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Game 90. Depleted Yanks get shut-out, 4-0.

Major problems. And these could sink the Yankees’ season.

The Yanks were already without Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid list). Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar were on the IL, not to mention others like Corey Kluber, Aaron Hicks and Darren O’Day.

Now add to the Covid List Wandy Peralta, Nestor Cortes, Jr. Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela. Add Luke Voit (knee) to the IL.

As a result, a bunch of guys had to be brought up from SWB. Hoy Jun Park and Trey Amburgey each made their MLB debuts last night. Rob Brantly had to be brought up. Chris Gittens, just off the IL himself, had to come up. Zack Britton was activated off of the IL. Am I missing anyone?

The depleted Yanks lost to Boston 4-0, getting just three hits. They are 0-7 vs. Boston this year, and are now 9 back and in fourth place with a 46-44 record. They play Boston six more times between now and June 25. They have Tampa Bay June 27-29. (In between there are two games with the Phillies).

Those guys out will be out for a while, leaving it up to the scrubs. This could get ugly.

So what did we see last night? The Yanks had a #3 hitter hitting .219, a cleanup hitter hitting .215, A #5 hitter at .237, a #6 hitter at .190. The #7 hitter is 2 for 22 in his MLB career. The #8 hitter was making his MLB debut. The #9 hitter is at .180 and was pinch-hit for by another guy making his MLB debut. Hoo boy. Is it any wonder why the Yanks got shut out?

Poor Jordan Montgomery. No run support. Montgomery had just one bad inning, the second, when he gave up a walk, double, RBI groundout, and a 2-run HR for 3 runs. That was more than enough for Boston. The second straight game he lost 4-0. In his last five starts, Montgomery has lost four of them. In those five games, the Yankees have scored a total of seven runs.

Later, Justin Wilson, who has been absolutely brutal this season, gave up a solo HR for the last run of the game. 4-0, Boston.

Montgomery (L, 3-5) 6 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. One bad inning. 4.18
German 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.72
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 8.62 Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.40


Game 85. Yanks edge Seattle, 5-4, behind bullpen.

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.

Game 84. Yanks rout Seattle, 12-1.

The Yankees (43-41, 4th in AL East, 9 1/2 back) needed this one. A game in which they got a big lead early en route to a blowout win. A couple of big homers, but more importantly, several Yankees had multi-hit games, their starter went deep and had the best outing of his Yankees’ tenure, and with a big lead, you can even let your struggling closer try and work things out.

The Yanks beat Seattle, 12-1 last night. In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, went to second on a long fly out by Aaron Judge, then Gary Sanchez walked. Giancarlo Stanton hit a 434 ft. rocket for a 3-run HR (15), and the Yankees were up 3-0 on ex-Yankee Justus Sheffield.

They scored three more in the second. With one out, Tim Locastro walked, and LeMahieu singled. Judge grounded into a force out, and then stole second. Sanchez walked, and ball four was a WP, enabling Locastro to score and Judge to go to third. Stanton was HBP to load the bases. Luke Voit singled in two runs to make it 6-0.

In the third inning, Rougned Odor walked to lead off the inning , and Miguel Andujar singled him to second. After an out, LeMahieu singled in a run, Andujar moving to third. Judge doubled in a run to make it 8-0.

The Yanks made it 9-0 in the fifth. Locastro singled, and with one out, Judge singled him to second. After another out, Stanton walked to load the bases. An infield single by Luke Voit brought in the run.

Meanwhile, Jameson Taillon was able to go seven innings, only giving up 1 run.

The Yanks closed the scoring in the eighth when Voit doubled, and Gio Urshela singled. Odor then hit a 3-run HR (9).

Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth in order to work out his problems. From June 9 to July 5, Chapman’s ERA was 22.24. He pitched a scoreless inning, but not a clean one. The wildness was still there. A single, strikeout, WP, and walk. Another strikeout, another walk. Bases loaded, two out, thank goodness a blowout game. He got another strikeout to end the game. 3 K’s, but two walks.

LeMahieu 3 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 hits, a 3-run HR (15)
Voit 5 hits, 3 RBI
Odor 2 hits, 3 RBI. A 3-run HR (9)
Andujar 2 hits,

The Yanks banged out 18 hits, and were 7 for 15 w/RISP.


Taillon (W, 4-4) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K. 5.05
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.11 (Combined SF/NYY ERA)
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 1 WP 4.55

Game 79. Yanks outslug Angels, Ohtani, 11-5.

The Yankees (41-38, 4th in AL East, 7 1/2 out) set a season high in runs scored, 11, in banging out 11 hits, including 3 HR, and drawing 9 walks in defeating the L.A. Angels, 11-5 on Tuesday night.

The 11 runs were a nice surprise for a team that has scored 3 or less runs in over half its games this season. The Yanks needed to score to keep up with Angels’ star Shohei Ohtani, who hit 2 more HR to lead the majors with 28. Ohtani, doing things not seen since Babe Ruth over 100 years ago, is the Angels’ starting pitcher tonight.

With the win, the Yanks snapped a four-game losing streak.

Gary Sanchez started things off with a solo HR in the first inning (14).

Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon gave up a 2-run HR to Jose Iglesias in the top of the second, as the Angels took a 2-1 lead. Taillon got the win, but didn’t really pitch well, giving up 5 runs (3 HR, two to Ohtani) in 5 1/3 IP. He needed the run support.

The Yanks came back with four runs in the bottom of the second and weren’t headed off the rest of the game. With one out, Gio Urshela walked and Miguel Andujar singled Urshela to third. Brett Gardner hit a SF tying up the game, and Andujar moved up on the SF as well. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Andujar to make it 3-2, then Aaron Judge homered (18) to make it 5-2.

Ohtani hit the first of his two homers in the top of the third to make it 5-3.

The Yanks broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Andujar led off the inning with a HR (6). Gardner walked. Two outs later, Sanchez doubled in Gardner to make it 7-3. Giancarlo Stanton walked, then Luke Voit doubled in a run to make it 8-3. Gleyber Torres, in the midst of a terrible slump, singled in Stanton and Voit to make it 10-3.

Ohtani hit his second HR of the game, a 2-run shot, in the top of the fifth to cut the Yanks’ lead to 10-5.

The final run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Torres singled, and Urshela singled. Torres stole third on what was supposed to be a double steal, but Urshela slipped and had to stay at first. Andujar doubled in Torres.

Before the game, Darren O’Day was activated off of rehab. Brooks Kriske was sent down. The Yankees did not activate Justin Wilson yet off of rehab, and why should they? Both Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Albert Abreu are doing well (see below).

Judge 2-run HR (18)
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (14)
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI
Andujar 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (6)

Taillon (W, 3-4) 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 3 HR. 1 WP. 5.43
Cortes 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.02
Abreu 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 2.13

UPDATE: The Yanks have sent Abreu back and will be activating Wilson today. I don’t know about that move. Hopefully Wilson (no options as opposed to Abreu) does better than the 6.08 ERA he had earlier. Abreu at 2.13 has been far better.

Game 75. Yanks lose to Boston, 5-3.

For those of you who may have watched the game on the MLB network (I watched on YES), some words from David Cone last night. He was talking mostly about Domingo German, last night’s starter, but it also applies to Michael King and tonight’s starter, Jordan Montgomery, as well.

They have to change up their pre-game routine. They are too often putting the Yankees into an early first-inning hole.

Last night, German gave up three first-inning runs. The Yanks did come back to tie it up in the second, but that was all the offense did in a 5-3 loss up in Boston last night.

In the first inning alone, German has an ERA of 7.71 this year. Montgomery’s is 6.43. King’s is 14.40. You can’t have your team keep coming from behind so often.

With the loss, the Yankees are 40-35, 3rd in AL East, 5 games back (and if the season ended today, 4 1/2 out of the last wild card spot). They are 5-8 against Tampa Bay, and 0-4 against Boston. So 5-12 against the teams above them in their division. Doing simple math, if they were 9-8 or 8-9 against those teams, the Yanks would be much more in the thick of things. Only a game or two out.

So German gave up the three runs in the first inning. The Yanks tied it in the second when Giancarlo Stanton walked, Luke Voit singled. After an out, Gio Urshela reached on an error (more on Gio later) to load the bases. After Miguel Andujar struck out, Clint Frazier walked to force in a run, and D.J. LeMahieu singled in two more. Aaron Judge grounded out to end the inning.

The Yanks got two on with one out in the top of third, but Gleyber Torres, 2 for his last 39, GIDP.

German helped lose his own game in the fourth. A walk to lead off the inning, then a WP. After an out, German couldn’t field a comebacker and everyone was safe. A SF, which should have been the third out, instead put Boston up 4-3.

In the top of the fourth, a huge mistake by Yankees’ 3B coach Phil Nevin. I am all in favor of replacing Nevin, NOW, as third base coach. How many Yankees have we seen, and are going to see, get thrown out at the plate this season? Gio Urshela led off the inning with a double. Miguel Andujar singled, but Urshela was thrown out at the plate. Let’s remember something here. Gio has been dealing with leg injuries. He was HBP on the shin a few days ago and had missed the two games prior to this one! No excuse (and all commentators on the YES postgame show said as much) for sending Gio there. Instead of first and third, no out, the Yanks had man on first, one out. Frazier then flied out, a ball that would have been a game-tying SF. But no.

In the bottom of the eighth, Zack Britton had to leave the game as it appeared he tweaked his hamstring. We’ll see if he goes back on the IL (most likely) and who replaces him on the roster. Boston went on to score an insurance run in the inning to go up 5-3.

The Yanks got singles in the top of the ninth by Urshela and Andujar, so down two runs, they had first and second, no out. But Frazier struck out, then LeMahieu GIDP to end the game.

LeMahieu 2 RBI
Voit 2 hits
Urshela 2 hits
Andujar 3 hits


German (L, 4-5) 4 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 WP. 4.32. Made a crucial error.
Luetge 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.37
Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.43 a WP led to a 4K inning, 3rd time in Yankees history.
Britton 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.15
Cessa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.03

Before the game, Boston retired #15 for 2B Dustin Pedroia.

Game 74. Yanks crush KC, 8-1.

A lot of times this year, Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon has left us, well, wanting to take a good strong drink of Jameson. (Sorry, couldn’t resist). He wasn’t very good.

Things were different yesterday. Taillon turned in perhaps his best performance as a Yankee in an 8-1 win over KC.

With the win, the Yanks are 40-34, 3rd in the AL East, and 4 games behind Tampa Bay, 3 1/2 behind Boston. The Yanks are in Boston for a 3-game set this weekend and can make up some ground. Not only that, they could get some revenge. Boston swept the Yanks in a 3-game series at the Stadium three weeks ago.

The Yankees hit three homers yesterday, the first coming by Aaron Judge in the bottom of the first. Judge’s 16th HR of the season gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead.

After Judge homered, both Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton singled. A flyout by Luke Voit moved Sanchez to third, and Rougned Odor got an infield hit to make it 2-0, Yankees.

After Taillon escaped a man-on-third, one out situation in the top of the second without giving up a run, the Yanks scored in the bottom half when with one out, Tyler Wade walked, then stole second. D.J. LeMahieu walked, and Judge, who had been in a slump, singled in Wade to make it 3-0.

Luke Voit continued to be hot right off the injured list, hitting his second HR in three games since coming off that list (in addition to two other balls that were almost homers). Voit’s 3rd HR of the season made it 4-0 after three innings.

Taillon gave up KC’s only run in the fifth. He pitched into the seventh.

In the bottom of the sixth, the red-hot Gary Sanchez struck again. Sanchez followed a single by LeMahieu and double by Judge with a 3-run HR, his 13th of the season, to make it 7-1.

The final run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth inning. Judge walked, and two wild pitches moved him to third. He scored on a single by Stanton.

Judge 3 for 3, 2 walks. 2 RBI. Solo HR (16)
Sanchez 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (13)
Stanton 3 hits, RBI
Odor 3 hits, RBI
Voit solo HR (3)


Tailon (W, 2-4) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. 1 HBP. 5.18
Cortes 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1.20


Minor league notes:

AAA: SWB (30-12) beat Lehigh Valley, 10-2. Darren O’Day, one scoreless IP on rehab. Adam Warren one scoreless IP (3.43 as he tries to comeback from injuries). Nick Nelson 5 IP, 2 R (2.28 here, after struggling with Yanks). CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens 4 hits, RBI. DH Trey Amburgey 2 RBI. RF Socrates Brito 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3B Derek Dietrich 2 RBI.

AA: Somerset (29-15) won 5-4 in 10 innings. 1B Dermis Garcia solo HR. LF Matt Pita 2 hits, RBI.

High A: Husdon Valley (28-16) won 6-1. C Josh Breaux 2 homers, 3 RBI. 2B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits. Starter Josh Maciejewski 5 IP, 1 R, 7 K. Reliever Barret Loseke 3 scoreless IP, 6 K.

Low A: Tampa (30-14) won 10-2. They were supposed to play a DH. They got one game in, the other was ppd. Edgar Barclay 5 IP, 1 unearned run, 7 K. SS Anthony Volpe 2 RBI. 3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Carlos Narvaez 2 hits. 1B Eric Wagaman 2 for 2, 4 RBI, 2-run HR.

Game 73. Yanks walk-off a wild one, 6-5.

When I think of last night game, two songs come to mind: Wild One, and We Shall Overcome. For it was one wild game, and the Yankees (39-34, 3rd in AL East, 4 1/2 back) overcame late bullpen implosions to pull out a 6-5 walk-off win over KC.

I think Brian Cashman needs to find a starter somewhere. Jameson Taillon, today’s starter, is just 1-4, 5.59. Michael King is more a long man than a starter, at least to me. More on King in a bit, but King’s ERA as a reliever (2.29 this year) is much better than as a starter (5.75). Luis Severino and Corey Kluber don’t look as if they’ll be back until August, and that will be a huge boost. Clarke Schmidt hasn’t thrown a pitch yet this season, and Deivi Garcia is not doing well at AAA. Other prospects, like Ken Waldichuk (see the minor league report), are still too far away from the majors to help now. Another thing is that neither Taillon or King give you long outings. Rarely do either give you so much as five innings.

For whatever reason, King is ok coming out of a bullpen, but has trouble when he starts a game. He has the first inning blues. David Cone even suggested on the YES broadcast that King needs to change up his routine. He has to get through that first inning. King got the first two batters out, then, one strike away from a scoreless inning, gave up a double and a 2-run HR and the Yanks were down 2-0.

Royals’ pitchers were wild all game, walking 11 Yankees batters. But while King settled down, the Yanks weren’t taking much advantage of the free passes. In the second inning, the Royals walked the bases loaded, but Rougned Odor struck out to end the inning. He’d redeem himself later.

The Yanks did tie it up in the fourth. After a couple of walks and outs, Clint Frazier hit a 2-run double. Odor walked, but D.J. LeMahieu flied out, stranding both Frazier and Odor.

The Royals loaded the bases in the top of the fifth with two out, but Chad Green relieved King and got a fly out to get out of the inning.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but Luke Voit struck out, stranding the three runners. It should be noted that at this point, most of the runners the Yanks kept stranding all got on base via the walk. Voit, like Odor, redeemed himself later.

Now things really got wild.

In the top of the eighth, Zack Britton gave up a HR to Carlos Santana and KC took a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, Gleyber Torres walked to lead off the inning, but Miguel Andujar GIDP. Frazier walked as KC pitchers kept trying to give the game away with their wildness. Odor hit a 2-run HR (8) to put the Yanks up 4-3.

But in the top of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman couldn’t hold the lead. A strikeout, a single and a strikeout, and things didn’t look so bad. But then another hit, and then Carlos Santana was intentionally walked so that Chapman could face a rookie with NO MLB hits to get that one more out (and set up a force at any base to end the game). Chapman inexcusably walked that rookie on 4 pitches to force in the tying run. A little nubber for a hit then made it 5-4, KC.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Gary Sanchez tied up the game with his 12th HR of the season. Giancarlo Stanton followed with a single and Tyler Wade pinch-ran for Stanton. Wade moved up to second on a WP, and then Luke Voit singled off the LF fence, just missing a HR, but it was good enough to score Wade with the winning run.

Rough game for Aaron Judge. 0 for 5 with 4 strikeouts.

Today’s game (Thursday) is an afternoon game.


Sanchez solo HR (12)
Frazier 2 RBI
Odor 2-run HR (8)


King 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K. 1 WP. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 4.05
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.39
Britton 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.25
Chapman (W, 5-2; BS, 3) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.54

Today’s minor league report will be in a separate report.



Game 72. Yanks leave too many on base in 6-5 loss. O’Day, Wilson start rehab.

The Yankees had many chances to blow the game open. But they didn’t. They went 0 for 10 with RISP and left 13 men on base, and this came back to bite them in a 6-5 loss to KC last night.

With the loss, the Yankees are now 38-34, 3rd in AL East, 5 1/2 back.

The main culprits were Giancarlo Stanton, 0 for 3 (did walk twice) left six on, Gleyber Torres 0 for 4, all strikeouts (did walk once, left 3 on), and Clint Frazier (0 for 5, 3 strikeouts, left 6 on ). Torres is something like 2 for his last 33, and his batting average has dropped over 30 points. Where Torres’ power has gone is baffling too. I don’t expect 38 HR as in 2019, but we are close to the halfway point of the season, and Torres has just 3 HR. Something close to Torres’ 2018 rookie year when he hit 24 would be enough and expected.

The Yanks scored first, when Luke Voit, just off of rehab, hit the first pitch he saw 423 feet for a two-out HR, Voit’s 2nd HR of the season. The Yankees went on to load the bases, but Frazier grounded out.

In the second, Kyle Higashioka homered for his sixth HR of the season. It put the Yanks up 2-0. But with two on and one out, Voit popped up and Stanton struck out.

Right then I had a bad feeling. Yes, the Yankees were up 2-0 with their ace, Gerrit Cole, on the mound, but when you leave five men on base in the first two innings and don’t break the game wide open, it often comes back to bite you, and it did for the Yankees last night.

A bad break (literally) for Cole in the third when a couple broken bat hits led to a KC run as the Royals cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1. Cole gave up a game-tying HR in the fourth. 2-2. Those were the only hits Cole gave up.

The Yanks left the bases loaded in the fourth, when Stanton grounded into a force out. Another blown chance to salt the game away.

In the seventh, the Yanks went up 3-2. Luke Voit tripled. A fan tried to catch the ball (kick him out of the park. I hate when fans reach over the wall. They know better and still do it). There was no interference, and it was unclear if the ball would have cleared the fence anyway. Pinch-runner Tyler Wade then scored on a wild pitch.

Jonathan Loaisiga came in for the eighth inning. Cole had once again done a fine job, but the Yanks didn’t support him enough. Cole is 8-3 this season, but the Yankees are 0-4 when Cole gets a no-decision. Loaisiga has been great this season, but didn’t have it last night, giving up four runs.

D.J. LeMahieu got the Yanks back in the game with a two-run HR (6) in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Royals’ lead to 6-5. Aaron Judge then just missed tying the game up, as he doubled. So the Yanks had the tying run on second with one out. Once again, nothing. Rougned Odor popped up, and Stanton grounded out.

The Yanks got two on in the ninth, but Brett Gardner popped up to end the game.

The lack of getting just one clutch hit to break the game open really killed the Yanks last night. What a frustrating loss.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (6)
Judge 2 hits
Voit 2 hits, triple and a solo HR (2)
Urshela 2 hits
Higashioka solo HR (6)

If only Stanton, Torres or Frazier had come through just once. Sigh.

Cole 7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. Two broken bat his and the HR. That was all. 2.33
Loaisiga (L, 7-3; BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.52
Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.48


Minor League Notes, and a lot to think about and discuss here:

The 40-man roster creates some problems. Say someone is doing well (see below) but isn’t on the roster? Well, you want to add him, but who does he replace?


AAA: SWB (29-11) crushed Lehigh Valley, 14-5, in a game in which both Darren O’Day and Justin Wilson both started rehab stints. Both pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Hoy Jun Park, a 2B/SS, played CF. Read into that as you wish. He had 3 hits and an RBI, and is hitting .366 for SWB. He hits lefty. Interesting he played CF last night. Meanwhile, the Yanks aren’t getting anything from their lefty hitters. Odor (.193-7-15, OPS+ 78; 100 is average). Gardner .206-2-8, OPS+ 77. Gardner turns 38 in August. But Park isn’t on the 40-man roster. I’ve advocated bringing Park up. But at whose expense, and why did Park play the OF for the first time last night? I do have to wonder. RF Ryan LaMarre 3 hits, RBI. DH Trey Amburgey 3 RBI. Erik Kratz, former big-league catcher, and ex-Yankee, really likes Amburgey, a righty hitter. Amburgey is hitting .360 at SWB. Right now, he may be a better option than Frazier (.187-5-12, OPS+ 77) or Miguel Andujar (.242-5-9, OPS+77). Amburgey, like Park, is not on the 40 man roster, so if you give him a chance, at whose expense? The point is, if someone is raking at AAA, when do they get rewarded with a promotion? And at whose expense? How long do you continue playing someone whose adjusted OPS is 22-23% BELOW league average, as is the case with Odor, Gardner, Frazier and Andujar? These are legitimate questions GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone must decide, especially if the Yankees are to improve.

Besides the rehab stints of O’Day and Wilson, and the continued success and questions about Park and Amburgey, some other notes on SWB’s win: 2B Derek Dietrich 3 hits, RBI. 3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 1B Rob Brantly 2 RBI. C Max McDowell 2 hits. SS Andrew Velazquez, 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 2-run HR.

AA: Somerset ppd.

High A: Hudson Valley (26-16) won 12-3. SS Josh Smith 2 hits. C Josh Breaux 2 hits. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 3-run HR. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Chad Bell 3 hits, 2 RBI. RF Frederick Cuevas 2 hits, RBI, solo HR.

Low A: Tampa was up 2-0 when the game was suspended in the top of the second inning.





Game 71. Triple Play (Yanks’ 3rd this year!) ends Yanks’ 2-1 win.

Aroldis Chapman had walked the first two batters in the top of the ninth. He had a 1-0 count on the next batter. He had thrown 10 pitches, and only one was a strike.

Then he got a 5-4-3 triple play to end the game as the Yankees (38-33, 3rd in AL East, 4 1/2 back) edged Oakland 2-1 on Sunday.

The triple play to end the game was the third triple play the Yanks have turned this season, tying a MLB record. It was the second they turned in less than a week, and was more traditional than last week’s 1-3-6-2-5-6 triple play.

Oakland got their only run in the first inning, when the third batter of the game, Matt Olson, homered.

The pitcher’s duel continued all game long, and the Yankees only got three hits in the game, all doubles, two by Gary Sanchez. They struck out 15x.

In the bottom of the sixth, Clint Frazier led off the inning with a walk, and an out later, was balked to second base. Aaron Judge walked, and Sanchez doubled in both runners. 2-1 Yanks, and thanks to the game-ending triple play, that score held up.

The Yankees have halved the deficit. They are 4 1/2 out now where not long ago, they were 9 back. They get 1B Luke Voit back tomorrow (Tuesday). See below for how he did Sunday. No word on a corresponding move, but I’d expect Chris Gittens to be sent back down. They are off today.

UPDATE: Gittens was, in fact, sent down after Sunday’s game to make room for Voit.

Lucas Luetge gave up a one-out triple in the top of the eighth, but got a strikeout and fly out to escape the inning unscathed.

Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI.


Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.03
Loaisiga (W, 7-2) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.63
Luetge (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.57
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1.98


Minor League Report (Deivi shaky again, Park continues to rake):

AAA: SWB (28-11) won 4-3. CF Estevan Florial 2 OF assists, removed from game after getting HBP. Infielder Hoy Jun Park (2B/SS) 2 hits, RBI, hitting .360 at AAA. He had the GW walkoff HR. RF Socrates Brito 2-run HR. 3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits. Another shaky outing for Deivi Garcia. 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K. AAA ERA 7.81. Yikes.

AA: Somerset (27-14) won 4-0. 1B Luke Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI on rehab. Starter Glenn Otto (W, 4-2, 3.45) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K.

High A: Hudson Valley (25-16) won 5-2. SS Josh Smith 2 hits. DH Ezequiel Duran 2 hits, RBI. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. Starter Jhony Brito (2-2, 2.70) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K. (C Anthony Seigler with 2 catcher interference’s).

Low A: Tampa (28-14) lost 11-6. DH Austin Wells 2 hits. RF Jake Sanford 2 RBI. CF Pat DeMarco 3 hits, RBI.

Game 70. Yanks overcome 4-1 deficit for a 7-5 win. Voit to return Tuesday.





Gio Urshela overcame getting a splinter in his eye early in the game to hit a key late-inning HR, and the Yankees (37-33, 3rd, 5 1/2 back) overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat Oakland 7-5 yesterday. One good thing: The Yanks were once 9 back, and it’s now 5 1/2.

A couple of different Yankee fan clubs were at the game.

In the middle of the game, Gio’s bat splintered as he GIDP. A piece of the bat got into his eye and, in pain, Gio had trouble trying to run to first, enabling the A’s to turn two. After getting the splinter removed and presumably some eye wash, Urshela later homered.

Domingo German was shaky. He gave up a HR to the second batter of the game, and Oakland had a quick 1-0 lead.

He gave up another HR in the top of the fourth, and the A’s were up 2-0.

The Yanks got a run back in the bottom of the fourth. Aaron Judge singled, and an out later, moved to second on a WP. Giancarlo Stanton walked, and Urshela (after the bat incident, which happened in the second inning) singled in Judge.

German then gave up two runs in the top of the fifth and the A’s were up 4-1. But here is where Nestor Cortes, Jr. became the savior of the game.

With the Yanks down 4-1, and runners on first and third with no one out, Cortes struck out the next two batters and got a fly out to keep it at 4-1. Cortes pitched three scoreless innings of relief to keep the Yankees in the game.

Gary Sanchez led off the bottom of the sixth with his 11th HR of the season to make it 4-2. The comeback was underway.

The Yanks tied it up in the seventh. Clint Frazier led off the inning with a double, and two outs later, Judge singled him in. Sanchez walked, then Stanton singled to tie up the game.

In the bottom of the eighth, Urshela homered (9) to lead off the inning. PH Chris Gittens walked, and Tyler Wade then pinch-ran for Gittens. Frazier walked, and Brett Gardner bunted both runners over. D.J. LeMahieu singled both runners in to make it 7-4.

The Yanks would need those insurance runs, since the A’s got a run off of Aroldis Chapman in the top of the ninth before Chapman closed out the game. Not before manager Aaron Boone got ejected for arguing balls and strikes, though.

LeMahieu 2 RBI
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Sanchez solo HR (11)
Stanton 2 for 2, 2 walks, RBI
Urshela 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (9)
Frazier 2 hits.


German 4+ IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.22
Cortes 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.46 Saved Yankees in this game.
Green (W, 2-4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.55
Chapman (S, 15) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.05


MInor League Notes: Voit homers back Tuesday. O’Day starts rehab Tuesday.

AAA: SWB PPD.

AA: Somerset (26-14) lost 14-5. DH Luke Voit led off the bottom of the first with a HR, then was removed from the game. He is expected to rejoin the Yankees on Tuesday. SS Oswald Peraza (keep an eye on him) 3 hits, RBI, solo HR (.302 for AA since callup; .305-7-19 overall, 16 SB in 39 games). C Jason Lopez solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (24-16) won 8-4. LF Elijah Dunham 2 RBI. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR. 2B Oliver Dunn 2 hits, solo HR. RF Frederick Cuevas 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Tampa (28-13) won 7-6. DH Anthony Volpe 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2 HR, a 3-run shot and a solo HR (.307-8-36). C Austin Wells 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (.280-5-36).