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Game 95. Bullpen woes cost Yankees. Lose 5-4 in 10.

The Yankees had a short bullpen, with the IL and COVID IL having O’Day, Peralta, Cortes, Loaisiga & King on it, and both Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman were unavailable due to recent usage.

Next man up, but….

those men didn’t deliver as the Yanks blew a 3-1 lead in the 9th, then a 4-3 lead in the tenth as the Yanks (50-45, 3rd, 8 GB) lost 5-4 in Boston. Another late inning bullpen meltdown, and the Yanks have had too many of those lately.

Poor Jordan Montgomery pitched well and once again got little run support. The Yanks only got four hits all game long.

They did go up 1-0 in the fourth. Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton walked to lead off the inning. After an out, a passed ball moved both runners up, and Gardner scored on a groundout by Gleyber Torres.

There was a 55 minute rain delay in the fifth inning.

Boston tied the game, helped by an error by Tyler Wade, in the seventh.

The Yanks went ahead 3-1 in the eighth. D.J. LeMahieu and Gardner both walked to lead off the inning, then Stanton singled to make it 2-1. Rougned Odor bunted both runners over and Torres hit a SF.

Luis Cessa pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, but manager Aaron Boone went to his closer for the night, Chad Green, for the ninth. Strikeout, single, single, lineout, and the Yankees were one out away. Instead, a double tied the game before Green then got the last out.

In the top of the tenth, Tyler Wade was the ghost runner at second. He moved up to third on a ground out and scored on a SF by Gardner.

Then to a wild, terrible bottom of the tenth. Brooks Kriske came in to pitch, and FOUR wild pitches by Kriske basically gave Boston the game. Boston had their ghost runner. WP moved him to third. Another WP and the game was tied, and Boston did nothing to earn that. A walk. A WP moved the winning run to second. Another WP moved him to third. A strikeout. A SF to win the game. What an ugly way to lose.

Torres 2 RBI

Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K. 3.96 1 WP
Romano (H, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.06 (Combined Cin/NYY; see below)
Luetge (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.20
Cessa (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.82
Green (BS, 2) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.06
Kriske (L, 1-1; BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 10.80 FOUR wild pitches.

Before the game, the Yanks DFA’d Asher Wojciechowski and brought up Sal Romano. Romano was with the Reds 2017 through this year and going into this game, had a career record of 15-19, 5.15 (ERA+ 85). 83 games, about half of which were starts.

Kriske was sent down after the game.

Game 94. Yanks walk-off Phils in 10, 6-5.

The Yanks moved into sole possession of third place in the AL East with a 6-5, 10-inning walk-off win over the Phils last night. The Yanks are 50-44, 7 GB.

The game featured both teams using spot, emergency starters. Both starters did surprisingly well, considering.

Asher Wojciechowski started for the Yanks, and things looked like they would be bleak when he gave up a HR to Jean Segura of the Phils on his first pitch of the game. But he settled in to just give up 2 runs in 4 IP. Hoy Jun Park was sent down to make room for Wojciechowski on the roster.

After the Phils made it 2-0 in the third inning, the Yanks came back to tie the game in the fourth. With two out, Gleyber Torres homered (6). Brett Gardner singled, and then Greg Allen, who has really given the Yankees a jolt, doubled in Gardner to tie the score.

The Yanks got three runs in the bottom of the seventh to go up 5-2. With one out, rookie Estevan Florial singled, then stole second. After another out, Giancarlo Stanton singled in Florial, then Rougned Odor hit a 2-run HR (11).

The Yanks’ bullpen couldn’t hold the lead, as Zack Britton and Nick Nelson combined to give up three runs in the top of the eighth to allow the Phils to tie the game.

The Yanks had a chance to walk it off in the ninth, but couldn’t get the run in, so to extra innings it went.

Gary Sanchez was the “ghost” runner in the tenth, a rule that (thankfully) seems like it will be going away and back to the minors. Gleyber Torres sacrifice bunted Sanchez to third, and PH Ryan LaMarre singled in Sanchez with the winning run.

Brooks Kriske got his first MLB win.

The Yanks were fortunate. They won despite issuing 11 walks. The Phils were 1 for 14 w/RISP.

The Yanks now head to Boston for a big 4-game series.

Odor 2-run HR (11)
Torres solo HR (6)
LaMarre PH GW RBI single


Wojciechowski 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50
Abreu 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1.88
Wilson 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.94
Britton (H, 3) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 8.53
Nelson (BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 9.45
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.28
Kriske (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 10.50 FIRST MLB WIN.

Game 93. Yanks do big (4 HR) and small things in beating Phils, 6-4.

When you look at the Yankees’ win (6-4) over the Phillies last night, it’s easy to look at the four homers that were hit. But to me, most impressive was the little things that Greg Allen and rookie Estevan Florial did in the victory.

Both players are filling in while others are on the IL or Covid-IL.

Florial was brought up earlier in the day when Trey Amburgey (hamstring) had to go on the IL. This was his third MLB game.

The Phillies struck first when Rhys Hoskins hit a HR in the second inning off of Yankees’ starter Domingo German.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the third. Allen tripled, and Florial got him in with a groundout to second. Just doing the little things to get the run in.

The Phils got a run in the fourth to go up 2-1. They were helped by a balk by German, and ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes doubled in the run.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the fifth. Allen walked and stole second. He moved up to third when Florial flied out (doing the little things). I would have liked to have seen Tyler Wade squeeze home the run there, but he swung away and lined out to SS (to ex-Yankee Didi Gregorius). Gregorius tried to double Allen off of third but made a throwing error that allowed Allen to score. Brett Gardner followed that with a HR (4).

Gary Sanchez homered (17) in the sixth to make it 4-2 Yankees.

In the top of the seventh, Chad Green got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam with a couple of strikeouts, the last one to Didi.

In the bottom of the seventh, Giancarlo Stanton homered (16) to put the Yanks up 5-2.

The Phillies got a run in the top of the eighth to cut it to 5-3, and it was Torreyes who got the inning going for them.

In the bottom of the eighth, Florial hit his first MLB HR to put the Yanks up 6-3.

Aroldis Chapman gave up a HR in the ninth to Andrew McCutchen (another ex-Yankee playing for the Phils, managed by, you guessed it, ex-Yankee Joe Girardi) that made the score 6-4 before closing out the game.

With the win, the Yanks, 49-44, are in a virtual tie for third, 7 games back. After tonight’s game with the Phils, they have four games at Fenway against Boston, followed by three in Tampa Bay. These games are right before the trade deadline.

I won’t write about rumors, but if the Yanks do make deals, I’ll write about the deal and my reaction to it.

Gardner solo HR (4)
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (16)
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (17)
Florial 2 RBI, solo HR (1) FIRST MLB HR


German 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K. 1 Balk. Gave up 1 HR. 4.71
Cessa (W, 3-1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.89
Luetge (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 3.25
Green (H, 13) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.76
Britton (H, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.00
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.41

The Yanks are bringing up Asher Wojciechowski for a spot start tonight vs. the Phils.

S.T. Game 24. Yanks lose slugfest, 13-12 to Phils.

Aaron Judge finally hit his first HR of spring training, and Gleyber Torres added one as well, but it wasn’t enough as the Yankees (13-9-2 in spring training) lost a slugfest to the Phillies, 13-12. Chris Gittens also homered for the Yankees.

And yes, our old buddy Didi Gregorius tortured his old club again with another HR.

Any remote chance Michael King had to be the #5 starter—or even on the team heading north—probably disappeared with his showing last night. With the spring training rules of letting a pitcher off the mound because of too many pitches in an inning, then to have the pitcher go back out for the next inning to complete his work after he got some rest, all to protect the pitcher, it is embarrassing for a pitcher to actually have that happen to him.

It has happened to several pitchers this spring, and last night King was one of them, and it had to happen twice. The same thing happened with Matt Moore, the Phillies starter. King hasn’t had a good spring training.

King hit not one, not two, but THREE batters. Meanwhile, a Phillies pitcher threw not one, not two, but THREE wild pitches.

Ugly game if you were a pitcher.

Right now, I’d say German is the #5 starter behind Cole, Kluber, Taillon and Montgomery. Not necessarily in that order, but we do know Cole is #1.

King 2 1/3 IP, 7 R, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. Hit THREE batters.
Lane 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Loaisiga 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
L. Garcia 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Lyons 1 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cortes (L) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Hitting highlights:


LeMahieu 2 hits.
Judge 2-run HR
Florial 2 RBI
Gittens solo HR
Torres 3-run HR



The Yankees did make some moves. From ESPN:

Reassigned RHP Kyle Barraclough, OFs Socrates Brito and Ryan LaMarre and RHP Asher Wojciechowski to minor league camp.

Also, it appears as if Mike Tauchman has won a bench spot over Jay Bruce.

S.T. Game 20. Yanks beat Toronto, 8-3.

Thairo Estrada hit a 3-run HR as the Yankees (13-6-1 in spring training) beat Toronto 8-3 Sunday.

Besides Estrada’s blast, the Yankees got 2 hits and an RBI double from Luke Voit, 2 hits, including a 2-run double from Clint Frazier, and 2 hits and an RBI from Tyler Wade.

Cole (W) 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Wojciechowski 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Russ 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

S.T. Game 14. Yanks get 5 in 9th, win 5-1.

Max McDowell hit a 3-run double as the Yankees (9-4-1 in spring training) scored five times in the ninth to beat Toronto 5-1 Sunday.

The Yanks have a tough decision as to who will be their #5 starter. Both Domingo German and Deivi Garcia have done well this spring.

D. Garcia 3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Wojciechowski 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Goody (W) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Otto 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.

S.T. Game 5. Phils trounce Yanks, 15-0.

Not much to write about this one. If Joe Girardi wanted a little revenge against the Yanks for firing him after 2017, he got it as the Phillies trounced the Yankees (3-2 in Spring Training) 15-0 today. It was an 8 inning affair.

The Yanks only got 3 hits.

So far, the candidates for the #5 spot in the Yanks’ rotation haven’t done too well, save for Nick Nelson. King, Chacin, and today Deivi Garcia was spotty. Garcia struck out 3 in his 2 IP, but gave up 2 solo HR.

As for the others, the only other one that was expected to have a shot of making the team was Albert Abreu, and he didn’t help himself. Neither did anyone else, including ex-Yankee Nestor Cortes, trying to make it back onto the team.

We will see how controversial Domingo German does tomorrow as he tries to prove that he deserves that #5 rotation slot. At least until Luis Severino comes off the DL.

Here is the pitching line. It’s ugly.

D. Garcia (L) 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Wojciechowski 1 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Abreu 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. A WP.
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. A WP.
McClain 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up a HR.
Cortes 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Y. Gomez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

S.T. Game 1. Yanks fall, 6-4.

It’s always nice to watch that first S.T. game, especially when, where you live, there is still snow on the ground and the temperature is still in the low 40s.

The Yanks lost their first spring training game to Toronto today, 6-4, in a 7-inning game. Because of COVID, S.T. games may be shortened for health reasons, as long as everyone gets their work in.

The only pitcher who seems to have a shot of making the Yankees’ team was the starter today, Michael King, who is trying to win the #5 rotation spot. It didn’t go well for him.

Rob Brantly, looking for a backup C spot (odds are he is #3 or #4 and SWB bound) and Mike Tauchman each hit a HR for the Yankees.

Tauchman, and also Miguel Andujar (1 for 2 today) will be interesting calls for the Yanks. Tauchman is out of options, and with Gardner back, appears not to have a place on the team. He is out of options and could be DFA’d. The HR by Tauchman was welcome, because he hit 13 HR in 2019, but those are his ONLY MLB HR. He did not hit any last year. The lack of power was interesting. Tauchman says he had a sore shoulder. Sore enough to bother him but not put him on the IL.

Andujar is an interesting case. He has an option left, but it seems like the 2018 runnerup for ROY (47 doubles, 27 HR, 92 RBI) does not have a place on the team as well, barring injury.

Barring an injury, the 13 position players (taking into account 13 players, and 13 pitchers on a 26 man roster) appear to be

C Sanchez and Higashioka (Brantly and Chirinos looking to take spot away from Higashioka)
1B Voit (and I think Jay Bruce (1B, LF, RF) will take backup spot from Mike Ford)
2B LeMahieu
SS Torres
3B Urshela
UT Wade (2B, SS, 3B, and OF; fighting for spot with Estrada)
LF Frazier
CF Hicks
RF Judge
OF Gardner
DH Stanton.

I don’t think others, like Derek Dietrich or Esteban Florial, have a legit shot.

LeMahieu 1 for 2, single
Torres a double.
Andujar 1 for 2, single
Brantly 2 run HR
Tauchman HR

King (L) 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2 HBP
Wojciechowski 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Barraclough 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3rd time with Yanks. Coming off injury. Looked good. Needs more rehab.
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave UP 1 HR.

Tomorrow Cole and Taillon pitch. Much more interested there.