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S.T. Game 10. Minor League Pitchers can’t hold lead, Yanks fall 10-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (6-3-1) built a 4-2 lead but some pitchers ticketed for the minors could not hold it and the Yanks fell 10-4 on Sunday.

Brett Gardner had an RBI double.

Rosell Herrera went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and the way he is playing, he could beat out Tyler Wade for the last (utility) spot on the team. Herrera can play all three OF positions as well as 2B, SS and 3B.

Something concerning is that guys like Mike Tauchman and Gary Sanchez don’t have a hit yet and that Tyler Wade is 1 for 16, that hit being a HR. Kyle Higashioka is 1 for 11.

You would like some bats to wake up soon.

Pitching line:

Hale 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  19.29.  Not a good outing for Hale.
Reeves 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   Faced one batter and struck him out.  0.00
Otero 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00
Avilan 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00.   Don’t sleep on him.
Kriske (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.45  Don’t sleep on him, either.
Yajure (L, 0-1; H, 1)  1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.   11.57
Ort (BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up a grand slam.    27.00
Rosa 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  9.00

 

 

 

S.T. Game 1: Happ looks great, but Yanks fall, 2-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First things first. As far as spring training results go, I don’t care until about March 17 or so.

Most early S.T. games are decided late by players who will be in the minors, sometimes AA or lower, so there is that.

I do care about injuries. Making sure your top players don’t get hurt in these games. And in that regard, news about Aaron Judge’s aching shoulder are encouraging.

Already we know about German’s suspension. Paxton being out. The uncertainty of Severino. Hicks out until June. We don’t need more.

The Yanks only got three hits today—all by minor leaguers—in a 2-1 loss to Toronto.

There was some good in this.

J.A. Happ pitched two perfect innings. Six up, six down. Happ had a poor 2019 (12-8, 4.91) but was 7-0, 2.69 after the Yanks traded for him in 2018, a season in which he went 17-6, 3.65 between Toronto and the Yanks. He went 20-4, 3.18 for Toronto in 2016.

Happ, 37, needs to step up with German, Paxton and probably Severino out. Today was a good starting point.

The Yanks’ only run came on a bottom of the ninth HR by Chris Gittens. Gittens will probably start the year at AAA SWB. He isn’t young, 26. He hit .281-23-77 at AA last year.

Another hit, a double, came off the bat of Ben Ruta. Ruta, an OF, turns 26 in June. He’ll probably be at AAA too. He hit .260-8-55 with 25 SB at AA Trenton last year. So far in the minors he has shown a decent BA (.271) but no power, but good speed.

The game ended with the Yanks having the tying run on second and the winning run on first.

Pitching line:

Happ 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
King 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Tropeano (L) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  9.00
Avilan 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   13.50
Ort 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  0.00
Acevedo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K, 0.00
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00

Ok, something on some other guys. Tropeano, 29, RHP, has pitched in the majors for Houston and the Angels. 39 starts and  3 relief appearances, so he is competing for a 5 spot or spot starter/long relief role, probably against Cessa. MLB career: 12-14, ERA 4.51. ERA+ 90.

King got in one game at the end of the year for the Yanks last year after being injured most of the year. 2 IP, 1 R, unearned. He had a great 2018 in the minors, going 11-5, 1.79 from High A to AAA. He’ll be 25 in May. He is fighting for the #5 starter job, probably will go to AAA but I think you WILL see him sometime this season.

The last person to discuss, and don’t disregard him, is Brooks Kriske. This is a guy I feel you WILL see this year. Between High A and AA last year, the RHP went 3-3, 2.08 with 12 saves and 80K in 60.2 IP. Someone to keep an eye on.

 

Minor League Report. Trenton throws one-hitter, loses 1-0.

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AAA: SWB (48-35) won 4-0. DH Tyler Wade (.301) 2 hits. RF Trey Amburgey solo HR. 2B Wendell Rijo 2 RBI.

Espinal (W, 4-7, 4.24) 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K.
Ort 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.97
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.60

Logan Morrison did opt out of his contract.

AA: Trenton (45-35) lost both games of a DH.

Reg. Sched. game: Lost 7-1. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits.

Makeup of 4/20: Lost 1-0 despite pitching a one-hitter. Trenton only got two hits themselves.

Talk about a tough-luck loss!

Nelson (L, 2-2, 3.78) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 W, 11 K.

High A: Tampa (35-45) won 9-2. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, 5 RBI, 3-run HR. 1B Steven Sensley 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR. 3B/1B Jose Martinez 2 hits, RBI.

Frank German 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 5 W, 6 K.

Low A: Charleston (43-40) lost 10-0, getting just three hits.

Cortijo (L, 3-1, 1.93) 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K.   Then the relievers blew up.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (30-20) won 7-4. SS Didi Gregorius 1 for 4, RBI on his rehab. 1B Mike Ford solo HR. 3B Breyvic Valera 2 hits (.444!). DH Logan Morrison solo HR. CF Billy Burns 3 hits, solo HR. Starter Drew Hutchinson 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. Kaleb Ort 2 scoreless relief IP.

AA: Trenton (32-19) won 2-1. DH Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, solo HR.

Whitlock (W, 3-1, 3.27) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Carter (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.33
D. Alvarez (S, 8 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.70

High A: Tampa (23-31) won 4-0. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 hits, 4 RBI. 3-run HR. LF Omar Carrizales 3 hits.

Nelson 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 7 K.  0.00
Yajure (W, 3-6, 2.93) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W , 8 K.

Low A: Charleston (29-26) lost both games of a DH.

Reg. Sched. game: Lost 6-4. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. 2 hits, solo HR 3B  Max Burt.

Makeup of 5/31: Lost 7-2. 2B Kyle Gray 2 hits. C Mickey Gasper 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB was rained out. DH today. For news on the Mike Ford call-up, see the major league report.

AA: Trenton (8-3) won 7-6 in 11 innings. C Francisco Diaz 2 hits, 2 RBI. DH Wendell Rijo 2 hits. Adonis Rosa 5 scoreless relief innings. Kaleb Ort added two more.

High A: Tampa (4-9) lost 11-6. DH Dermis Garcia 2 HR, 4 RBI. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI. CF Pablo Olivares a hit, drew 3 walks.

Low A: Charleston (6-7) gave up two in the top of the ninth and lost 4-3. RF Josh Stowers 2 hits. LF Canaan Smith 2 RBI. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits.

Minor league report.

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No minor league report on Friday games. I was out of town.

AAA: SWB (6-4) won 10-4. 2B Thairo Estrada 3 hits, 2 HR, 3 RBI. 1b Gosuke Katoh a 2-run HR. RF Ryan McBroom 2 hits, solo HR. 2 hits DH Billy Fleming. CF Billy Burns 2 hits, 2 RBI.  Drew Hutchison (W) 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 W, 8 K.

AA: Trenton (5-3) won both games of a DH.

GAME 1: 3-2 in 10. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits, RBI. DH Wendell Rijo 2 hits. 2 RBI for 3B Brandon Wagner. Three scoreless innings starter Brody Koerner. Kaleb Ort five strikeouts in two scoreless innings of relief.

GAME 2: 1-0 win. Wagner solo HR. Garrett Whitlock (W) 6 scoreless IP.

HIGH A: Tampa (3-7) lost 7-6. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. RF Stephen Sensley 2 hits, solo HR. C Jason Jopez 2 hits, 2-run HR.

LOW A: Charleston (5-5) lost 5-0. 1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits.

Minor League Report. SWB playoff hopes take hit with 3-0 loss.

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AAA: SWB (71-65) lost 3-0 as their playoff hopes took a hit with the loss. They have a .522 winning pct. and are in 2nd place in the International League North. Over in the West, Toledo leads with a .526 winning pct., and both Columbus and Indianapolis are both at .522. So basically, with two games left in the season, there is a 3-way tie for the wild card spot.

DH Mark Payton 2 hits.

Cortes (L, 6-6, 3.71) 5 Ip, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. gave up 1 HR.  to Rafael Devers, rehabbing for Boston.
Coshow 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.95
Adams 2 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.82
Lail 1 iP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.48

AA: Trenton (77-61) won 3-0 over Reading.  1B Gosuke Katoh 2 RBI.  DH Jorge Saez solo HR.  2 hits, LF Trey Amburgey.

Stephan 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K.  4.54
Kamplain (W, 1-1, 7.20) 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Low A: Tampa (70-66) won 2-0. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits. 3B Daniel Barrios solo HR.

Sanmartin (W, 2-0, 0.00) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Ort (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.   6.04
Zurak (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.32

Low A: Charleston (62-72) lost 8-0.

Martinez (L, 0-4, 6.48) 5 1/3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
DeCarr 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K.  3.50
Higgins 2 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 k.  2.65

 

Minor League Report. German and Sanchez on rehab.

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Swanson 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K.   4.09
Sheffield (BS, 2) 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up HR.  2.66
Kontos (L, 3-2, 2.01) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K.

AA: Trenton (71-60) won 7-6. 1B Bruce Caldwell 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Brandon Wagner drew 4 walks. LF Trey Amburgey 3 hits, HR, 4 RBI. DH Jeff Hendrix 2 hits.

Bollinger (W, 8-5, 4.00) 5 Ip, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Lane 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.  4.42
Harris 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.  5.79
Frawley (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.  7.13

High A: Tampa (65-66) won 5-4 in 10 innings. LF Dom Thompson-Williams 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, RBI.

German 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 5 K. 0.00  Rehab stint.
Kamplain 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K.  4.38
Ort 1 1/3 IP, 4 R,  3 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K.  6.64
Zurak (W, 3-2, 4.60) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Low A: Charleston (59-68) lost 4-3 in 10 innings. RF Carlos Vidal 3 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBI. SS Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits, solo HR. 2B David Metzgar 2 hits.

Contreras 4 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K.  4.08
Ramos 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 6 K.  3.70
C. Espinal (L, 0-2, 3.18) 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.

Gary Sanchez: Rehab game for Gulf Coast League Yankees East as DH. 0 for 3, walked, scored a run. Reached on error, 2 popups.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB’s game was suspended due to rain with the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth.

AA: Trenton (68-59) lost 7-3. 2B Bruce Caldwell 2 hits. DH Wendell Rijo 3 hits. RF Jhalen Jackson 3 hits, 2 doubles, 3 RBI.

Stephan 5; IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 7 K.  5.13
Reeves (BS, 2; L, 2-2, 2.80) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Sosebee 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 W 2 K.  3.66
Lane 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.96

High A: Tampa (62-65) won 8-3. CF Estevan Florial 3 hits, double, HR, 2 RBI. 2B Diego Castillo 2 for 2 with 3 walks. LF Dom Thompson-Williams 3-run HR. C Jason Lopez 2 hits, RBI.

Deivi Garcia (W, 1-0, 1.59) 6 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Ort 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  5.68
Weissert 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.22

Low A: Charleston (58-66) won 3-2 in 10 innings. CF Leonardo Molina 2 hits, RBI.

Yajure 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K.  2.77
DeCarr (H, 4) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. 3.45
C. Espinal (BS, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K.  2.89
Alvarez (W, 1-2, 1.15) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: The rain continues in the Northeast. SWB rained out.

AA: Trenton (66-56) won 3-1. RF Jhalen Jackson solo HR. CF Rashad Crawford 2 hits. Nice to see Jonathan Loaisiga back on the bump, even though it was shaky as he comes back from the DL.

Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.  4.44
Foley (W, 3-4, 3.34) 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K
Diehl (H, 2) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K.  1.47
Wivinis (S, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.00

High A: Tampa (60-64) scored in the bottom of the 10th to win 3-2. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, 2 walks, 2-run HR.

Abreu 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.  4.21
Ort 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K.  5.09
Weissert (W, 2-2, 4.58) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.

Low A: Charleston (56-64) lost 4-2.

Mauricio 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K.  5.81
A. Severino (H, 5) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.54
Higgins (BS, 4; L, 5-5, 2.81) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up HR.