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Game 45. Voit, Tanaka lead Yanks to DH Sweep, 10-1.

Luke Voit hit two homers to tie for the MLB HR lead with 16, and Masahiro Tanaka settled in after giving up a first-inning HR as the Yanks (24-21) crushed Baltimore 10-1 to sweep yesterday’s doubleheader at the Stadium. (See Game 44 for first game results).

With Judge and Stanton on the DL, what Voit is doing is impressive and with a lot of the lineup struggling (Sanchez, Gardner, Hicks, Ford, Wade, Estrada, Andujar all at .220 or below), Voit should get MVP consideration along with LeMahieu.

As of this morning, Voit’s 16 HR are tied for the MLB lead, and LeMahieu’s .359 batting average leads the A.L.

After Tanaka gave up a solo HR in the first, the Yankees came right back with four runs in the bottom of the first, thanks in part to some luck and shoddy play by the Orioles.

LeMahieu walked, and Voit singled him to second. On a fly to left, LeMahieu surprisingly tug up and would have been out at third, but the ball was dropped. Voit moved up to second behind LeMahieu. Clint Frazier hit a grounder to short, LeMahieu tried to score, and would have been out if the throw was good. So the Yanks got lucky and got a run. Gleyber Torres then singled to make it 2-1, and Miguel Andujar’s double made it 4-1.

After a shaky start to the top of the second, Tanaka settled in, retiring each of the last 12 batters he faced.

Voit hit a three-run HR in the fourth to make it 7-1. He then hit another three-run HR in the fifth to make it 10-1, which wound up as the final score.

With the win, the Yanks moved to within 1/2 a game of second place Toronto in the AL East.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.359 leads A.L; won batting title in NL in 2016)
Voit 3 hits, TWO 3-run HRs (16), 6 RBI Tied for MLB lead in HR.
Torres 2 hits, RBI. Looks like Torres finally getting back to being Gleyber.
Andujar 2 RBI

Tanaka (W, 2-2, 3.16) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.65
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 14.73

In that first round of the playoffs, a best of 3, it appears like Cole and Tanaka are locks to be starters, but surprise! the best candidate for that third starter spot could be 21 year old Deivi Garcia. —–over Happ and Montgomery. As for Paxton, we don’t even know if he’ll be back this season. Right now, I’d say it is between Happ (horrible start to season, better lately) and Garcia.

Games 31 and 32. Yanks go extras in both games, sweep Mets in DH.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (19-13) used a miraculous comeback to win the first game of a DH, then struggling Gary Sanchez hit a grand slam to enable the Yankees to gain the sweep in Game 2.

Both games were won in 8 innings, extra innings what with the 2020 Covid rules for a DH. (7-inning games, extras start w/man on second).

Game 1

Down 7-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks scored five in the bottom of the seventh and once in the eighth to win 8-7.

In the bottom of the first, D.J. LeMahieu walked, was doubled to third by Luke Voit, and scored on a groundout by Mike Tauchman.

The Mets got two in the top of the fourth to go up 2-1, but the Yanks tied it in the bottom of the inning when Mike Tauchman walked and Mike Ford doubled him home.

Ex-Yankee Robbie Cano hit a 2-run HR in the top of the fifth to put the Mets up 4-2. The Mets got three more runs in the top of the sixth to go up 7-2.

Then, in the bottom of the seventh, the comeback. Ford reached on an error, and got back to the bag safely to avoid being doubled up when Brett Gardner lined out. Gio Urshela flied out for the second out. Down 7-2, things looked dire. Ford advanced to second on defensive indifference and Tyler Wade walked. Thairo Estrada was HBP to load the bases. Luke Voit singled to make it 7-4. Estrada should have been out at third to end the game but the 3B dropped the ball. WHEW. A WP made it 7-5. Aaron Hicks then tied the game with his third HR of the season.

In the bottom of the eighth, with the new rules, Tauchman started the inning at second base. Gary Sanchez flied out and Ford walked. After Brett Gardner flied out, Gio Urshela singled in Tauchman to win the game.

Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI
Hicks 2-run game-tying HR (3)
Urshela GW hit

KIng 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.   6.23
Kriske 1 1/3 IP, 5 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K.  2 WP.    20.25  Gave up 1 HR.
Heller 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.93
Green (W, 3-2, 3.45) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.

Game 2

Deivi Garcia was brilliant in his MLB debut. At 21, he was the youngest Yankee starter since Phil Hughes in 2007.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the top of the third (Mets home team in this one) when Tyler Wade hit his first HR of the season.

Garcia took a shutout into the bottom of the sixth. The Mets tied it up on a single after Luke Voit made a two-base error.

In the top of the eighth, Brett Gardner started the inning at second, and Clint Frazier walked. After a flyout moved both runners up, Tauchman was intentionally walked. Sanchez, now hitting just .134, PH for Erik Kratz and hit a grand slam for his sixth HR of the season. Of Sanchez’ 11 hits this year, six are HR.

The Mets got a run in the bottom of the eighth and had the bases loaded but the Yanks held on to win 5-2.

Sanchez Grand Slam (6)
Wade solo HR (1)

Garcia 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 6 K.   MLB DEBUT
Holder (W, 1-0, 2.25) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Cessa (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.09




Games 10 & 11. Yanks split DH with Phils. lose opener 11-7, win nightcap 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In this crazy year, both games of the doubleheader just seven innings.

The Yanks lost the opener, 11-7, as their seven game winning streak was snapped. They scored first when in the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, Aaron Judge reached on an error and Aaron Hicks walked to load the bases. D.J. scored when Gleyber Torres GIDP.

They got two more in the second when with two out, Kyle Higashioka singled and Brett Gardner hit a 2-run HR (3). 3-0 Yanks.

But J.A. Happ gave it back, giving up four runs in the top of the third (because of Tuesday’s rainout, the Yanks were the home team in Philadelphia for game one). Happ is a big problem for the Yanks with what his performance was last year (12-8, 4.91; most of the year ERA was over 5) and so far this year. Based on that, I don’t expect him back in 2021. He turns 38 in October. He gave up a HR to Bryce Harper but it was walks that really hurt him here.

Nick Nelson came in for his second MLB game and didn’t have it. He gave up a HR to J.T. Realmuto in the fifth, but then six runs in the top of the sixth. In a 7-inning game, that was a killer.

Since the Yanks had a DH, and also have a DH in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Aaron Boone left Nelson in. You didn’t want to burn the bullpen, and see the game 2 recap for how well the bullpen did in Game 2. (Hint: Fabulous)

The Yanks did get four runs in the bottom of the seventh to turn 11-3 into 11-7. Mike Tauchman singled, and after an out, Brett Gardner singled. Thairo Estrada singled in a run and Aaron Judge homered (7).

LeMahieu 3 for 3
Estrada 1 for 1, RBI
Judge 3-run HR
Wade 1 for 1
Higashioka 2 hits, but a huge error
Gardner 2 hits, 2-run HR.

Happ (L, 0-1, 10.29) 3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 6 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Nelson 1 2/3 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 0 K.  Gave up 1 HR.   11.57  (2nd MLB game)
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00 (Kriske sent down)

In the nightcap, it was tied in the top of the seventh when the Yanks (9-2) broke through for two runs to go up 3-1.  Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit singled, then Mike Tauchman doubled in a run. After Gary Sanchez was HBP to load the bases, Gio Urshela singled in a run.

In the second, Voit had hit a HR (4) to put the Yanks up 1-0. The Phils tied it in the bottom of the frame.

Concerns? Torres and Sanchez still struggling.


Voit 2 hits, solo HR.
Tauchman GW RBI
Urshela 2 hits, RBI

Loaisiga 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.32
Avilan 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.86
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Ottavino (W, 2-0, 0.00) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Britton (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

The bullpen threw 4 2/3 no -hit, no-run innings.



Game 9. O Gio My! Yanks win 7th straight, beat Phils 6-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge’s consecutive games with a HR streak came to an end, but a couple streaks kept going as the Yankees (8-1) beat the Phillies 6-3 Monday night.

It was the Yanks’ seventh win in a row, and it was Gerrit Cole’s 19th straight win without a loss going back to last year with Houston.

Cole gave up a couple of hard-hit balls, but only one run in his six innings of work.

D.J. LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first for the Yanks with a HR (2) and the Yanks were up 1-0 right away.

The Phillies tied it in the third when Jay Bruce homered off of Cole.

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the third. Brett Gardner hit a HR (2), and what was surprising is that it was an opposite field HR. The only other time he ever did that at Yankee Stadium, the other HR was an inside-the-park HR. After two outs, the Aaron’s, Judge and HIcks hit back-to-back doubles to make it 3-1.

In the sixth, Hicks walked and Giancarlo Stanton was HBP. After a flyout, Gio Urshela hit a 3-run HR (3) to put the Yanks up 6-1.

There was a rain delay after the sixth.

Things got a little tight as the Yanks’ bullpen was a little leaky. Chad Green and Zack Britton were good but the Phillies did close the gap to 6-3, the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI, solo HR
Judge 2 hits.
Urshela 3-run HR
Gardner solo HR

Cole (W, 3-0, 2.55) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kriske 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.   6.75
Green (H, 2) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Avilan 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.   4.91
Britton (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K   0.00

Tuesday’s game vs. the Phillies has been postponed because of a tropical storm coming up the coast. The Yanks will play a doubleheader in Philadelphia starting at 4:05 on Wednesday. The first game will start at 4:05 pm, and the Yanks will be the “home” team in that one. The second one will start 35 minutes after the first one and the Yanks will be the away team in that one. Yanks’ starters are expected to be Happ and Montgomery, while the Phillies will have Nola and Wheeler.

The game at the Field of Dreams site, which was supposed to be Yankees/White Sox then changed to Cardinals/White Sox, has been postponed because of the virus to 2021. No word on what teams will be the matchup.

Game 4. Yanks pound O’s, 9-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First a note on the rescheduling. So the Monday and Tuesday games @ Philly were postponed, and instead of playing the Phils at home Wednesday and Thursday, the Yanks are instead in Baltimore last night and tonight (Thursday), then come home for a weekend series vs. Boston. The Philly series has been rescheduled. Next Monday and Tuesday at home, Wed. and Thursday on the road.

Then the Yanks go to Tampa Bay as scheduled, but since that was supposed to be a four game series from Thursday to Sunday (Aug. 6-9), it now appears that it will just be 3 days, Friday to Sunday with a DH in there somewhere.

Since the Yanks are off August 10, I would expect the doubleheader to be Sunday August 9.

Got all that? Because of the virus now hitting what, 18 (16 of them players) Marlins, MLB is rescheduling and flying by the seat of their pants right now. And now the visiting clubhouse manager at Citizens’ Bank Park in Philadelphia has been hit with the virus as well. The Yanks would have been going into that clubhouse immediately after the Marlins, hence the change in schedule.

Ok, so with the change and postponements the Yanks (3-1) went to Baltimore and pounded the Orioles, 9-3. It is the 17th straight time the Yanks have beaten up on the hapless Birds. It didn’t take long to get started.

The first batter of the game, D.J. LeMahieu, homered (1) to put the Yanks up 1-0 right away. Then came something I never saw or heard about before. TWO catcher interferences in the same inning. That and a walk loaded the bases and Mike Ford made it 2-0 with a SF.

Gerrit Cole gave a run back in the bottom of the first, 2-1, but then settled in before tiring in the seventh.

The Yankees broke it open in the third and didn’t look back. Aaron Judge hit his first HR of the season, and one out later, Giancarlo Stanton walked. Aaron Hicks then hit his first HR of the season to make it 5-1.

To the sixth, Ford walked and one out later, Gio Urshela walked. One out later, LeMahieu singled to make it 6-1. Judge then singled to make it 7-1 but was thrown out at second trying for a double. That ended the inning.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Cole tired, giving up a double then a HR to make it 7-3 and another double before being pulled.

The Yanks got some insurance runs in the ninth. With one out, LeMahieu singled (his fourth hit of the game) and Judge was HBP. A WP moved the runners up. Gleyber Torres walked. Giancarlo Stanton singled to make it 8-3. Another WP made it 9-3, the final score.

Brooks Kriske made his MLB debut for the Yankees in the ninth.


LeMahieu 4 hits, 2 RBI, HR
Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI, HR
Hicks 2-run HR


Sanchez 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts. 0 for 12 for season, 8 strikeouts
Gardner 0 for 4, all strikeouts. 0 for 11 for season, 7 strikeouts.

Pitching line:
Cole (W, 2-0, 3.09) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR
Avilan 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  6.75
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  0.00      MLB DEBUT



Game 3. Gleyber leads Yanks past Nats, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gleyber Torres had 3 of the Yankees’ 5 hits, including a HR and 2 RBI as the Yanks (2-1) nipped the Nationals, 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

I think Michael King was supposed to start this one, but he had to be used in relief in Game 2 when James Paxton got knocked out in the second inning.

Jonathan Loaisiga started and went three innings, giving up a HR to Trea Turner in the third. 1-0 Washington.

David Hale gave up a run in the fourth. 2-0 Washington.

Meanwhile, Patrick Corbin, who grew up a Yankees’ fan but who chose Washington over the Yankees when he was a free agent after the 2018 season, was putting the Yanks down quite easily.

When Torres hit his first HR of the year to make it 2-1 in the seventh, it was just the Yankees’ second hit of the game. Corbin then was taken out, and a few batters later, Luke Voit homered to tie the game.

In the eighth, Aaron Hicks, PH for Kyle Higashioka, walked. After PH Gary Sanchez struck out, D.J. LeMahieu singled. Aaron Judge lined out but Torres singled to make it 3-2 Yankees. After a balk moved the runners up, Giancarlo Stanton was intentionally walked but Luke Voit struck out to leave the bases loaded. It almost cost the Yanks.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Turner reached on an error by Torres, and Adam Eaton doubled. Tommy Kahnle struck out the next hitter, intentionally walked the one after that and then got out of the inning with another strikeout.

Zach Britton had to escape trouble in the bottom of the ninth. A leadoff single, then a SB. Britton walked the next batter but the runner on second tried to steal third and was thrown out. Britton then retired the next two hitters to end the game.

Torres 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI.
Voit solo HR

Loaisiga 3 IP, 1 R,  2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  3.00
Hale 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  6.75
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Green (W, 1-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Kahnle (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  0.00
Britton (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  0.00

Because of the pitchers used in Game 2, before this game, Ben Heller and Clint Frazier sent down, Brooks Kriske and Nick Nelson brought up.

You feel bad for Frazier, who may be on the trading block. Great talent, no room for him.

Exhibition Game 22. Yanks, Phils “tie” 2-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Strange things have happened this year, and a strange thing enabled the Yanks to “tie” the Phils last night, 2-2, in an exhibition game. It’s the last one, as the regular season finally gets under way Thursday. Yanks at Washington. Between spring training and this Covid-19 enforced summer camp, the Yanks were 13-8 with at least one tie.

Young (21 year old) prospect Deivi Garcia started for the Yanks and was not sharp, giving up two runs in less than two innings of work.

In the fifth, the Yanks were retired, but Phillies’ manager (and ex-Yankees’ manager) Joe Girardi wanted his starter, Vince Velasquez, to face one more batter. That batter, Aaron Judge, homered. The inning then ended. So Judge’s HR came after the third out. They counted the run (it’s only an exhibition game). Hence the quotes around “tie.”

In the bottom of the ninth, Mike Ford hit a PH HR to tie the game. Both teams decided not to continue.

Pitching line:

Garcia 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 1 K.  HBP, made an error.
Hale 2 2/3 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 1 K.
Nelson 1 2/3 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Zych 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H< 0 W, 1 K.

On a personal note, I’m writing this on about four hours sleep. I lost my beloved mother last evening, so if I am out of commission for a while, you know why.

S.T. Game 18. Yanks fall 3-1 to Phils, make more cuts.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks made a few more cuts today. From MLB.com:

Right-hander Brooks Kriske was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Right-hander Albert Abreu and outfielder Estevan Florial were optioned to Double-A Trenton. Right-handers Luis Gil and Luis Medina have been optioned to Class A Advanced Tampa. In addition, right-handers Domingo Acevedo and Alexander Vizcaíno were reassigned to Minor League camp.

I think you may see Kriske sometime this year in the Bronx.

Gary Sanchez is expected to catch Friday after being shut down for a few days with a sore back.

As for the game Monday, the Yanks (10-6-2) lost to the Phils, 3-1. J.A. Happ was solid, giving up one run in four innings on a HR. But Mike King gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the eighth that lost the game.

So far, it’s an encouraging spring from Happ. If he gets back to 2018 or 2016 form, he helps make up for this year’s loss of Severino.

Happ 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.  1.38  Gave up a solo HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  0.00
King (L, 0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.86  Gave up 2-run HR.
Holder 1/3 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00

Just a hunch. I think Loaisiga gets the #5 starter spot (barring injury) and Garcia, Schmidt and King go to AAA. I have no clue as to what the Yankees do with Tropeano. Once Paxton is back, Loaisiga goes to the bullpen. The Yanks probably won’t push Loaisiga, but hope he gives four or five. Now what happens when German is ready is up in the air. For when Paxton does return, you have Cole, Tanaka, Happ, Montgomery and Paxton. Three lefties in the rotation, especially at Yankee Stadium, is a good thing so there is no guarantee that German gets his starting role back.

Of course, much could change with injuries and/or ineffectiveness.

S.T Games 16 & 17. A win and a tie.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks split the squad today (Sunday) and won one game and tied another. They are 10-5-2 in Spring Training.

First, the 1-0 win over the Braves, in which Yankees’ pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout.

Clint Frazier had 2 hits. Chris Iannetta with the RBI.

Concerns: Mike Tauchman .056; Tyler Wade .080

Tanaka 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.  2.08
Kriske 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.38
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Britton (W, 2-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Kahnle (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.25
Acevedo (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00

Now the tie, 5-5 against the Orioles.

Tommy Milone 3 for 3, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR.

Schmidt 2 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.57
Abreu 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50
Medina (H, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  2.25
Lane (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  10.80
Gil (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.25
Vizcaino (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  9.00
Rosa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  6.00

Recent cuts: C Kellin Deglan and Wynston Sawyer (minor league camp), P Nick Nelson (AAA) and Miguel Yajure (to AA).


S. T. Game 13. Yanks lose 15-11. Ugly pitching line. Give up 9 HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ugh. Thank goodness this was a S.T. Game and not a regular season game because the pitching line is ugly.

The Yanks gave up 9 HR today. 4 by ace Gerrit Cole. Another 4 by Jordan Montgomery, the #4 starter.

The Yanks (8-4-1) lost 15-11.

Miguel Andujar was at 1B. Got 2 RBI, got made an error and was not comfortable there defensively.

Kyle Higashioka had 2 HR, 3 RBI.

Ezequial Duran had 2 RBI.

Roselle Herrera, who may beat out Tyler Wade for the last spot on the team, had two hits and scored three runs.

Thairo Estrada 2 RBI

But the pitching line is brutal. I don’t know if a wind was blowing out or what. If so, it better have been a tornado.

Cole 2 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave up 4 HR   9.53
Kriske 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.60
Montgomery (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 4 HR.  6.43.
Cessa 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K.    4.76.


15 R, 17 H, 9 HR.  YUK.