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Minor League Action from 9/21/22. SWB loses on walk off, 4-3.

AAA: SWB (78-64) gave up the tying run in the bottom of the eighth and the winning run in the bottom of the ninth and lost to Lehigh Valley, 4-3.

LF/2B Chris Owings 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (8)
C Ben Rortvedt 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (5)
RF/LF Ryan LaMarre 3 hits, RBI

Jhony Brito 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. gave up 1 HR. 3.29 #24 prospect. Overall: 11-4, 2.94
Krook 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1 WP. 4.19
Duffey 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 9.82
Albert Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 REHAB
Stephen Ridings 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00 REHAB

Barnes (BS, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1 WP 1 Balk 3.00
Banda (L, 0-1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP 2.08

AA Somerset’s playoff series resumes tonight. Game 2 of Eastern League Semifinals. Somerset is up 1 game to 0.

Minor League Action from 9-17-22. Ridings first game of season off injury. Also, Bader rehab. Somerset prepares for playoffs.

AAA: SWB (77-62) won 7-5.
SS Chris Owings 2 RBI
1B Ron Guzman 3 hits, RBI. Solo HR (14)
DH Rob Brantly 2 hits, RBI
RF Michael Beltre 2 hits, RBI.

Boyle 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR. 4.34
Banda 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 2.25
Cordero (W, 1-1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.87

AA: Somerset (82-53, 1st half division winner) lost 8-2, getting just four hits.
CF Harrison Bader 0 for 2, Walk, Strikeout. REHAB
2B Jesus Bastidas 2 hits.

Will Warren (L, 7-6) 5 1/3 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 8 H, 0 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.02 #8 prospect.
Minnick 2/3 IP, 0 R,1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.81
Stephen Ridings 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00 REHAB. FIRST GAME THIS YEAR.
Ernst 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.37
Coleman 1 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 2.86

STANDINGS

AAA: SWB 77-62 2nd place, just 1/2 game out in International League East.

AA: Somerset won the first half division title by one game with a 44-25 record.
They are currently second in the Eastern League Northeast Division at 38-28, 6 GB.
As far as the second half is concerned, they have been eliminated. The regular season ends today.

Somerset will play Portland at Portland Tuesday in Game 1 of the best of three semifinal Eastern League division series.

Yanks made deal, protect a couple prospects from Rule 5 draft. DFA Frazier, Wade and Odor.

The Yanks had to set a 40 man roster by 6 PM and in so doing try to protect some prospects from the Rule 5 draft on December 8.

To clear room on the 40 man roster, the Yanks traded RHP Nick Nelson and C Donny Sands to the Phillies for LHP Joel Valdez and 1B T.J. Rumfield.

They also DFA’d Clint Frazier, 27, who hit .186-5-15 in 66 games with them in 2021. Frazier has faced a lot of problems dealing with a concussion and vertigo. In 228 games as a Yankee, Frazier hit .239-29-97, OPS+ 104. Too bad he didn’t get much of a shot, and when he did, the injuries hurt him. With Gallo in LF, Frazier didn’t have much playing time, apparently. Miguel Andujar does remain on the roster.

They also DFA’d Tyler Wade, soon to be 27, who hit .268-0-5 this year while leading the Yanks with 17 SB. In 264 games as a Yankee, Wade hit .212-6-33 with 30 SB. Apparently the Yanks feel Oswaldo Cabrera see below) may translate better as a utility infielder, especially with the pop.

Also DFA’d was Rougned Odor, who hit .202-15-39 for the Yanks this year, OPS+ 82.

Nelson, soon to be 26, was 0-2, 8.79 for the Yankees this year in 11 games. For his MLB career, he is 1-2, 6.43 (ERA+ 68) in 22 games, two of them starts. Remember average OPS+ for hitters and ERA+ for pitchers is 100.

Sands, a righty hitting catcher, 25, hit .261-18-56 between AA and AAA this year.

This removed them from the 40 man roster. Replacing them on that roster are two prospects who would have been subject to the Rule 5 draft (recall the Yanks lost Garrett Whitlock to the Rule 5 draft last year and Whitlock went 8-4, 1.96 for Boston this year).

The two prospects are:

Oswaldo Cabrera. 22. Switch-hitter. Plays 2B, SS and 3B. .272-29-89 with 21 SB between AA/AAA.
Everson Pereira. CF/2B. Righty bat. 20. In only 49 games Rookie/Low A/High A, hit .303-20-57 with 9 SB.

You hope that power from Pereira is legit. 20 HR in 49 games? 57 RBI?

Cabrera is the #13 ranked prospect in the Yanks’ system, and Pereira #13.

Also added to the 40 man roster were three other players to replace the DFA’d Frazier, Wade and Odor.

26 year old Ron Marinaccio, RHP, 2-1, 2.04 between AA/AAA this year. 105 strikeouts in 66 1/3 IP.

The Yanks added Stephen Ridings. RHP, 26. 5 games with Yanks this year. 0-0, 1.80.
At AAA/AA was 5-0, 1.24.

Also added was JP Sears, 25, LHP. 10-2, 3.46 between AA/AAA this year.

As far as Valdez and Rumfield go, both are far away. Not 40 man roster additions. Valdez, 21, went 1-1, 1.63 in 15 games in the Dominican Summer League this year. Rumfield, a lefty bat, so far has played in just 27 minor league games.

Left unprotected (unless there is another deal brewing) are:


Josh Breaux. C. Righty bat. 24. hit .249-23-63 in 90 games, High A/AA. #18 prospect.
Brandon Lockridge. CF/2B. 24. 75 games, A+/AA. .298-13-46, 18 SB. #19 prospect.
Matt Sauer 22, RHP. A/A+ 5-6, 4.69. 23 games, 21 starts.

There may be a few others. I don’t have a whole list.


To sum up 40 man roster, 5 off, 5 on.

OFF: Frazier, Wade, Odor, Nelson, Sands

ON: Cabrera, Pereira, Marinaccio, Ridings, Sears.

You can’t protect everyone.

Game 118. Cole & Gallo lead Yanks past Halos, 2-1.

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




Game 117. Odor, Voit HRs back Cortes in Yanks’ 5-3 win.

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.

Voit 3 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (5)
Odor 2 hits, 2 RBI 2-run HR (14)

Cortes (W, 1-1) 6 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 1 W, 7 K. 2.55
Ridings (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1.80
Loaisiga (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.45
Luetge 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.11
Peralta (S, 4) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.09 (Combined SF/NYY)

The Yanks have a makeup game Monday night against the Angels, and Gerrit Cole will start. The Yanks welcome him back off the Covid-IL list.

Game 113. Perez, 4 errors, doom Yanks, 8-4.

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



Game 111. Yanks fall 2-0. Lose Rizzo to Covid-IL. Could lose Gleyber to IL.

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.

The Yanks only got six hits, three by Torres.

Torres 3 hits

Gil 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 8 K. 0.00 (SECOND MLB GAME)
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.76 (combined SF/NYY)
Ridings 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00 (THIRD MLB GAME)
Luetge (L, 4-2) 1 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.75
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 4.66

#11 in the 11th. Yanks beat Seattle 3-2 on Gardy’s walkoff. Yanks have to use 9 pitchers.

Brett Gardner is in his 14th major league season, and it has been a tough one for him. It is most likely the worst season of his career, and his last. Which is why moments like last night should be savored. Although nothing has been said, it is becoming apparent that this most likely will be Gardner’s final season. While it was known that Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera were retiring at the end of their final seasons, it wasn’t known about Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mantle until they did announce their retirements. Same with Jorge Posada. It’s that feeling you get with Gardner right now. That this is the last hurrah.

Gardner turns 38 later this month. He wasn’t supposed to be a full-time player this season, but Aaron Hicks’ season-ending injury earlier this year forced the aging Gardner into a full-time role. Also adding into that role change were the injuries and ineffectiveness of Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar. Gardner’s walk-off eleventh-inning single last night gave the Yankees (60-49, 3rd in AL East, 5 1/2 back, 1 1/2 out of a playoff spot) a 3-2 win. The clock is ticking, and there probably aren’t many more moments like this left in Gardner’s career. You hope there is one or two left in a postseason game. But for last night, #11 came through in the eleventh.

It wasn’t an easy game. Suzyn Waldman, on WFAN, praised catcher Kyle Higashioka, and deservedly so. Because of Covid, two starters, Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery, are out, and Domingo German, a third starter, is also out with a shoulder strain. As a result, last night was a bullpen game. Manager Aaron Boone had to run out nine different pitchers, and Higashioka had to handle them all. They only gave up 2 runs, 1 earned. Great job. A feather in Higgy’s cap.

Wandy Peralta led the parade of Yankees’ pitchers, and the game was scoreless into the sixth, when Seattle broke through for a run.

The Yanks tied it in the eighth, and it was Gardner, who didn’t start the game, starting things off with a walk. D.J. LeMahieu walked, and Anthony Rizzo was HBP. Bases loaded, no one out. Aaron Judge hit a SF to tie the game, but Giancarlo Stanton then GIDP. Stanton would redeem himself later.

The game went into extra innings with that “ghost runner” rule that I hate. Seattle scored in the top of the tenth. In the bottom of the tenth, Gardner started the inning as the ghost runner on second. LeMahieu walked. Two outs later, the Yanks were down to their last out, but this time Stanton came through, singling in Gardner to tie the game at two.

Albert Abreu kept the Mariners off the board in the top of the eleventh, and for that would be awarded with his first MLB victory. Joey Gallo was the ghost runner on second. After an out, Rougned Odor was intentionally walked to set up a DP. It wasn’t necessary since Higashioka struck out for the second out. Gardner then laced a single to center field to score Gallo and win the game.

Stanton 2 hits, RBI (game-tying RBI in 10th)
Torres 2 hits
Gardner Game-winning walkoff RBI single in 11th.

Peralta 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.94 (combined SF/NYY)
Ridings 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 SECOND MLB GAME
Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.87 (combined Tex/NYY)
Holmes 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.50 (combined Pit/NYY)
Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W 2 K. 2.81
Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.53
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.40
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.21
Abreu (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.91 FIRST MLB WIN.

After using nine pitchers last night, let’s hope Andrew Heaney goes deep into the game today, and that the Yanks win in blowout fashion.

Game 106. 3 pitchers make MLB debuts in Yanks’ 13-1 win. Monty to Covid-IL

n a day when the Yankees had to add Jordan Montgomery to the Covid-IL (joining Gerrit Cole), the Yanks finally win a laugher, 13-1, over the Orioles.

After all the close games this year, that was welcome.

In putting Montgomery on the Covid-IL, joining Cole, and having German on the regular IL, three pitchers from the starting rotation are on the IL. Ugh. Then add in others like Severino and Kluber. Position players like Voit, Urshela, Frazier, Andujar. The big win was a relief. The win puts the Yanks (57-49, 3rd in AL East) 6 back, and 2 out of a playoff spot.

The rotation issues meant that the Yanks used three pitchers last night, ALL of whom made their MLB debut. I don’t know if that has happened before. Luis Gil, Stephen Ridings and Brody Koerner.

UPDATE: FROM MLB.COM: It was the second time in Yanks history that three pitchers debuted in the same game. The first time was Sept. 26, 1950, when Lew Burdette, Dave Madison and Ernie Nevel debuted against the Senators.

The Yanks got a run in the second when with two out, Gary Sanchez singled and was doubled home by Gleyber Torres.

They got five runs in the third to go up 6-0. Greg Allen was HBP and D.J. LeMahieu doubled him home. Anthony Rizzo singled in D.J. to make it 3-0 and moved up to second on an error on the play. Aaron Judge singled Rizzo to third, then Giancarlo Stanton singled in Rizzo to make it 4-0, Judge stopping at second. After a strikeout, Sanchez doubled in Judge, Stanton going to third. A SF by Torres made it 6-0.

The Yanks put the game away with three more runs in the fourth inning. With one out, LeMahieu doubled, and Rizzo singled D.J. to third. After Judge struck out, Stanton homered (17) to make it 9-0.

Baltimore got their only run in the top of the eighth, but the Yanks responded with four runs in the bottom half. Torres and Rougned Odor led off with singles, and after an out, Tyler Wade doubled in two runs. Wade moved to third on a WP, then scored on an RBI groundout by Rizzo. Judge closed out the scoring at 13-1 with a solo HR, #22.

LeMahieu 2 hits (both doubles, RBI)
Wade 2 RBI
Rizzo 2 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (22)
Stanton 2 hits, 4 RBI. 3-run HR (17)
Sanchez 2 hits, RBI
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI


Gil (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. 0.00 MLB DEBUT
Ridings 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00 MLB DEBUT
Koerner 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.50 MLB DEBUT

Sal Romano was claimed off the waiver line by the Brewers.

To get some pitching flexibility, Gil was sent down after the game.

Minor League Report. SWB throws a combined no-hitter.

AAA: SWB (43-21) won 8-0 on a combined no-hitter.

Luis Gil (W, 3-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 9 K. 4.03
Reggie McClain 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.55
Stephen Ridings 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.50

CF Socrates Brito solo HR. SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands 2 RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits.

AA: Somerset (40-27) lost 9-6. CF Brandon Lockridge 2-run HR. LF Isiah Gilliam 3 for 3, solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (45-23) won 8-0. Starter Jhony Brito 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 10 K (4-4, 2.76)
SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR. RF Jake Sanford 2-run HR. 3B James Nelson 3 hits.
1B Kyle MacDonald 3 hits. C Saul Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Low A: Tampa (46-21) won 6-5 in 10 innings. RF Everson Pereira 2 RBI. LF Ryder Green 2 hits, RBI. 1B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Luis Santos 2 hits. Tampa won despite walking 13 batters.