Luis Severino gave up just one hit over six innings and the Yankees hit 3 HR as they beat Baltimore Monday night 6-2. The win improves the Yankees’ record to 26-9. The Yanks got a run in the top of the third inning when with one out, Josh Donadson singled, and a forceout later, Giancarlo Stanton doubled home Anthony Rizzo. In the fourth inning, Jose Trevino hit his first HR of the season, a 3-run shot, to put the Yanks up 4-0. The only hit off Severino was a fourth inning HR by Anthony Santander. In the ninth, Donaldson (5) and RIzzo (10) hit back-to-back HRs to put the Yankees up 6-1. Santander hit his second HR of the game in the bottom of the ninth off of Aroldis Chapman. Final score 6-2. Santander had two of Baltimore’s three hits in the game, and both of his hits were homers. Donaldson 3 hits, solo HR (5) Rizzo solo HR (10) Torres 2 hits Trevino 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (1) Severino (W, 3-0) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.63 Loaisiga (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.52 Green (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.14 Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.13 C Ben Rortvedt has a knee injury now (before had oblique rib strain). The knee may require surgery.
Posted in Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Chapman, Donaldson, Green, Loaisiga, Rizzo, Rortvedt, Severino, Stanton, Torres, Trevino
The Yankees (24-8) won for the 17th time in their last 19 games, beating the Chicago White Sox 10-4 Friday night. The Yankees hit 4 HR in the game, and Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton did it again, and became the third pair of Yankees teammates to each have 10 or more HR in the team’s first 32 games of a season, following Ruth and Gehrig in 1930 and Mantle and Berra in 1956. Before the game, Luis Gil sent back down, Clarke Schmidt brought up. Stanton got the ball rolling with a 2-run HR in the first inning (10). Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the first. In the top of the second, the Yanks scored three runs, and with Cole on the mound, you knew that was the ballgame. With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled, and Jose Trevino then singled IKF to third. Aaron Hicks doubled in IKF and Trevino scored on a groundout by D.J. LeMahieu. After Judge walked, Josh Donaldson doubled in Hicks to make the score 5-0. Judge hit a solo HR, his MLB leading 12th, in the top of the fourth to make the score 6-0. Chicago got a run in the bottom of the fourth when Cole balked home a run. Joey Gallo homered in the top of the fourth (4) to put the Yanks up 7-1. Cole gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the sixth and the White Sox had cut the score to 7-3. In the top of the ninth, with one out, Judge singled and Donaldson hit a 2-run HR (4), to make it 9-3. Stanton and Gleyber Torres followed with singles, then Joey Gallo loaded the bases with another single. IKF hit a SF to make it 10-3. Chicago got a run off of Michael King in the bottom of the ninth. Final score, 10-4. Judge 2 hits, solo HR (12) Leads MLB in HR Donaldson 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (4) Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (10) Torres 2 hits Gallo 2 hits, solo HR (4) Kiner-Falefa (IKF) 2 hits, RBI Cole (W, 3-0) 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 9 K. 1 WP. 1 balk. Gave up 1 HR. 2.95 King 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.59 With the win, the Yankees have a 4 1/2 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East, and are 7 1/2 up on third place Toronto. They have the best record in baseball.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Berra, Cole, Donaldson, Gallo, Gehrig, Gil, Hicks, Judge, Kiner-Falefa, King, Mantle, Ruth, Schmidt, Stanton, Torres
Gleyber Torres drove in all of the Yankees (22-8) runs in a 5-3 win over Toronto Wednesday afternoon. It was the Yankees’ 15th win in their last 17 games. Toronto got a run in the first inning off of Jameson Taillon, but in the fourth inning, with one out, Anthony Rizzo and D.J. LeMahieu singled, then Torres hit a 3-run HR (5). Toronto cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the sixth, but the Yanks came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up 5-2. With one out, Rizzo walked and LeMahieu doubled. Torres singled in two runs. It seems as if when Aroldis Chapman saves a game, he makes us sweat it out first. Such was the case again today, because Chapman gave up a run in the ninth to make it 5-3 before closing out the game.
LeMahieu 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, 5 RBI. 3-run HR (5) Taillon (W, 3-1) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP 2.93 King (H,4) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.35 Holmes (H, 7) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.55 Chapman (S, 8) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP 0.79
Before the Mother’s Day DH against Texas, a couple of moves. Tim Locastro goes on the IL with a back injury, and with the Yanks playing 23 games in 22 days, Ron Marinaccio was brought up. Also, for the DH only, Estevan Florial was brought up. The Yanks (19-8) didn’t hit much Sunday, and split a DH with Texas. Game 1: Gleyber Torres hit a walkoff HR (4) in the bottom of the ninth as the Yanks won 2-1. The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the sixth inning, when Aaron Judge singled, Anthony Rizzo singled Judge to third, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF. With one out in the top of the seventh, Gerrit Cole gave up a HR to the last batter he faced (pitch #114. One batter too many? But then Cole did strike out the previous hitter on three pitches) and the score was tied. Torres led off the bottom of the ninth with his game-winning blow. The Yanks only had five hits in this game. Torres 2 hits, RBI. Solo GW HR (4) Cole 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.67 Loaisiga 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.63 Holmes (W, 3-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.64 Game 2: Michael King has been great all year, but maybe he was due for a clunker. Yanks lose 4-2. The Yanks only had three hits in this game. They took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a 2-run HR by Giancarlo Stanton (6). Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery gave up a HR in the top of the sixth and Texas had cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1. In the seventh, Montgomery gave up a leadoff double. King came in and gave up a walk, but then got a strikeout and a forceout. It looked like King was going to get out of it and would be the dominating King we have seen all year. But then a WP tied the game, and on the next pitch, King gave up a 2-run HR that made it 4-2 Texas, and that turned out to be the final score. Stanton 2-run HR (6) Montgomery 6+ IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 2.90 King (L, 2-1; BS, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 w, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP 1.42 Peralta 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.80 Spoiler Alert: I’ll post the minor league games of Sunday tomorrow, but you know how I’ve been writing about AA pitcher Ken Waldichuk. Check out what he did today. If no time, check my report tomorrow.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Mike's Musings, Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Cole, Florial, Holmes, King, Loaisiga, Locastro, Marinaccio, Montgomery, Peralta, Stanton, Torres, Waldichuk
Gleyber Torres drove in all three Yankees runs as the Yankees (17-6) won their tenth straight game, beating the Blue Jays up in Toronto, 3-2. Torres hit a 2-run HR (3) in the top of the fourth to put the Yanks up 2-0 but Toronto came right back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. In the top of the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton led off with a single and Tim Locastro pinch ran for him. Locastro stole second, and with two out, Torres singled in what turned out to be the game-winning run. The Yankees have the best record in baseball, and lead Toronto by 2 1/2 games in the AL East. Torres 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (3) Montgomery 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 6 K. 2.88 Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.40 Castro 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.00 Holmes (W, 2-0) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.75 Green (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.48
The team with the best ERA in the league improved on that as the Yankees won their 8th straight game, 3-0, over Kansas City last night. With the win, the Yankees (15-7) have the best record in the majors. Gerrit Cole pitched six of the scoreless innings, and after a rough start to the season, seems to have righted himself. The shutout dropped the Yankees’ ERA to 2.70. The Yankees got single tallies in the second, third, and fourth innings. In the second, Gleyber Torres singled to lead off the inning, then Aaron Hicks walked. Joey Gallo, who later had to leave the game with a groin injury, singled to load the bases. Torres scored when Isiah Kiner-Falefa GIDP. In the third, with one out, Josh Donaldson walked. Anthony Rizzo followed with a walk and Giancarlo Stanton singled to load the bases. Torres hit a SF. In the fourth, Hicks led off with a walk and Gallo singled, Hicks advancing to third on an error. Kiner-Falefa then hit a SF to bring in Hicks. Torres 2 hits, RBI Hicks 2 for 2 with 2 walks Gallo 2 for 2, left game with groin injury Cole (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.00 Castro (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.16 Holmes (H, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 0.84 Chapman (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
The Yanks (14-6) jumped out to an early 3-0 first inning lead on back-to-back homers by Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton and never trailed as they won their seventh straight game, 12-2 over Kansas City, in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain. The Yanks hit four homers in the game. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a double, and one out later, Rizzo hit his MLB leading ninth HR of the season. Stanton followed with his fourth HR of the season and the Yanks were up 3-0. KC got a run in the bottom of the first off of “Nasty” Nestor Cortes, and an unearned run (Due to a PB by C Kyle Higashioka) in the second to cut the Yanks lead to 3-2. It stayed that way until the top of the seventh, when the Yanks broke the game open. With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled, and with two out, Higashioka walked. A single by LeMahieu made it 4-2, and Aaron Judge then hit a 3-run HR (6) to put the Yanks up 7-2. The Yanks scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning. Stanton singled and Joey Gallo PR for him. Gleyber Torres followed with a 2-run HR (2) to make it 9-2. Aaron Hicks was HBP and Kiner-Falefa singled Hicks to second. Tim Locastro reached on an error, loading the bases, then Higashioka cleared the bases with a 3-run double. That may be an important hit for Higashioka, who had a great spring training but who has struggled mightily in the early going, and who could be losing his starting job to Jose Trevino. After the eighth inning, the rains came and there was a delay before the game was called. I understand wanting to give the Royals their chance to come back, and don’t know how long the delay was before the game was called, but with the score at 12-2, common sense needs to prevail and let all go out and get some KC BBQ. LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI Judge 3-run HR (6) Rizzo 2-run HR (9) Leads MLB in HR Stanton 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (4) Torres 2-run HR (2) Kiner-Falefa 2 hits Higashioka 3 RBI Cortes (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.31 Loaisiga (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.00 Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.86 Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.91 Notes: Even though the team batting average is .249, that is still 4th in the league. Batting averages are down, and the average team MLB batting average is somewhere between .230 and .235. In fact, the Phillies were no-hit by five Mets’ pitchers last night. The Yanks do lead the AL in HR with 29, and are second in runs scored, slugging and OPS (OPS+ 123) and third in total bases and OBP. The pitching so far has been fabulous, and who’d have thought that with all five starters having made four starts each, that the best starter, with the lowest ERA and the most strikeouts, would be Cortes? Meanwhile who would have thought that the starter with the highest ERA so far would be Cole? The Yanks lead the AL in ERA at 2.84, have given up the least amount of HR, and their pitchers have the most strikeouts. The ERA+ is 134 (100 is average). Aaron Hicks returned from paternity leave, after becoming father to a baby boy.
Posted in Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Cortes, Green, Hicks, Higashioka, Judge, Kiner-Falefa, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Luetge, Rizzo, Stanton, Torres
Back after a ten-day vacation visiting my sis across the country. Some comments at end of article. Anthony Rizzo hit three of the Yanks (11-6) five homeruns in the Yanks’ 12-8 win over Baltimore Tuesday night. Luis Severino pitched 5 1/3 hitless, shutout innings before tiring, and the Yankees’ bullpen made things nervously close. Rizzo hit a 3-run HR in the third to start the scoring. Joey Gallo hit his first HR of the season to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Rizzo’s second HR of the game, a 2-run HR, made it 6-0 in the fifth. After losing his no-hit bid, Severino walked the next hitter then gave up a 3-run HR and Baltimore had cut the lead to 6-3. The Orioles scored another run in the top of the seventh to close the score to 6-4. In the bottom of the seventh, D.J. LeMahieu led off with a single and Aaron Judge singled D.J. to third. Rizzo walked to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton singled in one run, and after Josh Donaldson struck out, Gleyber Torres tripled to clear the bases and make the score 10-4. Baltimore made things uncomfortable again, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth, three on a HR given up by Jonathan Loaisiga (who has been struggling lately) to cut the score to 10-8. In the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got back-to-back homers by Judge (4) and Rizzo (8) to make it 12-8, which wound up being the final score. LeMahieu 2 hits Judge 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (4) Rizzo 3 hits, all HR (8), 6 RBI Now leads majors in HR Stanton 2 hits, RBI Torres 3 RBI Gallo solo HR (1) Severino (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.32 Holmes (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.04 Luetge 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 6.00 Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 8.10 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.00 A few notes on the games while I was away. A disappointing weekend in Baltimore, where the Yanks lost two of three. So far the pitching (except for last night) has carried the team. In the first 13 games of the season, the Yanks were shut out three times, and in another game, they only scored one run in an eleventh inning loss. Higashioka, Gallo, and Stanton have been struggling. Now in the last two games, they have scored ten and twelve runs, so maybe the bats are waking up. The team batting average is .242, meanwhile the team ERA of 2.85 leads the league. A good thing is Severino looking like the Severino of old. Meanwhile, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Mike King have been great. Tim Locastro was brought up, and J.P. Sears sent down. Miguel Andujar was brought up because Aaron Hicks is out on paternity leave. There will be some more moves coming because those extra players allowed because of the shortened spring training will have to be lopped off the roster after Sunday’s games. One thing I didn’t know until a few days ago is that EACH MLB team is now using humidors for the baseballs. Before, because of the light air and the way balls fly out, only teams like Colorado were doing so. The humidor helps to deaden the baseballs. Congrats in order to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who became only the seventh player to have 3000 hits and 500 HR in his career. The other six are Aaron, Mays, A-Rod, Pujols, Palmeiro and Murray.
Posted in Awards, In-Season Moves, Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Andujar, Cabrera, Chapman, Cortes, Gallo, Hicks, Higashioka, Holmes, Judge, King, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Locastro, Luetge, Rizzo, Sears, Severino, Stanton, Torres
These will be the last posts for me for a while, since I am traveling across the country to spend a vacation with my family. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. hit 3 HR and a double and drove in 4 runs to almost singlehandedly beat the Yankees (3-3) Wednesday night. His first HR, in the top of the first inning, was controversial. CF Aaron Hicks got a glove on it, and it appeared to hit the top of the wall before coming back onto the field. Umpires ruled, however, that it went over then came back. 1-0, Blue Jays. Guerrero hit a 2-run HR in the top of the third inning, again off Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole. 3-0. The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Anthony Rizzo (3) and Aaron Judge (1) hit back-to-back homers. Josh Donaldson doubled, and after another out, D.J. LeMahieu doubled home Donaldson. Toronto got a run in the top of the seventh to make it 4-3, then Guerrero hit his third HR of the game in the top of the eighth to make it 5-3. The Blue Jays tacked on another run after Guerrero’s HR to up their lead to 6-3. Gleyber Torres homered (1) for the Yankees in the bottom of the eight to cut it to 6-4, but that wound up as the final score. With one on, Giancarlo Stanton pinch-hit and just missed tying the game up with a HR. J.P. Sears made his MLB debut. Rizzo 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (3) Judge 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (1) LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI Torres solo HR (1) Hicks 2 hits. Cole 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.59 Green (l, 0-1) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K 0.00 Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. gave up 1 HR. 2.45 Peralta 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K 3.38 Sears 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 MLB DEBUT
Posted in Players, Regular Season
Tagged Cole, Green, Guerrero, Hicks, Judge, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Peralta, Rizzo, Sears, Stanton, Torres
After being shut out by Toronto on Monday night, the Yankees (3-2) returned the favor Tuesday night, blanking Toronto 4-0.
One turn through the rotation, and guess who pitched the best? The #5 starter, “Nasty” Nestor Cortes, Jr. In the first inning, some tough breaks. Josh Donaldson led off with a walk, then Aaron Judge was robbed of a double. Anthony Rizzo then doubled, but Donaldson was thrown out at home. He had stopped and once you do that, you can’t start up again. The Yanks got a two-run HR from Aaron Hicks (1) in the bottom of the second inning. With one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled and went to second on a single by Gleyber Torres. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt let LeMahieu score to make it 3-0. In the bottom of the eighth, Donaldson walked, and Judge doubled him to third. After Rizzo struck out, Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF to make it 4-0. LeMahieu 2 hits Torres 2 hits Hicks 2-run HR (1) Cortes 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. 0.00 Holmes (W, 1-0) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.70 Castro (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K, 0.00 Loaisiga (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00