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Game 97. Yanks Rout Rockies, 11-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (64-33) routed Colorado Saturday afternoon, 11-5.

We will see about tonight’s games regarding the Rays and Red Sox.

I am writing this recap early because my bus for Cooperstown, and Mariano’s HOF ceremony (along with Mussina’s and others) leaves at 5 AM tomorrow morning.

Masahiro Tanaka’s day was better than it will appear. He pitched five scoreless innings before tiring because of the intense heat in the sixth inning.

The Yanks scored in the first inning when D.J. LeMahieu singled and Aaron Judge doubled.

The scored five in the second inning to make it 6-0. Didi Gregorius doubled to lead off the inning. Gleyber Torres singled in Didi and went all the way to third on an error. Didi had stopped at third and the error enabled Didi to score and Torres, who was heading for second, to advance to third. Austin Romine singled in Torres to make it 3-0, and after an out, Romine stole second. LeMahieu and Judge each walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks singled in one run to make it 4-0 then Edwin Encarnacion doubled in two to make it 6-0. At that point, you figured the Yanks had this game. Luke Voit walked to load the bases with one out, but the Yanks didn’t score any more runs that inning.

The Yanks made it 9-0 in the fourth. Hicks led off the inning with a walk, and one out later, Voit was HBP. It hit his shoulder and ricocheted into his face. Although he finished the inning and was OK, Voit was removed after the inning, what with the 9-0 lead and the heat to be sure he was OK. Didi Gregorius then singled in Hicks, Voit moving to third, to make it 7-0. A WP moved Didi up to second, Voit holding. Gleyber Torres then singled in two runs to make it 9-0.

Tanaka, who pitched five shutout innings, fell victim to the intense heat with one out in the sixth, giving up a single, run-scoring double, walk, 3-run HR, double, and RBI single before getting the last two outs. 9-5 Yankees.

On a day as hot as today was, the pitch count limit probably gets dropped from say, 100, to 80. Tanaka threw 85, so the heat may have gotten to him after say, 65? It was about 97 degrees in NYC today, heat index higher.

The Yanks got two runs in the seventh. Brett Gardner walked, and D.J. LeMahieu singled him to third. Mike Tauchman, who replaced Aaron Judge when the Yanks had a big 9-0 lead to give Judge a break, grounded into a force out that brought the run home, making it 10-5. After Aaron Hicks struck out, Edwin Encarnacion hit a ball that should have been caught but wasn’t. Another case of hustle by Tauchman. With two out, he was running on the pitch and scored on a single by Encarnacion, who only moved to second because of the attempt at the plate to nail Tauchman.

Tauchman is growing on me. I like his hustle the past few games.

LeMahieu 3 hits.  .334 leads AL
Encarnacion 2 hits, 3 RBI. Heating up.
Gregorius 2 hits, RBI
Torres 3 hits, 2 RBI
Romine 2 hits, RBI

Tanaka (W, 7-5, 4.00) 6 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. Heat got to him in 6th. Gave up no runs on only 2 hits through first five innings.
Kahnle 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.82
Hale 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.23





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.


Game 95. Yanks win 5-1 to complete DH sweep of Rays, go 8 up.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (62-33) completed a doubleheader sweep of Tampa Bay by winning the nightcap, 5-1, Thursday night. They had won the opener (see post: Game 94) 6-2.

Chad Green started as the “opener” and got into immediate trouble, giving up a single, walk and HBP to load the bases with no one out. He got out of it with a K, popup and another K.

The Yanks are 8-0 when utilizing Green as the “opener.”

Nestor Cortes, Jr. replaced Green in the second inning and gave up a run in the third, 1-0 Rays.

The Yanks tied it in the fifth when Luke Voit hit his 18th HR of the season.

The Yankees scored four runs in the sixth which decided the game. Austin Romine led off the inning with a double and moved up on a ground-out by Brett Gardner. Aaron Judge and Edwin Encarnacion each walked to load the bases. All runners moved up on a balk, Romine scoring. Didi Gregorius singled in two runs to make it 4-1, and took second on a throwing error by CF Kevin Kiermaier. After Voit lined out, Gleyber Torres got an infield single, moving Didi to third. A walk to Gio Urshela loaded the bases, then Mike Tauchman walked to force in a run to make it 5-1, the final score.

With the win, the Yanks have an 8 game lead over Tampa Bay (10 in the loss column), and a 10 game lead over Boston (11 in the loss column). The Rays have played four more games than the Yankees, thus they have four less games left to try to catch them.

A great night for the Yankees in trying to secure the AL East title and not having to settle once again for the wild card and that one-game, sudden-death wild card game.

Gregorius 2 hits, 2 RBI
Voit solo HR (18)

Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K, 1 HBP.  4.91
Cortes, Jr.  3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 2 K.  4.34
Cessa (W, 1-1, 4.20) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Ottavino 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.   1.70




Game 91. Yanks over Toronto, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (59-32) stayed 6 up on Tampa Bay by beating Toronto on Sunday, 4-2.

They got six strong innings from Masahiro Tanaka, who faltered in the fifth.

In the second inning, Luke Voit singled and Gleyber Torres doubled him to third. Brett Gardner grounded out and Voit made a bad decision by not coming home on the ground-out which also would have enabled Torres to move up a base as well. Gio Urshela made up for it with a 2-run single.

Tanaka gave up two solo HR in the top of the fifth that tied the game.

In the bottom of the fifth, Urshela singled to lead off the inning and Austin Romine walked, moving Urshela up to second base. After an out and force out, the Yanks had runners at first and third with two out. Urshela scored on a WP (and challenge to the original call that had Urshela out). 3-2 Yanks.

Mike Tauchman hit his fifth HR of the season in the bottom of the seventh to make it 4-2 Yanks, which turned out to be the final score.

Judge 2 hits, .302
Voit 2 hits
Urshela 2 hits, 2 RBI .302
Tauchman solo HR (5)

Tanaka (W, 6-5, 3.81) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Ottavino (H, 22) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.76
Kahnle (H, 18) 2/3 IP, 0 R,  0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.97
Britton (H, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.35
Chapman (S, 25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.77

The Yanks start a big 4-game series against the Rays on Monday.

Game 87. Yanks lose in walk-off fashion, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

One-time Met Travis D’Arnaud hit a walk-off HR for the Tampa Bay Rays to beat the Yanks 4-3 Saturday.

The loss decreased the Yanks’ (57-30) lead in the AL East over the Rays to 7 1/2 games.

The Yanks got the early lead in the game when Brett Gardner hit his 14th HR of the year, putting the Yanks up, 1-0 in the second inning.

d’Arnaud singled in a run in the bottom of the inning to tie it up.

It stayed that way until the seventh. Gio Urshela singled and went to second on a WP. Mike Tauchman walked. D.J. LeMahieu GIDP, Urshela to third, then Aaron Judge walked. Aaron Hicks singled to put the Yanks up 2-1. Sanchez then walked, but Encarnacion lined out. He just missed out on a bases clearing double.

This was the Yanks’ bugaboo in the game. They were 1 for 12 w/RISP. In the fifth, they had bases loaded, one out and couldn’t score.

I thought CC would come out at this point. At this stage of his career, in his final season, about to turn 39 soon, CC doesn’t go seven innings anymore.

But his pitch count was low, and he did come out for the seventh. He did get the first two guys out, but then gave up a single, and on a 1-2 count (one strike away from getting out of the seventh), gave up a 2-run HR that put the Rays up, 3-2.

Second-guess? It’s tough. Got the first two outs in the seventh no problem, one strike away from getting through seven. One bad pitch.

Down to their last strike in the top of the ninth, Aaron Hicks homered (8) to tie up the game.

Chad Green came in for the ninth and got two quick outs, then d’Arnaud hit the first pitch he saw for a HR to win the game.

A tough loss, but it’s hard to bitch when you have won 16 of your last 19.

Tomorrow (Sunday) is the last game before the All-Star break.

Some notes: Before the game, Mike Ford sent down, Dan Camarena called up b/c of the pitchers being a bit burned out. There is a good chance Camarena doesn’t even get into a game, what with the All-Star break.

CC’s career will be honored in Cleveland (where his career began) during the All-Star Game.

Because of an injury, Masahiro Tanaka has been added to the All-Star roster.

Going into the game, LeMahieu not only led the AL in batting average, but also in RBI… the batting average for a leadoff hitter is no surprise, but the RBI is.

Hicks 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (8)
Sanchez 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts. Did draw one walk. Slumping. Down to .245.
Encarnacion 0 for 4. Just 8 for 61 (4 HR) since the Yanks got him.
Gardner solo HR (14)
Tauchman 2 hits.

Sabathia 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.03
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.83
Green (L, 2-3, 5.81) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up GW, walkoff HR.




Game 86. Yanks lead is 8 1/2 after 8-4, 11 inning victory.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge became the first Yankee since Mickey Mantle in 1955 to homer in both the first inning and in extra innings as the Yankees beat Tampa Bay 8-4 in 11 innings Friday night.

With the win, the Yanks (57-29) have opened up an 8 1/2 game lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East. Boston remains 11 out.

Judge hit his 8th HR of the season to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead in the first.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a HR in the fourth that tied the game for the Rays. It was the first MLB HR for Nate Lowe.

The Yanks went up 3-1 in the top of the fifth. Gleyber Torres singled, and with one out, Brett Gardner singled, Torres going to second. A single by Austin Romine loaded the bases, then Mike Tauchman singled in two runs.

Tanaka, prone to the gopher ball, gave up another HR in the fifth. 3-2.

In the seventh, with one out, Tanaka gave up a double and a walk. On the walk, a WP that enabled the runner on second to move to third. Nestor Cortes, Jr. relieved Tanaka and hit a batter to load the bases. He then got a strikeout but couldn’t get out of the inning, giving up a two-run single. The runner on first was nabbed trying to go to third, and that ended the inning. But the Rays led 4-3.

In the top of the eighth, Aaron Hicks PH for Mike Tauchman and tied the game with his 7th HR of the season.

David Hale got out of a first and third, two out jam in the bottom of the ninth.

In the top of the eleventh, Judge’s 2nd HR of the game, and 9th on the season, gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead.

But they weren’t done. With two out, Gleyber Torres singled, Gio Urshela doubled and Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR, his 13th HR of the season, to give the Yanks a 8-4 cushion.

They needed it. David Hale got a strikeout, then gave up two singles. Chapman came in and got a strikeout, but then walked a batter to load the bases. Tampa Bay had the tying run at the plate.

Tommy Pham hit a screaming liner that off the bat appeared to drive in runs, but it was hit at D.J. LeMahieu. Game over, Yanks win 8-4.

Judge 2 solo HR (9)
Torres 2 hits
Urshela 2 hits (.309)
Gardner 3 hits, 3 RBI, a 3-run HR (13)
Romine 2 hits
Tauchman 2 RBI
Hicks solo PH HR (7)

Tanaka 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.  3.86
Cortes (BS, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.78
Hale (W, 2-0, 2.73) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.73
Chapman (S, 24) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.82


Game 85. Yanks win 8-4 in extras. Lead is 7 1/2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I have an early doctor’s appt. tomorrow so an early recap of today’s 4th of July game.

First, some All-Star news. Because of an injury, Gleyber Torres was FINALLY selected to the All-Star Game. About time. It was a travesty he was originally left off the team.

Aroldis Chapman blew a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth, but D.J. LeMahieu (MVP!) and Gary Sanchez came through in the top of the 10th as the Yanks (56-29) beat the Rays 8-3.

The win puts the Yanks 7 1/2 games up on Tampa Bay, and it is nine in the loss column. The Yanks have played three less games than the Rays, so three less games in order for the Rays to try to catch them. Boston, depending if they win or lose, will be 11 or 12 out.

The Rays scored a run off of J.A. Happ in the first inning, but Happ, who has been so inconsistent and disappointing this season (ERA over 5), settled in to pitch a good game.

A couple of breaks helped the Yanks score twice in the third. Mike Ford singled, went to second on a PB and scored on a single by Mike Tauchman. Two outs later, Tauchman went to second on a WP and he scored on a double by Aaron Hicks.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a HR (25) in the seventh to make it 3-1 Yanks.

But in the bottom of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman gave up a walk and double to make it 3-2, then two wild pitches enabled the Rays to tie the game. Chapman was all over the place. He needs better command and control than he showed today.

On the double, Aaron Boone challenged the call at the plate. The runner didn’t appear to touch the plate and should have been called out. The call stood, and a freeze-frame showed by the YES network appeared to show that the runner did miss the plate. Tough break, but it did appear he missed the plate by millimeters.

After the two wild pitches that enabled the Rays to tie the game, two singles and a walk loaded the bases before Chapman finally got out of it with a strikeout. Whew.

The Yanks then scored five in the top of the tenth. Gio Urshela walked. Urshela didn’t start the game, but got there in the middle of the game after an MRI showed no problems from that almost injury he had last night. Aaron Judge PH for Tauchman and walked. Brett Gardner put down a beautiful bunt…so beautiful it wasn’t a sacrifice, but a single that loaded the bases. D.J. LeMahieu (too early to start the MVP chant? Yes, but if he keeps this up… ) got a 2-run single to make it 5-3. After Aaron Hicks struck out, Gary Sanchez hit a bomb (461 ft). for a 3-run HR (24) to make it 8-3.

Luis Cessa came in for what should have been an easy tenth inning. What the heck, he had a five run lead.

But he gave up a run, and David Hale had to come in with the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate to close out the 8-4 win.

A little messy from the bullpen trying to close out the game, but a win.

LeMahieu 2 RBI
Sanchez 3-run HR (24)
Encarnacion solo HR (25)

Happ 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K.  5.02
Ottavino (H, 21) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.88
Kahnle (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.18
Britton (H, 18) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.43
Chapman (BS, 3; W, 2-1, 1.85)  2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2 WP.
Cessa 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K.  4.75
Hale (S, 2)  1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.00