MLB games, for a total of 11 1/3 innings. His career record is 1-1 with an ERA of 15.09. He has given up 20 runs, 19 earned.
Enough said.

On the radio, John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman lamented the losses of Britton and now Loaisiga. Let’s not forget Darren O’Day, who missed most of this year and whose career could be over, as well as Michael King, whose career stats are better in relief than as a starter.

Also, while trading Justin Wilson (7.50 ERA for Yanks this year, 6.28 overall) was one thing, trading Luis Cessa (2.82 ERA this year, 2.56 overall) was another. Right now, the Yanks could use Cessa (as well as O’Day and King).

Rizzo 2 hits (the Yanks only had five for the game). The Yanks made 3 errors in the game.

Taillon (L, 8-6) 7 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.41
Luetge 1 1P, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.81
Kriske 1 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR. 15.26

Minor League Action, 9-2-21. Somerset ballpark flooded.

Before going into the games, if you get a chance, google or search for the Somerset Patriots and take a look at the stadium. It’s underwater because of the hurricane coming through the northeast. Just awful with the flooding. It remains to be seen what happens to Somerset’s home games for the rest of the season. If moved, where to.

AAA: SWB (59-42) lost 5-3. SS Gleyber Torres 1 for 3 on rehab, was HBP. 2 hits and an RBI for RF Trey Amburgey.

AA: Somerset (61-43) split a doubleheader (of course it was on the road).

Game 1: Won 3-2. 1B Dermis Garcia 3-run HR. #8 prospect Luis Medina 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 10 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR.

Game 2: Lost 7-4. #3 prospect Oswald Peraza 4 for 4, 3 RBI. C Mickey Gasper 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (63-41) lost both games of a doubleheader.

Game 1: Lost 10-7. #1 prospect, SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. #6 prospect C Austin Wells 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR. #24 prospect RF Elijah Dunham 2-run HR.

Game 2: Lost 2-0.

Low A: Tampa (67-35) lost 9-6. #7 prospect SS Trey Sweeney 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 1B Anthony Garcia 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 2B Benjamin Cowles 2-run HR.

With the expansion to 28 on Sept. 1 the Yanks called up OF Esteval Florial and relief pitcher Brooks Kriske. Torres is expected back today (Friday) so we we will see what moves are made.

Game 133. Cole dominates with 15K in 4-1 Yankees’ win.

An ace can get you rolling, keep you rolling and stop losing streaks.

Gerrit Cole did #3 last night, and we will see if it starts a new winning streak for the Yankees.

The Yanks entered the game with a four game losing streak, right after winning thirteen in a row. Thanks to Cole’s 15 strikeout dominating performance last night, the Yanks came away with a 4-1 victory over the Angels. They have an off day today before a weekend series against the putrid Orioles.

The Yanks got two runs in the top of the third inning. With two out, D.J. LeMahieu walked, Anthony Rizzo singled, and Aaron Judge walked. Luke Voit’s single then scored two runs.

With one out in the fourth, Rougned Odor bunt singled his way on base. He moved up on a groundout and scored on a single by Brett Gardner. 3-0.

The Angels got a run off of Cole in the bottom of the sixth. Cole was done after 116 pitches and 7 innings. Who knows, if, with two more innings, he could have matched or surpassed Ron Guidry’s Yankee record of 18 strikeouts in a game set back in 1978?

Judge hit a HR, his 30th of the season, in the top of the eighth for the final run of the game. 4-1, Yankees.

Gio Urshela hurt his hand in the game before this one and will have an MRI.

Judge 2 hits, solo HR (30)
Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI

Cole (W, 14-6) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 15 K. 2.73
Loiasiga (H, 18) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.16
Chapman (S, 25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.68


Yanks 7 back on Tampa Bay in AL East. 29 games to go.

Yanks 2 up on Boston for top wild card spot. Boston has other wild card spot for now.
A’s 2 back of Boston. Seattle 3 1/2 back of Boston. Toronto 4 1/2 back of Boston.

UPDATE: From NY Post: Rosters expanded from 26 to 28 on Wednesday, and the Yankees recalled OF Estevan Florial and right-hander Brooks Kriske from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Game 118. Cole & Gallo lead Yanks past Halos, 2-1.

In a makeup game from a previous rainout, the Yankees (66-52, 3rd in AL East, 5 1/2 out, 1 1/2 out of a playoff spot) beat the Angels 2-1 Monday night.

The Yanks have another makeup today, since today is a day/night doubleheader vs. Boston. This doubleheader is huge because the Yanks are 1 1/2 behind Oakland and 2 behind Boston when it comes to the wild card race.

Before the game, the Yanks activated Gerrit Cole off the Covid-IL list, and sent down Brooks Kriske. Cole didn’t miss a beat, as he picked up the win.

Cole gave up a HR to Justin Upton in the top of the first inning, but the Yanks got two in the bottom of the first when Aaron Judge singled with one out, and Joey Gallo followed with a 2-run HR (29, 4th as NYY). That was all the scoring in the game.

The Yanks placed Clint Frazier on the 60-day IL, and it looks like his season is over. A very disappointing one for him, and you hope he gets healthy.

The Yanks will activate Jordan Montgomery off the Covid-IL today and also bring back up Luis Gil. We will see who else (Sanchez? Rizzo?) comes off the Covid-IL list, so there could be a lot of moves today.

It looks like Sanchez is back. The Yanks sent Brantly down after last night’s game. Stephen Ridings also was sent down.

Judge 2 hits
Gallo 2-run HR (29)

Cole (W, 11-6) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.04
Britton (H, 9) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.06 Struck out the only batter he faced.
Abreu (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.13
Rodriguez (H, 11) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.29 (Tex/NYY) Struck out the only batter he faced.
Green (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.08

Game 114. Yanks piece together 5-2 win.

With the rotation in flux because of injuries and Covid, the Yanks had a bullpen game on Wednesday afternoon, and they pieced together a 5-2 win over Kansas City to go to 63-51.

Before the game, yet another Covid hit. Clay Holmes now has come down with the virus, and Brooks Kriske was called up.

The Yanks got all three runs they needed in the top of the first inning. D.J. LeMahieu walked to start the game, and one out later, Aaron Judge singled. A walk to Joey Gallo loaded the bases, and Luke Voit dunked in a single to score two runs. Rougned Odor followed with a single to score Gallo and the Yanks were up 3-0.

The Royals got a run in the bottom of the first off of Yanks’ opener Lucas Luetge, helped by a WP, to cut the lead to 3-1.

In the top of the fourth, Tyler Wade doubled to lead off the inning. One out later, Wade stole third and then scored on a single by LeMahieu. Brett Gardner then singled and Aaron Judge’s single plated LeMahieu. 5-1.

KC got a run in the bottom of the fifth with help from an error by SS Andrew Velazquez. The Yanks have to tighten the D up. They made 3 errors today after making 4 yesterday.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Voit 2 RBI
Odor 2 hits, RBI
Wade 2 hits.

Luetge 2 iP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP 2.82
Abreu 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1 Balk. 4.57
Rodriguez 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.51 (Tex/NYY)
Green (W, 6-5) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1 WP 3.05 Gets win on Official scorer discretion.
Loaisiga (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.56
Britton (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP 5.28

Game 96. Yanks fall, 6-2.

The Yankees lost to Boston Friday night, 6-2, as Rafael Devers of Boston hit 2 HR and drove in 5 runs.

The loss puts the Yankees (50-46, 3rd in AL East) 9 games back of Boston.

The Yanks scored first when in the second inning, Gary Sanchez (who later left the game with back spasms) led off with a walk, Gleyber Torres singled, and Brett Gardner doubled in Sanchez.

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez left the game then due to a migraine, and although bad for him, it turned out good for Boston. His reliever, Phillips Valdez, shut the Yankees down. He got a strikeout, hit Ryan LaMarre with a pitch to load the bases, then got two more strikeouts. The Yanks only got one run and wouldn’t score again until the ninth inning.

Gerrit Cole pitched four scoreless innings, but threw a lot of pitches to do so and ran out of gas in the fifth, giving up 3 runs, 2 on a HR by Devers. In five innings, Cole threw 104 pitches.

Devers hit a 3-run HR off of Nestor Cortes, Jr. in the seventh to make it 6-1 Boston.

The Yanks scored in the ninth when with two out, Giancarlo Stanton singled and Rougned Odor doubled him home.

Cole (L, 10-5) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.74
Cortes 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K Gave 1 HR 1.95
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.50

Loasiga and Cortes back from Covid IL, and sent down were Kriske and Nelson.