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Game 67. CC pitches well but gets no support as Yanks lose, 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

On Old Timer’s Day, the Yanks could have used some of the old timers in the lineup today, especially Nick Swisher, who hit one into the upper deck during that Old-Timers game.

That is because the regular lineup today didn’t do much, scoring just one run as the Yanks (46-21) lost 3-1. With Boston’s win, they are in a virtual tie again, with the Yanks holding the lead in winning percentage.

CC Sabathia pitched great, but had one bad inning that cost him and the Yanks the game. In the second, he gave up two singles and a double to start off the inning. One run in for the Rays, men on second and third. Then he got a popup and strikeout. But with two outs, two on, on an 0-2 pitch, he gave up a single and it was 3-0 Tampa Bay. That one pitch, on an 0-2 count, cost the Yanks and CC the game.

The Yanks went 0 for 7 with RISP and struck out 12x. They got their only run in the fifth on Aaron Hicks eighth HR of the season.

Hicks 2 hits, solo HR.
Didi 2 hits.

Gardner sat with a sore knee.

Sabathia (L, 4-2, 3.30) 7 2/3 IP, 3 R, 10 H, 1 W, 10 K.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.08

On Monday, the Yanks are in Washington to complete the suspended game from May 15 at 5 PM, then at 7 PM play the makeup of the May 16 rainout.



Game 62. Didi and CC lead Yanks to 3-0 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, and Didi Gregorius homered twice in the Yanks 3-0 win over Washington Tuesday night.

The win enables the 43-19 Yankees to stay 1/2 game ahead of Boston in the AL East.

The Yanks got two in the second when Didi, with one out homered to make it 1-0. Hicks then walked, and Walker singled Hicks to third, Walker going to second on the throw. Romine’s SF made it 2-0 Yanks.

Didi’s 2nd HR of the game, and #13 on the season, made it 3-0 in the sixth.

Sabathia (W,4-1, 3.27) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 W, 3 K.  1 HBP
Green (H, 9) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.95
Betances (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.    1 HBP    3.41
Chapman (S, 18) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.26

Jonathan Loaisiga (already nicknamed Johnny Lasagna) will start Friday for the Yanks. A few things on him. Before this year, never pitched above Low A. 4 starts High A this year, 6 in AA, none more than 5 innings. Nice K/BB ratio this year of 58/4.

Game 57. Andujar & Hicks blast Jays, Yanks beat ESPN but lose Monty.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before we get to the game, good news and bad news.

Good news: the Yanks’ 7/8 game against Toronto has been moved back to 1:07 PM. ESPN had moved it to 8:07 for their Sunday night game and the Yanks complained, because it meant a Sunday night game in Toronto, a plane ride (which includes going through customs) and a doubleheader the next day in Baltimore. 3 games in 24 hours. So they won their appeal and Boston manager Alex Cora is whining. If it was Boston, don’t you think Cora would have appealed as Boone did? Boone, who of course worked for ESPN the last few years on their Sunday night team, threatened a boycott of ESPN availability to the team if the Sunday night game stuck. Good for him. Justice served. Instead, ESPN has the Dodgers/Angels subway series that night, and Cora can shut his yap.

Bad news: Jordan Montgomery needs TJ surgery. Out the rest of this year and probably all of 2019, making it all the more necessary for the Yanks to make a deal for a starter at the trade deadline.

To the game. Both the Yanks and Toronto hit two homers. The difference is that both of Toronto’s HR were solo blasts, and the Yanks’ HR were a grand slam and a three-run HR. 7-2 Yanks. 39-18, still 1/2 game back of Boston.

It was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when CC gave up a HR on just Toronto’s second hit of the game.

In the seventh, Sanchez (who maybe should be moved down in the lineup with his batting average near .200?) singled, Didi was HBP and Hicks walked. Andujar then hit a grand slam to put the Yanks up 4-1.

CC gave up another solo HR in the bottom of the seventh, 4-2.

In the top of the eighth, Stanton singled, and after two out, Didi walked. Hicks hit a 3-run HR to make it 7-2.

Stanton 2 hits.
Hicks 3-run HR (6)
Andujar grand slam. HR #7

Sabathia (W, 3-1, 3.59) 7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K. 2 of the 3 hits were solo HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.23
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.58


Game 51. Despite 5 errors, 17 strikeouts, Yanks win (?!) in 10, 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This is not the way you draw up a win, but we’ll take it.

Despite striking out 17 times and making five errors, the resilient Yankees fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth and to win it in the tenth, 6-5.

The win keeps the 34-17 Yanks two back of Boston in the AL East. So far, the strength of schedule has favored Boston. They’ve had the easier schedule to date. You don’t want to win 100-105 and wind up the wild card and have to play in that sudden-death, wild-card game. Win the division.

In the top of the first, Aaron Judge doubled up Jose Altuve off of first after catching a liner. In the bottom of the first, Brett Gardner led off with his first of two HRs of the night to make it 1-0, Yanks.

CC gave it right back, giving up a HR to Evan Gattis in the top of the second, 1-1.

With two out in the bottom of the second, Miguel Andujar doubled, and Gleyber Torres singled him home to make it 2-1 Yanks. The Yanks proceeded to load the bases but stranded the three runners.

CC gave up two runs in the fourth. 3-2 Astros.

In the fifth, sloppiness. Two errors put runners on second and third with no one out. Both runners eventually scored as Houston went up 5-2.

In the bottom of the fifth, Aaron Judge homered (15) to make it 5-3.

So it stood until the bottom of the ninth. Andujar walked, and with one out, Gardner hit his second HR of the game (4) to tie the game.

The Yanks got a break in the top of the tenth. With two out and a man on second, Aroldis Chapman, who already had thrown one wild pitch, fired one back to the backstop. It ricocheted right back to catcher Gary Sanchez, who threw the runner out trying to advance.

In the bottom of the tenth, with two out, Andujar (who made one of the five errors) doubled, and Torres (who made two errors) singled to win the game.

Not the blueprint for a win, but we’ll take it. Stanton and Sanchez are both in slumps right now. Between the two of them, they are something like a combined 1 for 35.

Gardner 4 for 5, 3 RBI, 2 HR. Heating up.
Judge 2 hits, solo HR.
Didi 2 hits.
Andujar 2 doubles.
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI, inc. GW.

Sabathia 5 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.73
Holder 2 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.95. Pitching great lately.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.38
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 4.30
Chapman (W, 2-0, 1.21) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.

Game 46. Pitching embarrasses in 12-10 Yanks’ loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Be mad. Be very mad. Because I am, and we have a right to be mad.

There is no way the Yanks should lose 2 of 3 to a poor Texas team (20-31).

There is no way they should give up 23 runs in 3 games to a team that going into tonight’s game had a .224 team batting average, worst in the AL. A team that struck out more times than any other AL team, had the 2nd worst OBP, the worst slugging average, the worst OPS, and whose OPS+ was 80 (20% below league average).

There is no way they should blow a 4-0 lead, and later, a 10-5 lead, against this team.

But they did, and now the Yanks find themselves at 31-15, and 1 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East.


The biggest fear we have as Yankees’ fans is this: that the Yanks go something like 104-58 this season, but Boston goes 105-57. That forces the Yanks into that sudden-death, single-game wild card game in which anything could happen. You don’t want that.

To avoid that, you can’t lose two of three or blow games like they did tonight to teams like Texas.

In the first, Didi hit a 2-run HR (11), and Austin Romine drew a base-loaded walk to put the Yanks up 3-0.

Neil Walker homered (2) in the third to make it 4-0.

But in the bottom of the fourth, CC spit the bit, giving up 2 HR and 5 runs.

The Yanks got six in the top of the fifth to go back up, 10-5. Romine single, Gleyber 3-run HR (8) and Judge 2-run HR (13).

But CC gave back 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Yanks gave him 4-0 and 10-5 leads, and he couldn’t even go 5 to qualify for a win. 10-7 Yanks.

I haven’t criticized Aaron Boone all year but here I have to. Jonathan Holder finished the fifth for CC. 2/3 IP, Hit and two outs. 10 of 14 pitches for strikes.

He gets pulled. In comes the bullpen, Shreve and Robertson (later Betances) all sucked.

Why not leave Holder in for another inning? When you go to different members of your bullpen, eventually you find the guy who has NOTHING.

I’ve said it before and will say it again.

Guy is doing well, LEAVE HIM IN THERE. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

It’s hard right now determining who has been the most disappointing guy out of the bullpen this year. Kahnle (on DL for a while now), Robertson, or Betances.

Shreve and Robertson combined to give up 4 in the sixth to give the Rangers an 11-10 lead.

Betances gave up a run in the eighth when a batter reached on a WP after a K (how many times have we seen THAT this year), then Betances compounds matters with an E on a pickoff attempt, then a SB because Betances can’t hold runners on, then a single to make it 12-10, then another SB. At least Betances then got out of it with another run not being scored.

Every member in the starting lineup for the Yanks got a hit. Five members got 2 hits. 10 runs, 14 hits. 4 HR.

All against one of, if not the WORST hitting teams in the league.

No excuse for losing tonight. None.

Poor pitching. Unacceptable.

Sabathia 4 1/3 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.55
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.60. Why pull him?
Shreve (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.15
Robertson (BS, 4; L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Betances 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.71. WP

4 blown saves already for Robertson.

ERAs over 4 (not good for bullpen guys) for Shreve, Robertson and Betances (not to mention Kahnle, coming off the DL soon).

The Yanks are off Thursday. Some of the pitchers should do some contemplating and readjustments.


Game 41. Yanks fall, 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Maybe, with the off-days and the rain, the Yanks were just flat. Heading into Friday night’s game, the Yanks had played just 5 1/2 innings since Sunday.

They also had to spend Wednesday night at Dulles International Airport instead of in a hotel.

Whatever, the Yanks lost to KC 5-2 on Friday night.

Tuesday night’s suspended game will just count as game # whatever whenever it is resolved (hopefully on the rescheduled 6/18 date).

KC got a run off of CC in the first. Gleyber Torres could not handle a popup into short CF and a run scored. Even though it turned into a force out, you wonder if he catches it, does the runner score.

It wasn’t a good night for Gleyber, as his error in the third led to two unearned runs. Bases loaded, two out, and he makes an error. CC walked the next batter to force in a run.

CC gave up a HR in the fifth to make it 4-0 KC.

The Yanks had chances in the fourth and fifth but couldn’t score. In the sixth, Stanton singled and with one out, Hicks singled. Walker singled in one run and another scored on a SF by Andujar.

David Robertson, who has been a little shaky lately, gave up a run in the seventh. 5-2, KC.

Didi Gregorius is in a terrible slump. 1 for his last 44 and his average is down to .248, As hot as he was in April, he’s that cold in May.

Stanton 2 hits.
Hicks 3 hits.

Sabathia (L, 2-1, 2.40) 5 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.31
Robertson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.43
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.05

Boston lost so the 28-13 Yanks lose no ground.

Game 37. Yanks’ 8-game winning streak snapped. Lose 5-4 to Boston.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks’ eight-game winning streak was snapped last night when they lost 5-4 to Boston. The loss puts the Yanks at 26-11 and in a first-place tie with the Red Sox.

Time to start a new streak.

The Yanks have still won 17 of their last 19 games.

One problem that reared its head in last night’s loss was a limited bullpen. Some guys weren’t available. Manager Aaron Boone tried to squeeze an extra inning out of Dellin Betances and it backfired (barely) on him.

The problem is this: Tommy Kahnle and Adam Warren are on the DL. A.J. Cole and David Hale are starters who are in the bullpen and never used. Cole and Hale have each appeared in just one game as Yankees. So even though there are eight guys in the bullpen (taking away a bench player), Boone is operating like it is a six-man bullpen. There doesn’t seem to be much trust in Cole or Hale.

And why should there be? Hale has pitched in two games this year. For the Yanks, one game, two scoreless innings. For the Twins, one game, gave up 4 runs in 3 IP. Since 2014, he has started in 12 games, relieved in nine more, and is 5-5, 6.33.

As for Cole, he got in one game as a Yankee, two scoreless innings. But before this year, with Washington, he started two games, relieved in two more, and was 1-1, 13.06. In his MLB career, 28 starts, 12 relief appearances, Cole is 7-12, 5.22.

I don’t think Boone trusts either in a big spot and is saving them for blowouts. They seem to be just biding time until Warren and Kahnle return from the DL.

But you wonder. If that’s all they are doing, why isn’t someone up from the minors? Don’t they trust some youngster down there?

To the game. CC didn’t have it. He gave up a run in the first and two in the third. Mookie Betts was a thorn in his side. In the bottom of the fourth, the Yanks loaded the bases with one out but couldn’t score. It would bite them later, as they lost by one run.

CC gave up a HR to Hanley Ramirez in the fifth to make it 4-0 Boston, then came a rain delay. He was done.

From one long-hair with braids guy named Ramirez (Manny) to another (Hanley) who plays for Boston and kills the Yanks. Sheesh.

The Yanks only got five hits all night, two by Gleyber Torres.

In the seventh the Yanks tied it up. With one out, Andujar and Torres both singled. Walker, PH for Torreyes, walked. After a pitching change, Gardner walked in a run, and Judge singled one in. Didi brought home a run with a force out to make it 4-3 and Gardner scored on a WP that tied the game.

It didn’t last long. Betances, with Boone trying to stretch him out for two innings, gave up a HR to J.D. Martinez in the top of the eighth that just cleared the fence in right. Aaron Judge missed catching it by maybe a foot. 5-4 Boston, the final score.

History shows that Betances isn’t as good in the second inning. Now with the Yanks scoring four in the bottom of the seventh, he did have to wait a while on the bench before going back out there. But you wonder, is he just a one-inning guy or will Boone keep trying to push him? Based on last night’s post-game interview, it appears that Boone will try to keep pushing him for now.

The Yanks got two on with two out in the bottom of the eighth, but Walker struck out looking.

Sabathia 4+ IP, 4 R, 9 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.23
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.76
Betances (L, 1-2, 5.63) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.14