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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.

Game 144. Yanks shut out Dodgers, 3-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got back-to-back HRs from a pair of teammates who didn’t start the game, and beat the Dodgers 3-0 Tuesday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 77-67, 4 back in the AL East chase with 18 games to go. They are 2 out of a playoff spot.

The win was big because the Yanks had lost two in a row and face Clayton Kershaw tonight.

CC Sabathia pitched shutout ball into the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, Jacoby Ellsbury homered to break the scoreless tie. It was Ellsbury’s 9th HR of the year. He didn’t start the game, but came in after Aaron Judge got hurt.

The next batter was Didi Gregorius, pinch-hitting for Ronald Torreyes. Didi hit his 18th HR of the year to make it 2-0.

In the eighth, Gary Sanchez homered (14) to make it 3-0.

Sabathia 6 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 7 K. 4.10.
Warren (w, 6-3, 4.76, Cubs/NYY) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Clippard (H, 22) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.07 (Az/NYY)
Betances (S, 11) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.36

 

Game 139. Yanks win 5-4 on Austin’s walkoff HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Tyler Austin homered in the bottom of the 9th to give the Yanks a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday night. The win puts the Yanks nine over .500 at 74-65 with 23 games to go. They are still in 4th place in the AL East, but are now just 4 out of first place. As far as a playoff spot goes, they are two games out of a playoff spot and need to jump two teams to get in. This is getting interesting.

CC Sabathia struggled, giving up a solo HR in each of the first three innings of the game. Manager Joe Girardi had a quick hook, pulling CC after just four innings after he struggled with the first two batters in the fifth.

After CC gave up a HR to Kevin Kiermayer in the top of the first, the Yanks came back with two in the bottom half of the inning. Didi Gregorius singled in one run after Gardner and Ellsbury singled, and another scored on an error on a pickoff attempt.

CC gave up a HR to Stephen Souza in the second, but the Yanks regained the lead 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning on a HR by Brian McCann (18).

CC gave up another HR to Kiermayer in the third that tied the game. But in the fourth, McCann matched Kiermayer by hitting his second HR of the game, and 19th of the season to put the Yanks back up, 4-3.

Not to be outdone, Souza hit HIS second HR of the game in the top of the sixth to tie it and set up Austin’s dramatics.

Austin’s 3rd HR of the season then won it for the Yanks in the bottom of the 9th.

Sabathia 4+ IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 4 K. Gave up 3 HR. 4.27.
Holder 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.40.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.75.
Parker 1 2/3, IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.70 (Sea/NYY)
Yates 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.50
Layne (w, 2-1, 3.52) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. (Bos/NYY ERA)

I should add, it’s great seeing a player succeed in the majors after I’ve been writing about them all year when they were down in the minors.

 

Game 134. OUCH! KILLER! Yanks blanked again, 2-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In two of the biggest games of the year, against a team the Yanks have to catch and pass in the standings, a team ahead of them, the Yanks have come up empty.

Empty as in zero.

For the second straight night, Baltimore shutout the Yanks, this time by a 2-0 score. In these two games, the Yanks have managed just six hits—combined.

CC Sabathia pitched well, giving up two runs, one unearned, in six innings, but got no run support.

The Yanks fall to 69-65, and in the last two nights, have lost two games to the O’s– a team ahead of them that they NEED to catch.

This hurts big time.

One problem the Yanks had—in one inning, they had the bases loaded, one out and didn’t score. Castro struck out on what John Sterling, on radio, said may have been ball four. For their HRs, Castro and Didi don’t walk much. That is a problem.

Not only that, neither Ellsbury or Gardner have even 20 SB. Weren’t they supposed to be setting the table with 40 SB each? What happened to that?

Sabathia (L, 8-12, 4.20) 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 walks, 1 k. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren 1 IP, 0 r, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 5.12 (Cubs/NYY)
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 3.35 (AZ/NYY).

Game 129. Yanks blanked, 5-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Maybe I should go away for the weekend more often.

Or take more time off of work and stay longer. (Actually, it’s a weekend retreat, so I couldn’t stay longer).

While I was away, the Yanks beat the Orioles 13-5 on Friday night and 14-4 on Saturday afternoon. Gary Sanchez homered in both games to become the fastest player to hit 11 homers. Starlin Castro homered, Mark Teixeira got one (#405 career), Hicks, even Headley, who must have seen my criticism of him the other day when he complained about playing time and I basically said shut up and produce.

Then I come home Sunday afternoon and the Yanks lose 5-0. Sanchez did have a single and double, and is hitting .405. Ronald Torreyes, who has for now taken Headley’s job, had two more hits.

With Sanchez and Torreyes hot, McCann and Headley’s playing time has decreased.

Before the loss, the Yanks had hit their high water mark of the year, six over .500. They are presently 67-62 with 33 games left. 4th in AL East, 6 1/2 out. As for making the playoffs, they are 3 1/2 out of the second wild card spot, but the problem is the logjam. They have to jump five teams.

As Al Davis, former Raiders’ owner would say, “Just Win, Baby.”

Steve Pearce had 3 hits, inc. a HR, and 3 RBI for the Orioles yesterday. A few years ago, he was doing well for SWB and I thought he should be brought up by the Yanks to platoon. A certain NY sportswriter criticized me. Let’s just say that I don’t care for the reporter or his rag of a paper, and have been proven right. Pearce has proven to be a decent platoon player. (.301-12-33 this year so far between the Rays and O’s, 21 HR as a part-timer in 2014 for the O’s).

CC pitched well, made one mistake, a HR to Pearce, left with some runners on, and instead of shutting down Baltimore and getting out of the inning, Adam Warren gave up a hit that let the inherited runners score. Ballgame over.

Sabathia (L, 8-11, 4.31) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.11 (Cubs/NYY)
Heller 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 hits, 1 walk, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2nd MLB game. 10.80
Parker 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1.17 (Sea/NYY)

To the NFL for a bit.

I see Tony Romo of the Cowboys got hurt AGAIN. He didn’t play in the first two preseason games, and on the third play of the third preseason game—and first one he plays in—he gets a broken bone in his back. This after a couple of broken collarbones, one of which cost him 12 games last year (in which Dallas went 1-11). Now he is out for 2 months.  Maybe he  should just retire.

… and a big resounding BOO to Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand for the National Anthem. In what other country can you earn $19MM per year for doing what you do? And not too well lately, I may add. Spoiled brat.

Finally, back to baseball. Steve Arlin, a pitcher for the Padres in the early 1970s, in the first years of the Padres’ existence, passed away recently.

 

 

Game 125. Torreyes, Ellsbury back CC in Yanks’ 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I will be out of town this weekend. There will be no reports, major or minor leagues, for the games played Friday and Saturday.

For his first 11 starts, CC was great, even though his record may not have showed it due to a lack of run support. His next 11 starts, not so good.

CC was very good last night as the Yanks beat Seattle 5-1.

Before the game, Anthony Swarzak was put on the DL with rotator cuff inflammation and Ben Heller was brought up.

CC got help from Ronald (the Mighty Mite) Torreyes and Jacoby Ellsbury. A couple of Mariner errors helped also.

In the second, Aaron Judge reached on an error. After a walk to Aaron Hicks, Torreyes doubled in Judge. Torreyes, who must be 5’7″, 160 lbs dripping wet and wearing lifts, has shown some pop for his size. If you didn’t know better, you’d mistake him for the batboy.

After Seattle got a run in the third to tie the game—with help of a triple misplayed by Judge—the Yanks went ahead to stay in the fifth.

Torreyes doubled and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s 2-run HR (6).

In the sixth, Mark Teixeira doubled, moved up on a groundout and scored on a SF by Judge.

The Yanks got their last run in the ninth when Ellsbury reached on a two-base error and scored on a double by Didi Gregorius.

CC’s win was #222 of his career. It passed Joe Niekro on the all-time list and ties him with Tim Hudson and Jerry Koosman.

Sabathia (w, 8-10, 4.33) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 7 K.
Layne (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.57 (Bos/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks 2 K. 2.28.

The Yanks are now 64-61.