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Game 116. Get Miggy with it. Andujar leads Yanks to 5-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Miguel Andujar hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and lead the Yanks to a 5-3 win over Texas Saturday afternoon.

Despite the win, the 73-43 Yanks lost a 1/2 game in the standings to Boston, dropping 9 1/2 behind Boston because Boston swept a DH from the Bad News Bears (Baltimore Orioles) on Saturday.

With one out in the first, Giancarlo Stanton got the green light on a 3-0 pitch and hit HR #29 to put the Yanks up 1-0. After an out, Miguel Andujar singled and Greg Bird doubled to make it 2-0.

Lance Lynn gave up a run in the third as Texas cut it to 2-1.

In the sixth, Bird doubled and scored on a Neil Walker single.

But in the top of the seventh, with two out, Zack Britton imploded. Single, single, and 2 straight walks made it 3-2. In came Dellin Betances who balked in the tying run before getting out of the inning.

That set the stage for Andujar’s HR (17). You wonder if he may be stealing that ROY award away from Gleyber Torres (or Ohtani).

But in the ninth, Aroldis Chapman couldn’t get the save without some drama. Walk, K, single. Pop up. HBP to load the bases. K.

Stanton 2 hits, Solo HR.
Andujar 2 hits, GW 2-run HR.
Bird 2 doubles, RBI

Lynn 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 W, 8 K.  4.46 (Min/NYY)
Robertson (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   3.23
Britton (H, 3) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.  4.50 (Balt/NYY)
Betances (BS, 1; W, 3-3, 2.19) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  Balk
Chapman (S, 30) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 HBP.  2.15

The game ended in rain, just in time as it had started to pour.

 

 

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Game 114. 5 Yanks’ HRs power team to 7-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (72-42) hit 5 HR to defeat Texas 7-3 tonight.

With Boston’s loss, they cut the deficit to 8 games.

Aaron Hicks got the first of the HR, a 2-run HR (20) in the first inning.

J.A. Happ gave up a HR in the 4th, 2-1.

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the fourth, when Miguel Andujar (16) and Neil Walker (5) hit back-to-back HR, Andujar’s a 2-run shot, to make it 5-1 Yanks.

Happ gave up 2 runs in the top of the fifth, 5-3.

Once again the Yanks came right back. Giancarlo Stanton’s 28th HR, a 449 ft. laser shot, made it 6-3.

Neil Walker’s 2nd HR of the game (6) made it 7-3 in the sixth and that was the final score.

Gardner 2 hits.
Stanton HR
Hicks 2-run HR.
Andujar 2 hits, 2-run HR
Walker 2 solo HRS

Happ (W, 12-6, 4.07 combined Tor/NYY) 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2 HBP
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.29
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.25
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.  2.20

Yankees pitchers struck out 13.

Game 112. Yanks edge Chisox in 13, 4-3. Yanks pitchers strike out 20.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sonny Gray pitched three scoreless innings of relief and got the win as the Yanks (70-42) edged the Chicago White Sox 4-3 in 13 innings Tuesday night.

Yankees’ pitchers combined for 20 strikeouts in the game.

CC Sabathia turned the clock back some ten years by striking out 12 in 5 2/3 innings, but left trailing 1-0, having given up a run in the third.

The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the sixth. In the sixth, they had runners on first and third with no one out but didn’t score.

The Yanks tied the game in the seventh when Miguel Andujar hit his 15th HR of the season.

In the top of the tenth, Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run HR (26) to put the Yanks up 3-1, but with two out in the bottom of the tenth, Zach Britton gave up a 2-run HR to Jose Abreu that tied the game.

In the top of the 13th, Didi walked with one out. After Torres struck out, Voit singled Didi to second and Andujar singled him in, 4-3 Yanks, the final score.

For the second straight night, a Yankee batter was robbed of a HR by Adam Engel. This time Kyle Higashioka was robbed.

Stanton 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Andujar 3 hits, 2 RBI

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 12 K.  3.49
Green 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K  2.75
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.35
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.30
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.57
Britton (BS, 2) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.98 (Balt/NYY). Threw 2 WP, 1 HBP
Gray (W, 9-8, 5.40) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 H, 4 K.

In other news:

Jacoby Ellsbury needed hip surgery this week. 6 month recovery time. Out all year.

Clint Frazier not happy at some comments Michael Kay made about Frazier’s stint on the DL re: concussion issues.

Ex-MLB player (and a former Yankee) Esteban Loaiza will get years in jail for running a drug ring. From the NY Post (edited):

Former Yankees pitcher Esteban Loaiza is expected to change his plea later this week in a felony cocaine distribution case, according to a report.

Loaiza — who was arrested in February in San Diego after authorities said they found 44 pounds of cocaine in a van parked in the garage of a rented townhouse — has a “change of plea” hearing listed in Southern California US District Court on Friday, WLS-TV reports.

The Tijuana-born Loaiza, 46, initially pleaded not guilty in February. A change of plea hearing results in a defendant submitting a guilty plea in “99 percent” of all criminal cases, according to the station’s legal analyst Gil Soffer, a former federal prosecutor.

…..

Federal investigators have said they believe Loaiza used the rented townhome as an intermediate destination for cocaine. Prior to his arrest, during which Loaiza was pulled over for a traffic violation and cops found a sophisticated compartment to hide contraband in his Mercedes-Benz, the former MLB star had crossed the Mexican border earlier that day, prosecutors said.

Authorities later obtained a search warrant for Loaiza’s rented home in Imperial Beach, where investigators said they found 44 pounds of cocaine stored less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school.

Loaiza, who posted bail in May, faces a mandatory 10-year minimum sentence and up to life in prison if convicted, according to the station.

Loaiza pitched for nine teams throughout his 14-season career, including the Yankees, Dodgers, White Sox and Pirates. He retired in 2008 with a 126-114 record and a 4.65 career ERA. He was a two-time All-Star and the second-winningest Mexican pitcher in MLB history, second only to Fernando Valenzuela. In 2003, he finished second in the American League Cy Young voting and started the All-Star Game.

Game 110. Yanks blow it in 9th, lose it in 10th. Lost Weekend. Swept in Boston.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

THE WORST LOSS OF THE YEAR.

Up 4-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, three walks by Aroldis Chapman and an error by Miguel Andujar let Boston tie the game.

Then in the tenth, in came Jonathan Holder. The same Jonathan Holder who gave up seven runs and got no one out on Thursday night against these same Red Sox. The Red Sox scored off of him. Ballgame over, 5-4 Boston, and the Yanks are now 9 1/2 behind Boston after getting swept up there this weekend.

With the four-game sweep by Boston, and the loss to lowly Baltimore Wednesday, the 68-42 Yanks have lost five in a row.

Some struggles of youth. The 4-5 hitters last night for the Yanks were Torres and Andujar. Two rookies, one 21, and the other 23 years old. While each has been great this year, their inexperience has been showing the past few days.

MVP candidate Mookie Betts homered for Boston in the fifth. 1-0 Red Sox.

The Yanks, who only got one run Friday and only one Saturday (They really miss Aaron Judge, and to a lesser extent, Gary Sanchez (even with Sanchez’ .188 batting average.)St I mean, Luke Voit and Shane Robinson are in the lineup in this big series. No offense to those two, but really?) got all four of their runs in the seventh.

Gardner singled, Romine walked. Robinson walked to load the bases. Hicks reached on an error, two runs scoring, Robinson to third. Stanton singled to make it 3-1. Both runners moved up on a WP. After Didi struck out, Torres hit a SF. 4-1.

To the bottom of the ninth, and the wild Chapman we saw recently in a game vs. the Mets resurfaced. A strikeout, then two walks, another strikeout, another walk. Free passes. Ugh. A two-run lined single that Torres jumped for and just missed. 4-3. The error (second of the game) by Andujar that allowed Boston to tie the game (Greg Bird tried to scoop it and just couldn’t). Strikeout. (Update: Should Walker have replaced Andujar that inning for defensive purposes?)

Then the tenth, and when Holder came in, you just had a bad feeling after his outing the other night. He did get the first two outs. Then a single. WP. Intentional walk. Single by Benintendi to end the game.

A KILLER LOSS.

Now to try to rebound.

Stanton 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits

Tanaka 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.76
Robertson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.42
Britton (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.26 (Balt/NYY)
Betances (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.35
Chapman (BS, 2) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 3 W, 3 K.  2.25
Holder (L, 1-3, 3.65) 2/3 IP,  1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.

Game 108. Yanks get just 1 hit in 4-1 loss. Fall 7 1/2 back.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Miguel Andujar homered (14), but that was the only hit in the Yanks’ 4-1 loss to Boston on Friday night.

The loss drops the Yanks to 68-40, and at the 2/3rd mark, they are on course to go 102-60, a heck of a record.

The problem is, Boston is 7 1/2 games ahead of the Yanks right now, and on pace to go 112-50, a historic year.

The loss, the Yanks’ third in a row, means that for the second time this year, the Yanks have suffered a three-game losing streak. Boston has suffered it once. (Maybe Boston can suffer another one in say, October…).

Rick Porcello was masterful for Boston, a complete game one-hitter and he threw just 86 pitches, 68 for strikes. You got to tip your cap to that. About as good as it gets. He retired the last 21 Yanks in a row.

Luis Severino, who has struggled lately, gave up three runs in the first before settling down. The last few innings he looked once again like the dominant Severino of earlier this season. But that three-run first doomed the Yanks.

And who hit a 2-run HR in that three-run first for Boston? Steve Pearce, who had 3 HR against the Yanks the night before (see my report on Game 107 for a story regarding Pearce when the Yanks briefly had him).

So the Yanks find the division slipping away. They have to right the ship or else home-field advantage in that sudden-death wild card game could be gone too.

Today doesn’t look encouraging. With Happ on the DL due to foot-hand-and mouth disease, and with Cessa having to be used in relief Thursday night, the Yanks turn to Chance Adams to start today. The youngster will be making his MLB debut. Talk about being thrown into the fire.

The Yanks started the year 9-9, then went a scorching 41-13. But since that hot streak, they are just 18-18. They need to be more consistent, and not a .500 team.

They need a hot streak.

Of course, it’d help if Boston ever starts losing.

One thing more…. the Yanks’ pitchers have to do a better job holding runners on base. Boston has been running wild on them, and there is nothing Romine can do when runners are getting three or four step jumps. He could have a cannon and not be able to gun them down.

A test for Boone and the Yanks. How do they respond?

Severino (L, 14-5, 3.08) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. CYA slipping away.
Robertson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.   3.51
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.30.  Just recalled from SWB.

P.S. In case you didn’t notice, Oakland is hot and has passed Seattle for that other wild-card spot.

Game 104. Oh, “Happ”y Day as Yanks beat KC 6-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

J.A. Happ pitched six strong innings and won his Yankees’ debut as the Yanks beat KC 6-3 on Sunday afternoon. Monday is an off day.

Before the game the Yanks sent Caleb Frare, who spent most of the year at AA Trenton, to the White Sox for $1.5MM in international bonus $$$. They also received $1MM of that in the Shreve/Gallegos deal with St. Louis.

The Yanks jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Didi walked and Hicks homered (17) off the foul screen.

In the fourth, Hicks doubled and scored on an Andujar single, 3-0.

To the fifth, and Gardner and Stanton singled to lead off the inning. A groundout by Didi moved both runners up. Hicks walked to load the bases and a groundout by Torres made it 4-0. Bird singled to make it 5-0.

The Yanks gave up 3 HR in the game, but thank goodness, all were solo shots. Happ gave up one to Salvador Perez (he killed the Yanks this weekend) to make it 5-1 Yanks.

The Yanks got one back in the bottom of the sixth. Walker was HBP and Romine doubled. Stanton got the run in with a SF.

Green gave up a HR in the seventh and Robertson (I’m concerned about them, both Green and Robertson, lately) gave up one in the eighth. Final, 6-3 Yanks.

Boston won again so the Yanks couldn’t pick up any ground. Still 5 1/2 out.

Hicks 3 for 3, HR, walk, 2 RBI. Scored 2x.

Happ (W, 11-6, 4.05 [combined Tor/NYY]) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  2.74
Robertson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.61
Chapman (S, 28) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.93
 

Games 102 & 103. Yanks come back to salvage DH Split. What’s wrong with Seve? Shreve, Gallegos traded.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After yesterday’s day/night DH split, the Yanks made a move to get the recently acquired J.A. Happ on the roster. With the recent acquisition of Zack Britton, it was a given that Chasen Shreve was gone. Shreve, along with Giovanny Gallegos, was traded to St. Louis for 1B Luke Voit.

Voit, 27, a righty hitter, was 2 for 11 in 8 games with the Cardinals this season. 1 HR, 3 RBI. For his MLB career, he has played in 70 games, 125 at bats, and has hit .240-5-21, OPS+ 93.

Shreve was 2-2, 4.26, 1 save, ERA+ 102 for the Yanks this season, and Gallegos 0-0, 4.50, ERA+ 99. For Gallegos, it was in just four games.

The Yanks had to come from behind to win the second game of a day/night DH to salvage a split of that DH. At 66-37, they are now 5 1/2 behind Boston.

In the first game, a 10-5 loss, you have to be concerned about Luis Severino. After being brilliant against Boston on July 1, he was 13-2, 1.98. In his four starts since then, he is 1-2, 8.84(!) and his ERA has gone from 1.98 to 2.94. What’s wrong?

Seve gave up a two-run double in the third, then in the fifth, gave up a two-run single and 2-run HR. Yanks down 6-0.

They tried to come back. In the bottom of the fifth, Hicks singled and Stanton hit one to the moon (24) to make it 6-2.

In the sixth, singles by Torres, Bird and Walker (who had a big DH) scored one run, and another scored on a GIDP. 6-4.

In the seventh, Didi singled and Torres doubled him home, but Torres was thrown out at third on the play. Ouch. Never make the first or last outs of an inning at third.

But here is where David Robertson let the game get away, as he gave up a 3-run HR in the 8th. The Royals got another run off of Shreve (in his last Yanks’ appearance) in the ninth.

10-5 KC.

Hicks 2 hits, 2 walks
Stanton HR (a bomb) 2 RBI
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Bird 2 hits
Walker 3 hits, RBI

Severino (L, 14-4, 2.94) 4 1/3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.70
Robertson 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.50
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  4.26   (traded after game 2)

The Yanks scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth for a come-from-behind 5-4 win in Game 2.

The Yanks got two in the first when Gardner and Stanton singled, Didi flied out, moving up both runners. Andujar got an RBI single (Torres was the cleanup hitter in Game 1, Andujar in Game 2—two rookies) and after Bird was HBP (what is it with KC plunking batters this series? Judge fractured wrist, Romine got hit in Game 1, now Bird here) Walker got a SF to make it 2-0.

CC gave up a HR to Salvador Perez in the third, 2-1 Yanks.

Shane Robinson got his first HR of the season to make it 3-1 Yanks in the fourth.

KC got a run off CC in the fifth, when a couple of walks helped to walk a run in, and he had to be pulled before he could qualify for the win. Holder got out of a bases loaded jam.

Holder got into trouble in the sixth, and Chad Green came in but couldn’t get out of the inning without yielding the tying run. 3-3.

Zack Britton got the first two outs in the top of the seventh, then fell apart, giving up a double, infield single, then two walks to force in a run and put KC up 4-3 before finishing the inning.

But in the bottom of the eighth, Greg Bird led off with a HR (9) to tie the game. Walker doubled and Romine, PH for Higashioka, reached on a bunt single. Torres walked to load the bases and Hicks got a SF to put the Yanks up 5-4.

Chapman ran into trouble in the ninth, but escaped.

Bird solo HR
Robinson solo HR
Walker 2 hits, RBI

Sabathia 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.53
Holder 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.11
Green 1/3 IP, 0 R 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.61
Britton 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  3.57 (Balt/NYY comb. ERA)
Betances (W, 2-3, 2.44) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman (S, 27) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.   1.98

At 66-37, with a .641 winning pct., the Yanks have the second-best record in baseball, and are on course to go 104-58, their best record since 1998, but of course, we know who has the best record in baseball right now (drat!)

HR watch: With 166 HR in 103 games, the Yanks are on pace for 261 HR, which would fall 3 short of the 1997 Seattle Mariners record. The losses of Judge and Sanchez really hurt the Yanks here.