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Game 66. SSSizzling….Yanks win 4-1 behind Severino, and HRs by Stanton and Sanchez.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino improved his record to 10-2, and got HR support from Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez as the Yanks beat the Rays 4-1 Saturday afternoon.

In the crowd were a bunch of members from the Pinstripe Mania club and website.

The win puts the Yanks at 46-20 on the season.

A walk to Greg Bird, single by Aaron Hicks and an RBI double by Gleyber Torres gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead in the second.

They made it 2-0 in the third on a double by Aaron Judge and a single by Didi Gregorius.

In the fifth, Stanton (16) and Sanchez (13) hit back-to-back homers to make it 4-0.

Tampa Bay got a run in the ninth when Chasen Shreve gave up a HR.

Judge 2 hits.
Stanton Solo HR.
Sanchez solo HR.
Didi RBI
Torres RBI

Severino (W, 10-2, 2.09) 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 9 K.
Shreve 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.76. Faced two batters, gave up HR and triple.
Chapman (S, 20) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   1.17

Tomorrow is Old-Timer’s Day at the Stadium.

 

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Game 64. Gleyber helps German to 1st MLB win, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First off, thank you to all for understanding that I couldn’t post as often as I wanted to, especially on the minor league stuff, because one of my uncles passed away and that I had a viewing and funeral to attend.

Thank you all for your patience, understanding and consideration.

Unfortunately, given the age and health of my mom, aunts and uncles, this seems to be more of a pressing issue now than before. I hope and pray for your understanding and consideration. Thank you.

As for tonight’s game, Game #64, Domingo German finally gets his first MLB win, thanks to Gleyber Torres.

I like German’s stuff, but as a rookie, it seemed that he was 1) pitching in bad luck, not getting enough run support 2) would pitch great except for one bad inning that would cost him the game and 3) would pitch five good innings but have that one, as an inexperienced rookie, that he could not get out of,  and would cost him the game.

So it is good to see him get his first MLB win.

In the top of the first, on the very first pitch of the game, German gave up a HR. I don’t know if it was a “get me over” fastball, but HR. Down 1-0 already. He struck out the side for the rest of the inning, but already down to a pitcher who was 8-3, 2.30.

A two- out double by Andujar and walks to Austin and Torreyes loaded the bases in the bottom of the second for Walker, who struck out.

With one out in the third, a single and walk for TB. A lineout to Judge in RF. Then a single to Stanton that brings in one run, but the other is thrown out at the plate for out #3. If Gardner was out in LF, I don’t think ANY run would have scored. But down 2-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, with one out,  the Yanks scored all their runs for the game. The Yanks had two on, two out in the fourth and did nothing, but in the fifth, Hicks led off with his seventh HR of the year.

This week, Hicks has been taking a lot of called strike threes. So I was wondering if he needed to re-establish his strike zone. Nice HR there.

After Hicks made it 2-1,  Judge singled. He moved up on a WP, but Stanton struck out for the second out of the inning. The struggling Sanchez drew a walk. Torres then hit a 3-run HR (13) to put the Yanks up, 4-2.

Nice list on the game by FS1. Youngest players 21 or under (before 22nd b/day) to 13 or more HR: Gleyber, 13 now. Mantle, age 19 in 1951, 13; Mantle, age 20 in 1952, 23. Mantle, age 21 in 1953, 21. DiMaggio, age 21 in 1936, 29. How about THAT company?

The Yanks, through sloppy D, gave the Rays a run in the top of the sixth. Walk, K. Dropped foul pop by Sanchez. K, WP. Man on second, two out. Single, SB. K to get out of the inning. 4-3, which would be the final score.

Bad move by Carlos Gomez of the Rays in the top of the seventh. A double with one out, then a CS trying to steal third.

The win puts the Yanks at 44-20, with Boston out in Seattle with a late game tonight.

Not to be a downer on a 44-20 team, but with all the HR, you do wonder about the strikeouts and batting average for the Yankees. How it will play in the postseason. Average for a lot of guys not too hot. A lot of K, a lot of striking out, but oh, those HR.

German (W, (first MLB Win)  (W, 1-4, 5.23) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.89
Betances (H, 8)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.30
Chapman (S, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.21

Hicks solo HR
Judge 2 hits.
Torres 3-run HR

Yanks’ pitchers combine for 15 K.

 

Game 63. Nats win battle of the youngsters, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

21 year old Gleyber Torres hit a HR for the Yanks tonight, but 19 year old Juan Soto hit 2 for Washington in the Nationals’ 5-4 win over the Yanks Wednesday night.

Soto was the youngest to HR against the Yanks since Andruw Jones in the 1996 WS. Jones hit 2 in that game, and Soto also was the youngest to have a multi-HR game against the Yanks in the regular season game Gsince Junior Griffey in 1989.

Because of a viewing and funeral (one of my uncles died) I will not be posting a minor league recap of the Wednesday games, just this one.

Sonny Gray was, well, mediocre again. If not for him picking off two runners from first base and getting an OF assist from Brett Gardner, things could have been worse.

Top of the first. Double, single, strikeout but SB, and SF gives Washington a run.

In the bottom of the first, Gardner singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a SF by Judge.

In the second, Bird hit his third HR of the year, 2-1 Yanks.

A double by Judge and single by Stanton made it 3-1 Yanks in the third.

With two out in the fourth, Gray gave up a walk, single and a three-run HR to Soto that barely made the seats.

In the bottom of the fifth, Gleyber Torres’ 12th HR of the year tied the game.

But in the seventh, Soto hit his second HR of the game, this one off of Chasen Shreve, and that was the game. 5-4 Nats. With Boston’s win over pathetic Baltimore, the 43-20 Yanks drop one game behind Boston, even though the Yanks have a better winning percentage.

In the bottom of the ninth, down 5-4, I was surprised that Romine hit for himself and that Boone didn’t PH Sanchez for Romine, hoping for some lightning.

Stanton 3 hits, RBI.
Bird 2 hits, solo HR.
Torres solo HR.

Gray 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.98
Shreve (L, 2-1, 4.37) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.82
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.38

Game 60. Yanks comeback to beat Mets, 4-3. Tanaka to DL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Domingo German settled down after giving up 2 HR and 3 runs in the first inning, and the Yanks (42-18) came back to beat the Mets 4-3 Saturday night. It keeps the Yanks 1/2 game ahead of 44-21 Boston.

The Yanks got a double by Hicks to lead off the game, but couldn’t score him. In fact, Hicks was picked off of second to end the inning.

In the bottom of the first, with one out, ex-Yankee Todd Frazier homered off German, Brandon Nimmo tripled, and Asdubral Cabrera hit a 2-run HR. 3-0 Mets already.

But to his credit, German was great after that, keeping the Yanks in the ballgame.

Gleyber Torres homered (11) in the third to cut it to 3-1.

German got out of a second and third, two out jam by striking out Jay Bruce in the bottom of the third.

The Yanks loaded the bases for Aaron Judge in the fifth, but Judge grounded out. He’d redeem himself later.

Miguel Andujar tied the game in the sixth with a 2-run HR (8).

Judge homered (18) in the eighth for the game-winning run. 4-3, Yanks.

Judge solo HR, Game-winning hit.
Andujar, 2 hits, 2-run HR that tied the game.
Gregorius 3 hits
Torres solo HR.

German 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.32. Settled down after 3-run first inning.
1 WP by German, 1 HBP.
Robertson (W, 5-2, 3.94) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances (H, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1-2-3, all strikeouts. 3.54
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.  1.30

Before the game, Masahiro Tanaka was put on the DL and Ronald Torreyes brought up from SWB. We’ll have to see how long Tanaka is out and who replaces him in the rotation.

Game 59. Late blasts lead Yanks to 4-1 win over Mets.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Late HRs by Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton broke open a pitcher’s duel and enabled the Yanks (41-18) to beat the Mets 4-1 Friday night. The win, coupled with Boston’s 1-0 loss, puts the Yanks 1/2 game up on the 43-21 Red Sox. So the Yanks have played five less games than Boston, meaning if the Yanks go 3-2 in those five games, they are one game better.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a HR on the second pitch he threw tonight, but after that was great.

In the top of the sixth, the Yanks tied the game but lost Tanaka. Tanaka reached on an error. Now he had to run the bases. Torres singled, Gardner walked to load the bases and Judge hit a SF, scoring Tanaka. But Tanaka’s hamstrings tightened up running the bases and he had to leave the game.

Hasn’t MLB learned the lesson of Chien-Ming Wang a few years ago? Haven’t they learned that it is grossly unfair for AL teams to play one way for 153 games a season but to have their pitchers do something completely different for 9 inter-league games a year?

It is inevitable, and make it happen soon. Make the NL adopt the DH. The NL, and one league in Japan, are the ONLY leagues (and that includes the minors) that don’t implement the DH. With the high cost of some AL pitchers’ salaries, isn’t it time the NL adopts the DH or is forced to do so?

Besides, who the hell pays a ticket to watch pitchers hit?

Anyway, tie game, Tanaka out and the bullpen takes over. We’ll find out tomorrow how bad it is and if Tanaka has to miss a start or go on the DL.

In the top of the eighth, with two out, Torres singled and Gardner hit a 2-run HR (5) that bounced off the top of the fence and over the wall. 3-1 Yanks over DeGrom who pitched a great game against the Yanks tonight.

Giancarlo Stanton got HR #15 off a Mets reliever in the top of the ninth.

The Mets, struggling lately, found out before the game that their closer, Familia, went on the DL and that one of their best starters, Syndergaard, will not face Severino Sunday night. Seve faces Seth Lugo instead, and I and friends will be at the Sunday night game.

Torres 2 hits.
Gardner 2 hits, 2-run HR.
Stanton solo HR.

They had all five of the Yankees’ hits.

Tanaka 5 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 H, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.58
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.61
Green (W, 4-0, 2.03) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Betances (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.67
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 1.35

Golden State swept the Cavs for the NBA title, and last night, the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup.

Games 55 & 56. Yanks split DH with Tigers.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks split a DH with Detroit, winning the first game behind 3 HRs and Luis Severino 7-4, but losing the second game 4-2.

Clint Frazier was the 26th man for the DH today. Between games, Adam Warren was brought up and Tommy Kahnle was sent down.

It was an awful day for Aaron Judge, who went 0 for 9 for the day with 8 strikeouts.

Game 1:  Detroit got a run in the first on an RBI double by future HOF Miguel Cabrera. In the third, Gleyber Torres 10th HR of the season tied the game. Torres is the youngest Yankee to 10 career HR since Mickey Mantle.

The Yanks got six runs in the fourth inning. Greg Bird made it 2-1 with his second HR of the season. After that, Stanton and Didi singled, and Andujar singled to drive in a run. Frazier singled to make it 4-1. Romine hit a 3-run HR (4), 7-1. Frazier was sent back down after the DH (no room on the roster).

Detroit got an unearned run in the fifth off Severino, and two unearned runs in the ninth.

Bird solo HR
Torres solo HR
Romine 3-run HR.

Severino (W, 9-1, 2.20) 8 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K.
Holder 2/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.75
Chapman (S, 14) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.46

Game 2: Lost 4-2. The Yanks struck out 14x. Judge with the platinum sombrero, 0 for 5, 5 strikeouts. It seems as if Domingo German pitches just well enough to lose. He’s still looking for his first MLB win. He didn’t pitch that badly, but it seems he really needs a game where the Yanks give him a lot of run support to get him off the zero-win schneid. Tanaka can give up 4 runs in 7 IP, and win 10-4, but it seems German can do it and is unlucky, and will lose 4-2 as he did tonight.

Detroit got one in the second. German reached for a ball and it went off his hand into LF for a double. Lucky he wasn’t hurt. A passed ball, walk, SF and Detroit was up 1-0.

The Yanks tied it in the third on a single by Frazier and triple by Gardner. They had the bases loaded with two out but Torres bounced back to the pitcher. In this inning, Stanton was HBP, and some hard feelings ensued. Stanton was hit in the face by the same pitcher a few years ago.

The Tigers got two in the fourth to go up 3-1. Stanton got his revenge in the sixth with HR #13 to make it 3-2.

But in the seventh, the Tigers got a run for the final of 4-2. Adam Warren relieved German with two out and a runner on second, but gave up a double and a couple of walks before getting out of the inning.

The Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP in this game.

German (L, 0-4, 5.44) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 3 K. The kid needs a break where he gets lots of run support.

Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 K. 2.79

So the 38-18 Yanks stay 1 game back of idle Boston.

In the first round of the MLB draft, the Yanks selected a switch-hitting and switch-throwing (!) catcher, high-schooler Anthony Siegler.

 

Game 53. Yanks beat O’s, 4-1. Ex-Yank Barker passes away.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Going into Friday night’s games, the Red Sox were 6-1 against Baltimore, 9-4 against Tampa Bay (13 games against the Rays already!!! The Yanks have only played them twice!), and  7-2 vs. Toronto ….. so Boston is 22-7 (29 games vs. the AL East outside of the Yanks) while the Yanks are 1-3 against Baltimore, 2-0 vs. the Rays, and 5-3 vs. Toronto (just 14 games in the AL East outside of Boston), so 8-6 against the AL East outside of Boston.

Boston 22-7 vs, the AL East outside of the Yankees.
Yankees 8-6 outside the AL East outside of Boston.

The Yanks are now 1/2 game behind Boston.

In just the AL East, outside of each other, the Red Sox are 6 1/2 games better than the Yankees.

So now you know WHY the Red Sox are ahead of the Yankees by 1/2 a game right now.   

In order to match or catch Boston, the Yanks must match or better what Boston has done vs. the dregs of the AL East, as well as beat Boston in their head to head matchups.

So the Yankees faced Baltimore, one of the worst teams in the league, tonight. The Yanks won 4-1 while Boston had a good matchup vs. Houston (the defending WS champs) and lost.

So that puts the 36-17 Yanks 1/2 game behind Boston now.

In the bottom of the first, Sonny Gray gave up a HR to Manny Machado. Two thoughts on that. The first was, that here we go again with Sonny Gray. The other? It’s Manny Machado, let’s give Sonny a pass on that.

Well, the pass worked, for other than that, Sonny was good tonight.

In the third, the Yanks tied the game but could have had so much more. Walker singled, Romine walked. Torres singled to tie the game. Gardner singled to load the bases. Big inning coming? Nope. Judge struck out, Bird hit into a force at the plate and Stanton grounded out. Aaargh.

That Torres RBI? #27. Can you believe he is just 2 RBI behind Stanton with three less weeks of playing time with the Yanks?  

In the fifth, Torres doubled, but in trying for a triple, lost a shoe and was barely thrown out at third. Gardner then singled, which could have meant a run. Gardy stole second (six for six for the season) and after Judge made out, Bird tripled to make it 2-1.

In the sixth, Didi singled and stole second (by the way, check out Didi’s Twitter account after a Yankees win for his creative use of emojis to describe various Yankees’ players). Romine, riding a 10-game hitting streak, doubled him home to make it 3-1.

At the start of spring training, Boone and his coaching staff challenged Romine, the backup catcher, to hit better. They believed he was better than the .220 hitter he has been from 2011-2017 with the Yanks, with just an OPS+ of 54.

And yes, I was down on Romine this past off-season.

Romine has so far responded to the challenge. He is at .375-3-16 so far this season, far exceeding expectations. I wanted improvement (as did Boone and the coaching staff) and he is doing much better than the improvement we were seeking.

In the seventh, Judge homered (16) to make it 4-1.

Dellin Betances gave us a scare in the eighth, but the Yanks wrapped up a win.

Gray (W, 4-4, 5.50) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP
Green (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.33
Betances (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 HBP.  4.13
Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.48

Ray Barker, who played for the Yanks 1965-1967, died this week at the age of 82. He was 0 for 6 for the 1960 Orioles, and made it back to the majors in 1965. With the Indians in 1965 he was 0 for 6 when he was traded to the Yankees for Pedro Gonzalez.

Barker, mostly a 1B, hit .254-7-31 in 205 AB for the Yanks in 1965. OPS+109. Decent.

In 1966, 75 AB, .187-3-13. OPS+ 73.

He went 2 for 26 in 17 games in 1967 for the Yanks, and was traded to the Orioles for Steve Barber. He never played in the majors again.

Barker played in 192 MLB games. He hit .214-10-44 in 318 MLB at bats, OPS + 84.

All-Star Voting began today.