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Game 142. Yanks bomb Texas 16-7 on 2 HRs each by Sanchez, Judge, 4 RBI Didi.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge each homered twice, and Didi Gregorius went 4 for 4 with 4 RBI as the Yankees bombed Texas 16-7 Sunday.

Sanchez got the ball rolling with his 29th HR in the first inning.

Texas’ Robinson Chirinos tied the game with a HR in the second.

In the third, Gardner singled, and after an out, Sanchez was HBP. Didi doubled in one. Castro reached on a FC, loading the bases. Judge hit a SF. 3-1.

The Yanks got six in the fourth inning to go up 9-1. Ellsbury led off the inning by getting HBP. Romine singled and Gardner tripled in two. Headley singled in a run and Sanchez doubled to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Didi singled in one. Castro GIDP, Sanchez scoring. Judge hit HR #40.

Texas cut it to 9-3 in the bottom of the fourth, chasing Jordan Montgomery.

Ellsbury and Romine doubled to start the top of the fifth, putting men on 2nd and 3rd. After Gardner grounded out, Headley reached on an error, loading the bases. Sanchez made out, but Didi singled in two to make it 11-3.

Texas got a run in the bottom of the fifth, 11-4.

Judge hit another HR, #41, in the sixth. 12-4.

In the eighth, Sanchez hit his second HR of the game to make it 13-4. It was Sanchez’ 30th HR of the season. Now Yogi Berra (twice) and Jorge Posada (once) have the Yankees’ record for HR by a catcher, with 30. All of their HRs those years came as a catcher. Not all of Sanchez’ HR this year have come as a catcher. Both HR today were as a DH. One HR this year was as a 1B. About 6 are DH and 23 catching.

Texas got two in the eighth to make it 13-6 in the slugfest.

In the ninth, Girardi emptied the bench. Ellsbury walked and Romine singled. Tyler Wade singled in a run to make it 14-6. After an out, Erik Kratz PH for Sanchez. Kratz was picked up only to be a backup during Sanchez’ and Romine’s suspensions. The 37 year old had spent all year with Cleveland’s AAA team. Kratz doubled in two runs to make it 16-6.

Texas got one in the bottom of the ninth for the final of 16-7.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Wade 1 for 1, RBI.
Sanchez 3 hits, 2 HR, 2 RBI.
Kratz 1 for 1, 2 RBI.
Didi 4 for 4, 4 RBI.
Judge 2 for 2, 2 HR, 3 RBI.
Romine 3 hits.

Montgomery 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (W, 4-0, 2.00) 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 H, 4 K.
Kahnle 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.67
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 3.02
Smith 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.71

With the win, the Yanks are 3 1/2 back of Boston with 20 to go. The Yanks are 3 1/2 up on the Twins for the top wild card spot, 4 1/2 over the Angels as far as getting any playoff spot.

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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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Game 129. Yanks rout Seattle with help from Mariners, 10-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I am back after a couple of days out of town, so I’ll BRIEFLY recap the Friday and Saturday games before getting into Sunday’s.

On Friday night, the Yanks lost to Seattle 2-1 in 11 innings. They were 0 for 12 w/RISP but Girardi once again got me mad. CC pitched great, 1 R in 7 IP, but Chad Green pitches the 8th, goes 1-2-3 on 8 pitches, 7 strikes, and stubborn Girardi pulls him. WHY? Let him go another inning! Instead, Girardi pulls him for Betances in the 9th, Robertson goes the 10th, and Chapman, struggling now as we all know, for the 11th, and of course, it’s Chapman who gives up the GW HR in the top of the 11th. Why pull Green? 8 pitches? Really? Let him go another inning and you can push the rest back. Joe, stop with the BS and “formula.” Guy has a 1-2-3 on few pitches, leave him in. Please.

Castro back, Wade sent down (until rosters expand Sept. 1).

On Saturday the Yanks won 6-3. Sonny Gray pitched a great game. Greg Bird back, Austin sent down (see above). Castro 2 RBI. Ellsbury 4 RBI, inc. 3-run HR.

Today, Tanaka gave up a run in the first but settled in, looking like the old Tanaka, which the Yanks need to see down the stretch. The Yanks got six in the bottom of the first, helped by FIVE Mariner errors.

Castro 4 for 4 w/an RBI.
Bird, looking good upon his return, had 2 RBI. Key for the stretch run.

Sad to see people dumping on Bird b/c of his 6 for 60 start this year. He played hurt. He hit over .430 in spring training with what, 8 HR? That misdiagnosed injury which requied surgery cost him this year. If he can have the month of September equal to the spring training he had…

Ellsbury 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 3 hits.

 

Tanaka (10-10, 4.69) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 10 K. The Tanaka we need to go w/Severino, Gray & CC.

Smith 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.79.

The Yanks are 70-59 and now 2 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East. Big 4-game series against them next weekend at the Stadium. They don’t play each other after that.

As for Judge, we really need to get him going again. The strikeouts are something, but Aaron, they are called strikeouts. Swing the bat!

Suspensions from the Yanks/Tigers fight. We’ll see what happens w/appeals. Romine got 2 games, Sanchez 4.

Girardi got ejected from Sunday’s game.

 

Game 126. Yanks lose brawl-filled game, 10-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Now for the repercussions. Fines and suspensions to come. Including to the Yankees’ hottest hitter right now, Gary Sanchez.

The Yanks lost a brushback, beanball, brawl-filled game yesterday afternoon, 10-6. The game featured eight ejections. For the Yanks, manager Girardi, bench coach Thomson, pitchers Kahnle and Betances and catcher Romine. Had he been caught (umpires were looking at the main brawl and not a side brawl that was going on), Gary Sanchez could have been tossed too. That would have been interesting, who would have caught the rest of the game? For the Tigers, their manager, Brad Ausmus, was tossed, as well as Miguel Cabrera and Alex Wilson. Not only that, but two Tigers’ teammates bickered in the dugout. Justin Verlander (Kate Upton’s boyfriend) didn’t like Victor Martinez being too nice to Sanchez in trying to play peacemaker.

It’s a good thing these teams are done for the season. They won’t play each other until spring training 2018 (the Tigers are way out of contention), and we’ll see what happens then.

The seeds of this were sown on July 31. Tommy Kahnle unintentionally hit (from MLB.com) Mikie Mahtook off his helmet. The next inning, Michael Fulmer hit Jacoby Ellsbury, prompting warnings to both benches. No further incidents happened the remainder of that series.   

But apparently bad blood carried over, and that fire was stoked by Gary Sanchez kicking butt in this series and by the Yanks winning the first two games of the series handily.

Jaime Garcia, so far a disappointment for the Yanks (0-1, 5.95) started the game and gave up a first inning HR to Justin Upton.

The Yanks got it back in the second on an RBI single by Chase Headley.

Sanchez hit his fourth HR of the three-game series to put the Yanks up 2-1 in the fourth. The Tigers tied it in the bottom of the fourth, 2-2.

In the fifth, after Hicks got a SF to put the Yanks up 3-2, Sanchez got HBP, and the fireworks started. From mlb. com : Sanchez was clearly displeased as he slowly made his way to first base, while Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand and manager Brad Ausmus made their way to the mound to check on Fulmer, who returned from the disabled list last week following a bout of ulnar neuritis that left him struggling to get feeling on his pitches. He was shaking his hand as Sanchez went to first base.

Sanchez and the Yanks thought the HBP was intentional. Maybe it wasn’t, but after the HR and Sanchez’ series in Detroit, it sure didn’t look good…

The Tigers responded with four in the bottom of the fifth to go up 6-3.

With two out in the bottom of the sixth, Tommy Kahnle threw one behind Miguel Cabrera’s back. He and manager Girardi were ejected. After that was taken care of, Cabrera had words for catcher Austin Romine, words were sent back and the two of them got into a fight and both were ejected.

The Yanks tied it in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Gardner, SF by Hicks and RBI single by Sanchez.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Dellin Betances hit the first batter he faced and was ejected along with bench coach/now manager Thomson. David Robertson came in and hit a batter, but with it being an 0-2 pitch, no intent was discerned and Robertson was NOT ejected. But the Tigers went on to score three in the inning for a 9-6 lead.

To the eighth, when Todd Frazier gets hit by a pitch, causing Alex Wilson and his manager, Brad Ausmus, to get tossed.

The Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the eighth for the final of 10-6.

The commissioner’s office will have their work cut out for them with fines and suspensions after this one.

And the way Sanchez has been going lately, the Yanks will miss him. The Yanks’ record for HR in a season by a catcher is 30 (Yogi & Posada). Sanchez has 23 as a catcher, 3 at DH and 1 as a 1B. All of Yogi’s and Posada’s were as a catcher.

Gardner 4 hits, RBI.
Hicks 2 RBI
Sanchez 2 hits, HR (27), 2 RBI.

Garcia 4 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. Very disappointing so far. 4.52
Warren 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.33. Rare off game for him this year.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.04. Ejected.
Chapman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.10.
Betances (L, 3-5, 2.30) 0 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Faced one batter, HBP, ejected.
Robertson 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K, 1 HBP. 2.50
Smith 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.75 Gave up 1 HR.

No reports until late Sunday night/monday morning. I am leaving town this afternoon (Friday)  and won’t return until Sunday afternoon.

Game 123. Yanks’ bats silent in 5-1 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sonny Gray has pitched well since the Yankees traded for him. ERA 3.13.

However he is 1-3 as a Yankee because the Yankees haven’t hit for him.

Sunday was another example. The Yanks lost 5-1 to Boston, dropping them five behind Boston with 39 games to go. The Yanks are 66-57.

They only got three hits in the game, two by Brett Gardner. Gardner’s 20th HR of the season accounted for their only run.

Aaron Judge struck out for the 37th consecutive game. Hopefully that streak ends soon. He also made a bad defensive play, lobbing the ball in while getting suckered by Mookie Betts, who tagged up and went to third. I think Judge will be firing the ball back in from now on. Betts didn’t score, but…

Tommy Kahnle struggled, just like he did Friday night vs. Boston.

Gray (L, 7-8, 3.38) 5 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Warren 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.03
Chapman 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.14
Kahnle 0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.98
Smith 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 6.55

When CC came off the DL, Montgomery was sent down to SWB to control his innings.

Game 118. Gray seals it, but Chapman almost unseals it in a 5-4 Yanks’ win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Pardons to Elton John for the headline.

The Yanks have a problem on their hands. That problem is Aroldis Chapman and a second problem may be Joe Girardi’s stubbornness right now.

Sonny Gray pitched well, six shutout innings before yielding a 2-run HR in the seventh. Still, the Yanks took a 5-2 lead into the ninth, when Chapman gave up a 2-run HR to make things shaky before the Yanks finished off the Mets 5-4.

Chapman is a problem right now. As I wrote a few days ago, the Yanks have three closers. They can go with the hot hand, something Girardi mentioned sarcastically a few days ago in saying “Chapman is my closer. What am I supposed to do, go with the hot hand?”

Yes, Joe, that is exactly what we want you to do. We also want you to leave relievers performing well in for more than one inning. For you almost blew another game tonight. 

The Yanks scored first, getting a run in the third on a Torreyes double, Gardner sac bunt and Hicks single. Good. Nice to see some littleball with the bunt there.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 2-run HR (6) in the fourth to make it 3-0.

Gary Sanchez homered in the sixth (21) to make it 4-0. Gray gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh,  but the Yanks made it 5-2 in the eighth on a SF by Sanchez.

Then in came Chapman who almost blew the game. Why not leave Betances throw a second inning. Why not use Warren (Robertson could use the day off). But no, the “he’s my closer” stubbornness mentality almost cost the Yanks a ballgame.

You just knew when Chapman came in tonight that this wasn’t going to go smoothly.

Aaron Judge struck out for the 32nd straight game, tying a MLB record, but he did have a key double and then scored that fifth run.

Gray (W, 7-7, 3.37) 6+ IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.30. Threw just 10 pitches. What, he can’t go two?
Betances (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.20. Threw 19 pitches. He couldn’t go two?
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.89. That save rule is a joke.

Happy the Yanks won. Unhappy Girardi is so inflexible with his thinking.

UPDATE: Chapman was pretty down after the game. Not as confident as previously. It could be getting to him. On the final play, he appeared to tweak his hammy a bit.

Cessa went on the DL. Smith back up.