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Game 86. Seve not sharp, but wins 14th.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino only lasted 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 2 HR, but it was enough to win his 14th game of the season as the Yanks beat Toronto 8-5 on Saturday.

The win keeps the 57-29 Yanks two games behind Boston.

Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back HRs to lead off the game. For Gardner, #6 and for Judge, #25. Later in that first inning, Brandon Drury hit a 2-run double.

Seve gave up a 2-run HR in the second, but Brett Gardner hit a 2-run triple in the third and then scored on a PB. 7-2 Yanks.

Severino gave up a HR in the fourth. 7-3.

Toronto got a run in the sixth, 7-4.

In the ninth, Miguel Andujar singled and Didi Gregorius singled him home. 8-4. Chasen Shreve gave up a HR in the ninth for the final of 8-5, Yanks.

Aaron Hicks and Aroldis Chapman both had to leave the game with minor injuries. Both are probably out for Sunday but hopefully, it appears that neither is long-term.

Before the game, the Yanks DFA’d David Hale and brought up Clint Frazier. Frazier had to be used when Hicks had to be pulled.

Also, Jonathan Loiasiga appears to be DL-bound. Shoulder inflammation. He is seeing a doctor on Monday.

The Yanks drew 10 walks in the game.

Gardner 2 hits, HR, triple, 3 RBI.
Judge solo HR.
Drury 2 RBI
Severino (W, 14-2, 2.12) 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.04
Robertson (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.43
Betances (H, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.56
Chapman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.42
Shreve 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.99   Gave up 1 HR.


Game 82. Lack of execution drops Yanks into second with 5-3 loss in 11.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry, but I have to rip the Yanks tonight for losing 5-3 to Atlanta tonight in 11 innings.

Here is one reason why. 0 for 12 with RISP.

Here is another. Why, in the bottom of the ninth, with Gleyber Torres on first, no one out, ISN’T BRETT GARDNER BUNTING????? Speedy runner who can bunt, and he ISN”T BUNTING? Instead, GIDP, then Judge strikes out. Gardner’s AB– called strike, ball, GIDP. DIdn’t even attempt to bunt. What the hell?

I haven’t ripped Boone too much this year, and I think he’s done a fine job. But on that? WTF?

Sorry, Boonie, you blew it.

In the bottom of the tenth, the Yanks loaded the bases with one out. Bird and Romine both struck out.

No bunting. 0 for 12 with RISP. They deserved to lose and did. And the loss drops the 54-28 Yanks one game behind Boston.

Sometimes you can’t rely on the HR. You have to execute the fundamentals, something the Yanks did not do tonight.

In the first, Judge hit HR #23, 1-0 Yanks.

But Loaisiga gave up a HR in the third to tie the game.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the third when Torres doubled and advanced and scored on two WP.

Loaisiga went down to AAA after the game and Cole was brought back up.

Loaisiga gave up 3 straight doubles, and 2 runs, in the fourth, 3-2 Braves.

With one out in the fifth, Torres singled, Gardner and Judge walked, and Didi tied the game with a SF, but the Yanks could not add on.

Two on, no out in the bottom of the seventh, nada.

Two on, two out in the bottom of the eighth, Neil Walker PH for Higashioka. Strikeout.

See the bottom of the ninth and tenth above. Once again, why wasn’t Gardner bunting????

Top of the eleventh, Robertson gives up a two-run HR that ticked off of Judge’s glove. Ballgame.

5-3 Braves and the Yanks fall one game behind Boston.

Bunt sometimes, Boone. Bunt.

Yes, they would have walked Judge after the bunt. But the question then comes up… Do you bleeping trust Didi or not? And after Didi, Stanton?

Come on, Boonie.

Judge HR #23.
Hicks 2 hits.
Torres 3 hits, RBI.

Loaisiga 4 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.00
Holder 2 iP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.   1.89
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.01
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   1.47
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   2.70
Robertson (L, 5-3, 3.52) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Game 76. Tasty Lasagna! Loaisiga and relievers K 15 in 4-2 Yanks win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jonathan Loaisiga (nicknamed Johnny Lasagna) pitched five no-hit innings as the Yanks beat the Phils 4-2 on Monday night.

Loaisiga and his relievers combined to strike out 15 Phils tonight.  The Yanks struck out 12x themselves.

Before the game it was announced that Gary Sanchez, placed on the DL, will probably miss 3-4 weeks. Clint Frazier was sent back to AAA before the game as the Yanks needed another pitcher so Giovanny Gallegos was brought up. Kyle Higashioka was brought up to be the backup catcher to Austin Romine.

In the second, Greg Bird walked, went to second on a WP and scored on a double by Gleyber Torres.

Aaron Judge hit HR #20 in the fifth inning to make it 2-0.

The Phils got a run in the seventh off of David Robertson to cut it to 2-1.

In the eighth, a single by Gardner, walk to Judge and bunt single by Didi loaded the bases for the hot Stanton, who hit a 2-run single to make it 4-1.

Aroldis Chapman gave up a two-out, two-strike HR in the ninth before closing out the game.

4-2 Yanks, who improve to 51-25 and take a 1/2 game lead over idle Boston.

Judge 2 hits, solo HR.
Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Loaisiga (2-0, 1.93) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 8 K.  His 3rd MLB start.
Robertson (H, 13) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  3.47
Betances (H, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.  2.83
Chapman (S, 23) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.  1.29


Game 75. Struggling Shreve costs Yanks game in 12th, 7-6. Sanchez to DL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Chasen Shreve has been struggling badly lately, and it cost the Yanks dearly on Sunday when his only pitch of the game was hit for a walk-off HR in the bottom of the 12th, making the Yanks lose 7-6 to the Rays.

Meanwhile, Gary Sanchez appears to be out a while with a hip/groin injury. It looks like Austin Romine will step into the starting catcher role and that the Yanks will bring up Kyle Higashioka from AAA to backup Romine.

The only thing is, Higashioka can’t hit. In his only MLB games last year, 9 of them, he was 0 for 18.

This year, at AAA SWB, he has hit .191 with 5 HR and 22 RBI. Ugh. In 109 games at the AAA level, he has only hit .222-17-64.

Domingo German had nothing today and was hit hard. He gave up 2 runs in the first, and seems to always have trouble with the first batter. I don’t know what’s up with his bullpen preparation, but wasn’t it in the last game where his first pitch was hit for a HR? Today? Leadoff triple followed by a double. Two runs given up in the first inning right away.

The Yanks took a 3-2 lead in the second on a 3-runG HR (11) by Miguel Andujar.

But German gave up a HR in the second that tied the game, and three more runs in the third to put Tampa Bay up 6-3.

Doubles by Didi and Stanton cut it to 6-5 in the fifth.

In the eighth, Stanton, who went 5 for 5, homered (19) to tie the game.

In the top of the ninth, Clint Frazier clubbed a ball that ricocheted off a speaker and was caught for an out. If the speaker wasn’t there, could it have gone for a possible game-winning HR? Maybe.

This park, and the Rays’ poor attendance, have been a disgrace to MLB for years, now.

Come the twelfth, and after the Yanks’ bullpen had pitched eight no-run, no-hit innings, Shreve blew everything with just one pitch.

Some improvements the Yanks need to make:

  1. Catching depth. We see it now with Sanchez hurt. Higashioka is now the backup to Romine. A .191 hitter at AAA this year. 0 for 18 MLB career. .222 AAA in his minor league career.
  2. Lefty relief specialist (outside of the closer Chapman). Shreve isn’t cutting it. They can pursue Brad Hand from SD. I don’t see one at AAA I like, but there is someone, Caleb Frare at AA, who is currently 3-1 with an ERA of 0.54. In his minor league career, the soon-to-be 25 year old is 17-12, 2.41.
  3. First base. Greg Bird is struggling. .193-3-5 in 83 at bats (OPS+ 86). Neil Walker went 0 for 3 today and is at .192-2-14, and his OPS+ is around 50. The best of the lot so far has been Tyler Austin at .223-8-23, OPS+ 99 but Austin has only 8 walks to go with 53 strikeouts. I’d love to pursue a trade for Joey Votto of the Reds, if the Reds would pick up half of Votto’s salary because of the prospects the Yanks would give up for him. Votto, 35 in September, fields well, draws a ton of walks, is a lefty hitter, great OPS+. He’d fit in perfect. I’d offer Wade, Frazier, Bird, and a pitcher like Albert Abreu (and maybe one other low-end pitcher) for Votto, as long as the Reds (who aren’t going anywhere and have stunk for years) pick up half his salary in exchange for players who can help them rebuild. The Reds could honor Votto by trading him to a team that could possibly give him a ring. If Votto is unavailable, then the Yanks should cut ties with Walker now and bring up Brandon Drury to platoon with Greg Bird at 1B. Drury has been getting some games at 1B at AAA, and is experienced at 2B and 3B if you want to give Torres or Andujar a day off. He’s hitting .320 at SWB, and cutting Walker for Drury now seems like the thing to do. The Yanks haven’t been getting much from 1B, and unless Bird and/or Walker start heating up, why not try a Drury/Bird platoon? Especially since Drury’s .320 is being wasted at AAA?

    Gardner 2 hits.
    Stanton 5 for 5, HR, 2 RBI (half of team’s 10 hits)
    Andujar 3-run HR

German 3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.40
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.65
Holder 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.84
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.34
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.   2.91
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K.   2.17
Shreve (L, 2-2, 5.19) 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Threw 1 pitch = HR.

With the loss, the Yanks (50-25) fall into a virtual tie with Boston (the Yanks are percentage points ahead). The Yanks rearranged their rotation, setting themselves up for next weekend’s Boston series. So against the Phillies Monday-Wednesday, it’ll be Loaisiga, Severino and Cessa. After an off-day, CC goes with some extra rest Friday, then it’ll be Gray and Severino.

With today’s loss, the Yanks became the last MLB team this year to experience a 3-game losing streak.





Game 71. Stanton’s walkoff HR completes Yanks’ comeback. 7-5. RIP Billy Connors. Estrada probably done for year.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The dangerous, explosive aspect of the Yankees’ attack showed itself tonight as the Yanks rebounded from a 5-0 deficit to stun Seattle 7-5 on Wednesday night, courtesy of a walk off 2-run HR by Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the ninth.

The Yankees’ win (49-22) combined with a Boston loss (49-26) puts the Yanks 2 up (4 in the loss column) over the Red Sox.

Jonathan Loaisiga pitched in and out of trouble, but when he departed after 3 2/3 he had given up just one run, courtesy of an error, but with two on and two out in the fourth, Chasen Shreve, called in to get out of the inning with just one run given up, gave up a single to make it 3-0, two runs charged to “Johnny Lasagna.”

Shreve then gave up 2 more runs the next inning. Hey, if the Yanks want to upgrade by getting a better lefty reliever in Brad Hand from SD, I am all for it.

The Yanks did get two back in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Andujar doubled. After Frazier struck out, Hicks walked and Judge singled in a run. The other run scored on an error which let Judge go to second and let Hicks score. 5-2.

In the seventh, Clint Frazier doubled, and went to third on a single by Judge. A SF by Didi made it 5-3.

To the eighth. Torres walks and Sanchez ties the game with HR #14.

To the bottom of the ninth. With two out, Didi singled and Stanton ended the game with a walk-off HR, HR #18, which ties him with Judge for the team lead.

Judge 3 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI, walkoff HR.
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI, Game-tying HR.

Loaisiga 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K.  3.12
Shreve 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.91
Holder 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.00. A real godsend this year.
Chapman (W, 3-0, 1.10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Billy Connors, a long-time member of the Yankees pitching staff and front office, died at the age of 76.

From the NY Post:

Connors had three stints as Yankees pitching coach (1989-90, 1994-95 and 2000), but he made his most significant impact with the organization as vice president, player personnel, from 1996-2012.

Connors pitched with the Cubs and Mets from 1966-68. After his playing days, he became a minor league pitching instructor for the Mets and also worked for the Royals, Cubs, Mariners and Phillies.

Connors went 0-2, 7.53 in his MLB career, 26 games, 1 start. ERA+ 46. He was 1 for 2 as a hitter.


Meanwhile, the Post also reports that

Thairo Estrada, the highly regarded Yankees prospect who returned from a gunshot wound this year, will likely miss the rest of the season after suffering a back injury.



Game 65. The “Lasagna” was good. Yanks win 5-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before his MLB debut tonight, Jonathan Loaisiga already had a nickname that I saw on various sites. “Johnny Lasagna”.

The lasagna was very good tonight.

Loaisiga, who started tonight’s game with only 10 games of minor league experience above Low A ball under his belt, and NONE at the AAA level, pitched five scoreless innings in the Yanks’ 5-0 win tonight, and earned his first MLB victory.

Not only that, but Seattle, down 6-3 to Boston, came back to win 7-6.

Yankees 45-20 — but winning pct. .692
Boston 48-23 —- (tied this way, but.. ) winning pct. .676

Meaning the Yanks have played six less games than Boston, but if the Yanks go 4-2 in those six games, they have a 1 game lead. 3-3 means they are even.

In the third inning, Didi Gregorius hit HR #14 off of ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi to put the Yanks up 1-0.

In the sixth, Aaron Judge doubled, went to third on an infield hit by Didi, and scored on a SF by Giancarlo Stanton.

The Yanks put it away in the eighth. With one out, Judge singled. Didi singled and went to second on the throw trying to get Judge at third. Stanton was intentionally walked. After Bird struck out for the second out, Sanchez, dropped to sixth in the lineup because of his slump, doubled to clear the bases.

About time Sanchez went the other way.

Judge 2 hits.
Didi 3 hits, solo HR.
Sanchez 3 RBI.

Loaisiga (W, 1-0, 0.00) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 4 W, 6 K.  MLB DEBUT.
Holder (H, 3)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.28
Robertson (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.69
Betances (H, 9 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.19
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.31


Minor League Report. 1 -hitter for Charleston.


After last night’s Yankees’ game, Tyler Austin was sent down to make room for tonight’s starter, Jonathan Loaisiga.

AAA: SWB (31-34) won 9-5 in 10 innings. SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Wade is finally starting to hit after a rough start to the season (the flu didn’t help). He’s up to .260 now. 3B Brandon Drury 2 hits, double, HR, 3 RBI. .328. 2 hits, RBI 1B Ryan McBroom. C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits, both doubles, RBI.

Sheffield 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 W, 6 K. 3.03
Feyereisen (BS, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.76
Coshow (W, 1-2, 5.08) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Lail 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.18

AA: Trenton (39-26) won 5-3. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. DH Devyn Bolasky 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2 hits for LF Trey Amburgey, SS Gosuke Katoh, and 2B Billy Fleming.

Koerner 4 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K.  3.95
Tarpley (W, 5-0, 1.55) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Reeves (S, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R,  1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.82

High A: Tampa (34-33) lost 7-4. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. CF Ben Ruta with 2 hits.

Whitlock (L, 2-1, 2.35) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 9 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Carter 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.30

Low A: Charleston (32-33) won 2-1 on a combined one-hitter. DH Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI.

Yajure (W, 1-0, 3.00) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 9 K.
Vargas (S, 1) 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.91

ICYMI-Boston won their late game in Seattle, 2-1, so the Yanks are 44-20, Boston 48-22. Some places show Boston in 1st place with the Yanks 1 game back, but actually MLB and the Elias sports bureau goes by winning percentage, and there, the Yanks are in first place, .688 to .686. This funky scenario may stay this way until the Yanks are able to make up those six games less that they haven’t played compared to Boston. Put it this way—if the Yanks go 4-2 in those six games they need to make up, then the two teams are tied.