Houston visited Yankee Stadium for the first time since the 2017 cheating scandal, and it’s too bad Covid restrictions limited the number of fans in the Stadium. The Astros still heard their share of boos regarding it, though.
The Yanks went over .500 at 15-14 with a 7-3 win over the Astros Tuesday night. It was their fourth win in a row and sixth in their last seven games.
Houston scored first, in the top of the first, when Yankees’ starter Domingo German gave up a solo HR to Alex Bregman.
The Yanks got three in the bottom of the first off Houston ace Zack Greinke. D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a single, then Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run HR (7). Aaron Judge then walked, Gio Urshela singled, and Gleyber Torres walked to load the bases with no one out. Judge scored when Clint Frazier GIDP.
German gave up a HR to Michael Brantley leading off the top of the fourth. An out later, he gave up a single and double, and the double tied up the game. He was lucky it was just a double. It hit the top of the fence and bounced back, ruled a double on review.
The Yanks scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to win the game. Torres led off the inning with a walk, and one out later, Aaron Hicks singled. After Kyle Higashioka grounded into a force out, Rougned Odor walked to load the bases. LeMahieu hit a slow roller for a hit, and when Bregman made an error, all three runners scored, while LeMahieu advanced to second. Odor banged into Houston catcher Martin Maldonado, and both players had to leave the game, Odor with a knee injury. When play resumed, Stanton singled in LeMahieu for what turned out to be the final run of the game.
The Yankees’ bullpen tossed four scoreless innings.
Sorry for the late post, but I have been busy with a lot of things, one being a lot of tests on me before I need surgery in Mid-May. So come mid-May, there won’t be posts for a while because of my surgery, hospitalization, and recovery.
The Yankees (13-14) edged the Tigers Saturday afternoon, 6-4. Before the game, Darren O’Day was put on the injured list and Mike King was brought back up.
With one out in the bottom of the third, D.J. LeMahieu walked and Aaron Judge singled. Gleyber Torres hit a two-out single to drive in LeMahieu.
The Tigers tied it in the top of the fourth when Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon gave up a HR.
The Yanks went ahead in the fifth when LeMahieu singled, stole second, went to third on a throwing error on the play, and scored on a double by Judge.
The Yanks got four runs in the sixth to go up 6-1. Aaron Hicks was HBP, then Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier walked to load the bases with no one out. After two outs, Judge singled in two runs, the Rougned Odor walked to reload the bases. Torres then singled in two runs.
The Tigers got two runs off of Justin Wilson in the seventh, and Chad Green gave up a solo HR in the eighth as the Tigers made it close at 6-4.
For Jameson Taillon, it was his first win in exactly two years.
Now this is more like it. Domingo German was great over seven innings, the Yanks rapped out 12 hits, including 3 HR, and the Yanks (11-13) blanked Baltimore 7-0 Wednesday night.
Mike Ford homered (2) in the second inning to put the Yanks up 1-0.
With one out in the top of the third inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, then Giancarlo Stanton singled, then Gleyber Torres singled in LeMahieu. For Torres, it was just his third RBI of the season. Gio Urshela then hit a 3-run HR (4) to make it 5-0.
Stanton singled to lead off the fifth, and an out later, Urshela singled. Ford walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks hit a SF to make it 6-0.
Clint Frazier hit his first HR of the season in the eighth to make it 7-0, the final score.
LeMahieu 2 hits Stanton 3 hits. Torres 2 hits, RBI Urshela 2 hits, 3-run HR (4) Ford solo HR (2) Frazier 2 hits solo HR (1)
German (W, 2-2) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K. 4.05 King 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
This was more like it. The Yanks got hits from most of the lineup, a couple of players get a multi-hit game, a couple of homers, a crisp performance from a starter going deeper into the game, and in the end, the Yanks (10-13) beat Balltimore, 5-1, on Tuesday night.
First some moves. Deivi Garcia was sent back to the alternate site after his start Monday night, and Mike King was recalled.
Tyler Wade was brought back from the alternate site. Mike Tauchman was traded to SF for LHP Wandy Peralta. Peralta, 29, was 2-1, 5.40 with 2 saves for the Giants this year before the trade. The lefty reliever is 9-9, 4.72 in his career, with those two saves. ERA+ 94.
Tauchman was 3 for 14 (.214) OPS+ 62 for the Yanks this year, not playing much except for pinch-running (led Yanks with 2 SB) and defensive replacement work. From 2019 through yesterday, Tauchman played 141 games as a Yankee, hitting .266-13-61, OPS+ 114. He had a great 2019 as a backup OF, but his last two years were not as good.
The trade did come as a surprise.
Now to the game. Another move before the game. Aaron Boone told Gary Sanchez that Kyle Higashioka would get more playing time at catcher, and during the game Higashioka justified Boone’s decision.
The Yanks scored in the top of the first when D.J. LeMahieu doubled, went to third on an Aaron Judge single and scored on a SF by Gio Urshela. Believe it or not, it was the Yankees first SF of the season….in game #23!
Judge made it 2-0 Yankees in the third inning with his fifth HR of the season.
Baltimore got their only run in the fourth inning off Yankees’ starter Corey Kluber, who worked into the seventh, his deepest outing of the season so far.
Higashioka homered (4) with one out in the fourth to make it 3-1, then with two outs in the same inning, LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton singled, and Judge walked to load the bases. Urshela singled in LeMahieu but Stanton was thrown out by plenty at the plate. Bad send.
Stanton homered (6) in the seventh for the final score of 5-1.
Lemahieu 2 hits. Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (6) Judge 2 hits, solo HR (5) Urshela 2 RBI Torres 2 hits Higashioka 2 hits, solo HR (4)
Hopefully this is the start of long dormant bats waking up. Hopefully soon Luke Voit returns to give a jolt to the lineup.
I do wonder something. Miguel Andujar is at the alt. site, rehabbing not only at 3B but at 1B and LF as well, If he’s hitting, and can handle LF, could he soon be replacing the badly slumping (.132) Clint Frazier in LF?
You ask yourself how long this will continue. You wonder how long before there is a major shakeup.
The Yankees’ bats remained silent in losing 4-2 to Baltimore on Monday night. They only got four hits.
After 22 games, the team batting average is .203. Imagine if there was no DH. Not that the DH is helping.
Even the Yankees’ announcers are down, David Cone saying the team was boring right now. He’s right. They aren’t hitting, they don’t steal bases, it’s hard to watch.
The team ERA is second in the league. But the Yankees are 9-13 because of the poor batting averages. Five of the starters in last night’s lineup were below the Mendoza line (.200).
The offense is last or next to last in the league in so many categories.
Deivi Garcia made his season debut last night and gave up a HR on the second pitch of the game. There is so much pressure on the pitchers right now because of the poor offense. Garcia wasn’t bad, giving up 2 runs in 4 innings, but the offense is so bad that 2-0 feels like 20-0 right now.
Of the four hits, two were by Gio Urshela, who drove in one run and should have had two RBI. In a controversial play that saw manager Aaron Boone get ejected, Aaron Judge was ruled out at third before D.J. LeMahieu crossed the plate. Replays appear to show differently, and the Yanks lost a run as a result. Murphy’s law. When things go bad, they go bad.
Urshela 2 hits, RBI. His .264 was the highest batting average of all batters in the Yankees’ lineup.
Garcia (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. 4.50 gave up a HR. Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.61 O’Day 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25 1 HBP, Balked home a run. Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.00 gave up a HR. Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K 0.68
You hate to harp on the numbers, but you can’t avoid them. When will this offense start hitting?
The Yankees’ (7-11) offense, dead for 17 games, and coming in with a .205 batting average, got 11 hits and drew 9 walks in a 6-3 win over Cleveland Thursday night.
Granted they did leave 13 runners on base. But the much-needed win, and the fact that they got two to three times more people on base in this game than they have in recent games, was encouraging.
As manager Aaron Boone would say, they “created traffic on the basepaths.”
It didn’t start out well. Domingo German gave up three runs in the first inning, and he wasn’t helped by sloppy fielding and bloop hits (including his own error). But he settled in and pitched five scoreless innings after that messy first inning.
The Yanks tied it up in the third inning. Kyle Higashioka, who, it appears, should get more playing time at the expense of Gary Sanchez the way both are playing so far, led off the inning with a double. He was balked to third, and after an out, D.J. LeMahieu singled him in to cut the Indians’ lead to 3-1. After another out, Mike Ford walked. Gleyber Torres singled for just his second RBI of the year, and a two-base error on the play enabled Ford to score and tie the game and Torres to get to third, where he was stranded. Tie game.
The Yanks loaded the bases in the sixth but didn’t score.
With one out in the seventh, Aaron Judge walked, and after another out, Torres singled. Aaron Hicks walked, then Rougned Odor singled in two runs. Nice to see Odor going up the middle and beating the shift rather than pulling the ball into the shift or swinging from the heels for a HR like we have seen too much of lately. Good piece of hitting by Odor there. 5-3 Yankees.
Higashioka hit a solo HR (3) in the eighth to make it 6-3, the final score.
Judge 0 for 2, 2 strikeouts, but drew 3 walks. Torres 3 hits, RBI Odor 2 hits, 2 RBI Higashioka 2 hits, solo HR (3)
German (W, 1-2) 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 6 K. 6.23 Loaisiga (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.50 Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.79 Chapman (S, 3) 1 IP 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00
Hopefully this wasn’t a one-game blip, and is the beginning of the Yankees’ offense operating the way we expected.
With the Yanks’ recent hitting woes, any way you snap a five-game losing streak, you’ll take it, even if it isn’t pretty.
The Yanks (6-10) scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth—on a bases-loaded wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk—and beat Atlanta 3-1 Tuesday night.
The hitting woes continued, as they only got five hits in the game—two each by D.J. LeMahieu and Gio Urshela.
The team batting average actually dropped to .208. As mentioned, we’ll take the win. Beggars can’t be choosy.
On the other hand, the Yanks’ ERA of 3.44 is second in the league. The hitting has to catch up to the pitching.
Atlanta got a run in the third off Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon on back-to-back doubles.
Urshela tied the game up in the fifth with a HR (2).
The Yanks escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the seventh.
In the bottom of the eighth, pinch-hitter Aaron Hicks walked and LeMahieu singled. Aaron Judge singled to load the bases, then the wild pitch that let Hicks score. After an out, an intentional walk (the first to a Yankee all season) to reload the bases and another out, Mike Ford walked to force in a run and make it 3-1.
Ford was brought up to replace the retired Jay Bruce.
LeMahieu 2 hits. Urshela 2 hits, solo HR.
Taillon 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. 5.40 Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 5.56 Green 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.87 Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.08 Loaisiga (W, 2-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.64 1 HBP Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Jordan Montgomery only gave up two hits in six plus innings of work, but one was a solo HR and the other a two-run HR as the Yankees (5-9) lost (again) to the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-3 on Saturday. It was their fourth loss in a row, and continued the Rays’ recent domination of the Yanks.
The Rays only got six hits in the game, but three were homers. The Yanks continued to struggle at the plate, getting just five hits.
The Yanks loaded the bases in the first, but could not score.
Montgomery gave up a solo HR in the second.
The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the second. Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela walked, and an out later, D.J. LeMahieu singled in a run. But the Yanks left second and third. Another chance for a big inning gone.
Montgomery gave up a 2-run HR in the fourth and the Rays were up 3-1.
Sanchez left the game with an injured hand. X-rays were negative, and he is day to day.
In the top of the seventh, Montgomery walked the leadoff hitter. He was relieved by Jonathan Loaisiga, who got two outs, but then gave up a 2-run HR to make it 5-1, Rays.
The Yanks got two runs in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Rougned Odor homered (1). LeMahieu then singled and then scored on a double by Aaron Judge.
The Rays got a run in the top of the ninth, and the final was 6-3.
The Yanks struck out 13x. They still haven’t hit one sac fly all year. I don’t know when I’ve seen a team go 14 games without hitting a SF. Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts and is hitting .167. Gleyber Torres is hitting .213 with 0 HR and just 1 RBI. Gio Urshela was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts yesterday. The team batting average is just .217. The OPS+ is 89 (11% below league average). They have not drawn one intentional walk. They have to start hitting. They need to win a laugher.
LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI Odor solo HR (1)
Montgomery (L, 1-1) 6+ IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K. 4.24. Gave up 2 HR. All four baserunners scored. Loaisiga 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. gave up 1 HR. 1.80 Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25