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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.

Game 27. Down to their last strike, Yanks win 3-2 on Gardner HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Michael Pineda gave up only three hits over six innings, but two were HR and the Yanks found themselves trailing 2-0 in the ninth.

They had two on, but two were out and Brett Gardner was down to his last strike.

Gardner hit a 3-run HR (5), and the Yanks won the game 3-2 over the defending WS Champion Cubs to go to 18-9 on the season.

Reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant homered in the first off of Pineda, and Kyle Schwarber touched him for a HR in the sixth.

And then in the ninth, Gardy went Yardy.

For Jonathan Holder, his first MLB win.

Aaron Hicks 3 hits (.316). Gary Sanchez returned to the lineup but was 0 for 4.

2 hits for Starlin Castro (.367). 2 hits for Aaron Judge (.337).

Pineda 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.12
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Holder (w, 1-0, 2.70) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.79

Game 22. Gardner breaks out. Romine drives in 5. Yanks win 12-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Hmmm. Maybe I can be a motivational speaker.

This week, I’ve written how 21 games into the season, Brett Gardner didn’t have an RBI yet.

That changed yesterday when Gardner homered his first two times up. He drove in 4 runs in the Yanks’ 12-4 win over Baltimore.

Austin Romine drove in 5 runs, and Aaron Judge hit another HR.

The Yanks and Orioles were tied for first place entering the game, and the Yanks’ win puts them all alone in first place at 15-7. After a 1-4 start, the red-hot Yanks have won 14 of 17.

Gardner led of the bottom of the first with his first HR and first RBI of the season.

In the second, Romine made it 2-0 with a SF, and Gardner followed with a 3-run HR (2) to make it 5-0.

Austin Romine singled in two in the fourth to make it 7-0.

After the Orioles got two unearned runs in the top of the sixth, Romine hit a 2-run HR (2) in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-2.

In the seventh, Didi Gregorius doubled in a run, and Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR (10) to make it 12-2. Baltimore got two runs in the ninth before the Yanks closed out the 12-4 win.

Pineda (w, 3-1, 3.14) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Warren 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.68
Layne 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.40 Gave up a 2-run HR.

If I got Gardner going, maybe now I can get Bird going. He’s at .107. LOL.

Game 17. Yanks bomb Bucs, 11-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got five runs in the sixth and another five in the eighth in defeating the Pirates 11-5 to go to 11-6 on the season.

Michael Pineda gave up solo homers in the first and fourth, and Pittsburgh added another run in the fifth to go up 3-0.

Starlin Castro tied the game with a 3-run HR (4). After Castro’s HR, Aaron Judge doubled, Greg Bird was HBP and Austin Romine singled to load the bases. Ronald Torreyes doubled in two runs to make it 5-3 Yanks.

What can you say about the jobs Romine and Torreyes are doing filling in for the injured Sanchez and Gregorius? Romine had two hits yesterday, Torreyes had four.

The Pirates came right back with two in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game up at five.

With two out in the top of the eighth, Romine reached on an error and Torreyes singled. Chris Carter, pinch-hitting for P Dellin Betances, hit his first HR  (1) of the season to make it 8-5. Ellsbury then reached on another Pirates’ error, and a three-base error to boot. A wild pitch enabled him to score as Pittsburgh had one sloppy inning. Doubles by Hicks and Headley made it 10-5.

Aaron Judge hit a massive 457-ft. HR, his sixth (6) HR of the season, in the ninth to finish off the scoring at 11-5. Judge’s at bats are becoming can’t miss. Already there is talk of putting him into this year’s HR derby to see how far he can hit one. Some of his batting practice shots have been incredible.

Pineda 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 6 K. 3.86. Gave up 2 HR
Holder (H, 2) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 k. 3.38
Clippard (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.35
Betances (W, 2-1, 1.50) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.35
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 1 K. 0.00

Game 12. Bird breaks out as Yanks win 7th straight, 9-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Greg Bird went 3 for 3 with a walk, single, double and 2-run HR to break a 1 for 26 slump as the Yankees’ concluded a weekend sweep of the Cardinals with a 9-3 win Sunday night.

The win, the Yanks’ seventh in a row, raised their record to 8-4.

In the second, Chase Headley singled, and Aaron Judge appeared to hit a 2-run HR. A fan interfered but the play still should have been ruled a 2-run HR since the ball would have cleared the fence anyway. Instead of being overruled, it was ruled a run-scoring triple. Bird then hit the next pitch far over the fence into the bleachers (1) to make it 3-1.  (The Cards had scored in the top of the first).

Aaron Hicks wrapped a HR (3) around the right field foul pole in the fifth to make it 4-1.

The Yanks got the good Michael Pineda last night. He did give up a HR in the seventh to cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-2, but he went 7 innings and only gave up 2 runs.

The Yanks broke it open in the eighth. Headley and Judge walked, and Bird singled to load the bases. Austin Romine doubled in two, Ronald Torreyes doubled in two, and Torreyes later scored on a SF by Hicks.

Hicks was 2 for 3, 2 RBI. Headley 2 for 2 with 2 walks. Starlin Castro had 2 hits. Austin Romine 2 hits and 2 RBI and Torreyes, with his 2 RBI, still leads the team in RBI.

Pineda  (w, 2-1, 3.44) 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.69
Mitchell 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.08.



Game 7. Pineda brilliant in Yanks’ win. Sanchez out 4 wks. Montgomery the #5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Big Day. Big Announcements. First with the game.

Michael Pineda proved today why we are so frustrated with him, because he showed what he is capable of and fails to do consistently.

What he did today was great. He needs to become consistent and do this consistently to become great; to realize his potential.

This isn’t to throw a wet blanket on what he did today. It’s to say he needs to do this more often to make the Yanks a playoff team.

For what he did today was to take a perfecto into the seventh, provide length, pitching into the eighth, get the win (his first since Aug. 5th of last year) and be dominant. 2 hits and 11 K dominant.

Be consistent. Not tease us once a year.

The Yanks struck for a run in the third on a double by Ellsbury.

Judge homered (2) in the fourth to make it 2-0.

Headley homered (2) in the seventh to make it 3-0.

Meanwhile, Pineda retired 20 straight batters before giving up a double to Evan Longoria with two out in the seventh.

In the eighth, Logan Morrison homered to cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-1. But the Yanks struck back with five in the bottom of the eighth to ice the game and win 8-1. It makes their record 3-4.

In the eighth, Gardner reached on an error and stole second. After an out, he stole third (5). Good to see him being aggressive. After a couple of years, one in which he led the AL with 49 steals, to see him only have 16 last year was disappointing. 5 already. Keep it up.

Matt Holliday doubled in Gardner to make it 4-1 and Chris Carter tripled to make it 5-1. Starlin Castro homered (1) to make it 7-1.   Then Headley singled, Judge singled, and an error and then an RBI groundout by Torreyes accounted for the final score of 8-1.

Pineda (W, 1-1, 3.97) 7 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 11K. Gave up 1 HR. Retired first 20 batters.
Clippard (H, 1), 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.70.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00

After the game, Shreve was sent down to AAA to make room for Jordan Montgomery, who won the #5 spot in the Yankees’ rotation.

Gary Sanchez will miss 4 weeks, a month, with his injury.

Game 3. 2-out woes for Pineda again. Yanks fall, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

All last year, we couldn’t help but wonder why Michael Pineda can’t get the third out. So often, he would give up all his runs, or most of them, when there were two out. He just couldn’t close out an inning.

That worrisome trend continued tonight in the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Rays that dropped their record to 1-2.

Pineda gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, and in the second inning, gave up three runs—all with two out.

He really is an enigma. He got 11 outs as he was knocked out in the fourth, and six of his outs were by strikeout.

So much potential. So little results.

He is a free agent at the end of the season. If how he has been the past few years continues throughout this year, then I hope the Yankees let him go.

He has this year to prove himself. To the Yankees and to others. In order to do so, he has to get that third out and get out of innings.

The Yanks only got one run. That came on a HR by Jacoby Ellsbury. A couple times they had chances, hit the ball hard, but the ball didn’t find a hole. Instead it was a DP.

The three Baby Bombers, Sanchez, Bird and Judge, are struggling right now, but we are only three games in. Patience is needed with them.

Ellsbury had 3 of the Yanks’ 8 hits. The hot Headley had 2.

The Yanks were 0 for 9 with RISP.

Pineda (L, 0-1) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 walks, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 9.82
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 0.00
Warren 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, and 4 K. Nice job. Maybe he should have won a starter job after all….. over Pineda.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

Nice job by the Yankees’ bullpen, who didn’t give up a run or hit tonight and kept the Yanks in the game. Too bad the offense couldn’t capitalize.

The Yanks’ bullpen hasn’t given up a run in the three games. It’s just Tanaka (knocked out in the third) and Pineda (knocked out in the fourth) who have.

CC pitched five scoreless innings.

It is early, but the starters are going to have to give more length.

Rumors are already flying that A-Rod and J-Lo are thinking of tying the knot. If so, it would be A-Rod’s 2nd marriage, J-Lo’s 4th.

One rumor not true: Suzyn Waldman went on a radio show and said that Yankees’ prospect Clint Frazier asked if the Yankees unretired numbers and if so, he wanted  #7 (Mickey Mantle’s). The answer is no, they don’t unretire them and no, he couldn’t get #7. The Yankees and Frazier stated he never said that.

The Yankees’ plan was for Jordan Montgomery and Chad Green to pitch tomorrow, Montgomery at AAA and Green in AA. Both at the same time so both would be lined up for the April 16 start in which the Yanks finally need a #5 starter. Best man in the mano a mano duel wins. Because of bad weather in the northeast, both will be pitching for High A Tampa tomorrow. One starts, other comes in relief. James Kaprielian was supposed to start that game, but now, no.