Tag Archives: LeMahieu

Game 16. Yanks belt Boston 8-0 behind Paxton and 3 HR. Bird to DL, Ford up.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

James Paxton and Mike Tauchman hadn’t done too much in their brief stints as Yankees before last night but that all changed in an 8-0 win for the Yankees (7-9) over Boston.

Paxton showed the ace-like quality he may possess in pitching eight innings of shutout baseball, giving up just two hits and striking out 12.

This is the Paxton the Yanks traded for. There were rumors that earlier this season he was tipping his pitches. Well, he sure corrected that last night in a dominating performance.

Tauchman, a reserve OF pressed into service because of all the injuries, drove in four runs and hit his first MLB HR.

The Yanks got two in the third on a double by Gardner, who scored on a two-out single by LeMahieu. After a walk to Judge, Voit singled in LeMahieu.

Clint Frazier led off the fourth with his fourth HR of the season. Two outs later, Austin Romine singled and scored on a double by Tauchman.

Tauchman hit a 3-run HR in the sixth, his first MLB HR, to make it 7-0, and Gleyber Torres homered in the seventh (4) for the final score of 8-0.

Aaron Judge had 2 hits, and Gio Urshela made a great defensive play.

Paxton (W, 2-2, 3.91) 8 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 12 K. 1 HBP
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0 .00

 

Earlier in the day, Greg Bird was placed on the DL with a torn plantar fasciitis. It’s been a rough go for Bird, who always appears to be injured. He’ll be out a while. He was struggling this season, going just 6 for 35 (.171) with only one extra base hit. His HR was his only RBI. In his 35 at bats, he had struck out 16x.

Sad to say, but eventually the Yanks have to wonder what to do with Bird. If he’s always hurt, he isn’t helping you. Eventually, the Yanks may have to cut the cord with him.

To replace Bird, the Yanks called up Mike Ford, lefty-hitting 1B, from AAA. Ford is a “Yankee Doodle Dandy” born on the 4th of July who turns 27 this July. In 10 games for AAA SWB this season, Ford was hitting .410 with 5 HR and 14 RBI.

Last season, in 102 games for AAA SWB, Ford hit .253-15-52. In 2017, between AA/AAA, he hit .270-20-86 and drew 94 walks. (126 games, 101 at AA).

For Mike Ford, opportunity knocks.

Advertisements

Game 12. In Houston, Yanks have a problem. Get swept by Astros, 8-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jose Altuve killed the Yanks (5-7) in their three game series, hitting four HR, two last night, in Houston’s 8-6 win.

Brett Gardner led the game off for the Yanks with a HR (2) but Altuve tied it in the bottom of the first with a HR and Yanks’ starter James Paxton gave up another run in the bottom of the first.

The Yanks had first and third, one out in the second, but both Austin Romine and Tyler Wade struck out.

Houston got one in the third to go up 3-1.

A double by Gleyber Torres, single by Greg Bird and SF by D.J. LeMahieu made it 3-2 in the fourth.

Houston got four in the fifth to go up 7-2. Altuve hit his second HR of the game in that inning, and Carlos Correa added a two-run shot.

The Yanks tried to come back in the eighth. Aaron Judge walked, and Luke Voit hit a 2-run HR (4) to make it 7-4. Torres singled, Bird walked, and LeMahieu doubled in a run. Clint Frazier hit a SF to cut it to 7-6.

Houston got an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.

The Yanks struck out 13x. It seemed they weren’t recognizing and couldn’t hit the slider.

Voit HR, 2 RBI
Torres 2 hits
LeMahieu 3 for 3, 2 RBI

Joe Harvey was brought up to replace Jonathan Loaisiga for a few days until the Yanks activate CC.

Paxton (L, 1-2, 6.00) 4+ IP, 5 R, 8 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Harvey 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  MLB DEBUT  0.00
Tarpley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  6.00
Britton 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.76

 

Game 8. Judge HRs 2x, but it’s Frazier’s late HR that wins it for Yanks, 6-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge hit his first two homers of the season, but it was Clint Frazier’s late HR that enabled the Yanks to beat Baltimore 6-4 Saturday night.

The win evens the Yanks’ record at 4-4.

Judge hit his first HR of the year in the top of the first, but J.A. Happ gave up a HR in the bottom of the inning that evened things up.

Judge homered in the third to make it 3-1 Yanks.

The O’s got one in the fifth and two in the seventh to go up 4-3, but Clint Frazier’s 3-run HR (1) in the eighth won it for the Yanks, 6-4.

D.J. LeMahieu had three hits. I’d have had him leading off instead of Gardner.

Happ 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.48
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.76
Ottavino (W, 1-0, 0.00; BS, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Green (H, 2)  1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.15
Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.60

Game 6. Yanks’ offense sets embarrassing all-time team record in 2-1 loss. Now Tulo goes to DL

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You have to like the Yanks’ pitching so far, even if the bullpen lost games yesterday and today.

You have to hate the offense. Yes, there are injuries, but that’s no excuse for the all-time team record the Yanks set today by striking out 18x.

The Tigers got just 3 hits, but beat the Yanks 2-1. 3-1 yesterday, 2-1 today. You don’t win many games by scoring just one run.

Forget about the homers. Just concentrate on MAKING CONTACT.

To top it all off, Troy Tulowitzki strained a calf muscle and now HE goes on the DL. So now it looks like Torres will have to be at SS, Wade at 2B, and it looks like Thairo Estrada will be called up.

Estrada, 23, is the guy who missed almost all of last year because of a failed robbery attempt where he was shot in the leg. He has just 8 games of minor league experience above AA.

In 2017, he hit .301 for AA Trenton. In 2016, .290 between low A and high A. He is a righty bat.

The Yanks could also bring up Gio Urshela, but he doesn’t have the middle infield experience that Estrada has. Urshela is mostly a 3B.

I really like Jonathan Loaisiga, and he pitched decently today.

One HUGE problem. Gary Sanchez made his FOURTH throwing error of the season. The season is only six games old (with the Yanks 2-4).

Wade has a shot to prove himself.

I like LeMahieu leading off today. He did so because Gardner got the day off (until pinch-running late in the game and getting caught trying to steal). I think he should continue with Gardner dropped to ninth. LeMahieu is hitting .438 to Gardner’s .143 so far.

The Yanks’ only run came on a double by LeMahieu and an RBI single by Judge.

Newly acquired Mike Tauchman, who played CF today was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts.

Loaisiga 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2.25
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25
Green (L, 0-1, 4.50) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up HR in 8th that cost Yanks the game.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

As Joe McCarthy once said, “never fall below .500 if you can help it.” The first order of business is to get back to .500. They need to quit striking out, quit leaving runners on base and concentrate on making contact.

Sanchez has to stop the throwing errors.

They need to get healthy. This injury list is getting ridiculous.

Paxton on the mound tomorrow afternoon in Baltimore.

 

Game 5. Chapman blows game in 9th, Yanks fall 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Without some power like Sanchez, Bird and Tulo (nights off), Stanton, Hicks or Andujar (injured) in the lineup, the Yanks batting lineup looked like something out of a spring training game what with Frazier, Wade and Romine in the lineup and Gleyber Torres hitting cleanup.

You can still win games like that, especially with speed, pitching and defense, and for eight innings, it looked like the Yanks might just do that.

Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant, and so was Adam Ottavino.

But Aroldis Chapman came in and blew the game in the ninth. The Yanks lost, 3-1, to fall to 2-3 on the season.

Personally, I don’t think Brett Gardner should be the leadoff hitter anymore, but with this spate of injuries, I am wondering who should be. D.J. LeMahieu comes to mind, as does Tyler Wade. Gardner isn’t what he used to be. Not to me, anyway. I think he should be at the bottom of the order.

Why Wade leadoff for now? Because he’s faster than Gardner right now. He may see better pitches batting in front of Judge, enabling him to hit better, and also, with Wade’s speed at first, maybe Judge sees more fastballs.

LeMahieu did have 2 hits tonight, 2 of the Yankees’ six.

The Yanks’ only run came in the second when LeMahieu singled, Tauchman doubled and Clint Frazier hit a SF.

With Wade on second and two out in the fifth, Judge was intentionally walked but Voit struck out.

The only run Tanaka gave up came when with two outs, he gave up back-to-back doubles, the first hitting the bag and bouncing past Voit. Otherwise it would been the third out of the inning. Tough break.

Tanaka 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 0 W, 7 K. 1.46
Ottavino 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
Chapman (L, 0-1, 6.00) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.

Gio Gonzalez will start for SWB Thursday in a minor league game. CC will go Sunday, but I forget where.

 

Game 3. Yanks fall 7-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It’s early, but there is no excuse for sloppy play and losing 2 of 3 to the putrid Orioles.

The Yanks fall to 1-2 on the season.

J.A. Happ gave up 2 HR and 4 runs in 4 innings and put the Yanks behind the 8-ball right away by giving up a 3-run HR in the first inning—an inning that began over 3 hours later than expected due to a rain delay.

Things went downhill from there in the Yanks’ 7-5 loss.

Stephen Tarpley gave up a HR.

Tommy Kahnle walked the bases loaded with no out in the ninth but somehow wiggled out of it.

The bad outweighed the good. Aaron Judge had 2 RBI, but struck out 4x, stranding 6.

In the sixth, 1st and 2nd, one out, both Judge and Stanton struck out. First and 2nd, one out in the eighth, down 7-4, Judge struck out again.

Gary Sanchez hit a HR (1), but made his second throwing error of the season, and struck out 3x.
Giancarlo Stanton drew 3 walks, but struck out twice when the Yanks really needed a big blow from him. 4th inning, 1st and 3rd, two out, a strikeout.

 

Luke Voit stranded 7. Down 4-0 in the third, bases loaded, he struck out. Down 7-4 in the eighth, bases loaded, two out, he grounded out.

Greg Bird walked 2x, but was 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts.

The team had two on and the winning run at the plate with two out in the bottom of the ninth, but PH Troy Tulowitzki struck out.

As you can see, chances were there and the Yanks did not capitalize on them.

The team was 2 for 12 with RISP and stranded 14.

Happ (L, 0-1, 9.00) 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR
Cessa 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 5 K. 2.70
Tarpley 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  13.50   Gave up 1 HR
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K.  0.00

Gleyber Torres had 2 hits, and D.J. LeMahieu was 2 for 2 with 2 walks and an RBI.

It’s never too soon to right the ship.

 

 

 

 

Game 2. Yanks fall to Orioles, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

These are the games that the Yanks need to win in order to win the division this year.

Facing a lousy team (47-115 last year), the Yanks got a good performance from their starter, but also made 3 errors, had lack of clutch hitting and the bullpen didn’t shut Baltimore down in a 5-3 loss. The Yanks are now 1-1 on the young season.

James Paxton pitched well, giving up 2 runs, just 1 earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

The game may have turned in the very first inning. With one out, three straight walks loaded the bases, but Miguel Andujar GIDP. Andujar would also have a chance in the ninth, but struck out to end the game.

The Yanks got a run in the fourth on an RBI single by D.J. LeMahieu.

Baltimore got two in the sixth. One run was unearned because of a throwing error by Gary Sanchez.

Chad Green gave up a run in the seventh to make it 3-1 O’s.

LeMahieu, who had 2 hits and that RBI I mentioned earlier, made some nice plays on the day, but an error he made in the ninth led to one of the two runs Baltimore got that inning to be unearned. 5-1 O’s.

The Yanks tried to come back. Troy Tulowitzki homered (1) to make it 5-2. LeMahieu doubled. Gardner (0 for the season so far) made out. Judge singled LeMahieu to third. Stanton struck out. Voit dunked a single in to make it 5-3. Andujar came up as the potential game-winning run but struck out to end the game.

Gleyber Torres had 2 hits.

Paxton (L, 0-1, 1.59) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Ottavino 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  9.00
Holder 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50.

The Yanks gave up 2 unearned runs, made 3 errors, and left 11 on base.