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Game 129. Yanks put up 20 as they sweep the Braves.

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Nathan Eovaldi didn’t have his A game, but he didn’t have to have it to go to 14-2 as the Yanks hung a 20-spot on the Braves to sweep their weekend series with a 20-6 win on Sunday.

Jacoby Ellsbury had a 3-run HR (7). Chase Headley a 2-run HR (10) and Stephen Drew a 2-run blast (16) in the drubbing.

Drew got his average over .200 with a 4 for 4 day with 4 RBI.

Ellsbury had 3 rbi, and Headley was 3 for 3 with 4 rbi. A-Rod had a PH 2-run single and even pitcher Brandon Pinder had an RBI double.

1B Greg Bird had 2 hits and 2 RBI. The Yanks banged out 21 hits.

The win puts the Yanks at 72-57 and keeps them 1 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East. The Yanks are safe for the wild card spot.

Eovaldi (W, 14-2, 4.17) 5 IP, 5 R, 8 h, 2 walks and 7 K.
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.19
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 1.95
Pinder 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 2.70
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.86

In Saturday’s game, a fan fell out of the upper deck and was killed. This sad occurence happened in the seventh inning.

Game 126. Yanks 2 back after 6-2 loss.

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The Yanks lost to Houston Wednesday afternoon, and coupled with Toronto’s blowout of Texas later that night, fell two games behind Toronto in the AL East, at 69-57. The Yanks still are one of the AL Wild Card teams as of now.

While Toronto’s offense has been clicking, the Yanks’ offense has been sputtering (see some stats below). With the 6-2 loss to Houston, the Yanks scored just four runs in the three games vs. Houston.

Michael Pineda, in his return from an injury, was ok for the first four innings, giving up just one run, but imploded in the fifth, giving up four runs.

The only runs the Yanks got were on a 2-run HR by Didi Gregorius (6) in the seventh. The Yanks got just five hits.

Pineda (L, 9-8, 4.19) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 1.97
Pinder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.53
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 3.21
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.70

Before the game, Goody was brought up and Pineda activated. Rumbelow was sent down and Capuano was DFAd for the fourth time in a month. Goody was sent back down after the game, but I see no corresponding move.

Jacoby Ellsbury has a sore hip from trying to make a diving catch the other night. He missed this game. Teix is still sore with that bone bruise in his leg.

Some slumping Yankees need to revive themselves for the stretch run.

After striking out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day this year, Pineda was 5-0, 2.72. Since then he is 4-8, 5.09. That won’t get it done. Pineda is an enigma. So much talent, but….

The Yanks are off today. They are in Atlanta this weekend, meaning no DH and no A-Rod. Since turning 40 on July 27, A-Rod has been slumping, hitting just .181. Since June 23, Brian McCann has been hitting .205.

A-Rod and the 35-year-old Teixeira had carried the team most of the year. With Alex slumping (age? Dog Days of August?) and Teixeira nursing that bone bruise, the rest of the offense needs to pick it up, especially since Alex won’t be available this weekend except for PH duties.

Some people are calling for Aaron Judge to be brought up, but the 23-year-old prospect is hitting under .240 at AAA after starting the year hitting .284 at AA. Let him hit in AAA first before bringing him up. Besides, where would he play? RF? Beltran is one of the guys hitting right now. LF for the slumping Gardner (.197 in his last 34 games)? I don’t see it.

Some guys just have to pick it up, and these guys have multi-year deals, meaning they are here next year and in some cases, beyond.

Hopefully they get hot in September.

Game 123. Yanks lose 4-3, fall out of 1st, CC injured.

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On the day the Yanks retired #46 for Andy Pettitte, the Yanks fell out of first place, and CC Sabathia left the game in the third inning with a knee injury.

CC went for an MRI, but appears headed to the DL. The Yanks’ plans for a six-man rotation down the stretch are in jeopardy. In any case, Michael Pineda’s return on Wednesday comes at the right time.

I was there with a brother and two nephews, as well as other members of the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club, as CC gave up a double to the second batter of the game and a 2-run HR to the fourth. Right away the Yanks were down 2-0.

In the third, Ellsbury singled, stole second and Gardner walked. After a flyout that moved Ellsbury up, Gardner stole second. A throwing error by the catcher enabled Ellsbury to score and cut the lead to 2-1.

But the Yanks’ bats were cold on Sunday, striking out eleven times, and Yankees’ pitchers were walking too many batters (ten for the game). A bases-loaded walk in the fifth made it 3-1 Cleveland.

Meanwhile the Yanks got just five hits in the game—1/2 the total of walks Cleveland received.

Carlos Beltran’s 2-run bloop double to left tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, but in the top of the eighth Dellin Betances gave up a HR and Cleveland won 4-3.

With the loss, the 68-55 Yanks dropped out of first place. They are 1/2 a game behind Toronto.

Sabathia 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 walks, 1 K. 5.27
Rumbelow 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 Walk, 0 K. 2.08.
Pinder 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 2.79
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.99
Betances (L, 6-3, 1.36) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.13

Game 122. Severino gets first MLB win.

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Plagued by lack of run support in his first three MLB starts, Luis Severino finally got some support on Saturday and went on to win his first MLB game when the Yanks beat Cleveland 6-2.

It was Jorge Posada Day at the Stadium, and the Yanks retired #20. Today they will be retiring #46 for Andy Pettitte and I’ll be up for the game.

Before the game, the Yanks recalled Brandon Pinder and DFA’d Chris Capuano….again. It’s the third time in a month that he’s been DFA’d by the Yanks.

They also made it official and released Garrett Jones.

Michael Pineda will start for the Yanks on Wednesday. For now, they will be going with a six-man rotation.

Severino gave up a HR in the first and nothing more.

The Yanks got that run back and more in the bottom of the first. Ellsbury singled, Gardner homered (12) to make it 2-1 and after an out, McCann homered (22) to make it 3-1.

A Cleveland error made it 4-1 in the second and later in that inning, Beltran’s SF made it 5-1.

Both teams got runs in the eighth, the Yanks’ run coming on a SF by John Ryan Murphy.

With the win, the 68-54 Yanks stay 1/2 game ahead of the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Severino (W, 1-2, 2.74) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 walks and 6 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.16
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.25
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.03.

Game 112. Yanks bats stay cold, and they fall out of first with another one-run loss.

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The Yanks’ bats stayed cold last night, and it cost them first place as they lost 2-1 in Cleveland.

It is their sixth loss in the last seven games, and their fifth in a row. Four of those six losses have been by one run, and another was 2-0. Three of the losses were by 2-1 scores. One 2-1 loss was in 10 innings, another (a 5-4 loss) in 16. In the last seven games, the Yanks have scored just nine runs.That is 1.29 per game in that stretch, and remember, one game was 10 and another 16 innings.

If only for one big hit.

They are now 61-51, and 1/2 game behind the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Toronto 63-52 —
Yankees 61-51  – 1/2
Tampa Bay 58-56  -4 1/2
Baltimore 57-56   -5
Boston 50-64  -12 1/2

The Yanks managed only four hits last night, their sole run coming in the second on a Brian McCann HR (19). They had chances, like 2nd and 3rd, one out, and couldn’t score with Didi and Young at bat. A-Rod grounded into double plays twice. The Yanks struck out 11x.

Hopefully the bats wake up soon.

CC Sabathia pitched well, as have most of the Yankees’ pitchers in this stretch, but as this recent stretch has gone, received little support. He gave up solo runs in the fifth and sixth.

Sabathia (L, 4-9, 5.23) 6 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.97
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K. 3.86.

Because of the 16 inning game on Tuesday night, the Yanks needed pitching help, and brought back Chris Capuano and Nick Goody. Capuano had cleared waivers after being DFA’d and was back at AAA. To make room for the two, the Yanks sent Brandon Pinder back down to AAA and DFA’d Garrett Jones again. Jones was DFA’d just a couple weeks ago, cleared waivers and re-signed with the Yanks when Dustin Ackley got hurt. I doubt if Jones will come back this time.

Game 111. Lead down to 1/2 a game as Yanks lose in 16, 5-4.

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Due to the length of last night’s Yankees game, there will be no minor league report today.

The Yanks’ lead is basically gone. They lost their fourth straight game, and fifth in their last six games, 5-4 in 16 innings, in Cleveland last night.

Most of those losses have been excruciating. Three of the five losses were by one run, and another was 2-0.

They are now 61-50 and have just a 1/2 game lead in the AL East over the surging Toronto Blue Jays.

Even Baltimore (4 1/2 back) and Tampa Bay (5 out) are lurking.

Ironically, all fifteen home games won yesterday.

Luis Severino, the 21-year-old rookie, started slowly, giving up runs in the first and second innings to put the Yanks behind 2-0, but he went six innings and those were the only runs he gave up. Once again he pitched well and got no run support.

Stephen Drew hit a HR in the sixth (14) to cut the lead to 2-1, then Carlos Beltran homered (10) in the eighth to tie things up. It was Beltran’s 383rd career HR,  tying Larry Walker on the all-time list.

The Yanks scored two in the top of the tenth on a PH bases-loaded, two-out single by Chase Headley to go up 4-2. Game over, especially with Miller coming in, right?

Nope. Miller blew it. Cleveland scored two in the bottom of tenth to tie it up, then scored in the bottom of the sixteenth off of Brandon Pinder (the Yanks’ eighth pitcher of the night) to win it 5-4.

The Yanks struck out 16 times in the game and got just eight hits in those 16 innings—three by Didi Gregorius, who is now at .265.

The top four in the Yanks’ lineup, Ellsbury, Gardner, A-Rod and Teixeira, went 1 for 25 with nine strikeouts.

Ellsbury is in a bad slump, down to .260. McCann is down to .243.

Ouch.

This was excruciating, especially when you thought you had it going into the bottom of the tenth.

Severino 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.45
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.01
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.23
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.38
Miller 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.08
Warren 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.34
Mitchell 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 3.72
Pinder (L, 0-2, 3.12) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

In discussions with people about the Yanks making a move. After seeing Severino for two games, would you have traded him for a two-month rental? Too many are focused on the now and would deal someone for a two-month rental. Sorry, but it would have taken Severino to get someone really good. Do you want to trade someone who looks like they could be an ace for the next twelve years for a two-month rental? Put it this way. The Yanks came close in 1993. In 1993 would you have traded Jeter, Mo, Bernie, Pettitte or Posada for someone who you would hope put you over the top in 1993? To beat out the World Champ Blue Jays that year? We know what happened over the next 20 years because the Yanks held on to those players. Imagine if they did not. Imagine if Jeter went for a two-month rental and became DEREK JETER for another team. That is what I am against. Be patient. You need it with the young players. I would not give up a Severino, Judge, etc. for a quick fix. Some would. Not me.

Some say George would have done this or that. George also gave away some fine young players, and the team wasn’t good from 1989-1992 as a result. The Boss had his faults, you know, and patience was not one of his virtues. George is dead, and Hal isn’t his dad. I don’t know why people have a hard time coming to grips with that. It is a new regime, Hal does things a little differently. If it means being patient with young players (who are under team control and won’t cost as much) and not giving out bad contracts to fading players, I am all for that. I am all for building another core 4 (or more) and not trading them away, even if it means sacrificing this year to ensure success for the next fifteen.

Game 110. Lost weekend. Yanks swept by Toronto, 2-0.

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The Yanks got just three hits again on Sunday, lost 2-0, and were swept this weekend by the Toronto Blue Jays. With the loss, the Yanks’ lead in the AL East has shrunk to 1 1/2 games. They are 61-49. Toronto is 61-52.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up just three hits in six innings, but two of those hits were home runs.

The Yanks’ bats have gone cold. In the last five games, four of them losses, the scores have been 1-2, 2-1, 1-2 (10 innings), 0-6 and now 0-2. Just four runs scored. Against the Jays this weekend, just one run scored.

It was the first time the Yanks were shut out in back-to-back games since May of 1999. That span of time passed was a major league record.

The Yanks are off today, then are in Cleveland for three games. Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club members will be there (not me). Hopefully they have better luck in seeing a Yankees’ victory than the Pinstripe Maniac club did on Saturday.

Next weekend the Yanks are in Toronto. Hopefully they can return the favor and sweep the Jays.

The Yanks are just 2-7 against the Blue Jays this year.

People criticize Stephen Drew for his batting average (.192) but here is something else to consider: Jacoby Ellsbury is down to .267. Ellsbury has hit just .175 since May 14 (31 games). Meanwhile, Brett Gardner is hitting .197 in his last 18 games.

We need these table setters to set the table, as well as Brian McCann (.187 in his last 32 games) to step it up in the middle of the lineup as well. It’s not just Drew.

Tanaka (L, 8-5, 3.79) 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 5 K.
Warren 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 1 HBP. 3.38 (3 batters, all reached)
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.43
Pinder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.81
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.06.

On Tuesday, the Yanks are hoping Luis Severino can be the stopper…. in just his second MLB game.

UPDATE: This stupid practice of throwing visiting team’s home run balls back onto the field has to stop. Brett Gardner was hit yesterday when a fan threw Bautista’s ball back on to the field. The outfielders have their backs to the stands and the fans. Someone can get hurt. Grow up and knock it off. Don’t want to keep the ball? Give it to a little kid.