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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 37. Yanks blast KC, 11-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Hicks hit a 3-run HR (7), and Starlin Castro (.351) had three hits as the Yanks beat KC 11-7 Wednesday night.

With the win, the 24-13 Yanks have a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

In the first, Gardner singled and scored on a two out double by Castro.

The Yanks got five in the fourth. With one out, Castro doubled again, and Judge walked. After Headley flied out for the second out, and Didi Gregorius singled in a run. Hicks then hit his 3-run HR to make it 5-0. Carter singled, and Gardner tripled to make it 6-0.

Yankee’s starter Michael Pineda gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the inning that cut the Yankee’s lead to 6-2.

The Yanks came right back with four in the fifth. Castro singled and Judge walked again. Headley singled in one run and Gregorius singled in another. Hicks walked to load the bases. Carter grounded into a force out that brought one run home and Gardner hit a SF to make it 10-2. Sanchez then singled but Carter was thrown out at the plate for the last out of the inning.

Pineda gave up another HR in the bottom of the fifth that made it 10-3. KC got another run in the seventh to make it 10-4.

The Yanks made it 11-3 in the eighth. Sanchez and Holliday singled and Castro walked. After Judge struck out, Headley got an RBI on a forceout.

Giovanny Gallegos ran into trouble in the bottom of the ninth, giving up three runs before Dellin Betances came in to get the final out. 11-7 Yankees.

Chase Headley’s defensive problems resurfaced. Two errors, and he has nine this year and we haven’t hit the quarter-pole yet.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI (.285)
Sanchez 2 hits, .293 (heating up)
Holliday 2 hits, .272
Castro 3 hits, rbi. .351
Headley 2 RBI
Gregorus 2 hits, 2 RBI (319)
Hicks 2 hits, 3-run HR (7) .326

Pineda (w, 4-2, 3.42) 6+ IP,  4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.52
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.19
Gallegos 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.75
Betances (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.73

 

Games 34/35. Yanks split DH.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Game 1: The Yanks won the opener of a DH, 11-6, with a six-run seventh inning.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the first on a double by Gardner and ground outs by Ellsbury and Holliday.

Severino got out of trouble in the first and second, but was knocked out in the third. He didn’t have it today. The unsung hero of the day is Chad Green, recalled when Chapman got put on the DL. With three runs already in, one out and the bases loaded, Green got a DP ball and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

With another game tonight, you don’t want to burn out your bullpen in game one.

The Yanks got back-to-back HRs from Castro (7) and Judge (14) in the fourth to go up 4-3. Castro’s slice to the RF porch was a 2-run HR and Judge’s went 441 ft., just right of dead center.

Adam Warren gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, in the top of the seventh to make it 6-4 Houston, but in the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks exploded, with the key blow being a bases-loaded triple by Chase Headley.

With one out, Gardner singled and Ellsbury doubled. Holliday singled in a run, Castro doubled to tie the game. Judge was intentionally walked to load the bases. After Didi struck out, Headley hit his triple to make it 9-6, and Carter doubled to make it 10-6.

Gardner homered (7) in the eighth for the final score of 11-6.

Gardner 3 hits, inc. the HR.
Holliday 2 RBI.
Castro 2 hits, inc. the HR, 3 RBI
Judge the HR.
Headley those 3 RBI.

Severino 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 HBP, 2 K. 3.86
Green 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00. Unsung hero.
Warren (Bs, 1; W, 1-0, 1.29) 2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.72

Game 2: After the Jeter #2 retirement ceremony which was great, the beginning of the game was a disaster, and you have to be wondering if something if physically wrong with Masahiro Tanaka, and the last thing the Yanks need after losing Chapman for a month is for something to be wrong for Tanaka.

Tanaka gave up HRs to both of the first two batters he faced, and later on in the first inning, he gave up a grand slam. The Yanks were down 6-0 before they even came to bat.

Tanaka gave up 2 more runs, and another HR, in the second inning. He didn’t make it out of the second inning, and in 1 2/3 IP, gave up 8 runs and 4 HR.

That is not Tanaka. The blowout on Opening Day. Now this. You really have to wonder if something is wrong with him—if that partially torn UCL in his elbow has blown out.

(Update: The postgame report said nothing is physically wrong with Tanaka. But…) 

I hope not. But tonight’s performance sets off alarms. His ERA is close to 6.00. That’s not him.

The reason Refsnyder was brought up and no corresponding move—if a surprise unexpected DH is necessary, teams can go to 26 players for the extra game. Still I wonder why Refsnyder, who unfortunately hasn’t distinguished himself too much, and not Ji-Man Choi, hitting .350 at SWB and who hopefully would be better than the so-far disappointing Chris Carter.

Giovanny Gallegos came in and was decent in his 2nd MLB game, keeping the game right there, giving up 1 run in the fourth.

The bullpen was great filling in for Tanaka, who was just brutal.

The Yanks got four runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Gardner and a 3-run HR by Holliday (7).

Houston got a run in the ninth, and the Yanks got 3 in the bottom of the ninth to make it respectable at 10-7. They had the tying run at the plate for the last out.

Tanaka (L, 5-2, 5.80) 1 2/3 IP, 8 R, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Gallegos 3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00
Shreve 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Layne 1 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.75
Betances 1/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.75

Gardner 3 hits, Sanchez 2 hits.
Holliday 3 RBI, HR.

Ex-umpire Steve Palermo died of cancer at the age of 67. He was not only a good umpire, but he lost his umpiring job due to being a hero. He was shot trying to break up a robbery, was paralyzed, busted his butt just to walk again and became director of umpires because he couldn’t umpire again. Courageous, a hero, and taken from us way too soon.

Game 32. Nemesis Keuchel beats Yanks as Ellsbury gunned down at plate to end game, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sometimes you have someone who owns you. Years ago, Frank Lary of the Tigers was known as the Yankee Killer.

Dallas Keuchel of Houston can wear that motto now. The Yanks have had trouble touching him the past few years, and he is 4-2, 1.41 against them lifetime. That doesn’t include him shutting out the Yankees in the wild card playoff game two years ago.

Michael Pineda pitched well for the Yanks, making one big mistake, but had the misfortune to go up against Keuchel.

Still, the Yanks almost pulled it out. Down 3-1 with two out and two on in the ninth, Gary Sanchez singled for one run, but Jacoby Ellsbury, attempting to tie the game, was gunned down at the plate to end the game.

Pineda gave up a 2-run HR to Carlos Correa in the first inning, and the way Keuchel owns the Yanks, you knew that may just be enough.

Houston went up 3-0 in the fifth.

The Yanks got one in the fifth on a bases-loaded catcher’s interference call. Ellsbury was at the plate and it was the 28th time in his career he reached on catcher’s interference—one short of the all-time record held by Pete Rose.

The Yanks got 1st and 3rd with no one out in the sixth but couldn’t score.

That set up the ending.

The Yanks struck out 14x in the game.

I’m not the only one down on Chris Carter. Reading some Facebook and Twitter posts, I’m disappointed and down on him, but some of those posts are quite vicious.

I just hope Tyler Austin is healing well and can come back soon. Also that when Greg Bird is healthy, we see the real Greg Bird.

Lots of rumors about maybe the Yanks dipping into their prospect base to go after Pirates’ ace Gerrit Cole at the deadline?

Pineda (L, 3-2, 3.27) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 0.47
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.98
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00

The move when Chad Green was returned to the minors was that the Yanks brought up reliever Giovanny Gallegos.

We’ll see how the rest of the weekend pans out. Houston (now with McCann and Beltran) has been playing well and is 24-11 with the win. The Yanks are now 21-11.

Game 29. Yanks win 18-inning marathon 5-4, sweep Cubs.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For those of you (and that would be most of you) who were NOT up at 2 A.M. watching the end of this one….

Luis Severino, maturing in front of our eyes, went seven strong innings, making only one mistake, but saw his good effort wasted by an Aroldis Chapman bad performance that put the game into extra innings.

The game went on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and…

the Yanks wound up winning it in 18 innings, 5-4, to sweep the defending World Champion Cubs and go to 20-9 on the season.

The Yanks struck first. Ellsbury singled but was picked off first by the catcher. Cubs starter Jon Lester is infamous for not wanting to field his position or throw to first on pickoffs and Ellsbury took a big lead. But that doesn’t mean the catcher can’t try to pick you off. When the catcher threw down, Ellsbury should just have taken off to second. Who knows, maybe the first baseman makes a bad throw. Instead, he was a dead duck.

But Hicks walked, Holliday singled, and they executed a double steal. Good. Have to be aggressive on the basepaths against Lester. Castro’s RBI groundout plated a run.

Severino retired the first eight guys he faced, but gave up a HR with two out and two strikes in the third.

So it stood until the seventh. Good pitcher’s duel.

In the seventh, Castro reached on a two-base error and Judge tripled him in.

Now I have to criticize Girardi a bit. As people who consistently read me know, the only criticism I have of Girardi is that he NEVER squeezes. Ever. With Judge on third and no one out, Didi popped up on the first pitch, Headley grounded to third, and Romine lined to third. They didn’t get Judge in. Luckily it didn’t bit them.

But think of this. Judge, 6’7″, 282 pounds, at third. No one out. You squeeze. If you are the other team’s catcher, how would you feel having Judge barreling down the line at you and you have to tag him out? Know what I’m saying here?

In the eighth, Gardner PH for Severino and singled. Ellsbury followed with a two-run HR (4) to put the Yanks up 4-1. Well, that made up for before.

Chapman struggled in the ninth and was awful.  I HATE bringing in a closer just because “he’s your closer”. Use your damned eyes. If the setup guy is doing well, LEAVE HIM IN THERE. Chapman blew the lead and forced the game into extra innings.

Honestly, it isn’t difficult. Too often managers over-manage and take the easy way out.

I really feel managers lose games more than win them.

One thing about playing in an NL park without the DH—- Aaron Judge was double-switched out of the ball game. Think about that for a minute. I hate NL rules. Sorry.

Finally, in the 18th, Hicks bunt singled and went to second on a throwing error. Torreyes bunted him to third, and Hicks scored when Castro grounded out, beating the play at the plate. The Yanks put more runners on, but Shreve made the last out. The Yanks were out of position players.

In the bottom of the 18th, the Cubs put runners on but the last out of the game was made by the pitcher, since the Cubs ran out of position players and in fact, a couple times in the game, had to PH one better hitting pitcher for a weaker-hitting one, and this was one of those cases.

There were 48 strikeouts in the game, a major league record.

Severino 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR, 3.40
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.84
Chapman (BS, ) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 3.00. 1 HBP w/the bases loaded that tied the game.
Clippard 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.35
Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.51
Holder 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.08.
Shreve (w, 1-0, 0.00) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 5 K.

With the bullpens being used so much, I won’t be surprised if a move is made today.

Let’s hope Tanaka throws a complete game victory against the Reds tonight.

Game 28. Yanks bomb Cubs 11-6 behind Hicks, Castro.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Starlin Castro and Adam Warren came back to haunt their former team, and Aaron Hicks continued his amazing year as the Yanks scored five in the first and bombed the Cubs 11-6 last night.

The win keeps the Yanks in first place in the AL East at 19-9, 1/2 game ahead of the 19-10 Orioles. The Yanks have won 18 of their last 23 games.

Jordan Montgomery was again was steady and kept his team in the game. I’m impressed with his five major league starts so far.

In the first, Brett Gardner, Friday’s hero, picked up where he left off, doubling to lead off the game. Hicks singled on a bunt (bunt more often, Joe) and Gardner scored on a throwing error, Hicks not being able to advance. Castro then doubled in Hicks to make it 2-0. After Judge struck out, Sanchez singled to make it 3-0. Gregorius singled, then Headley doubled in two runs and before the Cubs’ fans were comfortable in their seats, it was 5-0 Yanks.

In the third, Sanchez and Gregorius singled and Sanchez scored on an error.

In the fifth, ex-Cub Castro hit a 2-run HR (6) to make it 8-0. Castro is rivaling Judge for team MVP right now. He’s hitting .381.

The Cubs got two in the fifth (one of the runs unearned because of a two-out error by Didi) and another in the seventh to cut the Yanks lead to 8-3.

Then Hicks basically insured the win with a 3-run HR (6) in the eighth. I, like many Yankees fans, was all over Hicks last year when he hit just .217-8-31 in 327 AB, OPS+ just 63. This year he’s been a revelation as the fourth OF, hitting .355-6-15, OPS+ 216! I don’t know where that came from, but wow, we’ll take it.

Tommy Layne had a terrible bottom of the eighth, giving up three runs that really blows up his ERA, but Adam Warren, who struggled last year with the Cubs before coming back to the Yankees, came in to slam the door. Being back with the Yankees has worked out well for Warren. Last year with the Cubs, he was 3-2, 5.91 before being traded back to the Yanks, for whom he went 4-2, 3.26. This year, 0-0, 0.57 so far. Since Warren wasn’t with the Cubs in the postseason, and since he didn’t pitch well for them, he decided to receive his WS ring in the bullpen privately on Friday than on the field.

Gardner 2 hits, scored 2 runs.
Hicks 4 hits, scored 3, drove in 3, HR.
Castro 3 hits, scored 2, drove in 3, HR.
Sanchez 2 hits, rbi.
Gregorius 2 hits.
Headley 2 RBI

Montgomery (w, 2-1, 3.81) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 earned, 4 W, 3 K.
Clippard 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W,  0 K. 1.50. Threw one pitch, got the out.
Layne 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 9.45.
Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.57.

The Yanks/Cubs game is the ESPN Sunday night game tonight, then to Cincinnati. More games w/out the DH. You may see Matt Holliday at 1B tonight to get him playing time.

 

 

Game 26. All Rise! Judge HRs again in Yanks’ 8-6 win. Ex-Twins mgr. Mele dies.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks’ overcome a bad start by CC Sabathia and beat Toronto 8-6 on Wednesday night to go to 17-9 on the season. They got HRs by Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge in the victory. They are off today and head to Chicago for a weekend series against the Cubs. They should be getting Gary Sanchez back Friday as well.

CC gave up 4 runs in the first inning, but the Yanks got three back on Holliday’s HR, his fifth of the season and #300 of his career.

But CC gave up two more in the top of the second.

Judge got two back in the third with his 13th HR of the season.

The Yanks had the bases loaded in the fifth, and at this point, probably every Yankees’ fan was rooting for Kyle Higashioka to finally get his first MLB hit, but he struck out. Higashioka will be sent down for Sanchez, and unfortunately will be taking an 0 for 18 back with him.

Joe Girardi didn’t like the umps’ strike zone and was ejected.

Shortly after the ejection, with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Judge singled, Headley doubled him to third, and Carter singled to tie the game. PH Didi Gregorius singled to make it 7-6 Yanks, and later on Aaron Hicks walked with the bases loaded to give the Yanks an insurance run.

Gardner 2 Hits and drew 2 walks. Holliday 3-run HR.
Judge 3 hits, inc. HR. 2 RBI. Carter 2 hits, RBI. Hicks walked 3x.

Sabathia 4+ IP, 6 R, 7 H, 4 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.45
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 H, 1 K. 0.63
Clippard 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 w, 2 k. 1.54
Betances (w, 3-1, 0.93) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.87

The Yanks’ bullpen cleaned up for CC, going 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 6 K. And check their ERA’s.

Sam Mele died a few days ago at the age of 95. He was an OF/1B for the Red Sox 1947-1949, Senators 1949-1952, White Sox 1952-1953, Orioles 1954, Red Sox again 1954-1955, Reds 1955 and Indians 1956. He led the AL in doubles in 1951. His 162 game average was .267-12-84 OPS+ 97.

He managed the Twins from 1961-1967, winning the 1965 AL pennant. They lost that series in 7 to the Dodgers. He had a .546 winning percentage. His teams also finished second in 1962 and 1966.