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Game 17. Yanks sweep Bosox behind Gardner’s slam.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

J.A. Happ entered the game with an ERA of 8.76, and things didn’t look too promising early on because he gave up a HR in the first and a 2-run HR in the second to put the Yanks (8-9) down 3-0.

Happ settled down, however, and Brett Gardner’s 100th career HR—a grand slam—enabled the Yanks to beat Boston 5-3 to take both games of the two game series.

The Yanks got a run in the fourth on an RBI double by Clint Frazier, who had three of the Yanks’ five hits.

Gardner’s slam came in the seventh. It was his fourth HR of the season.

Ottavino got into, and out of, trouble in the eighth.

Happ 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.  7.23
Kahnle (W, 1-0, 3.38) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Ottavino (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.00
Chapman (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.57

 

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Game 15. Yanks “slammed”. Lose 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The heavily depleted Yanks lost to Chicago 5-2 today to fall to 6-9 on the season.

Unfortunately, the lineup now looks like a spring training lineup with a lot of guys in it who really, if not for the injuries, would not be in the majors right now.

It’s good the Boss, George, isn’t alive right now, for it was at this time in the season (1982) when Bob Lemon got the axe (6-10), and in 1985 when Yogi (6-8) got canned.

This isn’t to say that Boone should get fired, but just giving some historical perspective. There’s not much Boone can do right now but hope to keep the ship afloat.

The Yanks did have an early 2-0 lead, but in the fifth, Tanaka gave up a grand slam and that was it.

The Yanks only got four hits.

Tanaka (L, 1-1, 3.22) 4 + IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up grand slam.
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.08
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.86
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.  1.13
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  9.95

One disturbing thing. It’s coming out that Paxton was probably tipping pitches against Houston? Severino apparently tipping pitches at the end of last year?

The pitching coaches need to see and realize this before it becomes an issue. This is on Harkey and Rothschild.

 

Game 11. Bullpen blues. Yanks lose late again, 6-3. Severino shut down for 6 weeks.

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The bullpen, supposed to be a strength of this Yankees’ (5-6) team, so far hasn’t been. Leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks’ bullpen gave up four runs after that as the Yanks lost 6-3 to Houston.

Clint Frazier had, let’s say, an interesting night in LF playing defense, and Brett Gardner made a mistake on a bunt attempt in thinking a ball was foul when it was fair. That resulted in bunting into a DP.

Jonathan Loaisiga (who was sent down after the game, what with CC coming back off of the DL) struck out the side in the first, but Houston worked up his pitch count and he was gone after just three innings. He did strike out five in those three innings.

Luke Voit homered (3) for the Yanks in the first, and Gary Sanchez had a two-run double in the sixth.

Loaisiga 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. 3.86
Tarpley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.75
Cessa 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.29
Holder (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40
Green (L, 0-2. 9.00) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K. 0.00

So far this season, we’ve seen Chapman take a loss, Green take two losses, Ottavino one. Not the bullpen that was expected so far.

Luis Severino has a grade 2 lat strain and has been shut down for six weeks. Since he’ll need to build himself back up (basically have to go through a “spring training”), we won’t see him on the mound for the Yanks until late June/early July at the earliest.

Gio Gonzalez (see minor league report) is a possibility. Gio rebounded well last night from two prior poor performances. Gio can opt out if not with the Yanks April 20.

Another possibility could be looking into free agent Dallas Keuchel.

 

Game 10. Bullpen can’t hold lead, Yanks lose 4-3. Severino has setback.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For six innings, Masahiro Tanaka outpitched Houston’s Justin Verlander. He left with a 3-1 lead.

Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn’t hold it and Houston, aided by some luck on a little dribbler, beat the 5-5 Yankees, 4-3.

Aaron Judge had 2 hits, inc. a HR (3) and walked twice.

Clint Frazier had 2 hits and an RBI.

Not a good night for Greg Bird, who took the “golden sombrero” 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.

Tanaka 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.  1.47
Britton 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.86
Ottavino (L, 1-1, 1.29) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.

Luis Severino will be sent to NY for more tests on his shoulder. According to manager Aaron Boone, Severino “feels OK but he is not where he needs to be.” He’ll have another MRI. Concerning news.

Game 8. Judge HRs 2x, but it’s Frazier’s late HR that wins it for Yanks, 6-4.

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Aaron Judge hit his first two homers of the season, but it was Clint Frazier’s late HR that enabled the Yanks to beat Baltimore 6-4 Saturday night.

The win evens the Yanks’ record at 4-4.

Judge hit his first HR of the year in the top of the first, but J.A. Happ gave up a HR in the bottom of the inning that evened things up.

Judge homered in the third to make it 3-1 Yanks.

The O’s got one in the fifth and two in the seventh to go up 4-3, but Clint Frazier’s 3-run HR (1) in the eighth won it for the Yanks, 6-4.

D.J. LeMahieu had three hits. I’d have had him leading off instead of Gardner.

Happ 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.48
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.76
Ottavino (W, 1-0, 0.00; BS, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Green (H, 2)  1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.15
Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.60

Game 5. Chapman blows game in 9th, Yanks fall 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Without some power like Sanchez, Bird and Tulo (nights off), Stanton, Hicks or Andujar (injured) in the lineup, the Yanks batting lineup looked like something out of a spring training game what with Frazier, Wade and Romine in the lineup and Gleyber Torres hitting cleanup.

You can still win games like that, especially with speed, pitching and defense, and for eight innings, it looked like the Yanks might just do that.

Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant, and so was Adam Ottavino.

But Aroldis Chapman came in and blew the game in the ninth. The Yanks lost, 3-1, to fall to 2-3 on the season.

Personally, I don’t think Brett Gardner should be the leadoff hitter anymore, but with this spate of injuries, I am wondering who should be. D.J. LeMahieu comes to mind, as does Tyler Wade. Gardner isn’t what he used to be. Not to me, anyway. I think he should be at the bottom of the order.

Why Wade leadoff for now? Because he’s faster than Gardner right now. He may see better pitches batting in front of Judge, enabling him to hit better, and also, with Wade’s speed at first, maybe Judge sees more fastballs.

LeMahieu did have 2 hits tonight, 2 of the Yankees’ six.

The Yanks’ only run came in the second when LeMahieu singled, Tauchman doubled and Clint Frazier hit a SF.

With Wade on second and two out in the fifth, Judge was intentionally walked but Voit struck out.

The only run Tanaka gave up came when with two outs, he gave up back-to-back doubles, the first hitting the bag and bouncing past Voit. Otherwise it would been the third out of the inning. Tough break.

Tanaka 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 0 W, 7 K. 1.46
Ottavino 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
Chapman (L, 0-1, 6.00) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.

Gio Gonzalez will start for SWB Thursday in a minor league game. CC will go Sunday, but I forget where.

 

Game 4. Yanks win 3-1 on combined 2-hitter, but Stanton & Andujar go on I.L. Andujar could be lost for the season.

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The Yanks evened their record at 2-2 with a 3-1 win over the Tigers, but the injured list grew even bigger when before the game, the Yanks had to put Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar on the injured list for 10 days each.

Stanton has a strained bicep, suffered on a funky swing he took. Andujar’s injury could, and appears to be more serious, since he (per MLB.com) has a small labrum tear in his right shoulder and the team will handle him conservatively for two weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. But Andujar could soon undergo season-ending surgery. In any case, he’ll be out much longer than 10 days.

To replace them, the Yanks called up Clint Frazier (for Stanton) and Tyler Wade (for Andujar).

Unfortunately, neither was an “April Fool’s Joke.”

The duo joins an injured list that includes Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Aaron Hicks (still no where close to returning), Didi Gregorius and Jacoby Ellsbury.

As for the game, the Yanks struck first when Gary Sanchez hit his second HR of the year to make it 1-0 in the second.

With two outs in the third, Luke Voit walked and Greg Bird singled. When OF Christian Stewart made an error on Bird’s single, Voit came all the way around to score while Bird took second. 2-0 Yanks.

With two on in the fourth, a WP by Yankees’ starter Domingo German moved the runners up, and a throwing error by Sanchez enabled the lead runner to score. 2-1, Yanks. It’s Sanchez’ third error of the season already, all throwing, but in seeing the play, it appears that Gleyber Torres needs to make a better play in keeping the ball in front of him. The throw wasn’t too bad. It was a bang-bang play and Torres may have “heard footsteps” or may have been spiked on the play.

Brett Gardner led off the fifth with his first HR of the season, making it 3-1 Yanks, which was the final score. Gardner had two of the Yanks’ five hits.

It almost wasn’t the final score, however. With two on and no one out in the eighth, Aaron Judge made a diving catch to save the day.  It was a play that put your heart in your throat, because it was a play where Judge could have hurt his wrist really bad if he fell on it wrong. Fortunately, nothing happened. The Yanks can’t afford to lose anyone else right now, ESPECIALLY Aaron Judge.

Domingo German was a bit wild, but pitched great and four relievers backed him up.

German (W, 1-0, 0.00) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 5 W, 7 K.
Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.50
Britton (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Ottavino (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 0.00
Chapman (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

OF Jim Holt, a member of the 1974 WS Champion Oakland A’s, passed away recently.