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Game 49. Some “Holliday Gardening”. Both go deep twice in Yanks’ 8-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Both Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday homered twice, and Aaron Judge had a 2-run double as the Yanks beat the Orioles 8-3 on Tuesday night.

If I would have told you that by the end of May, Matt Holliday would have 11 HR, you would have said nice pickup of the 37 year old veteran. He has something left in the tank.

But if I told you that Brett Gardner would have 11 HR by the end of May, and that he wouldn’t get his first HR until April 29, having hit 11 in 1 month and 1 day, I think you’d be shocked.

Gardner led off the game with a HR (10) and two batters later, Holliday followed with his 10th to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead three batters in.

In the second, Didi Gregorius doubled and scored on an Aaron Hicks single. 3-0.

In the third, Holliday hit his second HR of the game (11) to make it 4-0, and after an out, Judge singled. After another out, Gregorius walked and Chase Headley singled to make it 5-0.

In the fourth, Gardner hit his second HR of the game (11) to make it 6-0. Sanchez then singled, Holliday struck out, and after Castro singled, Judge doubled in 2 runs to make it 8-0.

The Orioles got one in the sixth and two in the eighth to make the final 8-3.

Every starter got a hit except for 1B Rob Refsnyder.

Gardner 2 for 5, 2 solo HR.
Holliday 2 for 5, 2 solo HR.
Castro 2 for 5.
Judge 2 for 4, 2 RBI.
Hicks 2 for 4, 1 RBI.
Headley 2 for 5, 1 RBI.

Severino (W, 4-2, 2.93) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 w, 0 K. 7.71
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.70
Mitchell 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.54
Clippard 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.64

The win puts the Yanks at 30-19.

Game 47. Judge goes to the GRAND jury in a 9-5 Yankees win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I am up at the game today, and I see Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam in a 9-5 Yankees win that puts them at 29-18 for the year.

With Baltimore, Boston and Toronto losing, a good day (the Rays won).

In the top of the second, Pineda gave up two runs, and it may have been more except that on the hit that scored the two runs, the Yanks won a challenge call, and Ryon Healy wound up with a two-run single instead of a double. Gardner gunned him down trying for two.

In the bottom of the inning, Castro singled, and after Judge lined out, Didi singled putting Castro at third, Didi moving up on the throw. A SF by Hicks cut the lead to 2-1.

In the bottom of the third, the Yanks got a break when Oakland’s RF, Matt Joyce, made an error that enabled the bases to be loaded with one out. After Castro struck out, Judge hit a bullet to the opposite field for a grand slam. HR (or is it verdict?) went to the jury for his 16th verdict, and the first time ever, to the GRAND jury.   5-2 Yanks.

In the fourth, Hicks singled, stole second and went to third on a throwing error on the play and Carter hit a SF. 6-2.

An error by Pineda cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-3 in the sixth.

In the bottom of the seventh, Torreyes singled and scored on a two-out double by Sanchez. At first, it appeared that A’s LF Khris Davis made a diving catch, but the ball came out. 7-3 Yanks.

Chad Green gave up a 2-run HR to Davis in the eighth, but Brett Gardner blooped a double with the bases loaded for 2 runs to make it 9-5, the final score.

Sanchez 2 hits, RBI. Judge 2 hits, 4 RBI (the grand slam). Torreyes 2 hits. Gardner 2 RBI.

Pineda (W, 6-2, 3.32) 6 Ip, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 h, 3 W, 5 K.
Green (H, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R,  1 H,  2 W, 2 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 1.69
Layne (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  7.94
Warren (S, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.73

 

Game 40. Yanks lose 3rd straight, 9-5. Concerns after Tanaka bombed again.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

If I were the Yankees, I’d make Masahiro Tanaka take an MRI. For if he isn’t hurt, he’s certainly lost right now.

But maybe we need to know if he is hurt.

Tanaka can opt out of his contract at the end of the year, but the way he’s pitching now, no one would take him.

Tanaka didn’t make it out of the fourth inning, and gave up 3 HR. In his last two starts, he has pitched less than six innings combined, and has given up 14 runs and seven HR.

That is just not him. Neither is that unsightly 6.56 ERA.

You wonder if he’s ok. You wonder if that partially torn UCL is a fully torn one now, and if Tanaka isn’t saying anything but hiding something.

You don’t have to wonder if he is lost out there right now. He is.

He gave up a HR right away, on his third pitch of the game.

The Yanks came back in the top of the second and tied it at one on Aaron Judge’s 15th HR of the year, but Tanaka gave up a run in the bottom of the second. 2-1 Rays.

Evan Longoria homered off Tanaka in the third. 3-1 Rays.

The Yanks tied it in the fourth on a two-run double by Chase Headley, but Tanaka gave up a 3-run HR to Corey Dickerson in the bottom half of the inning. 6-3 Rays and Tanaka was out of there.

Gary Sanchez hit his fourth HR of the year to make it 6-4 in the top of the fifth, but Tommy Layne, who has been struggling badly himself, gave up three runs in the bottom half of that inning.

Headley got an RBI groundout in the sixth for the final run of the game. 9-5 Rays.

Both manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild were ejected by the HP umpire. Hearing about the ejections and what the HP umpire, Scott Barry, did or didn’t do, Barry deserves a reprimand. Hey buddy, people don’t come to see YOU. For example, Rothschild was ejected just for saying “you missed a few”. Touchy, touchy, snowflake. Then, when Girardi was ejected just for demanding an explanation of Rothschild’s ejection, Girardi spread dirt over the plate, ala Billy Martin, that Barry left there. He didn’t dust off the plate for the pitcher afterward, and it stayed there for several pitches until Sanchez cleaned it off. Totally unprofessional.

Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR. Now at .303. The Kraken has awoken.
Matt Holliday was 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts. Played 1B.
Aaron Judge 2 hits, double, solo HR, was HBP which forced the ejection of the Rays’ starter, Andariese, who hit two batters. No, Judge didn’t charge the mound. What a sight THAT would have been! Judge DH’d.
Headley  3 RBI

Tanaka (L, 5-3, 6.56) 3+ IP, 6 R, 9 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Layne 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 8.18. 1 HBP.
Gallegos 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 5.06
Shreve 1 1 /3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
Holder 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 w, 1 K. 1.93

The Yanks need to either get Tanaka straightened out or find out if he is hurt.

As for Layne, I wouldn’t be surprised if a move is made regarding him, like maybe replacing him with Tyler Webb, who is now at SWB.

But something needs to be done about both of them. Both have to get their mojo back.

The loss drops the Yanks to 24-16. It’s their third in a row, and they’ve lost seven of the last 10. It dropped them out of first place, into second, 1/2 game behind the Orioles.

Game 37. Yanks blast KC, 11-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Hicks hit a 3-run HR (7), and Starlin Castro (.351) had three hits as the Yanks beat KC 11-7 Wednesday night.

With the win, the 24-13 Yanks have a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

In the first, Gardner singled and scored on a two out double by Castro.

The Yanks got five in the fourth. With one out, Castro doubled again, and Judge walked. After Headley flied out for the second out, and Didi Gregorius singled in a run. Hicks then hit his 3-run HR to make it 5-0. Carter singled, and Gardner tripled to make it 6-0.

Yankee’s starter Michael Pineda gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the inning that cut the Yankee’s lead to 6-2.

The Yanks came right back with four in the fifth. Castro singled and Judge walked again. Headley singled in one run and Gregorius singled in another. Hicks walked to load the bases. Carter grounded into a force out that brought one run home and Gardner hit a SF to make it 10-2. Sanchez then singled but Carter was thrown out at the plate for the last out of the inning.

Pineda gave up another HR in the bottom of the fifth that made it 10-3. KC got another run in the seventh to make it 10-4.

The Yanks made it 11-3 in the eighth. Sanchez and Holliday singled and Castro walked. After Judge struck out, Headley got an RBI on a forceout.

Giovanny Gallegos ran into trouble in the bottom of the ninth, giving up three runs before Dellin Betances came in to get the final out. 11-7 Yankees.

Chase Headley’s defensive problems resurfaced. Two errors, and he has nine this year and we haven’t hit the quarter-pole yet.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI (.285)
Sanchez 2 hits, .293 (heating up)
Holliday 2 hits, .272
Castro 3 hits, rbi. .351
Headley 2 RBI
Gregorus 2 hits, 2 RBI (319)
Hicks 2 hits, 3-run HR (7) .326

Pineda (w, 4-2, 3.42) 6+ IP,  4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.52
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.19
Gallegos 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.75
Betances (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.73

 

Games 34/35. Yanks split DH.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Game 1: The Yanks won the opener of a DH, 11-6, with a six-run seventh inning.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the first on a double by Gardner and ground outs by Ellsbury and Holliday.

Severino got out of trouble in the first and second, but was knocked out in the third. He didn’t have it today. The unsung hero of the day is Chad Green, recalled when Chapman got put on the DL. With three runs already in, one out and the bases loaded, Green got a DP ball and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

With another game tonight, you don’t want to burn out your bullpen in game one.

The Yanks got back-to-back HRs from Castro (7) and Judge (14) in the fourth to go up 4-3. Castro’s slice to the RF porch was a 2-run HR and Judge’s went 441 ft., just right of dead center.

Adam Warren gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, in the top of the seventh to make it 6-4 Houston, but in the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks exploded, with the key blow being a bases-loaded triple by Chase Headley.

With one out, Gardner singled and Ellsbury doubled. Holliday singled in a run, Castro doubled to tie the game. Judge was intentionally walked to load the bases. After Didi struck out, Headley hit his triple to make it 9-6, and Carter doubled to make it 10-6.

Gardner homered (7) in the eighth for the final score of 11-6.

Gardner 3 hits, inc. the HR.
Holliday 2 RBI.
Castro 2 hits, inc. the HR, 3 RBI
Judge the HR.
Headley those 3 RBI.

Severino 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 HBP, 2 K. 3.86
Green 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00. Unsung hero.
Warren (Bs, 1; W, 1-0, 1.29) 2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.72

Game 2: After the Jeter #2 retirement ceremony which was great, the beginning of the game was a disaster, and you have to be wondering if something if physically wrong with Masahiro Tanaka, and the last thing the Yanks need after losing Chapman for a month is for something to be wrong for Tanaka.

Tanaka gave up HRs to both of the first two batters he faced, and later on in the first inning, he gave up a grand slam. The Yanks were down 6-0 before they even came to bat.

Tanaka gave up 2 more runs, and another HR, in the second inning. He didn’t make it out of the second inning, and in 1 2/3 IP, gave up 8 runs and 4 HR.

That is not Tanaka. The blowout on Opening Day. Now this. You really have to wonder if something is wrong with him—if that partially torn UCL in his elbow has blown out.

(Update: The postgame report said nothing is physically wrong with Tanaka. But…) 

I hope not. But tonight’s performance sets off alarms. His ERA is close to 6.00. That’s not him.

The reason Refsnyder was brought up and no corresponding move—if a surprise unexpected DH is necessary, teams can go to 26 players for the extra game. Still I wonder why Refsnyder, who unfortunately hasn’t distinguished himself too much, and not Ji-Man Choi, hitting .350 at SWB and who hopefully would be better than the so-far disappointing Chris Carter.

Giovanny Gallegos came in and was decent in his 2nd MLB game, keeping the game right there, giving up 1 run in the fourth.

The bullpen was great filling in for Tanaka, who was just brutal.

The Yanks got four runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Gardner and a 3-run HR by Holliday (7).

Houston got a run in the ninth, and the Yanks got 3 in the bottom of the ninth to make it respectable at 10-7. They had the tying run at the plate for the last out.

Tanaka (L, 5-2, 5.80) 1 2/3 IP, 8 R, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Gallegos 3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00
Shreve 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Layne 1 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.75
Betances 1/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.75

Gardner 3 hits, Sanchez 2 hits.
Holliday 3 RBI, HR.

Ex-umpire Steve Palermo died of cancer at the age of 67. He was not only a good umpire, but he lost his umpiring job due to being a hero. He was shot trying to break up a robbery, was paralyzed, busted his butt just to walk again and became director of umpires because he couldn’t umpire again. Courageous, a hero, and taken from us way too soon.

Game 30. Yanks win 6th straight, 10-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After last night’s 18-inning marathon, Masahiro Tanaka gave the Yanks what they needed, besides a win. Length. Save the bullpen that was fried last night.

To get an extra arm in the bullpen, the Yanks sent Rob Refsnyder down and called up Chad Green.

Tanaka gave 7 innings, and even though he gave up 4 runs (3 earned) he went 7, got the win. Mission accomplished.

The 10-4 win over the Reds is the Yanks’ sixth win in a row and puts their record at 21-9.

The Yanks got three in the first when Gardner reached on an error, Hicks singled, and after an out, Ellsbury walked. Sanchez singled in two and Didi singled in another.

Tanaka gave a run right back, but in the second, Torreyes (how great has he been) singled, Tanaka bunted him over and after another out, Hicks singled to make it 4-1.

In the fifth, with one out, Holliday, Ellsbury and Sanchez singled to load the bases and Didi got a SF. 5-1.

Cincinnati got a run in the bottom of the fifth, and here is where I need to bring up a point about Chase Headley. His error led to a run, and he has 7 errors in 30 games so far. That is way too many.

The Yanks got two in the seventh to make it 7-2. Headley was HBP with the bases loaded as the Yanks were HBP 3x in the inning. Torreyes singled in a run after that.

Tanaka gave up a two-run HR to Joey Votto in the bottom of the seventh that cut the Yanks’ lead to 7-4.

But in the eighth, the Yanks put the game away on a 2-run HR by Gardner (6) and a solo shot by Holliday (6).

Gardner 2 RBI, HR
Hicks 2 hits, rbi. .342.
Holliday 2 hits, rbi, HR.
Sanchez 3 for 3, 2 RBI. Good to see the Kraken waking up.
Gregorius 2 rbi.
Torreyes 2 hits, rbi. .316

Tanaka (w, 5-1, 4.36) 7 IP, 4 R, 3 earned, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W 0 K.  1.26
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K,  8.22

Game 28. Yanks bomb Cubs 11-6 behind Hicks, Castro.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Starlin Castro and Adam Warren came back to haunt their former team, and Aaron Hicks continued his amazing year as the Yanks scored five in the first and bombed the Cubs 11-6 last night.

The win keeps the Yanks in first place in the AL East at 19-9, 1/2 game ahead of the 19-10 Orioles. The Yanks have won 18 of their last 23 games.

Jordan Montgomery was again was steady and kept his team in the game. I’m impressed with his five major league starts so far.

In the first, Brett Gardner, Friday’s hero, picked up where he left off, doubling to lead off the game. Hicks singled on a bunt (bunt more often, Joe) and Gardner scored on a throwing error, Hicks not being able to advance. Castro then doubled in Hicks to make it 2-0. After Judge struck out, Sanchez singled to make it 3-0. Gregorius singled, then Headley doubled in two runs and before the Cubs’ fans were comfortable in their seats, it was 5-0 Yanks.

In the third, Sanchez and Gregorius singled and Sanchez scored on an error.

In the fifth, ex-Cub Castro hit a 2-run HR (6) to make it 8-0. Castro is rivaling Judge for team MVP right now. He’s hitting .381.

The Cubs got two in the fifth (one of the runs unearned because of a two-out error by Didi) and another in the seventh to cut the Yanks lead to 8-3.

Then Hicks basically insured the win with a 3-run HR (6) in the eighth. I, like many Yankees fans, was all over Hicks last year when he hit just .217-8-31 in 327 AB, OPS+ just 63. This year he’s been a revelation as the fourth OF, hitting .355-6-15, OPS+ 216! I don’t know where that came from, but wow, we’ll take it.

Tommy Layne had a terrible bottom of the eighth, giving up three runs that really blows up his ERA, but Adam Warren, who struggled last year with the Cubs before coming back to the Yankees, came in to slam the door. Being back with the Yankees has worked out well for Warren. Last year with the Cubs, he was 3-2, 5.91 before being traded back to the Yanks, for whom he went 4-2, 3.26. This year, 0-0, 0.57 so far. Since Warren wasn’t with the Cubs in the postseason, and since he didn’t pitch well for them, he decided to receive his WS ring in the bullpen privately on Friday than on the field.

Gardner 2 hits, scored 2 runs.
Hicks 4 hits, scored 3, drove in 3, HR.
Castro 3 hits, scored 2, drove in 3, HR.
Sanchez 2 hits, rbi.
Gregorius 2 hits.
Headley 2 RBI

Montgomery (w, 2-1, 3.81) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 earned, 4 W, 3 K.
Clippard 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W,  0 K. 1.50. Threw one pitch, got the out.
Layne 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 9.45.
Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.57.

The Yanks/Cubs game is the ESPN Sunday night game tonight, then to Cincinnati. More games w/out the DH. You may see Matt Holliday at 1B tonight to get him playing time.