Sorry for the late post, but I have been busy with a lot of things, one being a lot of tests on me before I need surgery in Mid-May. So come mid-May, there won’t be posts for a while because of my surgery, hospitalization, and recovery.
The Yankees (13-14) edged the Tigers Saturday afternoon, 6-4. Before the game, Darren O’Day was put on the injured list and Mike King was brought back up.
With one out in the bottom of the third, D.J. LeMahieu walked and Aaron Judge singled. Gleyber Torres hit a two-out single to drive in LeMahieu.
The Tigers tied it in the top of the fourth when Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon gave up a HR.
The Yanks went ahead in the fifth when LeMahieu singled, stole second, went to third on a throwing error on the play, and scored on a double by Judge.
The Yanks got four runs in the sixth to go up 6-1. Aaron Hicks was HBP, then Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier walked to load the bases with no one out. After two outs, Judge singled in two runs, the Rougned Odor walked to reload the bases. Torres then singled in two runs.
The Tigers got two runs off of Justin Wilson in the seventh, and Chad Green gave up a solo HR in the eighth as the Tigers made it close at 6-4.
For Jameson Taillon, it was his first win in exactly two years.
Baltimore got a run in the first inning off of Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery, but the Yanks went ahead 2-1 with a couple of runs in the top of the fifth inning.
The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out when Brett Gardner singled, D.J. LeMahieu walked, and Giancarlo Stanton singled. After two non-productive outs, Rougned Odor singled in two runs.
Montgomery gave up a game-tying HR in the bottom of the sixth, and the O’s went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth by getting a run off of Darren O’Day.
In the top of the ninth, Mike Ford walked, and after an out, LeMahieu also walked. Then came another out. Down to their last out, Gleyber Torres tied the game with a ground-rule double.
In the top of the tenth, the Yanks started the inning with Gio Urshela at second (I hate this extra inning rule). Tyler Wade couldn’t get down a bunt, and struck out. The Yanks failed to score when Aaron Hicks tapped back to the pitcher and after an intentional walk to Gary Sanchez, Ford struck out.
In the bottom of the tenth, the O’s started the inning with their man on second (once again, I hate that rule). Their guy DID get the bunt down to move the runner to third, then a sac fly brought home the winning run. Exactly what the Yanks needed to do.
One reason I hate that rule. The pitcher does his job, getting two outs, and it wasn’t his fault a man was on second. But he takes the loss. In this case, Loaisiga does nothing wrong. It’s just that MLB forces him to need a strikeout. They are forcing him to get an out a certain way.
Stanton 3 hits Odor 2 RBI
Montgomery 5+ IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.39 Gave up 1 HR. Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 0.59 O’Day 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.00 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00 Loaisiga (L, 2-1) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.17
Before the game Mike King went down, Wandy Peralta (just acquired) up. Wade replaced Tauchman (traded for Peralta) on the roster.
You ask yourself how long this will continue. You wonder how long before there is a major shakeup.
The Yankees’ bats remained silent in losing 4-2 to Baltimore on Monday night. They only got four hits.
After 22 games, the team batting average is .203. Imagine if there was no DH. Not that the DH is helping.
Even the Yankees’ announcers are down, David Cone saying the team was boring right now. He’s right. They aren’t hitting, they don’t steal bases, it’s hard to watch.
The team ERA is second in the league. But the Yankees are 9-13 because of the poor batting averages. Five of the starters in last night’s lineup were below the Mendoza line (.200).
The offense is last or next to last in the league in so many categories.
Deivi Garcia made his season debut last night and gave up a HR on the second pitch of the game. There is so much pressure on the pitchers right now because of the poor offense. Garcia wasn’t bad, giving up 2 runs in 4 innings, but the offense is so bad that 2-0 feels like 20-0 right now.
Of the four hits, two were by Gio Urshela, who drove in one run and should have had two RBI. In a controversial play that saw manager Aaron Boone get ejected, Aaron Judge was ruled out at third before D.J. LeMahieu crossed the plate. Replays appear to show differently, and the Yanks lost a run as a result. Murphy’s law. When things go bad, they go bad.
Urshela 2 hits, RBI. His .264 was the highest batting average of all batters in the Yankees’ lineup.
Garcia (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. 4.50 gave up a HR. Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.61 O’Day 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25 1 HBP, Balked home a run. Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.00 gave up a HR. Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K 0.68
You hate to harp on the numbers, but you can’t avoid them. When will this offense start hitting?
The Yanks aren’t clicking right now. They don’t seem to get runs other than by homers. They only had five hits today, (and going into the game the team batting average was just .234) and two of those five hits were Aaron Judge homers. Even just the other day, all 3 runs were on Kyle Higashioka homers.
They have to start to string hits together and get more than just five hits a game.
Also, they need more length out of starters not named Gerrit Cole. Taillon got knocked out in the fourth last night, and Corey Kluber lasted just four innings today.
Judge hit a HR in the first to put the Yanks up 1-0, but Kluber gave up a 2-run HR in the second and a solo HR in the third and the Blue Jays were up 3-1 after 3.
The Yanks got three runs in the top of the fourth. Judge hit his second HR of the game (4) to cut the lead to 3-2. Brett Gardner then walked. After an out, Gleyber Torres doubled. After another out, Gio Urshela singled in two runs to give the Yanks a 4-3 lead. But they wouldn’t score again, and got only one more hit the rest of the way.
Jonathan Loaisiga got into trouble in the sixth. Two singles and a HBP loaded the bases with no one out, and a wild pitch enabled Toronto to tie the game. He was fortunate to get out of the inning giving up only one run.
Then in the bottom of the ninth, Green gave up the walk-off HR to Bo Bichette. It was Bichette’s second HR of the game.
Judge 2 Solo HR (4), 2 RBI Urshela 2 RBI
Kluber 4 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 6.10 1 HBP Loaisiga 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP, 1 HBP 1.13 O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 Green (L, 0-2) 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.17 Gave up GW walk-off HR.
Hicks .179. Torres .220 with just 1 RBI Bruce .118 (hurry back, Luke Voit!) Frazier .200, no RBI Stanton .175 Odor .133 (2 for 15) Tauchman .143 (1 for 7)
Newly acquired Rougned Odor had the game winning hit.
Jordan Montgomery was shaky, giving up a 2-run HR in the second inning.
The Yanks got three in the top of the third to go up 3-2. Gary Sanchez walked, and Urshela homered to tie the game. Brett Gardner singled, D.J. LeMahieu hit a ground-rule double, and Aaron Judge walked to load the bases. Aaron Hicks GIDP, Gardner scoring.
Montgomery gave up another 2-run HR in the bottom of the third and Tampa Bay had a 4-3 lead.
The Yanks loaded the bases in the seventh with one out, but LeMahieu GIDP.
The Yanks tied it in the eighth. Judge walked, and with one out, Giancarlo Stanton walked. Gleyber Torres singled to tie the game.
The Yanks blew a chance to go ahead in the top of the ninth. Urshela doubled and Gardner walked. LeMahieu grounded into a force but reached second on a throwing error, Gardner going to third. Gardner thought a wild pitch would get away from the catcher, but it popped up straight to the catcher and Gardner was a dead duck in a rundown.
In the tenth, it appeared as if the Yanks would blow another chance. Judge started the inning at second base, and Hicks was HBP. Tauchman, who had PR for Stanton earlier, bunted the runners over. Torres hit into a fielder’s choice, and Judge was out at home. It appeared as if the Yanks blew another opportunity.
But Odor singled to put the Yanks up 5-4. Gary Sanchez singled to put the Yanks up 6-4, then Urshela singled to make it 7-4 and when the RF made a two-base error on the play, Sanchez scored to make it 8-4 and Urshela went all the way to third.
Montgomery 5 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.27 Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00 O’Day 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 Chapman (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00 Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
The Yanks traded Thairo Estrada to the Giants for cash.
For the second time in just six games, the Yankees (3-3) have lost a game by one run in extra innings. This time it was 4-3 to Baltimore in 11 innings.
Hopefully, when this pandemic is over, the rule that extra innings begin with a runner on second gets scrapped. I hate that rule. I’m a purist and hate seeing baseball bastardized. The only exception I make is with the DH. I can’t stand watching pitchers try to hit. (Ohtani and Bumgarner are exceptions).
The Yankees did not have Aaron Judge available for the game, because of a sore oblique. He is day to day.
A few things I haven’t liked this season. One is Aaron Hicks hitting third, even though he did get an RBI in last night’s game, and the other is Gleyber Torres’ defense.
Torres is basically a 2B playing SS. He did play SS in the minors, but his defense needs a lot of work, and it is costing the Yankees right now.
Jameson Taillon started for the Yankees, and it was his first start in nearly two years. Taillon has undergone two TJ operations, a hernia operation, cancer and being hit in the head by a line drive. He retired the first nine batters he faced and pitched well.
The Yanks struck first, getting a run in the bottom of the third on singles by Brett Gardner and D.J. LeMahieu, then after Torres struck out, Hicks’ single.
Taillon gave up two homers in the fourth and the Orioles took a 2-1 lead.
The Yanks tied it in the eighth. With two out, Gary Sanchez singled on a ball the Orioles’ LF should have caught. Sanchez thought it would be caught, and instead of a double, only got a single. Mike Tauchman pinch-ran for Sanchez and scored, just getting in ahead of the tag, on a double by Gio Urshela. Tie game.
A fine play by Jay Bruce in the top of the tenth on a bad throw by Chad Green appeared to be able to save the Yankees from giving up a run, but on the next play, which should have been the third out of the inning, Bruce couldn’t prevent a bad throw by Torres from becoming an error that let Baltimore go up 3-2. It was a routine play. Torres just botched it.
The Yanks tied in the the bottom of the tenth when down to their last out, Kyle Higashioka singled to right, scoring pinch-runner Tyler Wade, who just got in under the tag. Wade started the inning at second base. (I did mention I HATE that new rule.)
In the eleventh, the Orioles bunted the runner over, and dunked in a single to bring the runner in and take a 4-3 lead. Luis Cessa got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out two batters to keep it at 4-3.
In the bottom of the eleventh, Gio Urshela started at second base for the Yankees (once again, I HATE this rule). Gardner bunted him to third, then LeMahieu hit a liner to right. Urshela tried to tag up and score but was a dead duck at the plate, getting tagged out to end the game.
The Yankees out-hit Baltimore 13 to 4, They struck out 17 Orioles. They gave up 2 earned runs over 11 innings. In the last 6 1/3 innings, Yankees’ pitchers only gave up ONE hit (I hate that rule!).
Yet they lost. They left 12 men on base. They struck out 10 times.
Clint Frazier and Jay Bruce, the 5 and 6 hitters, combined to go 0 for 10. I can see Bruce being benched, LeMahieu going to 1B, and Odor playing 2B. … but there is still the problem of Torres’ defense at SS.
LeMahieu 2 hits Stanton 2 Hits Sanchez 2 hits Higashioka 1 for 1, RBI. Big hit at the time Urshela 2 hits, RBI, Big hit at the time Gardner 2 hits.
Taillon 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.86. Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00 O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00 Green (L, 0-1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00 Cessa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
With those runners starting the inning on second, (I … you get the idea) those runs are unearned.
Getting to this a bit late, because I was at a Final Four get-together (and what a game between UCLA and Gonzaga!).
The Yankees (1-1) evened up their season record with a 5-3 win over Toronto Saturday. Gary Sanchez homered for the second straight game, and Jay Bruce (celebrating his 34th birthday), dunked in a 2-run single.
With two outs in the second, Gio Urshela singled, went to second on a double by Clint Frazier and scored on a single by D.J. LeMahieu.
A couple of walks, a WP and an error by Sanchez led to Toronto tying the game up in the top of the third.
Sanchez homered leading off the bottom of the fourth, and the Yanks tacked on another run when with one out, Frazier walked, and the Yanks got three straight singles from LeMahieu, Judge and Hicks to go up 3-1.
I am not sold on Hicks hitting third. I am thinking outside the box here. I’d flip Hicks (who walks a lot) to leadoff (he has decent speed) and bat LeMahieu third. Reason why? LeMahieu is the best contact hitter on the team, and he would split two guys (Judge and Stanton) who, besides their great power, do strike out a lot. Just my opinion.
Kluber gave up a leadoff homer in the top of the fifth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-2 then was replaced by Jonathan Loaisiga.
In the bottom of the sixth, LeMahieu walked, and with two out, Stanton and Torres both walked. Bruce then dunked in his two-run single and the Yanks had a cushion, a 5-2 lead.
Toronto got a run in the seventh, and the game ended 5-3 Yankees.
LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI Judge 2 hits Bruce 2 RBI Sanchez solo HR (2) Urshela 2 hits.
Kluber 4+ IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP, 1 WP. 2.25 Loaisiga (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00 Luetge (H, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 9.00 O’Day (H, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 Green (S, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
This was the second and last game of Aroldis Chapman’s suspension.