The Yankees (51-46, 3rd, 8 GB) rallied for four eighth-inning runs to edge Boston 4-3 Saturday. Jameson Taillon won his fifth straight decision. In turning his season around, he has lowered his ERA by almost a run and a half. Taillon gave up runs in each of the first three innings, but two of those runs were unearned because of two errors by Rougned Odor, who would redeem himself later. In his last seven starts, Taillon is 5-0, 2.59. Down 3-0 in the top of the eighth, Estevan Florial led off the inning with a double. Two outs later, Brett Gardner singled in Florial. Giancarlo Stanton hit a ground-rule double, Tyler Wade pinch-ran for him. Odor then tied the game with a double. Gleyber Torres singled in Odor to give the Yanks the lead. Some shaky moments in the ninth, but eventually Aroldis Chapman closed it out. The Yanks are 3 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot and would have to jump over Seattle and Oakland. Gardner 2 hits, RBI Odor 2 RBI Florial 2 hits. Taillon (W, 6-4) 7 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. 4.36 Loaisiga (H, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.06 Just back from Covid IL. Chapman (S, 18) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.15
The Yankees had a short bullpen, with the IL and COVID IL having O’Day, Peralta, Cortes, Loaisiga & King on it, and both Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman were unavailable due to recent usage. Next man up, but…. those men didn’t deliver as the Yanks blew a 3-1 lead in the 9th, then a 4-3 lead in the tenth as the Yanks (50-45, 3rd, 8 GB) lost 5-4 in Boston. Another late inning bullpen meltdown, and the Yanks have had too many of those lately. Poor Jordan Montgomery pitched well and once again got little run support. The Yanks only got four hits all game long. They did go up 1-0 in the fourth. Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton walked to lead off the inning. After an out, a passed ball moved both runners up, and Gardner scored on a groundout by Gleyber Torres. There was a 55 minute rain delay in the fifth inning. Boston tied the game, helped by an error by Tyler Wade, in the seventh. The Yanks went ahead 3-1 in the eighth. D.J. LeMahieu and Gardner both walked to lead off the inning, then Stanton singled to make it 2-1. Rougned Odor bunted both runners over and Torres hit a SF. Luis Cessa pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, but manager Aaron Boone went to his closer for the night, Chad Green, for the ninth. Strikeout, single, single, lineout, and the Yankees were one out away. Instead, a double tied the game before Green then got the last out. In the top of the tenth, Tyler Wade was the ghost runner at second. He moved up to third on a ground out and scored on a SF by Gardner. Then to a wild, terrible bottom of the tenth. Brooks Kriske came in to pitch, and FOUR wild pitches by Kriske basically gave Boston the game. Boston had their ghost runner. WP moved him to third. Another WP and the game was tied, and Boston did nothing to earn that. A walk. A WP moved the winning run to second. Another WP moved him to third. A strikeout. A SF to win the game. What an ugly way to lose. Torres 2 RBI Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K. 3.96 1 WP Romano (H, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.06 (Combined Cin/NYY; see below) Luetge (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.20 Cessa (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.82 Green (BS, 2) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.06 Kriske (L, 1-1; BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 10.80 FOUR wild pitches. Before the game, the Yanks DFA’d Asher Wojciechowski and brought up Sal Romano. Romano was with the Reds 2017 through this year and going into this game, had a career record of 15-19, 5.15 (ERA+ 85). 83 games, about half of which were starts. Kriske was sent down after the game.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Managers and Coaches, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Boone, Britton, Cessa, Chapman, Cortes, Green, Loaisiga, Luetge, Montgomery, Romano, Torres, Wojciechowski
AAA: SWB (43-21) won 8-0 on a combined no-hitter. Luis Gil (W, 3-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 9 K. 4.03 Reggie McClain 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.55 Stephen Ridings 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.50 CF Socrates Brito solo HR. SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands 2 RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits. AA: Somerset (40-27) lost 9-6. CF Brandon Lockridge 2-run HR. LF Isiah Gilliam 3 for 3, solo HR. High A: Hudson Valley (45-23) won 8-0. Starter Jhony Brito 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 10 K (4-4, 2.76) SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR. RF Jake Sanford 2-run HR. 3B James Nelson 3 hits. 1B Kyle MacDonald 3 hits. C Saul Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI. Low A: Tampa (46-21) won 6-5 in 10 innings. RF Everson Pereira 2 RBI. LF Ryder Green 2 hits, RBI. 1B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Luis Santos 2 hits. Tampa won despite walking 13 batters.
Posted in Awards, Minors, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Brito, Chaparro, Gil, Gilliam, Lockridge, MacDonald, McClain, Nelson, Pereira, Ridings, Sands, Sanford, Santos, Torres, Velazquez, Volpe, Wagner
The Yanks moved into sole possession of third place in the AL East with a 6-5, 10-inning walk-off win over the Phils last night. The Yanks are 50-44, 7 GB. The game featured both teams using spot, emergency starters. Both starters did surprisingly well, considering. Asher Wojciechowski started for the Yanks, and things looked like they would be bleak when he gave up a HR to Jean Segura of the Phils on his first pitch of the game. But he settled in to just give up 2 runs in 4 IP. Hoy Jun Park was sent down to make room for Wojciechowski on the roster. After the Phils made it 2-0 in the third inning, the Yanks came back to tie the game in the fourth. With two out, Gleyber Torres homered (6). Brett Gardner singled, and then Greg Allen, who has really given the Yankees a jolt, doubled in Gardner to tie the score. The Yanks got three runs in the bottom of the seventh to go up 5-2. With one out, rookie Estevan Florial singled, then stole second. After another out, Giancarlo Stanton singled in Florial, then Rougned Odor hit a 2-run HR (11). The Yanks’ bullpen couldn’t hold the lead, as Zack Britton and Nick Nelson combined to give up three runs in the top of the eighth to allow the Phils to tie the game. The Yanks had a chance to walk it off in the ninth, but couldn’t get the run in, so to extra innings it went. Gary Sanchez was the “ghost” runner in the tenth, a rule that (thankfully) seems like it will be going away and back to the minors. Gleyber Torres sacrifice bunted Sanchez to third, and PH Ryan LaMarre singled in Sanchez with the winning run. Brooks Kriske got his first MLB win. The Yanks were fortunate. They won despite issuing 11 walks. The Phils were 1 for 14 w/RISP. The Yanks now head to Boston for a big 4-game series. Odor 2-run HR (11) Torres solo HR (6) LaMarre PH GW RBI single Wojciechowski 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50 Abreu 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1.88 Wilson 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.94 Britton (H, 3) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 8.53 Nelson (BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 9.45 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.28 Kriske (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 10.50 FIRST MLB WIN.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Allen, Britton, Chapman, Kriske, LaMarre, Nelson, Odor, Park, Stanton, Torres, Wilson, Wojciechowski
The Yankees (48-44, 4th, 7 back) beat Boston 9-1 last night, and it was a satisfying win on many levels. For one, Jameson Taillon is 4-0, 2.86 in his last six starts, lowering his ERA from 5.74 to 4.60. For another, the players the Yanks have filling in while others are on the IL or Covid IL, made huge contributions. They don’t have to be Aaron Judge. Who can be. What they need to do, and what they did do, was stay within their game, do what they do well, and contribute using the best of their own individual talent. Good to see that from them last night. For another, those fill-ins, if you will, were aggressive and you saw a hit-and-run, stolen bases, and even a drag bunt for a hit by regular Rougned Odor (who also homered). The Yanks struck first in the second inning when Gleyber Torres hit a solo HR (5). In the third, one of the players filling in, Greg Allen, singled. He went to third on a hit-and-run single by D.J. LeMahieu, and scored on an RBI groundout by Giancarlo Stanton. 2-0. More aggressiveness in the fifth. Odor beat out a bunt for a single. Other player filling in, Ryan LaMarre, singled Odor to third and moved up to second himself on an error. Earlier in the game, it appeared as if LaMarre was injured, but he shook it off. He would contribute even more later. Good thing LaMarre was ok, because earlier in the game, another of the fill-ins, Trey Amburgey, had to leave the game with a hamstring issue. Not only that, on another play in the game, the Yanks almost had three players run into each other. You can’t keep losing players. Anyway, now the Yanks had runners on second and third, and Allen made it 3-0 by hitting a SF. Just doing the little things. The Yanks broke open the game with four runs in the seventh. Brett Gardner singled and Odor homered (10) to make it 5-0. LaMarre walked and stole second. Allen walked. A couple of flyouts later, and LaMarre was on third. Allen stole second. Gary Sanchez walked to load the bases. Torres walked to force in a run. 6-0. Chris Gittens walked to force in another run. 7-0. Boston scored a run in the top of the eighth, but the Yanks scored two more in the bottom of the eighth when Odor walked and LaMarre hit a 2-run HR (1). Final score, 9-1. Torres 2 RBI. Solo HR (5) Odor 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (10) LaMarre 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (1) Taillon (W, 5-4) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.60 Green (H, 12) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.79 Britton 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 5.40 Luetge 1/3 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.32 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.26
AAA: No luck for SWB, as they were supposed to complete a suspended game then play a new one. The suspended game was picked up in the second inning, no score. They only made it into the fifth, still no score, and the game had to be suspended again. The regularly scheduled game was postponed.
AA: Somerset (40-25) lost 8-7. Starter Ken Waldichuk has been really good this year, and was for five innings, but he then gave up a 3-run HR in the sixth. Guess he was due for a so-so outing. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. LF Michael Beltre 2 RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits.
High A: Hudson Valley (43-23) won 9-4. RF Jake Sanford 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. CF Elijah Dunham 3 hits. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, 2 RBI, 1B Chad Bell a 3-run HR. C Saul Torres 3 -run HR. Low A: Tampa (45-20) won 5-4. DH Everson Pereira 2 for 2, 2 RBI. RF Ryder Green 3 hits.
Posted in Minors, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Bell, Beltre, Cabrera, Dunham, Gilliam, Green, Lockridge, Olivares, Pereira, Sanford, Torres, Waldichuk
It took eight games, but thanks to a game shortened because of rain (and played in slop), the Yanks finally beat Boston this year. The game started late, was delayed, and was finally called after six innings with the Yanks (47-44, 4th in AL East, 8 back) winning 3-1. In the process, the Yanks lost another player to the IL. OF Tim Locastro, just acquired, tore his ACL in the first inning making a play. He is done for the season. Gerrit Cole worked out of a man on third, one out situation in the first inning by getting a couple of strikeouts. He gave up a run in the second on a couple of singles that sandwiched a groundout that moved the runner up. The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning. Greg Allen doubled with two outs for their first hit, and D.J. LeMahieu followed with an RBI single to tie the game. Cole got a fortuitous call on a check swing to get a strikeout with the bases loaded to end the top of the sixth. Two Red Sox were ejected arguing the call. In the bottom of the sixth, the Red Sox left the field temporarily when some idiot threw a ball at LF Alex Verdugo and hit him in the neck. Verdugo was understandably incensed. They also left so that the ground crew could work on the field, which was becoming a swamp. When play resumed, after one out, Gary Sanchez (16) and Gleyber Torres (4) hit back-to-back homers to give the Yanks a 3-1 lead. The Yanks put a couple more runners on, but couldn’t score further. The game was then delayed again, and eventually called. Sanchez solo HR (16) Torres solo HR (4) Cole (W, 10-4) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 11 K. 2.63
This was brutal. Up 7-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees (46-43, Tied for 3rd, 8 back) gave up 6 runs to Houston in the bottom of the 9th, the last three on a walkoff HR by Jose Altuve, and lost 8-7. With the all-star break now, the Yanks will have that depressing memory to chew on for a while. The Yanks didn’t have Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid) available. Zack Britton and Darren O’Day are both on the IL. But it speaks volumes that they didn’t even let Aroldis Chapman start the ninth inning with a five-run lead. No trust in him. And this is the FOURTH really bad loss in a month and a day. THIRD in two weeks. Some bad memories as we revisit. June 10. Up 5-3 in Minnesota. The game that started Chapman’s skid. He gave up two 2-run HRs, didn’t get an out, in the bottom of the ninth. Yanks give up 4 runs. Yanks lose 7-5. June 30. Up 8-4, Yanks give up 7 in top of the ninth to Angels and lose 11-8. July 4. 1st game of DH, 7-inning game. Up 5-4 going into the top of the seventh, give up 6, lose to Mets 10-5. Now July 11. Up 7-2 in Houston, give up six in the bottom of the ninth. Lose 8-7. I heard a little bit of WFAN after the game. In those few minutes, they were ripping into Hal Steinbrenner to show some emotion. To show he cares. To get ticked off about these losses. To show that he, like us, is a LITTLE bit like a fan, and that isn’t only a business that he only cares about on the business end but is impassive on the wins and losses end. Or if he doesn’t care, then sell the team to someone who does. They were really on him. The Yanks scored in the top of the third when Gary Sanchez walked with one out. On a strikeout, Sanchez moved up on a WP. Luke Voit walked, and Sanchez scored on a error on a ball hit by Gleyber Torres. Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon gave up a HR in the bottom of the third that allowed Houston to tie the game. Tim Locastro hit his first Yankees’ HR (second of the year for him) to put the Yanks up 2-1. The Yankees went up 3-1 in the fifth. Giancarlo Stanton singled, Voit walked, and Torres singled in Stanton. Jameson, who pitched well, gave up another HR in the sixth, and it was 3-2. In the seventh, the Yanks made it 4-2 when with two out, Torres walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Gio Urshela. Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (15) in the eighth to make it 7-2. Then the roof fell in in the bottom of the ninth. As mentioned, Chapman not trusted with a five-run lead (Yikes!). Domingo German comes out for his third inning of relief. Single. Double. In comes Chad Green. Double to make it 7-4. Another double makes it 7-5. Bloop single. Runners on first and third. Line out. Then the 3-run HR by Altuve to win it for Houston. Yikes. The Yankees could have crushed the Astros in this game. They walked 14 times to go with their 8 hits. But they were 3 for 16 w/RISP. Sanchez 3-run HR (15) Stanton 2 hits. Urshela 2 hits, RBI Locastro solo HR (2) Taillon 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 2 of 3 hits given up HR. 4.90 (nice job, has lowered ERA by a run, was almost 6) German (H, 2) 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K Green (L, 3-5) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up walkoff HR. 2.89
Posted in Media, Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season, The Owner
Tagged Britton, Chapman, German, Green, Loaisiga, Loasiga, Locastro, Sanchez, Steinbrenner, Taillon, Torres, Urshela
For the second time in a week, Nestor Cortes, Jr. got a spot start. The way he is pitching, maybe these won’t be spot starts anymore. Michael King suffered a freak injury to a finger, and besides, King is better in relief than as a starter. Up stepped Cortes, and the Yankees shut out the Astros last night, 4-0. The win moved the Yanks (45-42) into a virtual tie for third place in the AL East (Toronto .518 to the Yankees .517), 9 games back. The Yanks got two runs in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Gleyber Torres singled. After Rougned Odor forced Torres, Gio Urshela singled. Brett Gardner doubled both runners in. They got their other two runs in the seventh. With one out, Gardner walked. Tyler Wade doubled Gardner to third, and D.J. LeMahieu doubled both runners in. Wade had started in left partly because Miguel Andujar has a hand injury. That was all the Yanks needed, as Cortes and three relievers shut Houston down on just three hits. LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI Judge 2 hits Torres 2 hits, Urshela 2 hits Gardner 2 RBI Cortes 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1.05 Luetge (W, 3-1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.35 Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.14 Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.11
Posted in Players, Regular Season
Tagged Andujar, Cortes, Gardner, Green, Judge, King, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Luetge, Torres, Urshela
Domingo German was supposed to start, but an emergency root canal changed that. Nick Nelson started instead, but German, once he felt ok again, was available in the bullpen. He would be needed in a 5-4 Yankees’ (44-41, 4th in AL East, 8 1/2 back) win. The Yankees jumped on the board early, getting three runs in the first inning. With one out, Aaron Judge walked. Gary Sanchez also walked, and with two out, Luke Voit singled in a run, both runners moving up on the throw to the plate. Gleyber Torres singled in Sanchez and Voit and it was 3-0. Gio Urshela’s drive bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double, costing the Yanks a run (had it not, Torres would have scored) and the Yanks had to settle for three runs that inning. To be kind, Yankees’ emergency starter Nick Nelson spit the bit in an awful outing. He struck out the first batter, but then was all over the place. A HBP, a walk, a lineout that moved a runner up. Another walk which included a WP that allowed a run to score. Yet another walk that loaded the bases. Nelson was then pulled for Luis Cessa, who got a forceout to end the inning. Cessa went on to right the ship. The Yanks got two in the second inning. Tim Locastro hustled what should have been just a single into a double. D.J. LeMahieu just missed a HR, flying out deep to move Locastro to third. Judge then hit a 429-ft. HR (20) to make it 5-1. Later in the inning, Gleyber Torres just missed a three-run HR, as he, like LeMahieu, flied out to just before the fence. Gio Urshela also just missed in the third inning. It stayed 5-1 until the sixth, when German gave up a 3-run HR. That made it 5-4 but the Yanks hung on to win. Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-Run HR (20) Stanton 2 hits. Voit 2 hits, RBI Torres 2 RBI Locastro 2 hits, both doubles Nelson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 3 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 1 WP. 9.95 Just an awful outing. Cessa (W, 2-1) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00 Saved Yanks. German (H, 1) 3 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.33 Loaisiga (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.15 Green (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.23 Can’t trust Chapman right now to save it.
Posted in Players, Regular Season
Tagged Cessa, Chapman, German, Green, Judge, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Locastro, Nelson, Stanton, Torres, Urshela, Voit