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Game 160. Yanks win 1st game of day/night DH 5-4. 3 HR hit, but Judge still waiting on 62.

Now we start wondering if #62 will come at all.

Aaron Judge was 1 for 5 with a single in the first game of a day/night DH, a game the Yankees (99-61) won 5-4. He is now hitting .310 after that game.

The Yanks have just the night game tonight and an afternoon game tomorrow left in their season before their postseason begins with Game 1 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium on October 11.

The Yanks did hit three HR in the game, including the first MLB HR by Oswald Peraza.

Oswaldo Cabrera got the scoring started with a HR in the top of the first inning (6).

Yanks’ starter Jameson Taillon gave two runs back in the bottom of the first and had to get out of a bases-loaded jam or else he would have given up more than that. Texas up 2-1 after one inning.

Peraza hit his HR in the top of the second to tie the game.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the top of the fifth. Peraza (who has been playing great since he has been called up, as has Cabrera) singled and stole second. After a popup, Marwin Gonzalez singled in Peraza.

But Taillon gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the fifth and Texas took a 4-3 lead.

The Yanks’ winning rally came in the top of the eighth. Kyle Higashioka, hot lately, led off the inning with a HR (10) to tie the game. Judge singled and Anthony Rizzo was HBP. Cabrera sacrificed both runners over, and Harrison Bader singled to give the Yanks the eventual winning run.

Cabrera solo HR (6)
Peraza 2 hits, solo HR (1) FIRST MLB HR
Higashioka solo HR (10)

Taillon 6 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 HBP Gave up 1 HR. 3.91
Chapman (W, 4-4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.46 The Chapman we need to see.
Weissert (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.56
Loaisiga (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.13

Ron Marinaccio to the IL. He will miss the ALDS. Albert Abreu back off the IL.





Game 157. Nestor Nasty as Yanks shutout O’s, 8-0. Judge stuck on 61. Rainout likely Sunday?

Nestor Cortes’ last regular season start could not have gone much better. The best Yankees’ starter this season (sorry, Gerrit Cole) pitched 7 1/3 one-hit, shutout baseball as the Yankees defeated Baltimore 8-0 Saturday afternoon. Cortes was dominating, striking out 12.

Cortes ends his season 12-4, with a superb 2.44 ERA.

Aaron Judge went 0 for 2, with 2 walks and a HBP as we still wait and see if he can get #62 to set a new AL and Yankees record. He has a couple of things working against him. For one, the weather forecast is not good for Sunday. Should the Yankees be rained out on Sunday, the game, meaningless in the standings, would not be made up. So, Judge has one less game in order to hit #62. The Yankees next four games are on the road in Texas. One game Monday, a doubleheader Tuesday and the regular season finale on Wednesday. There may be a window to play today, but the game may be delayed for a very long time until that window arrives. There appears to be only a one-hour rainless window around 2 pm today, and a window from about 7 to 10 pm. That’s it, and with the Yankees needing to travel to Texas, it does not look good for a game today. Do they really sit in a clubhouse (and make the fans wait) six hours to start the game at 7 PM when they have to travel to Texas for a game tomorrow? For a game that means nothing in the standings, but only for one player. I don’t think so.

Also, you can’t hit a HR if every pitch is 2 inches off the ground and 4 inches outside. Since hitting #60, Judge is 7 for 27, with that 61st HR, but SEVENTEEN walks and the HBP.

Yesterday, as mentioned above, Judge was 0 for 2, both strikeouts, with a HBP and 2 walks. His batting average is at .313, two points below Luis Arraez of the Twins .315 as Judge also attempts to win the Triple Crown. It appears to be a two-man race for the batting title. Xander Bogaerts of Boston has dropped to .305.

The Yanks got on the board quickly yesterday scoring 3 runs in the first inning. Judge was HBP but forced out at second by Anthony Rizzo. Gleyber Torres doubled in Rizzo and went to third on the throw home. Josh Donaldson hit a SF to make it 2-0, then Giancarlo Stanton smashed a 447-ft. HR (29) to make it 3-0. For the badly slumping Stanton, who was hitting .156 since June 1, he needed that badly.

Kyle Higashioka homered for the Yanks in the bottom of the second (9) to make it 4-0.

In the seventh, Judge walked to lead off the inning, with the pitcher, who appeared to be avoiding Judge, drawing a great deal of derision. The Yanks made him pay for that. Rizzo singled Judge to second. Torres singled in a run to make it 5-0, both runners moving up on the throw. Donaldson singled in both runners to make it 7-0, and he moved up on the throw. Two outs later, Harrison Bader doubled to close out the scoring at 8-0.

Rizzo 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI
Donaldson 2 for 2, walk, 2 RBI.
Stanton 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (29)
Bader 2 hits, RBI
Higashioka 3 hits, RBI. Solo HR (9)

Cortes (W, 12-4) 7 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 12 K. 2.44
Barnes 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.64 (Det/NYY)

Before the game Jacob Barnes up from SWB. Zack Britton to IL.

If there is a game today, Chi Chi Gonzalez is supposed to start. No word as far as a corresponding move to get Gonzalez on the roster.

Luis Severino is to go on Monday. Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon will go in Tuesday’s doubleheader, and Domingo German closes out the regular season on Wednesday. The Yanks would then be off for six days, with Game 1 of the ALDS being at Yankee Stadium on October 11. Opponent to be determined.

Game 2 would be after another off day on October 13. Then another off day. Game 3, October 15.
Games 4 and 5 October 16 and 17 if necessary.

The Yankees would only need 3 starters for this series. Most likely Cole, Cortes and Severino. With the off days, the Game 1 starter could come back for Game 4, and the Game 2 starter for Game 5, but the Game 2 starter would be doing so on 3 days’ rest. Severino would probably go Game 3. But who goes in Game 1 and who in Game 2 between Cole and Cortes?

I think Cole would be better on his regular rest, so he lines up for 1 and 4. I think Cortes can adapt better to go on three days’ rest, so I’d have him Game 2. Taillon and German for middle relief if needed.

Game 154. Yanks win AL East; Judge 0 for 1, 4 Walks.

The Yankees (95-59) won the AL East by beating Toronto 5-2 last night.

It appears that they will face the winner of the Cleveland/Seattle series in the ALDS, unless something drastic happens. So, after the regular season ends, the Yankees will have a few days off while Cleveland and Seattle battle each other. Time to rest, heal, and set up their rotation and roster for that series.

Aaron Judge went 0 for 1 with 4 walks. His only at bat resulted in a lineout to third that off the bat appeared to be a double down the line. Good play by Toronto’s 3B Matt Chapman there.

While still waiting for HR #61, Judge still leads the AL batting race as he has a shot at the triple crown. Judge is at .3136, Luis Arraez of the Twins at .3125, and Xander Bogaerts of Boston is at .3104.

We will see if Judge plays today in Toronto. With an off day tomorrow, he could have the day off today as well as tomorrow to be fully rested with two days off to go after Maris’ AL and Yankee HR record. This weekend’s games are at home, before the Yankees end the regular season in Texas. I don’t think he will have today off (I think he will DH) but it would not surprise me if he did.

Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, George Springer, but settled in to pitch 7 1/3 innings for the win.

The Yanks got two runs in the top of the third inning. Kyle Higashioka led off the inning with a single, and one out later, Judge walked. Anthony Rizzo singled in one run and Gleyber Torres singled in the other.

Judge got the ball rolling in the fifth by leading off with another walk. Rizzo singled, and Torres singled in Judge. Rizzo was thrown out at third on the play, Torres taking second. 3-1 Yankees.

The Yanks got their final two runs in the top of the sixth. With one out, Higashioka and Aaron Hicks hit back-to-back doubles to bring in one run. Judge walked again, then after Rizzo lined out, Torres singled to make it 5-1.

Toronto got a run in the bottom of the sixth but ran themselves into two outs at second.

In the bottom of the eighth, Toronto had two on and one out when Luis Trivino relieved Taillon. Trivino got a DP on only one pitch to get out of it.

Rizzo 2 hits, RBI
Torres 3 hits, 3 RBI
Cabrera 2 hits
Higashioka 3 hits.

Taillon (W, 14-5) 7 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.83
Trivino (S, 11) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.61 (Stats combined A’s/Yankees)

To see if Judge matches that record, try MLB network (out of network only) tonight.


Game 149. Yanks clinch playoff spot with 5-4, 10-inning win. Judge just misses #61.

The Yankees (91-58) clinched a playoff spot with a 5-4, 10-inning win over Boston Thursday night. Should they finish in a tie with Baltimore, the Yanks get in due to a tiebreaker. The magic # for clinching the division and a bye is 6.

A couple moves were made before the game. Scott Effross back off the IL. Greg Weissert sent down. Wandy Peralta to the IL. Zack Britton back off the IL.

The Yankees also DFA’d Miguel Andujar. They should have traded him when they could have got something for him. Since his 2018 season when he was second in ROY voting, hitting 47 doubles, 27 HR 92 RBI and OPS+ 130, Andujar hasn’t been the same. That injury that cost him most of the 2019 season seems to have destroyed his career. Since then, Andujar has only hit .228-8-26 in 359 at bats. OPS+ 58. The power hasn’t shown up. Of the 82 hits since 2018, only 15 were for extra bases. 100 is a normal OPS+. That drop-off from 130 to 58 is drastic. Granted he has been a yo-yo, up/down, up/down from SWB to NY in that time, but he clearly has dropped off considerably from 2018. A shame.

Aaron Judge almost won the game with a HR in the bottom of the ninth. How appropriate if #61 would have been a walk off into Monument Park. But the 404 ft. drive was caught just in front of the fence, 408 feet away. Judge was 0 for 2 in the game, with 3 walks. Boston’s Xander Bogaerts was 0 for 5 in the game, however, so Judge’s lead for the AL batting crown increased over Bogaerts. Judge is at .316, Bogaerts .314 as Judge tries not only for the AL single-season HR title, but also for a Triple Crown.

The Yanks scored first in the bottom of the fifth inning. Oswaldo Cabrera walked and went to second on a passed ball. He had to stay at second on Harrison Bader’s infield single. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (who made a fine defensive play in the ninth) singled to load the bases, and Kyle Higashioka’s SF scored Cabrera.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run HR (28) in the bottom of the sixth and the Yanks went up 3-0.

Jameson Taillon was great, pitching six shutout innings, but Clarke Schmidt gave up the lead in the top of the seventh. Schmidt started the inning by going HR, single, walk, HR and before you knew it, the Yanks lost their 3-0 lead and were losing 4-3.

Aroldis Chapman ran into trouble in the eighth, once again with his control. Lou Trivino got out of a bases loaded, one-out jam to keep the score at 4-3, but the Yanks need to fix their bullpen problems before the playoffs start.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the eighth. Stanton led off with a single and was PR for by Tim Locastro, who stole second. A groundout moved Locastro to third and he scored on a SF by Bader, who has really been great in his first three games with the club.

Judge got an OF assist in the top of the ninth, perfectly playing a single off the wall in right and throwing out Tommy Pham as he tried to make a double out of it. Then in the bottom of the ninth, the almost game-winning #61. So Close!

Clay Holmes had no trouble with the ghost runner for Boston in the top of the tenth, then it was the Yankees’ turn. Marwin Gonzalez PR for Anthony Rizzo as the ghost runner. Gleyber Torres was intentionally walked to set up a DP, but Josh Donaldson singled to win the game.

The Yanks sit as the #2 seed in the AL. There is almost no chance of catching Houston for the #1 seed (7 back with 13 to go). If, as expected, it stays this way, the Yanks get a bye into the ALDS where, as of now, they would face the winner of the Cleveland/Seattle series. You get what you hope for, and I won’t want to pick who I’d like to face, but I will say this. The Yankees targeted and didn’t get Luis Castillo, who went from the Reds to the Mariners at the trade deadline. Castillo has given the Yanks fits this year, as a Red and as a Mariner. The Yanks are 5-1 vs. Cleveland this year, 2-4 vs. Seattle (thanks in part, to Castillo). Now things could change, and it could be the winner of Cleveland/Tampa Bay or the winner of Cleveland/Toronto. Only 1 1/2 games separate Toronto, Tampa Bay and Seattle for the 4, 5, and 6 spots.

Donaldson 3 hits, GW RBI single
Stanton 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (28)

Taillon 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 8 K. 3.90
Schmidt (BS, 1) 1 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.46
Chapman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.36
Trivino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP 4.78
Holmes (W, 7-4) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.59

Game 145. Yanks shut down by Brew Crew, 4-1.

Jameson Taillon made one huge mistake, but in giving up homers, a solo HR is one thing, but a 3-run HR is quite another. Taillon’s mistake was in giving up a 3-run HR to Willy Adames, and it was the difference in a 4-1 Yankees loss to Milwaukee on Saturday night.

Adames killed the Yankees with a HR Friday night, and this 3-run HR in the third inning made Adames Milwaukee’s single-season leader for a SS, topping the 29 HOF Robin Yount had in his MVP season of 1982.

The Yankees only run came on a HR by Josh Donaldson (15) in the top of the fourth inning.

The Brewers tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth. They only got four hits in the game, but that 3-run HR was the killer.

The Yanks only got five hits, striking out 12x. Giancarlo Stanton (.212) struck out all four times he was up. Rookie Oswaldo Cabrera was 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts. Hopefully the Yanks get Anthony Rizzo back today from the IL

Marwin Gonzalez of the Yanks had to leave the game in the top of the third when catcher Victor Caratini’s return throw to the pitcher struck Gonzalez in the head. Such a freak thing.

With the loss, the Yanks’ lead in the AL East shrunk to 4 1/2 games over Toronto. So today is a big day with Gerrit Cole on the mound. An almost-must win today. Monday is an off day before the Yanks come home to face Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Speaking of Cole, his 228 strikeouts lead the majors. He is 20 behind Ron Guidry’s Yankee season record of 248, set in Guidry’s magical CYA season of 1978.

The Yanks magic # for clinching the AL East remains 13. With the Orioles losing yesterday, the Yanks’ magic # for a playoff spot is 6 (they own the tiebreaker over the Orioles).


Donaldson solo HR (15)

Taillon (L, 13-5) 5 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.04
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.75
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.55
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 HBP 1.88

Note on the MVP debate

Judge WAR (Wins Above Replacement) 9.2. Yanks are in 1st, 87-58. So with a normal player, subtract 9 wins. Yanks then are 78-67, and instead of in 1st place, 2nd seed in AL behind Houston, getting a bye into the ALDS, they are in 3rd place in AL East, and squeak into the playoffs as the #6 seed and have to play in the best-of-3 wild card round.

Ohtani WAR 8.7 (combined hitting and pitching). Angels are 63-82. Tied for 3rd in division, and FAR OUT OF PLAYOFF CONTENTION. Take 9 wins away and they are 54-91, in fourth place in their division, barely above Oakland for the cellar.

Ohtani is a great player. But who has been more valuable? The Angels have been out of it since what, June? There is no pennant race pressure on him.

Meanwhile Judge has been carrying a team on his back regarding winning or losing the AL East, and the higher or lower seed that would entail.

MVP: JUDGE.

UPDATE: Frankie Montas is scheduled for an MRI on his shoulder.

Game 140. Daddy Donaldson leads Yanks to 10-3 win.

Fatherhood must agree with Josh Donaldson, who came back from paternity leave (it was a girl) to help lead the Yankees to a 10-3 win over Tampa Bay Saturday afternoon.

Ron Guzman was DFA’d so that Donaldson could return.

Donaldson had one of seven straight singles to start the game off for the Yankees, then he homered later on.

The win put the Yanks (84-56) 4 1/2 up on Tampa Bay. The magic # for clinching the division is 20 (could be 19 if Yanks have won the tiebreaker over the Rays) and is 12 for getting into the playoffs (the Yanks HAVE won that tiebreaker over Baltimore).

The Yanks batted around in the first inning, scoring six runs. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton opened the bottom of the first with singles. Gleyber Torres singled in Judge, Stanton to second. Donaldson just missed a HR, hitting the top of the wall with a single that loaded the bases. Oswaldo Cabrera singled in two runs, Donaldson going to third, to make it 3-0. Miguel Andujar singled to make it 4-0. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled to re-load the bases. Still there was no one out. An RBI force out by Kyle Higashioka made it 5-0. After a popup by Marwin Gonzalez, Judge singled in a run. 6-0. Stanton grounded out rto end the inning.

In the second inning, Donaldson cleared the wall with a HR (13) to make it 7-0.

The Rays got a run in the third off of Yankees’ starter James Taillon to cut the score to 7-1.

In the bottom of the seventh, with one out, Donaldson was HBP. One out later, Andujar singled Donaldson to third, Andujar going to second on the throw. A WP scored Donaldson and moved Andujar to third. IKF then singled to make it 9-1.

Tampa Bay got two runs on a two-run single in the top of the eighth to make it 9-3. Oswaldo Cabrera almost had another outfield assist, just missing nabbing the second runner at the plate.

Tampa Bay used a position player to pitch the bottom of the eighth and Giancarlo Stanton took advantage of that, hitting his 25th HR of the season to close out the scoring. 10-3, Yanks.

Judge 3 hits, RBI.
Stanton 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (25)
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Donaldson 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (13)
Cabrera 2 hits, 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits, RBI
IKF 2 hits, RBI

Beautiful. The bats wake up and a lot of people contribute.

Taillon (W, 13-4) 7 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 8 K. 3.94
Trivino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.70 (A’s/NYY ERA)
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.54

Albert Pujols tied one-time Yankee Alex Rodriguez for fourth place on the all-time HR list, hitting #696 last night.

Game 135. Judge (#54) gets unexpected HR help in Yanks’ 5-2 win.

The schedule gave the Yanks some help. When in trouble, play the Twins. The Yankees seem to own the Twins for the last 20 years.

Aaron Judge hit his 54th HR, tying Alex Rodriguez (2007) for the most in one season by a Yankees’ right-handed batter. It seems like Judge has been doing it all by himself lately, but in yesterday’s 5-2 win over the Twins, he had help from unexpected sources.

The win put the Yankees at 81-54, guaranteeing them a non-losing season. The last time the Yankees had a losing season was 30 years ago, in 1992. The lead remains 5, and the magic # for clinching the AL East
is 24. It is 18 to just reach the playoffs.

The Yankees struck first in this game. Judge doubled with one out in the first, and one out later, Josh Donaldson hit one off the wall in left to drive in Judge. Donaldson, however, watched his ball, thinking it was a HR, and didn’t bust out of the batters’ box. He was thrown out at second. This is something manager Aaron Boone has to rip into Donaldson about. It doesn’t matter that Donaldson is a 36, soon-to-be 37-year-old seasoned veteran and a former MVP. Had Donaldson been out at second before Judge crossed the plate, the run DOES NOT COUNT. There is no excuse for that, especially for a team scuffling as the Yankees are right now. Donaldson was called out for it by Michael Kay on the TV broadcast. Rightfully so.

In the bottom of the third, Marwin Gonzalez, who had not had a hit in almost two months, and who was 0 for his last 29, homered (4) to put the Yankees up 2-0.

But the game was tied up in the top of the fifth by ex-Yankee Gary Sanchez, who hit a 473-foot bomb.

In the bottom of the sixth, Gleyber Torres led off with a single and Judge followed with his HR. Only Ruth (59 in 1921, 60 in 1927) and Maris (61 in 1961) have now hit more in one season for the Yankees than Judge. 4-2 Yankees.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa homered in the seventh to make the score 5-2. For IKF, it was just his second HR this season. The other came August 13 in Fenway Park.

Don’t be surprised if today’s game is rained out. The weather forecast calls for rain all day long. Any break from the rain will be for a minimal amount of time. The rain is much needed.

Judge leads MLB in R, HR, RBI, SA, OPS, OPS+ (204) and total bases (330). In addition, he leads the AL in walks (80) and OBP. That is leading the majors in 7 categories and the AL in two more. MVP. No discussion. M-V-P!

Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (54) .302-54-117 and 15/17 in SB (and tied for team lead in SB!)
Yet ANOTHER Outfield assist for Oswaldo Cabrera
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (2)
Gonzalez solo HR (4)

Taillon 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.95
Weissert (W, 2-0) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 8.10
Peralta (H, 9) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.63
Holmes (S, 19) 1 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.38






Game 130. 3 HR, including Judge’s 51st, spark Yanks to 7-4 win.

I didn’t know I had this much power. Yesterday I said what the lineup should be. I had Andrew Benintendi hitting second, Giancarlo Stanton hitting fourth behind Aaron Judge in order to protect Judge, and Anthony Rizzo fifth. Benintendi, Judge and Rizzo all homered last night in a 7-4 Yankees’ win.

Now I’m sure that manager Aaron Boone doesn’t read my blog, care about it or give a hoot about my opinion, but it sure made me look smart and feel good last night that what I suggested was done and with good results!

With the win, the Yanks stay 7 up on Tampa Bay in the AL East, reduced their magic number to 27 for clinching the division, and put their record at 79-51. After playing the Angels again today, the Yanks are off Thursday before being in Florida this weekend to take on Tampa Bay in a big series.

The victory came with a very big scare. The Yanks have a lot of pitchers on the IL and almost had to place starter Jameson Taillon on the IL after he took a liner to his forearm. Luckily, X-rays showed just a bruise, and no IL stint is necessary. But he was knocked out after two innings and the Yankees had to piece together a bullpen game from there.

Benintendi started the ball rolling. As the second hitter in the top of the first inning, he homered (5) to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead.

Rizzo homered (30) leading off the top of the second to make it 2-0.

Taillon gave up a 2-run HR to Max Stassi in the bottom of the second that tied the game. Shortly afterward, he took the liner off his arm that forced him from the game.

The Yanks came back with two runs in the top of the third. D.J. LeMahieu walked, and with one out, Judge singled. After another out, Rizzo walked to load the bases. A throwing error on Angels’ 3B Luis Rengifo then enabled two runs to score. 4-2.

The Yanks made it 7-2 in the top of the fourth. With two out, LeMahieu and Benintendi each singled, then Judge launched HR #51, a three-run shot.

Ex-Yankee Mike Ford tormented his former team again, homering in the fifth to make it 7-3. The Angels added another run in the ninth. Final score 7-4.

Greg Weissert got his first MLB win in his third MLB game.

Benintendi 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (5)
Judge 3 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (51) He now has 113 RBI.
Rizzo solo HR (30)

Taillon 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.97
Weissert (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.23 FIRST MLB WIN
Luetge 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.68
Trivino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.02 (Combined A’s/NYY ERA)
Marinaccio 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.85
Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 5.29
Peralta 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.72











Game 125. Yanks blow out A’s, 13-4. Cortes to IL.

Before the game, the Yanks put “Nasty” Nestor Cortes on the 15-day IL with a groin strain. They brought up Greg Weissert from AAA. More on Weissert in a bit.

Sorry for the late recap, but being up all night with the game on the West coast, well, you know…

The Yanks (77-48) got contributions from all their starters in a 13-4 blowout of Oakland. The victim for the most part was A’s starter and former Yankees’ farmhand, James Kaprelian.

The win was the Yanks’ fourth in a row and reduced their magic # for clinching the AL East to 31.

The Yanks got four runs in the second inning. With one out, Josh Donaldson walked and Oswaldo Cabrera singled Donaldson to second. Jose Trevino singled to load the bases. Isiaih Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled in two runs. Andrew Benintendi singled to reload the bases. After Aaron Judge popped up for the second out, Giancarlo Stanton, fresh off the IL (Estevan Florial was sent down) singled to make it 4-0.

The Yanks scored four more runs in the third to make it 8-0. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a walk. Donaldson doubled to make it 5-0. After an out, Trevino singled and IKF walked to load the bases. Benintendi hit a SF to make it 6-0. A walk to Judge reloaded the bases and a walk to Stanton forced in a run to make it 7-0. Anthony Rizzo got an infield single to make it 8-0.

Two more runs in the top of the fourth put the Yanks up 10-0. Despite 20 hits and 13 runs, the Yanks did not hit a HR in the game. Donaldson singled to lead off the fourth. With one out, Trevino doubled Donaldson in to make it 9-0. Singles by IKF and Benintendi loaded the bases, and a groundout by Judge made it 10-0.

With that kind of lead, Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon was cruising. His only mistake came when he gave up a solo HR in the sixth that made the score 10-1.

The Yanks came right back in the top of the seventh with three runs to go up 13-1. Rizzo singled with one out. Torres singled Rizzo to second, and Donaldson doubled both runners home to make it 12-1. A double by Cabrera made it 13-1.

Then came the only bad part of the night. With such a big lead, manager Aaron Boone brought in Weissert to make his MLB debut and it could not have gone worse. On his first pitch in the majors, Weissert hit the batter. Then before his second pitch, he balked the runner to second. Then on his second MLB pitch, he hit the NEXT batter. He got a flyout, but then walked the next two batters, forcing in a run. 13-2.

He was then relieved by Lucas Luetge. Weissert had 18 saves and a 1.77 ERA at SWB but the nerves apparently got the best of him in what was a terrible MLB debut.

After a popup for the second out, Luetge then forced in a run with what was the third HBP of the inning. 13-3. An infield single made it 13-4, which wound up being the final score.

Benintendi 3 hits, RBI
Stanton 3 RBI
Rizzo 2 hits, RBI
Torres 2 hits
Donaldson 3 hits, 3 RBI
Cabrera 3 Hits, RBI
Trevino 2 hits, RBI
IKF 2 hits, 2 RBI

Taillon (W, 12-4) 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.89
Weissert 1/3 IP, 3 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 2 HBP. 1 Balk. 81.00 MLB DEBUT
Luetge 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 2.58


Game 120. Yanks blanked for 5th time in last 13 games. Lead down to 8.

Giancarlo Stanton starts a rehab assignment today (Saturday). When he comes back sometime next week, the Yankees will be praying that his bat is red-hot. For the Yankees’ offense right now is ice cold.

For the fifth time in the last thirteen games, the Yankees (73-47) were shut out, this time 4-0. In losing to Toronto last night, the AL East lead, once 15 1/2 games, has dwindled to 8 games.

The Yankees only got four hits last night, all singles. Those “Savages in the Box” T-shirts from a few years ago? No way can you wear that right now.

A leadoff single, then a double, then a one-out RBI groundout gave Toronto the only run they would need in the third inning.

A two-run HR by Teoscar Hernandez in the fourth made it 3-0. The way the Yanks offense has been lately, it felt like 30-0.

Toronto got another run in the ninth, thanks to Aroldis Chapman, who was wild and ineffective again.

Oswaldo Cabrera robbed Toronto’s Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. of a HR on the first play of the game.

Taillon (L, 11-4) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.00
Trivino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.59 (A’s/NYY ERA)
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.47
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.79
Chapman 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1 WP 4.70
Marinaccio 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K 1.86