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Game 63. Herrera’s MLB debut results in 7-5 Yanks’ loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

That first game in the majors has to be exciting. Unfortunately for Ronald Herrera, it resulted in a loss.

Herrera was called up from AA Trenton earlier in the day when Ben Heller was sent back to the minors.  The Yanks needed a fresh arm. He gave up a late 2-run HR that doomed the Yanks as they lost 7-5 to the Angels Wednesday night. The loss cuts the Yanks’ (38-25) AL East lead to two games since Boston beat the lowly Phillies.

It started out good. In the first, Gardner singled, and with one out, Judge singled. Judge stole second and Matt Holliday just missed a 3-run HR as he hit a SF. After Castro was HBP, Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (11) to make it 4-0.

But Michael Pineda didn’t have much tonight, giving up a run in the first, two in the second and two more in the third. He did gut out six innings.

That run in the first that Pineda gave up could have been more. Aaron Hicks took a grand slam away from Luis Valbuena. It went as a SF instead.

In the second, the Yanks wasted a one-out triple by Rob Refsnyder. I would have loved to have had Gardner squeeze in a run, but as readers of this blog know, the one criticism I have of Girardi is that he never squeezes home a run. This, and other things, contributed to the loss. Instead, Refsnyder was left stranded.

Didi Gregorius (.337) extended his hitting streak to 16 games, but was hit by a batted ball on a single by Chase Headley in the fourth when the Yanks got three hits but no runs.

In the fifth, with two out, Judge reached on an error and Holliday and Castro both singled. Judge was thrown out at the plate however, on a bad send by 3B coach Joe Espada. Judge hadn’t even reached third when the LF fielded the ball and Judge was out easily.

The Yanks did tie the game in the sixth when Sanchez singled and went to second on an error. After Didi struck out, Headley singled to tie the game at five.

In the seventh, Hicks laid down a beautiful bunt for a hit. I wish Gardner had done that with Refsnyder on third in the second.

After Pineda went six innings, Girardi brought in Herrera. I was a little surprised at that because of the flight to CA (figure you’d give a guy a chance to rest a day after the flight before bringing him in… flight could take something out of you, esp. cross-country, and esp. after a 3:30 AM wakeup call to tell you you’ve been promoted) and also that Herrera was doing great as a STARTER at AA Trenton. You don’t know how he would do as a reliever. That’s a different area. Herrera gave up a 2-run HR to Andrelton Simmons in the seventh which decided the game.

It seems as if Girardi was looking long term (at least, according to a NY Post article) and willing to sacrifice one game for the long term benefit of his bullpen, which he described as “fried.”

The Yanks got a break in the ninth, when with two out, Hicks’ long drive seemed to be caught against the wall by the RF. The call was overturned and Hicks was given a double, meaning Judge was up as the tying run. Although he hit the ball hard, Judge grounded out to third to end the game.

Gardner 2 for 5. Hicks 2 for 5 (.314). Sanchez 3 for 4, scored 2 runs, 3 RBI, HR. Headley 2 hits, RBI.

Pineda 6 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.71. Gave up 1 HR.
Herrera (L, 0-1, 9.00) 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.

CC was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Still no word on how long he’ll be on the DL. CC says he feels good and hopes to miss just one start, but this could put him out until mid-August.

Aroldis Chapman is expected to return to the Yanks on Sunday after a couple of rehab stints.

 

 

 

Game 57. Pineda and Sanchez bleach the Red Sox, 9-1 Yanks.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Michael Pineda pitched 7 strong innings, and Gary Sanchez continued “owning” David Price, hitting 2 HR off him, as the Yanks bombed Boston, 9-1, on Thursday night.

The win gives the Yanks a 3 game cushion in the AL East at 34-23.

The Yanks got a run in the second on a walk to Sanchez, single by Didi and after two out, a single by Gardner.

In the third, Sanchez hit a 3-run HR to make it 4-0 Yanks.

An error, bunt single and passed ball gave Boston their only run in the fourth.

In the fifth, Sanchez hit his second HR of the game (8) off of Price, a 2-run shot, to make it 6-1 Yanks. After this HR, Sanchez was 4 for 7 off of Price in his career, and all 4 hits were HR.

In the sixth, Judge singled, on a ball with an exit velocity of 119.6 MPH! Holliday walked and Castro singled to make it 7-1.

The Yanks got two more in the eighth on a HR by Gardner (13) (who’d have thought the power surge?), singles by Hicks and Judge, HBP by Holliday, and RBI forceout by Castro. Holliday was hit on the helmet and hopefully is OK.

Girardi got a little cute in the 9th, bringing in Betances to get some work and the last out, and he loaded the bases before finally getting it.

Pineda (W, 7-3, 3.39) 7 IP, 1 R, unearned, 4 H, 2 W, 8 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 , 0 W, 1 K. 2.43
Gallegos 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 7.04
Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. (Batter reached on 1 K on a WP). 0.49.

Gardner 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Judge 3 hits
Castro 2 hits, 2 RBI
Sanchez 2 HR, 5 RBI
Didi Gregorius 2 hits.

Game 52. Yanks fall, 7-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Michael Pineda gave up 2 HR in the first inning to put the Yanks into an early 3-0 hole and the Yanks couldn’t climb out of it in losing 7-5 to Toronto Friday night.

The loss puts the Yanks at 31-21.

Pineda gave up a solo HR to Josh Donaldson and a 2-run HR to Justin Smoak in the first inning.

Toronto added runs in the third and fourth to go up 5-0.

The Yanks made it a game again in the sixth when Aaron Judge (18) and Starlin Castro (8) each hit two-run homers.

But every time the Yanks inched closer, the bullpen gave up another run.

After the Yanks made it 5-4 in the top of the sixth, Jonathan Holder gave up Josh Donaldson’s second HR of the game to make it 6-4 Toronto.

The Yanks got a run in the seventh to make it 6-5 on an RBI double by Matt Holliday.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Adam Warren gave a run back, 7-5 Toronto and that’s how the game ended.

Pineda (L, 6-3, 3.76) 5 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave Up 2 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.52
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.60
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.60

Judge and Castro each with 2-run HRs. 2 hits for Hicks.

The Yanks were 0 for 9 with RISP.

Game 47. Judge goes to the GRAND jury in a 9-5 Yankees win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I am up at the game today, and I see Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam in a 9-5 Yankees win that puts them at 29-18 for the year.

With Baltimore, Boston and Toronto losing, a good day (the Rays won).

In the top of the second, Pineda gave up two runs, and it may have been more except that on the hit that scored the two runs, the Yanks won a challenge call, and Ryon Healy wound up with a two-run single instead of a double. Gardner gunned him down trying for two.

In the bottom of the inning, Castro singled, and after Judge lined out, Didi singled putting Castro at third, Didi moving up on the throw. A SF by Hicks cut the lead to 2-1.

In the bottom of the third, the Yanks got a break when Oakland’s RF, Matt Joyce, made an error that enabled the bases to be loaded with one out. After Castro struck out, Judge hit a bullet to the opposite field for a grand slam. HR (or is it verdict?) went to the jury for his 16th verdict, and the first time ever, to the GRAND jury.   5-2 Yanks.

In the fourth, Hicks singled, stole second and went to third on a throwing error on the play and Carter hit a SF. 6-2.

An error by Pineda cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-3 in the sixth.

In the bottom of the seventh, Torreyes singled and scored on a two-out double by Sanchez. At first, it appeared that A’s LF Khris Davis made a diving catch, but the ball came out. 7-3 Yanks.

Chad Green gave up a 2-run HR to Davis in the eighth, but Brett Gardner blooped a double with the bases loaded for 2 runs to make it 9-5, the final score.

Sanchez 2 hits, RBI. Judge 2 hits, 4 RBI (the grand slam). Torreyes 2 hits. Gardner 2 RBI.

Pineda (W, 6-2, 3.32) 6 Ip, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 h, 3 W, 5 K.
Green (H, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R,  1 H,  2 W, 2 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 1.69
Layne (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  7.94
Warren (S, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.73

 

Game 42. Pineda, 3 HRs pace Yanks, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Michael Pineda pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, and the Yanks rode 3 HRs to a 4-2 win over KC on Monday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 26-16 and opened up a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Pineda gave up two runs in the top of the third, one via a HR, but Brett Gardner sliced KC’s lead to 2-1 with his ninth HR of the season in the bottom of the third.

Gardner didn’t get his first RBI of the season until April 29, when he had 2 HR and 4 RBI in that game. He went into that game at .188-0-0. Since then he has gone .354-9-19.

Didi Gregorius hit a 2-run HR (2) in the fourth to put the Yanks up 3-2. Didi had 2 hits.

Chris Carter added an insurance run with a solo HR (3) in the seventh.

Matt Holliday had 2 hits.

The Yanks took a small section of RF, added mahogany wood, made it look like a small jury box, and have renamed it “The Judge’s Chambers.” Cool.

Pineda (w, 5-2, 3.35) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren (H, 3) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.25
Clippard (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.37
Betances (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 k. 0.61

With Gleyber Torres’ promotion from AA to AAA, you wonder how fast he may be coming to the majors, and also where the SS would play. He has been getting time at 2B and 3B. We’ll see if he gets more reps at 3B at SWB, because while Didi is hitting .333 and Castro .335, Headley has gone .163-1-16 since April 18, and his defense has been shaky, too. Just saying, but it’ll be interesting to see how many games at 3B Torres gets at SWB.

Game 37. Yanks blast KC, 11-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Hicks hit a 3-run HR (7), and Starlin Castro (.351) had three hits as the Yanks beat KC 11-7 Wednesday night.

With the win, the 24-13 Yanks have a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

In the first, Gardner singled and scored on a two out double by Castro.

The Yanks got five in the fourth. With one out, Castro doubled again, and Judge walked. After Headley flied out for the second out, and Didi Gregorius singled in a run. Hicks then hit his 3-run HR to make it 5-0. Carter singled, and Gardner tripled to make it 6-0.

Yankee’s starter Michael Pineda gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the inning that cut the Yankee’s lead to 6-2.

The Yanks came right back with four in the fifth. Castro singled and Judge walked again. Headley singled in one run and Gregorius singled in another. Hicks walked to load the bases. Carter grounded into a force out that brought one run home and Gardner hit a SF to make it 10-2. Sanchez then singled but Carter was thrown out at the plate for the last out of the inning.

Pineda gave up another HR in the bottom of the fifth that made it 10-3. KC got another run in the seventh to make it 10-4.

The Yanks made it 11-3 in the eighth. Sanchez and Holliday singled and Castro walked. After Judge struck out, Headley got an RBI on a forceout.

Giovanny Gallegos ran into trouble in the bottom of the ninth, giving up three runs before Dellin Betances came in to get the final out. 11-7 Yankees.

Chase Headley’s defensive problems resurfaced. Two errors, and he has nine this year and we haven’t hit the quarter-pole yet.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI (.285)
Sanchez 2 hits, .293 (heating up)
Holliday 2 hits, .272
Castro 3 hits, rbi. .351
Headley 2 RBI
Gregorus 2 hits, 2 RBI (319)
Hicks 2 hits, 3-run HR (7) .326

Pineda (w, 4-2, 3.42) 6+ IP,  4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.52
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.19
Gallegos 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.75
Betances (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.73

 

Game 32. Nemesis Keuchel beats Yanks as Ellsbury gunned down at plate to end game, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sometimes you have someone who owns you. Years ago, Frank Lary of the Tigers was known as the Yankee Killer.

Dallas Keuchel of Houston can wear that motto now. The Yanks have had trouble touching him the past few years, and he is 4-2, 1.41 against them lifetime. That doesn’t include him shutting out the Yankees in the wild card playoff game two years ago.

Michael Pineda pitched well for the Yanks, making one big mistake, but had the misfortune to go up against Keuchel.

Still, the Yanks almost pulled it out. Down 3-1 with two out and two on in the ninth, Gary Sanchez singled for one run, but Jacoby Ellsbury, attempting to tie the game, was gunned down at the plate to end the game.

Pineda gave up a 2-run HR to Carlos Correa in the first inning, and the way Keuchel owns the Yanks, you knew that may just be enough.

Houston went up 3-0 in the fifth.

The Yanks got one in the fifth on a bases-loaded catcher’s interference call. Ellsbury was at the plate and it was the 28th time in his career he reached on catcher’s interference—one short of the all-time record held by Pete Rose.

The Yanks got 1st and 3rd with no one out in the sixth but couldn’t score.

That set up the ending.

The Yanks struck out 14x in the game.

I’m not the only one down on Chris Carter. Reading some Facebook and Twitter posts, I’m disappointed and down on him, but some of those posts are quite vicious.

I just hope Tyler Austin is healing well and can come back soon. Also that when Greg Bird is healthy, we see the real Greg Bird.

Lots of rumors about maybe the Yanks dipping into their prospect base to go after Pirates’ ace Gerrit Cole at the deadline?

Pineda (L, 3-2, 3.27) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 0.47
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.98
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00

The move when Chad Green was returned to the minors was that the Yanks brought up reliever Giovanny Gallegos.

We’ll see how the rest of the weekend pans out. Houston (now with McCann and Beltran) has been playing well and is 24-11 with the win. The Yanks are now 21-11.