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ALDS Game 3. Yanks’ backs against the wall after an 8-4 loss.

Too bad Giancarlo Stanton can’t pitch.

The Yankees’ slugger homered for the fifth straight postseason game, and set a record in doing so, but Yankees’ pitching failed again in an 8-4 loss to Tampa Bay.

With the loss, the Yanks are down two games to one in the best-of-five series. One more loss, either tonight or tomorrow night, and the Yankees’ season is over.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the second, but the Yanks tied it on a bases-loaded SF by Aaron Judge in the bottom of the third.

But Tanaka gave up a 3-run HR in the top of the fourth. 4-1, Rays.

Randy Arozarena, who is turning into Mr. October this month, homered off Tanaka in the top of the fifth to make it 5-1.

An Aaron Hicks RBI double in the bottom of the fifth cut the lead to 5-2.

The Yankees’ bullpen was supposed to be a strength but has been a disappointment. Chad Green gave up a 2-run HR in the top of the sixth, Luis Cessa let another run in, and it was 8-2. For all intensive purposes, the game was over.

Stanton hit his 2-run HR in the bottom of the eighth.

Stanton 2 hits, 2-run HR.

Tanaka (LOSS) 4 IP, 5 R, 8H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Green 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 k. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Nelson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
King 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

A sad thing when some of the worst umpires in MLB still get postseason assignments (Bucknor, Hernandez). See Game 2.

Jordan Montgomery starts for the Yanks in Game 4. He’ll be on a short leash because of the do-or-die nature of the game.

We’ve seen the rookie Nelson twice. Chapman not at all. That’s really what you need to know. And that isn’t good.

ALDS Game 1. Yanks hit 4 HR, take Game 1, 9-3.

Giancarlo Stanton’s ninth inning grand slam broke open a close game and the Yanks took Game 1 of the best-of-five ALDS from the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-3.

The Yanks got on the board right away in the top of the first when D.J. LeMahieu singled, went to second on a WP, to third on a groundout, and scored on a SF by Aaron Hicks.

Tampa Bay came right back in the bottom of the first on a HR by Randy Arozarena off of Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the third on a HR by Clint Frazier.

For whatever reason, one-time Yankee Ji-Man Choi seems to own Cole. He hit a 2-run HR in the borrom of the fourth to put the Rays ahead 3-2.

The Yanks came right back in the top of the fifth. Kyle Higashioka led off the inning with a HR to tie the game, and one out later, Aaron Judge homered to put the Yanks up 4-3.

Cole escaped a bases-loaded jam in the botttom of the fifth.

It stayed 4-3 until the top of the ninth. Higashioka singled to lead off the inning, then LeMahieu walked. After an out, Hicks singled in Higashioka. Tyler Wade, who had replaced Luke Voit for defensive purposes, walked. Stanton then hit his grand slam to break the game open. The Yanks reloaded the bases but didn’t score again.

As I had hoped, Deivi Garcia will start Game 2 tonight. Less pressure on the rookie, especially after the Yanks won Game 1.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Judge solo HR
Hicks 3 hits, 2 RBI
Stanton grand slam, 4 RBI
Urshela 2 hits
Frazier solo HR
Higashioka solo HR, 2 hits

Cole (Winner) 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR
Green (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Britton (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.

WC Game 2. Yanks advance with wild 10-9 win. Rays at Neutral SD site next.

Rain delayed the start of Game 2 of the Yankees-Indians game, and that seemed to affect Masahiro Tanaka, who gave up four runs in the bottom of the first, an inning started later than scheduled, and then delayed in the middle of it.

Tanaka settled down a little, and eventually the Yankees prevailed in a back and forth, 10-9 win over Cleveland. With the win, the Yankees swept the Indians in the best-of-three series and now head to neutral site San Diego for a best-of-five ALDS showdown against the Tampa Bay Rays, against whom they were just 2-8 this season. The Rays have surpassed Boston this year as the Yanks’ arch nemesis. There is a lot of bad blood between the teams.

After the Yanks fell into that early 4-0 hole, Giancarlo Stanton got the Yanks on the board in the second with a solo HR.

The Yanks took the lead on a Gio Urshela grand slam in the fourth. Aaron Hicks tripled on a misplayed liner to lead off the inning, then Luke Voit and Stanton both walked before Urshela’s 432 ft. grand slam.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the fifth on a walk to Hicks, Luke Voit’s double which sent Hicks to third, then a SF by Stanton. 6-4, Yankees.

But the Indians came back to tie it in the bottom of the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Brett Gardner led off with a walk, then Gary Sanchez hit a wind-blown, 2-run HR to put the Yanks up 8-6.

For Sanchez, a bit of a redemptive night after a season (albeit a shortened one) where he only hit .147.

But Cleveland came back to tie it in the bottom of the seventh.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Indians went ahead 9-8, and could have had more except for a fabulous DP started by Gio Urshela.

The Yanks then scored twice in the top of the ninth to win the game and send the Indians packing. Stanton walked, and Mike Tauchman PR for him. Urshela, and then Gleyber Torres both singled to load the bases with no one out. After Brett Gardner struck out, Sanchez tied up the game with a SF. D.J. LeMahieu hit a seeing-eye single up the middle to put the Yanks up 10-9, and they hung on for the win.

LeMahieu GW RBI
Stanton, HR, 2 RBI
Urshela 2 hits, 4 RBI, Grand Slam, great defensive play
Sanchez 3 RBI, 2-run HR.

The Yanks drew 12 walks in the game, in addition to getting 8 hits (3 of which were HR).

Tanaka 4 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 3 W, 3 K.
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Britton (H) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Loaisiga (BS) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1 HBP
Chapman (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.

The Yankees and Rays can now set up their rotations, since Game 1 of the ALDS won’t start until Monday, October 5. Time to be determined. On TBS. There will be no off days. It will be in the “bubble” of a neutral site in San Diego. With the Rays being the 1 seed (AL EAST champ) and the Yanks being the #5 seed, the Rays will be the home team for Games 1, 2 and 5 (5 if necessary) and the Yanks the home team for Games 3 and 4 (4 if necessary).

I would expect Cole in Game 1 and to also go on three days rest if there is a Game 5. As for the rotation for Games 2-3-4, we will see. If I were Boone, I might go with Garcia in Game 2 to place less pressure on the kid and save the veterans Tanaka and Happ for the more pressure-packed Games 3 and 4.

WC ROUND GAME 1. Yanks bomb Tribe, 12-3.

After going 8-1, 1.63 in the regular season, Shane Bieber of Cleveland was probably due for a bad game. Fortunately for the Yankees, it came in Game 1 of the best of three opening wild card round as the Yanks bombed Bieber and Cleveland, 12-3.

The Yanks wasted no time. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a single and Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR. 2-0, Yankees.

With two out in the top of the third, Aaron Hicks walked and Luke Voit doubled him home. 3-0, Yanks.

Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole gave up a run in the bottom of the third. Cole went seven innings and struck out 13.

The Yanks came back with two in the top of the fourth. With one out, Gleyber Torres walked. Brett Gardner doubled Torres home. Kyle Higashioka singled Gardner to third. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Gardner and the Yanks were up 5-1.

Cole gave up a HR in the bottom of the third. 5-2.

With two out in the top of the fifth, Gio Urshela singled, and Gleyber Torres followed with a two-run HR. 7-2, Yankees.

The Yanks put the game away with four runs in the top of the seventh. Aaron Hicks led off the inning with a walk, then Luke Voit singled. After a groundout that moved the runners up, Urshela hit a SF to make it 8-2. Torres singled in Voit, then Gardner hit a 2-run HR. 11-2.

Giancarlo Stanton homered in the top of the ninth, 12-2.

Luis Cessa gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth before closing out the Yanks’ 12-3 win.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Judge 2-run HR
Voit 2 hits, RBI
Stanton solo HR
Torres 4 for 4, 2-run HR, 3 RBI
Gardner 3 hits, 2-run HR, 3 RBI

Cole (WINNER) 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 13 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP.
Cessa 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.

Masahiro Tanaka starts for the Yanks tonight as they try to end the Indians season and head to the neutral site in SD for the ALDS.

Game 59. Yanks rout Marlins, 11-4.

It looks as if D.J. LeMahieu will lead the majors in batting average, and become the first person since 1902 to win batting titles in both leagues (Ed Delahanty). Luke Voit, meanwhile, will wind up leading the majors in HR. The last time teammates did that was in 1959, when Henry Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit .355 and teammate Eddie Mathews had 46 HR.

Both LeMahieu and Voit led the Yanks (33-26) to an 11-4 win over the Marlins yesterday. Heading into today’s final game of the regular season, the Yanks still don’t know if they will be the #5 or #8 seed or who they will play. Heading into today’s game, the Yanks are the #5 and would go to Chicago to play the White Sox. That all could change today, however.

Rookie Deivi Garcia got the win, giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He didn’t seem to pitch badly. The Marlins got what seemed a bunch of bloopers and bleeders off him for three runs in the third, and Adam Ottavino let an inherited runner score in the seventh before closing out that inning.

Down 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Yankees tied it up. With one out, Gary Sanchez walked and Tyler Wade hit his third HR of the year, a 2-run shot, to make it 3-2. It had been 190 at bats since a Yankee homered, a surprisingly long stretch for this power-laden team. After another out, Aaron Judge walked and scored when Giancarlo Stanton doubled.

The Yanks exploded for seven runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Gio Urshela walked and Aaron Hicks made it 5-3 with his sixth HR of the season. Clint Frazier was HBP, stole second, and Sanchez walked. Wade, who had homered in his previous at bat, laid down a sac bunt to move the runners up. It was the first and only sac bunt for the Yankees all year long. LeMahieu doubled in two runs to make it 7-3. After an out, Stanton walked, then Voit hit a 3-run HR, his 22nd of the season, and it was 10-3 Yankees.

After the Marlins made it 10-4 in the top of the seventh, the Yanks came right back with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Hicks singled, and one out later, Sanchez walked. After another out, LeMahieu singled to drive in Hicks.

LeMahieu 4 hits, 3 RBI .359 leads majors
Voit 3-run HR (22 HR leads majors)
Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (6)
Wade 2-run HR (3)

Garcia (W, 3-2, 4.98) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Ottavino 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.89
Yajure 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1.29

LeMahieu first Yankee to win batting title since Bernie Williams (1998).

Voit first Yankee to win HR title since Judge (2017).

Game 51. Yanks win 9th straight, 6-5 in 12.

The Yanks (30-21) were down 4-0 at one point. They were one out away from losing the game in nine innings, came close to losing it in extras, but pulled out a 6-5, 12-inning win over Boston Friday night.

It was the Yankees’ ninth straight win.

Starter Jordan Montgomery gave up a 3-run HR to Christian Arroyo in the fourth inning and Boston was up 3-0. The Red Sox got another run in the fifth and were up 4-0.

Meanwhile, the Yanks’ bats, so hot in those last three games at home against Toronto, had cooled off in Fenway.

The Yanks finally scored in the seventh when they cut Boston’s lead to 4-2. Giancarlo Stanton walked, and after a strikeout and force out, Aaron Hicks singled Gleyber Torres to second. Gio Urshela walked to load the bases and Gary Sanchez hit a ground rule double to drive in two runs.

With one out in the top of the eighth, Aaron Judge singled and scored on a double by Stanton.

Down to their last out, with two outs in the top of the ninth, Sanchez tied the game with his tenth HR of the season.

So the game went into extra innings, with those rules in which the half-inning starts with a guy on second.

Both teams got the runner over to third in the tenth, but neither could score.

In the top of the eleventh, Mike Tauchman started the inning at second and was singled in by Luke Voit.

But Boston tied it in the bottom of the eleventh. After tying the game, the Red Sox had the bases loaded with one out, but Jonathan Loaisiga got out of it.

In the top of the twelfth, Hicks started the inning at second base. Gio Urshela singled him to third, and after two strikeouts, D.J. LeMahieu doubled in a run to put the Yanks up 6-5.

Boston got the tying run to third in the bottom of the twelfth, but could not score him.

Final 6-5, Yanks.

With nine games left in the regular season, it doesn’t appear the Yanks, 3 1/2 back of Tampa Bay, will catch the Rays. It’s the Yanks own fault for going 2-8 against Tampa Bay this year. But they did move 3 percentage points ahead of the Twins for the 4th seed in the virus-caused expanded playoff race, important because the #5 seed would have to play all three games in the best-of-3 first round at the #4 seed. The Yanks are 30-21, .588 and the Twins are 31-22, .585.

LeMahieu GW RBI
Hicks 2 hits
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (10), 3 RBI

Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.12
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.45
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.46
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.12
Green1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.63
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.72
Loiasiga (W, 3-0; BS, 2; 2.70) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

Just a thought. You have defensive replacements for the infielders and outfielders, like subbing Gardner or Tauchman for Frazier, or putting Wade at 2B while moving LeMahieu to 1B to sub for Voit.

Something to think about. If the Yanks are using 3 catchers, why then not sub Higashioka, better defensively than Sanchez, in those extra-inning games where a WP or PB can kill you? Especially in an extra-inning POSTSEASON GAME?

I don’t see Montgomery starting a postseason game. Not when he is sitting with a 5.12 ERA while Cole is at 3.00, Tanaka 3.27, Garcia 3.28 and Happ 3.96.

Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays on the all-time HR list last night with HRS 661 & 662. The top five are now Barry Bonds, 762*; Henry Aaron 755; Babe Ruth 714; Alex Rodriguez 696*; Pujols 662. Mays is next at 660 . Also with 600 or more are Ken Griffey, Jr. at 630, Jim Thome at 612 and Sammy Sosa at 609*. (Asterisks mine).

Game 50. 5 HR within 6 batters! Yanks set records in 10-7 win.

Six consecutive batters. Five HR among those six.

Five HR in the same inning.

First team in MLB history to hit six or more HR in three consecutive games.

There’s mashing, and there is MASHING.

The Yanks (29-21) won their eighth straight game, 10-7 over Toronto Thursday night (and it wasn’t that close. Toronto got 4 in the top of the ninth) and by sweeping the three game series against the Blue Jays, opened up space between them and Toronto. Not only that, the #5 seed (as of now) Yankees are just one game behind the #4 seed (as of now) Twins. That is the difference between having all three games in the first round be at home or on the road.

The scores in this three game bludgeoning of Toronto were 20-6, 13-2 and 10-7. As mentioned, if Jonathan Holder does his job last night instead of being sloppy, that last game would have been 10-3.

The Yankees got two runs in the first inning when D.J. LeMahieu walked, Luke Voit doubled him to third, and Aaron Hicks walked to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton singled in one run, and the second scored when Gleyber Torres GIDP.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up two runs in the top of the third, one on a solo HR by Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., and the game was tied.

Then, in the bottom of the fourth, came a power show you had to see to believe. You’ve never seen anything like it before.

With one out, Clint Frazier walked. Gary Sanchez doubled to make it 3-2.


Brett Gardner homered (5). 5-2.
D.J. LeMahieu homered (10). 6-2. Back-to back HR.
Luke Voit made it three HR in a row (MLB leading 20th). 7-2.

Aaron Hicks struck out.

Giancarlo Stanton homered (4) 8-2.
Gleyber Torres homered (3) 9-2. Back-to-back HR.

Six straight batters. 5 HR. Three in a row, then after a strikeout, back-to-back. Wow.

Gurriel hit another HR off of Tanaka in the fifth. 9-3, Yankees.

Sanchez homered (9) in the bottom of the seventh to make it 10-3 and enable the Yanks to set the record of first team with six or more HR in three consecutive games.

As mentioned above, things got sloppy in the top of the ninth. Jonathan Holder couldn’t do his job to close it out and Aroldis Chapman was needed to do so. Final 10-7.

The Yanks now go to Boston to hopefully put a lot of dents into the Green Monster or the seats above it.

LeMahieu (.373) solo HR (10) Leads MLB in BA, OPS+, AL in OBA, OPS
Voit 2 hits, solo HR (20—leads MLB) also leads AL in SA.
Stanton 4 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (4)
Torres solo HR (3)
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI Solo HR (9)
Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI. A 2-run HR (5)

Tanaka (W, 3-2, 3.27) 7 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.91
Holder 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 0 K. 4.08
Chapman (S, 3) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.15

Game 48. 6 HR, 20 runs. Yanks move into 2nd with 20-6 win.

The Yankees (27-21) moved back into second place in the AL East with a 6-HR, 20-run drubbing of Toronto Tuesday night. The final score was 20-6.

As it now stands, with 12 games left in the season, the Yanks would be the #5 seed in the AL and would head to Minnesota to play a familiar postseason foe, the Twins.

Before the game, the Yanks sent down to the alternate site Clarke Schmidt, Miguel Andujar and Mike Ford. Coming off the IL were Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela and Jonathan Loaisiga.

After the game, Thairo Estrada was sent back, so it appears as if Aaron Judge comes off the IL tonight.

Deivi Garcia pitched a strong seven innings to pick up his seventh MLB win in his fourth MLB start. Other than Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., Garcia didn’t have much trouble with the rest of the Blue Jays lineup.

Luke Voit hit two of the Yankees’ six HR in the game to take over the MLB HR lead at 18. He is a strong MVP candidate.

Guerrero hit a HR off of Garcia in the top of the second to make it 1-0 Toronto.

The Yanks came back with seven in the bottom of the second. With one out, Urshela, who had a great game just coming off the IL, doubled. Clint Frazier reached on an error (Toronto RF Derek Fisher had an awful night), moving Urshela to third. Brett Gardner singled in Urshela to tie the game. After an out, Tyler Wade singled in Frazier to make it 2-1. D.J. LeMahieu singled Gardner to make it 3-1. Luke Voit then hit a 3-run HR (17) to make it 6-1 and Aaron Hicks made it back to back HR with his fifth. 7-1 Yanks.

The Yanks added five more in the bottom of the third to go up 12-1 and the game was basically over. Urshela walked, went to second on a balk, and Frazier walked. Gardner walked to load the bases. Sanchez was HBP, forcing in a run. Wade walked, forcing in another run. LeMahieu cleared the bases with a 3-run double. 12-1.

Garcia gave up a 2-run HR to Gurriel in top of the fourth that cut the lead to 12-3.

The Yanks came right back with four in the bottom of the fourth to make it 16-3. Urshela doubled, Frazier walked, and after an out, Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (8). After another out, LeMahieu doubled, and Voit singled in LeMahieu.

Voit hit a solo HR in the bottom of the sixth (18). 17-3.

In the bottom of the seventh, Urshela singled and Frazier hit a 2-run HR (6). 19-3.

In the bottom of the eighth, LeMahieu hit a solo HR (7). 20-3.

Michael King gave up 3 runs in the top of the ninth. It does appear he needed minor league time this year, but alas, no minors this COVID year, so he is getting a bit of a rude awakening on the MLB level.

LeMahieu 4 hits, solo HR (7), 5 RBI. .363
Voit 3 hits, 2 HR (MLB leading 18), 5 RBI.
Hicks solo HR (5)
Urshela 3 hits
Frazier 2 hits, 2-run HR (6)
Sanchez 4 RBI, a 3-run HR (8)
Wade 2 RBI

Garcia (W, 2-1, 3.28) 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR
King 2 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K. 6.75

Gerrit Cole pitches for the Yankees (who have won six straight) tonight. There are 12 games left in this shortened season.

Game 16. Rays edge Yanks, 4-3

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It was one of those losses that drive you crazy. The Yanks (10-6) had a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning, and after two bad starts to begin the season, James Paxton was pitching great.

Then it all unraveled.

The Yanks didn’t exactly mash to get those three runs. They got one in the first when Mike Ford was HBP with the bases loaded, and two in the fifth courtesy of a two-out, three-base error.

But in the bottom of the seventh, a double, popup, and then back-to-back homers by the Rays tied the game. Up until that point, Paxton had a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts going.

The Yanks caught two breaks before finally losing the game. In the bottom of the eighth, it appeared that the Rays scored the go ahead run but on review, the batter was called out, giving the Yanks an inning-ending DP instead of a force that would have brought a run home.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Rays got a leadoff double, then Mike Brosseau did what Mike Tauchman did the other day. Get thrown out at third on a bad baserunning play. If on second you don’t go if the ball is hit to the SS. It got to get through. So the Yanks got the runner at third, but a WP, walk, and groundout led to a two-out, game-winning single by Michael Perez.

It was the Yanks’ fifth loss in their last seven games.

Estrada was brought back up with Stanton going on the IL.

LeMahieu 2 hits.

Paxton 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 11 K. Gave up 2 HR.  7.84
Holder 1 2/3 IP,  0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  0.00
Britton (L, 0-1, 1.59) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.

Games 14 & 15. Yanks split DH with Rays, but lose a couple to the IL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (10-5) split a doubleheader to the Rays, but also lost a couple players to the injured list.

They won the first game 8-4, behind three home runs.

But before that game, Kyle Higashioka was put on the IL. 40 year old Erik Kratz was brought up to be the backup catcher. Chris Ianetta retired. That’s the catchers, and remember, starting catcher Gary Sanchez is struggling mightily. In the second inning of the first game, he struck out again with the bases loaded. Sanchez is now 3 for 35 with 20 strikeouts.

Thairo Estrada was called up briefly (sent back then, Ben Heller up), and the Yanks DFA’d Nick Tropeano. Albert Abreu was made the 29th man for the DH.

Got all that? More to come.

In that first game (both seven-inning affairs), the Yanks got four runs in the top of the third when with one out, Aaron Judge singled and Mike Ford hit a 2-run HR, his first of the season. Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres each walked, and after Mike Tauchman struck out, Gio Urshela doubled in two runs to make it 4-0.

Stanton hit his third HR of the season, a solo shot, in the top of the fifth to put the Yankees up 5-0.

Gerrit Cole struck out ten, but the Rays made him work, as he threw 107 pitches. He didn’t get the win because he only went 4 2/3 innings, one out short of qualifying for the W. He gave up three runs in the bottom of the fifth, and that cut the Yanks’ lead down to 5-3.

Speaking of, if a starter has to go five for a W in a nine-inning game, why is it the same for a seven-inning game? Shouldn’t it be then cut to four? Just asking. No biggie.

The Yanks got two back in the top of the sixth when D.J. LeMahieu singled and Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR, his 8th of the year, to put the Yanks up 7-3.

The Rays got a run in the bottom of the sixth, 7-4.

In the top of the seventh, Tauchman doubled, stole third and scored on a SF by Urshela. 8-4, and that was the final score.

Judge 3 hits, 2 RBI. A 2-run HR (8).
Ford 2-run HR (1).
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (3).
Urshela 2 his, 3 RBI.

Cole 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 10 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  3.22
Green (W, 2-0, 0.96) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 WP.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R,  0 H, 0 W, 2 K   1.50

Walks and two-out hits killed the Yankees in game two of the doubleheader, which they lost 5-3. Michael King made his first MLB start, and gave up only one hit in 3 2/3 IP, but walked five. The Yanks walked nine total.

In the bottom of the first, King gave up a leadoff double, then got two outs. He couldn’t get out of the inning scoreless, walking three in a row to force in a run before getting the third out.

The Yanks tied it in the top of the fourth. With one out, Giancarlo Stanton walked and moved up to second on a WP. The slump-ridden Gleyber Torres singled Stanton to third. A single by Luke Voit brought in the run, but Torres was thrown out at third.

But on that advance on the WP, Stanton hurt is hamstring and most likely is headed to the IL.

The Rays came back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Once again, walks killed the Yanks and they couldn’t close the inning out. King got the first two batters of the inning out. Then two straight walks. In came Luis Avilan, and HE walked the first batter HE faced to load the bases. Then he gave up a single that brought in two runs, another walk to reload the bases, before he got the third out of the inning.

The absence of Chapman has had a snowball effect. Britton, a lefty, is now the closer, and Avilan, another lefty like Britton and Chapman, assumes Britton’s spot. It may have hurt the Yanks in this case.

Albert Abreu made his MLB debut in the bottom of the fifth and gave up two runs to put the Rays up 5-1. He gave up a single, HBP, got two outs, but just like the other two times in this game, the Yanks couldn’t get out of the inning—the Rays scoring their runs with two outs. A two-run single in this case.

The Yanks tried for the comeback in the top of the seventh. Voit singled but Tauchman GIDP. That GIDP was a killer, because after that, Urshela singled, Kratz doubled him to third, and LeMahieu singled in two runs to make it 5-3, with the tying run at the plate in Aaron Judge. Judge flied out to end the game. Judge just missed hitting a double earlier in the at bat, and his drive to LCF was caught in the middle of the warning track. He just missed a game-tying HR.

Both manager Aaron Boone and hitting coach Marcus Thames were ejected in the fifth inning.

LeMahieu 2 RBI
Voit 2 hits, RBI

King (L, 0-1, 7.59) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 5 W, 4 K.
Avilan 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.  3.60
Abreu 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 HBP   13.50   MLB DEBUT
Heller  2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   5.40