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Game 142. Romine’s HR Key Blow As Yanks Hold On to Win , 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Austin Romine became the tenth Yankee to hit double figures in HR this season as his seventh inning HR was the game winning hit as the 89-53 Yankees beat Seattle 4-2 Saturday night.

With 20 games left in the season, the Yanks are 7 1/2 back of Boston. The tragic # remains 13 for Boston winning the AL East, but the Yanks did stay 3 1/2 ahead of the A’s for the top wild card spot. The Yanks’ magic # there is 17. The magic # to make the playoffs for the Yanks is 10 (over Seattle and also Tampa Bay).

Andrew McCutchen led off the game with a HR, his second as a Yankee and 17th of the season.

Lance Lynn gave up a HR in the bottom of the third which tied the game for Seattle.

In the fifth, Brett Gardner walked and stole second. McCutchen walked and both runners moved up on a PB. Giancarlo Stanton’s SF made it 2-1 Yanks, but Seattle tied the game in the bottom half of the inning.

Romine’s 10th HR of the season made it 3-2 Yanks in the seventh. Neil Walker (9) and Luke Voit (7 as a Yankee) could still join that double-digit HR club this season.

The Yankees have 232 HR as a team with 20 games to go. They need 23 in those 20 games to break the team record of 264 in a season set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners.

The Yanks got an insurance run in the ninth when Miguel Andujar was HBP and Adeiny Hechevarria, in for Didi, singled PR Tyler Wade to third. Wade scored on a SF by Gleyber Torres.

Things got hairy in the bottom of the ninth, when Dellin Betances gave up a hit, HBP and walk and Seattle had the bases loaded with one out. He got out of it with a couple of strikeouts as  he did strike out the side.

Having Betances close the game instead of, say, Britton or Robertson raises eyebrows. In his MLB career, Betances has a 1.04 ERA in the sixth, 1.80 ERA in the seventh, 2.05 ERA in the eighth, but a 3.73 ERA in the ninth.

Of course, Chapman is out and it’s possible he’s done for the season.

McCutchen solo HR.
Andujar 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Romine solo HR, GW hit.

Lynn (W, 9-10, 5.01 Min/NYY) 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR
Britton (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.82 (Balt./NYY)
Robertson (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.76
Betances (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 HBP.

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Game 135. Yanks comeback to win, 7-5. Boone tossed, faces suspension.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (85-50) scored 3 in the bottom of the eighth and survived a 9th inning care to beat Detroit 7-5 Friday night.

Manager Aaron Boone was ejected in the fifth inning, apparently touched the home plate umpire in pointing his finger to make a point about the strike zone and faces a suspension. His arguing was great, however, and humorous. In making his point, he squatted behind home plate, and held out his arm like a catcher in two positions, as if to say “this is a strike, and this is too low.” The look on the ump’s face as Boone left was priceless, as if he wanted to cry because he was shown up in front of 40,000+ people.

If you think what I wrote was cruel or biased, consider this. Detroit’s manager, Ron Gardenhire, was also tossed from the game for arguing a checked swing call on Luke Voit, who drew a crucial walk late in the game.

Anyway, Boone’s tirade might have fired up the Yanks and may have won the game.

Detroit got a run in the fourth when Luis Severino gave up a HR, and the Tigers got two more off of Seve in the fifth.

Meanwhile, after five innings, the Yanks had no hits. In the bottom of the fifth, Boone put on his show.

In the bottom of the sixth, down 3-0, Romine reached on an error, and after an out, Brett Gardner finally got the Yanks’ first hit of the game, a 2-run HR (12) to make it 3-2. It appeared that a couple of pitches previously called strikes were now called balls, so maybe Boone’s outburst made a difference. After another out, Aaron Hicks (23) and Miguel Andujar (23) hit back-to-back HRs to put the Yanks up 4-3.

I still don’t know why the Yanks keep trusting Jonathan Holder in the middle innings of close games. I think they are placing too much trust in him. But then, with Adam Warren gone, there isn’t that cushion. In the seventh, Holder gave up a couple of hits, albeit bloopers. With two out and two on, in came Zach Britton who continued to struggle, giving up a hit to tie the game.

Britton then gave up another run in the eighth to put Detroit up 5-4.

In the bottom of the eighth, Gardner doubled, and after an out, Hicks walked. Another out. Voit walked to load the bases, after which Detroit manager Gardenhire was tossed from the game. Gleyber Torres singled in two runs, moved up on the throw. 2nd and 3rd, two out and Neil Walker was intentionally walked. Austin Romine singled to make it 7-5.

David Robertson made things hairy in the 9th, with a single, PB and a walk, but escaped.

Boston had a rain delay and was still playing and losing as I wrote this. It looks like the Yanks’ deficit will be cut to 7 1/2, but with just 27 games to go. Oakland and Seattle are playing each other late, too.

Gardner 2 hits, HR (12) 2 RBI
Hicks solo HR (23)
Andujar solo HR (23)
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI

Severino 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR.   3.32
Holder (H, 6) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.18
Britton (BS, 3; W, 2-0, 4.06 Balt/NYY) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Robertson (S, 5 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  2.90

From Twitter: Moves.

Jack CurryVerified account @JackCurryYES 9m9 minutes ago

Stephen Tarpley, a lefty reliever, will join the Yankees when rosters expand on Saturday, says @ByDJEberle. Also, Cessa and Wade will be recalled. Boone said Sheffield wouldn’t be called up on Saturday, but that’s inevitable.

My note: Tarpley before tonight, AA/AAA 7-2, 1.94, 2 saves, 25.

 

The have acquired SS Adeiny Hechavarria and cash considerations from Pittsburgh in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, the have designated LHP Ryan Bollinger for assignment.

Bollinger ,27, was 8-6, 3.87 AA/AAA

Hecavarria 29, hit .254-4-29 for Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh this year, OPS+ 75. For his MLB career, the righty hitter has a 162 g. average of .255-5-48, OPS+ 76.

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 123. Seve, 4 HRs beat Toronto, 11-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino pitched five scoreless innings before faltering in the sixth, and the Yanks (77-46) hit 4 HR in defeating Toronto 11-6 Saturday afternoon.

Before the game, the Yanks honored the greatest team I’ve seen in my lifetime, the 1998 Yankees squad that went 114-48 in the regular season, then 11-2 in the postseason to win the 1998 WS.

For Severino, it was a welcome return to form to the ace that he was before the 4th of July. The only thing missing was more length. Seve threw 100 pitches in his 5+ innings and you wish he could have stretched out into say, seven innings.

The fact he didn’t go seven made things a little hairy for a while.

Didi Gregorius got the Yanks on the board in the first inning with a 2-run HR (22).

The Yanks made it 3-0 in the second when Gleyber Torres singled, went to second on a WP, advanced to third when after the WP, the catcher made a throwing error, and after a strikeout and a walk, he scored on a SF by Austin Romine. Romine would later have to be removed from the game after taking a fouled off ball off of his catcher’s mask.

In the third, Giancarlo Stanton singled and Aaron Hicks walked. After an out, the red-hot Miguel Andujar doubled in two runs to make it 5-0. Torres reached on an error that moved Andujar to third, and Greg Bird’s RBI ground out made it 6-0.

In the fourth, a red-hot Giancarlo Stanton homered (32) to make it 7-0.

Andujar homered in the fifth (20) to make it 8-0.  Andujar’s HR was the Yanks’ 200th of the season.

Severino gave up a double and RBI single leading off the sixth, spoiling his shutout bid, then was pulled after 100 pitches. Tommy Kahnle came in and was ineffective. A lineout and two consecutive singles cut the Yanks’ lead to 8-2. Kahnle then got a K, but a walk loaded the bases. In came Jonathan Holder, who gave up a single. An error by RF Neil Walker enabled all three runs to score, cutting the Yanks’ lead to 8-5 but the batter, ex-Yankee Billy McKinney, was nabbed at third when he overslid the bag.

So 8-0 became 8-5 and things were a bit hairy.

But the Yanks got three in the bottom of the eighth to salt the game away.

Greg Bird homered (10) to make it 9-5. Bird’s HR means the Yanks have nine guys with 10 or more. Andujar’s earlier HR means that they have five with 20 or more. Some other guys that may make it to ten are Romine at 8 and Neil Walker at 7 (Tyler Austin had 8 before he was sent down and eventually traded away).

After Bird’s HR, Walker singled and was PR for by Shane Robinson for defensive purposes. Kyle Higashioka, now in for the shaken-up Romine, singled. After a force out, Stanton was HBP to load the bases. Aaron Hicks walked to make it 10-5. Didi hit a SF to make it 11-5.

A.J. Cole gave up a run in the ninth before closing out the game. 11-6 Yanks, final.

Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (32).
Gregorus 3 RBI, inc. 2-run HR (22)
Andujar 3 hits, 3 RBI (.300), inc. HR #20
Torres 2 hits
Bird 2 RBI, inc. HR #10

Severino (W, 16-6, 3.28) 5+ IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 W, 8 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  6.94
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.28
Britton (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.32 (Balt/NYY)
Betances (H, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.28
Cole 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.66 (Wash/NYY)

The win keeps the Yanks 10 1/2 back of Boston for the AL East (unfortunately, with just 39 regular season games left, it appears the division title is out of play) but the Yanks are 3 games up for that top wild-card spot…

…. and if you didn’t notice, Houston and the A’s are now TIED for that AL West/2nd wild card spot.

 

Game 119. “Happ”y Days are here again. Yanks win 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Early returns on Zach Britton have been disappointing, but not so with Lance Lynn or J.A. Happ.

Happ tossed seven one-hit, shutout innings as the Yanks beat Tampa Bay 4-1 Tuesday night to up their record to 75-44.

Boston won again, so the deficit remains at 10.

The Yanks scored in the first on a double by Stanton, error on a pickoff attempt, and bloop single by Hicks.

Austin Romine hit a 2-run HR (8) in the fifth that he sliced just inside the RF foul pole.

Dellin Betances gave up a HR in the top of the eighth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-1, but in the bottom of the eighth, with two out, Andujar and Bird hit back-to-back doubles to make it 4-1, PR Shane Robinson scoring.

Andujar was removed for defense, as manager Aaron Boone moved RF Neil Walker to 3B to replace Andujar, and Shane Robinson went to RF, replacing Walker.

Much is being made of Andujar’s defense, and yes there is room for improvement, but by way of comparison, Andujar has made 12 errors. In 1964, rookie 3B Dick Allen of the Phillies made 41. Wow.

Andujar 2 hits, both doubles.
Romine 2-run HR.

Happ (W, 13-6, 3.86) 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. (Tor/NYY; as NYY 3-0, 1.89)
Betances (H, 18) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.32
Chapman (S, 31) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.11

Don’t look now, but Oakland is just 1 game behind Houston in the AL West. Can you imagine if the A’s pass them and the one-game wild card game is Houston at the Yankees. (Shuddering).

Infielder John Kennedy, who was with the Yankees in 1967, passed away August 9 at the age of 77. Kennedy happened to be born on the same day, May 29, as President John F. Kennedy, but 24 years later, in a strange coincidence. Kennedy even started his career under JFK’s presidency, and in Washington, D.C. too.

Kennedy played for Washington (1962-1964), the Dodgers (1965-1966), Yankees (1967), Seattle Pilots (1969) , Milwaukee Brewers (1970) and Boston Red Sox (1970-1974). He was on the Dodgers’ 1965 WS Champion and 1966 NL Champion teams.

Mostly used as a defensive specialist, Kennedy played in 104 games for the 1965 Dodgers but only had 104 AB, hitting .171-1-5. He got more AB in 1966, hitting .201-3-24.

With the 1967 Yankees, he hit .196-1-17 in 78 games, 179 AB. He played 3B, SS and 2B in his MLB career, and even one game at 1B.

His 162 game average was .225-6-35, OPS+ 70. Good field/no hit. In the postseason (1965 and 1966 WS) he got into 6 games, going 1 for 6.

 

 

Game 117. CC and Didi spark Yanks to 7-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia and Didi Gregorius sparked the Yankees  (74-43) to a 7-2 win Sunday afternoon. It keeps the Yanks 9 1/2 games back in the AL East  .

The Yanks got a run in the first when Stanton homered. #30 put the Yanks up, 1-0.

With the fifth, with one out, Romine singled & Gardner doubled. Hicks singled in two runs. Stanton singled Hicks to third. Andujar drove in a run on a force out, and Didi hit HR #21 to make it 6-0.

In the sixth, Voit and Walker singled and Romine’s groundout moved the runners up. Gardner singled to make it 7-0.

CC pitched six innings of one-hit, shutout ball. Win #244 of his career passed Juan Marichal on the all-time wins list.

Sonny Gray gave up 2 runs in the seventh.

The Yanks play the Mets on Monday night in a makeup game. The game will be on ESPN. Severino vs. DeGrom.

Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR.
Gregorius, 2 hits, 2-run HR, Some fine defensive plays.
Romine 2 hits,
Gardner 2 hits, RBI.

Sabathia (W, 7-4, 3.32) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 7 K.
Gray 1+ IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K.   5.52
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K.  3.35

 

Game 115. Texas trounces Tanaka, Yanks, 12-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ronald Guzman hit 3 HR for Texas, and Adrian Beltre added another as Texas beat the Yankees, 12-7, Friday night.

Masahiro Tanaka’s troubles in giving up the gopher ball continued, as he gave up 3 HR.

In the fourth, Beltre hit a 2-run HR (#469 of his career, passing Chipper Jones on the all-time list). Beltre, an all-time great, also is up to 3134 hits in his career. Later that inning, Guzman hit the first of his three HR for the night, and Texas was up 3-0.

Texas got two in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.

Brett Gardner got the Yanks on the board in the bottom of the fifth with his 10th HR of the season.

Guzman led off the sixth with his second HR of the game to make it 6-1 Texas. A.J. Cole relieved Tanaka then, and three more runs scored that inning to make it 9-1.

The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Stanton walked. With two out, Gregorius singled. Andujar hit a ground-rule double to knock in one run, and Luke Voit singled in two.

Guzman hit his third HR of the game in the top of the seventh to make it 10-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, Austin Romine hit his 7th HR of the season to cut it to 10-5.

Texas got two in the eighth, 12-5.

In the bottom of the eighth, Didi and Andujar singled, and both moved up on a wild pitch. Romine drove in both with a single. 12-7, the final score.

An area of concern. Gleyber Torres went 0 for 5, and is hitting just .227 since June 9. His average has dropped from .308 to .269 since then.

Another…. Chad Green has been slumping lately, too.

Didi Gregorius 3 hits
Andujar 2 hits, RBI
Voit 2 RBI
Gardner solo HR
Romine 3 hits, HR, 3 RBI

Tanaka (L, 9-3, 4.08) 5+ IP, 6 R, 6 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3 of the 6 hits given up were HR.
Cole 2 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.08 (Wash/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.98
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  3.80 (Balt/NYY)\

Boston beat the Bad News Bears (sorry, Baltimore Orioles) 19-12. The Orioles once had an 8- 3 lead in that game. So the Yanks are 9 back.