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Game 66. Odd Tanaka line in Yanks’ fifth straight loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

10 K in 4 IP. But 3 HR given up and 5 runs. Those are Masahiro Tanaka’s numbers in yesterday’s 5-2 loss to Oakland.

The loss, the Yanks’ fifth in a row, drops them to 38-28. Boston lost, so the Yanks do retain their one-game AL East lead.

If there is a silver lining, maybe the Yanks have found something in Domingo German.

The Yanks struck out 16 A’s, but struck out 12x themselves.

The first pitch Tanaka threw was hit for a HR.

The Yankees got their two runs in the second. With one out, Ronald Torreyes and Mason Williams singled. Austin Romine singled in one run and Brett Gardner hit a SF.

Tanaka gave up another solo HR in the second that tied the game, then three runs, including another solo HR, in the fourth.

The Yanks managed just five hits, two by Torreyes. Didi Gregorius’ 17-game hitting streak ended.

Tanaka (L, 5-7, 6.34) 4 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 1 W, 10 K. Gave up 3 HR.
German 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K. 0.00. Second MLB game.

Game 65. West Woes continue as Yanks lose another close one, 7-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (38-27) AL East lead is down to one after a 7-6 loss Friday night in Oakland. The West coast trip has been hellish.

Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks are day to day with the injuries, and Adam Warren was put on the DL, joining CC. Giovanny Gallegos was sent down, Mason Williams (for Hicks) and Kyle Higashioka (for Sanchez) were brought up. It’s hard to keep up with the moves lately.

Once again the Yanks had a lead, and once again the B-listers (anyone not Warren, Chapman, Clippard or Betances) of the bullpen blew it. Chapman is supposed to return Sunday (see the minor league report for his rehab stint), Warren is now on the DL and the others aren’t getting the ball to Betances.

In the four-game losing streak, the Yanks have lost three games by one run, and two in extra innings. Excruciating. The losses have been by Shreve, Herrera (MLB debut), Gallegos (rookie on the NYY-SWB shuttle with 9 MLB games under his belt) and now Holder, another rookie.

The close losses have really affected their Pythagorean record. According to runs scored vs. runs allowed, the Yanks should be five wins better than they are right now. But close losses like these and big blowouts like last weekend against Baltimore skew that Pythagorean record. It’s a sign of what a team should be doing, and after all it’s the real record that counts anyway.

Luis Severino had one bad inning, giving up four runs in the second.

But the Yanks came back, and took a 6-4 lead late in the game. Aaron Judge started the comeback with a 3-run HR (23) in the third.

Gardner and Didi were getting days off. Sanchez and Hicks are hurt, day to day. As a result, the lineup had Refsnyder in left, Mason Williams (20 MLB games before last night) in CF. Romine was catching and Torreyes was at SS. So half the lineup was backups, who did OK.

In the fifth, the Yanks tied it on Torreyes’ double and a single by Williams.

Chris Carter hit a HR (8) in the sixth to put the Yanks up 5-4.

In the seventh, Judge tripled, Holliday walked and Castro singled to put the Yanks up 6-4.

Then the roof caved in.

The A’s got a run in the seventh off Shreve to cut the lead to 6-5. They then got two off of Holder in the eighth to win the game 7-6.

When Holder ran into trouble in the eighth, I wondered if Girardi would turn to Betances for a multi-inning save. Nope, and the Yanks lost because of it, but I can see you can’t just burn Betances out. With Warren and Chapman on the DL, the rest of the bullpen isn’t picking up the slack, and some guys are a bit fried right now. Clippard has been in a slump.

Judge 2 for 3, scored 2, 3 RBI, HR, triple. Walked twice.
Castro 2 hits, RBI.
Torreyes 2 hits.

Severino 6 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 4 W, 6 K. Uncharacteristically wild, all 4 hits in same inning.
Shreve (H, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.86
Holder (BS, 2; L, 1-1, 3.49) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. First MLB loss.

 

Game 47. Judge goes to the GRAND jury in a 9-5 Yankees win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I am up at the game today, and I see Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam in a 9-5 Yankees win that puts them at 29-18 for the year.

With Baltimore, Boston and Toronto losing, a good day (the Rays won).

In the top of the second, Pineda gave up two runs, and it may have been more except that on the hit that scored the two runs, the Yanks won a challenge call, and Ryon Healy wound up with a two-run single instead of a double. Gardner gunned him down trying for two.

In the bottom of the inning, Castro singled, and after Judge lined out, Didi singled putting Castro at third, Didi moving up on the throw. A SF by Hicks cut the lead to 2-1.

In the bottom of the third, the Yanks got a break when Oakland’s RF, Matt Joyce, made an error that enabled the bases to be loaded with one out. After Castro struck out, Judge hit a bullet to the opposite field for a grand slam. HR (or is it verdict?) went to the jury for his 16th verdict, and the first time ever, to the GRAND jury.   5-2 Yanks.

In the fourth, Hicks singled, stole second and went to third on a throwing error on the play and Carter hit a SF. 6-2.

An error by Pineda cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-3 in the sixth.

In the bottom of the seventh, Torreyes singled and scored on a two-out double by Sanchez. At first, it appeared that A’s LF Khris Davis made a diving catch, but the ball came out. 7-3 Yanks.

Chad Green gave up a 2-run HR to Davis in the eighth, but Brett Gardner blooped a double with the bases loaded for 2 runs to make it 9-5, the final score.

Sanchez 2 hits, RBI. Judge 2 hits, 4 RBI (the grand slam). Torreyes 2 hits. Gardner 2 RBI.

Pineda (W, 6-2, 3.32) 6 Ip, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 h, 3 W, 5 K.
Green (H, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R,  1 H,  2 W, 2 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 1.69
Layne (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  7.94
Warren (S, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.73

 

Game 39. Rays edge Yanks, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Joe Girardi was attending his daughter’s graduation. Bench coach Rob Thomson filled in as manager, and Thomson made a couple of moves that have Yankees’ fans scratching their heads after a 5-4 Yankees loss to Tampa Bay that dropped their record to 24-15.

Luis Severino gutted out five innings, giving up just one run and leaving with a 2-1 lead. The Yanks got a run in the first when with one out, Ellsbury singled, Holliday doubled and Castro got an RBI groundout. Judge singled Holliday to third and stole second, but the Yanks couldn’t add on; Didi struck out. It would cost them later.

The Rays tied the game in the bottom of the first. In the third, Gardner got a bunt single and went to second on an error by Evan Longoria. It’s about the only thing Longoria did wrong all night. He had four hits against the Yankees, including the GW RBI. Ellsbury doubled Gardner home.

Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless sixth and after that, the Yankees’ bullpen, which has been so great this year so far, let the game get away.

Thomson brought in Warren to pitch the seventh. I hate when managers go “by the book” or “by the formula.” If a pitcher is doing well, leave him in. Change for changes sake, I hate. Seventh inning guy, eighth inning guy, etc. Phooey. Too many cooks (or pitchers) spoil the soup (or game). Holder gave up a double in the sixth, but no runs and had two strikeouts. Why not leave him in? If a guy is doing well, and is smoking, use your own eyes and gut and go with the hot hand. Leave him in.

That over managing, seventh-inning guy, eighth-inning guy, etc., is a change to the game I grew up with that I do not like. A change for the worse. I’m old school, remembering the days when a Gossage or Lyle would come in in the seventh and really close a game out, going 2 1/3 scoreless or so. People older than me may remember Joe Page…

I miss those days.

The move to Warren, who has been great and probably was due for a clunker, backfired. Warren gave up 3 runs in the seventh. Rays 4-2. The key blow was a double that 3B Ronald Torreyes couldn’t come up with, shortly after it appeared Warren Shreve was squeezed on a pitch by the home plate umpire.

In the top of the eighth, Matt Holliday hit a two-run HR (8) to tie it, 4-4.

But Tyler Clippard gave up a run and the game in the bottom of the eighth.

In the bottom of the ninth, with two out, Thomson let Austin Romine hit for himself instead of pinch-hitting Gary Sanchez for him. This is a move, or non-move if you will, that has Yankees’ fans scratching their heads. Even the Yankees’ broadcasters on WPIX, Ken Singleton and John Flaherty, were a bit surprised by the non-move. Sanchez has a far greater chance of tying the game up with a HR than Romine did or does, and you are just PH-ing catcher for catcher. Why Sanchez wasn’t up there, who knows. Romine tapped back to the pitcher, game over. Not only that, Romine (0 for 4) has been slumping lately (0 hits in at least his last 16 at bats) and is down to .247.

So that’s that.

Ellsbury 2 for 4, RBI; Holliday 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Castro 2 hits, RBI (.352).

Chris Carter was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. Tyler Austin’s start of his rehab was rained out.

Severino 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 W, 7 K. 3.64
Holder (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.04
Warren (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.31
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Clippard (L, 0-2, 1.53) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K.

 

Game 31. Reds snap Yanks’ win streak at 6, win 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia had one bad inning, but that one bad inning cost him 5 runs and the ballgame as the Yanks’ six-game winning streak came to an end, 5-3, at the hands of the Reds.

Gary Sanchez put the Yanks up 1-0 in the first with his second HR of the season. Remember he missed a month.

Didi Gregorius, who also missed a month or so, hit his first HR of the year in the second to put the Yanks up 2-0.

Then CC gave up 5 in the bottom of the second. Reds’ star Joey Votto had 2 of the RBI.

Didi singled in a run in the fourth to make it 5-3 but there was no scoring after that.

I have to ask this question. Ronald Torreyes has done a decent job filling in, esp. when Didi was out. But there is a big flaw in his game. After tonight, in 84 plate appearances, Torreyes, who is small, 5’6″ or so, has only one walk. One. He needs to develop better plate discipline.

He came up with the bases loaded in the sixth. Foul, groundout. Only two pitches. You’d think with his small size, he’d crouch a little and try to draw a walk.

Just kidding as far as crouching, but you know what I mean. 1 walk in 84 plate appearances isn’t good, even if Torreyes is hitting .305. A mild criticism, but a legit one.

Sanchez came up in the ninth with two on and one out and hit a bullet, but the liner was caught and Hicks was doubled off of second. That’s baseball. He hit it hard, but….

Chad Green made his season debut.

CC struggled, and his ERA has gone from 2.70 to 5.77 in his past few starts. You can say he is the weak link in the rotation. He has to be fine and perfect. He can’t get away with stuff like he could have five years ago. He had only one bad inning but it cost him. He doesn’t have much of a margin for error with what he has right now.

Sabathia (L, 2-2, 5.77) 6 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K. 0.77. Walked the first two, struck out the next three.
Chad Green 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Didi was 3 for 4, HR, 2 RBI.

Hopefully Chris Carter wakes up soon and doesn’t keep hitting like Jimmy Carter. I still don’t know why Ji-Man Choi wasn’t brought up for a couple of weeks to platoon w/Carter at 1B while Bird is out. Choi is hitting like .350, playing 1B for SWB.

The Yanks are off Wednesday, then a four-game set against AL West leader Houston (inc. Beltran and McCann). Houston is playing well, so this will be a test. Sunday night’s game (Mother’s Day) is an ESPN night game, and the Yanks will be retiring Derek Jeter’s #2 that night.

Game 30. Yanks win 6th straight, 10-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After last night’s 18-inning marathon, Masahiro Tanaka gave the Yanks what they needed, besides a win. Length. Save the bullpen that was fried last night.

To get an extra arm in the bullpen, the Yanks sent Rob Refsnyder down and called up Chad Green.

Tanaka gave 7 innings, and even though he gave up 4 runs (3 earned) he went 7, got the win. Mission accomplished.

The 10-4 win over the Reds is the Yanks’ sixth win in a row and puts their record at 21-9.

The Yanks got three in the first when Gardner reached on an error, Hicks singled, and after an out, Ellsbury walked. Sanchez singled in two and Didi singled in another.

Tanaka gave a run right back, but in the second, Torreyes (how great has he been) singled, Tanaka bunted him over and after another out, Hicks singled to make it 4-1.

In the fifth, with one out, Holliday, Ellsbury and Sanchez singled to load the bases and Didi got a SF. 5-1.

Cincinnati got a run in the bottom of the fifth, and here is where I need to bring up a point about Chase Headley. His error led to a run, and he has 7 errors in 30 games so far. That is way too many.

The Yanks got two in the seventh to make it 7-2. Headley was HBP with the bases loaded as the Yanks were HBP 3x in the inning. Torreyes singled in a run after that.

Tanaka gave up a two-run HR to Joey Votto in the bottom of the seventh that cut the Yanks’ lead to 7-4.

But in the eighth, the Yanks put the game away on a 2-run HR by Gardner (6) and a solo shot by Holliday (6).

Gardner 2 RBI, HR
Hicks 2 hits, rbi. .342.
Holliday 2 hits, rbi, HR.
Sanchez 3 for 3, 2 RBI. Good to see the Kraken waking up.
Gregorius 2 rbi.
Torreyes 2 hits, rbi. .316

Tanaka (w, 5-1, 4.36) 7 IP, 4 R, 3 earned, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W 0 K.  1.26
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K,  8.22

Game 20. Sweep at Fenway. Tanaka shuts out Boston, 3-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka pitched a CG, 3-hit shutout in besting Boston and Chris Sale (a Yankee killer) 3-0 on Thursday night.

With the win, the Yanks go to 13-7 after sweeping the two games at Fenway. Another game was rained out and rescheduled.

The Yanks get Didi Gregorius back tomorrow. How about a hand for Ronald Torreyes, who hit .308-1-13 in Didi’s absence? He had two hits tonight. The only bone I can pick with Torreyes is no walks. But what a great job he did. Pete Kozma will most be likely be let go for Didi’s return.

Same for Austin Romine, who has filled in admirably in Sanchez’ absence.

Sanchez starts rehab w/SWB on Tuesday.

The Yanks got a run in the fourth when Hicks (2 hits) singled, went to second on a groundout, third on a PB and scored on a SF by Holliday.

And so it stayed until the ninth. Great pitching duel.

In the ninth, Hicks singled, went to second on a single by Headley and scored on a single by Holliday (2 RBI tonight). Both runners moved up on the throw. Castro singled in a run to make it 3-0.

Hicks 2 hits, scored 2 runs, doing great after he was so disappointing last year. 2 hits, 2 RBI for Holliday.

2 hits, RBI for Castro. 2 hits for Torreyes.

Tanaka (w, 3-1, 4.20) 9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 3 K.

Now, as for that ERA. Take away that opening day disaster, when he lost and gave up 7 runs in 2 2/3 IP, since then he is 3-0, 2.30.

So taking away that first game, he has been the Tanaka we expected and need.