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Game 96. Yanks slam Rockies, 8-2, behind some ex-Rockies. Lead now 9.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam, ex-Rockies D.J. LeMahieu, Mike Tauchman, and Adam Ottavino tormented their former team, and Aaron Judge added a 2-run HR as the Yanks (63-33) beat Colorado 8-2 Friday night.

With the win, the Yanks’ AL East lead grew to 9 over Tampa Bay and 11 over Boston.

The Rockies struck first, scoring two in the second off of J.A. Happ. Ryan McMahon led off the inning with a HR, then an out later, Chris Ianetta singled and then scored on a double by Garrett Hampson. Hampson advanced to third on the play on an error by Gleyber Torres. Happ got out of further trouble, when, on a fly ball to LF Mike Tauchman,  Tauchman lined up perfectly to catch the ball and then threw a perfect one-hopper to Gary Sanchez to nail Hampson, who was trying to tag up and score on the flyout, at the plate.

The Yanks took over in the third inning. With one out, LeMahieu, the former Rockie (as is Tauchman and Ottavino) singled. Both Judge and Sanchez walked, and Encarnacion hit a grand slam, his 29th HR of the season, to put the Yanks’ up 4-2.

Tauchman was huge in this game. Besides throwing a guy out at the plate, his hustle came up big. He made a nice sliding catch at one point in the game, and in the fourth, with two out, blooped a hit into shallow left. He hustled it into a double, and that hustle paid off when LeMahieu singled him in to make it 5-2.

Tauchman singled with one out in the sixth, and then showed off his hustle again by stealing second. He advanced to third on a throwing error on the play and scored on a fielders’ choice grounder, beating the play at the plate. More hustle. LeMahieu reached on that play, and then Judge added a 2-run HR (11) to make it 8-2.

The Yanks got excellent relief pitching as Happ, Ottavino and Stephen Tarpley combined for 17 K. 

With Nestor Cortes, Jr. having gone a few innings on Thursday, he was sent down and Tarpley brought up in order for the Yanks to have a “fresh arm.”

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI .330
Judge 2-run HR (11), threw out a guy at second.
Encarnacion grand slam HR (29), 4 RBI
Hicks 2 hits
Torres 2 hits
Tauchman 3 hits, scored two runs due to hustle, made great defensive plays.

Happ (W, 8-5, 4.86) 5 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. In and out of trouble all night, helped by Tauchman and Judge.
Ottavino (H, 23) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.66
Tarpley (S, 2) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K.  7.30.

Manager Aaron Boone was suspended for this game due to his ejection in Game 1 of Thursday’s DH.

I can’t help but think. With the excellent defense (and hitting) LeMahieu and Urshela provide, could good bat/weak glove youngsters Clint Frazier and (the injured) Miguel Andujar be on the trade block in order to land a starting pitcher? There are only so many spots to go around to fill up a team, and someone would have to go.

My reports this weekend may be spotty, if at all. I’ll be up in Cooperstown Sunday for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.



Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (55-40) won 3-1. LF Clint Frazier 2 hits. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Camarena (W, 4-4, 5.56) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K.
Acevedo (H, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  6.75    (AA/AAA 7-1, 3.86)
Tarpley (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.07

AA: Trenton (50-41) won 4-2. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, Solo HR. Promoted from High A to AA on July 3.

Albert Abreu (W, 5-7, 3.72) 7 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Danny Alvarez (S, 12) 2 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.70

High A: Tampa (40-53) lost 4-2. 1B Mickey Gasper 2 hits, RBI. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Charleston (48-48) lost 4-1. RF Josh Stowers 2 hits. 3B Welfrin Mateo 2 hits.

Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (53-39) lost 6-2. Just 2 runs despite getting 14 hits. 2B Thairo Estrada 3 hits. SS Tyler Wade 2 hits (.316). C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits. RF Zach Zehner 2 hits, both doubles. Everyone in the lineup got a hit, but apparently no key ones.

Adams, No-decison. 6 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.88
Losing pitcher Stephen Tarpley 2/3 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, He made two errors.

AA: Trenton (48-40) 8-3 winners over Reading. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, both HR, 3 RBI. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits, RBI. CF Matt Lipka 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Brian Keller (W, 1-0, 2.78) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K.

High A: Tampa (40-51) won 6-4. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera solo HR. DH Mickey Gasper 2 RBI. SS Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits. C Jason Lopez 2 hits. LF Omar Carrizales 2 hits, RBI.

Jio Orozco (W, 3-2, 3.29) 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 11 K.  Gave up 1 HR.

Low A: Charleston (47-45) was rained out. Makeup today.


SWB 53-39, 1st place by 5 games in International League North.

AA and lower have split seasons.

Trenton is 10-13 in the 2nd half, tied for fourth in the Eastern League East division, 4 1/2 back. Trenton did win the first half title with a 38-27 record, so they are guaranteed a playoff spot already.

Tampa is 12-13, 3rd place in the Florida State League North, 4 1/2 out. They were 28-38 in the first half, 5th place, 13 1/2 out.

Charleston is 10-12, 5th place, 1 1/2 games out in the South Atlantic League South Division. They were 37-33, 3rd place, just 1/2 game out in the first half.


Minor League Report. Dominating pitching at AA, lower levels.


AAA: SWB (52-37) swept a DH.

Reg. Sched. Game: won 6-3. SS Thairo Estrada solo HR. 2B Tyler Wade 2 hits. 1B Ryan McBroom solo HR. RF Zach Zehner 3-run HR. 3B Wendell Rijo 2 hits, RBI.

Makeup of 7/6: Won 7-4. SS Estrada 2 RBI. 2B Wade 2 hits, RBI (.311). DH Kyle Higashioka 2 hits, 2 RBI. RF Trey Amburgey solo HR. C Erik Kratz 2 hits (.341). Stephen Tarpley the “opener” had as much (or little, depending on how you look at it) success as he had when he was the “opener” out in London. 2 IP, gave up 4 runs, 2 HR. The bullpen (3 different pitchers) with five scoreless IP.

AA: Trenton (46-39) won 3-0 on a 3-hitter. Trenton only got 3 hits themselves.

Abreu 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 6 K. 3.82
Nelson (W, 3-2, 3.47) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

High A: Tampa (37-48) swept a DH.

Reg. sched. game: Won 4-1 on a 2-hitter. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits. C Donny Sands 2 hits, RBI.

Yajure (W, 5-6, 2.13) 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up HR.

Makeup of 7/6: Won 2-0 on another 2-hitter.

Stephan 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.56
Sears (W, 4-4, 4.14) 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Wivinis (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.89

Low A: Charleston (45-43) lost 5-2 despite pitching a 2-hitter. LF Canaan Smith 2 hits. 3B Welfrin Mateo 2 hits, RBI.

Charleston starter Luis Gil had a no-hitter through five, but started the sixth inning off by walking the first three batters then giving up a bases-clearing double.

Trenton’s Deivi Garcia started for the AL in the Futures Game. He pitched one inning, 1-2-3, a K and two pop-ups. Looked good. Nice fast ball, good break on the curve.



Game 82. Yanks beat Boston 12-8, sweep London Series, push Boston 11 back. Voit and Torres left off All-Star Team.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (54-28) beat Boston 12-8 to sweep the two-game London Series, and with the win, remain 7 ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL East, and pushed Boston 11 back.

Stephen Tarpley, pressed into service as the “opener” after Saturday’s 17-13 slugfest, started his first MLB game and it didn’t go well. He gave up 3 HR in the first inning and Boston had a 4-0 lead.

The Yanks came back with two in the second. Edwin Encarnacion led off the inning with a walk, and Didi Gregorius singled. Gleyber Torres walked to load the bases. Gio Urshela hit into a force out that brought in a run. Brett Gardner singled in a run to cut Boston’s lead to 4-2.

The Yanks then shut Boston out until the eighth. This was huge in a park that played like arena baseball this weekend.

The Yanks erupted for nine runs in the seventh that won the game for them.

D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a double. Aaron Judge walked, and Aaron Hicks doubled in one run. Gary Sanchez singled to give the Yanks a 5-4 lead. Encarnacion walked, but Didi struck out for the first out. Torres hit a bloop single that 1B Michael Chavis could not get to. Bases loaded. Gio Urshela singled in two runs to make it 7-4. Brett Gardner walked to load the bases. LeMahieu doubled for the second time in the inning to drive in two runs and make it 9-4. Judge was intentionally walked to load the bases. Hicks hit a SF to make it 10-4, LeMahieu moving to third on the play. Sanchez then squibbed one and Chavis pulled a Buckner, letting the ball get through his legs, 11-4 Yanks.

Didi hit a HR (3) in the eighth to make it 12-4 and keep the Yanks’ streak of hitting a HR in 31 straight games alive.

Chance Adams came in for the eighth, and with two out and two on, couldn’t get that third out. A WP, single, single and double made it 12-7. Zack Britton came in and gave up a single that made it 12-8, then a walk to load the bases. He then got a groundout to finally end the inning.

Aroldis Chapman gave up a leadoff double in the ninth, but struck out the next three batters to end the game.

All Star reserves were announced, and the news was disappointing. Chapman was selected to join starters Sanchez and LeMahieu but Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres were both left off (as was Urshela, but I wasn’t expecting him or Ottavino to make it).

I hate that “every team has to be represented” rule. If you stink, you stink. Earn it. What is this, “participation trophy” time?

LeMahieu 3 hits, 2 RBI  .345
Judge 3 walks
Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI
Sanchez 2 RBI
Gregorius 2 hits, solo HR (3)
Urshela 3 RBI
Gardner 2 hits, RBI

Tarpley 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 3 HR.  9.64
Cessa 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.61   A star of the game.
Ottavino (W, 3-2, 1.45) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.38
Adams 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K.   6.75
Britton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.   2.55
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.36

The Yanks are off Monday (travel day) and resume action vs. the Mets (or is that Mess) on Tuesday.

Here’s hoping for no jet lag.




Game 81. Yanks win slugfest in London, 17-13.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the first MLB game ever in Europe (London, England), it seemed appropriate that both teams honored history in some strange way.

For example, some 240 years ago, the Yanks beat the Redcoats, earning their independence from England, so it was appropriate now that the Yanks (53-28) beat the Red SOX.

Since it was in the 1700’s that the Yanks beat the Redcoats, the Yanks scored 17 runs in the game.

And, since the Redcoats lost the 13 colonies, the Red Sox scored 13 runs themselves in losing this wild, wacky. long slug fest of a game.

When all was said and done, the Yanks won 17-13 over their arch rivals, the Red Sox, and hit the halfway point of the season at 53-28—-a 106 win pace.

The win keeps the Yankees 7 up on Tampa Bay in the AL East and pushed Boston 10 games back.

Both teams scored six runs in a first inning that took almost an hour to play all by itself (and I feel this recap took me as long to write!). Both starting pitchers couldn’t last one inning.

The Yanks blew a 6-0 lead and came close to blowing a 17-6 lead.

D.J. LeMahieu led things off with a single, and after Aaron Judge flied out, Gary Sanchez walked. Luke Voit doubled in one run, Didi Gregorius doubled in two, Edwin Encarnacion doubled in Didi to make it 4-0, then Aaron Hicks homered (6) to make it 6-0, extending the Yanks’ MLB record for hitting a HR to 30 consecutive games.

But Tanaka gave up a single, double and two walks to the first four batters he faced, and later gave up a 3-run HR to Michael Chavis (his first of TWO 3-run HR in the game) and the game was tied 6-6 after one inning. It was a portend of things to come.

Brett Gardner hit a 2-run HR (12) in the third, and the Yanks were up 8-6.

Luke Voit led off the fourth with a double. Didi walked, and two outs later, Gleyber Torres singled to load the bases. Gardner walked to force in a run. LeMahieu cleared the bases with a 3-run double, then Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR (7), and it was 14-6.

Having batted around in the fourth, Voit doubled to lead off the fifth. He got hurt on the play and was PR for by Gio Urshela (LeMahieu moving from 3b to 1b). After a wild pitch, Gregorius singled in Gio and it was 15-6. One out later, Hicks singled. Another wild pitch moved both runners up and Torres walked. After Gardner struck out, LeMahieu continued his amazing production w/RISP by ripping a 2-run single to make it 17-6.

Jackie Bradley hit a HR for Boston in the bottom of the sixth, but at that point it still seemed that the 17-7 lead the Yanks had was safe.

Nope. Boston scored six in the bottom of the seventh. All with two out. It seemed like such a struggle to get that third out. So many runs scored with two out. Chavis hit another 3-run HR to get Boston to 17-10, and three more runs scored after that, with help by a couple of wild pitches by Tommy Kahnle. The Red Sox may have had another run, except that before the deluge started, Mike Tauchman, who replaced Judge for defense in the top of the inning, make a nice diving catch. With the score 17-13, Adam Ottavino got the last out, stranding men on second and third.

Boston left the bases loaded in the eighth.

The game ended when Didi Gregorius snared a hot shot and together with Gleyber Torres, turned a nifty DP to end the game.

Chad Green was supposed to be the “opener” for Sunday’s game (10:10 AM start Eastern time, I missed all of Saturday’s game b/c of work and going to a movie, and will miss part of Sunday’s game b/c of church). Instead, after the game, Nestor Cortes was sent “down” (he isn’t flying across the pond yet) and Chance Adams, in England “just in case” was brought “up”. Stephen Tarpley will be Sunday’s “opener”. You wonder how much energy the pitchers have left.

If this truly is a “hitter’s park”, hitters will have a field day Sunday as well. We’ll see if it does play like “arena baseball” or if Saturday was just an aberration.

But with Stephen Tarpley (opener 6.48 ERA) vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (4.87 ERA) Sunday, it could be another slugfest.

Anyway, a lot of pitcher’s ERA’s took a beating Saturday.

LeMahieu, the LEADOFF hitter, is on a .342-24-118 pace. The LEADOFF hitter.

Torres is on a .295, 38 HR, 94 RBI pace and hits EIGHTH.

LeMahieu 4 hits, 5 RBI  (.342, leads AL; leads majors with 105 hits)
Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (7)
Voit 4 for 4, RBI (hopefully OK and won’t need IL; out of starting lineup Sunday).
Gregorius 2 hits, 3 RBI
Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (6).
Torres 2 hits.
Gardner 3 RBI, inc. a 2-run HR (12).

Tanaka 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.74
Green (W, 2-2, 6.04) 2 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Hale (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.04
Cortes, Jr. (H, 1)  3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.  5.22
Kahnle 0 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.  3.48
Ottavino (H, 20) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.   1.49
Britton (H, 17) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.   2.57
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.41

Yanks’ pitchers gave up 13 runs, 18 hits, six walks, 3 HR, 2 WP… and still the Yanks won, because the hitters had 19 hits, scored 17 runs, and walked 6x themselves. Boston threw 2 WP.


Setback for Luis Severino. Reports are lat is at 90% and it needs to be 100% before he can throw. Could he miss the whole year?

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.