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Minor League Report. SWB Comes Back, Slams and Eliminates LV, advances to International League Finals.

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SWB tied the game in the top of the ninth, and a grand slam highlighted a five-run tenth inning as the Railriders beat Lehigh Valley 7-2 to take their divisional series, three games to one.

SWB advances to the International League finals, where they will play Durham. Game 1 will be in SWB (Moosic, PA) on Tuesday.

With two out and Quintin Berry on second in the top of the ninth, Berry was running on the pitch, and was able to score and tie the game on an infield single by Shane Robinson.

In the tenth, Ryan McBroom’s bases-loaded groundout plated the winning run, and after an intentional walk to load the bases (LV hoping for the DP) and a strikeout, Bruce Caldwell made sure SWB would win by hitting a grand slam.

SS Rey Navarro 2 hits
PH/2B Bruce Caldwell grand slam

Michael King pitched another solid game.

King 6 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
R. Espinal (W) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
J. Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
 

 

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Game 136. T-Time. Yanks get Two hits, but Tame Tigers behind Tanaka and Torres.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees expanded rosters with McCutchen, Wade, Cessa, Hechavarria, and they also DFA’d Shane Robinson. Gary Sanchez came off the DL. They also are optimistic about Judge, should get Didi in a week but are wondering if Chapman is done for the season.

I’ll be at the stadium on a bus trip tomorrow.

As for today, Saturday, the Yanks (86-50) got only two hits but won 2-1 behind the efforts of Tanaka and Torres.

A couple bleeders loaded the bases for the Tigers with no one out in the first. Detroit got one run, but Tanaka limited the damage.

The Yanks didn’t get a baserunner until the fifth, when Andujar walked and an out later, Torres homered (22) to put the Yanks up 2-1, and that was all the scoring for the day.

In the seventh, Tanaka escaped a 2nd and 3rd, no out jam.

Tanaka (W 10-5, 3.83) 7 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Holder (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.12
Betances (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W 1 K.  2.54

Lot of defensive maneuvering in the game. Torres started at SS, wound up at 2B. Walker started at 2B, wound up at 1B. Wade pinch ran for Voit, went to 2B, then over to 3B. Hechevarria came in at SS.

Game 135. Yanks blow game in 9th, make deal for McCutchen

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There will be no major minor league report because of typing up about the Andrew McCutchen deal.

With concern about Aaron Judge’s return, and also with possible concern over Brett Gardner’s .237 batting average as well, the Yanks traded for Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen will be postseason eligible. To get McCutchen from the Giants, the Yanks traded two prospects, Abiatal Avelino and another who hasn’t been named yet.

Another concern could be Giancarlo Stanton’s hamstring and the probable need to try to keep him off the field and just DH him. As for Clint Frazier, he just started rehab.

McCutchen will be a free agent at the end of the season. He’s 31 and hit .255-15-55 with 13 SB, OPS+ 110 for SF this season. He won the NL MVP in 2013 for the Pirates, and finished third, first, third and fifth in NL MVP voting from 2012-2015. McCutchen’s 162 g. average is .288-24-86 with 20 SB, OPS+ 134. He’s a 5x All-Star. 1x Gold Glove winner and 4x Silver Slugger. While not what he was, he helps. The Yanks were playing Neil Walker out of position in RF and also using Shane Robinson, whose bat (.143) is virtually non-existent. McCutchen provides relief until the Yanks get Judge back this season, if at all.

It’s a move the Yanks had to make with the uncertainty over Judge.

To get him, Abiatal Avelino is one player going to SF. Avelino, a 23 yr. old infielder, mostly 2B/SS, was hitting .287-15-66 between AA/AAA this season, with 25 SB. Both McCutchen and Avelino are righty bats.

That’s the good news. The trade. The bad news is that the Yanks (84-50) blew a 7-5 lead in the ninth when Dellin Betances gave up 3 runs on back-to-back homers as the Yanks lost 8-7 to Detroit.

J.A. Happ had his worst game as a Yankee, giving up 3 HR, one to the first batter of the game.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the third on Stanton’s 33rd HR of the year, and #300 of his career.

But Happ gave up a 2-run HR in the top of the fourth. 3-2 Tigers.

The Yanks came back with 2 in the bottom of the fourth on a 2-run HR by Gleyber Torres (21). The ball was flying out of Yankee Stadium last night. Detroit hit 5 HR, the Yanks 3.

Happ gave up another HR in the fifth, and was knocked out of the game. 5-4 Detroit. The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the fifth when Hicks singled, Stanton walked and Andujar got an infield hit. Hicks scored on an error on the play.

Luke Voit put the Yanks up 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh with a 2-run HR (5), but in the top of the ninth, Betances, after getting an out, gave up a walk, then the back-to-back HRs to lose the game. Victor Martinez hit 2 HR for the Tigers, and Niko Goodrum had 4 hits, inc. the GW HR.

Hicks 2 hits
Stanton 2 hits, 2-run HR (33, #300 career), 2 RBI
Voit 2 hits, HR (5, 4th as Yankee), 2 RBI
Torres 3 hits, 2 RBI, HR (21)

Happ 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR.  4.00 (Tor/NYY)
Green 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.66
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.95
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.94 (Balt/NYY)
Betances (BS, 2; L, 4-4, 2.59) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave up 2 HR.

The loss drops the 84-50 Yanks 8 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East. They are still 4 1/2 up on Oakland for the top wild card spot, and 9 up on Seattle for a playoff spot. The magic # over Seattle to clinch a playoff spot is 20.

Very brief minor league recap:

SWB (70-64) got 2 in the bottom of the 9th to win 3-2 and keep their playoff hopes alive. C Gary Sanchez 0 for 4 on rehab. Justus Sheffield pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

AA Trenton (75-61) lost 5-1 despite getting 11 hits.

High A Tampa (68-66) won 3-1 in 6 1/2 innings. The other game of the scheduled DH was rained out. DH Clint Frazier 1 for 3 on rehab. Domingo German on rehab 3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER.

Low A: Charleston (61-71) lost 7-3.

 

 

 

Games 128/129. Yanks Sweep Orioles, 10-3 and 5-1. Ensure winning record.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees swept a day/night DH from the Bad News Bears (oops, Baltimore Orioles) on Saturday, moving them to 82-47 on the season and ensuring a winning record for 2018.

The last time time the Yanks did NOT finish at .500 was in 1992. With the DH sweep and a Boston loss, the 82-47 Yanks are 7 back of Boston for the AL East. (Wild card info at the bottom of this report).

Game 1, afternoon: Yanks win 10-3, belting out 4 HR and Stanton was robbed of another (would have been career #300).

You can criticize Cashman for some moves, but the move for J. A. Happ? Give him credit for that. 5 starts, 5-0.

In this game, the Yanks went up 1-0 in the first when Stanton walked, Hicks doubled and Andujar hit a groundout for an RBI.

Happ gave up 2 in the bottom of the second. 2-1 Orioles.

The Yanks got 4 in the third. Robinson singled ,Gardner walked. After an out, Hicks singled in one and Andujar hit a 3-run HR (21) to make it 5-2.

Gardner hit a 2-run HR (11) in the fourth to make it 7-2.

To the fifth. Andujar singles, and one out later, Torres and Voit single to make it 8-2. Bird is really in jeopardy of losing his job to Voit.

Torres homers in the eighth (19) 9-2.

Hicks homers in the ninth, 10-2.

The Orioles score in the bottom of the ninth, but final, 10-3 Yanks.

Gardner HR (11) 2 RBI
Hicks 3 hits, HR (21), 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits, HR (21) 4 RBI
Torres 2 hits, solo HR (19)
Shane Robinson 2 hits.

Happ (W, 15-6, 3.80 Tor/NYY) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 9 K.
Cessa (S, 1) 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.34

2nd game, night: Sonny Gray finally pitched great. 6 1/3 shutout innings. Low pitch count. Of course, the fact it was Baltimore has to be taken into consideration.

Other than Luis Severino, guess who is the only other Yankees pitcher with 10 or more wins (not counting J.A. Happ, 10 with Toronto and 5 with the Yankees)? Would you believe….Sonny Gray?

The Yanks scored in the first when Gardner led off the game with a double, Stanton walked and Hicks got an RBI single. Hicks cost the Yanks a run later in the inning when he was picked off of first.

In the second, the Yanks benefited from bad Orioles fielding (there are plenty of reasons they are 37-93).

Torres singled, and after a flyout by the slumping Bird (once again, job very much in jeopardy to Luke Voit), Romine and Torreyes each singled to load the bases. A WP moved everyone up, Yanks up 2-0. Gardner hit a grounder to first, the first baseman came home and it was a bad throw, 3-0. A good throw maybe has him. It was a poor throw.

In the fourth, with one out, Romine singled. Torreyes reached on an error (this is the Orioles, remember?) and Gardner hit into a force. Stanton singled (normally a double, but the ball was hit so hard down the RF line and off the scoreboard that it was just a single) to make it 4-0.

In the ninth, Austin Romine’s 9th HR made it 5-0.

Baltimore scored a run in the bottom of the ninth, final 5-1 Yankees.

Hicks 2 hits, RBI.
Andujar 2 hits.
Torres 2 hits.
Romine 3 hits, solo HR (9).

Gray (W, 10-8,  5.05) 6 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  3.02
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.43
Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.18

The Yanks are 4 1/2 up on Oakland for the top wild card spot.

 

Game 125. Banged up Yanks win 2-1 in 12, worry about Chapman.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

No Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez or Didi Gregorius.

Before the game, Didi was placed on the 10-day DL with a bruised heel. I was surprised that Luke Voit was brought back up instead of Tyler Wade. With Neil Walker going back to 2B, the infield looks OK with Torreyes as a backup, but if Walker goes back to 2B, what then, about the OF, where Walker was filling in?

Wade still hasn’t proven that he can hit MLB pitching, but at least he can play OF as well as IF. Voit can’t (1 MLB inning in RF), so I was a bit surprised at the move for Voit. Besides, Shane Robinson hasn’t given anything. I still hope the Yanks can make a deal for an OF before 8/31 (the deadline for that player to be postseason eligible), especially if problems remain with Aaron Judge and that fractured wrist. And we won’t even get into Clint Frazier (still on concussion DL) or Jacoby Ellsbury (who hasn’t played anywhere all season and is done for the year).

Now the Yanks have to hold their breaths on Aroldis Chapman. More on that later.

With a depleted lineup, others (like Greg Bird (.206) and Brett Gardner (.243), especially) need to step up. Bird, however, was 0 for 6 with 3 strikeouts last night in the Yanks’ 2-1 squeaker of a 12-inning win.

With the win, the Yanks (79-46) move to 8 back of Boston. They are 3 1/2 up on Houston and Oakland (each are tied for 1st in the AL West) for the top wild card slot.

It wasn’t easy, since the Yanks had to escape a couple of late inning jams.

The Yanks threatened in the second but didn’t score.

In the fourth, Andujar singled, and with one out, Torres singled. Walker singled in a run to make it 1-0. Romine was HBP to load the bases, Tabut Tanaka (damned NL no-DH rules) popped up and Gardner flied out.

Tanaka got out of a jam in the fourth.

Tanaka pitched well, but made a mistake in the fifth. As we all know, when Tanaka (gopher-ball prone) makes a mistake, it leaves the yard. At least it was just a solo HR. Game tied at 1.

Chad Green escaped a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the bottom of the ninth.

A.J. Cole escaped a bases-loaded, NO out situation in the bottom of the eleventh, helped by a nice 6-2 forceout at home by Gleyber Torres.

In the top of the twelfth, Kyle HIgashioka singled. Brett Gardner walked. After Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Aaron Hicks was HBP to load the bases. Miguel Andujar hit a SF for the eventual game-winning run. A WP moved up the runners to 2nd and 3rd, but Bird struck out.

In the bottom of the twelfth, Chapman came in, walked the first batter, and removed himself from the game after only six pitches because of increased pain in his knee. He’s been dealing with it most of the season, but the pain was worse and he’ll have an MRI today. So there is THAT for the Yanks to be concerned with. Meanwhile, Justus Sheffield was moved to the bullpen for SWB so that Sheffield could help in that capacity down the stretch.

Tommy Kahnle replaced Chapman, pitched well, and the game ended when Higashioka nailed the baserunner trying to steal second.

David Robertson wasn’t available due to a tender shoulder.

2-1 Yanks in 12 innings.

Stanton 2 hits.
Andujar GW SF.
Torres 2 hits.
Walker 2 hits, 2 walks, RBI
Higashioka 1 for 1, scored winning run, threw runner out for last out.

Tanaka 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H,  1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.90
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.15 (Balt/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.24
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.  2.70
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  3.12
Cole (W, 4-1, 5.53 Wash/NYY) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Chapman 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.11  Threw just 6 pitchers, left game, injured.
Kahnle (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.39

 

 

 

Game 113. Stanton slams Chisox, 7-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slam highlighted a 6-run second as the 71-42 Yanks beat the White Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to sweep the three-game series.

Luis Severino, shaky in his last few outings, started off shaky again, giving up two runs in the first inning before settling in for his career high 15th win of the season.

Gleyber Torres walked to lead off the second. After Andujar struck out, Neil Walker singled. Austin Romine singled in Torres. Shane Robinson singled in Walker to tie the game at two. Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch. Stanton’s 27th HR, an opposite field grand slam that just curled around the foul pole, made it 6-2 Yanks.

In the fifth, Aaron Hicks hit his 19th HR of the season to make it 7-2.

Severino gave up a HR in the bottom of the fifth to cut it to 7-3 but that was the end of the scoring.

The Yanks stay 9 back of Boston. They are 4 up on Oakland for that top wild card spot.

Stanton Grand Slam, 4 RBI
Hicks HR

Severino (W, 15-5, 3.11) 7 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 W, 8 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.   2.70
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.50

 

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.