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Game 99. Yanks sting Rays, 4-3; trade Cessa and Wilson.

The Yanks (52-27, 3rd, 9 GB; 2 1/2 out of playoff spot) beat Tampa Bay 4-3 Tuesday night, then made another trade that makes you wonder if something bigger is forthcoming.

First, the game. Jordan Montgomery was in and out of trouble, but pitched five scoreless innings, throwing 102 pitches in doing so.

The Yanks for whatever reason, haven’t been giving Montgomery much run support, and after missing out on a couple of early opportunities, finally got a run in the fifth. Greg Allen led off the inning with a double, and D.J. LeMahieu singled him home.

The Yanks got two more runs in the top of the sixth to make it 3-0. Gleyber Torres singled to lead off the inning, and Rougned Odor then singled. Gio Urshela doubled both runners home.

Chad Green gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the sixth and Tampa Bay cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-2.

Ryan LaMarre homered (2) for the Yankees in the top of the eighth to put the Yanks up 4-2, but Tampa Bay got a run off of Zack Britton in the bottom of the eighth to cut it to 4-3. Britton got a DP with runners on first and third to end the inning.

The Yanks got the first two batters on in the ninth but could get any insurance runs. In the bottom of the ninth, after getting the first two hitters, Aroldis Chapman gave up a walk before striking out Nelson Cruz to end the game.

Before the game, Aaron Judge and Kyle Higashioka came off the Covid-IL. Estevan Florial and Albert Abreu were sent down. I feel bad for Abreu, who has pitched well. Michael King was moved to the 60 day IL. Just acquired Clay Holmes was added to the active roster. Minor leaguer Yoendrys Gomez went on the Covid-IL list.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Torres 2 hits,
Urshela 2 hits, 2 RBI
LaMarre solo HR (2)

Montgomery (W, 4-5) 5 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 3 W, 5 K. 3.78 1 WP, 1 Balk.
Green (H, 14) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. 3.35 Gave up 1 HR.
Loaisiga (H, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.76
Britton (H, 4) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.56 1 WP
Chapman (S, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.04

The Yanks traded Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson to the Reds for a player to be named later.

Cessa was 3-1, 2.82 (ERA+ 154) this year for the Yanks. He’s 10-13, 4.19 (ERA+ 105) in his MLB career, all with the Yankees (2016- present).

Wilson was in his second stint with the Yankees, and this year was 1-1, 7.50, ERA+ 58. He is 33-23, 3.44 (ERA+ 118) in his career, in which (2012-present) he has pitched for the Pirates, Yankees, Tigers, Cubs, Mets and Yankees again.

So Cessa and Wilson are gone, and Clay Holmes is in. Holmes was acquired for two minor leaguers, Diego Castillo and Hoy Jun Park the other day. Park was hitting .327 for SWB. Holmes was 3-2, 4.93 (ERA+ 85) for Pittsburgh this year and is 5-7, 5.57 (ERA+ 76) for his career.

The trade deadline is Friday at 4 PM. All I can say is that I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. Something is up.

Yanks make trade for Pirates’ reliever.

The Yanks made a minor trade on their off-day yesterday, trading two minor leaguers to Pittsburgh for righty reliever Clay Holmes. They also lost a 1/2 game in the standings, since Boston won.

I must admit and be honest. I am not enthused about the trade. It is hard to know about prospects, but I feel a) the Yanks gave up too much for Holmes and/or b) didn’t get enough for what they gave up. Neither prospect is among the Yanks top 30, but both were having good seasons.

Holmes is a ground-ball pitcher who does significantly better vs. righty hitters than lefties. Lefties have been eating him up. Walks also have been a problem. Hopefully the Yanks can get him going.

Holmes, 28, was 3-2, 4.93, ERA+84 for the Pirates this season in 44 games (42 IP). For his career, he is 5-7, 5.57, ERA+ 76. So those numbers aren’t great. To be fair, three bad outings out of the 44 this year pushed his ERA from 1.99 to 4.93. Hopefully the change of scenery helps.

The prospects the Yanks gave up were:

Hoy Jun Park, lefty hitter, 25. Got 1 at bat with the Yanks this year in his only MLB game. At AAA, was hitting .327-10-29. Mostly a 2B/SS. Combined AA/AAA this season: .307-11-32, 11 SB in 58 games. I feel as if the Yanks didn’t give him a fair shot. Granted he’s only hit .255 in his minor league career, but maybe this season found something. Maybe he’d have been a better bench option than Tyler Wade. We won’t know, but he was having a good season for AAA SWB.

Diego Castillo. Righty hitter, 23. Another 2B/SS. Granted the Yanks have a few good SS in the minor league system (Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe) and could sign a free agent SS (or trade for one) in Trevor Story or Corey Seager. They also could keep Gleyber Torres at SS (although many think he is better at 2B and that the Yanks might be moving him back there). Castillo was hitting .277-11-32 at AA Somerset. Mostly a 2B (and the Yanks have Odor, LeMahieu and Torres who could play there) , he has hit .269 in his minor league career.

So, two players doing well in the minors this year who were probably blocked by players in front of them with other players like Volpe and Peraza coming up behind them. Sad to see them go. Hope Holmes does well.

The Yanks sent Rob Brantly back down, a sign that Kyle Higashioka will be returning off the Covid-IL list.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (45-23) lost 7-4. Deivi Garcia 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 4 W, 1 K. Gave up 3 HR. No decision. AAA ERA 6.88. Nick Nelson took the loss, giving up four runs in 1 IP. Adam Warren (remember him?) 2 scoreless IP, 2.67. DH Hoy Jun Park solo HR. 3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits, RBI.

AA: Somerset (43-28) won 7-0. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, RBI. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI. DH Dermis Garcia solo HR. 2B Jesus Bastidas 2 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. Luis Medina 5 2/3 IP.

High A: Hudson Valley (47-25) won 10-8. DH Anthony Volpe solo HR. LF Jake Sanford 2 hits, RBI. CF Pablo Olivares 2 RBI. Somerset only got 6 hits, but walked 13x.

Low A: Tampa (48-23) won 8-3. C Austin Wells 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. 2B Trevor Hauver solo HR. DH Evan Alexander solo HR. 3B Luis Santos 2 RBI.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (45-22) won 4-1. CF Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR. 1B Armando Alvarez solo HR. 3B Cristian Perez 2 hits. Greg Weissert 2 scoreless relief innings, ERA 1.15.

AA: Somerset (42-28) lost 7-1. Ken Waldichuk 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K. First loss of season for him.
Waldichuk 3-1, 3.89 at AA this year, 2-0, 0.00 at High A. Overall 5-1, 2.13 in fourteen starts. 110 K in 67 2/3 IP.h A:

High A: Hudson Valley (46-25) lost 8-5. CF Elijah Dunham 2 hits, RBI, HR; 1B Chad Bell 3 hits; RF Pat DeMarco 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Tampa (47-23) won 2-1. RF Aldenis Sanchez 2 hits, RBI. DH Carlos Narvaez HR.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (44-22) won 14-5. They hit 6 HR

2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits
3B Andrew Velazquez 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2 HR, a 2-run shot and a solo Shot.
CF Socrates Brito 2 hits (should have the nickname “The Philosopher”?)
C Donny Sands 2-run HR
1B Aramando Alvarez 2 hits, 4 RBI 3-run HR
RF Frederick Cuevas solo HR
SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, 2 RBI
LF Thomas Milone 2 hits, solo HR

AA: Somerset (42-27) won 7-3. DH Oswald Peraza 2 hits. 1B Dermis Garcia solo HR. C Jason Lopez 2 RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 RBI, solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (46-24) lost 3-1. SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, RBI. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits.

Low A: Tampa (46-23) lost 4-3. OF Aldenis Sanchez 2 hits, RBI. SS Roberto Chirinos solo HR.

Of course, we will have to see if any prospects are used in a trade between now and the trade deadline of July 30. Also, some prospects are untouchable. We’ll have to see which ones are in that category

Game 94. Yanks walk-off Phils in 10, 6-5.

The Yanks moved into sole possession of third place in the AL East with a 6-5, 10-inning walk-off win over the Phils last night. The Yanks are 50-44, 7 GB.

The game featured both teams using spot, emergency starters. Both starters did surprisingly well, considering.

Asher Wojciechowski started for the Yanks, and things looked like they would be bleak when he gave up a HR to Jean Segura of the Phils on his first pitch of the game. But he settled in to just give up 2 runs in 4 IP. Hoy Jun Park was sent down to make room for Wojciechowski on the roster.

After the Phils made it 2-0 in the third inning, the Yanks came back to tie the game in the fourth. With two out, Gleyber Torres homered (6). Brett Gardner singled, and then Greg Allen, who has really given the Yankees a jolt, doubled in Gardner to tie the score.

The Yanks got three runs in the bottom of the seventh to go up 5-2. With one out, rookie Estevan Florial singled, then stole second. After another out, Giancarlo Stanton singled in Florial, then Rougned Odor hit a 2-run HR (11).

The Yanks’ bullpen couldn’t hold the lead, as Zack Britton and Nick Nelson combined to give up three runs in the top of the eighth to allow the Phils to tie the game.

The Yanks had a chance to walk it off in the ninth, but couldn’t get the run in, so to extra innings it went.

Gary Sanchez was the “ghost” runner in the tenth, a rule that (thankfully) seems like it will be going away and back to the minors. Gleyber Torres sacrifice bunted Sanchez to third, and PH Ryan LaMarre singled in Sanchez with the winning run.

Brooks Kriske got his first MLB win.

The Yanks were fortunate. They won despite issuing 11 walks. The Phils were 1 for 14 w/RISP.

The Yanks now head to Boston for a big 4-game series.

Odor 2-run HR (11)
Torres solo HR (6)
LaMarre PH GW RBI single


Wojciechowski 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50
Abreu 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1.88
Wilson 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.94
Britton (H, 3) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 8.53
Nelson (BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 9.45
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.28
Kriske (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 10.50 FIRST MLB WIN.

Game 90. Depleted Yanks get shut-out, 4-0.

Major problems. And these could sink the Yankees’ season.

The Yanks were already without Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid list). Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar were on the IL, not to mention others like Corey Kluber, Aaron Hicks and Darren O’Day.

Now add to the Covid List Wandy Peralta, Nestor Cortes, Jr. Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela. Add Luke Voit (knee) to the IL.

As a result, a bunch of guys had to be brought up from SWB. Hoy Jun Park and Trey Amburgey each made their MLB debuts last night. Rob Brantly had to be brought up. Chris Gittens, just off the IL himself, had to come up. Zack Britton was activated off of the IL. Am I missing anyone?

The depleted Yanks lost to Boston 4-0, getting just three hits. They are 0-7 vs. Boston this year, and are now 9 back and in fourth place with a 46-44 record. They play Boston six more times between now and June 25. They have Tampa Bay June 27-29. (In between there are two games with the Phillies).

Those guys out will be out for a while, leaving it up to the scrubs. This could get ugly.

So what did we see last night? The Yanks had a #3 hitter hitting .219, a cleanup hitter hitting .215, A #5 hitter at .237, a #6 hitter at .190. The #7 hitter is 2 for 22 in his MLB career. The #8 hitter was making his MLB debut. The #9 hitter is at .180 and was pinch-hit for by another guy making his MLB debut. Hoo boy. Is it any wonder why the Yanks got shut out?

Poor Jordan Montgomery. No run support. Montgomery had just one bad inning, the second, when he gave up a walk, double, RBI groundout, and a 2-run HR for 3 runs. That was more than enough for Boston. The second straight game he lost 4-0. In his last five starts, Montgomery has lost four of them. In those five games, the Yankees have scored a total of seven runs.

Later, Justin Wilson, who has been absolutely brutal this season, gave up a solo HR for the last run of the game. 4-0, Boston.

Montgomery (L, 3-5) 6 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. One bad inning. 4.18
German 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.72
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 8.62 Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.40


Covid concerns postpone Yankees’ Game/Minor League Report

The Yankees/Red Sox game on Thursday night was postponed due to Covid concerns, and the whole four-game weekend series could be in jeopardy. Things could get even worse for MLB. This could affect each team.

Besides Jonathan Loaisiga, who tested positive before the All-Star Game, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Wandy Peralta have also tested positive. The Yanks made roster substitutions, reinstating Zack Britton off of the IL, bringing up Trey Amburgey, and putting Hoy Jun Park on the taxi squad.

Then it was reported that Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka are in protocol. First reports are that they are positive too, but further testing is needed to confirm.

Since Judge was just a starter and played at the All-Star Game, if he was/is positive, then every team has a problem, especially with its All-Stars, and MLB is then in a tizzy.

Hoo Boy.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (40-21) won 11-3. RF Ryan LaMarre, 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Greg Allen 2 hits, RBI. 3B Aramando Alvarez 2 hits, 3 RBI, SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, 2 RBI.

AA: Somerset (40-22) won 6-5 in 10 innings. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI. DH Donny Sands 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (40-23) lost both games of a doubleheader.

Game 1: Lost 3-2. CF Pablo Olivares 3 for 3, RBI.

Game 2: Lost 2-1, getting just two hits. 3B Chad Bell HR.

Low A: Tampa (43-19) won 8-1. Top uber-prospect 18 yr. old Jasson Dominguez 2 hits. Edgar Barclay 4 scoreless, hitless relief innings, 7 K. Nick Paciorek 2 scoreless IP, 5 K. DH Austin Wells 2 RBI, solo HR. 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, RBI. RF Jose DeLeon 2 hits. 3B Eduardo Torrealba 2-run HR.

Minor League Report.





AAA: SWB (36-18) lost 2-1 in 10 innings. A decent outing (finally) for the struggling Deivi Garcia, but he was still wild. 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 5 W, 1 HBP, 3 K. Still a 7.45 ERA in AAA. 2B Hoy Jun Park 1 for 2, 2 walks (.355). C Rob Brantly 2 hits. SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits.

AA: Somerset (37-20) split a doubleheader.

Game 1: Won 9-2. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera, grand slam. CF Michael Beltre 2 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Cristian Perez 2 hits.

Game 2: Lost 4-1, game called in sixth, rain. They only got 3 hits. 1B Dermis Garcia HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (37-19) won 6-4. SS Josh Smith 2 hits, RBI. C Josh Breaux 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. DH Anthony Seigler 2 hits, 2 RBI. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. Starter Jhony Brito (3-3, 3.04) 7 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 7 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP.

Low A: Tampa (38-17) won 4-1. DH Trevor Hauver 3-run HR. RF Jake Sanford solo HR. Starter Randy Vazquez (2-3, 2.40) 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K, 1 HBP.

Top prospect Jasson Dominguez, 18, who is playing in the Florida complex league, had his first multi-hit game yesterday, and first RBI. So far he is 4 for 20 (.200) all singles, 2 SB, has walked 6x and was HBP once. He’ll be playing in Sunday’s futures game.

Funny how all four teams above all basically close to the same record.

Minor League Report

AAA: SWB (36-17) split a DH. 7 inning games.

Game 1: won 3-2. CF Estevan Florial 2 RBI. LF Hoy Jun Park 2 hits (.360. What more does he have to do for a callup?) 3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits. C Rob Brantly 2 for 2.

Game 2: lost 5-0, rain-shortened. DH Socrates Brito 2 of SWB’s 3 hits.


AA: Somerset (36-19) split a DH. Both 7-inning games.

Game 1: Won 6-1. Another great outing for LHP starter Ken Waldichuk. 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4-0, 1.24 in 11 starts this year, and 4-2, 2.14 in 21 total minor league starts in his career. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, both HR, 5 RBI (2-run HR & 3-run HR). LF Isiah Gilliam solo HR.

Game 2: Lost 4-3. Janson Junk no-decision, 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. DH Diego Castillo solo HR. SS Peraza 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (36-19) won 3-2 in 10 innings. Barrett Loseke 4 scoreless relief innings, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K. SS Josh Smith solo HR. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. LF Elijah Dunham 3 hits, RBI.

Low A: Tampa ppd.