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Game 79. Yanks set a MLB record in 4-3 win over Blue Jays. Lead 6 in AL East.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (51-28) homered in their 28th straight game, setting a MLB record, in defeating Toronto 4-3 Tuesday night.

Four solo HR accounted for the four runs.

With the win, the Yanks are now six games up on Tampa Bay in the AL East, and eight up on Boston.

D.J. LeMahieu wasted no time in setting the record, leading off the bottom of the first with his eleventh HR of the season. Aaron Judge followed with his sixth, and the Yanks were up 2-0 after one inning.

Gleyber Torres hit his 19th HR in the second inning.

The Yanks didn’t tack on, though.

Meanwhile, the Yanks improved to 7-0 when they use an opener. Chad Green pitched a scoreless first inning, and Nestor Cortes followed with four scoreless innings.

Cortes faltered in the top of the sixth, however, giving up two runs.

In the bottom of the eighth, Edwin Encarnacion homered (24) to put the Yanks up 4-2.

They needed it. It never seems as if Aroldis Chapman has an easy save, and he made Yankees’ fans squirm, giving up a run and having two on before finally nailing down the 4-3 victory.

Before the game, the Yankees DFA’d 1b/DH Kendrys Morales. They brought up Stephen Tarpley to replace the demoted Jonathan Holder in the bullpen.

During the game, Giancarlo Stanton has to be replaced by Brett Gardner because of a knee contusion Stanton suffered. We’ll see what the MRI shows and Stanton, who has played in only nine games this year, is headed back to the injured list.

Domingo German is scheduled to pitch for SWB Thursday, then if all goes well, rejoin the Yanks when they come back from London.

LeMahieu 2 hits, HR (11) .333
Judge 2 hits, HR (6)
Encarnacion HR (24, leads AL)
Torres HR (19)

Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.49
Cortes (W, 3-0, 4.10) 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Kahnle (H, 15) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.90
Tarpley (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  7.36
Britton (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.43
Chapman (S, 23) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.    1.45

With the two games in London vs. the Red Sox Saturday and Sunday, the Yanks have an afternoon game today (Wednesday), then are off each of the next two days. After the two games in London, the Yanks are off Monday before heading across town to face the Mets on Tuesday.

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Game 67. Un”Happ”y night. Yanks blow 4-0 lead, lose 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yanks placed Kendrys Morales on the IL and sent down Stephen Tarpley. They brought back up Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Mike Tauchman.

With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton due off the IL soon, you wonder if, when Morales recovers, they’ll just DFA him then.

As for the game, disappointing. The Yanks (41-26) blew a 4-0 lead in losing 5-4 to the Chicago White Sox.

J.A. Happ’s season has been disappointing so far, and last night was no exception. Staked to a 4-0 lead after three innings, Happ had to escape a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, then in the fifth gave up a walk, single, double that cut the lead to 4-1, then a 3-run HR that tied it.

The Yanks had scored two runs in the second when Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres singled and after a forceout by Brett Gardner, a WP moved both runners up, scoring Didi. Clint Frazier singled in Gardner to make it 2-0.

Gardner made it 4-0 in the fourth with a 2-run HR (11). The Yanks didn’t score again.

Adam Ottavino gave up a HR in the seventh to make it 5-4.

Tampa Bay lost, so the Yanks maintained their 1/2 a game lead in the AL East, but still….

A disappointing night.

Gregorius 2 hits
Torres 2 hits.
Gardner 2-run HR (11)
Frazier 3 hits, RBI

Happ 5 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.66
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.70
Ottavino (L, 2-2, 1.80) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.68

I’ll be interested to see what pitching moves will be made soon (trade?). So far this month the pitching has been disappointing. The starters aren’t giving length, either, and the bullpen gets overworked.

The Yanks need a couple of games soon where a starter gives them 7 or 8 strong innings, not just five.

For a time last night, we thought last night could or should have been it.

Games 65 & 66. Yanks regain share of first with a DH Split vs. Mets.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka got through one bad inning, pitching into the seventh, as the Yanks pounded the Mets, 12-5.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the second on a double by Didi Gregorius and an RBI single by Kendrys Morales.

Tanaka gave up 4 runs in the third, inc. a 3-run HR to put the Mets up 4-1.

In the bottom of the third, the Yanks got one back when Brett Gardner singled, he and D.J. LeMahieu were safe all around on an error, and with two out, Gary Sanchez singled to make it 4-2.

The Yanks got five in the fourth on a 2-run HR by Gio Urshela (5) and a 3-run bomb by Luke Voit (16).

With two out in the fifth, the Yanks tacked on two more runs on a double by Morales, RBI single by Urshela, and RBI triple by Gardner. 9-4.

After the Mets scored a run in the top of the sixth to cut it to 9-5, the Yanks got a run in the seventh when Clint Frazier and Urshela each doubled.

Sanchez hit a 2-run HR (20) in the bottom of the eighth for the final score of 12-5.

Voit 3-run HR (16)
Sanchez 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR (20)
Gregorius 2 hits
Morales 3 hits, RBI
Urshela 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2-run HR (5)
Gardner 2 hits, RBI

Tanaka (W, 4-5, 3.58) 6 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.81
Hale 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.57.

Game 2: You worry about the Yanks’ pitching and their health and if they need or will get another pitcher. German on the IL for now, Tanaka’s elbow, CC’s knee, Severino and Montgomery haven’t pitched at all this year, Loaisiga on IL, and with Game 2’s starter, James Paxton, you wonder if his knee is affecting him. In his last two starts, Paxton’s ERA has gone from 2.81 to 4.04.

He was knocked out in the third. After just 11 pitches, the Mets, who won this game 10-4, were up 3-0 after a double, single, and 3-run HR.

The Mets tacked on three more in the third, knocking Paxton out of the box.

The Yanks got three in the bottom of the third to cut it to 6-3. LeMahieu singled, Voit walked. Sanchez singled to load the bases. Gleyber Torres singled in one run, and forceouts by Frazier and Urshela brought in two more.

But a 2-run HR off of Chance Adams in the fourth made it 8-3 Mets.

Adams, the “26th man” for the DH (and therefore going back down after the game), gave up another HR in the fifth, 9-3.

Stephen Tarpley gave up a run in the top of the ninth, 10-3 Mets.

Brett Gardner homered (10) in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 10-4 Mets.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .316
Sanchez 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits, solo HR (10)

Paxton (L, 3-3, 4.04) 2 2/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Adams 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.  3.97
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  5.10
Tarpley 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  8.53

Dellin Betances has been shut down for a few weeks. Lat issue.

The Yanks could be getting Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge back in about a week to two weeks.

First round draft pick Anthony Volpe (SS) has signed with the Yankees.

With the split, the Yanks (41-25) are tied for first with Tampa Bay. They are off Wednesday.

Game 62. Yanks’ lead cut to 1/2 game after 5-2 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Domingo German still leads the majors in wins (9), but he has hit a lull recently. Last night, German couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead and the Yanks (39-23) lost to Cleveland, 5-2. German’s ERA in his last three starts has risen from 2.60 to 3.86, and seven of the 12 HR he has given up this year have been in the last three starts.

With the loss, the Yanks’ lead over Tampa Bay decreased to just 1/2 a game.

Didi Gregorius returned of the IL to the Yanks and had two hits. In the second inning, Gary Sanchez singled, and Didi singled Sanchez to third, Didi getting thrown out trying for two. After a walk to Kendrys Morales, Clint Frazier doubled home Sanchez. One problem with Morales—he can’t run a lick, and couldn’t score himself.

Aaron Hicks 4th HR of the season made it 2-0 Yanks in the third.

German was great for three innings, then hit a wall, as it seems he is starting to do at this point in the season, at least in the past three starts. He gave up a run in the fourth that made it 2-1, a HR in the fifth that tied the game, and a 2-run HR in the sixth that put Cleveland up 4-2. The Indians scored a run off David Hale in the eighth for the final tally of 5-2.

Zach Plesac, nephew of former MLB pitcher and current MLB network anayst Dan Plesac, got his first major league win.

The Yanks got just six hits in the game.

Hicks solo HR (4)
Didi 2 hits.
Frazier 2 hits, RBI

German (L, 9-2, 3.86) 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR
Hale 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.00

At least there should be a full bullpen contingent (barring Hale) ready for today’s game.

Game 57. The Kraken gets Crackin’. Sanchez HR gives Yanks 5-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez’ league-leading 18th HR broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Yankees (38-19) a 5-3 win over Boston. With the win, the Yanks are now 2 1/2 up on the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East and 9 1/2 up on the Boston Red Sox.

Starter Domingo German got 8 of the 11 outs he recorded via strikeout, but the problem was Boston made him work and 11 outs (3 2/3 innings) is all he lasted.

Boston scored first with a run in the top of the second.

The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the second. Gleyber Torres singled (and got a scolding for lack of hustle, getting only a single), and Kendrys Morales singled. After Clint Frazier struck out, Gio Urshela singled in a run, and Brett Gardner singled to load the bases. D.J. LeMahieu singled in two runs to put the Yanks up 3-1.

German gave up a HR to the first batter in the top of the fourth, and later in the inning, for the second time against German in the game, Sandy Leon delivered a two-out RBI single. This one tied the game at 3.

Chad Green, who finished the fourth, got out of a 2nd and 3rd, one-out jam in the top of the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, with one out, Luke Voit singled, an out later, Sanchez hit his 2-run HR to put the Yanks up 5-3. The Yanks loaded the bases after that but couldn’t tack on, and there was no more scoring after that.

Six Yankees’ relievers shut out Boston over the last 5 1/3 IP. Both Zack Britton in the 8th and Aroldis Chapman in the 9th induced big DP balls.

LeMahieu 2 RBI
Voit 3 hits
Sanchez 2-run HR (18)
Morales 3 hits

German 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.66
Green (W, 1-2, 9.72) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Kahnle (H, 11) 2/3  IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.52
Ottavino (H, 14) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.30. Struck out only batter he faced.
Holder (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.30
Britton (H, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.05
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  1.52

Check out the ERAs on Kahnle, Ottavino, Britton and Chapman.

With the heavy bullpen usage, I wouldn’t be surprised if you see Cessa or Hale tonight, because CC, who is starting, is just coming off the IL.

 

 

Game 52. Yanks rally to force extras but lose in 10th, 8-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nothing lasts forever.

Domingo German came into the game with a 9-1 record (it stays 9-1) and the Yanks were on a seven-game winning streak.

German had an off-day, giving up 4 HR, and the Yanks, down 7-1 at one point, rallied with three runs with two out in the ninth to force extra innings only to lose 8-7 in the tenth.

Before the game, Jake Barrett to the IL (elbow inflammation), Joe Harvey brought up.

The Yanks scored first when with one out in the second, Gleyber Torres singled, Kendrys Morales walked and Clint Frazier singled in Torres.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the second, then a solo shot in the fourth.

In the fifth, back-to-back HR given up by German scored three more runs and the Yanks were in a 7-1 hole.

Gleyber Torres got the Yanks back in the game with a 3-run HR (13) in the sixth. 7-4.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Frazier and Gio Urshela singled. Frazier had to watch himself as he could have been picked off second. Brett Gardner struck out and the Yanks were down to their final out. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Frazier to make it 7-5. Luke Voit walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks singled to tie the game.

Here is where I had a lot of questions. I don’t know what relievers were available, but I found some decisions a bit strange.

Manager Aaron Boone left Nestor Cortes, Jr. in to pitch a fourth inning after the Yanks had tied it up. I had figured that once the Yanks did tie it up, that someone like Ottavino, Kahnle, or Britton might now come in. Instead Cortes stayed out there. He got the first two outs, then got into a jam, giving up two singles and an intentional walk to load the bases before getting out of it with a pop-up. Even after Cortes gave up the hits, he stayed out there. Odd, I thought, stretching Cortes out to four innings, especially with the game on the line.

Then in the tenth, Boone brought in Jonathan Holder rather than someone else. As I mentioned, I don’t know who was or wasn’t available, but I am not too comfortable with Holder in a tight game. Of all the regular relievers (those who have pitched in ten or more games this year, not those on the SWB shuttle), only Chad Green has a higher ERA than Holder. So my “trust factor” in Holder isn’t as high as with the others. But again, it may have been a case of lose the battle to win the war. Who was and wasn’t available.

Holder’s biggest mistake was, with one out, walking the #9 hitter, Billy Hamilton. Hamilton has little power, but a great deal of speed. You just can’t walk him there (and on five pitches). You have to make him earn his way on. Sure enough, Hamilton stole second. After Gio Urshela made a fabulous play for the second out, Whit Merrifield hit one past Urshela that ate him up and that ended the ballgame.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa did make an interesting and true observation the other day. As much as we love the bats of Sanchez, Voit, Frazier and Andujar, the Yanks will have to make some decisions on them. Now Sanchez and Voit aren’t going anywhere, but Frazier and Andujar’s futures could turn on their defense, or lack of it. As much as we love their bats, their defense can’t be so bad that it negates their sticks. We know the problems with Sanchez on wild pitches and passed balls. Voit is Ok, but more Giambi than Mattingly-like at 1B.  You can’t just field a team that cannot play the D. Judging by what I heard, I think Francesa thinks that if Frazier’s and Andujar’s D don’t pick up in the upcoming years, that both could be on the trade block. One reason for the Yanks winning right now is the defense of guys like LeMahieu and Urshela. Maybe Frazier (and this was mentioned on YES’ postgame show) is a little gun-shy after his concussion last year, but his defense in this KC series left a lot to be desired, especially when he got close to the wall. And it hasn’t just been in this past KC series, either.

The “easy” part of the Yanks’ schedule is now over. They don’t have as many Orioles/KC/White Sox teams anymore. The schedule now gets tougher. They have a 3-game series at home now against SD, followed by 4 games at home against Boston. They’ll be facing tougher teams now.

To their credit, the Yanks did what they should do with the soft schedule they’ve had so far. Win. 34-18. Up by 2 games in the AL East, even with a team decimated by injuries. Good job so far.

But decisions will have to be made soon. Didi Gregorius will move up to AAA SWB on Tuesday and should be back in maybe one or two weeks. What I would do when he comes back is not to send down Thairo Estrada, but to DFA Kendrys Morales. Didi could DH (until Stanton returns) instead of Morales. By having Didi DH, you protect that recently operated on right elbow of his. You play him at SS every so often to give Torres or LeMahieu a rest, and LeMahieu or Estrada can go to 3B to give Urshela a breather. LeMahieu can spell Voit at 1B. To me, Morales (5 for 30) as a Yankee is expendable. I would like to keep Estrada (.318) a bit longer. We’ll see what the Yanks do.

Also, when Stanton or Judge return, more decisions. Frazier has options, Maybin doesn’t. It may be better to keep Maybin’s defense and speed on the bench for now (out of options) and send down Frazier (who has options) to work on his defense once Judge or Stanton, whoever is first, comes back.

But when guys return, tough decisions will have to be made, and someone who is performing well now will have to go for guys like Didi, Judge and Stanton to regain their spots.

That goes for pitchers too, when Paxton, Severino, Betances and Montgomery come back and also if, after the baseball draft, the Yanks outbid the Rays for someone like Dallas Keuchel.

The moves in the next few months will be very interesting.

The game:

Hicks 2 RBI (tied game in 9th)
Torres 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR (13)
Frazier 3 hits, RBI. Did make an error.
Urshela 2 hits

German 5 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 0 W, 6 K. 3.43. Gave up 4 HR.
Cortes 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K.  5.40
Holder (L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

A non-baseball note: RIP Bart Starr, #15, QB for those great Lombardi Green Bay Packer teams of the 1960s. Starr was a 5x Champion. After losing in the 1960 NFL title game to the Eagles, Starr led the Packers to NFL titles in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1967. The 1966 and 1967 titles were followed with wins over the AFL (pre-merger) in Super Bowls I and II, both of which Starr was the MVP in. Starr was 85.

Update: With Paxton still on the shelf, as well as CC and Loaisiga (and Adams went 4 innings the other day, Cortes 4 yesterday), Chad Green will once again be the “opener” today, hence the decisions of yesterday to save the bullpen. Pitching, especially starting, reinforcements can’t arrive fast enough, whether it be Paxton and CC getting off the DL (along with Severino and Montgomery) or getting another starter.

Game 45. Yanks regain 1st place with 13-5 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (28-17) stole a page from Tampa Bay’s book, employing an opener, and while that didn’t go smoothly, some plate patience, 3 HR, and a big PH double helped them to a 13-5 win over the Rays on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Yankees took two of three from Tampa Bay this weekend and moved back into first place by 1/2 a game.

Chad Green, who started, got help in the top of the first from Gary Sanchez. After a leadoff walk, Sanchez gunned down the runner trying to steal. This was huge because the next batter doubled. Green held the Rays scoreless in the top of the first.

The Yanks scored in the bottom of the first when D.J. LeMahieu singled and with one out, Luke Voit walked. With two out, Kendrys Morales singled home LaMahieu.

But in the top of the second, Chad Green’s struggles all season continued. With two out, he gave up back-to-back HR on consecutive pitches, then hit the next batter in the head, which, even if unintentional, isn’t a good look. 2-1 Rays.

Brett Gardner hit his 7th HR of the season, a 2-run shot, to put the Yanks up 3-2 in the bottom of the second.

But in the top of the third, Nestor Cortes gave up a 3-run HR to put the Rays up 5-3. To Cortes’ credit, he settled down after that.

One concern about having Green start and Cortes follow is this. Going into this game, the Yankees’ team ERA was 3.64. Take away Green, Cortes, Stephen Tarpley and Jake Barrett, and that ERA would have been 3.14. Hence the apprehension over Green and Cortes.

Aaron Hicks hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the fourth (1) that tied the game at 5.

Bottom of the fifth. Gary Sanchez triples to lead off the inning but the Yanks can’t bring him in. Aaargh.

Top of the sixth. Adam Ottavino comes in with two on, two out and walks the batter to load the bases. He gets a strikeout to get out of it.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Yankees scored seven runs, part of it due to good plate patience and taking the walk. Gardner singled to lead off the inning and stole second. Clint Frazier, 8 for his last 51 and dropped to ninth in the lineup, walked. LeMahieu popped up a bunt attempt for out #1. Aaron Hicks walked to load the bases. Luke Voit walked to force in the go-ahead run. 6-5 Yanks. With Gary Sanchez up, a pitch got away, but Frazier was thrown out at home for out #2, the other runners moving up. Sanchez was then intentionally walked to set up the force at any base for out #3, which didn’t come for a while. Kendrys Morales walked to force in another run. 7-5, Yankees. Gleyber Torres reached on an infield single, upheld by replay, 8-5 Yankees. Thairo Estrada PH for Gio Urshela, who got banged up earlier, and Estrada broke the game wide open with a bases-clearing double. 11-5. Gardner then doubled to make it 12-5 before Frazier struck out for the final out.

In the seventh, LeMahieu homered (3) for the final tally of 13-5.

Chance Adams closed things out with three scoreless innings of relief for his first MLB save.

LeMahieu 2 hits, solo HR (.312)
Hicks 2-run HR (1)
Sanchez 2 hits.
Morales 2 RBI
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Estrada 3 RBI
Gardner 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR
Frazier, slumping. 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk. 8 for last 51.

Green 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR. 1 HBP. 13.50
Cortes  4 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 9.00
Ottavino (W, 2-1, 1.61) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Adams (S, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K.  0.00

The Yanks now have an opportunity to open that lead a little wider. They now play two of the worst teams in the league, the Orioles followed by KC.

Time to make a little hay.