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Covid concerns postpone Yankees’ Game/Minor League Report

The Yankees/Red Sox game on Thursday night was postponed due to Covid concerns, and the whole four-game weekend series could be in jeopardy. Things could get even worse for MLB. This could affect each team.

Besides Jonathan Loaisiga, who tested positive before the All-Star Game, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Wandy Peralta have also tested positive. The Yanks made roster substitutions, reinstating Zack Britton off of the IL, bringing up Trey Amburgey, and putting Hoy Jun Park on the taxi squad.

Then it was reported that Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka are in protocol. First reports are that they are positive too, but further testing is needed to confirm.

Since Judge was just a starter and played at the All-Star Game, if he was/is positive, then every team has a problem, especially with its All-Stars, and MLB is then in a tizzy.

Hoo Boy.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (40-21) won 11-3. RF Ryan LaMarre, 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Greg Allen 2 hits, RBI. 3B Aramando Alvarez 2 hits, 3 RBI, SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, 2 RBI.

AA: Somerset (40-22) won 6-5 in 10 innings. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI. DH Donny Sands 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (40-23) lost both games of a doubleheader.

Game 1: Lost 3-2. CF Pablo Olivares 3 for 3, RBI.

Game 2: Lost 2-1, getting just two hits. 3B Chad Bell HR.

Low A: Tampa (43-19) won 8-1. Top uber-prospect 18 yr. old Jasson Dominguez 2 hits. Edgar Barclay 4 scoreless, hitless relief innings, 7 K. Nick Paciorek 2 scoreless IP, 5 K. DH Austin Wells 2 RBI, solo HR. 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, RBI. RF Jose DeLeon 2 hits. 3B Eduardo Torrealba 2-run HR.

Minor League Report. Lots of Doubleheaders. No-hitter at High-A. 3 HR for Breaux.

AAA: SWB (37-19) split a DH. (7-inning games in this and below for the DHs)

Game 1: Lost 6-5 in 8 innings. CF Estevan Florial 2 RBI, solo HR. RF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. 3B Andrew Velazquez 2 RBI.

Game 2: Won 1-0. Brandon Wagner 2 for 2, RBI. Matt Krook (1-1, 3.21) 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. Trevor Lane (S, 2.08) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.

AA: Somerset (38-20) won 5-0. Starter Glenn Otto (6-3, 3.17) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 8 K. 3B Diego Castillo 2 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands 2-run HR. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, RBI. RF Aaron Palensky 3 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (39-19) swept a DH.

Game 1: won 7-1. SS Ezequiel Duran 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR. Elijah Dunham 3 for 3, RBI, 3 SB. Starting P Mitch Spence (3-1, 3.79) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K. gave up 1 HR.

Game 2: Won 5-0 on a combined no-hitter (just 7 IP). C Josh Breaux not only caught the combined, shortened no-no, but he went 3 for 3, drove in all 5 runs, and all 3 hits were home runs.

Sean Boyle 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 3 K. 0.00
Nick Ernst (W, 4-0, 4.45) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 WS, 4 K
Derek Craft 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.70


Low A: Tampa (39-18) split a DH.

Game 1: Won 14-2.
SS Anthony Volpe 2 for 2, 3 walks, 2 RBI. Solo HR.
DH Austin Wells 2 RBI
CF Everson Pereria 2 HR, 6 RBI. 2-run HR and a Grand Slam
RF Jake Sanford solo HR.
3B Jesus Bastidas solo HR.

Game 2: Lost 5-1. RF Juan DeLeon HR.


Minor League Report. Rain cancels games in Northeast.

Rain just wiped out the games in the Northeast.

AAA: SWB ppd.

AA: Somerset ppd.

High A: Hudson Valley ppd.

Low A: Tampa (37-17) split a doubleheader.

Game 1: Won 21-2, and yes, just a 7-inning game.

SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits RBI
C Austin Wells 3 for 3, also walked twice. 6 RBI, a 3-run HR
2B Trevor Hauver 3 hits, 4 RBI
CF Everson Pereira 3 hits, 3 RBI,
LF Jake Sanford 2 hits, RBI
3B Andres Chaparro 3 RBI, a 2-run HR
DH Carlos Narvaez solo HR
RF Pat DeMarco 4 for 4

Game 2: They should have saved some hits for this game. Lost 3-1, only had 2 hits.

Minor League Report.

AAA: Besides Derek Dietrich opting out of his deal, Robinson Chirinos and Nick Goody are out as well.

SWB (34-16) Lost 5-4. 3B Andrew Valazquez 2 for 2, 2 walks, RBI.

AA: Somerset (35-18) won 3-0. Luis Medina (going to Futures Game) 5 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 8 K. SS Oswald Peraza 3 hits, RBI. DH Donny Sands 2 hits. RF Michael Beltre solo HR. LF Isiah Gilliam solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (34-19) won 7-3. SS Josh Smith 2 hits. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits, 3 RBI. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Elijah Dunham 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR.

Low A: Tampa swept a DH. Both 7-inning games.

Game 1: Won 2-1. CF Pat DeMarco 2 hits.

Game 2: Won 5-1, all runs scoring in the bottom of the sixth. SS Anthony Volpe (.309-11-46) solo HR, DH Austin Wells (.266-6-40) solo HR (HR were back-to-back). RF Jake Sanford 2 hits, RBI.

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).

Game 66. Yanks come from behind for a 6-5 win.

Before the game, GM Brian Cashman addressed the media, stating he still believes in manager Aaron Boone and the team and that the Yankees (34-32, 3rd in AL East, 8 back) would be buyers, not sellers, at the trade deadline.

The Yanks then went out and snapped their 3-game losing streak with a 6-5 win in Buffalo over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The night started off shaky. Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery walked the bases loaded with no one out in the bottom of the first but got out of the inning giving up only one run.

Gary Sanchez tied the game up in the top of the second with his ninth HR of the season.

Yankee-killer Bo Bichette homered in the third inning to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Chris Gittens got his first MLB hit, a HR, to tie the game. Gittens was 0 for 14 before that.

Toronto came back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, all with two out, and Bichette was the guy again, delivering a two-run single.

The Yanks cut it to 5-3 in the top of the sixth. With one out, Gio Urshela singled, and Sanchez doubled him to third. A groundout by Miguel Andujar scored Urshela.

The Yanks then tied it up it the seventh, thanks to a gift run. Brett Gardner led off the inning with his second HR of the season. D.J. LeMahieu then doubled. Two wild pitches enabled LeMahieu to score and tie up the game.

The game-winning run came in the top of the eighth. Andujar singled, and Tyler Wade pinch-ran for him. One out later, Wade stole second, and pinch-hitter Clint Frazier then doubled home Wade to make it 6-5.

An oddity: Gerrit Cole, who is starting tonight, leads the Yankees with seven wins. Second is Jonathan Loaisiga with six—all in relief.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (9)
Gittens solo HR (1). FIRST MLB HIT.
Gardner solo HR (2)
Frazier pinch-hit GW RBI double.


Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 4 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.20
Cessa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.33
Loaisiga (W, 6-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.78
Britton (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 0.00
Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.85


Minor League Notes: TIme to really get concerned about Deivi Garcia. He only got one man out last night, and gave up five runs. His ERA at AAA SWB is now 8.10 (and in his 2 starts with the Yankees, 6.48). Ugly. Estevan Florial had 2 doubles and a HR, and drove in 3 runs as SWB (21-11) won 12-6. Florial is still hitting just .195. 2B Hoy Jun Park went 4 for 4, 3 RBI, and is hitting .365 for SWB. I, for one, advocate calling him up and replacing Odor.

AA: Luke Voit went 1 for 4 on rehab as Somerset (23-13) won 10-1. Starter Glenn Otto 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 14 K (3-2, 3.95). SS Oswald Peraza 3 hits, 2B Diego Castillo 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2-run HR. C Donny Sands 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 HR, a solo shot and a 2-run shot.

High A: Hudson Valley (21-14) won 6-5. C Josh Breaux 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Chad Bell a 3-run HR.

Low A: Tampa (27-10) won 10-5. C Austin Wells 3 hits, RBI. RF Josh Sanford 4 for 4, 2 RBI, solo HR. 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, 2 RBI. Two others with 2 hits each.

A Look at the Minors. Waldichuk continues to amaze.

Yesterday was strange. Other than the All-Star Break, when do the Yankees ever have off on a Friday? But they did, so no game report.

In lieu of that, it gives us time to look at what the minor league affiliates did yesterday, and how some players are doing.

AAA: SWB (21-11) lost 4-2. 2 hits RF Socrates Brito. 2 hits, solo HR DH Trey Amburgey. SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits.

CF Estevan Florial is only hitting .137 at SWB. 2B Hoy Jun Park, a lefty hitter, may not have the power of Odor, but in 18 AAA games since being called up, is hitting .344-5-15. 1B Mike Ford, after hitting just .133 for the Yankees, is only 2 for 24 (.083) for SWB. Amburgey is hitting j.397-6-21. Too bad he isn’t a lefty hitter.

AA: Somerset (21-12) won 5-2. DH Oswald Peraza (a SS), 2 hits, led off game with a HR. More on him in a bit. 2B Oliver Dunn 3-run HR.

Peraza is a touted prospect who was just promoted from High A. He turns 21 in a few days, is a righty hitter, and has impressed scouts and coaches. Between A+/AA this year, he has hit .289-6-17 with 16 SB. Infielder Diego Castillo, 23, a righty bat, is hitting .325-5-13. C Donny Sands, 25, righty bat, .270-3-8.

High A: Hudson Valley (18-14) won 8-0, giving up just 2 hits. SS Ezequiel Duran (22, righty bat, .288-6-17) solo HR. LF Evan Alexander 2-run HR. 1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, RBI.

Two recent top draft picks, both catchers, haven’t been hitting. Anthony Seigler is at .167 and Josh Breaux is at .158.

But here is the real story.

LHP (23 years old) Ken Waldichuk 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 10 K. 2-0, 0.00

Waldichuk has pitched 30 2/3 innings this year. Look at the era again. ZERO. He has 55 K in those 30 2/3 innings. He has actually given up more walks (13) than hits (12). I hope he gets promoted to AA, like…. Now. I’d like to find out more about him.

Of course, because of COVID, there were no minor leagues last year. Waldichuk’s total minor league numbers consist of 2019 and this year. So what are those numbers?

17 starts. 2-2, 1.80. 60 innings pitched. 104 strikeouts.

Intrigued yet? I sure am.


Low A: Tampa is like a beer league softball team. All offense. The pitching not so hot. Tampa (24-10) won 6-4 last night. C Austin Wells solo HR, 2 RBI (21, lefty hitter, .267-2-29, 7 SB). 3B Chad Bell 3 hits, 2 HR, 3 RBI (24, lefty bat, .290-6-19).

Others to watch: SS Anthony Volpe, a first-round pick: 20, righty hitter. .285-5-29, 15 SB.

2B Trevor Hauver 22, lefty hitter, .279-6-25.

Minor league report. Lots of rain.

Rain washed away most of the minor league games. Especially in the Northeast.

AAA: SWB rained out.

AA: Somerset rained out.

High A; Hudson Valley rained out.

Low A: Tampa (16-7) lost 14-7. C Austin Wells 3 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Chad Bell 2-run HR.

Minor League Report. Peraza continues to rake.

I undergo surgery tomorrow, so these will be the last posts for a while.


AAA: SWB (8-3) lost 5-4 to Lehigh Valley. LF Ryan LaMarre 2 hits, RBI. He was called up after the game to replace Aaron Hicks since Hicks went on the I.L. 1B Chris Gittens 2-run HR (Time to bring him up and send Ford, hitting under .100, down?) Nick Nelson, who struggled earlier with the Yanks this season, 2 2/3 IP, no runs, 5 K.

AA: Somerset (7-4) won 5-3. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 1B Dermis Garcia 2-run HR. Starter Luis Gil (one of their top prospects) 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 8 K. 2.53

High A: Hudson Valley (5-6) lost 8-1. SS Oswald Peraza 3 hits, HR. (.349 with 5 HR)

Low A: Tampa (8-3) won 8-2. SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, RBI. C Austin Wells 2 RBI. DH Jake Sanford 2 hits. RF Juan De Leon 2 hits, 3 RBI. SP Randy Vazquez 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. Reliever Michael Giacone 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K.