In a makeup game from a previous rainout, the Yankees (66-52, 3rd in AL East, 5 1/2 out, 1 1/2 out of a playoff spot) beat the Angels 2-1 Monday night.
The Yanks have another makeup today, since today is a day/night doubleheader vs. Boston. This doubleheader is huge because the Yanks are 1 1/2 behind Oakland and 2 behind Boston when it comes to the wild card race.
Before the game, the Yanks activated Gerrit Cole off the Covid-IL list, and sent down Brooks Kriske. Cole didn’t miss a beat, as he picked up the win.
Cole gave up a HR to Justin Upton in the top of the first inning, but the Yanks got two in the bottom of the first when Aaron Judge singled with one out, and Joey Gallo followed with a 2-run HR (29, 4th as NYY). That was all the scoring in the game.
The Yanks placed Clint Frazier on the 60-day IL, and it looks like his season is over. A very disappointing one for him, and you hope he gets healthy.
The Yanks will activate Jordan Montgomery off the Covid-IL today and also bring back up Luis Gil. We will see who else (Sanchez? Rizzo?) comes off the Covid-IL list, so there could be a lot of moves today.
It looks like Sanchez is back. The Yanks sent Brantly down after last night’s game. Stephen Ridings also was sent down.
Judge 2 hits Gallo 2-run HR (29)
Cole (W, 11-6) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.04 Britton (H, 9) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.06 Struck out the only batter he faced. Abreu (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.13 Rodriguez (H, 11) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.29 (Tex/NYY) Struck out the only batter he faced. Green (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.08
Nestor Cortes continued his great run of pitching, and got HR support from Rougned Odor and Luke Voit as the Yankees (65-52, 3rd in AL East, 5 1/2 games back, 2 1/2 out of a playoff spot) beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Sunday.
In the top of the second inning, Voit singled, and Odor followed with a 2-run HR (14). Two outs later, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and Brett Gardner doubled. An error on Gardner’s double allowed LeMahieu to score and make it 3-0.
Cortes’ only slipup came in the sixth, when he gave up a solo HR.
In the top of the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton doubled and was PR for by Jonathan Davis. Voit followed with a 2-run HR (5) to make it 5-1. The Yanks would need those two runs.
It seems like the Yanks can’t close out games easily anymore. They make us sweat it out, no matter if they have a 2, 3, or 4 run lead going into the bottom of the ninth. I guess Mariano Rivera spoiled us.
Chicago got a walk, then a single before a popup. A double scored one run. 5-2. Wandy Peralta then relieved Lucas Luetge and an infield single made it 5-3. Tying run at first, winning run at the plate. Peralta got a DP to end the game.
But not before we had to sweat it out again. Whew.
All-Star Royals’ C Salvador Perez hit 2 HR, and the Yankees (61-52, 3rd in AL East, 7 back, 2 games out of a playoff spot) made 4 errors in losing to KC 8-4 Tuesday night.
Perez hit a 2-run HR off of Yankees’ starter Nestor Cortes in the first inning.
The Yanks cut it to 2-1 in the top of the third when Andrew Velazquez doubled, went to third on a flyout and scored on a WP. They took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on a 2-run HR (7) by Kyle Higashioka. Higashioka, however, made two of the Yankees’ four errors in the game.
It’s how KC tied the game in the fifth. A two-out double, SB of third, and scored on Higashioka’s throwing error trying to get the runner. (Whit Merrifield, who with that steal is 32 of 33 in SB this season, and has stolen 32 in a row without being caught).
The Yanks went ahead 4-3 in the top of the sixth. Jonathan Davis walked, went to second on a WP, and scored on a single by D.J. LeMahieu.
But in the bottom of the sixth, Perez hit his second HR of the game off of Cortes to tie the game, and after a single later in the inning off Cortes, Stephen Ridings gave up a double to give KC a 5-4 lead.
KC got two runs in the seventh with help from an error by Ridings and a squeeze bunt.
An error by Luke Voit in the eighth led to another KC run and the final score of 8-4, KC.
The Yanks only got five hits in the game. They struck out 14x. There are injuries, but the big guys have to pick it up. For example, since the trade, Joey Gallo is just 7 for 45 with 22 strikeouts. He needs to get hot.
The Yanks have an afternoon game Wednesday before traveling to Iowa to play Thursday night at the Field of Dreams site.
Higashioka 2-run HR (7)
Cortes (L, 0-1) 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.70 Ridings 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.25 Rodriguez 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.63 (Combined Tex/NYY) Nelson 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 8.79
This is getting ridiculous, if it isn’t already. Before the game, the Yanks had to put Anthony Rizzo on the COVID-IL. They brought back up Luke Voit, who was rehabbing at AAA.
They also brought back Luis Gil to make the start, and sent down Nick Nelson to make room for Gil.
Gil, in his second major league game, was fabulous, as was Stephen Ridings. The rookies, both of whom made their MLB debuts less than a week ago, have been lights out.
The Yanks offense, however, couldn’t get it done, going 0 for 11 w/RISP in a 2-0 loss Sunday afternoon. The loss dropped to Yanks to 61-50, 3rd in AL East, 6 1/2 out, and 2 1/2 out of a playoff spot.
The Yanks also may have lost Gleyber Torres to the IL. Torres hurt his thumb in stealing a base and the Yanks are awaiting MRI results.
The loss of Gio Urshela (hamstring) to the IL had an effect on this game. Normally D.J. LeMahieu would slide over to third, but he has a strained tricep (told you it’s ridiculous), so to ease the strain on that injury, he stays at second and Rougned Odor has moved to third—a position he isn’t too familiar with.
Odor made an error in the top of the eighth that led to both Mariners’ runs. Both runs were unearned.