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Game 135. Holliday weekend! Matt’s 3-run HR keys Yanks’ 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks’ struggles after a 38-23 start can be addressed to several factors. Matt Holliday, so good up to mid-June (and going into yesterday, .137-3-7 since June 12), got a viral infection, and spent time on the DL. Aaron Judge has cooled off considerably from his superman-like early performance (.190 since July 4), Aaron Hicks went on the DL (and may be headed back there. Since coming off the DL, just .207) and Starlin Castro spent 2 stints on the DL. All simultaneously, or it has appeared so. The problems at 1B have been documented (Bird’s injuries, Chris Carter) and Brett Gardner also has been known to cool off in the second half over the course of his career.

Every team has injuries, but the losses of Hicks (despite Clint Frazier doing ok in his absence), Holliday and Castro all at about the same time really hurt. And it can take a while to get it back, even when off the DL.

Yesterday, Castro missed the game due to an emergency root canal. Hicks hurt his oblique and you worry about him being lost for the season.

But Holliday, in his first game back from the DL, hit a 3-run HR to key a 5-1 Yankees’ (72-63) victory. Maybe he can get back to where he was before June 12.

As for Judge, you hope and wonder when he’ll get it back. The Yanks can use it down the stretch.

Masahiro Tanaka continued his resurgence after a rocky start to this season by pitching seven strong innings to put him over .500 on the season.

The Yanks struck first when Chase Headley (3 hits) hit his 10th HR of the season, giving the Yanks a 1-0 lead in the second.

Boston tied it in the top of the sixth when Eduardo Nunez (tearing it up since Boston got him from SF; where was this Nunez when the Yanks had him?) doubled, went to third on a groundout, and scored on a WP.

Holliday broke that tie in the bottom of the sixth with his 3-run HR (17).

A triple by Ellsbury (who replaced the injured Hicks) and a single by Sanchez (3 hits) accounted for the final score of 5-1.

Tanaka (W, 11-10, 4.54) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.32
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.29

With 27 games to go, the Yanks are 4 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East. Big pitching showdown tonight, Severino vs. Sale. The Yanks maintain a 1-game lead over the surprising Twins for the top wild card and have a 2 1/2 game cushion as far as dropping out of the playoffs altogether.

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Game 66. CC, Didi, lead Yanks, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia pitched six strong innings for the win, and Didi Gregorius’ sixth HR of the season, a 3-Run shot in the top of the seventh, led the Yanks to a 4-1 win on Thursday night and snapped their four game losing streak.

CC’s win enabled him to tie Kenny Rogers and Pedro Martinez on the all-time list with 219. He gave up a run in the fourth but lowered his ERA to 2.20. The Twins run scored on an RBI single by ex-Yankee Eduardo Nunez.

The Yanks tied it in the sixth on an Ellsbury single but should have had more. They had the bases loaded, no one out, and only scored one run.

But Gregorius’ HR in the seventh made up for it. Then came the Big 3.

Sabathia (w, 5-4, 2.20) 6 IP, 1 R,  6 H, 3 walks, 7 K.
Betances (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.03.
Miller (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 1.26
Chapman (S, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.25

The minors.

I’m heading away for the weekend so no reports for a couple of days.

AAA: SWB lost 5-1, getting just three hits. HR SS Carmen Angelini.

AA: Trenton won 3-0. Jaron Long, son of Yanks’ hitting coach Kevin Long, pitched 8 shutout innings. He is 6-1, 2.54 at AA this year, 11-4, 2.25 overall between Low A, High A and AA. He is a 22 yr. old righty. DH Rob Segedin 3 h, triple, rbi. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits, rbi, same with SS Ali Castillo. Two others with two hits each.

High A: Tampa won 10-6. 1B Rey Nunez 3 hits, double, 2 HR, 4 rbi. LF Ericson Leonora solo HR. C Trent Garrison 2 rbi. DH Mike Ford and CF Mark Payton each had 2 hits, rbi. Aaron Judge 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston won 12-0. SS Abiatal Avelino and 2B Tyler Wade with solo HR, Wade had 3 hits. 1B Bubba Jones with 2 doubles, 2 rbi. RF Yeicok Calderon 2 hits, rbi.

The minors.

AAA: SWB lost 11-2. Bryan Mitchell gave up 8 r in 4 2/3. DH Corban Joseph hit a solo HR.

AA: Trenton lost 8-2. 3B Dan Fiorito 3 hits, rbi. 3 others with 2 hits each.

High A: Tampa won 11-1. CF Mark Payton 4 for 4, HR, 2 RBI. DH Rey Nunez, HR, 2 rbi. RF Aaron Judge 3 hits, 2 doubles, HR, 3 RBI. 3B Eric Jagielo 3 h, rbi. Three others with two hits each.

Low A: Charleston lost 7-2. 2 RBI for CF Brandon Thomas.

The minors.

AAA: SWB scored 5 times in the top of the 9th to win 6-5. 2B Rob Refsnyder 3 hits, 3B Zelous Wheeler 2 rbi. RF Taylor Dugas and DH Corban Joseph 2 hits, rbi each.

AA: Trenton lost 4-3 in 12. 2 Hits, RBI LF Ben Gamel.

High A: Tampa hung on to win 8-7. SS Cito Culver 2 h, 2 rbi. 3B Eric Jagielo 4 for 4, rbi. C Trent Garrison 3 h, rbi and 1B Rey Nunez 2 doubles, rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 5-4. CF Brandon Thomas 2 h, HR, 2 RBI

The minors.

AAA:SWB lost 6-5. 2B Jose Pirela 3 h, rbi (.313). RF Rob Resnyder 2 hits, rbi, .301. Yes, I’ve been mentioning them a lot lately. 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for Pat Venditte. (3.29).

AA: Trenton won 4-1. 20-year-old top pitching prospect Luis Severino went 5 2/3, 1 unearned run on 2 hits, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. CF Jake Cave and SS Ali Castillo each had 2 hits and an RBI. Severino in three leagues (Low A, High A and AA) has started 21 games and is a combined 6-3, 2.36, 118 K in 103 IP. Just 25 walks. WHIP of 1.05.

High A: Tampa lost 5-4. Solo HR DH Eric Jagiello. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits, rbi.

Low A: Charleston lost 10-8, and blew a 7-2 lead. 1B Rey Nunez HR, 2 rbi. RF Mike O’Neill 2 h, 3 rbi. Two others with 2 hits and an rbi each.

The minors.

AAA: SWB won 6-4. Recently DFA’d Chris LeRoux 6 IP, 1 R. 2B Jose Pirela 3 hits (.310). RF Rob Refsnyder 2 hits (.296). DH Kyle Roller 2 hits, rbi. 1B Austin Romine 2 h, 2 rbi. Romine is up to .249 after a brutal start to the season.

AA: 6-1 win for Trenton. Zach Nuding (7-2, 2.71) 1 R in 6 IP. 2 h, HR, 2 rbi for C Gary Sanchez (.279-11-53). 2 RBI CF Mason Williams. LF Ben Gamel 2 h, rbi. 3 hits for SS Ali Castillo.

High A: Tampa lost 3-1. RF Aaron Judge 0 for 1, 4 walks.

Low A: 6-5 win for Charleston. CF Mark Payton 2 h, HR, 3 rbi. 1B Rey Nunez HR, 2 rbi.