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Game 110. Yanks win nightcap 6-4 for the DH sweep, but injury bug hits again.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gleyber Torres hit 2 HR, and Mike Tauchman got the game winning hit as the Yanks (71-39) won the nightcap of the day/night DH yesterday, 6-4.

But the injury bug hit again, and hard.

In the previous post on the first game of the DH, I mentioned that Edwin Encarnacion was HBP, and that it was “scary.” While Encarnacion stayed in the game at the time, tests done after the game revealed a fractured wrist. He’ll be out a while. Remember last year that Aaron Judge missed 48 games because of it. There is just 52 games left this season. Terrible timing.

That timing becomes even worse if Luke Voit requires surgery for his sports hernia.

D.J. LeMahieu now becomes the full-time 1B instead of switching around. Gio Urshela gets more regular time at 3B. Torres and Didi Gregorius are backed up for now by Breyvic Valera. Next man up.

Backing up LeMahieu for now is Mike Ford, called up when Encarnacion’s situation became known. Ford, a lefty hitter, has been up briefly before. He is 6 for 30, 1 HR, 2 RBI with the Yanks this year (OPS+ 101). At SWB, .303-23-60 in just 79 games.

It looks like Ford will be here a while, unless the Yanks want to turn in another direction. That direction could be in the form of ex-Yankee Tyler Austin, who was DFA’d by the Giants yesterday. Austin has power, but doesn’t hit for average, and has a poor walk/strikeout ratio. But he is someone, of course, the Yanks are familiar with.

Ford, a lefty bat, projects as a better fit than Austin, the righty bat. Austin will be 28 next month, and when he was with the Yankees from 2016-2018, hit .230-15-43 in 85 games. (OPS+ 98) with just 19 walks but 106 strikeouts. This season between the Twins and Giants, he has hit .187-8-20, OPS+ 81. 18 walks, 60 strikeouts in 72 games. He can play corner OF as well as 1B.

We’ll see if the Yanks take a flyer on him. One thing that may not help is some uncomplimentary (but maybe correct?) things Austin’s dad said when the Yanks dealt Austin way last summer for the now also-departed Lance Lynn.

As if Encarnacion’s injury didn’t hurt enough, Aaron Hicks hurt his elbow making a throw in from the outfield in last night’s game. Hopefully it is not major, but we remember that Didi Gregorius injured his elbow making a throw in last year’s postseason series against Boston, required TJ surgery and missed half of this season. If Hicks needs that, he’s done for the year. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. But if he has to go on the IL, the Yanks then have Brett Gardner, Mike Tauchman and Cameron Maybin who all could play CF. We will have to see if Clint Frazier or someone else (Tyler Wade?) gets called up. Frazier’s bat may be needed what with the Encarnacion injury, but his defensive problems may mean he replaces Encarnacion at DH (until Giancarlo Stanton is ready, and the word on that is not until September). The Yankees, I think, would be much more comfortable with Tauchman and/or Maybin in the OF alongside Gardner and Judge. Let Frazier DH then.

We will see what the prognosis is on Hicks. But the way this season has gone, I am not expecting good news.

As of now, Sanchez, Voit, Stanton, Encarnacion, Andujar, now Hicks. That’s not even mentioning guys we really can’t count on because we rarely if ever see them, like Bird or Ellsbury, or the pitchers like Severino, Betances, Montgomery, Hale, CC and Loaisiga.


But the Yanks keep on trucking along. The DH sweep of Boston means that the Yanks (71-39) have an 8 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East, and a whopping 13 1/2 game lead over Boston. It sure appears as if Boston’s hopes of winning the division are over, and they have to worry about just making it as a wild card. As of now, the Indians would host the Rays in the wild card game, the A’s are just 1/2 game behind the Rays, and Boston is 5 1/2 behind the Rays just for a playoff spot.

The Yanks could help bury Boston with a win tonight that would sweep the weekend series. J.A. Happ is expected back from paternity leave to start the game for the Yanks.

Time now also, to put more distance between the Yanks and Rays, as well.

Now for the game. Sorry, but the injury report, I felt, took precedence.

The Yanks remained undefeated (9-0) when Chad Green serves as the opener. He pitched a scoreless first inning before passing the baton to Nestor Cortes, Jr., who gave up a massive HR to Rafael Devers in the top of the third inning that put Boston up 2-0.

The Yanks came right back with three runs in the bottom of the third. Gleyber Torres hit a solo HR (22) to cut it to 2-1. Hicks and Gio Urshela singled, then Maybin doubled both home to make it 3-2 Yanks. Maybin pulled a rock later however, in getting doubled off of second because he forgot how many outs there were when Mike Tauchman lined out to CF.

Chance Adams, up for the day as the DH’s 26th man, relieved Cortes and gave up two runs to put Boston up 4-3. Adams, so good in the minors in 2016 and 2017 (a combined record of 28-6, ERA about 2.40) hasn’t taken it further the last two seasons. 2018 and this year have been a struggle.

Torres tied the game at 4 with his second HR of the game. HR #23 of the season meant (per Replacement Level Yankees) that he has joined Joe DiMaggio as the only Yankees with five multi-HR games in one season before turning 23. Some company. I wouldn’t trade Torres for anyone. He could turn out to be our next Jeter. A middle infielder who would be here a long time, a multi-time All-Star, many hits, more power than Jeter, and even though he is not 23 yet, the kid already is a leader. Like Jeter, the kid has icewater in his veins. Cool under pressure. What’s not to love?

In the bottom of the seventh, Torres just missed hitting his THIRD HR of the game by doubling off of the right field wall. Hicks and Urshela each walked to load the bases. Maybin struck out, but Tauchman singled in two runs to put the Yanks up 6-4. Austin Romine walked to reload the bases but the Yanks didn’t score anymore. The 6-4 score turned out to be the final score.

Not without a scare, however. Zack Britton had Boston load the bases on him in the eighth, but he got out of it.

Judge 2 hits
Torres 3 hits, 2 HR (23), 2 RBI.
Hicks 2 hits. We’ll see about that elbow injury.
Maybin 2 RBI
Tauchman 2 hits, 2 RBI. He’s really grown on me the last month or so.

Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  4.95
Cortes, Jr.  2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.  4.60     Gave up 1 HR.
Adams (BS, 1) 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.  7.07
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   1.50
Kahnle (W, 3-0, 2.56) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Britton (H, 22) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  2.35
Chapman (S, 29) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.68




Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (46-35) lost to Lehigh Valley 10-7. 2B Tyler Wade 3 hits, 2 RBI (when will that translate to majors?). DH Logan Morrison 2-run HR, but he may decide to opt-out of his contract today. Ben Heller on rehab “opener” 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.

AA: Trenton (45-32) won 7-5. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR. DH Chris Gittens solo HR. RF Rashad Crawford 2 hits, RBI. C Eduardo Navas 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Nick Green (W, 1-1, 6.17) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K.

High A: Tampa (34-44) won 2-1. LF Omar Carrizales 2 hits.

Yajure 7 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.  2.21
Wivinis (W, 2-1, 2.76) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Low A: Charleston (42-39) lost 6-1. SS Welfrin Mateo 2 hits.

Yankees injury front: Stanton not back until August, Severino late August IF AT ALL.

Minor League Report. German on rehab, also, news on Stanton.


Before getting to the minor league report, some news on Giancarlo Stanton. Don’t expect to see him until August, what with the new injury (sprained PCL). What a wasted season for him.

AAA: SWB (46-32) split a DH.

Reg. Sched. game: won 6-4 but the real story here is of Domingo German’s rehab start which was only so-so, if that. He pitched 4 innings, gave up 4 runs, 4 hits, 2 Walks, 5 K. He gave up two two-run HRs in the third inning.

3B Breyvic Valera (.381) 2 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. C Erik Kratz 2 hits, RBI.

Makeup of 4/20 postponement: Lost 1-0, got just five hits.

Espinal (L, 3-7, 4.71) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 8 K.

AA:  Trenton (43-31) lost 4-2. SS Hoy Jun Park 2 hits. LF Zach Zehner 2 hits.

Whitlock (ND) 6 IP, 1 R, 9 H, 0 W, 7 K.  2.89

High A: Tampa (32-43) won 7-2. DH Estevan Florial 2 hits, 2 RBI, led off game with HR. CF Pablo Olivares 3 hits, RBI. 2b/3B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, 2 RBI.   C Jason Lopez 3 hits. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, RBI. J.P. Sears 4 innings of scoreless relief pitching.

Low A: Charleston (40-38) lost 7-2. DH Matt Pita 2 RBI.

Game 80. Yanks sweep Toronto with 8-7 walkoff win. Head to London with 7 game lead. Stanton back on IL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It seems like the Yankees’ offense could overcome just about any deficit.

Down 5-0 after just an inning and a half, the Yanks battled back for an 8-7 walk-off win. The win puts the Yanks at 52-28 at almost the halfway point of the season. They are at a 105 win pace.

They now lead the AL East by 7 over Tampa Bay and 9 over Boston.

Giancarlo Stanton has been put back on the IL and it’ll be for a while, again. Sprained PCL, and he’ll be re-evaluated in 10 days. Mike Tauchman has been brought up.

Also, for the London series this weekend (two games vs. Boston), INF Thairo Estrada is the 26th man, and (in case of emergency) the two standby players are C Kyle Higashioka and RHP Chance Adams (since it isn’t that easy to just fly a player over to London in case of an injury).

As for the game yesterday, James Paxton started, had nothing, and was knocked out in the fifth inning. His first three batters were walk, walk, HR. The Yanks were down 3-0 right away.

He gave up a 2-run HR in the second and the Yanks were down 5-0 after an inning and a half.

The Yanks got three back in the bottom of the second. With one out, Didi Gregorius hit his second HR of the season to make it 5-1. This extended that MLB record consecutive games in which the Yanks have homered streak to 29. Aaron Hicks walked. Gleyber Torres singled, but Brett Gardner struck out for out #2. D.J. LeMahieu walked to load the bases and Aaron Judge drove in two runs with a single to cut it to 5-3 Toronto.

LeMahieu hit a 2-run HR (12) in the fourth to tie the game at five, but in the top of the fifth, Paxton gave up another HR, this one a solo one, to Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., his second of the game (he had the 3-run HR in the first) and Toronto was back on top, 6-5.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the fifth when, with one out, Edwin Encarnacion doubled, Gregorius singled, and Hicks tied it up with a SF.

The Yanks went up 7-6 in the sixth when with two out, Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit all singled, with Voit’s single driving in Judge and giving the Yankees the lead.

Zack Britton couldn’t put it away in the top of the ninth, however, as Toronto tied it up. After they did tie it up, Britton did get out of a two-on, no one out situation to keep the score tied.

In the bottom of the ninth, with one out, Gregorius singled, Hicks walked, and Torres singled to drive in Didi and win the game.

Because of the London trip and the games against Boston Saturday and Sunday, the Yanks are off Thursday (today) and Friday, as well as Monday.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI, HR (12) .336. I believe he leads the AL in batting average.
Judge 3 hits, 2 RBI
Voit 2 hits, RBI
Gregorius 3 hits, RBI, HR (2)
Torres 3 hits, GW RBI

Paxton 4 1/3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR.  4.34
Hale 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.   3.18
Ottavino (H, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.51
Tarpley (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.48
Britton (W, 3-1; BS, 3; 2.62) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.



Game 79. Yanks set a MLB record in 4-3 win over Blue Jays. Lead 6 in AL East.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (51-28) homered in their 28th straight game, setting a MLB record, in defeating Toronto 4-3 Tuesday night.

Four solo HR accounted for the four runs.

With the win, the Yanks are now six games up on Tampa Bay in the AL East, and eight up on Boston.

D.J. LeMahieu wasted no time in setting the record, leading off the bottom of the first with his eleventh HR of the season. Aaron Judge followed with his sixth, and the Yanks were up 2-0 after one inning.

Gleyber Torres hit his 19th HR in the second inning.

The Yanks didn’t tack on, though.

Meanwhile, the Yanks improved to 7-0 when they use an opener. Chad Green pitched a scoreless first inning, and Nestor Cortes followed with four scoreless innings.

Cortes faltered in the top of the sixth, however, giving up two runs.

In the bottom of the eighth, Edwin Encarnacion homered (24) to put the Yanks up 4-2.

They needed it. It never seems as if Aroldis Chapman has an easy save, and he made Yankees’ fans squirm, giving up a run and having two on before finally nailing down the 4-3 victory.

Before the game, the Yankees DFA’d 1b/DH Kendrys Morales. They brought up Stephen Tarpley to replace the demoted Jonathan Holder in the bullpen.

During the game, Giancarlo Stanton has to be replaced by Brett Gardner because of a knee contusion Stanton suffered. We’ll see what the MRI shows and Stanton, who has played in only nine games this year, is headed back to the injured list.

Domingo German is scheduled to pitch for SWB Thursday, then if all goes well, rejoin the Yanks when they come back from London.

LeMahieu 2 hits, HR (11) .333
Judge 2 hits, HR (6)
Encarnacion HR (24, leads AL)
Torres HR (19)

Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.49
Cortes (W, 3-0, 4.10) 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Kahnle (H, 15) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.90
Tarpley (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  7.36
Britton (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.43
Chapman (S, 23) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.    1.45

With the two games in London vs. the Red Sox Saturday and Sunday, the Yanks have an afternoon game today (Wednesday), then are off each of the next two days. After the two games in London, the Yanks are off Monday before heading across town to face the Mets on Tuesday.

Game 78. Yanks tie MLB HR record, “Holder” on to beat Jays, 10-8.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks homered in their 27th consecutive game, tying a MLB record, in opening up a 10-2 lead, then watched Jonathan Holder fritter most of that lead away before beating Toronto 10-8 Monday night.

Holder was sent down after the game. No corresponding move, as far as I know, yet.

The win was the Yanks’ (50-28) 50th of the season. They have a five-game lead over Tampa Bay and eight over Boston.

CC Sabathia recovered from a shaky first inning in which he gave up two runs on a walk and three hits to pitch six strong innings. He didn’t give up any runs after the two he gave up in the first inning.

In the bottom of the fifth,  with one out, D.J. LeMahieu and Luke Voit singled, and Aaron Hicks homered (5) to make it 3-2, Yanks.

The Yanks exploded for seven runs in the sixth. Didi Gregorius led off the inning with a single and went to third on Gleyber Torres’ double. Gio Urshela got an infield hit, scoring Didi and sending Torres to third. Brett Gardner grounded into a forceout, scoring Torres to make it 5-2. LeMahieu singled, then Luke Voit doubled in two runs to make it 7-2. After a walk to Hicks, Gary Sanchez struck out for the second out, but Giancarlo Stanton, who has missed almost all of this season up to now, hit a 3-run HR, his first of the season, to make it 10-2.

The Yanks needed it.

For in the top of the eighth, the Yanks decided, with the big lead, to put Jonathan Holder in the game, hoping to build his confidence and get him going after a few bad outings. The move failed miserably.

Holder faced five batters, giving up a HR, three singles, then a grand slam. All of a sudden, it was 10-7.

Chad Green, who was supposed to be the opener today (Tuesday) had to come in for Holder. We’ll see how the Yanks handle today’s starting assignment (Cortes?). Holder’s bad outing affected the bullpen.

In his last six outings, 5 1/3 innings, Holder has given up 13 runs, including six HR.

Hence the demotion to SWB after the game.

After a terrrible start to the season, Chad Green was demoted, and worked out his troubles. He’s been good since being recalled.

The Yanks are hoping for the same with Holder.

Aroldis Chapman gave up an unearned run in the ninth.

LeMahieu 4 for 4 with a walk. .331. (leads AL in batting average)
Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI
Hicks 3-run HR (5)
Stanton 3-run HR (1)
Gregorius 2 hits
Torres 3 walks
Urshela 2 hits, RBI .308

CC Sabathia’s 251st win ties Bob Gibson on the all-time list.

Must be nice to have enough depth where Judge and Encarnacion both get a day off and the lineup still is dominating.

Sabathia (W, 5-4, 4.04) 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 W, 9 K. Nice comeback after shaky start.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Holder 0 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K.  6.81. Gave up 2 HRs, one a grand slam.
Green (H, 4)  2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  6.75
Ottavino (H, 18) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.56.  One batter, three pitches, strikeout.
Chapman (S, 22) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.20

You wonder about the Yanks dealing for another starter. If Severino comes back healthy, there in itself is adding an ace. But in looking at the playoffs, you are hoping for someone who can match up vs. a Verlander or Sale. So far, Severino has to prove some postseason pedigree. He is just 1-2, 6.26 in six postseason starts. Maybe he comes back, is dominating and this postseason belongs to him.

But it wouldn’t hurt to get another ace.

As they say, you can NEVER have enough pitching.

Game 76. Yanks tie a team record in winning 8th in a row, 7-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks may be heading to England soon to face the Red Sox, but Britton wasn’t “great” as the Yanks held off Houston last night for a 7-5 win. He made us squirm a bit.

With the win, the Yankees (49-27) won their eighth game in a row, and the lead in the AL East is now 5 1/2 over Tampa Bay and 8 over Boston.

By hitting two homers, the Yanks tied their team record, set in 1941, of homering in 25 consecutive games. They may have difficulty breaking it today. The starting pitcher for Houston will be Justin Verlander.

Today is Old-Timer’s Day. Mariano Rivera will be honored, a month before his HOF induction. He’ll be making his first Old-Timer’s Day appearance, and apparently will pitch. Even though Rivera will be 50 in November, ex-teammate Paul O’Neill says “I wouldn’t want to face him.”

Now to the highlights/recap of the Yankees’ win.

Giancarlo Stanton drive in four runs. Masahiro Tanaka was sharp.

The Yanks didn’t get anything going until the fifth. Despite the final score, for half of the game this was a pitcher’s duel.

In the fifth, with one out, Aaron Hicks walked. Gio Urshela got the first Yankees’ hit of the game by slicing one into the porch. HR #6 for Urshela made it 2-0 Yankees.

Tanaka gave it back in the top of the sixth by giving up a 2-run HR. Watching on TV, the pitch actually looked like a good one. Reddick just went down and got it.

The Yanks went up 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth. D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge led off the inning with walks and Luke Voit blooped a single that loaded up the bases. Stanton singled in two runs.

But in the seventh, Jonathan Holder gave up a 3-run HR and Houston took a 5-4 lead. I’m not sold on Holder, who may be the weak link in the Yankees’ bullpen right now. As one friend of mine has mentioned, he does well in games where the lead is safe, but in tight games…. now I don’t know how much that’s the case, but he didn’t do his job last night, and except for a great (and controversial) play by Aaron Hicks (the Yanks’ D was tight last night. Voit made a couple great plays, too, and Judge threw out a baserunner) another run would have scored. (UPDATE: Stanton made a fine defensive play, too).

The Yanks do have someone at SWB, J.P. Feyereisen, and I wonder why he hasn’t received a MLB shot yet. He has pitched decently in relief for them last year and this. Stephen Tarpley (see minor league report) is there too in case Holder doesn’t straighten out.

Speaking of straightening out, Chad Green has done well since that bad stint at the beginning of the year that required Green to be sent down for a while.

So maybe Holder (5.55 ERA) needs the same.

We only wonder when Betances is coming back.

But as far as coming back, the Yankees did, getting three in the bottom of the seventh of this see-saw battle to retake the lead at 7-5, and eventually make Holder the winning pitcher.

With one out, Austin Romine, probably the weakest hitter on the team among the regular position players (I am not counting the callups from SWB like a Tauchman or Wade), homered (2) to tie the game.

LeMahieu then singled and advanced on a WP. Judge reached on catcher’s interference. Voit grounded out, moving up the runners. Houston elected not to walk Stanton to load the bases to set up a force at any base for the final out of the inning, but to pitch to him. Stanton got another 2-run single, and the Yanks were up 7-5.

Adam Ottavino got out of a two-out, two-on jam in the eighth.

In the ninth, Zack Britton walked the bases loaded (the last one intentionally to set up a force at any base) before getting the final out of the ballgame.

Stanton 2 hits, 4 RBI (having missed almost the whole season so far, his first 4 RBI of 2019).
Urshela 2-run HR (6)
Romine solo HR (2)

Tanaka 6 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.21
Holder (W, 5-2; BS, 2; 5.55) 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Ottavino (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.  1.57
Britton (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K.  2.51

Five walks in those last two innings. Oh, my heart.

The Yanks still haven’t replaced injured Cameron Maybin on the roster. They won last night with 24 players.

Random thoughts:

Could Sanchez hit 50 this season? A catcher hitting 50?

Also, I saw a report on Justus Sheffield. The former Yanks’ top pitching prospect, traded this past offseason for James Paxton, is struggling so badly that he was DEMOTED from AAA back down to AA. Sheffield only got into one game in the majors for Seattle, giving up 2 runs in 3 IP. At AAA, he was 2-6 with a 6.87 ERA, causing his demotion back to AA.