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Game 76. Yanks lose to Houston, 3-1.

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Before the game, the Yanks brought back Esmiel Rogers and sent Gregorio Petit down to AAA.

The move was to get a fresh arm. The Yanks had Shreve, Wilson and Betances unavailable due to recent workload.

The bullpen wasn’t needed. The good Michael Pineda showed up and pitched eight strong innings, but he got no help from his offense or defense as the Yanks lost 3-1 Sunday in Houston.

The Yanks managed only two hits in the game, the only run coming in the third on a walk, WP and Brett Gardner single.

Garrett Jones and Brett Gardner messed up a fly ball in the fourth. It was Gardner’s ball, as the CF should take everything he can get. Jones got too close to Gardner, the ball fell in for a double, then was kicked around and the batter came all the way around to score. Ugly.

Pineda gave up runs in the seventh and eighth. Meanwhile the only other Yankees hit was by A-Rod, #3010 of his career, tying Wade Boggs on the all-time list.

Pineda 8 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 0 walks and 8 K. (L, 8-5, 4.08).

With the loss, the Yanks stayed 1/2 game out of first, but dropped to 3rd place in the division.

Baltimore 41-34  —
Tampa Bay 42-35  —-
YANKEES 41-35  -1/2
Toronto 41-36   – 1
Boston 34-43  -8

It doesn’t get much tighter than that. The Yanks have a 1/2 game lead for the last wild card slot.

Long way to go. Who will get separation?

Kind of feel sorry for Ryne Sandberg, who resigned as Phils’ manager a few days ago. As my grandpa used to sometimes say, you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken s**t.

Update: Ellsbury could start rehab games tonight (Monday) and rejoin the Yanks this weekend. Miller continues to throw, but no rehab games yet.

Game 74. Young Love. Yanks edge Houston, 3-2.

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Apologies to Sonny James and/or Tab Hunter for the headline. You are getting old like me if you remember the song!

Chris Young’s 3-run HR in the seventh (9) lifted the Yanks to a 3-2 win over Houston on Friday night. With the win, the Yanks are 40-34.

How tight is the AL East? Look at this!

Tampa Bay 41-34  —
YANKEES 40-34   – 1/2  (wild card leader)
Baltimore 39-34   -1
Toronto 40-35    -1
Boston 33-42  -8

Minnesota, Baltimore and Toronto are basically all tied for the second wild-card spot.

Nathan Eovaldi gave up runs in the third and the sixth, but it took Young’s HR to win the game. The Yanks were scoreless for their first 15 innings in Houston for this four-game series.

With his seventh win of the season, Eovaldi set a new season-high for himself.

Eovaldi (W, 7-2, 4.81) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 6 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.76 (Looking like a great pickup)
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.08
Betances (5th save) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 H, 2 K. 1.21.

From Lohud:

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been out since May 19 with a sprained right knee, was traveling to Houston on Friday. Girardi said he’ll work out on Saturday and the team would decide whether he’s ready to go on a rehabilitation assignment. Girardi said the Yankees need to see him run at 100 percent before he can be sent out

Also, Andrew Miller is beginning to throw.

The minors, and moves.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks were off today, but did pick up a half a game over Tampa Bay because of the Rays loss to the Angels. In that game, Albert Pujols passed Mickey Mantle on the all-time HR list, hitting #537. The Yanks now have a 2-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks brought up Mason “Classical Gas” Williams up from AAA. How I hope they play that song for his walk up. It’d be perfect, right? Williams, 23, between AA/AAA this year, was at .318-0-22 with 13 sb. Good speed, CF, lefty hitter, no power, good defense. He’ll enable Gardner to go back to LF and be there until Ellsbury is ready. Last year, Williams hit just .223 at AA with 21 SB. While he is up, the Yanks hope he plays good D, and gets the occasional hit and SB.

So in the past few days, (and LoHud had a nice chart)…

Ryan replaces Pirela as backup IF. Ryan better D, and the vet. Pirela maybe the better hitter, but Ryan earns the bigger $$$.

Williams replaces Flores in the OF.

By necessity, because of Miller’s DL stint, Chris Martin (fresh off rehab) replaces him.

I think Miller returns after the ASG.

In a few weeks, Ellsbury and Nova should be ready. Ellsbury replaces Williams. As for Nova, that’s a more difficult call. Do you send Lindgren down? Does Nova go into the rotation with Warren to the bullpen (appears that way)? Does Nova go into the bullpen? Does Lindgren stay and say, the Yanks DFA Rogers or Capuano?

In addition the Yanks traded David Carpenter to Washington for a minor league second baseman, Tony Renda, who will probably go to AA.  Renda, a righty hitter, is 24 and was hitting .267-1-23 with 13 SB at AA Harrisburg.

Now for the minors.

AAA: 9-2 win for SWB.  Kyle Davies (5-3, 4.03) 2 R in 6 1/3. 1B Kyle Roller 2 h, 3 rbi. 3B Cole Figueroa 3 h, 2 doubles, rbi.

AA: Trenton won 6-0 on a combined one-hitter. Sergio Santos, just acquired, pitched a scoreless inning with 2 K. C Gary Sanchez (injured bruised hand) left the game in the 2nd and his replacement, Francisco Arcia, homered. Judge, Bird, Jagielo and Arcia all w/2h and an RBI.

High A: Regular game: Tampa lost 3-1. Gregorio Petit, on rehab, 1 for 2 w/a walk.

Makeup of 6/10 rainout: 4-3 loss. SS Tyler Wade, C Kyle Higashioka and LF Ericson Leonora all with 2 hits each.

A: 4-3 win for Charleston.  CF Dustin Fowler 2 h, HR , 2 RBI.

Game 59. Yanks lose game, streak, closer, make moves with more to come.

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It’s one thing to lose a seven-game winning streak. All things must pass. But the Yanks also lost their closer for a couple of weeks.

Andrew Miller is going on the DL for a few weeks, and Dellin Betances will have to take over as the closer.

Nathan Eovaldi pitched well today, but going into the bottom of the seventh, was trailing 2-0.

The Yanks got four in the bottom of the seventh. Brendan Ryan, just activated (Ramon Flores was sent down) tripled in one run, Gardner doubled to tie it up, A-Rod’s double (RBI 1998) put the Yanks up 3-2 and McCann’s single made it 4-2.

Betances and Miller time, right? But no.

Girardi was concerned about Betances’ workload, and Miller was unavailable because he was about to go on the DL. Girardi also didn’t want to use Shreve because of his recent workload.

It turned out to be a case of lose the battle to win the war. He brought in rookie Jacob Lindgren, but Lindgren gave up a 2-run HR to tie the game.

After Lindgren, he brought in Capuano, figuring that with the game going extras (the Yanks lost 5-4 in 11), that Capuano could provide some length. But Capuano gave up a run in the eleventh and the Yanks fell to 33-26. The lead in the AL East was cut to 1 1/2.

After the game, Pirela was sent down. Ryan basically replaced Flores. Now could Flores come back? Yes, because of Miller’s injury. But expect the Yanks to call up a reliever, be it Brandon Pinder or Jose Ramirez, or maybe Diego Moreno, to help in the bullpen.

A-Rod’s RBI double, besides being RBI 1998, was hit 2992 for him.

Eovaldi 7 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 4 K. 4.13
Lindgren 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.26
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 3.86
Capuano (L, 0-4, 5.63) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

In the 38th round, the Yanks drafted a kid from my area, 2B Mike Garzillo, who went to Nazareth HS and Lehigh U.

Update: The Yanks will bring RHP Chris Martin back off of rehab.

Game 58. Drew, Tanaka lead Yanks to 7th straight win, 6-1.

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For six-plus innings, this was everything it was hyped to be. A great pitching duel, Tanaka vs. Scherzer.

In the end, Tanaka got the best of it, the Yanks won their seventh straight game, and opened up a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL East with a 33-25 record.

Stephen Drew had 2 HR. The first came in the bottom of the third, and gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead.

Tanaka then coughed up a HR to Bryce Harper in the top of the fourth to tie the game. I thought it would be a long fly ball, but it just kept carrying.

Then I saw a couple of mistakes. In the bottom of the sixth, the Yanks had first and third and one out. Beltran hit a liner to CF. The Nats CF tried for a shoestring catch but trapped the ball. He still got a force on McCann on second. However, Teix was caught in no man’s land and instead of just staying on the bag, then coming home no matter what happened, he was stuck on third. They did not score. Ugh.

But then Bryce Harper of Washington pulled what I thought was a bad play. In the top of the seventh, Harper, leading off, had two strikes on him. He had homered off Tanaka earlier, his 20th HR of the season. With two strikes on him, he tried to bunt, fouled it off, and that was strike three. In a close ballgame you want him swinging the bat. Break for the Yankees.

In the fourth, the Yanks got a break. With men on first and second, and two out, A-Rod sent one toward the hole. Washington’s SS tried to get a force at third, but the throw hit the runner, Ramon Flores, and ricocheted into the dugout to advance the runners and give the Yanks a 2-1 lead. But (and the most important thing) is that they tacked on. Brian McCann singled in two, and Beltran singled in another one to make it 5-1.

In the 8th, Drew hit his second HR of the game (and the second 2-HR game from him in less than a week) to make it 6-1. Drew now has just 31 hits on the year and a .175 batting average, but he does have 9 HR. He is on course for about 25 HR. Yes, .175 stinks, but 25 HR for a second baseman? I’ll take that. Sometimes batting average is overrated. I am not saying .175 is good, but hey, as long as the hits he does get are extra base hits (9 HR), I’ll take it. .175 or not, he is tied with McCann as far as HR, and only Teix and A-Rod have more. .175 but 25 HR? Ok, I’ll accept that. Not ideal, but…

McCann had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Flores, a rookie in the majors for what, 3 weeks now? had three hits and two were off Scherzer, one of the best pitchers in the game. Go figure.

McCann is hot, raising his average to .266.

Tanaka (W, 4-1, 2.48) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 6 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.28.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 1 walk, and 0 K. 2.16
Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walk and 0 K. 1.03.

Washington drafted Mariano Rivera’s son, Mariano Rivera III, in the fourth round of the draft today.

The Giants got a no-no from one of their pitchers for the fourth straight year today. After Cain (PG), and Lincecum twice, Chris Heston no-hit the Mets today.

 

Game 57. Yanks sweep Angels, win 6th straight, 6-2.

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The Yanks maintained their 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East with a 6-2 win over the Angels on Sunday, their 6th win in a row. The win puts the Yanks at 32-25 on the season.

Although the big blow was a 3-run HR (5) by Brett Gardner, for me the keys of the game came from three guys who were struggling.

1) CC. He came into the game with a 2-7 record. It didn’t look good early on. After getting an out, he gave up back-to-back HRs to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. For Pujols, career HR #535 passed Jimmy Foxx on the all-time HR list and put him just 1 HR behind Mickey Mantle. When David Freese doubled after Pujols’ HR, you thought that here we go again.

But CC settled in and gave 6 IP, with just those 2 runs before he and manager Girardi were ejected in the sixth for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire.

2) Chris Young. Young’s HR (7) to tie the game came after a 2 for 31 slump. Later that inning, Gardner’s HR gave the Yanks the lead.

3) Jose Pirela. The kid has struggled, especially defensively, lately, but today hit his first MLB HR. How long he’ll be with the Yanks is in question because Brendan Ryan may be ready to come off the DL and replace Pirela as the infield utility man. But still nice to see the kid get his first MLB HR.

The Angels got two in the first on those b-2-b HR, but nothing afterward. CC was helped in the game on a timing play. Beltran threw out Trout at second trying to tag up. The out was recorded before Aybar scored on what should have been a SF. It took a run off the board for the Angels.

Down 2-0, the Yanks got a run in the third on a Pirela double, flyout to move the runner up and a groundout by Gregorius.

In the fifth, Young’s HR tied it up and Gardner’s put them ahead 5-2. Pirela’s HR in the seventh accounted for the final margin.

The Yanks are off Monday. Tuesday’s game appears to be a classic pitching matchup. Washington comes into the Stadium, and it’s Scherzer vs. Tanaka. I don’t know if it is on TV (I don’t get YES) but I hope it is.

CC (W, 3-7, 5.25) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.05
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.29
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.04

 

 

 

Game 54. Along came Jones. Yanks sweep Seattle, 3-1.

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You can forgive Seattle if they won’t play the old 1950s hit Along Came Jones for a while.

For the second straight game, a Garrett Jones HR by the Yanks was the game-winner. They beat Seattle Wednesday 3-1 to go to 29-25 on the season. On course for 87-75. We await word on Tampa Bay’s game to see what kind of an AL East lead the Yanks will have. (Update: The Rays won, the Yanks’ lead is still one game).

More surprising was how well Masahiro Tanaka pitched in coming off the DL. Tanaka was on an 80-85 pitch limit. He went 7 innings and threw just 76 pitches.

He gave up just 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 9 K. 3-1, 2.76.

The guy flat out knows how to pitch. Now if only the Yanks can keep him healthy.

For in 25 starts in his MLB career, he is 16-6, 2.77.

The Yanks made a surprising move in getting Tanaka off of the DL. They DFA’d Carpenter.

Mark Teixeira homered in the second, #16 on the year, #379 for his career, tying a couple of other good first basemen, Tony Perez and Orlando Cepeda, on the all-time list.

Tanaka gave a run back in the third, and was saved from giving up another by LF Ramon Flores. Just called up a week ago, Flores is just 2-14 as a hitter but has thrown two runners out at the plate.

In the fourth, Jones hit his two-run HR (3) which was the game-winner.

After Tanaka left,

Capuano 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.23
Miller (17th save) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.08.

A-Rod was hitless, stuck at 2987.

Brian McCann was removed after his first at bat due to a sore foot,. MRI tomorrow.

The Yanks are off on Thursday.