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Game 39. Rays edge Yanks, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Joe Girardi was attending his daughter’s graduation. Bench coach Rob Thomson filled in as manager, and Thomson made a couple of moves that have Yankees’ fans scratching their heads after a 5-4 Yankees loss to Tampa Bay that dropped their record to 24-15.

Luis Severino gutted out five innings, giving up just one run and leaving with a 2-1 lead. The Yanks got a run in the first when with one out, Ellsbury singled, Holliday doubled and Castro got an RBI groundout. Judge singled Holliday to third and stole second, but the Yanks couldn’t add on; Didi struck out. It would cost them later.

The Rays tied the game in the bottom of the first. In the third, Gardner got a bunt single and went to second on an error by Evan Longoria. It’s about the only thing Longoria did wrong all night. He had four hits against the Yankees, including the GW RBI. Ellsbury doubled Gardner home.

Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless sixth and after that, the Yankees’ bullpen, which has been so great this year so far, let the game get away.

Thomson brought in Warren to pitch the seventh. I hate when managers go “by the book” or “by the formula.” If a pitcher is doing well, leave him in. Change for changes sake, I hate. Seventh inning guy, eighth inning guy, etc. Phooey. Too many cooks (or pitchers) spoil the soup (or game). Holder gave up a double in the sixth, but no runs and had two strikeouts. Why not leave him in? If a guy is doing well, and is smoking, use your own eyes and gut and go with the hot hand. Leave him in.

That over managing, seventh-inning guy, eighth-inning guy, etc., is a change to the game I grew up with that I do not like. A change for the worse. I’m old school, remembering the days when a Gossage or Lyle would come in in the seventh and really close a game out, going 2 1/3 scoreless or so. People older than me may remember Joe Page…

I miss those days.

The move to Warren, who has been great and probably was due for a clunker, backfired. Warren gave up 3 runs in the seventh. Rays 4-2. The key blow was a double that 3B Ronald Torreyes couldn’t come up with, shortly after it appeared Warren Shreve was squeezed on a pitch by the home plate umpire.

In the top of the eighth, Matt Holliday hit a two-run HR (8) to tie it, 4-4.

But Tyler Clippard gave up a run and the game in the bottom of the eighth.

In the bottom of the ninth, with two out, Thomson let Austin Romine hit for himself instead of pinch-hitting Gary Sanchez for him. This is a move, or non-move if you will, that has Yankees’ fans scratching their heads. Even the Yankees’ broadcasters on WPIX, Ken Singleton and John Flaherty, were a bit surprised by the non-move. Sanchez has a far greater chance of tying the game up with a HR than Romine did or does, and you are just PH-ing catcher for catcher. Why Sanchez wasn’t up there, who knows. Romine tapped back to the pitcher, game over. Not only that, Romine (0 for 4) has been slumping lately (0 hits in at least his last 16 at bats) and is down to .247.

So that’s that.

Ellsbury 2 for 4, RBI; Holliday 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Castro 2 hits, RBI (.352).

Chris Carter was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. Tyler Austin’s start of his rehab was rained out.

Severino 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 W, 7 K. 3.64
Holder (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.04
Warren (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.31
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Clippard (L, 0-2, 1.53) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K.


Minor League Report. Sanchez HRs in rehab.


AAA: C Gary Sanchez homered on the first pitch he saw in his first rehab game as SWB (12-11) lost to Lehigh Valley 11-7 on Tuesday night.

If my work schedule didn’t make me work until past 8 PM, I may have gone to the game (10 miles from my house). But the game starts at 7, and by the time I’d get there it’d be 845-9 PM and they’d be in the seventh inning or so.

Now the question is will the Yanks have to rush Sanchez back and shorten his rehab? He was scheduled to come back to the Yanks Friday in Chicago against the Cubs. But Austin Romine injured his groin last night, leaving just Kyle (0 for 15) Higashioka as the catcher. We’ll see.

Besides his HR, Sanchez also doubled and scored, and struck out twice.

1B Cito Culver hit a 3-run HR, and 2B Billy Fleming added a solo shot. SS Tyler Wade (.310) had 3 hits and his 9th SB. CF Mason Williams had 2 hits. SWB struck out 14x.

Chad Green 5 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 5 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.73
Mantiply (BS, L, 1-2, 3.86) 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up HR.
Jones 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.73
Gurka 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 6.00

AA: Trenton (16-8) won 9-6. LF Jake Cave 3 h, HR, 3 rbi. 2 hits for SS Thairo Estrada. DH Mike Ford 3 for 3. C Jorge Saez 2 HR, 4 RBI. 2B Abiatal Avelino and 1B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits each.

Ramirez 5 IP, 4 H, 6 H, 3 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.00
Hissong (BS, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR 7.84
Wotherspoon (w, 2-1, 1.69) 1 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Coshow (S, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K  3.38

High A: Tampa got 3 in the top of the 9th to tie, but gave up a run in the bottom of the 9th to lose 5-4, dropping them to 10-16. 1B Chris Gittens, double, solo HR, had two of their four hits. SS Jorge Mateo is at .237. Tampa struck out 13x. DH Jhalen Jackson 3 run HR.

Acevedo 7 IP, 4 R, only 1 earned, 5 H, 0 W, 10 K. Gave up 2 HR   4.45
Schwaab (L, 2-1, 1.86) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K.

Low A: Charleston (13-13) lost 3-2. 3B Angel Aguliar solo HR. SS Hoy Jun Park (.329) and 2B Diego Castillo 2 hits each.

Perez 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. 5.21
Mahoney (BS, 1; L, 0-2, 0.63) 3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Mundell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.73


Game 25. Judge (2 HR), Jury (Gardner, 2 HR) and Executioner (Hicks) as Yanks win 11-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge hit 2 HR and so did Brett Gardner as the Yanks beat Toronto tonight, 11-5, to go to 16-9 on the season.

One bit of concern. Austin Romine left the game with a groin injury. Will the Yanks be forced to rush Gary Sanchez back from rehab? (See my minor league report on what Sanchez did in his first rehab game tonight. I should be posting that tomorrow morning.)

Before the game, a couple of moves. Cessa down, Shreve up. Bird to the 10-day DL. Refsnyder up.

Doubles by the resurgent Brett Gardner and by Matt Holliday gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead in the first.

In the second, the Yanks got a 2-run HR by Hicks (5) and Gardner’s first HR of the game (3), also a 2-run shot, to make it 5-0.

Aaron Judge sliced a HR around the opposite field (RF) foul pole (11) to make it 6-0 in the third.

Gardner, who had no RBI in the first 20 games, had his second 2-hr game of the week by hitting a HR in the fourth to make it 7-0. You need this. Guys hot will cool off, and then guys cold need to heat up. Not everyone is hot at the same time. You need the guys who are cold to heat up when the hot guys cool off.

Chase Headley got an RBI single in the sixth, but Steve Pearce hit 2 HR for Toronto, one in the fifth and another in the seventh, and Dellin Betances balked home a run in the seventh, and the next thing you know, it was 8-4 Yanks.

Aaron Judge then hit his second HR of the game, a three-run shot (12) in the seventh to put the game away, 11-4.

Toronto got a run in the eighth, but that was the end of the scoring. Yanks win 11-5.

Gardner 3 hits, scored 3, drove in 3, 2 HR.
Headley 2 hits, rbi.
Holliday 3 hits, rbi.
Castro 2 hits (.360).
Judge 2 for 3, scored 3 runs, drove in 4, walked twice. 2 HR.
Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI. HR.

Hopefully Kyle Higashioka gets his first MLB hit soon. The poor guy is 0 for 15.

Tanaka (w, 4-1, 4.46) 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Clippard 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.80
Betances (H, 5) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.08
Layne 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.00
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00

Some Red Sox’ fans hurled racist epithets at Baltimore’s Adam Jones last night. Disgusting. Boston was the last of the original 16 teams to integrate. They even had a disgusting, racist thing happen to Celtics’ legend Bill Russell in the 1960s. Not all Red Sox fans are assholes like this. All fan bases have jerks. But what happened is uncalled for.

Manny Machado, Jones’ teammate, blasted the Red Sox. Nice job, asshole fans who did that. Machado is a free agent soon. He is a superstar. If he signs with, say, the Yankees over Boston, you have no one to blame but yourselves.

Game 22. Gardner breaks out. Romine drives in 5. Yanks win 12-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Hmmm. Maybe I can be a motivational speaker.

This week, I’ve written how 21 games into the season, Brett Gardner didn’t have an RBI yet.

That changed yesterday when Gardner homered his first two times up. He drove in 4 runs in the Yanks’ 12-4 win over Baltimore.

Austin Romine drove in 5 runs, and Aaron Judge hit another HR.

The Yanks and Orioles were tied for first place entering the game, and the Yanks’ win puts them all alone in first place at 15-7. After a 1-4 start, the red-hot Yanks have won 14 of 17.

Gardner led of the bottom of the first with his first HR and first RBI of the season.

In the second, Romine made it 2-0 with a SF, and Gardner followed with a 3-run HR (2) to make it 5-0.

Austin Romine singled in two in the fourth to make it 7-0.

After the Orioles got two unearned runs in the top of the sixth, Romine hit a 2-run HR (2) in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-2.

In the seventh, Didi Gregorius doubled in a run, and Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR (10) to make it 12-2. Baltimore got two runs in the ninth before the Yanks closed out the 12-4 win.

Pineda (w, 3-1, 3.14) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Warren 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.68
Layne 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.40 Gave up a 2-run HR.

If I got Gardner going, maybe now I can get Bird going. He’s at .107. LOL.

Game 20. Sweep at Fenway. Tanaka shuts out Boston, 3-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka pitched a CG, 3-hit shutout in besting Boston and Chris Sale (a Yankee killer) 3-0 on Thursday night.

With the win, the Yanks go to 13-7 after sweeping the two games at Fenway. Another game was rained out and rescheduled.

The Yanks get Didi Gregorius back tomorrow. How about a hand for Ronald Torreyes, who hit .308-1-13 in Didi’s absence? He had two hits tonight. The only bone I can pick with Torreyes is no walks. But what a great job he did. Pete Kozma will most be likely be let go for Didi’s return.

Same for Austin Romine, who has filled in admirably in Sanchez’ absence.

Sanchez starts rehab w/SWB on Tuesday.

The Yanks got a run in the fourth when Hicks (2 hits) singled, went to second on a groundout, third on a PB and scored on a SF by Holliday.

And so it stayed until the ninth. Great pitching duel.

In the ninth, Hicks singled, went to second on a single by Headley and scored on a single by Holliday (2 RBI tonight). Both runners moved up on the throw. Castro singled in a run to make it 3-0.

Hicks 2 hits, scored 2 runs, doing great after he was so disappointing last year. 2 hits, 2 RBI for Holliday.

2 hits, RBI for Castro. 2 hits for Torreyes.

Tanaka (w, 3-1, 4.20) 9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 3 K.

Now, as for that ERA. Take away that opening day disaster, when he lost and gave up 7 runs in 2 2/3 IP, since then he is 3-0, 2.30.

So taking away that first game, he has been the Tanaka we expected and need.


Game 17. Yanks bomb Bucs, 11-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got five runs in the sixth and another five in the eighth in defeating the Pirates 11-5 to go to 11-6 on the season.

Michael Pineda gave up solo homers in the first and fourth, and Pittsburgh added another run in the fifth to go up 3-0.

Starlin Castro tied the game with a 3-run HR (4). After Castro’s HR, Aaron Judge doubled, Greg Bird was HBP and Austin Romine singled to load the bases. Ronald Torreyes doubled in two runs to make it 5-3 Yanks.

What can you say about the jobs Romine and Torreyes are doing filling in for the injured Sanchez and Gregorius? Romine had two hits yesterday, Torreyes had four.

The Pirates came right back with two in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game up at five.

With two out in the top of the eighth, Romine reached on an error and Torreyes singled. Chris Carter, pinch-hitting for P Dellin Betances, hit his first HR  (1) of the season to make it 8-5. Ellsbury then reached on another Pirates’ error, and a three-base error to boot. A wild pitch enabled him to score as Pittsburgh had one sloppy inning. Doubles by Hicks and Headley made it 10-5.

Aaron Judge hit a massive 457-ft. HR, his sixth (6) HR of the season, in the ninth to finish off the scoring at 11-5. Judge’s at bats are becoming can’t miss. Already there is talk of putting him into this year’s HR derby to see how far he can hit one. Some of his batting practice shots have been incredible.

Pineda 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 6 K. 3.86. Gave up 2 HR
Holder (H, 2) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 k. 3.38
Clippard (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.35
Betances (W, 2-1, 1.50) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.35
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 1 K. 0.00

Game 15. Tanaka & 4 Yankees’ HRs = win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks improved to 10-5 tonight with a 9-1 win.

They hit 4 HR, but to me, the most important thing tonight was that Masahiro Tanaka got back to being Masahiro Tanaka. Meaning, an ace.

He had struggled in his first three starts this year. As a result, the ERA is still bloated. But the Tanaka tonight is the Tanaka we have come to expect and need. Ace-like.

The Yanks got 2 in the first on a 2-run HR by Chase Headley (3).

In the second, Aaron Judge singled and was doubled to third by Greg Bird. Austin Romine singled in one run and an Rbi groundout by Ronald Torreyes made it 4-0.

After the White Sox scored a run in the fourth, the Yanks salted the game away in the fifth.

With two out and two on, Starlin Castro got the green light on a 3-0 pitch and hit a three-run HR (3) to make it 7-0.  Then Aaron Judge made it back-to-back HRs with a moonshot (5) to make it 8-0. Remember that Judge was robbed of a HR by a bad umpire’s call on fan interference a couple of days ago.

Aaron Hicks, so awful last year, hit a PH HR (4) in the eighth for the final score of 9-1.

Meanwhile, Tanaka was back to being Tanaka.

Tanaka (w, 2-1, 6.00) 7 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 6 K.
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1.59.
Layne 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 k. 2.25.

The Yanks are off Thursday and have a weekend series in Pittsburgh.