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Game 56. A stinker. Yanks lose, 14-1.

This was a stinker in many ways. The Yanks only got four hits and only scored one run, that on a passed ball. They made four errors, two by Gary Sanchez. They gave up 14 runs in losing to Toronto, 14-1, Wednesday night.

They have to clean up their act before the playoffs start next week. Even Luke Voit compared them to the Bad News Bears last night.

In one of the innings, they loaded the bases with no one out and didn’t score.

It got so bad that backup C Erik Kratz had to pitch…. again. His second pitching appearance in less than a week.

And the defense could be the Yanks’ Achilles heel come playoff time. Despite excellent defensive players like D.J. LeMahieu and Gio Urshela, the Yanks’ fielding percentage ranks as one of the worst, if not THE worst in the AL this year, and is the Yanks’ worst since 1988 (from a NJ.com article). Besides Sanchez, Gleyber Torres also is at fault, as Torres is a better 2B than SS, but LeMahieu is at 2B. Besides Sanchez’ two errors, another error last night was made by Torres.

You really have to wonder at this point if the Yanks are better off just going with Higashioka the rest of the way. His defense is unquestionably better than Sanchez’, and his bat, normally far worse, is much better at the present time, especially after Sanchez went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts last night to drop his batting average to a ghastly .143.

With a Rays win and the Yanks’ loss, the Rays clinched the AL East title. Minnesota has jumped over the Chicago White Sox for the AL Central lead, so at present the Yanks are the #5 seed, two games behind the White Sox with four games to go. Should it stay like this, the Yanks play the White Sox, all three games in Chicago, in the best-of-3 first round.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up two runs right away in the first inning. One was unearned because of a Sanchez error.

The Yanks’ only run came in the top of the second. Luke Voit walked, then with one out, Aaron Hicks walked. Gio Urshela singled to load the bases. Voit scored on a PB. With a chance to tack on, Sanchez struck out and Clint Frazier flied out.

The Blue Jays got an unearned run, courtesy of Torres’ error, in the third, then scored two more in the fourth, helped along by an error by Luke Voit.

Toronto got eight in the sixth to break the game wide open, four runs coming off of Tyler Lyons, who was making his first appearance of the season. Sanchez made his second error (catcher interference) in this inning.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .360. 2 of the Yankees’ four hits.
Both Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton were 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts.

Tanaka (L, 3-3, 3.56) 4 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.74
Lyons 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1 HBP, 21.60 Season debut
Kratz 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 9.00. Gave up 1 HR. Backup C.

Game 55. Yanks rout Jays, 12-1.

Yes, it appears that Kyle Higashioka has become Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher, and based on the results last night and in his past few outings, should remain so come the postseason.

Helped by a healthy attack, Cole beat the Blue Jays 12-1 last night. The Yankees (32-23) remain as the #5 seed, 1 1/2 games behind the Twins with 5 games to go.

This was the last regular season start for the Yankees’ ace, who went 7-3, 2.84 in the regular season.

The Yanks scored twice in the first inning. Wirth one out, Aaron Judge walked and Aaron Hicks tripled him home. HIcks then scored on a WP.

With two out in the top of the fourth, Gleyber Torres doubled and was driven home by Gio Urshela’s single. 3-0.

Cole made one mistake that cost him all night. Cavan Biggio hit a solo HR off him in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-1.

The Yanks came right back with four runs in the top of the fifth. With one out, Higashioka singled. LeMahieu was HBP. Judge singled in a run and everyone moved up on the throw. Hicks singled in two, stole second, then scored on a single by Torres. 7-1.

The Yanks got three in the top of the eighth. With two out, Urshela doubled, and Clint Frazier walked. Brett Gardner singled in a run. Kyle Higashioka’s drive hit the very top of the wall, just missing a HR. Instead, a 2-run double. 10-1 Yanks.

The Yanks closed out the scoring with two in the top of the ninth. Judge singled. Mike Tauchman walked. After an out, Torres singled in Judge, Tauchman moving to third. Urshela singled to make it 12-1, which was the final score.

Judge 3 hits, RBI
Hicks 2 hits, 3 RBI
Torres 3 hits, 2 RBI
Urshela 4 hits, 2 RBI
Higashioka 2 hits, 2 RBI

Cole (W, 7-3, 2.84) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 W, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.00
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.71

Game 50. 5 HR within 6 batters! Yanks set records in 10-7 win.

Six consecutive batters. Five HR among those six.

Five HR in the same inning.

First team in MLB history to hit six or more HR in three consecutive games.

There’s mashing, and there is MASHING.

The Yanks (29-21) won their eighth straight game, 10-7 over Toronto Thursday night (and it wasn’t that close. Toronto got 4 in the top of the ninth) and by sweeping the three game series against the Blue Jays, opened up space between them and Toronto. Not only that, the #5 seed (as of now) Yankees are just one game behind the #4 seed (as of now) Twins. That is the difference between having all three games in the first round be at home or on the road.

The scores in this three game bludgeoning of Toronto were 20-6, 13-2 and 10-7. As mentioned, if Jonathan Holder does his job last night instead of being sloppy, that last game would have been 10-3.

The Yankees got two runs in the first inning when D.J. LeMahieu walked, Luke Voit doubled him to third, and Aaron Hicks walked to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton singled in one run, and the second scored when Gleyber Torres GIDP.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up two runs in the top of the third, one on a solo HR by Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., and the game was tied.

Then, in the bottom of the fourth, came a power show you had to see to believe. You’ve never seen anything like it before.

With one out, Clint Frazier walked. Gary Sanchez doubled to make it 3-2.

Then…

Brett Gardner homered (5). 5-2.
D.J. LeMahieu homered (10). 6-2. Back-to back HR.
Luke Voit made it three HR in a row (MLB leading 20th). 7-2.

Aaron Hicks struck out.

Giancarlo Stanton homered (4) 8-2.
Gleyber Torres homered (3) 9-2. Back-to-back HR.

Six straight batters. 5 HR. Three in a row, then after a strikeout, back-to-back. Wow.

Gurriel hit another HR off of Tanaka in the fifth. 9-3, Yankees.

Sanchez homered (9) in the bottom of the seventh to make it 10-3 and enable the Yanks to set the record of first team with six or more HR in three consecutive games.

As mentioned above, things got sloppy in the top of the ninth. Jonathan Holder couldn’t do his job to close it out and Aroldis Chapman was needed to do so. Final 10-7.

The Yanks now go to Boston to hopefully put a lot of dents into the Green Monster or the seats above it.

LeMahieu (.373) solo HR (10) Leads MLB in BA, OPS+, AL in OBA, OPS
Voit 2 hits, solo HR (20—leads MLB) also leads AL in SA.
Stanton 4 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (4)
Torres solo HR (3)
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI Solo HR (9)
Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI. A 2-run HR (5)

Tanaka (W, 3-2, 3.27) 7 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.91
Holder 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 0 K. 4.08
Chapman (S, 3) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.15

Game 47. Gleyber’s PH double wins it, 3-1

Gleyber Torres didn’t start the game, but he sure ended it.

The Yanks (26-21) won their fifth straight, and swept the four game weekend series from Baltimore by winning 3-1 on Sunday.

Before the series, Baltimore was creeping up on the Yanks for a playoff spot. Not anymore.

J.A. Happ gave up a HR in the top of the second to Renato Nunez. 1-0, O’s.

Tyler Wade tied it up for the Yanks in the bottom of the third with his second HR of the season.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth. With two out, Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier both singled. Torres PH for Brett Gardner and doubled in two runs. 3-1 Yanks. Ballgame.

The Yanks are off Monday, 9/14.

Frazier 2 hits
Andujar 2 hits.
Torres 2 RBI
Wade solo HR (2)

Happ 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.96
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.43
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.08
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.80
Britton (W, 1-2, 2.25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.50

Maybe my post of yesterday helped. LOL. Albert Pujols tied Willie Mays on the all-time HR list with #660 on Sunday.

Game 45. Voit, Tanaka lead Yanks to DH Sweep, 10-1.

Luke Voit hit two homers to tie for the MLB HR lead with 16, and Masahiro Tanaka settled in after giving up a first-inning HR as the Yanks (24-21) crushed Baltimore 10-1 to sweep yesterday’s doubleheader at the Stadium. (See Game 44 for first game results).

With Judge and Stanton on the DL, what Voit is doing is impressive and with a lot of the lineup struggling (Sanchez, Gardner, Hicks, Ford, Wade, Estrada, Andujar all at .220 or below), Voit should get MVP consideration along with LeMahieu.

As of this morning, Voit’s 16 HR are tied for the MLB lead, and LeMahieu’s .359 batting average leads the A.L.

After Tanaka gave up a solo HR in the first, the Yankees came right back with four runs in the bottom of the first, thanks in part to some luck and shoddy play by the Orioles.

LeMahieu walked, and Voit singled him to second. On a fly to left, LeMahieu surprisingly tug up and would have been out at third, but the ball was dropped. Voit moved up to second behind LeMahieu. Clint Frazier hit a grounder to short, LeMahieu tried to score, and would have been out if the throw was good. So the Yanks got lucky and got a run. Gleyber Torres then singled to make it 2-1, and Miguel Andujar’s double made it 4-1.

After a shaky start to the top of the second, Tanaka settled in, retiring each of the last 12 batters he faced.

Voit hit a three-run HR in the fourth to make it 7-1. He then hit another three-run HR in the fifth to make it 10-1, which wound up as the final score.

With the win, the Yanks moved to within 1/2 a game of second place Toronto in the AL East.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.359 leads A.L; won batting title in NL in 2016)
Voit 3 hits, TWO 3-run HRs (16), 6 RBI Tied for MLB lead in HR.
Torres 2 hits, RBI. Looks like Torres finally getting back to being Gleyber.
Andujar 2 RBI



Tanaka (W, 2-2, 3.16) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.65
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 14.73

In that first round of the playoffs, a best of 3, it appears like Cole and Tanaka are locks to be starters, but surprise! the best candidate for that third starter spot could be 21 year old Deivi Garcia. —–over Happ and Montgomery. As for Paxton, we don’t even know if he’ll be back this season. Right now, I’d say it is between Happ (horrible start to season, better lately) and Garcia.

Game 43. Yanks end losing streak with a 7-2 win.

And a child shall lead them…

Well, maybe not children, but the Yanks were led last night by 23 year old Gleyber Torres and 21 year old Deivi Garcia.

Having lost 15 of their last 20, and the last five in a row, the Yanks (22-21) were desperate for a victory after seeing their record drop from 16-6 to 21-21 and also seeing their playoff hopes clinging by a thread.

What they got was seven superb innings from Garcia, making just his third MLB start, and a HR and 4 RBI from Torres.

For Garcia, it was his first MLB win. For Torres, who hit 38 HR last year, he finally got his second HR of this season… .and the first one was on Opening Day….way too long of a stretch between homers.

Torres started things off with the HR. A solo shot in the top of the second to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Garcia gave up a 2-run blast in the bottom of the second and the Yanks were down 2-1.

D.J. LeMahieu homered (5) in the top of the third to tie it up for the Yanks.

The Yanks went ahead with three runs in the top of the fifth. Tyler Wade singled, went to second on a groundout by LeMahieu, and scored on a single by Luke Voit to make it 3-2. Aaron Hicks walked, and after Clint Frazier struck out, Torres doubled in Voit and Hicks to make it 5-2.

The Yanks got two insurance runs in the top of the ninth. LeMahieu reached on an error, moved to second on a groundout, and stole third. HIcks walkded, and Frazier singled in LeMahieu, with Hicks moving to third. Frazier stole second, and Hicks scored on an RBI groundout by Torres.

LeMahieu solo HR (5)
Frazier 2 hits, RBI
Torres 2 hits, solo HR (2), 4 RBI

Garcia (W, 1-1, 3.06) 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. FIRST MLB WIN.
Britton (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.57
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.00

Injury updates, and a trade.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees traded David Hale to the Phillies today for a minor league reliever, Addison Russ.

Hale will be 33 next month, and the RHP was 0-0, 3.00 in five games, all in relief, this season. He spent parts of 2018, 2019 and 2020 with the Yankees and as a Yankee, went 3-0, 2.98 in 28 games, all in relief. His overall record is 13-10, 4.23.

Russ, 25, was at the Phillies’ AA Reading team last year, going 5-6, 2.54 with 22 saves and 81 K in 56 2/3 IP. He supposedly hits 96 on his fastball, with a split finger to go along with it. The righty could conceivably come up to fill in the void left by Tommy Kahnle after Kahnle’s TJ surgery.

Russ is 15-10 overall in his minor league career, ERA 2.48. He has not pitched above AA. 50 saves, 200 K in 152 2/3 IP.

It looks like both James Paxton and Gleyber Torres are both headed to the IL but the MRIs weren’t as bad as feared. Still, at least 10 days for each of them.

UPDATE: And now I see Avilan to IL too. Left shoulder inflammation.

 

Game 25. Lost game 10-5, players to IL, weekend?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yankees put Zack Britton on the IL (hamstring), sent Miguel Andujar (2 for 21 this year, 9 for 68 last 68 MLB at bats) down and brought up Ben Heller and Miguel Yajure. Yajure, RHP, 22, went 9-6, 2.14 between High A and AA last year. He hasn’t appeared in AAA.

Then, during today’s game, Gleyber Torres left with a leg injury. He may be joining Judge, LeMahieu, Stanton and Britton on the IL.

ALSO, today’s starter, James Paxton, saw his fastball velocity diminish even more, felt something in his forearm/elbow area that didn’t feel right, and is headed for an MRI.

Ugh. TJ surgery? And he is a free agent at the end of the year.

As if that is not bad enough, the Yanks (16-9) lost yet again today to Tampa Bay, 10-5. They are 1-6 vs. the Rays this season, 15-3 against other teams. With the loss, the Yanks got swept three in a row by the Rays—all at home—and fell out of first place in the AL East. Tampa Bay, at 17-9, is now 1/2 game ahead of the Yanks.

I’ll get to the game in a moment. But TOMORROW’S Game, supposed to be at Citi FIeld vs. the Mets, has now been postponed, and the whole Subway Series weekend could now be scrapped because a Mets player and another member of the Mets’ personnel came down positive with the coronavirus (CCP Virus).

Got all that? Now for the game.

Paxton took a no-hitter into the fifth, and had a 2-0 lead. The Yanks got a run in the first when Luke Voit homered (10) for the fourth straight game. That HR gave him the team lead by one over Aaron Judge.

In the third, with one out, Mike Tauchman singled and Gio Urshela doubled. Torres drove in a run with a groundout, but appeared to tweak something in his hammy running to first. He is scheduled for an MRI.

Paxton lost his no-hitter and the lead in the top of the fifth. He only gave up one hit that inning, but that hit and three walks led to three Rays runs. 3-2 Rays.

The Yanks got the lead back in the bottom of the fourth when Urshela hit a 2-run HR (5).

But Adam Ottavino and Luis Avilan gave up five runs in the top of the sixth and it was 8-4 Rays.

With two out in the bottom of the sixth, Tyler Wade doubled, Aaron Hicks walked, and Voit singled to make it 8-5.

Luis Cessa gave up two runs in the top of the ninth to make it 10-5 and that was the final score.

Voit 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (10)
Tauchman 2 hits
Urshela 2 hits, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR (5)
Kratz 2 hits

Paxton 5 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 4 W, 8 K.  6.64
Ottavino (L, 2-2, BS,1; 4.00) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Avilan 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.32   Gave up 1 HR
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.89
Cessa 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  5.19  Gave up 1 HR.

 

 

Game 21. Oh Happ-y day, Yanks Ford Tough in 4-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After a couple of really bad starts to the season, J.A. Happ finally came through, and along with a big night by Mike Ford, the Yanks (15-6) beat Boston 4-2 Sunday night.

With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Gio Urshela singled, then a single by Mike Tauchman, and a two-out single by Ford made it 1-0, Yankees.

In the second, Brett Gardner walked, and with two out, Aaron Hicks doubled to make it 2-0, Yankees.

In the top of the third, a solo HR by Boston cut it to 2-1, Yankees.

The Yanks got it to 4-1 in the bottom of the third on a 2-run HR (2) by Ford.

The Yanks gave up a run in the ninth, held on to win, 4-2. They are 9-0 at home this year and 5-0 vs. Boston.

Tauchman, 2 hits.
Torres 2 hits
Ford 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR (2)

Happ (W, 1-1, 6.39) 5 2/3  IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Ottavino (H, 2) 2/3  IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.   1.08
Green (H, 5) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.71
Britton (S, 8) 1 IP, 1R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.    1.08

Chapman should be back tomorrow.

D.J. to IL. Andujar back up.

Game 20. Bombers bludgeon Boston, 11-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks hit the 1/3rd mark of this virus-shortened, strange season at 14-6 after an 11-5 bludgeoning of Boston Saturday night.

The Yanks so far this season are A) undefeated at home and B) undefeated vs. Boston, who have severe pitching issues.

Clint Frazier may be up because Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are on the IL, but it would be hard even for Judge and Stanton to do what Frazier has done since his recall. Three games, 7 for 11, 2 HR and 8 RBI.

Last night, Frazier went 3 for 3 with 5 RBI, including a 3-run HR.

However the Yanks could now lose another player to the IL—D.J. LeMahieu (.411), who injured his left thumb.

The Yanks scored right away in the first inning when Gio Urshela hit a 2-run HR, his fourth of the season.

Yankees’ starter James Paxton gave up three runs in the top of the third and Boston was ahead 3-2.

The Yanks got the lead back on a 2-HR run by Gary Sanchez (4) in the bottom of the fourth. It’s the third straight game in which Sanchez homered.

They broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with an single, and Mike Tauchman doubled him to third. After Sanchez struck out, Frazier hit a three-run HR (2) to make it 7-3. Brett Gardner and Tyler Wade then hit back-to-back doubles to make it 8-3. Wade in for the injured D.J.

They tacked three more on in the bottom of the seventh. Gio Urshela struck out, but reached first on a WP. After an out, Tauchman walked and Sanchez was HBP to load the bases. Frazier singled in two runs, and an error put him on second, Sanchez on third. Gardner then hit a SF to make it 11-3.

Boston got two runs in the top of the ninth but the final was 11-5 Yankees.

Urshela 2-run HR (4)
Torres 2 hits
Sanchez 2-run HR (4)
Frazier 3 for 3, a 3-run HR (2), 5 RBI

Paxton (W, 1-1, 7.04) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.   3.18
Avilan 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.70
Cessa 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.76   Gave up 1 HR.