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Game 158. Teix slams Boston, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

If this was the last HR of Mark Teixiera’s career, what a way to go out…with a walk-off grand  slam.

The 5-3 win over Boston puts the Yanks at 82-76 and assures them a winning season. Their last losing season was in 1992.

The game was scoreless until the eighth, when Boston loaded the bases with one out. Mookie Betts doubled in two runs and another run scored on a passed ball. The inning started on an error by Castro.

The Yanks only had one hit in the game going into the bottom of the ninth.

Gardner (who got the only hit up to that point) singled. He moved up on defensive indifference, but Ellsbury walked anyway. A WP moved the runners up, and Sanchez walked to load the bases. He was pinch-run for.

Brian McCann walked to force in a run. 3-1 Boston. McCann was PR for.

Castro struck out and Didi popped up, setting the stage for Teixeira and his GW HR.

It was #15 of the season for Teix, #409 of his career.

Bryan Mitchell had a great start.

It was the first MLB victory for James Pazos.

The Yanks tragic # is 1. Just one Orioles win or Yankees loss will eliminate the Yanks from the postseason.

Mitchell 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 5 walks, 2 K. 3.24.
Warren 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 4.76 (Cubs/NYY)
Layne 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.45 (Bos/NYY)
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 6.43
Pazos (w, 1-0, 6.75) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Game 153. Yanks blanked again, 9-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

As I wrote yesterday, Gary Sanchez can’t do it by himself. He had two hits Friday night, but other than him, the Yanks only got one other hit (Ellsbury) and lost 9-0 to Toronto.

The loss is the Yanks’ 9th in their last 12 games. It officially eliminated them from winning the division.

They are 79-74, and as far as a playoff spot is concerned, they are 4 out with 9 games to go, and have to jump four teams.

Besides not hitting, nothing much went right last night. An error let in two unearned runs, and although Bryan Mitchell was decent, the bullpen let the game get out of hand.

Mitchell (L, 1-2, 4.50) 6 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 6 H,  4 walks, 2 K.
Parker 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 5.17 (Sea/NYY)
Pazos 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 10.80
Heller 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 7.50. Gave up 1 HR.

Game 148. Lost Weekend.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It’s been a lost weekend for the Yankees, who lost their fourth in a row—the last three to Boston— on Saturday afternoon. The score was 6-5.

With 14 games left, the Yanks are 7 out for the division and 4 out of a playoff spot. They’d need to jump 4 teams to make the playoffs. The numbers and time left are not on their side.

Once again, the Yanks got off to a lead, and couldn’t hold it. Once again a starter couldn’t go deep into the game and the middle relief couldn’t shut down Boston.

Once again, Joe Girardi pulled Tommy Layne after Layne faced one batter and did his job, only to have the pitcher following Layne give up runs.

I like Girardi. But his penchant for the binder is killing him (and us fans) this week.The NY Post has (rightfully so, in my opinion) been questioning his moves, particularly as regards Layne, who has been pitching well, but who Girardi keeps pulling out after just one batter.

Show some confidence in him, Joe. If he is doing well, leave him in there.

Also, add the squeeze bunt to your repertoire.

Lastly, injuries struck again. This time it is Castro and Ellsbury. The Yanks are literally limping to the finish line.

The Yanks got off to a 3-0 lead in the third on an RBI triple by Gardner and a 2-run HR by Sanchez (15).

Boston got two back in the bottom of the inning.

Austin Romine doubled in two in the fourth to make it 5-2. The Yanks couldn’t score after that.

Xander Bogaerts homered in the fifth to cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-4.

The Red Sox won the game in the seventh by scoring two runs. Mookie Betts singled to tie it and the winning run scored on a WP by Adam Warren. Boston almost scored an insurance run on the same play when a disgusted Romine pulled a rock, forgot about the runner on second (the runner that was on third scored) and had to scramble back to the plate to tag him out just in time.


Mitchell 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 earned, 5 H, 1 walk, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.75.
Severino 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 1 K. 6.00
Layne (H, 11) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.35. (Bos/NYY)
  Layne faced one batter, got him out. Threw just two pitches.  LEAVE HIM IN, JOE!
Warren (BS, 3; L, 6-4, 4.85; Cubs/NYY)   1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K.


Game 143. Yanks lose, 8-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When Bryan Mitchell won the last time out, it was his first MLB victory.

Kind of tough for a youngster to face a good team like the Dodgers in the midst of a pennant race. Tougher when you have just 1 MLB victory and only four MLB starts under your belt while doing so.

Tougher yet when this is your second game of the season after missing most of the year with an injury.

Even tougher yet when 2 errors (Judge and Sanchez) allow 4 unearned runs to score.

The Dodgers got one in the first, three unearned runs in the second, and another 2 (1 unearned) in the third on their way to an 8-2 win over the Yanks.

Starlin Castro hit a solo HR (21) in the second for the Yanks. They got another run when Aaron Judge hit a HR (4) in the fifth.

But the game was all LA.

Tyler Austin was 0 for 4 with 4 K.

Mitchell (L, 1-1, 2.45) 2 1/3 IP, 6 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 5.12
Bleier 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 2.50. Great job in fruitless cause.
Pazos 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 9.00 Gave up 1 HR.
Heller 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 6.75 Gave up 1 HR.

The loss puts the Yanks at 76-67.  It drops them 5 behind Boston for the Division title, and 2 behind Baltimore for the last playoff spot. They need to jump Baltimore and Detroit.

Game 138. Yanks shut out Toronto, 2-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This was a game that the Yankees were not supposed to win. They used up a lot of the bullpen last night, and the starter, Bryan Mitchell, was just off the DL. He didn’t pitch too many games in the minors, and you wondered if he had enough games in and was stretched out enough to face a tough Toronto lineup in his first MLB appearance of the season.

He was superb, giving the Yanks just what they needed. 5 innings of shutout baseball. Luis Severino was superb in relief (more on that later), and Tyler Clippard closed out the 2-0 Yankees win.

Best of all, the Yankees picked up ground on those they need to pass. Baltimore lost. So did Detroit. So did Houston. All in all, a wonderful night for the Yanks.

As for Severino, what about him and his starter/relief splits this year?

As a starter: 0-8, 8.58. Just horrible.

As a reliever: 2-0, 0.00. Let me repeat that ERA. 14 1/3 IP in relief. 0.00.

I mean, HUH?

This isn’t to say that the Yanks should give up on him as a starter right now. After all, he is just 22. But if he doesn’t develop into a good starter, putting him into the bullpen wouldn’t be a bad idea. After all, Mariano Rivera and Dellin Betances were and are failed starters, and Severino has been dominant in relief, and a bust as a starter this season.

The Yanks got both of their runs in the third inning. Castro homered (20), then Didi doubled, Teix walked and McCann ripped an RBI single. All this happened with two out.

The win puts the Yanks at 73-65. They still have to pass three teams to get a playoff spot, but are now just 2 1/2 games out of that spot.

Mitchell (w, 1-0, 0.00) 5 IP, 0 R, 4 h, 2 walks, 2 K. 1st MLB game this year.
Severino (H, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 6.44. See the splits above.
Clippard (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.19 (AZ/NYY)

Game 137. Yanks win heartstopper, 7-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees needed every inch of the ballpark to win a back and forth, thrilling heartstopper of a game on Tuesday night, 7-6 over Toronto.

Luis Cessa started and did quite well for a rookie in a pennant race, pitching into the sixth and giving up just two runs.

He gave up a HR to Edwin Encarnacion in the first, but the Yanks tied it in the fourth on a HR (17) by Brian McCann.

Toronto went up 2-1 in the fifth but then in the bottom of the seventh, things started to get wild.

Tyler Austin hit a 2-run HR (2) in the bottom of the seventh to put the Yanks up 3-2.

But the Yanks bullpen was shaky as heck. They gave up the lead in the top of the 8th, and it was now 4-3 Toronto. I couldn’t understand why that inning, in a big spot, Girardi went to Ben Heller. It was the kid’s sixth MLB game, and a tough sp;ot to bring in a rookie like that.

The Yanks came back with four in the bottom of the eighth. Ellsbury walked, and after Sanchez struck out, Gregorius tripled to tie the game. Castro hit a SF to give the Yanks the lead, then McCann walked and Headley followed with a 2-run HR (13). 7-4 Yanks.

Betances coming in. Game over, right?


Betances almost blew the game. Two walks, a WP, and an infield single made it 7-5. 1st and 3rd, no out. Betances got a strikeout, but then a walk loaded the bases. An infield single make it 7-6, bases loaded, one out.

In came Blake Parker to relieve Betances. He got a strikeout.

Then Justin Smoak “smoaked” on to the wall in left. Gardner went back and made the catch right at the wall. For a moment, it appeared the ball would pop out of his glove.


The win puts the Yanks at 72-65, 4 1/2 out in the AL East. They are still 3 1/2 out of a playoff spot and still have three teams to jump over.

Tonight it appears as if Bryan Mitchell will get the start. He and James Pazos were called up yesterday. I just wonder if Mitchell is ready and stretched out enough in coming off the DL.Also, Girardi went through eight pitchers. He didn’t use Severino, so maybe he hopes for four from Mitchell, then four from Severino today.

Cessa 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.07
Pazos 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Faced one batter gave up a hit. 1st MLB appearance this season. ERA infinity.
Warren 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 5.00 (Cubs/NYY)
Layne 0 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.55 (Bos/NYY). Faced 1 batter, walked him.
Heller (BS,1 ) 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 6.00. Faced 2 batters, gave up a hit and a walk.
Shreve (w, 2-1, 4.80) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Betances (H, 28) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 1 K. 2.31.
Parker (S, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.09 (Sea/NYY)

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB got a run in the bottom of the 8th and walked it off in the bottom of the 9th for a 2-1 win. Bryan Mitchell 5 1/3 IP, 1 R. In my major league report, I mentioned that Mitchell may not be stretched out enough or have enough rehab time in to replace Green (injury) in the rotation. I could be wrong, but we’ll see. Chris Parmalee walk-off HR.

AA: Trenton did the exact same thing to Reading in winning 2-1. Good news in that Justus Sheffield, 20, was bumped up to AA. 4 IP, 1 run, UNEARNED, and 9 K. Nice. Dustin Fowler 8th inning HR to tie it, and Mike Ford 9th inning walkoff HR. Trenton won despite 14 strikeouts. Reading’s starter was Mark Leiter, son of Mark Leiter and nephew of Al Leiter.Trenton’s win kept them alive to possibly steal the division from Reading. They are assured the wild card, and are now 1 1/2 games behind Reading.

High A: Tampa ppd.

Low A: Charleston ppd.