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Game 159. Rays’ big inning dooms Yanks, 9-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Not what you want to see from Sonny Gray in his final regular season start before the playoffs. No command, knocked out early, gave up a lot of walks and a pair of homers, and couldn’t hold a lead.

Tampa Bay scored seven in the fifth, knocking out Gray, and beat the Yanks 9-6.

The loss kept the Yanks (89-70) three back of Boston with three games to go. It seems inevitable that the Yanks will have to settle for the top wild card.

Gray gave up a HR to the second batter of the game, but the Yanks got back-to-back HRs from Gardner (21) and Judge (51) leading off the bottom of the first to go up 2-1.

They made it 3-1 in the second on a single by Ellsbury, passed ball, and an RBI single by Todd Frazier.

The red-hot Greg Bird homered in the fourth (9) to make it 4-1. Looking good.

Then the roof fell in. That seven-run inning featured Gray throwing a HR and a WP, and catcher Gary Sanchez committing an error and a passed ball. After Gray was pulled, Jonathan Holder gave up a HBP, single and triple in getting no one out.

Starlin Castro singled in a run in the fifth to cut it to 8-5, but Chasen Shreve gave up a HR in the sixth to put the Rays up 9-5.

Aaron Hicks hit his second HR (15) since coming off the DL this week to close out the scoring. It was a PH HR in the bottom of the ninth.

Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits.

Adam Warren is coming off the DL today.

Gray (L, 10-12, 3.55) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 5 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.89
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.77 Gave up 1 HR.
Heller 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.90
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.87

I am impressed this year with Heller and German as far as guys who may be able to really step up and contribute more in 2018.


Game 158. Yanks beat Rays, 6-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the recap, some observations.

With that sweet, made for Yankee Stadium’s RF porch swing, if the Yanks can get Greg Bird going, it makes the Yanks that much more dangerous. What a spring training he had before getting hurt right before Opening Day. That really set him back. It showed. That 6 for 60 isn’t him. It looks like he is getting back to what we and the Yanks expected from him, and another HR tonight. How sweet it is getting him back to normal, and now.

His lefty swing, coupled with Judge and Sanchez’ righty bats, then, Castro righty, Didi lefty, Gardner lefty, Todd or Clint Frazier righty, switch-hitters Headley and Hicks, Lefty Ellsbury, righty Holliday? Balance.

Secondly, Luis Severino tonight looked like the the Severino we want to see next Tuesday night in the wild card game. 6 innings, 1 R, 4 H, 9 K. We will gladly take that next Tuesday against the Twins (as long as the Yanks don’t get shut out).

The only mistake Seve made was in giving up a HR in the top of the fifth. But the Yanks came right back in the bottom of the fifth on a 2-run double by Aaron Judge.

They put the game away with four runs, on three HR, in the sixth. Castro hit an absolute bomb (16) to put the Yanks up 3-1. Bird immediately followed with #8, 4-1. Headley singled, and after a groundout, Hicks hit #14 to make it 6-1.

Gardner 2 hits.
Judge double, 2 walks, 2 RBI.
Castro HR
Bird HR
Headley 2 hits.
Hicks, 2 hits, HR,  2 RBI.

Severino (W, 14-6, 2.98) 6 Ip, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. Last reg. season start.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.65
Green 1/3 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.86
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.87
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.35.

The win puts the Yanks at 89-69, but Boston won so the Yanks are 3 behind Boston with 4 to go. Not mathematically eliminated from the wild card, but ….. looks like the wild card.

Game 152. Yanks win, Didi sets Yankees HR record for SS, tragedy averted, thankfully.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before we get into the game, I must mention something that happened during this afternoon’s game that fortunately, did not turn into a tragedy.

In the middle of the game, Todd Frazier lined a ball into the stands where it struck a girl in the face. The girl, sitting in the box seats, had to be removed from the game on a stretcher, and rushed by ambulance to a hospital. Players on the field from both teams were in tears because of what happened.

Thankfully, it appears that the girl will be OK.

The girl is 2 years old.

Which raises questions. Should a 2 year old be sitting in box seats? Should you sell tickets to someone who will be sitting in box seats with a two year old or should they be required to take seats further away from the playing field?

Should protective netting be expanded to go all the way up the first and third base lines?

Should the parents be bringing a two-year old to the Stadium in the first place?

This could have been a tragedy. It wasn’t. But these questions need to be addressed. Thankfully, what could have been much worse didn’t happen.

Luis Severino was off. The Twins got three in the top of the third off off Seve, and it was a 46 pitch inning for him. Credit must be given to Joe Mauer, who had a 13-pitch at bat vs. Severino that resulted in a bases-loaded RBI single for a run. It appeared to take everything out of Severino.

The Yanks got it right back in the bottom of the third on back-to-back HRs by Judge (45) and Sanchez (32). The two-run HR by Judge put him over 100 RBI for the season.

It’s also important to remember that Sanchez missed 3-4 weeks at the beginning of the year due to injury.

Judge became the third rookie in history to have 100 walks, runs scored and RBI in a season. The others were Ted Williams in 1939 and Al Rosen in 1950.

He also became the fourth Yankee with 100 RBI in his rookie season, after Tony Lazzeri, Joe DiMaggio and Hideki Matsui.

There was talk about Rosen on the Yankees’ broadcast today. It was mentioned that Rosen broke in in 1947. But Rosen got in 7 games in 1947, 5 in 1948 and 23 in 1949. So he was still a “rookie” in 1950, not having met the criteria for not being a rookie.

In the fourth, the Yanks broke the game open, scoring six runs. With one out, the red-hot Ellsbury (finally over that concussion?) tripled. After a walk, Bird hit his second double of the game to make it 4-3. Gardner singled to make it 5-3. After Judge struck out for the second out, Sanchez singled, 6-3.

Didi Gregorius then hit a 3-run HR (25) to make it 9-3. With the HR, Didi set a new single season record for most HR in a season by a Yankees’ SS, breaking Jeter’s 1999 mark of 24.

In the fifth, Holliday singled and Ellsbury walked. This is where Frazier lined that ball off that poor child’s face. He flied out. Holliday moving up. A WP had Holliday scoring to make it 10-3 and moving Ellsbury to second. Bird singled Ellsbury to third, Gardner was HBP to load the bases, and Judge hit a SF, 11-3.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI.
Judge HR (45) 3 RBI. Topped 100 RBI for the season.
Sanchez 3 hits, 2 RBI, HR (32).
Gregorius HR (25), 3 RBI. Yankees’ record for HR in a season by a SS.
Ellsbury 3 hits.
Bird 3 hits, RBI.

Severino 3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.03.
Shreve (W, 4-1, 3.71) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. Great job.
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.50
German 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 2.84

I am really impressed by what German has shown so far.

The Angels are playing as I write this. But the Yanks magic numbers for being the host wild card team and for making the playoffs at all are both 4.

Quick note: Boxer Jake LaMotta died at the age of 95. He was the subject of the movie Raging Bull, which won Robert De Niro a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of LaMotta.

Game 148. Yanks bomb O’s again, 9-3. Magic #s for Playoffs reduced.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When will Didi Gregorius get his just due?

When the Yankees got him to replace the legend, Derek Jeter, we were probably hoping for .260-9-54 and good defense. None of us knew Didi would become the first Yankees’ SS to hit 20 or more HR in back to back seasons (even Jeter didn’t do that), or become a .290 hitting, 20 HR, 80 RBI guy… and he missed the first couple weeks of this season.

Who’d have thought he’d be hitting cleanup?

Didi homered again (23) for the Yanks in their 9-3 win over Baltimore today. The Yanks remain 3 back of Boston in the AL East but increased their lead for the first wild card spot (game at home) by 5 over the Twins.

The magic # for getting the top wild card spot is 10.  With the Twins coming in Mon-Tue-Wed, the Yanks can take care of a lot of business themselves.

The Yanks’ magic # for just making the playoffs is 9 over the Angels.

Didi’s 3-Run HR (23) in the third put the Yanks up 3-0 and gave him 80 RBI on the season.

Maybe we are finally getting to see the Greg Bird we saw in spring training of this year. HR #5 made it 6-0 in the fourth.

In the fifth, Jacoby Ellsbury singled in a run to make it 7-0.

Todd Frazier hit a 2-run HR (26) in the seventh to make it 9-0.

Chasen Shreve was horrible in the ninth inning when Baltimore scored three runs.

Didi 3 for 4 , scored 3 runs, HR, 3 RBI.
Ellsbury 3 hits, RBI.
Frazier HR, 2 RBI.
Bird HR, 3 RBI.

Montgomery (W, 8-7, 4.06) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.58
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1.80
Shreve 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 4 W, 1 K. 3.98  Gave up 1 HR.
Gallegos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.06

With the win, the Yanks have a winning season. They haven’t had one since 1992.

Game 140. Yanks can’t hold early lead, lose 11-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got off to 4-0 and 5-1 leads, but the pitching couldn’t hold it. in a 11-5 loss to Texas.

The loss drops the Yanks to 4 1/2 back of Boston, 75-65, with 22 games left in the year. The division would be nice, but realistically, the Yanks have to think about retaining the top wild card spot so that that do-or-die game is played at home.

Speaking of “home”, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against the Rays have been moved to a “neutral” site”: Citi Field in Queens, because of Hurricane Irma striking Florida. The Yanks will bat first and will be in the road grays, but….

As for tonight, Tanaka was lousy and maybe Girardi stuck with him too long.

The Yanks got four in the second. Holliday singled, Didi reached on an error. Headley singled to load the bases. Ellsbury singled for one run, Frazier was HBP for another. Sanchez later singled in two. Up 4-0.

Tanaka gave back one run on a monster HR.

Didi HR’d in the top of the third (21) to make it 5-1 Yanks, but everything went downhill from there.

Texas got 2 in the third off of Tanaka to cut it to 5-3. At this point, my leash on Tanaka would have been VERY SHORT.

Texas got four in the fifth to take a 7-5 lead. After a single and double to start the inning, I probably would have pulled Tanaka then. Instead, single, WP, double before he was pulled.

A 4-run inning put Texas up 7-5, and four in seventh made it 11-5.

After going up 5-1, the Yanks’ offense went dormant.

Sanchez, first game back from the 3-game suspension, 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Didi solo HR.

Tanaka (L 11-11, 4.82) 4 + Ip, 7 r, 8 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 Hr.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.73
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.38
Smith 0 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.64.

A “give up” move when inserting him. Smith may have had nice numbers at SWB, but so far has not proven himself MLB ready.

Heller 2/3 iP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.25
Mitchell 1 1/3 0 R, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.45



Game 136. No $ale! Yanks cash in, hit 4 HR and beat Boston, 9-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees hit 4 HR, 3 off of Cy Young candidate Chris Sale, and closed to 3 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East by beating Boston 9-2 Sunday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 73-63 and gives them a 2-game cushion over the Twins for the top wild card spot and 3 1/2 over the Angels and Orioles for the lower wild card spot. They face the Orioles this afternoon.

Red-hit Chase Headley got the ball rolling with HR #11, a solo shot in the third inning, to put the Yanks up 1-0. They had scoring opportunities in the first and second innings but didn’t cash in.

Matt Holliday (18) and Todd Frazier (22) hit back-to-back HRs in the fourth to make it 3-0.

Luis Severino, meanwhile, was brilliant, giving up just one unearned run (two Todd Frazier errors and yet another passed ball by Sanchez) in the sixth. Although Severino will most likely fall behind Sale and Indians’ pitcher Corey Kluber in the CYA voting, he should get consideration.

The Yanks blew it open with a six-run sixth. Matt Holliday walked, and after Frazier struck out, Jacoby Ellsbury singled. Brett Gardner walked to load the bases but Headley struck out for the second out. Then the Yanks pounced. On a bang-bang play, Gary Sanchez singled in a run. 4-1. Starlin Castro doubled to clear the bases, 7-1. Then, finally, after a long drought, Aaron Judge hit #38, a 2-run HR, to make it 9-1. It had been some 15 games or so since Judge connected.

Boston got a run in the ninth for the final of 9-2.

Headley 2 hits, HR, RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits, RBI.
Castro 3 hits, 3 RBI.
Holliday 1 for 2, HR, RBI.
Ellsbury 3 for 3.

Severino (W, 12-6, 3.03) 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 9 K.
Kahnle 1 Ip, 0 r, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.85
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.49
Gallegos 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 6.00

Games 131 and 132. Bad day as Yanks are swept in a DH.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Bad day today. The Yanks were swept in a DH, Boston won, and the Yanks are now 5 1/2 games back of Boston with just 30 to go.

Yes, the Yanks now have a four-game series against Boston at the Stadium this weekend. They need to sweep to have any chance of winning the division.  They still hold the top wild card spot, but that has been reduced to 1 game over the Twins. As far as dropping out of the playoffs completely, the Yanks are up 2. There is some danger here of losing a playoff spot unless they start winning.

They may be, MAY BE, good enough for the playoffs (and that may be enough if they get hot at the right time. After all, the 2006 Cardinals won their division with an 83-78 record, got hot at the right time, and won the WS). But lately they have shown that they aren’t in the upper echelon, …. yet. They may make the playoffs, where ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, but haven’t shown they are as good as Boston, Cleveland, or Houston.

Which isn’t too bad…. many had the Yanks as being a below .500 team this year, meaning the first losing season since 1992. So by that standard, the youth movement is progressing ahead of schedule. One worrisome thing is that after a 38-23 start, the Yanks are 32-39 since.

Hopefully the Yanks hold on to a playoff spot.

But they didn’t hit today (save for a garbage time 3-run HR by Greg Bird when they were down 9-1 in the bottom of the ninth of game 2).

Game 1 :  Lost 2-1. Finally, a good performance by Jaime Garcia (who I don’t expect the Yanks to bring back. Free agent at the end of the year. I also don’t expect Todd Frazier or CC to return, either, and Matt Holliday, 38 next year may also not be back). A PB (#13) by Sanchez led to an unearned run. Sanchez bat, great. Could hit 30 HR, 80+ RBI and he missed a few weeks. But his defense, despite his great arm, ugh. Needs improvement. Garcia gave up 2 in the first, only one earned due to the Sanchez PB. Didi RBI double in the third. Yanks get only 5 hits.

Garcia (L, 5-9, 4.43, overall record). 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 3 W, 5 K.
Green 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 7 K. 2.05. Fantastic job.
Kahnle 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.91.

Game 2: A 9-4 loss, and I wonder how much of it has to do with them d**king Montgomery around. I understand they need to protect the kid, pitch counts, innings limits, etc.

But they sent him down, brought him back (CC 10 day DL), sent him down, limited his last SWB start to three innings…. this yo yo stuff and lack of work to limit his innings probably made him rusty.

So the Yanks set it up so that their best starters go against Boston, but after the DH sweep today, it may not matter. 

Cleveland got 4 in the first. A Bird single (had all 4 Yanks’ RBI) cut it to 4-1 in the second. But that was it. The Indians tacked on and took a 9-1 lead into the ninth, when Bird’s 2nd HR of the year, a 3-run shot, made it 9-4. Hicks went 4 for 4.

Montgomery (L, 7-7, 4.15) 4 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 W, 5 K.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.58
Smith 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR. 6.11

Smith may have done well at SWB, but so far has not proven himself MLB ready.