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Game 31. Yanks’ bats explode in 15-7 win over White Sox.

Before the game, Luis Gil was brought up and Ron Marinaccio sent down. The move was made because the Yanks needed an emergency starter after the rains last week forced a doubleheader last Sunday.

I was a bit concerned about the move because Gil, although he did ok with the Yanks last year, wasn’t brought up on merit, but because his turn in the rotation lined up. After all, his ERA at SWB was 9.53. I was hoping for a few innings, and for him to keep us in the game. Which is what Gil did. And it was a good night for the Yankees bats to explode as they (23-8) beat the White Sox 15-7.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run HR in the top of the first after a D.J. LeMahieu double. He was just warming up.

Gil gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the second as the White Sox took a 3-2 lead.

The Yanks came right back with three runs in the third to go up 5-3. With one out, Aaron Judge walked, Anthony Rizzo tripled him home and Stanton hit another 2-run HR (9).

With two out in the top of the fourth, Kyle HIgashioka singled and then LeMahieu doubled him home. 6-3.

A walk, a couple of singles and a WP by Gil let Chicago score in the bottom of the fourth and it was 6-4.

Judge hit his 11th HR, a 456-ft. blast, to make it 7-4 in the top of the seventh.

Even though the Yanks are now 23-8, everything isn’t clicking on all cylinders (Scary isn’t it?). Jonathan Loaisiga is not the Loaisiga of last year, and that is very concerning. Of all the bullpen guys outside of Marinaccio, Loaisiga has performed the worst so far. He gave up a 3-run HR that tied the game at 7 in the bottom of the seventh. Loaisiga had a 2.17 ERA last year, when he may have been the Yanks’ best reliever, but now it is 5.93. I hope nothing is physically wrong but he needs to get straightened out.

The Yanks exploded for seven runs in the top of the eighth, and it all happened with two out. Three straight walks, to Marwin Gonzalez, PH Gleyber Torres, and LeMahieu, loaded the bases. Judge got an infield single to make it 9-7, and put runners on first and second. A PB moved the runners up. Rizzo walked to load the bases, and Stanton singled in two runs to complete a six-RBI night for him and make the score 11-7. Josh Donaldson then hit a 3-run HR (3) to make it 14-7.

In the ninth, Judge hit a SF with the bases loaded to make it 15-7.

LeMahieu 3 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, 4 RBI. Solo HR (MLB LEADING 11th)
Stanton 3 hits, 6 RBI. Two 2-run homers (9)
Donaldson 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (3)
Higashioka 2 hits.

Gil 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 WP 9.00
Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.46
Luetge (H, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.66
Loaisiga (W, 1-1; BS, 1) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.93
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.38



Game 24. Eleven is Heaven! Yanks win 11th in a row, 9-1 over Toronto.

Alek Manoah is always tough on the Yankees, but once he left the game, the Yankees (18-6) teed off on Toronto relievers, and beat Toronto 9-1 Tuesday night.

The win was the Yankees’ 11th in a row. They lead Toronto by 3 1/2 in the AL East.

Toronto scored first, getting their only run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Aaron Judge hit a 427 ft. HR (9) to tie the game in the top of the sixth. A nice note: The Toronto fan who caught the ball gave it to a youngster wearing a Judge jersey. A nice moment. A few weeks ago, some of the Bleacher Creatures embarrassed Yankee fans with their behavior. It only takes a few to spoil it for thousands. I hope those few took note about how fans SHOULD act. Nice gesture by the fan up in Toronto.

The Yanks exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh, with maybe some help from the umpires. Giancarlo Stanton led off the inning by reaching on an error. Toronto challenged the call (Vlad Guerrero Jr. coming off the bag at first on a throwing error by Bo Bichette) but lost the call and their ability to appeal future calls. Josh Donaldson doubled Stanton home to make the score 2-1, Yankees. After Gleyber Torres struck out, Marwin Gonzalez doubled home Donaldson. 3-1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled to put runners on first and third. On a groundball by Jose Trevino, Gonzalez got caught in a rundown, but wound up scoring. Toronto argued two things: that he was tagged out by Guerrero, and that Gonzalez was out of the baseline. Since they lost their appeal rights on the previous play, it could not go to review and they lost this one too. 4-1. Men on second and third. Aaron Hicks then singled in Kiner Falefa, with Trevino stopping at third. 5-1. Judge then doubled in both baserunners. 7-1.

In the top of the ninth, Stanton hit a 442 ft. 2-run HR (5) to make it 9-1, which wound up as the final score.

Hicks 2 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, 3 RBI. Solo HR (9). Tied with Rizzo for MLB lead in HR.
Stanton 2-run HR (5)
Gonzalez 2 hits, RBI

Taillon (W, 2-1) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.84
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.16
Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.80
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.15

Game 22. Judge (2 HR) leads Yanks to 9th straight win, 6-4.

Aaron Judge hit 2 HR as the Yankees (16-6) won their 9th straight game, beating KC 6-4 on Sunday afternoon in a come from behind victory.

Judge hit a solo HR in the first inning, a bomb that was 453 feet, to put the Yanks up 1-0.

KC came back with 3 runs in the third and score another run in the fourth to go up 4-1.

But the Yanks came back with 2 runs in the fifth to cut KC’s lead to 4-3. With one out, Miguel Andujar, starting in LF because of Joey Gallo’s groin strain, singled. Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled home Andujar to cut KC’s lead to 4-2. After another out, Kiner-Falefa scored on a single by D.J. LeMahieu.

The Yanks went ahead with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Kiner-Falefa walked, and PH Anthony Rizzo was HBP. LeMahieu walked to load the bases. Judge grounded out, scoring Kiner-Falefa and moving up all runners. Josh Donaldson reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Rizzo.

Judge’s second HR of the game (9), a solo shot in the ninth, gave the Yanks an insurance run.

Judge 2 hits (both HR, (9)) 3 RBI
Andujar 2 hits.

Severino 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP. 3.75
Schmidt (W, 2-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.08
Luetge (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.70
King (H, 3) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0W, 2 K. 0.61 He has been fabulous so far this season.
Chapman (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00

Miguel Andujar and Clarke Schmidt sent down to Scranton following today’s game, as rosters go from 28 players to 26.

Game 20. Yanks blast 4 HR in 12-2 8-inning blowout of KC for seventh straight win.

The Yanks (14-6) jumped out to an early 3-0 first inning lead on back-to-back homers by Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton and never trailed as they won their seventh straight game, 12-2 over Kansas City, in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain.

The Yanks hit four homers in the game.

D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a double, and one out later, Rizzo hit his MLB leading ninth HR of the season. Stanton followed with his fourth HR of the season and the Yanks were up 3-0.

KC got a run in the bottom of the first off of “Nasty” Nestor Cortes, and an unearned run (Due to a PB by C Kyle Higashioka) in the second to cut the Yanks lead to 3-2.

It stayed that way until the top of the seventh, when the Yanks broke the game open. With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled, and with two out, Higashioka walked. A single by LeMahieu made it 4-2, and Aaron Judge then hit a 3-run HR (6) to put the Yanks up 7-2.

The Yanks scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning. Stanton singled and Joey Gallo PR for him. Gleyber Torres followed with a 2-run HR (2) to make it 9-2. Aaron Hicks was HBP and Kiner-Falefa singled Hicks to second. Tim Locastro reached on an error, loading the bases, then Higashioka cleared the bases with a 3-run double. That may be an important hit for Higashioka, who had a great spring training but who has struggled mightily in the early going, and who could be losing his starting job to Jose Trevino.

After the eighth inning, the rains came and there was a delay before the game was called. I understand wanting to give the Royals their chance to come back, and don’t know how long the delay was before the game was called, but with the score at 12-2, common sense needs to prevail and let all go out and get some KC BBQ.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Judge 3-run HR (6)
Rizzo 2-run HR (9) Leads MLB in HR
Stanton 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (4)
Torres 2-run HR (2)
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits
Higashioka 3 RBI

Cortes (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.31
Loaisiga (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.00
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.86
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.91

Notes: Even though the team batting average is .249, that is still 4th in the league. Batting averages are down, and the average team MLB batting average is somewhere between .230 and .235. In fact, the Phillies were no-hit by five Mets’ pitchers last night. The Yanks do lead the AL in HR with 29, and are second in runs scored, slugging and OPS (OPS+ 123) and third in total bases and OBP.

The pitching so far has been fabulous, and who’d have thought that with all five starters having made four starts each, that the best starter, with the lowest ERA and the most strikeouts, would be Cortes? Meanwhile who would have thought that the starter with the highest ERA so far would be Cole? The Yanks lead the AL in ERA at 2.84, have given up the least amount of HR, and their pitchers have the most strikeouts. The ERA+ is 134 (100 is average).

Aaron Hicks returned from paternity leave, after becoming father to a baby boy.

Game 19. Yanks win 6th straight, 10-5.

Jameson Taillon was a bit shaky, and Ron Marinaccio had trouble closing out the game, but behind 4 RBI by Aaron Judge (including a 3-run HR), the Yankees (13-6) won their sixth game in a row, 10-5 over Baltimore Thursday afternoon.

Taillon escaped a second and third, two out jam in the first inning but gave up runs in the second and third innings. He didn’t help himself in the third inning with a HBP and two wild pitches.

The Orioles helped the Yanks out by making five errors in the game. The Yanks got four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a lead they would not relinquish.

In that bottom of the fifth, Tim Locastro reached on an error, and scored when Marwin Gonzalez doubled. After an out, D.J. LeMahieu reached on an error, Gonzalez going to third. Judge’s single scored Gonzalez, tying the game, and D.J. went to second. Anthony Rizzo singled to make it 3-2, with Judge going to second. Giancarlo Stanton singled in Judge and it was 4-2.

In the sixth, Joey Gallo led off with a walk and went to second on a WP. Tim Locastro singled Gallo to third, and Gonzalez scored Gallo with a SF. 5-2.

The Yanks got another run in the seventh to make it 6-2. LeMahieu doubled and went to third on a flyout by Judge. After Rizzo lined out and Stanton walked, Josh Donaldson singled in D.J.

The Yanks iced the game in the bottom of the eighth to make it 10-2. Locastro walked, and one out later, Kyle Higashioka was HBP. An error loaded the bases, and all runners moved up, Locastro scoring, on a WP. Judge then hit a 3-run HR (5) to make it 10-2.

Marinaccio had trouble closing it out, giving up three runs, and Lucas Luetge had to come in to get the last out.

Judge 2 hits, 4 RBI. 3-run HR (5)
Rizzo 2 hits, RBI
Gonzalez 2 RBI

Taillon 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 2 WP. 3.26
Castro (W, 2-0) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.45
Peralta (H, 2) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.45
Loaisiga (H, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.75
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.32
Marinaccio 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 11.25
Luetge 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.68

Notes: Good to see nice outings from Loaisiga and Green after both have been getting roughed up a bit lately. As for Marinaccio, teams have to cut down from 28 to 26 in a few days and it appears he will be one of those going down. In his last two outings, Marinaccio was entrusted to close out Yankee blowout wins, and in both games he had trouble. 1 IP, 2 R in the April 24 blowout of Cleveland, 10-2, and today’s outing. Neither outing helped his cause.

UPDATE: Marinaccio was sent down after the game, as Aaron Hicks returned from paternity leave. Cuts to 26 from 28 still have to be made soon.

Game 17. Yanks (11-6) win slugfest 12-8 behind 5 HR, 3 by Rizzo.

Back after a ten-day vacation visiting my sis across the country. Some comments at end of article.

Anthony Rizzo hit three of the Yanks (11-6) five homeruns in the Yanks’ 12-8 win over Baltimore Tuesday night. Luis Severino pitched 5 1/3 hitless, shutout innings before tiring, and the Yankees’ bullpen made things nervously close.

Rizzo hit a 3-run HR in the third to start the scoring. Joey Gallo hit his first HR of the season to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Rizzo’s second HR of the game, a 2-run HR, made it 6-0 in the fifth.

After losing his no-hit bid, Severino walked the next hitter then gave up a 3-run HR and Baltimore had cut the lead to 6-3. The Orioles scored another run in the top of the seventh to close the score to 6-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, D.J. LeMahieu led off with a single and Aaron Judge singled D.J. to third. Rizzo walked to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton singled in one run, and after Josh Donaldson struck out, Gleyber Torres tripled to clear the bases and make the score 10-4.

Baltimore made things uncomfortable again, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth, three on a HR given up by Jonathan Loaisiga (who has been struggling lately) to cut the score to 10-8.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got back-to-back homers by Judge (4) and Rizzo (8) to make it 12-8, which wound up being the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Judge 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (4)
Rizzo 3 hits, all HR (8), 6 RBI Now leads majors in HR
Stanton 2 hits, RBI
Torres 3 RBI
Gallo solo HR (1)

Severino (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.32
Holmes (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.04
Luetge 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 6.00
Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 8.10
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.00

A few notes on the games while I was away. A disappointing weekend in Baltimore, where the Yanks lost two of three. So far the pitching (except for last night) has carried the team. In the first 13 games of the season, the Yanks were shut out three times, and in another game, they only scored one run in an eleventh inning loss. Higashioka, Gallo, and Stanton have been struggling. Now in the last two games, they have scored ten and twelve runs, so maybe the bats are waking up. The team batting average is .242, meanwhile the team ERA of 2.85 leads the league. A good thing is Severino looking like the Severino of old. Meanwhile, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Mike King have been great.

Tim Locastro was brought up, and J.P. Sears sent down. Miguel Andujar was brought up because Aaron Hicks is out on paternity leave. There will be some more moves coming because those extra players allowed because of the shortened spring training will have to be lopped off the roster after Sunday’s games.

One thing I didn’t know until a few days ago is that EACH MLB team is now using humidors for the baseballs. Before, because of the light air and the way balls fly out, only teams like Colorado were doing so. The humidor helps to deaden the baseballs.

Congrats in order to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who became only the seventh player to have 3000 hits and 500 HR in his career. The other six are Aaron, Mays, A-Rod, Pujols, Palmeiro and Murray.


Game 3. Boston edges Yankees, 4-3.

It seemed like the whole game was decided in the first inning.

With one out, Boston got a bloop single into no man’s land, then a shot up the middle. If Yankees’ starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery fields that hard hit ball, it’s a 1-6-3 DP. Instead, the liner hit the back of his leg, and became a single. Montgomery lay on the ground for a while, and lucky for him it hit the back of his knee. Had it hit flush on the kneecap, it’d have broken it.

I wondered if he’d be able to continue, and be able to push off that leg. He did, but a double for a run, a HBP and SF made it 2-0 Boston.

The Yankees had their chances, but couldn’t come through with the big hit. They loaded the bases with two out in the first, but Gleyber Torres flied out.

Giancarlo Stanton singled in a run in the bottom of the third, but with the bases loaded and one out, Aaron Hicks GIDP to end the inning.

Boston scored a run in the top of the fourth, courtesy of a WP on a K that enabled the leadoff runner to reach base.

Anthony Rizzo singled in two runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at three.

The Yanks had runners on second and third with only one out in the bottom of the fifth, but didn’t score as Hicks popped up and Isiah Kiner-Falefa struck out. The Yanks left 11 on in the game.

In the top of the sixth, Yankees’ reliever Clarke Schmidt gave up a HR to Bobby Dalbec, and that was the deciding run in the Yankees (2-1) 4-3 loss to Boston Sunday night.

Rizzo 2 RBI
Judge 2 hits
Stanton 3 hits, RBI.

Montgomery 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. 8.10 1 WP 1 HBP
Schmidt (L, 0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 H, 1 W. Gave up 1 HR. 3.38
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 0.00
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W 2 K. 0.00


Game 2. Rizzo and Stanton power Yanks to 4-2 win.

Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton became the first pair of Yankee teammates ever to each homer in the first two games of a season. Each hit 2-run homers in the Yankees’ (2-0) 4-2 win over Boston Saturday.

Luis Severino gave up a 2-run HR to Alex Verdugo in the second inning which put Boston up 2-0,

Rizzo tied it in the fourth, and Stanton’s 437 ft. blast in the sixth was the game-winner.

Ron Marinaccio made his MLB debut, pitching a scoreless inning of relief.

Severino 3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. gave up 1 HR. 6.00
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00. MLB DEBUT
Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00
Luetge (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K 0.00
Holmes (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.40
Chapman (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

The Yankees’ bullpen tossed six no-hit innings.

S.T. Game 18. Judge powers Yanks to 5-2 win over Phillies.

Aaron Judge went 3 for 3, including a game-deciding 3-run HR, as the Yankees (8-9-1 in spring training) defeated the Phillies 5-2 Monday afternoon.

The Yanks play their last spring training game tomorrow, Tuesday, then have an off day before opening the regular season at home vs. Boston this Thursday, April 7.

Besides Judge’s blast, Gleyber Torres also homered, a solo shot. Joey Gallo added two hits, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa had two hits and an RBI.

The pitching line:

Sears 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Luetge 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Green (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Loiasiga (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Chapman (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

S.T. Game 14. Yanks fall to Phils, 5-3.

Miguel Andujar had two hits and an RBI, but those two hits were half of the Yankees’ total amount as they lost to the Phillies 5-3 Thursday afternoon in spring training action.

The Yankees are 5-8-1 in spring training play.

The Pitching Line:

Taillon (L) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Peralta 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K
King 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Luetge 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Rodriguez 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.