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Yankees prospects in the AFL, Hank Aaron awards, and WS Game 2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

To the Arizona Fall League and Yankees’ prospects. Scottsdale, 6-7, lost 8-2.

SS Thairo Estrada, 4 for 5, .395
LF Billy McKinney 2 for 4, RBI, walk. .321

I don’t know if this will be an omen of things to come via the MVP voting, but the Hank Aaron awards went to Giancarlo Stanton in the NL and Jose Altuve in the AL.

In WS Game 2, the game went extra innings, with both bullpens failing. Houston pulled out a 7-6 win in 11 innings to even up the Series.

It is the first WS win in Houston’s history.

The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead into the eighth. Houston had gotten an RBI single in the third, but the Dodgers got a solo HR by Joc Pederson in the fifth, and a two-run HR by Cory Seager in the sixth.

So going into the eighth, it appeared that LA had solved Keuchel & Verlander back-to-back. Verlander only gave up two hits, but both were homers.

Then the Dodger bullpen failed. Brandon Morrow gave up a leadoff double to Alex Bregman leading off the eighth. Even though closer Kenley Jansen came in, he gave up a single to Carlos Correa which cut it to 3-2.

In the ninth, Jansen gave up a HR to Marwin Gonzalez that tied the game.

In the tenth, both teams traded blows. Josh Fields replaced Jansen and gave up back-to-back homers to Jose Altuve and to Correa. 5-3 Houston. Altuve and Correa combined as the first players to ever go back-to-back in extra innings in Fall Classic history.

But the Dodgers tied it in the bottom of the tenth. Yasier Puig homered to cut it to 5-4. After two strikeouts, Logan Forsythe, a defensive replacement in the top of the inning, walked. A WP and a single by Enrique Hernandez tied the game.

Brandon McCarthy became the new Dodgers’ pitcher and promptly gave up a single to Cameron Maybin, a SB, then a 2-run HR to George Springer which was the deciding blow.

With two out in the bottom of the eleventh, Charlie Culberson homered for the Dodgers to cut it to 7-6, but Puig then struck out to end the game.

A lot of back and forth in the last few innings, but Houston came out on top as both bullpens were bad in those last four innings.

Even though Houston won, relievers Ken Giles and winner Chris Devenski struggled.

If you check the boxscore, you’ll see too often guys who were effective for an inning pulled. Why? Effective, leave him in. Instead you get these guys who came in and stunk. Houston used five pitchers in the game, the Dodgers nine. As a result, you got that slugging match in the end.

Eight HRs were hit. According to mlb.com:

Five of those big flies came in extra innings, setting a record for any MLB game, regular season or postseason — not just the World Series.

 

 

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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 20. Yanks alone in first after 4-1 win.

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It is early, 20 games in, but no matter what time of the season, the words “alone in first” sound great, don’t they?

The Yanks beat the Rays 4-1 Monday night to go to 12-8, and earn that title, “alone in first”. It’s their 9th win in their last 11 games.

The Yanks scored first when Brett Gardner drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth. The Rays tied it in the sixth.

Adam Warren got a ND, going 5 2/3, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 6 K. 4.35.

In the bottom of the sixth, Brian McCann, who was overdue for a HR, hit his second of the season to put the Yanks up 2-1. Beltran and Drew then doubled to make it 3-1. Ellsbury was HBP with the bases loaded in the eighth to make it 4-1, the final margin.

After Warren left, Justin Wilson (1-0, 4.05) pitched 1 inning, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

David Carpenter 1/3 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.38.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

Andrew Miller (8th save) 1 IP,  0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

It looks like the Yanks not re-signing Brandon McCarthy is a good thing for the Yanks. He’ll miss the rest of the season with a torn UCL and will need TJ surgery. Tough break for the ex-Yank and now Dodger pitcher.

Game 157. Yanks fall, 5- 4. On brink of elimination.

Brandon McCarthy gave up three HR and the Yanks couldn’t climb out of an early 4-0 hole as they lost to the Orioles 5-4 Tuesday night.

The loss puts the Yanks “tragic number” of missing the playoffs at one. They are 81-76, one game ahead of Toronto for second in the AL East. With five games left, the best the Yanks can do is 86-76, and both KC and Oakland have 86 wins now. Any Yanks loss will eliminate them from the playoffs, and they would have to hope either KC or Oakland loses all their games from here on out. An impossible task. (Not to mention Seattle has 83 wins right now and that the Indians have 82). The Yanks are five out of the last wild card with five games to go.

McCarthy (L, 10-15, 4.05 overall, 7-5, 2.89 as NYY) went 5 1/3, giving up 5 R, 11 H, 0 walks and 8 K. He gave up two in the second, two in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Rich Hill 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 3.38.

Esmiel Rogers 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.96

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.40.

David Robertson  1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.74.

The Yanks got one in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI groundout by Chris Young to cut the Orioles’ lead to 4-1.

Stephen Drew got a bases-loaded SF in the sixth to cut the Orioles’ lead to 5-2.

Brian McCann hit a 2-run HR (23) in the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4 but the Yanks couldn’t catch up.

Derek Jeter went 1 for 5, career hit #3461 but struck out to end the game. He is at .255.

 

 

 

 

Game 151. Yanks edge Rays, 3-2.

The Yanks won 3-2 Wednesday night as Derek Jeter finally got hit #3451. Before the hit, Jeter was in an 0 for 28 skid.

Brandon McCarthy (W, 10-14, overall ERA 3.93; 7-4 as a Yankee, ERA 2.54 (great pickup) ) went 7, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Dellin Betances set a new mark for strikeouts by a Yankees’ reliever, surpassing the 130 Mariano Rivera set in 1996 when Mo set up John Wetteland.

Betances, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.33.

David Robertson got his 37th save, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.88.

Chase Headley and Brendan Ryan both made excellent defensive plays and had RBI doubles in the game in the fifth inning. I can see the Yanks bringing back Headley (who is a free agent) to play 3B next year, with Prado at 2B. Refsnyder may begin the year at AAA. As for Pirela, he could become a free agent and the Yanks could lose him. If Headley is at 3B (and backing up at 1B) A-Rod (remember him?) mostly DHs. Remember A-Rod would be coming back after missing all of 2014, playing only 44 games in 2013 and off of two hip surgeries. The only thing is, if A-Rod DH’s, (he turns 40 in July 2015), then the 38 year old Beltran MUST be healthy enough to play RF and not have to DH.

Brett Gardner just missed a grand slam in the sixth, but did get as SF that proved to be the winning run.

The Rays got a run in the fourth on an Evan Longoria HR before the Yanks two runs in the fifth. They also got another run in the sixth after the Yanks had gone up 3-1.

McCarthy had an “immaculate inning” in the 7th. 3 up, 3 down, all by K and on 9 pitches. Other Yanks to do it were Al Downing in 1967, Ron Guidry in 1984, A.J. Burnett in 2009 and Ivan Nova last year.

The Yanks only had four hits in the game, but improved to 77-74. With the win they moved into a tie for 2nd in the AL East with Toronto. But as far as that final wild card spot goes, they are six back with 11 games to play and need to jump four teams.

Carlos Beltran left the team. Sympathies to him and his family for losing an unborn son.

Games 145/146. Yanks get swept.

The Yanks’ very remote playoff chances were basically killed off on Friday when they scored only one run in 20 innings of a DH and lost both games to the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1 in 11 innings, and 5-0.

With the losses, the Yanks fell to 75-71, and are in 3rd place, 12 1/2 behind division leader Baltimore, and are five games out of the final wild card spot with just 16 to play.

In the first game, the game was scoreless until Thursday night’s hero, Chris Young homered in the top of the 11th. Unfortunately, the Yanks weren’t playing at home like they were on Thursday night, so the HR wasn’t a GW walk-off. Instead, Adam Warren came in, hit one batter, walked two, then gave up a two-out, two-run single to blow the game, 2-1.

Antoan Richardson went 3 for 4 in the DH. (I correct myself from a previous version of this post. I thought it was his first MLB hit, but he went 2-4 for Atlanta in 2011. )

The Game 1 pitching line:

McCarthy 7 Ip, 0 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 6 K. Overall ERA  3.98 (as NYY, 2.54)
Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 1.37
Robertson 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 2.68.
Warren (L, 3-6, 3.30) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 K.

The Yanks’ offense continued to struggle in Game 2 of the DH, since they lost that one 5-0, getting just four hits.

Rookie Bryan Mitchell made his first MLB start (second MLB game), and did well the first time through the order before the Orioles caught up to him.

David Phelps struggled in his return from the DL (rusty).

Mitchell 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 2 K. (L, 0-1, 2.57).
Outman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Overall ERA 3.00
Phelps 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 4.38.
Hill 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.93.
Roe 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 9.00.

Derek Jeter didn’t play in the first game of the DH and went 0 for 4 in the nightcap. He stays at 3450 career hits as his career is winding down (just over two weeks to go). He is down to .253, and is hitting .181 since August 2nd, when his average was .278. Jeter, of course, missed most of last year (hitting just .190 in 17 games) recovering from the breaks in his ankle, and at the age of 40, you wonder if it is age, fatigue (after all, he missed most of last year) or a combination of age, deterioration of skills, fatigue, all the ceremonies and the realization this is the end, etc.

Whatever, the last five weeks or so have been tough to watch. Seeing him lose 25 points off his batting average, and getting to the point where we really have to wonder if he’ll stay above .250 for this season has been difficult. It’s sad to watch lately.

Game 140. Yanks KO KC 6-2.

Brandon McCarthy went 6 2/3 strong innings and Martin Prado had 3 hits as the Yanks beat KC 6-2 on Saturday.

McCarthy improved to 6-4 as a Yankee, and 9-14, 4.13 overall on the season. He gave up 2 r, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

A double by Prado and single by Teixeira gave the Yanks a run in the first. After KC tied it with a run in the third, the Yanks got two in the bottom of the third to go up 3-1. John Ryan Murphy doubled, Elsbury tripled and Jeter had a SF.

Singles by Headley and Murphy and a throwing error gave the Yanks another run in the fourth.

In the fifth, Prado doubled again, and scored on a Beltran double. After a walk to Headley, Ichiro singled to put the Yanks up 6-1.

KC got a run in the seventh but the Yanks held on to win 6-2.

Kelley 1/3 IP, 0 r,  0 h, 0 walks, 0 k. 4.34.

Betances the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 1.41.

Robertson the 9th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.82.

I’ll be up Sunday for Derek Jeter Day.

The win put the Yanks at  73-67, 8 1/2 back of the Orioles and second place in the AL East. They are 4 out of the last playoff spot with 22 games to go.