Gerrit Cole has been the Yankees’ best player this year in terms of WAR (wins against replacement), with Aaron Judge #2. Cole, the Yankees’ ace pitcher, didn’t have it yesterday as the Yankees got hammered by Cleveland, 11-1. In leaving the mound, Cole undeservedly got booed by Yankees fans frustrated by the loss and by the fact the Yankees’ postseason hopes may be slipping away. There are some guys that may deserve the boos, but Cole isn’t one of them. For without him, where would they be? But the frustration, after two losses of 11-3 and 11-1 this weekend, was understandable, if misdirected. If the Yanks don’t right themselves, they may find themselves being behind yet another team in the wild card standings. Wild card Standings Boston 86-65 — top Wild Card seed as of now Toronto 84-65 -1 from Boston, 2nd wild card seed as of now YANKEES 83-67 – 2 1/2 from Boston, -1 1/2 from Toronto Oakland 82-67 -3 from Boston, -2 from Toronto and only 1/2 game behind the Yankees. Seattle 80-69 -5 from Boston, -4 from Toronto and 2 1/2 behind the Yankees. Cole didn’t have it from the get-go, giving up 2 runs in the first. I don’t know if that hamstring issue was bothering him. He gave up 3 more in the third, and it was 5-0 Cleveland. The Yanks got their only run in the bottom of the third on a HR by Gio Urshela (13). Cole gave up a HR in the fifth, 6-1. Another HR in the sixth, 7-1. Cleveland got an unearned run in the seventh courtesy of an error by D.J. LeMahieu. 8-1. The bleeding continued as the Indians, with help from a passed ball by Kyle Higashioka, got two runs in the eighth off of Clarke Schmidt. Yet another passed ball by Higashioka led to the final Cleveland run in the ninth. 11-1. 2 errors, 2 passed balls, 2 unearned runs. The Yanks need to tighten the defense. After his outing on Friday, Luis Gil was sent down and Estevan Florial was brought up. After his outing Sunday, Clarke Schmidt was sent down. Expect Domingo German up. LeMahieu 2 hits Rizzo 2 hits Urshela 2 hits, Solo HR (13) Cole (L, 15-8) 5 2/3 IP, 7 R, 10 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR, 1 HBP. 3.03 Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.74 Schmidt 2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. 5.68 Cole’s chances for the CYA took a hit with this outing. Remaining games: 3 at home vs. Texas, 3 @ Boston, 3 @ Toronto, close with 3 at home vs. Tampa Bay. Personally, I think the Yanks have to go at least 9-3 to make the playoffs. We’ll see.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Cole, Florial, German, Gil, Higashioka, LeMahieu, Luetge, Rizzo, Schmidt, Urshela
The Yankees hit 5 HR in a 7-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night and in so doing are in the middle of a 3-way virtual tie for the two wild card spots.
Here is how it looks right now. Yanks and Toronto both 81-64 .559 — Boston 82-65 .558 —- virtual tie, .001 back Seattle 78-67 -3 Oakland 77-67 – 3 1/2 (Forget the division, Tampa Bay is up by 9 and their magic # to clinch is 9). Gerrit Cole returned to the mound after leaving early last time because of tightness in his left hamstring. He got his 15th win, but had to leave after five innings due to a high pitch count (108). The Yanks got on the board right away. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a single and Aaron Judge followed with a 2-run HR (34). With one out in the third inning, Anthony Rizzo was HBP and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a 2-run HR (28). Luke Voit made it back-to-back HRs with #10 and the Yanks were up 5-0. Cole had settled down after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. Baltimore touched him for a run in the fifth, but with two on and two out, Cole ended his night with a strikeout. Michael King replaced Cole and threw three scoreless innings. King’s career numbers are better in relief than as a starter. Joey Gallo made it 6-1 in the eighth with a HR (34) and LeMahieu homered (10) in the ninth to make it 7-1. Sal Romano, who turned down a DFA assignment to SWB and elected to become a free agent, re-signed with the Yankees (lot of head scratching there) and the Yanks then turned around and DFA’d Brooks Kriske. Romano started the ninth for the Yankees. He got a K, but a single walk and single made it 7-2, and Romano got injured on that RBI single, so Aroldis Chapman came in. Chapman got a K, then threw a WP, putting runners on second and third, so things got a bit hairy, but another K by Chapman ended the game. Besides the Romano/Kriske DFA switch, Clarke Schmidt went back to SWB after his Sunday start, so that freed that spot for Romano. Domingo German was sent to SWB to start a rehab assignment. LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (10) Judge 2-run HR (34) RIzzo 2 hits. Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (28) Voit solo HR (10) Gallo solo HR (34; Tex/NYY) Urshela 2 hits. Cole (W, 15-7) 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K. 2.75 King (H, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.48 Romano 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 6.12 (Reds/NYY/Brewers) Chapman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 3.65
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Chapman, Cole, Gallo, German, Judge, King, Kriske, LeMahieu, Rizzo, Romano, Schmidt, Stanton, Urshela, Voit
You don’t know what to write anymore. You see the disaster unfolding. You are helpless to do anything about it. It continues and you can’t watch anymore. It’s ironic that those words describing the Yankees’ recent play have to be written this morning, on the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. No disrespect is meant to those who suffered, were injured, died or were otherwise affected by that tragedy. But it accurately describes the Yankees’ recent play. The Yanks have now lost seven in a row, and eleven of their last thirteen games. They were embarrassed last night by the crosstown Mets, 10-3. Even sure-handed Gio Urshela made another error last night, and he has made a few lately. Gleyber Torres made another error. There were 2 WP, 2 HBP. Sloppiness. The bats were pretty much silent again. The pitching is self-destructing. That included Michael King, brought back from rehab. Sal Romano was DFA’d again (he started the season with the Reds, then to the Yankees, then the Brewers, then the Yankees, now cut again). You want it to stop. Instead it goes on. I don’t know how many Yankees fans, disgusted, turned off the game in the middle innings. I was one of them. I couldn’t watch anymore. It’s apparent some heads will roll after this season is over, and a drastic re-make of this team may be necessary. Players, coaches and probably the manager too. All the good vibes of the 13-game winning streak are gone. Amazingly, the Yanks are still—barely—in a playoff spot. Here is how the wild card picture looks Boston 80-63. Top wild card spot. Yankees 78-63 Second wild card spot, 1 game behind Boston Toronto 77-63 Just 1/2 a game behind the Yankees Seattle and Oakland. Both 77-64. Both just 1 game behind the Yankees. Five teams. Two spots. All five teams within 2 games of each other. The Yanks scored first, in the top of the first, when Brett Gardner tripled with one out and then scored on an RBI groundout by Aaron Judge. The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the first when a play at the plate, originally ruled an out, was overturned. Bad play by C Gary Sanchez on the tag, allowing the runner to score. Joey Gallo homered for the Yanks (32, Tex/NYY) to put the Yanks up 2-1 in the second. The Mets got five runs in the bottom of the third to go up 6-2. After that, it was a slow death. Sloppiness. Walks, a WP, an error by Urshela. A run scoring on a bases-loaded bunt!!. Just an ugly inning. The Mets tacked two more on in the fourth to make it 8-2. Game basically over at that point. What is even more depressing is that it could have been worse. The Mets ran themselves into a couple of outs on the basepaths. Two more runs, by the Mets in the seventh, helped by back-to-back HBP and the Torres error. More ugly play. 10-2. Anthony Rizzo homered (20, Cubs/NYY) in the ninth. 10-3 final. There are 21 games left. Amazingly, the Yanks still hold a wild card spot and are only a game out of the top wild card spot. But there isn’t any way to whitewash this. It’s one thing to lose, another to lose and look bad and sloppy doing so. Can they flip the switch, get things right and save a playoff spot for themselves? With the way they are playing, and with some recent injuries, I’d say no. I hope I am wrong. I’m rooting for them, but they have to start winning games, and with the wild card race having tightened up, it must start now. There are no other words. This is bad. Gardner 2 hits. Rizzo solo HR (20, Cubs/NYY) Gallo solo HR (32, Tex/NYY) Montgomery (L, 5-6) 3 1/3 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP. 3.71 Rodriguez 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.79 (Tex/NYY) King 3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2 HBP, 1 WP. 3.68 Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.36
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Gallo, Gardner, King, Montgomery, Rizzo, Rodriguez, Romano, Sanchez, Torres, Urshela
When it rains, it pours. On a day when the Yanks got more bad news pitching-wise, the Yanks (78-62) lost their sixth game in a row, and tenth in their last twelve, to Toronto, 6-4. Toronto has won eight in a row and has turned the wild card race into a crapshoot. Before the game, besides the uncertainty on ace Gerrit Cole and his tight hamstring, the Yanks had to put Jameson Taillon on the 10 day IL due to a partially torn tendon in his ankle. They are holding out hope he still might make a start this season, but it doesn’t look good. Sal Romano was called up. OF Jonathan Davis was DFA’d , and expect Michael King up soon. Also, Zack Britton, already done for this year, will in most likelihood miss ALL of 2022. Besides a bone chip being removed from his elbow, he also went TJ surgery. Now for the game. Bo Bichette, the first batter of the game, hit a HR (22) off of Yankees’ starter Nestor Cortes, Jr. to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 immediate lead. Cortes pitched well, giving up another solo HR, this one to Randal Grichuk (22) in the fifth, and the Blue Jays were up 2-0. That is all “Nasty Nestor” gave up. But he got little run support. But the state of the Yankees bullpen is such that in a big game in September, Sal Romano and Andrew Heaney had to pitch. The Yanks did tie the game in the bottom of the sixth when Aaron Judge singled and Anthony Rizzo followed with a 2-run HR (19). But Toronto scored in the top of the seventh and never looked back. An error by Tyler Wade led to Toronto getting another run in the eighth and Vlad Guerrero Jr. hit HR #42 in the ninth off of Heaney to put the Blue Jays up 5-2. Toronto got another run off Heaney later in the ninth and it became 6-2. In the bottom of the ninth, Gary Sanchez (21) and Luke Voit (9) hit back-to-back HRs, Voit as a PH, to make it 6-4, which would be the final score. Judge 3 hits Rizzo 2-run HR (19; Cubs/NYY) Sanchez solo HR (21) Voit solo HR (9) Cortes, Jr. 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.70 Romano (L, 0-2) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 5.84 (Combined Reds/Brewers and NYY) Peralta 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3.86 (Combined SF/NYY) Heaney 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. gave up 1 HR. 5.86 (Combined LAA/NYY) The Yanks are 10 behind Tampa Bay, 3rd in AL East, with 22 games to go. Now for the wild-card picture. Bos 80-62, top wild card seed NYY 78-62 -1 from Boston. At present, the second wild card. Tor 77-62 -1 1/2 from Boston and only 1/2 game behind the Yanks. Oakland AND Seattle each 76-64, 3 behind Boston and both just 2 1/2 behind the Yanks.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Britton, Cole, Cortes, Davis, Heaney, Judge, King, Peralta, Rizzo, Romano, Sanchez, Taillon, Voit, Wade
Gerrit Cole left Tuesday’s game early with hamstring tightness and may miss his next start. It’s the last thing the reeling Yankees needed as they lost their fourth game in a row, 5-1, to the surging Toronto Blue Jays. The Yanks are now 2-8 since the 13-game winning streak. Even if Cole was healthy and pitched like he usually does, like an ace, the offense was still comatose, scoring just the one run. The Yanks fell 9 1/2 back of Tampa Bay for the divisional lead. With just 24 games to go, it’s a given the Rays win the division. But the Yanks are struggling to hold on to a wild card spot. They still have the top seed, but things are close. NYY 78-60 — (top wild card spot) Bos 79-62 – 1/2 (second wild card spot) Tor 75-62 – 2 1/2 from Yanks, 2 behind Bos Sea 75-64 -3 1/2 from Yanks, 3 behind Bos Oak 74-64 -4 from Yanks, 3 1/2 behind Bos Cole gave up a HR to Alejandro Kirk in the second inning, and the Blue Jays were up 1-0. The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the third inning when Andrew Velazquez singled, stole second, went to third on a flyout, and scored on a single by Anthony Rizzo. Cole gave up two runs in the top of the fourth. Toronto was helped by a balk and a passed ball. Cole then had to leave the game. Albert Abreu gave up a HR to Marcus Semien (38) in the top of the fifth. 4-1. Kirk got his second HR of the game off of Clay Holmes in the eighth. Rizzo 2 hits, RBI Gardner 2 hits Velazquez 2 hits Cole (L, 14-7) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 balk. Gave up 1 HR. 2.78 Abreu 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50 Rodriguez 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.76 (Tex/NYY) Holmes 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.13 (Pit/NYY) Heaney 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.76 Luis Gil will try to right the ship. He starts tonight. Brooks Kriske was sent down to make room for Gil.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Cole, Gardner, Gil, Heaney, Holmes, Kriske, Rizzo, Rodriguez, Velazquez
The Yanks, after a 13-game winning streak, have now lost seven of their last nine games, losing on Labor Day to Toronto, 8-0. The Yanks are still in second place in the AL, 8 1/2 behind Tampa Bay, with 25 games to go. It’s a foregone conclusion that Tampa Bay will win the division, barring a monumental collapse. The Yanks are fighting for their playoff lives. Right now, they have the top wild card spot, but barely. But if this slump continues, they could fall out of playoff contention. Yankees 78-59 — top wild card Boston 79-61 – 1/2 2nd wild card Toronto 74-62 -3 1/2 3 behind Boston Seattle 75-63 – 3 1/2 3 behind Boston Oakland 74-63 -4 3 1/2 behind Boston Toronto won the first of the four games against the Yanks, and could really make a statement. The Blue Jays got back-to-back HRs in the top of the first inning against Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon from Marcus Semien (36) and Vlad Guerrero Jr. (40). It was all the Blue Jays needed as the Yankees’ offense came up empty. Taillon settled down after that, not allowing another run until the seventh. The Yankees’ bullpen is beaten up. So much so that the Yankees were forced to use Brooks Kriske to pitch the ninth inning. Kriske gave up a solo HR to Teoscar Hernandez (25) and a grand slam to Semien (37). I’ll just present the facts here, nothing else. You can draw your own conclusions. Kriske has pitched in 12 MLB games, for a total of 11 1/3 innings. His career record is 1-1 with an ERA of 15.09. He has given up 20 runs, 19 earned. Enough said. On the radio, John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman lamented the losses of Britton and now Loaisiga. Let’s not forget Darren O’Day, who missed most of this year and whose career could be over, as well as Michael King, whose career stats are better in relief than as a starter. Also, while trading Justin Wilson (7.50 ERA for Yanks this year, 6.28 overall) was one thing, trading Luis Cessa (2.82 ERA this year, 2.56 overall) was another. Right now, the Yanks could use Cessa (as well as O’Day and King). Rizzo 2 hits (the Yanks only had five for the game). The Yanks made 3 errors in the game. Taillon (L, 8-6) 7 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.41 Luetge 1 1P, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.81 Kriske 1 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR. 15.26
Gary Sanchez hit 2 HR and drove in 6 runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Yankees (78-58) lost to Baltimore 8-7 on Sunday. Before the game, some really bad news. Jonathan Loaisiga goes on the IL with a strained right rotator cuff. Those are serious injuries. So a bullpen that already has lost Zack Britton, who had an ineffective season because of bone chips in his elbow, and that currently has a struggling Aroldis Chapman, now probably loses Loaisiga for the season. For now, he is just on the 10-day IL, but rotator cuffs are serious. The loss places more emphasis on the four game series against Toronto beginning today. If Toronto wins three of four, or sweeps the Yankees, they put themselves right back in the wild card mix and then the wild card becomes a crapshoot. Forget the division. Tampa Bay, with a 7 1/2 game lead over the Yankees, has that wrapped up. But here is how the wild card standings look: NYY 78-58 — Bos 79-60 – 1/2 would be second WC, sudden death game in NY Sea 75-62 -3 1/2 from NYY, -3 from Bos Tor 73-62 -4 1/2 from NYY, -4 from Bos Oak 74-63 -4 1/2 from NYY, -4 from Bos. You can see what could happen should the Yanks not hold serve over these next four games. It could turn into a five-team shootout for two places. Now for yesterday’s game. Ugh. I’m sure the NY and national media is going to have a lot to say. The Yanks cannot and should not lose two of three to the last-place Orioles. They shouldn’t be only 9-7 against them this year. But they are. And it is a big reason why the Yanks are in the predicament that they are in. Some players, when acquired or signed, just don’t work out. We can think of a few, and here are just pitchers: Carl Pavano, Sonny Gray, Ed Whitson, Jeff Weaver. You can add Andrew Heaney to that list. “He’s going to have to [turn things around],” manager Aaron Boone said of Heaney, who now owns a 7.62 ERA in seven games as a Yankee. “He’s going to have to step up.” The Yanks fell behind 1-0 in the second inning when Yankees’ starter Corey Kluber gave up a HR. With one out in the bottom of the second, Luke Voit walked, Gleyber Torres singled, and Rougned Odor was HBP, loading up the bases. Gary Sanchez hit a grand slam (19) and the Yanks were up 4-1. The Orioles got a run in the fourth, to make it 4-2, and in so doing, knocked Kluber from the game. The Yanks went up 5-2 in the fifth. D.J. LeMahieu and Joey Gallo both walked, and two outs later, Anthony Rizzo singled in a run. Baltimore scored twice in the top of the sixth to cut it to 5-4. With two out, a single on a ball Gleyber Torres was slow making a play on, and should have made a play on. It would help cost the Yanks the game. Cedric Mullins followed with a 2-run HR off of Albert Abreu, who was brought up when Loaisiga was put on the IL. “It’s a ground ball to short, we gotta make that play,” said Boone. Torres singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and one out later, Sanchez hit a 2-run HR (20) to make it 7-4. Heaney came in for the top of the seventh. He only got one out, and gave up 4 runs as Baltimore went ahead 8-7 and hung on to win by that score. Some people on various blogs criticized Aaron Boone for leaving Heaney in too long, but this wasn’t on Boone. Boone was ejected earlier in the game. Luis Gil will be brought up sometime to make a start and give the rest of the rotation an extra day. With 20 games in 20 days, they can use it. If I were the Yanks, I’d keep Gil up and then use him out of the bullpen, especially with Loaisiga out and Heaney being ineffective. Unfortunately, the Heaney pickup hasn’t worked out at all. LeMahieu 2 hits Torres 2 hits, but one huge fielding miscue (even referred to by Boone in the postgame interviews) Sanchez 2 hits, both HR, 6 RBI. A grand slam and a 2-run HR (20) Joey Gallo, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton combined to go 0 for 12 with 6 strikeouts. Ouch. Very frustrating. Kluber 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 H, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP. 3.69 Rodriguez 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.97 (TEX/NYY) Abreu (H, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.45 Heaney (L, 8-9; BS, 1) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP 5.81 (LAA/NYY) Peralta 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.02 (SF/NYY) Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.04
Posted in In-Season Moves, Managers and Coaches, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Boone, Gil, Green, Heaney, Kluber, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Peralta, Rizzo, Rodriguez, Sanchez, Torres
After a 13-game winning streak, the Yanks have now lost 4 in a row, losing last night to the Angels, 6-4. With the loss, the Yanks are 8 back of Tampa Bay in the AL East, with 30 games to go. It would be a miracle (and one heck of a Rays’ collapse) for the Yanks to win the division. Tampa Bay has won 9 in a row. As for the wild card, the Yanks remain 2 up on Boston for the top wild card spot. Oakland is one back of Boston, Seattle 3 1/2 back of Boston, and Toronto 4 1/2 back of Boston. The Yanks scored first in the game, when Anthony Rizzo homered (18, combined Cubs/Yanks) in the top of the fourth inning. Yankees starter Jameson Taillon gave up a 3-run HR to Jared Walsh in the bottom of the fourth and the Angels were up 3-1. Gary Sanchez homered, #18 and first in over a month, to cut the Angels’ lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth. Taillon almost got out of a second and third, no out jam in the bottom of the fifth, getting two outs, then intentionally walking Shohei Ohtani. He was one strike from getting out of the inning, but then gave up a two-run single. A double steal followed, Shohei Ohtani stealing home on the play, and the Angels were up 6-2. The Angels stole five bases in the game. Meanwhile, the Yankees were taking themselves out of the game by grounding into 5 DPs. They were 1 for 10 w/RISP. D.J. LeMahieu led off the top of the eighth with a single and moved to third on a double by Rizzo. Aaron Judge singled in a run, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF to make it 6-4, which wound up the final score. LeMahieu 2 hits Rizzo 2 hits, solo HR (18, Cubs/NYY) Judge 2 hits, RBI Sanchez solo HR (18) Taillon (L, 8-5) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.44 Rodriguez 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.06 (Combined Tex/NYY ERA) Luetge 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.93
The Yanks got edged by the Angels last night, 8-7, and it was their third straight loss. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has won 8 in a row, and the Yankees are now 7 back with 31 to go. You never give up, but it looks increasingly likely that the Yanks will have to concentrate on getting the home field for the wild card game. They are two up on Boston for the top wild card spot. Oakland is 2 behind Boston for the second wild card spot, Seattle and Toronto both 4 1/2 behind Boston. The Yanks struck first last night, getting two runs in the top of the first inning. Back-to-back doubles by D.J. LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo plated one run. Aaron Judge singled Rizzo to third, and Rizzo scored when Giancarlo Stanton GIDP. I was a bit concerned about Corey Kluber coming off the IL to start this game for the Yankees. In his rehab starts, I don’t believe he pitched over 3 2/3 innings, and while he may have felt fine, the results didn’t look good. I know he is working on things, seeing if physically fine, and the results don’t matter as much, but there were a few things I didn’t like. Kluber surprised me with three great innings last night then …. he ran out of gas in the fourth. After a strikeout, three straight singles plated a run. An out that moved the runners up to second and third. A walk to load the bases. Then, a grand slam. Angels up 5-2. The grand slam came on the first pitch after a mound visit. That doesn’t make the pitching coach look good. The Yanks tied the game with three runs in the top of the fifth. The top four hitters in the lineup did all the damage for the Yanks last night. The inning started at the bottom, when Brett Gardner drew a one-out walk. He went to second on a balk, and after an out, LeMahieu singled to make it 5-3. Rizzo singled and both runners took an extra base on an error on the play. Men on second and third. A Judge single made it 5-4, Rizzo holding up at third. Stanton’s single tied the game. In the bottom of the sixth, the Angels’ amazing Shohei Ohtani homered to put the Angels up 6-5. The homer, off ex-teammate Andrew Heaney, was Ohtani’s 42nd of the season, leading the majors. He is also 8-1 with an ERA of 3.00 as a pitcher. What a talent. The Angels got another run off of Heaney in the bottom of the sixth to go up 7-5. In the top of the seventh, Rizzo led off with a walk, and one out later, Stanton hit a 2-run HR (25) to tie the game. The Angels scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth. Wandy Peralta started the inning and gave up a single. Clay Holmes relieved Peralta, and got two groundouts, each moving the runner up. A single brought in what turned out to be the winning run, batter (ex-Met Juan Lagares) out trying to stretch it into a double. LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI Rizzo 2 hits, RBI Judge 2 hits, RBI Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR (25) Kluber 4 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up grand slam. 3.61 Heaney 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.53 (Combined LAA/NYY ERA) Peralta (L, 4-3) 1+ IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.76 Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.22 (Combined Pit/NYY)
After winning 13 in a row, the Yanks have now lost 2 in a row, as they’ve scored a total of 3 runs in those two losses. Saturday it was 3-2. Sunday (last night) it was by a 3-1 score to Oakland.
With the loss, the Yanks are now 6 games back of Tampa Bay for the division lead with 32 games to go. Tampa Bay just finished up its season series vs. the Orioles, against whom they went 18-1. The Yanks are 8-5 against Baltimore so far this season. The Rays’ schedule doesn’t appear too difficult from here on out. It appears more and more likely that the Yanks will have to settle for the wild card and that one game shootout. As of now, the Yanks are two games up on Boston to have that wild card game at Yankee Stadium. The A’s are 2 1/2 behind Boston, with Seattle 4 1/2 behind Boston and Toronto 5 1/2 behind Boston. The A’s got the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to a couple of Yankees’ misplays. With one out, a couple singles, then a ball that should have been an inning-ending DP became an error on 3B Gio Urshela. The next play also should have been an inning-ending DP, but SS Tyler Wade was slow getting to the ball, the feed to pivotman 2B D.J. LeMahieu was slow, and instead of a DP, the Yanks just got the force (original DP call overturned on review) and the run scored. The Yanks scored their only run in the seventh, and that was by a gift. Gary Sanchez walked to lead off the inning, and two outs later, moved to second on a WP. PH Anthony Rizzo popped up, but the ball was dropped by the catcher, giving Rizzo new life. Rizzo hit one through 3B Matt Chapman’s legs for an error on Chapman and the game was tied. With two out in the bottom of the eighth, Mark Canha doubled off of Yankees’ reliever Chad Green, on a ball that handcuffed LF Joey Gallo. Tony Kemp then hit the next pitch for a 2-run HR, which turned out to be the game winning blow. The Yanks only got five hits in the game, and made two errors. The misplays by Wade and Gallo weren’t errors. Both errors were made by normally sure-handed Gio Urshela. On the other hand, CF Brett Gardner made two excellent plays in the outfield to take away what seemed to be sure doubles. Jonathan Loaisiga got out a a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the seventh. Stanton 2 hits. Montgomery 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.52 Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.19 Green (L, 7-6) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.18
Posted in Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Gallo, Gardner, Green, Loaisiga, Montgomery, Rizzo, Stanton, Urshela, Wade