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Games 65 & 66. Yanks regain share of first with a DH Split vs. Mets.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka got through one bad inning, pitching into the seventh, as the Yanks pounded the Mets, 12-5.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the second on a double by Didi Gregorius and an RBI single by Kendrys Morales.

Tanaka gave up 4 runs in the third, inc. a 3-run HR to put the Mets up 4-1.

In the bottom of the third, the Yanks got one back when Brett Gardner singled, he and D.J. LeMahieu were safe all around on an error, and with two out, Gary Sanchez singled to make it 4-2.

The Yanks got five in the fourth on a 2-run HR by Gio Urshela (5) and a 3-run bomb by Luke Voit (16).

With two out in the fifth, the Yanks tacked on two more runs on a double by Morales, RBI single by Urshela, and RBI triple by Gardner. 9-4.

After the Mets scored a run in the top of the sixth to cut it to 9-5, the Yanks got a run in the seventh when Clint Frazier and Urshela each doubled.

Sanchez hit a 2-run HR (20) in the bottom of the eighth for the final score of 12-5.

Voit 3-run HR (16)
Sanchez 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR (20)
Gregorius 2 hits
Morales 3 hits, RBI
Urshela 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2-run HR (5)
Gardner 2 hits, RBI

Tanaka (W, 4-5, 3.58) 6 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.81
Hale 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.57.

Game 2: You worry about the Yanks’ pitching and their health and if they need or will get another pitcher. German on the IL for now, Tanaka’s elbow, CC’s knee, Severino and Montgomery haven’t pitched at all this year, Loaisiga on IL, and with Game 2’s starter, James Paxton, you wonder if his knee is affecting him. In his last two starts, Paxton’s ERA has gone from 2.81 to 4.04.

He was knocked out in the third. After just 11 pitches, the Mets, who won this game 10-4, were up 3-0 after a double, single, and 3-run HR.

The Mets tacked on three more in the third, knocking Paxton out of the box.

The Yanks got three in the bottom of the third to cut it to 6-3. LeMahieu singled, Voit walked. Sanchez singled to load the bases. Gleyber Torres singled in one run, and forceouts by Frazier and Urshela brought in two more.

But a 2-run HR off of Chance Adams in the fourth made it 8-3 Mets.

Adams, the “26th man” for the DH (and therefore going back down after the game), gave up another HR in the fifth, 9-3.

Stephen Tarpley gave up a run in the top of the ninth, 10-3 Mets.

Brett Gardner homered (10) in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 10-4 Mets.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .316
Sanchez 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits, solo HR (10)

Paxton (L, 3-3, 4.04) 2 2/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Adams 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.  3.97
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  5.10
Tarpley 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  8.53

Dellin Betances has been shut down for a few weeks. Lat issue.

The Yanks could be getting Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge back in about a week to two weeks.

First round draft pick Anthony Volpe (SS) has signed with the Yankees.

With the split, the Yanks (41-25) are tied for first with Tampa Bay. They are off Wednesday.

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Game 64. A sloppy win, 7-6 in 10. Also, news on Lucchesi, Big Papi.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (40-24) tried their best to blow this game. Their best relievers failed, and it was up to a rookie, who arrived at 4 AM after a seven-hour or so drive via cab or Uber (don’t know which; UPDATE: Yanks arranged a SUV for the 6 1/2 hour, 375 mile drive), to save the day.

But in the end, they won 7-6 in 10 innings over Cleveland and maintained their first place tie with Tampa Bay.

Before the game, the Yanks had to place Domingo German on the IL (hip) and recall Stephen Tarpley. Tarpley is the one who had to make the trip in the wee small hours of the morning.

Now we know that German didn’t “hit a wall” per se, but that something was physically wrong the past few starts.

Forced to use an opener again (Tanaka’s start pushed back a day due to his wife giving birth), the Yanks got 5 runs in the second inning. With two out, Clint Frazier singled and Brett Gardner homered (9). Gio Urshela walked and Cameron Maybin singled. D.J. LeMahieu singled in a run, 3-0. Then a WP and a walk to Aaron Hicks loaded the bases. Luke Voit doubled in two runs, 5-0. Gary Sanchez walked to reload the bases but Gleyber Torres flied out.

Chad Green, the opener, and Nestor Cortes, Jr.Greg combined to shut out the Indians for five innings, but in the bottom of the sixth, Tommy Kahnle gave up 4 runs on 2 HR and it was 5-4.

In the seventh, Adam Ottavino gave up a HR that tied the game at 5.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Luke Voit singled and Gary Sanchez doubled. Gleyber Torres was inentionally walked to possibly set up a DP but Clint Frazier hit a SF to put the Yanks up 6-5.

But in the bottom of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman gave up a single, made and error on a pickoff attempt, and then walked the next batter. He rebounded to get two outs and then had two strikes on the next batter. One strike away, and then a ground ball to SS. Didi Gregorius, who didn’t start the game but who was in for defensive purposes, booted it for a two-base error and the tying run scored. Chapman then got out of the inning.

With one out in the tenth, Maybin doubled, and one out later, Hicks doubled to put the Yanks up 7-6.

Tarpley, who made that long trip hours earlier, struck out the side in the bottom of the tenth to earn his first MLB save.

Tarpley, you’ll recall, had a great spring training before getting roughed up earlier in the season, causing him to be sent down to SWB.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI (.321)
Hicks GW RBI double
Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI
Frazier 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2-run HR (9)
Maybin 2 hits

Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  8.27
Cortes, Jr.  3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.86
Kahnle 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.84   Gave up 2 HR.
Ottavino (BS, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.53  Gave up 1 HR
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.86
Chapman (W, 1-1, 1.40; BS, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Tarpley (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  First MLB save.

The Yanks now play the Mets for two games in Yankee Stadium.

In other baseball news…

Frank Lucchesi died at the age of 92. Lucchesi managed the Phillies (1970-1972), Rangers (1975-1977, taking over for Billy Martin) and Cubs (1987). He was the last manager for the Phillies while they played at old Connie Mack Stadium. He also was the manager that Lenny Randle assaulted in 1977 when Randle took umbrage at how Luchessi was managing him. Luchessi’s managerial record was 316-399, a .442 winning pct., which averages to a 72-90 season.

Ex-Red Sox star David Ortiz (Big Papi) is in stable condition after being shot in the Dominican Republic. From MLB.com:

Retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot and wounded at an amusement center in his hometown of Santo Domingo on Sunday but was in stable condition and expected to be OK, his agent Fernando Cuza told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, also addressed reporters and said doctors anticipate a full recovery.

confirmed that he sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region…..

(FROM ESPN) The team had to remove part of Ortiz’s intestines and colon, as well as his gallbladder. Ortiz suffered liver damage. He was shot at a club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Authorities say Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at nearly point-blank range.

 

 

Game 63. Yanks skid continues with 8-4 loss. Drops them into a tie for first.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The script was set. CC Sabathia could win #250 at Cleveland, where his career began.

It didn’t work out that way, as the skidding Yanks (39-24, lost five of their last six) lost 8-4. With Tampa Bay splitting a DH with Boston, the Yanks and Rays are now tied for first with Boston 6 back.

It started out well when Didi Gregorius hit his first HR of the season, a 2-run shot, in the first inning.

CC threw three shutout innings but then gave up 2 runs in the fourth, and a 2-run HR in the fifth.

Jonathan Holder came in for the sixth and gave up 3 runs on 2 HR.

The Yanks made in 7-4 in the seventh. Didi singled and went to second on an error. Gleyber Torres doubled Didi home. Kendrys Morales grounded out, moving Torres to third, and Clint Frazier walked. Gio Urshela hit a SF to bring in Torres.

Cleveland scored an insurance run in the eighth.

Brett Gardner, in a fit of frustration, threw his helmet and it bounced back at him. Six stitches in his lower lip.

Masahiro Tanaka won’t start Sunday’s game. He has been placed on paternity leave and Nestor Cortes has been recalled.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.320)
Didi 2 hits, 2-run HR (1), 2 RBI

Sabathia (L, 3-3, 3.96) 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.?
Holder 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.  4.88
Cessa 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.   5.28

Hopefully the ship gets righted soon.

Game 59. Blue Jays best Yanks, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

One bad inning by Masahiro Tanaka and the lack of clutch hitting (1 for 12 w/RISP, 11 LOB) by the Yanks (38-21) led to a 4-3 defeat to the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night. It was the first time in over a month that the Yanks lost back-to-back games.

Clint Frazier’s 2-run HR (11) in the fourth gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead.

But in the fifth, Tanaka, who had a one-hit shutout through four innings, gave up a HR to lead off the inning, then after a walk and an out, another HR which made it 3-2 Toronto. After another out, a double, and single made it 4-2 Blue Jays before Tanaka got out of the inning.

Tanaka can’t pitch up in the zone. He doesn’t have that velocity. He has to keep the ball down. Pitches got up all inning long.

In the eighth, Aaron Hicks hit his second HR of the year to cut it to 4-3. The Yanks kept threatening, but as you saw with the 1 for 12 w/RISP, couldn’t break through.

Voit 2 hits
Hicks 2 hits, solo HR (2)
Frazier 2-run HR (11)
Tanaka (L, 3-5, 3.42) 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.25
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  9.17

The Yanks released infielder Cliff Pennington from his minor league deal. The former major league infielder, signed in early April, was hitting .196 for SWB.

Barry Latman, a spot starter/long reliever for the White Sox, Indians, Angels and Astros from 1957-1967, died recently at the age of 83. Latman was a pitcher on the 1959 AL Champ White Sox (8-5, 3.75, ERA+ 101) and an All-Star for the 1961 Indians (13-5, 4.02, ERA+ 97). He was 59-68 in his career. His 162 game average was 8-10, 3.91, ERA+ 94.

The Yanks are considered the favorites for signing free agent Dallas Keuchel, but won’t budge from a 1-year, pro-rated contract at the qualifying offer. Meaning at $17.9MM, if Keuchel signs for the second half of the year, he’d get around $9MM. Keuchel apparently would like more years and $$. He, and his agent Bora$$, may have bitten off more than they could chew. One other reason he is still a free agent is that now teams don’t lose the compensatory draft pick anymore since the draft is over.

Game 54. First four batters doom Yanks, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Four batters and 14 pitches into the game, the Yanks were down 4-0. They fought back but lost 5-4.

So at the 1/3 point in the season, the Yanks are 35-19 (a 105 win pace, despite all the injuries) and the lead in the AL East is one game over Tampa Bay.

Those 14 pitches resulted in an error, a single, a bloop single for a run, and a 3-run HR. Before recording an out, Masahiro Tanaka and the Yanks were down 4-0. Tanaka rebounded to give six innings, but the rough beginning put the Yanks in a hole they couldn’t get out of.

In the fourth, the Yanks got a run when Gary Sanchez hit his 17th HR of the season.

San Diego got a run in the sixth to go up 5-1.

The Yanks got three in the seventh when Kendrys Morales walked, and one out later, Thairo Estrada walked. Brett Gardner singled to load the bases, and D.J. LeMahieu singled in two runs to make it 5-3. Luke Voit re-loaded the bases with an infield single. Aaron Hicks drove in a run on a ground out, 5-4.

The Yanks put the leadoff man on in the ninth, but couldn’t bring him around to tie the game.

LeMahieu 2 RBI (.313)
Voit 2 hits
Hicks 2 hits, RBI
Sanchez solo HR (17)
Urshela 1 for 1, PH single (.333)

Tanaka (L, 3-4, 3.20) 6 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 9 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Joe Harvey 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.  4.50
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  3.16

Aaron Judge has started hitting off a tee. Didi Gregorius’ AAA rehab game was rained out. James Paxton comes off the DL today to start and CC looks good to go for Sunday. Slowly, some guys are starting to work at coming off the DL.

UPDATE: After the game, Harvey was sent down to make room for Paxton’s return.

Game 49. Yanks complete sweep of O’s with a 6-5 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, CC to the DL, Cortes up.

Looks like they’ll be going to an opener for some games.

As far as today, if you didn’t know better, you’d swear that the Yanks were toying with the Orioles.

They didn’t start Gleyber Torres (10 of his 12 HR against the Orioles) or Gary Sanchez (9 of his 15). They did keep Clint Frazier (5 of his 8) in the lineup.

So what happens? Frazier homers (make it 6 of 9) and Torres and Sanchez make big contributions as pinch-hitters in the ninth inning that enabled the Yanks (32-17) to win 6-5 to sweep the four games in Baltimore.

Baltimore scored first with a run in the second. Masahiro Tanaka didn’t help himself with a WP and an error. But Tanaka, who was questionable for a while because he took a liner off his leg in his previous start, was fantastic. He took another liner in this one, no damage.

In the top of the fifth, Frazier tied the game with his 9th HR of the season, six against Baltimore.

In the top of the sixth, with one out, D.J. LeMahieu walked and one out later, Luke Voit doubled him to third. After Kendrys Morales walked to load the bases, Gio Urshela singled in two runs to make it 3-1 Yanks.

To the top of the seventh. With one out, Thairo Estrada walked. He stole second and scored on a single by Austin Romine. 4-1 Yanks.

In the top of the eighth, Voit homered (12) to make it 5-1.

But the Yanks’ bullpen failed and let Baltimore tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. Jonathan Holder worked a 1-2-3 seventh in relief of Tanaka, but lost it in the eighth. Two walks and a single cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-2. Tommy Kahnle replaced Holder and got a flyout. However the next hitter hit a 3-run HR to tie the game. Kahnle rebounded with two strikeouts to end the inning.

With two out in the top of the ninth, guess who the next two batters are? Yup, those Oriole nemeses, Torres and Sanchez, back-to-back pinch-hitting. Torres walks. Sanchez singles. D.J. LeMahieu walks. Aaron Hicks walks to force in what was the game-winning run.

Zack Britton closed it out in the bottom of the ninth.

The Yanks’ lead remains the same, 2 over the Rays, 5 1/2 over Boston. Both teams won.

Hicks GW RBI on a bases-loaded walk.
Voit 2 hits, solo HR (12)
Urshela 2 RBI
Frazier solo HR (9)

Tanaka 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K.  2.94
Holder (H, 1) 1 IP+, 3 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  4.88
Kahnle (BS, 2; W, 2-0, 1.80) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Britton (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.42

 

Game 44. Yanks fall back to 2nd after 2-1, 11 inning loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the second week in a row, Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees and Blake Snell of the Rays went at it mano-a-mano in a pitcher’s duel. Although Tanaka pitched six scoreless innings, the Yanks (27-17) lost in 11 innings, 2-1.

The Yanks scored their only run of the game in the third inning. With one out, Brett Gardner and D.J. LeMahieu singled and Luke Voit walked. After Aaron Hicks struck out, Snell threw a WP, allowing a run to score. Gary Sanchez struck out to end the inning.

It was an awful day for Sanchez, who struck out each of the first four times he came to bat, and GIDP to end the game in his last at bat.

In the top the sixth, with a man on second and two out, a liner up the middle struck Tanaka’s shin and ricocheted to Luke Voit at first. Voit stepped on the bag for the third out. The richochet saved what at that time was the tying run. Although X-rays were negative, Tanaka is still questionable for his next start with a contusion.

In the bottom of the sixth, with one out, Aaron Hicks reached second on an error. With two out, Gleyber Torres singled, but Hicks (who ran through a stop sign) was gunned down at the plate.

In the top of the seventh, Tommy Kahnle gave up HR to the first batter he faced, and that tied the game at 1.

In the bottom of the ninth, Gio Urshela almost won another game by himself. After fouling off a ton of pitches and working a LONG at bat, he drilled one to RCF that was caught just in front of the wall.

In the top of the eleventh, Luis Cessa gave up a HR, and that was the ballgame. 2-1 Rays.

Because of the DH the other day, Chad Green will be the Yanks’ “opener” tomorrow. It will be a bullpen game, and it will be interesting how Aaron Boone manages it.

Hicks 2 hits.
Sanchez 0 for 5. Struck out first 4 times up, Game ending DP last time.
Urshela 2 hits.
Clint Frazier slumping. 8 for his last 48.

It looks like we may be getting Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton back in about 2-3 weeks.

There will then be interesting decisions to be made then. Who goes? Probably Estrada for Didi, but who for Stanton? Morales? Maybin?

Tanaka 6 IP,  0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 6 K.  3.09
Kahnle (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.50 Gave up 1 HR.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.66
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.04
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.09
Cessa (L, 0-1, 3.60) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.