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Game 21. UNBELIEVABLE COMEBACK! Down 9-1 after 5 1/2, Yanks win 14-11 in 10!

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In going 12-3 after a 1-4 start (entering tonight, 13-7) the Yanks have had great pitching.

They didn’t have that tonight and found themselves down 9-1 after 5 1/2 innings.

Then the bats woke up. In a 14-11 slugfest, the Yanks rallied from that eight-run deficit to win 14-11 in 10 innings. What a huge win.

With the win, the Yanks tie the Orioles at the top of the AL East with a 14-7 record.

CC Sabathia was off his game tonight. He gave up a 2-run double to Manny Machado in the third and a two-run HR to Wellington Castillo in the fourth to put the Yanks in a 4-0 hole.

In the fifth, Machado hit a monster shot over the restaurant in CF. 470 feet. 5-0 Orioles. You wanted to write this one off.

In the bottom of the fifth, Judge turned jury and executioner (to borrow a phrase from one on my best friends) to make it 5-1. HR #8. He wasn’t finished.

But in the sixth, CC was done, Bryan Mitchell came in and he had his first bad outing of the year. Mitchell gave up a grand slam to Trumbo. 9-1 Orioles.

But the Yanks got a little back. Didi Gregorius, in his first game this season, got an RBI groundout (he doubled in his first AB of the year). Judge hit his 2nd HR of the game, a 2-run shot (9), to cut it to 9-4.

Baltimore got two in the top of the seventh. 11-4. Now, you figured, the Yanks were surely done.

Nope. In the bottom of the inning, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a grand slam. HR #3 of the season was #100 of his career and his first grand slam. 11-8.

To the ninth. Britton, the Orioles’ great closer, is on the DL, and it cost them. Headley walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth and Holliday singled him to third. An RBI groundout by Ellsbury made it 11-9.

Castro then tied the game with a HR (5). Extra innings.

In the bottom of the 10th, both Hicks and Higashioka walked. After Headley struck out, Holliday homered  (3) to win the game 14-11.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. ERA jumps from 2.70 to 4.34.
Mitchell 2/3 IP 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up the grand slam. His ERA jumps to 4.82. Rough night for CC and Mitchell.
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.57. Unsung hero. Kept us in it.
Clippard 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 h, 0 W, 0 K. 2.08
Chapman (w, 1-0, 1.08) 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 w, 2 K.

Unbelievable comeback.

Unbelievable that after 21 games, Gardner is under .200, has no RBI and still the Yanks are 14-7. You wonder when Ellsbury stops hitting cleanup and replaces Gardy in the leadoff spot.

Unbelievable that the Yanks are 14-7 with Greg Bird hitting .109.

Holliday 3 hits, scored 3, drove in 3. His “coming out” party as a Yankee, you could say.

Ellsbury only had 1 hit, but drove in 5 runs. Of course, that one hit was a grand slam.

Judge 2 HR. 3 RBI. A beast.

Didi 2 hits in his first game back.

Castro 3 hits, the big game-tying HR, and he is at .361.





Game 18. Nova gets revenge, Montgomery shows grit in Yanks’ 2-1 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I have a lot to say about this game, which the Yankees lost 2-1 to drop them to 11-7.

First off, in only 3 major league starts, I am impressed with Jordan Montgomery, who has a 3.78 ERA after 3 starts. That is good for the rookie. Keep it up. I see a lot of Andy Pettitte-like qualities in him.

In the first inning, he had the bases loaded and no one out and minimized the damage. Just one run.

He went 6 IP, 2 R without his best stuff. Impressive.

But the Yanks only run came on a HR by Jacoby Ellsbury (2) in the seventh as ex-Yankee Ivan Nova got the win and a bit of revenge.

My biggest gripe comes with poor baseball by the Yankees in the ninth inning.

With one out, Judge singled and Holliday walked. Torreyes hit what should have been a game-ending DP ball but the Pirates made an error that loaded the bases with one out.

Down 2-1. One out. A walk ties the game. Take a strike.

Instead, Aaron Hicks didn’t even take a strike or make the pitcher throw strikes. He swung at all three pitches and struck out.

Pete Kozma was forced to bat b/c the Yanks used up all their bench players. Kozma, who most likely will be released in a week when Didi Gregorius comes off the DL, is a good field, no hit player. He swung on a 2-0 pitch and grounded out to end the game. What is Kozma doing swinging at 2-0 instead of taking a strike and hoping for two more balls to force in the winning run?

I place some blame on Girardi. He should have given Kozma a take sign on 2-0. No way do you swing. Take a strike, maybe he will walk in the tying run.

Sometimes games are simply lost, and sometimes you lose because you aren’t playing heads-up baseball. Today, I feel the Yanks lost because they were not playing heads up baseball.

Would the pitcher have walked in a run? We’ll never know. But the Yanks didn’t give themselves a chance to find out.

As mentioned, I am impressed with Montgomery despite the loss.

But the Yanks need Bird to start hitting. He is at .104.

Also, Brett Gardner has to get it going. He is at .182. I know he was shopped around in the offseason, and I still feel he is trade bait if Frazier/Fowler or another OF gets it going in the minors.

But not only is Gardner at .182, but after 18 games, he has ZERO RBI. I know he is the leadoff hitter, but still, ZERO RBI.

Lastly, Kyle Higashioka needs to get his first MLB hit soon. He’s called good ballgames but hopefully he does not start pressing trying to get that first hit.

Hopefully he and Bird pick it up. This week in Boston would be a nice time to do so.

Montgomery (L, 1-1, 3.78) 6 IP, 2 R,  7 H, 2 walks, 5 K.
Mitchell 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 1.04.

Game 17. Yanks bomb Bucs, 11-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got five runs in the sixth and another five in the eighth in defeating the Pirates 11-5 to go to 11-6 on the season.

Michael Pineda gave up solo homers in the first and fourth, and Pittsburgh added another run in the fifth to go up 3-0.

Starlin Castro tied the game with a 3-run HR (4). After Castro’s HR, Aaron Judge doubled, Greg Bird was HBP and Austin Romine singled to load the bases. Ronald Torreyes doubled in two runs to make it 5-3 Yanks.

What can you say about the jobs Romine and Torreyes are doing filling in for the injured Sanchez and Gregorius? Romine had two hits yesterday, Torreyes had four.

The Pirates came right back with two in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game up at five.

With two out in the top of the eighth, Romine reached on an error and Torreyes singled. Chris Carter, pinch-hitting for P Dellin Betances, hit his first HR  (1) of the season to make it 8-5. Ellsbury then reached on another Pirates’ error, and a three-base error to boot. A wild pitch enabled him to score as Pittsburgh had one sloppy inning. Doubles by Hicks and Headley made it 10-5.

Aaron Judge hit a massive 457-ft. HR, his sixth (6) HR of the season, in the ninth to finish off the scoring at 11-5. Judge’s at bats are becoming can’t miss. Already there is talk of putting him into this year’s HR derby to see how far he can hit one. Some of his batting practice shots have been incredible.

Pineda 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 6 K. 3.86. Gave up 2 HR
Holder (H, 2) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 k. 3.38
Clippard (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.35
Betances (W, 2-1, 1.50) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.35
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 1 K. 0.00

Game 15. Tanaka & 4 Yankees’ HRs = win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks improved to 10-5 tonight with a 9-1 win.

They hit 4 HR, but to me, the most important thing tonight was that Masahiro Tanaka got back to being Masahiro Tanaka. Meaning, an ace.

He had struggled in his first three starts this year. As a result, the ERA is still bloated. But the Tanaka tonight is the Tanaka we have come to expect and need. Ace-like.

The Yanks got 2 in the first on a 2-run HR by Chase Headley (3).

In the second, Aaron Judge singled and was doubled to third by Greg Bird. Austin Romine singled in one run and an Rbi groundout by Ronald Torreyes made it 4-0.

After the White Sox scored a run in the fourth, the Yanks salted the game away in the fifth.

With two out and two on, Starlin Castro got the green light on a 3-0 pitch and hit a three-run HR (3) to make it 7-0.  Then Aaron Judge made it back-to-back HRs with a moonshot (5) to make it 8-0. Remember that Judge was robbed of a HR by a bad umpire’s call on fan interference a couple of days ago.

Aaron Hicks, so awful last year, hit a PH HR (4) in the eighth for the final score of 9-1.

Meanwhile, Tanaka was back to being Tanaka.

Tanaka (w, 2-1, 6.00) 7 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 6 K.
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1.59.
Layne 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 k. 2.25.

The Yanks are off Thursday and have a weekend series in Pittsburgh.

Game 12. Bird breaks out as Yanks win 7th straight, 9-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Greg Bird went 3 for 3 with a walk, single, double and 2-run HR to break a 1 for 26 slump as the Yankees’ concluded a weekend sweep of the Cardinals with a 9-3 win Sunday night.

The win, the Yanks’ seventh in a row, raised their record to 8-4.

In the second, Chase Headley singled, and Aaron Judge appeared to hit a 2-run HR. A fan interfered but the play still should have been ruled a 2-run HR since the ball would have cleared the fence anyway. Instead of being overruled, it was ruled a run-scoring triple. Bird then hit the next pitch far over the fence into the bleachers (1) to make it 3-1.  (The Cards had scored in the top of the first).

Aaron Hicks wrapped a HR (3) around the right field foul pole in the fifth to make it 4-1.

The Yanks got the good Michael Pineda last night. He did give up a HR in the seventh to cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-2, but he went 7 innings and only gave up 2 runs.

The Yanks broke it open in the eighth. Headley and Judge walked, and Bird singled to load the bases. Austin Romine doubled in two, Ronald Torreyes doubled in two, and Torreyes later scored on a SF by Hicks.

Hicks was 2 for 3, 2 RBI. Headley 2 for 2 with 2 walks. Starlin Castro had 2 hits. Austin Romine 2 hits and 2 RBI and Torreyes, with his 2 RBI, still leads the team in RBI.

Pineda  (w, 2-1, 3.44) 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.69
Mitchell 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.08.



Game 8. Here come the Judge. HR’s in 3rd straight game. Yanks win. Montgomery solid. Gardner hurt. Surgery for Kaprielian?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jordan Montgomery was solid in his MLB debut. Although he left after 4 2/3, he kept the Yanks in the game, and they would win 8-4.

Aaron Judge HR’d for the third straight game. Brett Gardner got hurt and the news on James Kaprielian doesn’t appear good.

First, the game. After striking out the first two hitters he faced, Montgomery walked the next batter then gave up a 2-run HR.

But that is where it stayed until he left the game with two out in the fifth with a man on second and two out. Bryan Mitchell came in and should have gotten out of the inning but Starlin Castro made an error to make the score 3-0.

Then the Yanks came back.

They got two in the fifth when Headley singled, Judge walked and Higashioka reached on an error to load the bases with no one out. After two pop ups, Hicks walked to force in a run, and a wild pitch brought in the second.

In the sixth, the Yanks scored four to make it 6-3. After Castro and Headley singled, Judge hit a rocket that just missed hitting the pitcher. Exit velocity off the bat? 116 MPH. Thank goodness that didn’t hit the pitcher in the face. RBI single. After a force out, PH Gardner reached on an error but he and Willie Weeks collided violently and both had to leave the game. A run scored on the error, but we will have to see if Gardner has to go on the DL. Then Jacoby Ellsbury singled in a run to make it 5-3. Aaron Hicks’ rbi groundout made it 6-3.

In the seventh, Judge hit his 3rd HR of the year, and 3rd in as many games, to make it 8-3.

The Rays got a run in the eighth, but the Yanks won 8-4 to even their record at 4-4.

Hicks did not get a hit, but walked twice and had 2 RBI. Castro had 2 hits and scored a run. Headley, red hot, had 2 hits and scored 2 runs.

Judge had 2 hits, scored 2 runs and drove in 3.

Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 earned, 5 H, 2 walks, 7 K. Gave up HR. 3.86. MLB DEBUT.
Mitchell (W, 1-0,  0.00) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Clippard  (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks, 2 K.  2.08
Layne 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.40
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00
Chapman (S, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00

James Kaprielian will be making his mind up soon whether to undergo surgery or not. He missed almost all of 2016 and with the surgery, may miss all of 2017 and part of 2018. You then wonder if this top prospect may ever make it.

Game 4. Yanks fall, 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Matt Holliday and Gary Sanchez gave the Yanks a 5-1 lead, but they couldn’t hold it as the Yankees fell to Baltimore 6-5 Friday night. The loss drops them to 1-3.

Holliday singled in a run in the first, and after the Orioles tied it in the bottom of the first, he hit a two-run HR (1) in the third. Sanchez hit a 2-run HR (1) in the top of the fifth.

But in the bottom of the fifth, Luis Severino gave up a 3-run HR to Manny Machado, and Tyler Clippard gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh to Seth Smith which cost the Yanks the game.

Brett Gardner only stole 16 bases last year, but last night was the Gardner we want to have. 3 hits, 3 runs scored, 2 SB.

Sanchez had 2 hits and 2 RBI. Holliday was 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 3 RBI.

Starlin Castro added 2 hits.

It was a strange night for Chase Headley, who made two sparkling plays on line drives but who also made two costly throwing errors.

Severino 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 6 K. 7.20   Gave up 1 HR
Holder (H, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Layne (H, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 k. 0.00
Clippard (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.50 Gave up 1 HR.
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 Walks, 1 K. 0.00

The Yankees bullpen has been great in four games, with only Clippard giving up any runs. The starters still need to go deeper in games. Severino and CC went five, the longest of the starters.

But the winning of spring training has escaped the Yanks for now. Tanaka tries to right the ship and rebound from his poor Opening Day performance today.

Greg Bird, who hit .451 or so in spring training, is really struggling. His 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts last night has him at .063. Aaron Judge was 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts and is at .133. Hopefully Sanchez’ 2 hits get him going. He’s at .167. With these kids, growing pains, but it is still early.

But hopefully things turn around soon.