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S.T. Game 23. Rough welcome. New Yanks’ pitcher loses game in 9th, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks just signed Ernesto Frieri the other day and Baltimore gave him a rough welcome, hitting a HR off of him in the top of the 9th as the Yanks lost 5-4.

The Yanks struck first, as Jacoby Ellsbury singled in a run in the third and Gary Sanchez later doubled in two more that same inning.

After three scoreless innings, CC Sabathia lost it a bit in the fourth, giving up three runs, all with two out.

Baltimore got a run in the 7th when Tommy Layne gave up a HR, but the Yanks tied it in the 8th on a HR by Billy McKinney.

Then Frieri gave up the HR in the 9th to cost the Yanks the game. The Yanks fall to 17-6 for spring training (I count the win over the Canadian WBC team, MLB doesn’t).

Sabathia 4 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 5 K. Gave up HR. Good first three innings, (0 R, 0 H, 2 K) but with two out in fourth, lost it a bit.

Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Graham 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Layne 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up HR
Niese 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Frieri (L) 1 Ip, 1 R, 1 H, o walks, 3 K. Struck out side but gave up GW HR.

S.T. Game 18. CC roughed up in Yanks’ 10-2 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia was knocked out of the box in the first inning of the Yanks’ 10-2 loss to Atlanta today. The loss drops the Yanks’ spring training record to 14-4 (I count the win over the Canadian WBC team).

The Yanks were sloppy, making five errors, four by the third basemen—three by Ronald Torreyes, the other by Miguel Andujar, and six of the ten runs they gave up were unearned.

Austin Romine and Jorge Mateo homered for the Yankees, who got only four hits on the day.Kyle Higashioka had a double.

Sabathia (L) 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 earned, 6 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Heller 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Chapman 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Camarena 2 IP, 1 R (unearned), 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
German 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Ramirez 1 IP, 3 R (all unearned) 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

 

 

S.T. Game 13. Yanks get 3 in 10th to edge Rays, 7-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks improved their S.T. record to 10-3 by getting 3 in the bottom of the 10th to edge the Rays, 7-6.

CC Sabathia started and had a shaky first inning but escaped unharmed. He went two scoreless innings.

The Yanks scored in the first on a double by Sanchez, followed by singles by Holliday and Carter.

They went up 2-0 in the fourth on a single by Torreyes.

Adam Warren followed CC with two scoreless innings but gave up back-to -back homers in the fifth.

After the Rays went up 3-2 in the sixth, Kyle Higashioka hit a 2-run HR in the seventh to put the Yanks up 4-3.

Tampa got one in the 8th to tie, then two in the 10th to go up 6-4. Francisco Diaz made two errors at first to hurt the Yanks.

In the bottom of the 10th, Bird singled, Zach Zehner pinch ran. Diaz flied out but Billy McKinney singled. Both runners moved up on the throw. Ruben Tejada hit a SF.

Pete Kozma walked and Rashad Crawford hit a ground rule double to tie it up.

Tyler Wade then singled to win it.

Ronald Torreyes had 2 hits and an RBI. Higashioka with the 2-run HR.

Dustin Fowler was 2 for 2. Tyler Wade was 2 for 3 with the GW RBI.

Sabathia 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Warren (BS) 3 iP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Heller 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
German 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Shreve (BS) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up HR.
Gurka 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Lail (w) 1 IP, 2 R (BOTH UNEARNED),  2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Greg Bird wanted to see more lefties and hit them better, so we was working on hitting Andy Pettitte (in for a few days as an instructor) today.

Giants oust Mets, some Yankee moves.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete-game 4-hit shutout as the Giants eliminated the Mets in the NL wild card game, 3-0. They now face the Cubs.

Conor Gillaspie’s 3-run HR in the top of the ninth off of Jeurys Familia was the whole game.

Curtis Granderson did save a run for the Mets with a great catch, but in the end, it all went for naught.

Noah Syndergaard pitched great for the Mets, 7 shutout innings, 2 hits, 10 K, but unlike Bumgarner, was pulled and didn’t pitch the complete game. It proved fatal for the Mets.

Bumgarner is now 8-3, 1.94 in postseason play. A postseason beast.

Meanwhile, Buck Showalter is getting blasted for not using his closer in the extra inning loss that the Orioles had up in Toronto the other night. He did the same mistake that Joe Torre did in Game 4 of the 2003 WS, which is saving your closer for a save on the road. Meanwhile your team never gives you a lead to save and some lesser pitcher loses the game for you while your best is in the bullpen. In extra innings, sometimes you need your best to preserve the tie and prevent a walkoff win.

ALDS series start today. Toronto at Texas, Boston at Cleveland.

A couple of Yankees moves. The Angels claimed Blake Parker and Kirby Yates off of waivers. Parker was 1-0, 4.96 after coming over from Seattle this year.

Yates was 2-1, 5.23.

Anthony Swarzak, who was 1-2, 5.52, refused assignment to SWB and became a free agent.

CC Sabathia will have routine knee surgery to clean it out.

Game 159. Yanks sweep Bosox, but are eliminated.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got a little bit of payback for getting swept up in Boston last weekend by sweeping Boston in three games at the Stadium this week, but with Baltimore’s win over Toronto, were officially eliminated from postseason activity.

CC Sabathia was great in the Yankees’ 5-1 win. It’s the last time the Yanks will have to face the retiring David “Big Papi” Ortiz.

CC’s win was #223 of his career.

The Yanks are now 83-76.

The Yanks got a run in the first when Jacoby Ellsbury walked, stole second, and scored on a Starlin Castro double.

Boston tied it in the fourth on a HR by Xander Bogaerts.

In the fifth, Aaron Hicks bunted for a hit and was doubled home by Ellsbury.

In the sixth, Castro singled, Headley walked and McCann singled to load the bases with one out. After a fly out by Hicks that failed to bring in a run, Tyler Austin walked to force in a run and another scored on a WP.

McCann walked and scored on a double by Hicks in the eighth.

It was a rough night for Gary Sanchez, who went 0 for 5 with four strikeouts.

Sabathia (w, 9-12, 3.91) 7 1/3 IP, 1 R,  4 H, 2 walks, 8 K.
Clippard (H, 25) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.63 (AZ/NYY)
Bleier 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks 1 K. 2.14.

One-time Yankees prospect Jesus Montero, who hasn’t lived up to his billing after the Yanks traded him for Michael Pineda a few years back, and who had some run-ins with his own team’s personnel, was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a banned stimulant.

Game 154. 0-ffensive. Yanks blanked for third straight game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You can’t win if you don’t score. For the third consecutive game, the Yanks were shut out as they lost to Toronto 3-0.

Lately, Joe Girardi’s bullpen moves have been questioned, leading Girardi to become very testy lately in his dealings with the media. Even when he appears to make the right move, as yesterday, it doesn’t work out.

CC Sabathia pitched his heart out, pitching seven shutout innings,  but was pulled for Tyler Clippard in the eighth. Clippard gave up a two-out, three-run HR to Jose Bautista to lose the game.

The Yanks managed only three hits all game. With injuries to Headley, Teixeira, Castro …. and the youngsters now on the team, the lineup lately has looked like a spring training lineup.

I worked all day yesterday, but did hear one thing on the radio on the way home. At one point in the game, Gardner was on first base. Gardner has 16 SB this season. This from a guy who led the league a few years ago. A guy who stole 49 and 47 not long ago. In other words, Gardner isn’t running enough. He should have at least twice as many steals as he has now (that goes for Ellsbury too, who has just 18). Sterling and Waldman mentioned that he doesn’t run enough, then wondered how, when he finally decides to try and steal, he tried to do so on an 0-2 pitch with two out—-the easiest pitch for the other team to pitch out on. Sure enough, Toronto pitched out and Gardner was out. Sigh.

The loss drops the Yanks to 79-75. They are 4 1/2 games out of the final wild card spot with just 8 games to go. Their tragic # is 4.

They need to go 3-5 in the last 8 games to avoid a non-winning season, which would be their first since 1992. Even at that, they have to go 5-3 even to match their worst season since 1992 (which was 2014 at 84-78). Those 8 games are against the three teams ahead of them, Toronto, Boston and Baltimore. Not only that, Tanaka, who will miss his next start, may miss the other one as well.

Sabathia 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 4.02
Clippard (L, 3-5, 3.60 AZ/NYY) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.

 

Game 149. Losing streak continues. Yanks swept in Boston.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks are off today. If ever a team needed a day off, it is them right now.

Deja vu all over again.

Once again, the Yanks had a lead in Fenway. Once again, they blew it. Once again, a reliever doing well gets pulled because the manager goes by the book, and the new reliever loses the game. Once again Hanley Ramirez killed the Yanks.

The Yanks’ 5-4 loss to Boston Sunday night was their fourth in a row to Boston, as Boston swept the weekend series. It was the Yanks’ fifth loss in a row overall and dropped them to 77-72.

What really hurts is that these losses were winnable games where the Yanks had leads and blew them, made bad pitching decisions, or as in the loss to the Dodgers that started the losing streak, made errors that gave the game away.

With 13 games to go, the fourth place Yanks are 8 games out of the division lead, and 4 games out of a wild card. They need to jump 4 teams to make the wild card, and although they aren’t mathematically eliminated, you can stick a fork in them.

The Yanks brought up Donovan Solano to replace Starlin Castro, who may be done for the season with a hamstring injury. Jacoby Ellsbury will miss a few games with a bruised knee. Solano got his first MLB hit in the game.

SWB plays El Paso in a one-game playoff Tuesday night. International League champ vs. Pacific Coast League champ. I don’t know who SWB has anymore. Most of their guys are now up with the Yanks. SWB still has Parmalee, Cave, Frazier, Higashioka, Payton…. some guys are up from AA just to fill out the roster.

As for the game, the Yanks got a run in the first on an RBI single by Didi.This came after a double by Gardner, two strikeouts and a walk to Butler.

Gary Sanchez hit his 16th HR of the year to make it 2-0 in the third. What a beast.

The Yanks went up 4-0 in the fourth. Solano singled, Mason Williams doubled. Refsnyder walked to load the bases. Gardner drove in one run with a force out. Torreyes drove in another run with a forceout.

Then the roof caved in. Again. Once again the Yanks built a lead, and didn’t score the rest of the game. Once again they blew the lead and the game.

CC gave up a 3-run HR to Hanley Ramirez in the fifth. 4-3.

Three straight singles in the sixth tied the game for Boston and CC was gone. Once again, a Yankees starter couldn’t go deep in the game.

Blake Parker came in, finished the sixth, gave up no more runs, and struck out two.

And once again, Girardi pulls a reliever who just pitched well, goes to his binder, brings in another reliever (Clippard in this case) and that reliever blows the game. Clippard gave up a HR to Ramirez (his 2nd of the game). 5-4 Boston, and it would stay that way.

As I said, I like Girardi as a manager, think he is a good one, but I have two quibbles with him. 1) He never bunts or is aggressive. You don’t see Billyball. The Yanks don’t bunt, squeeze, steal often enough, or hit and run. 2) He goes by the book (or binder) too much. Go with your eyes and gut, Joe. You see a pitcher doing well, leave him in there for more than one batter or one inning.

You hate writing about these kinds of losses or harping on something, but if this is how it is every game, what can you do? Things need to change.

These last few games have been like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Same s***, different day.

Frustrating.

Boy do they (and we fans) need this day off.

If the old man, the Boss,  were still alive, hoo boy.  Would the s*** hit the fan after a four-game sweep in Fenway in late September to kill off your postseason hopes. Especially with some questionable moves.

Sabathia 5+ IP, 4 R, 8 H, 3 walks, 5 K. 4.19  Gave up 1 HR
Parker 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.93 (Sea/NYY)
Clippard (L, 3-4, 3.12; Az/NYY) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Layne 1 IP,0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.27 (Bos/NYY)

What do you know. Layne can actually pitch to more than one batter.

I’d like to see what Mason Williams can do from here on out. He had two hits last night.

Gut feeling: Gardner and/or McCann get shopped this offseason for a starting pitcher.