The Yankees lost to Boston Friday night, 6-2, as Rafael Devers of Boston hit 2 HR and drove in 5 runs. The loss puts the Yankees (50-46, 3rd in AL East) 9 games back of Boston. The Yanks scored first when in the second inning, Gary Sanchez (who later left the game with back spasms) led off with a walk, Gleyber Torres singled, and Brett Gardner doubled in Sanchez. Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez left the game then due to a migraine, and although bad for him, it turned out good for Boston. His reliever, Phillips Valdez, shut the Yankees down. He got a strikeout, hit Ryan LaMarre with a pitch to load the bases, then got two more strikeouts. The Yanks only got one run and wouldn’t score again until the ninth inning. Gerrit Cole pitched four scoreless innings, but threw a lot of pitches to do so and ran out of gas in the fifth, giving up 3 runs, 2 on a HR by Devers. In five innings, Cole threw 104 pitches. Devers hit a 3-run HR off of Nestor Cortes, Jr. in the seventh to make it 6-1 Boston. The Yanks scored in the ninth when with two out, Giancarlo Stanton singled and Rougned Odor doubled him home. Cole (L, 10-5) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.74 Cortes 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K Gave 1 HR 1.95 Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.50 Loasiga and Cortes back from Covid IL, and sent down were Kriske and Nelson.
AAA: SWB (43-21) won 8-0 on a combined no-hitter. Luis Gil (W, 3-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 9 K. 4.03 Reggie McClain 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.55 Stephen Ridings 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.50 CF Socrates Brito solo HR. SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands 2 RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits. AA: Somerset (40-27) lost 9-6. CF Brandon Lockridge 2-run HR. LF Isiah Gilliam 3 for 3, solo HR. High A: Hudson Valley (45-23) won 8-0. Starter Jhony Brito 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 10 K (4-4, 2.76) SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR. RF Jake Sanford 2-run HR. 3B James Nelson 3 hits. 1B Kyle MacDonald 3 hits. C Saul Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI. Low A: Tampa (46-21) won 6-5 in 10 innings. RF Everson Pereira 2 RBI. LF Ryder Green 2 hits, RBI. 1B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Luis Santos 2 hits. Tampa won despite walking 13 batters.
Posted in Awards, Minors, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Brito, Chaparro, Gil, Gilliam, Lockridge, MacDonald, McClain, Nelson, Pereira, Ridings, Sands, Sanford, Santos, Torres, Velazquez, Volpe, Wagner
The Yanks moved into sole possession of third place in the AL East with a 6-5, 10-inning walk-off win over the Phils last night. The Yanks are 50-44, 7 GB. The game featured both teams using spot, emergency starters. Both starters did surprisingly well, considering. Asher Wojciechowski started for the Yanks, and things looked like they would be bleak when he gave up a HR to Jean Segura of the Phils on his first pitch of the game. But he settled in to just give up 2 runs in 4 IP. Hoy Jun Park was sent down to make room for Wojciechowski on the roster. After the Phils made it 2-0 in the third inning, the Yanks came back to tie the game in the fourth. With two out, Gleyber Torres homered (6). Brett Gardner singled, and then Greg Allen, who has really given the Yankees a jolt, doubled in Gardner to tie the score. The Yanks got three runs in the bottom of the seventh to go up 5-2. With one out, rookie Estevan Florial singled, then stole second. After another out, Giancarlo Stanton singled in Florial, then Rougned Odor hit a 2-run HR (11). The Yanks’ bullpen couldn’t hold the lead, as Zack Britton and Nick Nelson combined to give up three runs in the top of the eighth to allow the Phils to tie the game. The Yanks had a chance to walk it off in the ninth, but couldn’t get the run in, so to extra innings it went. Gary Sanchez was the “ghost” runner in the tenth, a rule that (thankfully) seems like it will be going away and back to the minors. Gleyber Torres sacrifice bunted Sanchez to third, and PH Ryan LaMarre singled in Sanchez with the winning run. Brooks Kriske got his first MLB win. The Yanks were fortunate. They won despite issuing 11 walks. The Phils were 1 for 14 w/RISP. The Yanks now head to Boston for a big 4-game series. Odor 2-run HR (11) Torres solo HR (6) LaMarre PH GW RBI single Wojciechowski 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50 Abreu 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1.88 Wilson 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.94 Britton (H, 3) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 8.53 Nelson (BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 9.45 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.28 Kriske (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 10.50 FIRST MLB WIN.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Allen, Britton, Chapman, Kriske, LaMarre, Nelson, Odor, Park, Stanton, Torres, Wilson, Wojciechowski
AAA: SWB (42-21) scored 3x in the bottom of the 10th to win 8-7. C Donny Sands 2 hits, 4 RBI. Solo HR and the 3-run walkoff double. 1B Armando Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 solo HR. RF Matt Pita 2 hits. Deivi Garcia 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 9 K. Gave up 2 HR. 6.89. AA: Somerset (40-26) lost 9-7. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, solo HR. CF Brandon Lockridge 3 hits. DH Dermis Garcia 2 hits. LF Isiah Gilliam 3-run HR, 5 RBI. Starter Janson Junk 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. High A: Hudson Valley (44-23) won 19-1. SS Anthony Volpe 3 hits, RBI 2B Ezequiel Duran 3 hits, 6 RBI. 2 HR; a 2-run HR and a 3-run HR. C Josh Breaux 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR. RF Jake Sanford 2-run HR. 3B James Nelson 3 hits 1B Chad Bell 3 hits, 4 RBI. 2 HR, each 2-run shots. CF Pablo Olivares 3 hits, 2 RBI Low A: Tampa (45-21) lost 12-6. DH Everson Pereia 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR. LF Ryder Green solo HR. 1B Pedro Diaz 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR.
Posted in Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Alvarez, Bell, Breaux, Diaz, Duran, Garcia, Gilliam, Green, Junk, Lockridge, Nelson, Olivares, Peraza, Pereira, Pita, Sands, Sanford, Volpe
Since the Yanks needed to bring up a lot of guys from SWB because of COVID, it had a residual effect. Guys had to be brought up to SWB, etc. AAA: SWB (41-21) won 7-2. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, 2 RBI, both solo HR. C Donny Sands (just brought up) 3 hits, solo HR. DH Matt Pita 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 3-run HR. AA: Somerset (40-23) lost 6-4. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI. CF Brandon Lockridge (just recently promoted) 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. RF Michael Beltre 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Max Burt 2 hits. High A: Hudson Valley (41-23) won 8-7. Recently promoted SS Anthony Volpe (2019 1st round pick) 4 hits, 2 doubles, RBI. LF Elijah Dunham solo HR. DH Josh Breaux 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. RF Jake Sanford (just promoted) 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, RBI. Low A: 18 year old Jasson Dominguez is the Yankees’ top prospect. Nicknamed “The Martian”, the Yanks signed him two years ago for $5.1MM. His skills, power and speed, have drawn comparisons to Mickey Mantle, Mike Trout and Bo Jackson. He played in the Futures Game before ever even joining Low A. Last night he hit his first professional HR as Tampa (44-19) won 13-4. Dominguez 2 hits, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR. .438 at Low A so far (7 for 16). He was 4 for 20 in the FL Complex League before going to Tampa, so 11 for 36 so far. It will be interesting to see how fast he rises. Remember, just 18. Also in this game: 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, 2 RBI. CF Everson Pereira 2 hits. RF Aldenis Sanchez 4 hits, 3 RBI. 1B Pedro Diaz 2 RBI. LF Evan Alexander 3 hits, 3 RBI. Nelvin Correa 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 5 K.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Alexander, Beltre, Breaux, Burt, Correa, Diaz, Dominguez, Dunham, Florial, Hauver, Lockridge, Nelson, Peraza, Pereira, Pita, Sanchez, Sands, Sanford, Volpe
The AL won the All-Star Game, 5-2 last night. Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., who hit a 468 ft. HR, was named MVP of the game, the youngest All-Star Game MVP ever. It was the 8th win in a row for the AL. The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, who pitched and hit, got the win. Guerrero and his father are the third father/son combo to each HR in an all-star game. Aaron Judge went 0 for 2 with a walk and scored a run. The other All-Star Yankees, Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman, did not play. In the minor leagues, the Yankees promoted a lot of players. I’ll name a few but probably won’t name them all. AAA: Pitcher Glenn Otto was promoted up to here. SWB (38-20) won 5-2. LF Greg Allen 2 hits, RBI. C Rob Brantly 2 RBI. AA: Somerset (39-21) won 3-2. CF Brandon Lockridge prmoted to here, and he hit a solo HR. LHP Ken Waldichuk with another great game. 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 11 K. 3-0, 3.08 at AA. For the season, A/AA 5-0, 1.42 (12 starts). In his minor league career, 22 starts, he is 5-2, 2.19. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits. RF Michael Beltre 2 hits. High A: SS Anthony Volpe, and OF’s Pat DeMarco and Jake Sanford promoted to here from Low A. RF Sanford had 2 hits. Hudson Valley (40-20) won 9-4. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits, 2 RBI. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR. 1B Chad Bell 2 hits, RBI. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits. Starter Josh Maciejewski 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K, 1 HBP. Low A: Promoted to here from the Florida Complex League: Top prospect CF Jasson Dominguez, as well as Ryder Green and LF Aldenis Sanchez. Tampa (41-18) won 6-2. Dominguez 2 hits, 2 RBI, double. He was 4 for 20 in the FCL, all singles, so this was his first extra-base hit. He’s only 18. Sanchez had 2 hits, RBI. 3B Andres Chaparro solo HR.
Posted in Awards, In-Season Moves, Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Allen, Bell, Beltre, Brantly, Chaparro, Chapman, Cole, DeMarco, Dominguez, Duran, Green, Guerrero, Judge, Lockridge, Maciejewski, Nelson, Ohtani, Olivares, Otto, Peraza, Sanchez, Sanford, Volpe, Waldichuk
Domingo German was supposed to start, but an emergency root canal changed that. Nick Nelson started instead, but German, once he felt ok again, was available in the bullpen. He would be needed in a 5-4 Yankees’ (44-41, 4th in AL East, 8 1/2 back) win. The Yankees jumped on the board early, getting three runs in the first inning. With one out, Aaron Judge walked. Gary Sanchez also walked, and with two out, Luke Voit singled in a run, both runners moving up on the throw to the plate. Gleyber Torres singled in Sanchez and Voit and it was 3-0. Gio Urshela’s drive bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double, costing the Yanks a run (had it not, Torres would have scored) and the Yanks had to settle for three runs that inning. To be kind, Yankees’ emergency starter Nick Nelson spit the bit in an awful outing. He struck out the first batter, but then was all over the place. A HBP, a walk, a lineout that moved a runner up. Another walk which included a WP that allowed a run to score. Yet another walk that loaded the bases. Nelson was then pulled for Luis Cessa, who got a forceout to end the inning. Cessa went on to right the ship. The Yanks got two in the second inning. Tim Locastro hustled what should have been just a single into a double. D.J. LeMahieu just missed a HR, flying out deep to move Locastro to third. Judge then hit a 429-ft. HR (20) to make it 5-1. Later in the inning, Gleyber Torres just missed a three-run HR, as he, like LeMahieu, flied out to just before the fence. Gio Urshela also just missed in the third inning. It stayed 5-1 until the sixth, when German gave up a 3-run HR. That made it 5-4 but the Yanks hung on to win. Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-Run HR (20) Stanton 2 hits. Voit 2 hits, RBI Torres 2 RBI Locastro 2 hits, both doubles Nelson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 3 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 1 WP. 9.95 Just an awful outing. Cessa (W, 2-1) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00 Saved Yanks. German (H, 1) 3 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.33 Loaisiga (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.15 Green (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.23 Can’t trust Chapman right now to save it.
Posted in Players, Regular Season
Tagged Cessa, Chapman, German, Green, Judge, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Locastro, Nelson, Stanton, Torres, Urshela, Voit
Before we get into the minor league report, some Yankees news. The Subway Series starts tonight, weather permitting (rain in the forecast could cause another rainout). The Yankees caught a break in that they miss the Mets’ Jacob DeGrom. Even though he gave up 3 runs last night, DeGrom’s ERA is still an astonishing 0.95.
Starters for the All-Star Game have been announced and the
Yankees will have one starter in Aaron Judge. We’ll have to see about pitchers and reserves as far as any other Yankees being selected. Even thought the Yankees (41-39, 4th in AL East) were rained out last night, they lost ground. They are now 9 back of Boston, who won last night. Now the minor league report. Once again, rain wreaked havoc. AAA: SWB Split a doubleheader. Game 1; Completion of suspended game. SWB (34-14) lost 6-2. Nick Nelson started and gave up 2 R in 2 IP before the game was suspended. When the game resumed, Deivi Garcia took the mound. Nelson took the loss, and he is 1-1, 2.73 at AAA after going a horrendous 0-2, 9.75 ERA with the Yankees. Garcia’s troublesome season continues. He pitched 4 innings, and although he struck out 7, he gave up 3 runs. Garcia in two starts with the Yankees was 0-2, 6.48, but his AAA ERA is an atrocious 8.55. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, solo HR. (How I wish the Yanks would replace Odor with Park, who is at .350 and more versatile). DH Ryan LaMarre 2 hits. Game 2: SWB won 1-0 in a rain-shortened 5 inning game. Both teams only had 2 hits each in this game. AA: Somerset (32-17) was supposed to have a doubleheader. They won the first game, 4-3. The second was rained out. Ken Waldichuk 5 IP, 3 R, but only 1 was earned. 3 hits, 8 K. ERA at AA 3.60, overall (High A/AA) this season, 10 starts, 3-0, 1.18. In 20 minor league starts, 3-2, 2.16. High A: Hudson Valley rained out. Low A: Tampa (33-15) was supposed to play a doubleheader. They won the first game 8-1 in a 7-inning game. SS Anthony Volpe should be promoted soon. 2 hits, 4 RBI, a grand slam (.316-10-45). 2B Trevor Hauver 3 for 3, RBI. DH Carlos Narvaez 2 for 2, RBI. Three Tampa pitchers combined on a one-hitter. The second game was suspended before Tampa came to bat in the bottom of the first. Jupiter had not scored in the top of the first.
Posted in Awards, Mike's Musings, Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged DeGrom, Garcia, Hauver, Judge, LaMarre, Narvaez, Nelson, Park, Volpe, Waldichuk
AAA: SWB (33-13) scored five in the top of the ninth to take a 9-3 lead, and hung on to win 9-7. LF Ryan LaMarre 2 hits, RBI. C Rob Brantly 2-run HR. RF Socrates Brito 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Andrew Velazquez 2 hits. AA: Somerset (31-17) lost 7-4. 2B Diego Castillo 3 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. CF Thomas Milone solo HR. DH Isiah Gilliam 2 hits. High A: Hudson Valley (31-17) won 4-1. Starting P Shawn Semple 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 11 K. DH Josh Smith 2 hits. SS Ezequiel Duran 2 hits. C Josh Breaux 2 hits, RBI. LF Elijah Dunham solo HR. 3B James Nelson solo HR. 1B Kyle MacDonald 2 hits. Low A: Tampa PPD. Top Yankees prospect Jasson Dominguez has begun playing games. In two games, he has had six plate appearances and is 0 for 3 with 3 walks. He’s struck out twice and popped out. He will be playing in the Futures Game. The switch-hitter, nicknamed “El Marciano” or “The Martian”, is just 18 years old.
Posted in Awards, Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Brantly, Breaux, Brito, Castillo, Dominguez, Dunham, Duran, Gilliam, LaMarre, MacDonald, Milone, Nelson, Semple, Smith, Velazquez
The YES network had a lot of statistics yesterday. For example, the Yankees have scored 3 or less runs in 41 of their 78 games this year. That is more than half. Last night, they scored 3. About 2/3 of the homers they hit are solo HR. The homers aren’t coming with men on base. Last night the Yanks hit two homers. Yup. Both solo shots. Yankees’ starter Michael King entered last night with a 14.40 ERA in the first inning. In his previous five starts, he had given up 8 first-inning runs. Make that now a 15.00 ERA and 10 runs in six starts. He put the Yanks into a 2-0 hole right away. The second batter, the incredible Shohei Ohtani, hit a HR off of him, #26 of the season for Ohtani. Ohtani is the scheduled starting PITCHER on Thursday against the Yankees, as he continues to do things not seen since Babe Ruth over 100 years ago. King doesn’t see anything wrong with his pre-game routine. The YES analysts see it differently. The YES analysts (which include some ex-major league players) say the jury is out whether King could be a starter in his MLB career. So far, my answer would be no. The first inning blues for one thing. For another, he doesn’t give you any length as a starter. He doesn’t go more than five innings (last night 4 1/3). Until King can fix those two issues, he can’t be an effective starter. Of course, King is only starting now because Corey Kluber is on the IL. The Yanks lost their fourth straight game last night, 5-3 to Ohtani and the Angels. The loss drops the Yanks perilously close to .500, at 40-38. They are in 4th place in their 5-team division, the AL East, and are now 7 1/2 games out of first place. The season is slipping away. They better wake up. Call Sr. Mary Elephant to scream at them. Or, as Peggy Lee would sing, “Is That All There Is”? Very disappointing. A couple of more stats YES gave out before more of a game recap. Going into last night’s game, the Yanks were 29th out of 30 teams with a .216 batting average with runners in scoring position. The Yanks went 0 for 4 w/RISP last night. And lastly, two more things the YES analysts discussed. Both are instances of bad decision-making. Adam Ottavino had a good 2019 year with the Yankees (1.90 ERA) but a bad postseason that year. That bad postseason carried over to a bad 2020 (5.89 ERA). The Yankees traded him and a minor leaguer to, of all places, Boston for unknown compensation. It looks like just cash. Basically a salary dump. Didn’t even get a player for him. He’s rebounded to a 2.81 ERA for Boston this year. More damning is that Ottavino’s slider, when on, is devastating to righty batters. What do the Yankees have? A lineup full of righty batters. So the Yankees gave away to their arch-rival, a guy who, when on, has just what it takes to shut the Yankees down—which is exactly what Ottavino did to his former team this past weekend. Another guy that shut the Yankees down this past weekend was Garrett Whitlock. If a player is in the minors for three years and not placed on the 40-man roster, he is subjected to the Rule 5 draft. Another team can claim him for $50,000. That player must stay with that team or be first offered back to the original team for $25,000. Well, the Yankees did not protect Whitlock. Whitlock was snapped up by—-you guessed it—-Boston, and helped beat the Yankees this past weekend. Whitlock, a rookie, is 3-1, 1.42 for Boston so far this season. Who did the Yankees protect instead of Whitlock? Well, Nick Nelson for one (0-2, 9.75 for the Yanks in 8 games this year) and Brooks Kriske (0-0, 12.60 in five games for the Yanks so far this year). Oops. I know. As Yankees’ fans, those points that YES brought up are depressing. But give YES credit for going deep into things and in explaining some reasons for the Yankees underachieving so far this season. Ok, to last night’s game. I already mentioned that King gave up 2 runs in the first inning, the first on a HR by Ohtani. So the Yanks are down 2-0 before they even came to bat. The Yanks did get one run back in the bottom of the first. D.J. LeMahieu singled, Aaron Judge doubled D.J. to third, and Gary Sanchez scored D.J. with a SF. 2-1. But the Yanks couldn’t bring Judge in as well. The Yanks did tie the game up in the second when Gio Urshela homered (10). LeMahieu made an error in the fifth, which led to the Angels getting an unearned run to take the lead, 3-2. Lucas Luetge gave up a HR to ex-Met Juan Lagares in the sixth and the Angels went up 4-2. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 14th HR of the season in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Angels’ lead to 4-3, but the Yanks would score no more. Meanwhile the Halos got an insurance run in the eighth off of Chad Green. 5-3, the final score. Stanton solo HR (14) Urshela 2 hits, solo HR (10) The Yanks only got six hits in the game. Now, many Yanks are struggling, but one in particular? What’s happened to Gleyber Torres? 2018, .271, 24 HR, All-Star, 3rd in ROY voting. 2019, .278, 38 HR, All-Star, 17th in MVP voting. Since then, 2020 and 2021 combined, 110 games: .240-6-39. Which all coincides with his move to SS. You wonder. King (L, 0-4) 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.06 Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.52 Green 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.48 Cortes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.13 Darren O’Day and Justin Wilson can both come off the IL today. Brooks Kriske is sure to be sent back. It’ll be interesting to see if Abreu or Cortes goes back. Both have done well. P.S. Back to work next week as I complete my recovery from two major (and one life-saving) surgeries. So future reports won’t be as in depth.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Media, Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season, The Front Office
Tagged Abreu, Cashman, Cortes, Green, King, Kriske, Luetge, Nelson, Ohtani, Ottavino, Ruth, Sanchez, Stanton, Torres, Urshela, Whitlock