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Minor League Action from 8-14-22. Low A Tampa victim of no-hitter.

AAA: SWB (58-52) won 6-5.
CF Estevan Florial 2 hits. #23 prospect. 284-14-37, 32 SB
RF Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2 triples and a solo HR. #11 prospect .271-9-32, 13 SB
DH Rob Brantly 2 hits, RBI
LF Blake Perkins solo HR (1st in AAA, 13th overall)

Krook (W, 8-7) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 6 K. 1 WP 4.15
Weber 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.70
Rich Rodriguez 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 7.50
M. Gomez (H, 5) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.87
Weissert (S, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.85

AA: Somerset (66-41; won 1st half division title) won 10-1.
CF Everson Pereira 2 hits, RBI. #8 prospect. .270-10-46, 19 SB
DH Austin Wells 2 Hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (5) #4 prospect .285-13-36 10 SB
RF Elijah Dunham 3 hits, 4 RBI. Grand Slam (15) #20 prospect .268-15-53 30 SB
3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 2 RBI 2-run HR (10)
1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits.

Randy Vasquez (W, 1-4) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. 3.77 #13 prospect.
Loseke 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.02
Myatt 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.75
Cowart 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.43
E. Ramirez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.52

High A: Hudson Valley (57-50) lost 6-5.
DH Anthony Seigler 2 hits
3B Tyler Hardman 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (16)
RF Grant Richardson 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2 solo HR (6 in High A)

Abeyta 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K. 1 HBP 4.15
Miller (H, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 3 W, 3 K. 1 WP Gae up 1 HR. 6.00
C. Gomez (L, 1-3; BS, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 3.86

Low A: Tampa (51-55) lost 5-0 and were no-hit.

Yulie (L, 3-5) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.66
Watson 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 1 WP. 4.04
Anderson 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 3.86
Holloway 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W 1 K. 2.72

Minor League Action from 8-3-22.

Links to boxscores are all screwed up and I’m having trouble accessing them. Posting as much as I can.


AAA: SWB (52-49) won 5-2.
2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. #11 prospect
1B Ron Guzman 2 hits.
3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits.
RF Tyler Wade 2 hits, solo HR (1)

Weber 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 H, 1 W. 2.20
Espinal 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.60
Shane Greene (W, 2-1) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 HBP 4.38
M. Gomez 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 0 K. 6.21
Weissert (S, 14) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.94

AA: Somerset (60-37; won 1st half division title) Lost 6-2.
1B Chad Bell 2 hits.

Randy Vasquez (L, 0-4) 5 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 1 K. 4.15 #13 prospect
Jennings 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.94
Ramirez 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.46
Ernst 1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.62

High A: Hudson Valley (52-45) won 7-2. W, Semple (1-0, 2.16) HR Nelson (2)

Low A: Tampa (47-50) split a DH.
Game 1: Won 6-2; W, Dees, 4-3, 3.58; HR Ben Rice (6)
Game 2: Lost 6-5. L, van Zijll 2-2, 3.44

Minor League Action from 7-31-22.

AAA: SWB (51-48) won 9-2.
RF Estevan Florial 3 hits, solo HR. (14) #27 prospect .292-14-36, 30 SB
SS Oswald Peraza solo HR (14). #2 prospect .256-14-39, 25 SB
DH Oswaldo Cabrera solo HR (7) #13 prospect .225-7-20
1B Ron Guzman 4 RBI; 3-run HR (6)

Ken Waldichuk 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.59 #5 prospect (overall AA/AAA 6-3, 2.71)
Ramirez 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 9.00
Weber (W, 3-2) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.36
Shane Greene 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.76
M. Gomez 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 6.20
J. Cordero 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.84

AA: Somerset cancelled. Rained out.

High A: Hudson Valley (50-45) lost 7-0. They only got four hits.

Abeyta (L, 4-7) 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR 4.58
C. Gomez 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.31
J. Munoz 1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.00
Ruegger 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.21

Low A: Tampa (46-48) lost 8-6.
3B Andres Chaparro 3 hits
C Antonio Gomez 2-run HR (5) #18 prospect .255-5-30
SS Benjamin Cowles 2 hits, RBI
DH Ben Rice 2 hits, RBI

Messinger 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR 4.38
Cortijo 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 4.32
Dees (L, 3-3; BS, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.86
Watson 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.80

Game 101. Magic 8 ball! 8 in 8th gives Yanks 11-5 win. Judge 2 HR, 6 RBI inc. Grand Slam.

You’ve run out of words for Aaron Judge this season. Really. July isn’t over yet, and he has 41 HR, and is making a run at the AL and Yankee record of 61 set by Roger Maris in 1961. He has 11 HR in his last 13 games. His 9 multi-HR games this season is a Yankees’ record.

The NL and MLB record of course is 73 by Barry Bonds, but those three guys who hit more than Maris (Bonds, McGwire and Sosa) are all linked to steroids. For purists, the true record still belongs to Roger.

Trivia: Sammy Sosa hit 60 or more HR three separate times but didn’t lead the league in any of those three seasons.

Before the game recap, some moves and thoughts on a recent big trade. First off, the Yanks re-signed Ryan Weber and Shane Greene to minor league deals.

Secondly a Yankees’ target is off the market. Reds’ starter Luis Castillo (29, RHP) was dealt to Seattle. As much as I wanted Castillo, I can see why the Yankees, although it’s rumored that they were close to getting him, backed off. Seattle gave up four prospects for him, including their #1, #3 and #5 prospects. For the Yankees, that would have meant SS Anthony Volpe (1), CF Jasson “The Martian” Dominguez (3) and LHP Ken Waldichuk (5), along with another prospect. That wasn’t going to happen. It looks like the Yankees will face Castillo (4-4, 2.86, ERA+160 this year) Tuesday night.

With Castillo off the board, the Yankees’ top trade target now is Frankie Montas (29, RHP) of Oakland. Montas is only 4-9 this season, but his ERA is 3.18 and his ERA+ is 117. Not as good as Castillo, but still good. If they can’t get Montas, then rumors are they are then looking at Noah Syndergaard of the Angels (RHP, 30 in August) who is 5-8, 3.83, ERA+104 this season, or Jose Quintana (33, LHP) of Pittsburgh, who is 3-5, 3.50, ERA+ 120.

As far as Syndergaard is concerned, it has been written that since TJ surgery, he hasn’t been the “Thor” (and yes, he’d need a haircut) of his Mets days, and although still decent, he’s lost 2 MPH off his fastball since the surgery. Quintana was a Yankees’ farmhand many years ago.

The Yanks are looking to deal Miguel Andujar and Joey Gallo. Teams are looking at prospects and are most likely prioritizing them over Andujar and Gallo.

We will see what develops. Another deal I would like besides one for Montas would be one with the Cubs to get bullpen help. Could David Robertson (37, RHP, 3-0, 2.23, 14 saves this year) be back for what would be his third go-round with the Bronx Bombers?

Ok, now to the game recap.

In the top of the first, Judge robbed the first batter of the game, Kansas City’s MJ Melendez, of a HR. The guy can do it all, defensively as well as offensively.

The Yanks got off to a quick 3-0 lead. Anthony Rizzo hit a solo HR in the bottom of the first inning (#24), and two innings later, after a walk to D.J. LeMahieu, Judge hit a 2-run HR (40).

Maybe it’s me, but Gerrit Cole seems a bit off his game this year. Aces shouldn’t be coughing up 3-0 leads. Cole seems more prone to the HR ball this season, too. With two out in the fifth, the Royals got four straight hits, followed by a 3-run HR by Salvador Perez, to stunningly go up on the Yanks 5-3. A misplay (ruled a hit when it could have been an error) by Isiah Kiner-Falefa helped KC to its big inning. IKF would make up for it later. Another big play was on a grounder to Rizzo, who had a little bit of a delay in flipping the ball to Cole for the out. Batter beats it out, inning prolonged.

After a rain delay to start the eighth inning, the Yanks exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Rizzo and Gleyber Torres got back-to-back singles. An error by KC SS Maikel Garcia loaded the bases. Andrew Benintendi got an infield single to make it 5-4. It then appeared as if Aaron Hicks was HBP to force in a run, but he wasn’t. Hicks worked a walk anyway and the game was tied at 5. IKF then made up for his previous miscue by hitting a single to put the Yanks up 6-5. A groundout by Jose Trevino made it 7-5. A walk to LeMahieu re-loaded the bases, then Judge unleashed HR #41, a grand slam, for the final score of 11-5.

Judge 3 hits, 6 RBI. A 2-run HR and a grand slam. (41). Also robbed KC of a HR.
Rizzo 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (24)
Torres 2 hits.
Kiner-Falefa 15 game hitting streak.

Cole 6 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 0 W, 9 K. gave up 1 HR. 3.30
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.24
Abreu (W, 2-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.22 (3-team W/L, ERA)
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.37

The Yanks are 68-33, have a 12 1/2 game lead in the AL East and the magic # for clinching the division is 50.

Game 95. Yanks win (7-6) over Orioles is costly. King injured, done for season.

The Yankees (65-30) win over the Orioles, 7-6 last night, came at a very high cost.

Reliever Michael King, who has been superb in his setup role this season, fractured his right elbow making a pitch, and is done for the season.

Expect GM Brian Cashman to make a move to help the bullpen as we near the trade deadline. King joins Chad Green and Miguel Castro as bullpen pieces on the injured list. Ron Marinaccio just started rehab so he is still a little ways away from rejoining the team. Ryan Weber was just DFA’d, maybe they can get him back. J.P. Sears was sent to AAA after his outing on Thursday. Because of the injury, maybe he can be recalled sooner than teh usual time, but he did pitch 3 innings Thursday so even at that, he wouldn’t be available for a while.

Besides a trade and making other moves, the injury to King also means two other relievers who have been struggling all season and who struggled last night, Jonathan Loaisiga and Aroldis Chapman, need to get back to their former selves. Both were not good last evening, forcing King to come into the game, where he got injured.

On top of THAT, the Yankees are probably looking for a starter since Luis Severino is out for a while on the injured list, Domingo German did not do well in his start (first appearance of the season) on Thursday, and last night’s starter, Jameson Taillon, has been struggling for a while and struggled again last night.

Expect Brian Cashman to be very busy in the next ten days, even though the Yanks are 65-30.

In the game, Aaron Judge homered twice, and Joey Gallo added a homer as the Yanks squeaked out a 7-6 win.

With two out in the top of the third, Gallo walked, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and Judge hit a 3-run HR, his first of the game, to put the Yanks up 3-0. The HR went 436 ft. That was nothing compared to what was to come.

Taillon gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the third and was knocked out of the game. He had escaped an earlier jam in the first inning.

In the top of the fourth, with one out, the Yanks got back-to-back doubles by Josh Donaldson and Jose Trevino to take a 4-2 lead.

Judge hit his second HR of the game, a 465-ft. blast, #36 on the season, in the top of the fifth to put the Yanks up 5-2.

A one-out double by Donaldson, followed by a two-out single by Isiah Kiner-Falefa, put the Yanks up 6-2 in the top of the sixth.

But here is where Loaisiga and Chapman need to step it up. Loaisiga gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-3.

In the top of the seventh, Gallo homered (12) to put the Yanks up 7-3.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Chapman struggled, throwing a couple of wild pitches, then giving up a 3-run HR that cut the Yanks’ lead to 7-6, necessitating the call for King. In his last ten innings, Chapman has given up 13 runs on 13 hits, ten walks, and 4 HR. With the King injury, he needs to get straightened out.

King’s injury forced Clay Holmes to get a five-out save.

Judge 2 hits. Both HR (36). 4 RBI
Donaldson 2 hits, both doubles.
Gallo Solo HR (12)

Taillon 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3.93
Luetge (W, 3-3) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.88
Loaisiga 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.52
Chapman 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 5.75 (He and Loaisiga need to get right)
King (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.29 Fractured pitching elbow ends his season.
Holmes (S, 17) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.26

Given the Yanks’ pitching woes, let’s hope today’s starter, Gerrit Cole, can go DEEP into today’s game (I’d wish for a complete game, but with the heat wave on the East coast, that would probably be too much to ask for).




Games 93 and 94. Yanks lose both games of DH in Houston.

With Houston, the Yanks have a problem.

The Astros ended the Yanks’ season in 2015, 2017 and 2019. This season the Yanks lost 5 of the 7 games against them, and never led in any game except for the two walk-off wins, where Aaron Judge both times got the GW hit.

In losing both games of a doubleheader in Houston yesterday, the Yanks (64-30) (record corrected from first draft) lead over Houston for best record in the league dropped to just 2 1/2 games. The Yanks lead the AL East by 12 games. But from here on in the Yanks’ schedule is tougher than Houston’s. The Yanks’ division is tougher than Houston’s. Not only that, if both teams finish with the same record, Houston gets home field advantage in a playoff series due to the head-to-head record.

So, it would behoove the Yanks to finish ahead of Houston in the standings, and also to find a way to beat them. To hit Houston pitching. For the Astros are the biggest roadblock to the Yankees’ World Series aspirations.

Game 1: Lost 3-2.

The Yanks wasted a good outing by Jordan Montgomery. Houston nicked Monty for a run in the first inning and another in the second to take a 2-0 lead. They used back-to-back bunt singles in the first to build that run that inning.

In the top of the third, the Yanks loaded the bases with no outs, but didn’t score. Matt Carpenter hit a line drive, but the Astro 1B caught it and caught Judge too far off the bag for a DP.

D.J. LeMahieu homered (9) in the top of the fifth to cut Houston’s lead to 2-1.

In the top of the ninth, Aaron Hicks singled with one out. He moved to second on a groundout, then Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a PH single to tie the game.

But Michael King gave up a single and double to start the bottom of the ninth for Houston. After a strikeout and intentional walk, King got a strikeout, but then an infield single won the game for Houston.

The Yanks have lost five walk offs this year, and ironically, Montgomery was the starting pitcher in each of those games. Once again, the Yanks had trouble hitting Cristian Javier. Javier was the pitcher who threw seven no-hit innings against the Yanks June 25th, when the Yanks fell victim to a combined no-hitter by Houston. This time, in five innings, the Yanks only got two hits off him.

LeMahieu solo HR (9)
Hicks 2 hits
Kiner-Falefa PH RBI single with two out in 9th which at the time tied the game

Montgomery 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K. 3.24
Abreu 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.13 (Combined ERA for 3 teams)
King (L, 6-3) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.34

Game 2: Lost 7-5.

Domingo German replaced the injured Luis Severino in the rotation, and it was German’s first appearance of the season, as he was just activated off of the injured list. Ryan Weber was DFA’d.

For the DH, J.P. Sears was brought up to be the 27th man. Based on how Sears has pitched this season in his limited appearances, I and others wondered why he didn’t get the start instead of German.

German didn’t have it, as in the first inning, with two out, he gave up back-to-back HR to Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman. Astros up 2-0 right away.

German then gave up three more runs in the second–once again, all with two out–and Houston was up 5-0.

In the top of the third, Judge walked, and Gleyber Torres homered (15) to cut Houston’s lead to 5-2.

Sears relieved German and didn’t do too badly, but he gave up a 2-run HR in the sixth to Chas McCormick. Houston up 7-2.

In the top of the ninth, Kiner-Falefa and LeMahieu singled, and after an out, Judge homered (34) to make it 7-5, but Houston then held on to win.

Judge 3 run HR (34)
Torres 2 hits, 2-run HR (15)
Donaldson 2 hits.

German (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 Balk. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR. 15.00
Sears 3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 2.05
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.50
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 7.45





Game 91. Judge delivers the verdict, and Carpenter hammers Boston. Yanks win 14-1.

Aaron Judge and Matt Carpenter each hit two home runs, and Carpenter had a 7-RBI game, as the Yankees (63-28) steamrollered Boston, 14-1, Saturday night.

Before the game, the Yankees put P Miguel Castro (shoulder) on the IL and brought up OF Tim Locastro.

The game started out not so good for the Yankees, as Yankee-killer Rafael Devers did it again, hitting a first-inning HR to put Boston up 1-0. That was all Boston would get all night, as Jameson Taillon settled in and pitched a great game. Yankees pitchers need to brush him back or make him uncomfortable. He’s too comfy against them.

In the bottom of the first, the Yankees came right back and kept tacking on all night. With one out, Judge singled, and Anthony Rizzo then doubled Judge to third. Giancarlo Stanton walked to load the bases. Josh Donaldson grounded out, all runners moving up, to tie the game at 1. Carpenter then hit the first of his two 3-run HR for the night, making the score 4-1.

The Yanks broke it open in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four more runs to make it 8-1. Judge led off the inning with a HR, and then Rizzo singled. Stanton doubled Rizzo to third. After Donaldson struck out, Boston made a pitching change, but it didn’t help. Carpenter then hit his second 3-run HR (13) of the game to make it 8-1. Carpenter had a couple bad seasons after a lot of good ones with the Cardinals. At 36, he started this year in AAA with the Texas Rangers’ organization. No one wanted him…. except the Yankees. In 30 games, and just 75 at bats with the Yankees, Carpenter has been unreal. .360-13-31. Although he has hardly played any OF in his career, he is now. You just can’t take that hot bat out of the lineup right now.

In the sixth inning, the Yanks upped the score to 10-1. D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a walk, then Judge hit his second HR of the game (33). His 33 HR before the All-Star break matches the total Roger Maris had in 1961. Judge has today’s game to try to surpass that, but it would be tough. Boston is pitching Chris Sale today, and Sale has given Judge fits.

To the eighth and with one out, Rizzo was HBP. Stanton walked, and Donaldson got an infield single, loading the bases for Carpenter. A 3-HR, 10 RBI game would have been great, but it wasn’t to be. Carpenter walked to force in a run, getting a 7-RBI night. Aaron Hicks reached on a throwing error, everyone safe, bases still loaded, to make it 12-1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled in two runs to make it 14-1. Jose Trevino singled to reload the bases but the Yankees didn’t score any more.

Today is the last game before the All-Star break. The All-Star game is Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, and the Yanks will resume the regular season with a doubleheader Thursday in Houston.

Judge 3 for 3, 3 RBI. 2 HR (33)
Rizzo 2 hits
Carpenter 2 hits, 7 RBI. Two 3-run HRs (13)
Kiner-Falefa 2 RBI

Taillon (W, 10-2) 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.86
Weber (S, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.17

Game 89. Yanks fall in 10, 7-6.

The cumulative effects of the week, and especially Luis Severino’s early departure came back to bite the Yanks (62-27) Thursday night as they lost in 10 innings to Cincinnati, 7-6.

The game was the third extra-innings game in their last five games (they have lost four of those five games) which taxes the bullpen.

Not only that, because of heavy bullpen usage and the injury to Severino (more on that later), manager Aaron Boone had his hands tied as far as the bullpen last night. Certain guys were unavailable.

Severino was placed on the 15-day IL due to a strained lateral muscle in his shoulder. J.P. Sears, who had to come on early Wednesday night in relief of Severino would not be available after his 3+ inning stint so he was sent back to AAA. As a result, Ryan Weber rejoined the team, as did Jonathan Loaisiga. In Loaisiga’s case, he was coming off the IL and off of rehab. Loaisiga, so good last year, has had an awful 2022, and that continued last night.

The game started out as a pitcher’s duel. Two all-stars, Nestor Cortes, Jr. of the Yankees and Luis Castillo (who could be a Yankees trade target) went at it for seven innings. The Reds got a run off of Cortes in the fifth, when Cortes didn’t help himself with a walk and a HBP. The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the sixth when with one out, Aaron Judge walked, Anthony Rizzo doubled for the Yanks’ first hit of the game and Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI groundout.

After seven great innings from Cortes, Loaisiga came in and his bad 2022 continued. He gave up three runs and couldn’t get out of the inning.

The Yanks came back to tie it in the bottom of the eighth. Judge led off the inning with his 31st HR of the season to cut the Reds’ lead to 4-2. Two outs later, Matt Carpenter walked, and Gleyber Torres followed with a 2-run HR (14) to tie the game. The Yanks loaded the bases after that but D.J. LeMahieu struck out.

The game went into extra innings with that ghost runner rule I hate. Lucas Luetge came in for the Yanks and didn’t have it, giving up three runs to make it 7-4 Reds.

The Yanks didn’t give up. In the bottom of the tenth, with Stanton starting the inning as the ghost runner, Carpenter homered (11) to cut the Reds’ lead to 7-6. The Yanks eventually put two runners on after that, but LeMahieu lined out, ending the game.

With the loss, the Yanks’ lead over Tampa Bay is 13 games. They have a three-game series against Boston this weekend before the All-Star break.

The Yanks traded with the Angels and got Tyler Wade back for a player to be named later or cash. Wade will go to AAA.

Judge solo HR (31)
Carpenter 2-run HR (11)
Torres 2-run HR (14)

Cortes 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP 2.63
Loaisiga 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 8.31
Abreu 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 1 HBP. 2.28 (combined 3-team ERA)
Luetge (L, 2-3) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.19

Game 82. Yanks pummel Pittsburgh, 16-0.

Some moves. Miguel Castro back off of paternity leave, Ryan Weber DFA’d.

Yanks sign Rich Rodriguez to a minor league deal. Rodriguez is coming off an 80-game suspension. He was 5-4, 2.94 for Pittsburgh and Atlanta last year with 14 saves. For his career, 16-14, 3.28, ERA+ 130. He’s pitched for Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta.

The other night, Pittsburgh had a little tribute to former Pirate Jameson Taillon, now with the Yankees. The tribute played Taillon’s walkup song, Led Zeppelin’s When the Levee Breaks.

That song was appropriate last night. The first four innings were frustrating, as the Yanks were squandering scoring chances. But when the levee broke… my oh my.

The Yanks (59-23) scored 16 runs in the last five innings and pounded Pittsburgh, 16-0.

In the second inning, the Yanks had first and third with no one out and couldn’t score. In the third, they had first and second, one out but Matt Carpenter GIDP.

But in the fifth, the levee broke.

Fifth inning, two runs: Joey Gallo walked. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled, Gallo to third. IKF stole second as Kyle Higashioka struck out. D.J. LeMahieu singled in two runs. The Yanks missed out on another run when Aaron Judge doubled but D.J. was thrown out at home. 2-0, Yankees. The levee broke and the runs kept coming.

Sixth inning, two runs. Two players who hadn’t homered in a while went back-to-back. With the two out, Josh Donaldson (7) and Joey Gallo (10) made it 4-0. The levee broke and now the home runs kept coming.

Seventh inning, one run. Kyle Higashioka led off the inning with a HR (5). 5-0, Yankees.

Eighth inning. The Yanks put the game away with five runs, and at the expense of Manny Banuelos, who they had just dealt to the Pirates. With one out, IKF singled, and then Higashioka and LeMahieu both walked. Judge hit a grand slam (30) to make it 9-0. Aaron Hicks then doubled, and both Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres followed with walks. Donaldson hit a SF to make it 10-0.

Ninth inning: Six more runs and the final score was 16-0. Pittsburgh, in order to save their bullpen, put in 2B Josh VanMeter to pitch. IKF led off with a single. An out later, LeMahieu singled. Marwin Gonzalez, now in for Judge, singled to load the bases. Hicks, who had earlier replaced Carpenter in the lineup, hit a grand slam (4) to make it 14-0. Stanton followed with a HR (21) to make it 15-0. So in this game, both Donaldson/Gallo and Hicks/Stanton each went back-to-back with HR. Torres then singled, and after a force out, Gallo walked. IKF singled to load the bases. Higashioka singled to drive in the final run of the game. 16-0.

The Yanks (59-23) have a 14-game lead over Boston and Tampa Bay in the AL East. Toronto is 14 1/2 back. The Yanks now head to Boston for four games.

LeMahieu 3 hits, 2 RBI
Judge 3 hits, 4 RBI. Grand slam (30)
Hicks 2 for 2, 4 RBI. Grand slam (4)
Stanton solo HR (21)
Torres 2 hits
Donaldson 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (7)
Gallo solo HR (10)
Kiner-Falefa 4 hits
Higashioka 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (5)

The Yanks hit six HR in the game.

Severino (W, 5-3) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.11
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.08
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.50
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.41 (Combined ERA, 3 teams)

Game 78. Yanks Clobber Cleveland in Game 1 of Doubleheader, 13-4.

The Yankees (57-21) clobbered Cleveland in the first game of a DH, 13-4.

Gerrit Cole gave up back-to-back HR in the bottom of the second to put NY in a 2-0 hole, but Cole settled in after that.

In the top of the third, D.J. LeMahieu homered (8) to get the Yanks on the board. Aaron Judge then walked, as did Gleyber Torres. Miguel Andujar, up as the 27th man for the DH, singled in a run, both runners moving up on the throw. This tied the game at two, but then Aaron Hicks singled to put the Yanks up 4-2.

Hicks led off the top of the sixth with a walk, then Matt Carpenter homered (7) to put the Yanks up 6-2. Two outs later, LeMahieu walked and Judge doubled. Torres singled to make it 8-2 Yankees.

In the top of the seventh, Andujar reached on an error, and Hicks singled Andujar to third. A single by Carpenter made the score 9-2. Jose Trevino GIDP as a run scored, 10-2.

One bad part about the game was the performance of Aroldis Chapman in his return to the Yankees, coming off the IL. He faced three batters, walked all three, and two of those three scored in the bottom of the seventh as Cleveland cut the Yanks’ lead to 10-4.

In the eighth, LeMahieu and Judge walked, then executed a double steal. LeMahieu scored on a fielder’s choice, hit by Torres.

In the top of the ninth, Cleveland had utility man Ernie Clement pitch in order to save their bullpen for game two of the doubleheader. Clement gave up back-to-back HRs to Carpenter (8) and Trevino (7) for the final score of 13-4.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI Solo HR (8)
Torres 3 hits, 3 RBI
Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI
Carpenter 3 hits, 4 RBI Hit 2 HR (8)
Trevino solo HR (7)

Cole (W, 7-2) 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR 2.99
Chapman 0 IP, 2 R, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K. 5.14. Walked all three batters he faced. Just off the IL.
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.33
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.24
Weber 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K 1.93