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Game 38. O’s walk-off Yanks with 3-run HR, 9-6

The Yankees’ (28-10) bullpen has been very good this year so far, but it wasn’t in Thursday afternoon’s loss to Baltimore, 9-6.

Lucas Luetge gave up a walk-off three-run HR to Anthony Santander that won the game for the Orioles.

In the process, Chad Green hurt his pitching forearm, and that is never a good sign.

The Yanks got two runs in the top of the first when with one out, Aaron Judge walked, Anthony Rizzo doubled Judge to third, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run single (that would have been a HR last year before the Orioles moved the fence back and higher).

Jordan Montgomery was off today, but he did keep the Yanks in the game. He gave up a two-run HR to Robinson Chirinos in the bottom of the second that tied the game, and another run in the third that put Baltimore up 3-2.

Stanton tied the game in the top of the fourth with his eleventh HR of the season.

In the top of the sixth, the Yanks took a 5-3 lead when Judge and Rizzo singled, and Stanton walked. Bases loaded, no one out, but Gleyber Torres and Aaron Hicks both struck out. Isiah KIner-Falefa singled in two runs.

But in the bottom of the sixth, Baltimore scored three runs off of Miguel Castro and Green before Jonathan Loaisiga closed out the inning. 6-5 Orioles.

The Yanks tied it in the top of the ninth, Kiner-Falefa walked and stole second. With two out, D.J. LeMahieu singled to tie the game. Judge and Joey Gallo (who replaced Rizzo afer Rizzo was ejected earlier) walked, but Stanton lined out.

But in the bottom of the ninth, an error by Josh Donaldson let one runner aboard, and after an out, a single preceded Santander’s walk-off blast.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Rizzo 2 hits
Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI. Solo HR (11)
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits, 2 RBI

Montgomery 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.35
Castro 0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.92.
Green (BS, 3) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00
Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 5.40
Peralta 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.38
Luetge (L, 1-1) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up GW HR. 6.30

Game 35. Yanks beat Orioles 6-2.

Luis Severino gave up just one hit over six innings and the Yankees hit 3 HR as they beat Baltimore Monday night 6-2. The win improves the Yankees’ record to 26-9.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the third inning when with one out, Josh Donadson singled, and a forceout later, Giancarlo Stanton doubled home Anthony Rizzo.

In the fourth inning, Jose Trevino hit his first HR of the season, a 3-run shot, to put the Yanks up 4-0.

The only hit off Severino was a fourth inning HR by Anthony Santander.

In the ninth, Donaldson (5) and RIzzo (10) hit back-to-back HRs to put the Yankees up 6-1.

Santander hit his second HR of the game in the bottom of the ninth off of Aroldis Chapman. Final score 6-2. Santander had two of Baltimore’s three hits in the game, and both of his hits were homers.

Donaldson 3 hits, solo HR (5)
Rizzo solo HR (10)
Torres 2 hits
Trevino 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (1)

Severino (W, 3-0) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.63
Loaisiga (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.52
Green (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.14
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.13

C Ben Rortvedt has a knee injury now (before had oblique rib strain). The knee may require surgery.

Game 31. Yanks’ bats explode in 15-7 win over White Sox.

Before the game, Luis Gil was brought up and Ron Marinaccio sent down. The move was made because the Yanks needed an emergency starter after the rains last week forced a doubleheader last Sunday.

I was a bit concerned about the move because Gil, although he did ok with the Yanks last year, wasn’t brought up on merit, but because his turn in the rotation lined up. After all, his ERA at SWB was 9.53. I was hoping for a few innings, and for him to keep us in the game. Which is what Gil did. And it was a good night for the Yankees bats to explode as they (23-8) beat the White Sox 15-7.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run HR in the top of the first after a D.J. LeMahieu double. He was just warming up.

Gil gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the second as the White Sox took a 3-2 lead.

The Yanks came right back with three runs in the third to go up 5-3. With one out, Aaron Judge walked, Anthony Rizzo tripled him home and Stanton hit another 2-run HR (9).

With two out in the top of the fourth, Kyle HIgashioka singled and then LeMahieu doubled him home. 6-3.

A walk, a couple of singles and a WP by Gil let Chicago score in the bottom of the fourth and it was 6-4.

Judge hit his 11th HR, a 456-ft. blast, to make it 7-4 in the top of the seventh.

Even though the Yanks are now 23-8, everything isn’t clicking on all cylinders (Scary isn’t it?). Jonathan Loaisiga is not the Loaisiga of last year, and that is very concerning. Of all the bullpen guys outside of Marinaccio, Loaisiga has performed the worst so far. He gave up a 3-run HR that tied the game at 7 in the bottom of the seventh. Loaisiga had a 2.17 ERA last year, when he may have been the Yanks’ best reliever, but now it is 5.93. I hope nothing is physically wrong but he needs to get straightened out.

The Yanks exploded for seven runs in the top of the eighth, and it all happened with two out. Three straight walks, to Marwin Gonzalez, PH Gleyber Torres, and LeMahieu, loaded the bases. Judge got an infield single to make it 9-7, and put runners on first and second. A PB moved the runners up. Rizzo walked to load the bases, and Stanton singled in two runs to complete a six-RBI night for him and make the score 11-7. Josh Donaldson then hit a 3-run HR (3) to make it 14-7.

In the ninth, Judge hit a SF with the bases loaded to make it 15-7.

LeMahieu 3 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, 4 RBI. Solo HR (MLB LEADING 11th)
Stanton 3 hits, 6 RBI. Two 2-run homers (9)
Donaldson 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (3)
Higashioka 2 hits.

Gil 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 WP 9.00
Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.46
Luetge (H, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.66
Loaisiga (W, 1-1; BS, 1) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.93
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.38



Game 28. Nasty Nestor no-no’s into 8th. Yanks win 1-0.

It’s only too bad he didn’t get credit for the W.

Nasty Nestor Cortes Jr. no-hit Texas for 7 1/3 innings, and the Yankees finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth as the Yanks beat Texas 1-0 in an afternoon makeup game from all the rain the Northeast got on Friday and Saturday.

The only run of the game came when with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Judge singled and Anthony Rizzo then doubled him home.

It wound up as a combined 2-hit shutout. The Yanks only got five hits themselves.

Rizzo RBI double (only run of game)

Cortes 7 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 W, 11 K. 1.41
Holmes (W, 4-0) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.61
Chapman (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00

Who’d have thought Nasty Nestor would have an ERA of 1.41 after six starts, or have 42 K in 32 IP so far?

Or that of the 20-8 Yankees, the team leader in wins would be the 4 by Holmes?

Or that after 28 games, the Yanks’ ERA would be 2.50?

Game 20. Yanks blast 4 HR in 12-2 8-inning blowout of KC for seventh straight win.

The Yanks (14-6) jumped out to an early 3-0 first inning lead on back-to-back homers by Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton and never trailed as they won their seventh straight game, 12-2 over Kansas City, in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain.

The Yanks hit four homers in the game.

D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a double, and one out later, Rizzo hit his MLB leading ninth HR of the season. Stanton followed with his fourth HR of the season and the Yanks were up 3-0.

KC got a run in the bottom of the first off of “Nasty” Nestor Cortes, and an unearned run (Due to a PB by C Kyle Higashioka) in the second to cut the Yanks lead to 3-2.

It stayed that way until the top of the seventh, when the Yanks broke the game open. With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled, and with two out, Higashioka walked. A single by LeMahieu made it 4-2, and Aaron Judge then hit a 3-run HR (6) to put the Yanks up 7-2.

The Yanks scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning. Stanton singled and Joey Gallo PR for him. Gleyber Torres followed with a 2-run HR (2) to make it 9-2. Aaron Hicks was HBP and Kiner-Falefa singled Hicks to second. Tim Locastro reached on an error, loading the bases, then Higashioka cleared the bases with a 3-run double. That may be an important hit for Higashioka, who had a great spring training but who has struggled mightily in the early going, and who could be losing his starting job to Jose Trevino.

After the eighth inning, the rains came and there was a delay before the game was called. I understand wanting to give the Royals their chance to come back, and don’t know how long the delay was before the game was called, but with the score at 12-2, common sense needs to prevail and let all go out and get some KC BBQ.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Judge 3-run HR (6)
Rizzo 2-run HR (9) Leads MLB in HR
Stanton 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (4)
Torres 2-run HR (2)
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits
Higashioka 3 RBI

Cortes (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.31
Loaisiga (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.00
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.86
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.91

Notes: Even though the team batting average is .249, that is still 4th in the league. Batting averages are down, and the average team MLB batting average is somewhere between .230 and .235. In fact, the Phillies were no-hit by five Mets’ pitchers last night. The Yanks do lead the AL in HR with 29, and are second in runs scored, slugging and OPS (OPS+ 123) and third in total bases and OBP.

The pitching so far has been fabulous, and who’d have thought that with all five starters having made four starts each, that the best starter, with the lowest ERA and the most strikeouts, would be Cortes? Meanwhile who would have thought that the starter with the highest ERA so far would be Cole? The Yanks lead the AL in ERA at 2.84, have given up the least amount of HR, and their pitchers have the most strikeouts. The ERA+ is 134 (100 is average).

Aaron Hicks returned from paternity leave, after becoming father to a baby boy.

Game 19. Yanks win 6th straight, 10-5.

Jameson Taillon was a bit shaky, and Ron Marinaccio had trouble closing out the game, but behind 4 RBI by Aaron Judge (including a 3-run HR), the Yankees (13-6) won their sixth game in a row, 10-5 over Baltimore Thursday afternoon.

Taillon escaped a second and third, two out jam in the first inning but gave up runs in the second and third innings. He didn’t help himself in the third inning with a HBP and two wild pitches.

The Orioles helped the Yanks out by making five errors in the game. The Yanks got four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a lead they would not relinquish.

In that bottom of the fifth, Tim Locastro reached on an error, and scored when Marwin Gonzalez doubled. After an out, D.J. LeMahieu reached on an error, Gonzalez going to third. Judge’s single scored Gonzalez, tying the game, and D.J. went to second. Anthony Rizzo singled to make it 3-2, with Judge going to second. Giancarlo Stanton singled in Judge and it was 4-2.

In the sixth, Joey Gallo led off with a walk and went to second on a WP. Tim Locastro singled Gallo to third, and Gonzalez scored Gallo with a SF. 5-2.

The Yanks got another run in the seventh to make it 6-2. LeMahieu doubled and went to third on a flyout by Judge. After Rizzo lined out and Stanton walked, Josh Donaldson singled in D.J.

The Yanks iced the game in the bottom of the eighth to make it 10-2. Locastro walked, and one out later, Kyle Higashioka was HBP. An error loaded the bases, and all runners moved up, Locastro scoring, on a WP. Judge then hit a 3-run HR (5) to make it 10-2.

Marinaccio had trouble closing it out, giving up three runs, and Lucas Luetge had to come in to get the last out.

Judge 2 hits, 4 RBI. 3-run HR (5)
Rizzo 2 hits, RBI
Gonzalez 2 RBI

Taillon 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 2 WP. 3.26
Castro (W, 2-0) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.45
Peralta (H, 2) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.45
Loaisiga (H, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.75
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.32
Marinaccio 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 11.25
Luetge 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.68

Notes: Good to see nice outings from Loaisiga and Green after both have been getting roughed up a bit lately. As for Marinaccio, teams have to cut down from 28 to 26 in a few days and it appears he will be one of those going down. In his last two outings, Marinaccio was entrusted to close out Yankee blowout wins, and in both games he had trouble. 1 IP, 2 R in the April 24 blowout of Cleveland, 10-2, and today’s outing. Neither outing helped his cause.

UPDATE: Marinaccio was sent down after the game, as Aaron Hicks returned from paternity leave. Cuts to 26 from 28 still have to be made soon.

Game 17. Yanks (11-6) win slugfest 12-8 behind 5 HR, 3 by Rizzo.

Back after a ten-day vacation visiting my sis across the country. Some comments at end of article.

Anthony Rizzo hit three of the Yanks (11-6) five homeruns in the Yanks’ 12-8 win over Baltimore Tuesday night. Luis Severino pitched 5 1/3 hitless, shutout innings before tiring, and the Yankees’ bullpen made things nervously close.

Rizzo hit a 3-run HR in the third to start the scoring. Joey Gallo hit his first HR of the season to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Rizzo’s second HR of the game, a 2-run HR, made it 6-0 in the fifth.

After losing his no-hit bid, Severino walked the next hitter then gave up a 3-run HR and Baltimore had cut the lead to 6-3. The Orioles scored another run in the top of the seventh to close the score to 6-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, D.J. LeMahieu led off with a single and Aaron Judge singled D.J. to third. Rizzo walked to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton singled in one run, and after Josh Donaldson struck out, Gleyber Torres tripled to clear the bases and make the score 10-4.

Baltimore made things uncomfortable again, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth, three on a HR given up by Jonathan Loaisiga (who has been struggling lately) to cut the score to 10-8.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got back-to-back homers by Judge (4) and Rizzo (8) to make it 12-8, which wound up being the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Judge 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (4)
Rizzo 3 hits, all HR (8), 6 RBI Now leads majors in HR
Stanton 2 hits, RBI
Torres 3 RBI
Gallo solo HR (1)

Severino (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.32
Holmes (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.04
Luetge 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 6.00
Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 8.10
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.00

A few notes on the games while I was away. A disappointing weekend in Baltimore, where the Yanks lost two of three. So far the pitching (except for last night) has carried the team. In the first 13 games of the season, the Yanks were shut out three times, and in another game, they only scored one run in an eleventh inning loss. Higashioka, Gallo, and Stanton have been struggling. Now in the last two games, they have scored ten and twelve runs, so maybe the bats are waking up. The team batting average is .242, meanwhile the team ERA of 2.85 leads the league. A good thing is Severino looking like the Severino of old. Meanwhile, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Mike King have been great.

Tim Locastro was brought up, and J.P. Sears sent down. Miguel Andujar was brought up because Aaron Hicks is out on paternity leave. There will be some more moves coming because those extra players allowed because of the shortened spring training will have to be lopped off the roster after Sunday’s games.

One thing I didn’t know until a few days ago is that EACH MLB team is now using humidors for the baseballs. Before, because of the light air and the way balls fly out, only teams like Colorado were doing so. The humidor helps to deaden the baseballs.

Congrats in order to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who became only the seventh player to have 3000 hits and 500 HR in his career. The other six are Aaron, Mays, A-Rod, Pujols, Palmeiro and Murray.


Game 6. Bad Vlad (3 HR) dooms Yanks, 6-4

These will be the last posts for me for a while, since I am traveling across the country to spend a vacation with my family.

Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. hit 3 HR and a double and drove in 4 runs to almost singlehandedly beat the Yankees (3-3) Wednesday night.

His first HR, in the top of the first inning, was controversial. CF Aaron Hicks got a glove on it, and it appeared to hit the top of the wall before coming back onto the field. Umpires ruled, however, that it went over then came back. 1-0, Blue Jays.

Guerrero hit a 2-run HR in the top of the third inning, again off Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole. 3-0.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Anthony Rizzo (3) and Aaron Judge (1) hit back-to-back homers. Josh Donaldson doubled, and after another out, D.J. LeMahieu doubled home Donaldson.

Toronto got a run in the top of the seventh to make it 4-3, then Guerrero hit his third HR of the game in the top of the eighth to make it 5-3. The Blue Jays tacked on another run after Guerrero’s HR to up their lead to 6-3.

Gleyber Torres homered (1) for the Yankees in the bottom of the eight to cut it to 6-4, but that wound up as the final score. With one on, Giancarlo Stanton pinch-hit and just missed tying the game up with a HR.

J.P. Sears made his MLB debut.

Rizzo 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (3)
Judge 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (1)
LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Torres solo HR (1)
Hicks 2 hits.

Cole 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.59
Green (l, 0-1) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K 0.00
Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. gave up 1 HR. 2.45
Peralta 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K 3.38
Sears 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 MLB DEBUT




Game 3. Boston edges Yankees, 4-3.

It seemed like the whole game was decided in the first inning.

With one out, Boston got a bloop single into no man’s land, then a shot up the middle. If Yankees’ starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery fields that hard hit ball, it’s a 1-6-3 DP. Instead, the liner hit the back of his leg, and became a single. Montgomery lay on the ground for a while, and lucky for him it hit the back of his knee. Had it hit flush on the kneecap, it’d have broken it.

I wondered if he’d be able to continue, and be able to push off that leg. He did, but a double for a run, a HBP and SF made it 2-0 Boston.

The Yankees had their chances, but couldn’t come through with the big hit. They loaded the bases with two out in the first, but Gleyber Torres flied out.

Giancarlo Stanton singled in a run in the bottom of the third, but with the bases loaded and one out, Aaron Hicks GIDP to end the inning.

Boston scored a run in the top of the fourth, courtesy of a WP on a K that enabled the leadoff runner to reach base.

Anthony Rizzo singled in two runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at three.

The Yanks had runners on second and third with only one out in the bottom of the fifth, but didn’t score as Hicks popped up and Isiah Kiner-Falefa struck out. The Yanks left 11 on in the game.

In the top of the sixth, Yankees’ reliever Clarke Schmidt gave up a HR to Bobby Dalbec, and that was the deciding run in the Yankees (2-1) 4-3 loss to Boston Sunday night.

Rizzo 2 RBI
Judge 2 hits
Stanton 3 hits, RBI.

Montgomery 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. 8.10 1 WP 1 HBP
Schmidt (L, 0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 H, 1 W. Gave up 1 HR. 3.38
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 0.00
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W 2 K. 0.00


Game 2. Rizzo and Stanton power Yanks to 4-2 win.

Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton became the first pair of Yankee teammates ever to each homer in the first two games of a season. Each hit 2-run homers in the Yankees’ (2-0) 4-2 win over Boston Saturday.

Luis Severino gave up a 2-run HR to Alex Verdugo in the second inning which put Boston up 2-0,

Rizzo tied it in the fourth, and Stanton’s 437 ft. blast in the sixth was the game-winner.

Ron Marinaccio made his MLB debut, pitching a scoreless inning of relief.

Severino 3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. gave up 1 HR. 6.00
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00. MLB DEBUT
Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00
Luetge (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K 0.00
Holmes (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.40
Chapman (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

The Yankees’ bullpen tossed six no-hit innings.