The Yanks (53-48) got crushed by Tampa Bay 14-0, and only got four hits in the game.
Gerrit Cole almost gave up a HR on his first pitch of the game (just foul) but the first four batters he faced were single, walk, single for a run, 3-run HR. Four batters in, down 4-0.
Cole settled down until the sixth, when Tampa Bay got 10 runs off of him and reliever Albert Abreu. Abreu faced six batters, got no one out, gave up 4 hits (3 homers) and 2 walks. Ugh.
Got to worry a bit about Cole. ERA once under 2.00 is now over 3.00. Still good, but he's been slumping lately.
Cole (L, 10-6) 5 1/3 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.11.
Abreu 0 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 3 HR. 5.65
Romano 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.70 (Combined Cincy/NYY; 2nd Yankee game)
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.81 (Combined Pitt/NYY; Yankees debut)
The deal for Joey Gallo went through. The Yanks get Gallo (29 y.o) from Texas for 4 minor leaguers.
This year .223-25-55, leads MLB with 74 walks. OPS+ 138. The good: 2x All Star. Gold Glove. 40 or more HR in 2017 and 2018. Much needed lefty bat. Bad news: Strikes out a lot. 207 times in 2018. Low batting average.
162 g. average: .211-41-90; OPS+ 116.
With Judge, Stanton, and Gallo, the Yanks have three guys who have had seasons of 40 or more HR, but also 200 strikeouts. Throw in Rougned Odor, who has topped 30 HR 3x, but struck out 178 times in 2019. You have the potential for a lot of homers, but oy, those strikeouts! Gallo will most likely play LF. He can play all three OF positions, 1B and 3B. He is under contract through 2022. This may mean that once healthy, Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar could both be trade bait.
Gallo wore #13 in Texas. The last Yankee to wear #13 was A-Rod. It hasn't been retired. Does Gallo get #13?
The Yanks also get LHP Joely Rodriguez in the deal. 1-3, 5.93 (ERA+ 76) this season. 2-5, 5.05 (ERA+ 88) for his career in 81 games.
The Yanks give up:
RHP Glenn Otto RHP, 25. 7-3, 3.33 between AA/AAA this season. Minor league career: 14-7, 3.07
2B/SS Ezequiel Duran, 22. .290-12-48, 12 SB at High A Hudson Valley this season.
LF/2B Trevor Hauver, 22. .288-9-49 for Low A Tampa this year.
INF Josh Smith 24 in a week. .324-9-24, 17 SB between low and High A this season.
You got to give to get. The Yanks did give up 4 promising players. But also these four were in the Yanks top 30 prospects, none were in the top 13. Otto #28, Duran #15, Smith #14 and Hauver #23.
Before the game, GM Brian Cashman addressed the media, stating he still believes in manager Aaron Boone and the team and that the Yankees (34-32, 3rd in AL East, 8 back) would be buyers, not sellers, at the trade deadline.
The Yanks then went out and snapped their 3-game losing streak with a 6-5 win in Buffalo over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The night started off shaky. Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery walked the bases loaded with no one out in the bottom of the first but got out of the inning giving up only one run.
Gary Sanchez tied the game up in the top of the second with his ninth HR of the season.
Yankee-killer Bo Bichette homered in the third inning to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the fourth, Chris Gittens got his first MLB hit, a HR, to tie the game. Gittens was 0 for 14 before that.
Toronto came back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, all with two out, and Bichette was the guy again, delivering a two-run single.
The Yanks cut it to 5-3 in the top of the sixth. With one out, Gio Urshela singled, and Sanchez doubled him to third. A groundout by Miguel Andujar scored Urshela.
The Yanks then tied it up it the seventh, thanks to a gift run. Brett Gardner led off the inning with his second HR of the season. D.J. LeMahieu then doubled. Two wild pitches enabled LeMahieu to score and tie up the game.
The game-winning run came in the top of the eighth. Andujar singled, and Tyler Wade pinch-ran for him. One out later, Wade stole second, and pinch-hitter Clint Frazier then doubled home Wade to make it 6-5.
An oddity: Gerrit Cole, who is starting tonight, leads the Yankees with seven wins. Second is Jonathan Loaisiga with six—all in relief.
LeMahieu 2 hits Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (9) Gittens solo HR (1). FIRST MLB HIT. Gardner solo HR (2) Frazier pinch-hit GW RBI double.
Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 4 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.20 Cessa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.33 Loaisiga (W, 6-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.78 Britton (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 0.00 Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.85
Minor League Notes:TIme to really get concerned about Deivi Garcia. He only got one man out last night, and gave up five runs. His ERA at AAA SWB is now 8.10 (and in his 2 starts with the Yankees, 6.48). Ugly. Estevan Florial had 2 doubles and a HR, and drove in 3 runs as SWB (21-11) won 12-6. Florial is still hitting just .195. 2B Hoy Jun Park went 4 for 4, 3 RBI, and is hitting .365 for SWB. I, for one, advocate calling him up and replacing Odor.
AA: Luke Voit went 1 for 4 on rehab as Somerset (23-13) won 10-1. Starter Glenn Otto 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 14 K (3-2, 3.95). SS Oswald Peraza 3 hits, 2B Diego Castillo 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2-run HR. C Donny Sands 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 HR, a solo shot and a 2-run shot.
High A: Hudson Valley (21-14) won 6-5. C Josh Breaux 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Chad Bell a 3-run HR.
Low A: Tampa (27-10) won 10-5. C Austin Wells 3 hits, RBI. RF Josh Sanford 4 for 4, 2 RBI, solo HR. 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, 2 RBI. Two others with 2 hits each.
AAA: SWB (4-1) won 4-2. Luke Voit solo HR, Derek Dietrich solo HR. I would expect Voit to join the Yankees Tuesday, with Mike Ford (.108) being sent back. LF Ryan LaMarre 2 hits. Nick Nelson 3 scoreless relief innings, 4 K.
AA: Somerset (4-1) won 2-0. DH Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. 3B Diego Castillo 2 hits. Starter and winning pitcher Glenn Otto 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.
High A: Hudson Valley (2-3) won 9-3.
SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits LF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 3 RBI ; 3-run HR RF Pablo Olivares 2 hits CF Isaiah Pasteur 2 hits, RBI 2B Oliver Dunn 2 hits 3B James Nelson 2 hits, 3 RBI
Low A: Tampa (5-0) won 12-11. This is crazy, like beer league softball. In their five games, Tampa has scored 77 runs while giving up 43. Its’ like every game is 15-8, 16-9 or so.
2B Trevor Hauer 3-run HR. He is hitting .643 with 5 HR already. 3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits 1B Chad Bell grand slam CF Pat DeMarco 2 Hits, 2 RBI DH Juan De Leon 2 hits, RBI
With the fractured wrist of Robinson Chirinos, Rob Brantly probably becomes the Yankees 3rd string catcher, sent to SWB (if he has options, which I don’t know about; I also don’t know if he has an opt-out clause) to lie in wait should anything happen to Gary Sanchez or Kyle Higashioka.
Today he hit his second spring training HR, a 2-run shot, as the Yankees (7-4-1) beat the Tigers 4-2.
From the NY Post: The Yankees made a series of minor league roster moves: OF Estevan Florial was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. RHP Luis Gil was optioned to Double-A Somerset. RHP Luis Medina and Alexander Vizcaino and SS Oswald Peraza were optioned to High-A Hudson Valley. RHP Yoendrys Gomez was optioned to Low-A Tampa. The team also assigned several to minor league camp, including C Austin Wells and RHP Adam Warren, as well as Josh Breaux, Kevin Deglan, Chris Gittens, Hoy Jun Park, Tom Milone, Michael Beltre, Trey Amburgey, Trevor Lane, Glenn Otto … I might have missed a couple and hope i got some names right.
Jameson Taillon had struggles, but gave up no runs. He hasn’t allowed a run in spring training.
Manager Aaron Boone returned to the Yankees after his pacemaker surgery, but the Yankees (3-3-1 in spring training) fell to Pittsburgh, 3-2, today.
The Yanks got their runs on solo HR by Jay Bruce and Clint Frazier. It was a 7-inning game, delayed at the start by rain.
Jameson Taillon pitched two scoreless innings, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the second, and struck out four.
Jhoulys Chacin struggled again in trying to get that #5 starter spot.
Taillon 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. Chacin (L; BS) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K Lane 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. Otto 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Cessa 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up a solo HR. Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
For someone coming off injury and who may need to get more time in extended spring training or in the minors to get back up to speed, Adam Warren, in his third go-around with the Yankees, has done well this spring.