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Game 92. Bullpen comes through. Yanks 7, Indians 4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

What was supposed to be a pitching duel between Cy Young candidates Luis Severino and Corey Kluber turned into a bit of a slugfest, as neither pitcher had his best stuff. The Yanks (61-31) rallied late to win 7-4 and stay 3 1/2 back of Boston, who won their 10th straight.

Severino struggled right off the bat, giving up a double, groundout and single for a run, and after a caught stealing, gave up a HR. The Yanks were down 2-0.

In the third, Brett Gardner hit the first of his two HR for the game, a 2-run shot that tied it up.

Severino gave the lead right back to Cleveland, giving up a run in the bottom of the third to make it 3-2.

Didi Gregorius, who homered off Kluber twice in Game 5 of last year’s ALDS, tied the game with a HR (16) in the fourth, and later in that inning Stanton singled, advanced to third on an error on Hicks’ sacrifice bunt. Bird, heating up, doubled to make it 4-3. The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out but could not tack on more runs.

Severino gave up a HR in the fifth that tied the game.

In the eighth, Gregorius walked, and with one out, Hicks doubled him in. Hicks stole third and scored on a SF by Bird that make it 6-4.

Gardner hit his second HR (9) of the game in the ninth for the final score of 7-4.

Not a good game for Austin Romine, who got the golden sombrero (0 for 4, 4 strikeouts).

Gardner 2 HR, 3 RBI
Didi solo HR
Bird 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits

Great job by the bullpen. 4 IP, no runs, no hits.

Severino 5 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.  2.31
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.85
Robertson (W, 6-3, 3.19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Betances (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.68
Chapman (S, 25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.38

Other notes. Hopefully MLB is wrong. They give Boston a 62 percent chance of winning the division, the Yanks, 38 percent.

The Yanks are 16-13 without Gleyber Torres, 45-18 with him.

Ex-White Sox backup INF Sammy Esposito (member of 1959 AL Champs) has passed away at age 86.

As for Manny Machado wanting to play SS? He’s a great hitter, but if he comes to the Yankees, the Yankees already have Didi. The defensive runs saved above average stat has Manny at -20, Didi -1. Big difference defensively.

Albert Pujols tied Ken Griffey, Jr. on the all-time HR list with #630 last night. The only players with more are Barry Bonds 762*, Aaron 755, Ruth 714, A-Rod 696* and Mays 660.

Football player LeSean McCoy is in trouble, apparently beating the heck out of his girlfriend. We’ll see what kind of punishment the law and the NFL enforce.

 

 

Game 25. Red-Hot Didi wins it in the 10th, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Didi Gregorius’ 10th HR of the season, a solo shot in the top of the tenth, won the game for the Yankees, 4-3, over the Angels Friday night. The win is the Yanks’ seventh in a row and puts them at 16-9 on the season. They are three behind Boston and in second place in the AL East.

The Angels scored first when Shohei Ohtani hit a solo HR off of Luis Severino in the second inning. Ohtani later had to leave the game with an ankle injury.

The Yanks tied it in the fifth when Andujar hit the first of his two doubles on the night, went to third on a single by Torreyes, and scored on a SF by Hicks.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the sixth, when Didi beat out a bunt single, and went to second when Stanton reached on an error. Gary Sanchez struck out, but a WP moved both runners up. Neil Walker was robbed of a HR, and Didi scored on the SF, but in a timing play, he scored before Stanton was ruled out for moving to third and for leaving the bag too early while tagging up. The umps appeared to blow that call.

Walker, hitting just .164 with only two extra-base hits and 4 RBI, did show signs of maybe snapping out of it, just missing two HR on the night. Stanton also hit one deep that appeared to be gone but just missed.

But you do wonder what becomes of Walker when Greg Bird comes back. The Yanks can’t send down Tyler Austin (who has been doing well, what with Austin hitting .290-5-16), can they?

Severino was sailing along with a two-hitter and the only mistake being the Ohtani HR until the seventh when Trout and Pujols singled, and with two out, Severino threw a WP. The next pitch after that was hit for a triple by Andrelton Simmons, giving the Halos a 3-2 lead. For Pujols, it was hit #2995. He has 619 HR. The only players in MLB history with 3000 or more hits and 600 or more HR are Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and A-Rod.

The Yanks tied it in the ninth. Sanchez walked and with one out, Andujar hit his second double of the night (I don’t know what the Yanks are going to do once Brandon Drury is ready. Andujar is at .292-3-11 and leads the majors with 11 doubles).  After Gleyber Torres was intentionally walked to set up a possible game-ending DP, Brett Gardner PH for Torreyes, and this was a risky move because then the Yanks lost the DH, and Andujar, who was the DH, later went to replace Torreyes at 3B. The pitcher now had to hit. Remember the Yanks’ have a shortened bench because this was the first game of Tyler Austin’s suspension (reduced to 4 games from 5). Gardner came through with a SF that tied the game at 3.

That set the stage for Didi’s 10th HR of the year in the top of the tenth. Chapman gave up a two-out double in the bottom of the tenth but got the save.

Didi: what a start. .368-10-30. He leads the majors in ALL THREE CATEGORIES, as well as Slugging, OPS, OPS+, and Total bases.

Judge: 0 for 5, 4 K. After one K, bench coach Josh Bard was ejected.
Didi: 3 hits, bunt single, double, GW HR.
Andujar: 2 doubles

Severino 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K. 2.61. Gave up HR to Ohtani.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 8.10
Robertson (W, 1-1, 3.14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.64

David Hale was claimed off of waivers by the Twins. UPDATE: Less than 48 hours later, the Twins DFA’d him.

Game 160. Tanaka dominant in Yanks’ 4-0 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You are thinking the same thing I am.

Where was THIS Tanaka all year?

In his final regular season start of what has been a disappointing, inconsistent year, Masahiro Tanaka was dominant. Seven shutout innings, just 3 hits, no walks, and 15 strikeouts.

He retired the first 14 batters he faced.

Meanwhile, the resurgent Greg Bird had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

The 90-70 Yanks beat Tampa Bay 4-0 and for the time being (Boston is playing as I write this) still are not eliminated from winning the AL East (although Boston’s magic # to win is 1).

UPDATE: Boston lost, so the Yanks are still mathematically alive for the AL East title, going into Game 161. They are two back with two to go. If a tie, a playoff game will be on Monday (Game 163) at Yankee Stadium. To win the division, the Yanks must win out and Boston must lose out.

In the first inning, the Yanks scored twice. With one out, Ellsbury singled and Judge walked. Didi singled to load the bases. Castro singled in a run and Bird hit a SF for another.

In the fifth, Romine singled and after Hicks forced him at second, Hicks stole second. After Ellsbury lined out, Judge singled in Hicks but was nabbed trying for two.

In the sixth, Didi singled, stole second and scored on a single by Bird.

Tanaka (W, 13-12, 4.74) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 15 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.87
Betances 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.87    Concerning.
Chapman (S, 21) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.28

Didi 2 hits
Bird 2 hits, 2 RBI.

The Phillies announced that their manager, Pete Mackanin, will be bumped up to the front office. They’re looking for a new manager.

They will also be playing the Mets in Williamsport, PA next August as baseball continues the “Little League Classic” they had this year.

Finally, the WS MVP Award has been named in honor of Willie Mays.

Ralph Branca dies at 90.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The scene, on grainy black and white, is still poignant 65 years later. Bobby Thomson hits a 3-run HR to win the pennant for the NY Giants over the Brooklyn Dodgers on October 3, 1951. The Giants were 13 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in mid-August. The Giants would go on to lose the World Series to a Yankees team that for that one year, featured Joe DiMaggio AND Mickey Mantle.

65 years later, you still hear Russ Hodges’ call of that home run by heart.

The pitcher who gave up that home run, Ralph Branca, died yesterday at the age of 90. The announcement was made by his son-in-law, ex-major league player and manager, Bobby Valentine.

For 65 years, Branca carried that HR with him. But he carried it with great dignity. Often, he and Thomson would tour or appear together, and they became great friends.

When I think of that, I think of Donnie Moore, who by contrast, never got over the HR he gave up in the 1986 ALCS that helped cost the Angels a WS berth, and who killed his wife and himself three years later.

Branca showed true class, dignity and sportsmanship, even when it came out in 2001 that the Giants were stealing pitches and that Thomson may have known what pitch was coming.

The Polo Grounds was shaped like a bathtub. Short down the lines (way under 300 feet) and deep (over 440) to the power alleys. Thomson’s HR barely cleared the 16′ high wall at the 315 mark. If it were hit in Fenway Park today, it most likely would be a single off the scoreboard, not even a double with the short wall.

Branca was more than that one pitch. He was only 18 when he made his major league debut in 1944—a year where the majors were devastated by players having to be in the service due to WWII; a year when the St. Louis Browns—the BROWNS—won their only pennant.

At the age of 21 in 1947, Branca won 21 games. There was no CYA then, since Cy Young wouldn’t die until 1955. Branca was an All-Star and finished 11th in the MVP voting.

More importantly, he befriended Jackie Robinson, who that year, as he was breaking the color barrier, was being ostracized by many, including his own teammates.

The movie “42”, about that year of Robinson’s life, portrays Branca very well.

Branca started Game 1 of the WS against the Yanks in 1947, pitching four scoreless innings before the Yanks tagged him for 5 runs in the fifth for a 5-3 win. Branca pitched a couple of innings in relief in Game 3, and got the win in Game 6, pitching a couple of innings in relief in the “Al Gionfriddo” game.

A 3x All-Star, Branca finished 21st in the MVP voting in 1948. He started, and lost, Game 3 of the 1949 Series to the Yanks, giving up just 1 run for 8 innings before tiring and giving up 3 in the top of the ninth. The Dodgers scored two in the bottom half of the ninth but lost 4-3.

Branca was 1-2, 6.35 in four WS games.

He pitched for the Dodgers from 1944-1953, then was with the Tigers 1953-1954, Yankees (5 games, 3 starts, 1-0, 2.84) 1954, was out of the majors in 1955—ironically the only year Brooklyn won the WS—and got in one more game, fittingly with the Dodgers, on September 7, 1956.

His MLB career was over before he turned 31.

He then helped with BAT, an assistance program for ex-players.

He went 88-68, 3.79 in his MLB career, ERA+ 105. His average year would have been 25 starts, 18 relief appearances, and 12-9, 3.79.  As a hitter, he hit .142 with 2 HR.

He and Thomson are both gone,as are most of the players from that game (Willie Mays, 85, was the on deck batter when Thomson homered).

That moment, however, will live forever.

Game 108. 2/3 done. Yanks at .500

Yankee Stadium Frieze

2/3 of the season is over, and the Yanks are dead even at .500 at 54-54. They haven’t varied much from that .500 line all season long.

One thing we have seen from Nathan Eovaldi this season is this: the tendency to give up HR (he leads the team in that) and the tendency to pitch well, but have that one bad inning that bites him.

He had that tonight.

Eovaldi went 7 innings, and gave up 5 hits, but two of them were HR. Of the five hits he gave up, three were in the same inning, two of them were HR, costing him 4 runs, and that was the game.

Other than that he was OK, but that is like asking Mrs. Lincoln, other that the assassination, how did you like the play?

But that is Eovaldi. So frustrating.

Eovaldi gave up a solo HR to Ex-Yank Kelly Johnson in the fifth, and after his own fielding indecision cost him, gave up a 3-run HR to Jay Bruce.

Meanwhile, Ex-Yank Bartolo Colon owned the Yanks, and the Mets won 4-1.

The Yanks’ only run came in the seventh on a double by Gary Sanchez and an RBI single by Aaron Hicks.

Eovaldi (L, 9-8, 4.80) 7 IP, 4 R, 5H, 2 walks, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3 hits, 2HR, all 4 runs–same inning. Sigh.

Warren 1 IP. 0 R,  1 H, 0 Walks, 1 K. 5.18 (Cubs/NYY)

Swarzak 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 5.16.

 

Sometimes I wonder if this is all you get from Eovaldi and Pineda. (To quote the Peggy Lee song, Is That All there is?) If so, it’s not good enough.

Meanwhile, the A-Rod situation is getting embarrassing. He doesn’t play. The Yanks have basically a $27MM man (his salary for the rest of this year plus 2017) who does nothing but sit on the bench. Girardi is managing one man short. A-Rod doesn’t play, doesn’t PR or PH, can’t play the field.

If that is the case, please cut him and eat the $27MM. I know it’s a lot of money to eat, but this is getting embarrassing.

Of course, it would be easier if A-Rod did what Mike Schmidt of the Phillies did in 1989—-accept that he was done, and retire mid season.

But there is that $6MM bonus for hitting #700…. and Alex is just 4 homers short. But if he isn’t playing, you wonder IF, not WHEN he will get those four homers.

It’s sad. It reminds me so much of Willie Mays, 1973 or Steve Carlton in the late 1980s, where everyone knew the player was done and should pack it in, except that great player himself.

Luis Severino will start Tuesday against Boston. Chad Green was sent back to AAA, and Johnny Barbato brought up.

Game 16. Gardner’s walkoff HR wins it.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Usually my goal for the Yanks in each and every April is to just finish April at .500. If over, great. But just finish at .500.

Joe McCarthy, the great ex-Yankee manager from 1931-1946, stated to never fall below .500 if you can help it , and if you do, get back ASAP.

Brett Gardner’s walk-off HR in the 9th won the game today for the Yanks, and made them 7-9. Now to continue that and get back to .500 ASAP.

Masahiro Tanaka did a great job, going 7 innings but getting a ND.

The Yanks scored first, on a WP in the first. A-Rod just missed a 3-run HR when his drive was caught at the top of the wall.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fourth to tie the game, and a HR which hit the foul pole in the fifth that put the Rays up.

Before the game winning HR in the bottom of the ninth, Gardner tied the game with an infield single in the seventh.

Gardner’s HR was his second of the year. He had three hits in the game.

A-Rod continues to struggle, he is at .132. It’s a little early, but come mid- to late May, there may be comparisons to Willie Mays ca. 1973 as far as greats past their peaks. Maybe it is a slump, but when you are almost 41, slumps get magnified.

Headley is at .159. He, like A-Rod, is having a rough go so far.

Some Yankees news: Brandon Pinder was called up recently, as the Yanks have gone from Cessa to Olson to Pinder in the bullpen. Now he has a partially torn UCL and is deciding between rehab or surgery. Nick Goody was brought up to take his place.

Jacob Lindgren at High A had elbow surgery last year, has struggled so far this year, and is having elbow issues again.

Aaron Hicks left Friday’s game with a sore shoulder after attempting a diving catch and will be having an MRI.

Today’s pitching line:

Tanaka 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 7 K, gave up 1 HR. 2.92.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 0.00.
Miller (w, 1-0, 0.00) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks , 0 K.

Game 29. Yanks edge O’s 4-3. A-Rod passes Mays on HR list.

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Alex Rodriguez hit HR #661*, passing Willie Mays for 4th on the all-time HR list as the Yanks beat Baltimore 4-3 Thursday night.

The Orioles scored in the top of the first on a HR by Jimmy Paredes but the Yanks came back with two on an A-Rod SF and an RBI single by Teixeira. On A-Rod’s SF, it looked like that may be the HR that would pass Mays on the all-time HR list but he was robbed of the HR.

Baltimore tied the game in the third on a Caleb Joseph HR. The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third on A-Rod’s historic HR.

Joseph tied the game for Baltimore in the top of the fifth but the Yanks got the game-deciding run in the bottom of that inning on an RBI double by Teixeira.

Ellsbury’s two hits raised him to .363. Gardner’s two hits put him at .318. You can’t ask two guys to set the table better than that. A-Rod’s 2 RBI and Teixeira’s two meant the ballgame. Yeah, A-Rod is at .245, Teix at .223, but they have 18 and 25 RBI respectively. That is the key.

A-Rod’s two hits put him at 2962. His two RBI put him at 1987.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi (W, 3-0, 3.97) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K.

Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 2.79.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.

Miller (12th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  1 walk and 2 K. 0.00.

Check out the ERAs of Betances and Miller. Your setup man and closer both have ERAs of 0.00 as of May 8th.

Reggie Jackson, a special advisor to the Yanks, raves about Jose Pirela and AA minor league OF Aaron Judge. So for those of you unhappy with Stephen Drew and/or Carlos Beltran right now, take heart.

The win puts the Yanks at 18-11 on the season.

More good news, Masahiro Tanaka started some rehab by soft tossing from 60 feet with no issues.