Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone says struggling left-hander ‘is going to have to step up’

New York Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone was calm and composed even though the Bombers lost a weekend series to the Baltimore Orioles, by far the worst team in the majors. While fans often criticize his perceived passivity, that’s often a good quality to have when leading the most influential organization in baseball.

He did, however, note that the Yankees need Andrew Heaney to be a lot better than he has shown so far. His latest meltdown resulted in Sunday’s loss, and he was showered with boos from the relentless crowd in Yankee Stadium.

Boone was asked by the media whether he believed Heaney, who got just one out and allowed four runs on 30 pitches on Sunday, could turn his season around.

“He’s going to have to,” Boone said, per NJ Advance Media.

The Yankees have other potential options

With a hit by pitch and consecutive singles, the Yankees’ left-hander, acquired at the deadline from the Los Angeles Angels, loaded the bases in the seventh. Then he allowed a double to Jahmai Jones that scored a couple of runs, and another run-scoring single to Jorge Mateo.

“I thought today coming out of the pen his stuff probably played up a little bit,” Boone said of Heaney, who has conceded 24 runs in 28 1/3 innings over seven games with the Yankees.

“He was the victim of some soft contact,” Boone said. “But in the end, just couldn’t get out of the inning. It’s an important role down there and he’s going to have to share some of that role. He’s going to have to step up. He wants the ball. He’s going to have to take advantage of another opportunity when he gets it.”

With Luis Gil in the minors, just about ready to contribute, and Clarke Schmidt showing he is healthy over Triple-A, Heaney may not get many more opportunities to show his worth. He is going to need to perform soon.

Yankees News, 9/6: Bombers lose best relief pitcher, Andrew Heaney implodes to lose series

New York Yankees, Jonathan Loaisiga

The New York Yankees fell to the Baltimore Orioles 7-8 on Sunday, losing the series 2-3. Against one of the worst teams in baseball, the Yankees can’t afford to be dropping games, and after losing one of their best relief pitchers in Jonathan Loáisiga, the Yankees were forced to plug in Andrew Heaney to help supplement the loss. He gave up four hits, and four earned runs in 0.1 innings, elevating his ERA to 5.81.

Loáisiga, who has pitched 68 innings this year, has a 2.25 ERA and 61.3% ground ball rate. He has been an absolute stud for the bullpen and likely would’ve helped the Yankees secure victory if not for Heaney being his supplement.

“Obviously that’s a tough loss for us, which hopefully is only a couple of weeks but still something we’ll have to navigate,” Boone said.

The Yankees placed Loáisiga on the 10-day injured list with a strained rotator cuff. They are hopeful he will return in time for the postseason, and after receiving a cortisone shot after Saturday’s game, an MRI revealed a slight injury.

“Hopefully this is something that’s a little bit of a timeout and we get him back for the stretch drive,” Boone said.

As stated above, Heaney was the culprit in the Yankees’ loss, and ever since being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels, he has been a liability. Posting a 32.4% ground ball rate this year, he simply doesn’t fit the mold of Yankee Stadium. He gives up too many home runs and is walking far too many batters.

The offense did everything possible to win this game, as Gary Sanchez smacked a grand slam in the second inning to give the team a healthy lead. In fact, Sanchez hit two home runs on the afternoon, including a two-run shot in the sixth inning. Unfortunately, an Orioles team that won three of their last five games is surging despite their pitching issues.

The Yankees will take on the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon with Jameson Taillon on the mound. Toronto will feature Hyun Jin Ryu, who hosts a 3.92 ERA. Toronto has won four of their last five games, indicating a bit of momentum.

New York Yankees: 4 takeaways from a game and series they should have won

The New York Yankees are in a race to the postseason; with time running out, the Yankees are going in the wrong direction. And yesterday was strong evidence of that. Gary Sanchez knocked in a season-high 6 RBIs, but the Yankees couldn’t pull out a win as they lost their second series in a row. What was so damaging about this series loss is that it was against the worst team in baseball.

What makes this so discouraging is the Yankees against the team with the worst pitching ERA; the Yankees could only muster up 16 hits across the 3 games. By comparison, the Tampa Bay Rays swept the O’s in their last meeting, and the Boston Red Sox outscored them 30-5. Over the last ten days, both the Rays and the Sox have winning records; the Yankees have a losing record making it almost a mathematical impossibility to win the East and putting their place in the wild card standing in jeopardy.

Kluber is still not where he needs to be

Corey Kluber had his second start after coming off the IL yesterday, and it wasn’t real pretty. Like his first start, he was hit often and couldn’t find that pitch to get hitters out. He gave up two runs and walked three in 3.2 innings. This is not totally unexpected after not pitching for nearly two years and more recently for the last three months. Nevertheless, the Yankees have to build up Kluber if they wish to have him available for the postseason.

After acquiring the 2 times Cy Young Award-winning pitcher in the offseason, Kluber got off to a slow start with the Yankees but eventually got much better even pitching the Yankees only no-hitter this season, their first in the last 22 years. The Yankees hope by the end of this month he will return to form.

Oh no, Heaney instead of Green

Yesterday morning I commented on Aaron Boone’s Friday night decision not to bring Clay Holmes back in to pitch the seventh inning after throwing only 18 pitches and striking out all four hitters he faced. Instead, he brought in Wandy Peralta, who allowed two runs and a loss in the game.

Yesterday Boone committed an even more egregious decision, bringing in Andrew Heaney in the seventh inning with the Yankees 7-4. Heaney has been nothing but undependable, and there is no way he earned the trust to be put in that situation. His ERA during August was 6.43. He only recorded one out, giving up four runs and the Yankee lead. He took the loss in the game. Boone, who finally used Chad Green in the eighth and ninth, proved my point by not allowing a hit. But Heaney’s damage was already done, causing them to lose the game and the series. Mr. Boone, you make decisions on the situation, not the inning.

Same ole Gleyber Torres

With the exciting energic play and superb defense of Andrew Velazquez, many New York Yankee fans weren’t all that happy to see Gleyber Torres return off the IL. Torres has been criticized for his less than energetic defense at short. Yesterday, that criticism came front and center when Gutierrez beat out Torres’s double-clutch throw for a single in the sixth inning. Mullins homered to right-center driving in two runs, making Torres’s bad throw even more egregious.

Gutierrez should have been thrown out; it would have been the third out of the inning, and Mullins wouldn’t have followed with two runs that may have cost the Yankees the game. All season long, coaches had been telling Torres that he has to charge the ball. Not only did he not do that, he actually took a step back then double-clutched the ball before tossing it to Rizzo, but it arrived late as Gutierrez just was safe. At least Torres took responsibility in an after-game interview, unfortunately, the Yankees cant’ afford excuses in a postseason run.

Wow, Mr. Sanchez

One of the Yankees’ most controversial players, Gary Sanchez, has been criticized for just about everything, from lack of hustle to far too many passed balls and striking out too often. In the shortened 2020 season, the catcher has a disastrous season hitting only .147. However, 2021 has been kinder to Sanchez; he is hitting .216 with 20 home runs.

Yesterday for at least one day, he was the Yankees’ MVP, bathing in the adulation of Yankee fans at Yankee Stadium. Sanchez, in the second inning with the bases, loaded hit a Grand Slam. Sanchez was not done. Gary Sanchez faced the new Orioles pitcher Marcos Diplan in the sixth inning and got his second homer of the game, a two-run shot. Unfortunately for Sanchez, his 6 RBIs on the day weren’t enough to save the Yankees from losing the game and the series.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Gary Sanchez’s six RBIs couldn’t save the Yankees from another loss

Today was the rubber game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees won the first game in the 11th inning and lost yesterday’s game 4-3. To come away with the series win, the Yankees sent Corey Kluber to the mound to face the Orioles’ Keegan Akin. Being only a half a game ahead of the Red Sox for the first spot of the wild card, the Yankees really needed the win. Unfortunately, Gary Sanchez’s six RBIs couldn’t save the Yankees from an 8-7 loss.

To start, the first Kluber faced Cedrick Mullins, who worked a walk. Mullins stole second and, on a bad throw by Sanchez, advanced to third. Anthony Santander went down on strikes. Trey Mancini struck out swinging. DJ Stewart struck out; that was three strikeouts in the inning for Kluber. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu faced Akin and singled to center. Joey Gallo struck out looking. Aaron Judge struck out swinging. Giancarlo Stanton struck out. No score.

The top of the second inning was led off by Austin Hays, who solo homered to right-center. Ramon Urias worked a walk. Pedro Severino struck out as Kluber got a strike em out throw em out. Jorge Mateo struck out to end the half. Anthony Rizzo led off the bottom by grounding out to second. Luke Voit walked. Gleyber Torres got a base hit to left, moving Voit to second. Rougie Odor was hit by a pitch loading the bases. Gary Sanchez, with the bases loaded and one out, hit a Grand Slam. LeMahieu flew out to center. Gallo walked. Aaron Judge ended the inning by striking out. New York Yankees 4 Orioles 1.

Kelvin Gutierrez led off the third by chopping to third. Mullins singled to right. Santander popped out to short. Mancini walked, moving Mullins to second. Stewart flew out to Judge in right to stand two. At the bottom, Stanton led off by who flew out to center. Rizzo ground out to second. Voit tapped back to pitcher Akin. New York Yankees 4 Orioles 1.

The fourth inning was led off by Hays, who flew out to Judge in center. Urias singled to right. Severino doubled down the left-field line, moving Urias to third. Mateo flew out to Gallo, but Urias scored on the throw, with Severino holding at second. Gutierrez was hit by a pitch ending Kluber’s day. Mullins faced the new Yankee pitcher Joely Rodriguez and went down on strikes leaving two on base. In the bottom, Torres went down on strikes. Odor ground out to second. Sanchez flew out to center to end the inning. Yankees 4 Orioles 2.

Anthony Santander led off the fifth by flying out to Gallo in left. Mancini walked. Stewart walked, ending J-Rods day. Manager Boone argued with the home plate umpire and was thrown out of the game. Hays faced the new Yankee pitcher Albert Abreu and ground out with the runners moving up. With a man on second and third and two outs, Urias ground out to first, with Abreu making the assist. LeMahieu led off the bottom against new pitcher Conner Greene by working a walk. Gallo walked. Judge flew out to center. Stanton went down on strikes. Rizzo faced the new O’s pitcher Fernando Abad and singled, driving in LeMahieu. Voit flew out to right to end the inning. New York Yankees 5 Orioles 2.

The sixth inning was led off by Severino, who struck out. Mateo popped out to Rizzo at first. Gutierrez beat out Torres’s double-clutch throw for a single. Mullins homered to right-center driving in two runs, making Torres’s bad throw even most egregious. Santander hit a long one, but Stanton made a long run and diving catch to end the half. Torres led off the bottom by singling to center. Torres went to second on a wild pitch. Odor flew out to left field. Gary Sanchez faced the new Orioles pitcher Marcos Diplan and got his second homer of the game, a two-run shot. LeMahieu flew out to center. Gallo popped out to end the inning. New York Yankees 7 Orioles 4.

Mancini led the seventh inning, who faced new pitcher Andrew Heaney and got hit by a pitch. Stewart singled to left. Hays, with two on and one out, singled, loading the bases. Jahmai Jones, as the go-ahead run, singled, driving in two runs and bringing the O’s within one. Severino popped out for the first out of the inning. With two on and one out, Mateo got a bloop single, tying up the game at 7. Gutierrez faced new Yankee pitcher Wandy Peralta and singled to give the O’s the lead in the game. Mullins, still with only one out, popped out. Santander flew out to left to finally end the half.

At the bottom of the seventh, with the game tied at 7, Aaron Judge walked to the plate and flew out to the warning track in right. Stanton worked a walk. Rizzo faced new O’s pitcher Tanner Scott and walked. Voit with two on and one out went down on strikes. Torres ground out to end the inning. Baltimore Orioles 8 New York Yankees 7.

The eighth inning was led off by Mancini, who against the new Yankee pitcher Chad Green and flew out to Stanton at the right-field wall. Stewart went down on strikes. Hays struck out to end the half as Green put down the O’s in order. At the bottom, Odor lined a rocket for an out in right. Sanchez ground out to second. LeMahieu reached on a ball off the pitcher. Gallo went down on strikes. Orioles 8 Yankees 7.

Leading off the ninth inning was Jones, who struck out against Green. Severino lined out right at Urshela at third. Mateo popped out to catcher Sanchez to end the half. With last licks on the line for the Yankees in the bottom, Aaron Judge came to the plate facing new O’s pitcher Tyler Wells and flew out to far-right. Stanton popped out to second. Rizzo flew out to left to end the game.

The final score was the Baltimore Orioles 8 and the New York Yankees 7. The winning pitcher was Marco Diplan, the loser was Andrew Heaney, and the save went to Tyler Wells.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees drop another game in the East with loss to the Angels

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Santon

The New York Yankees entered the first game of a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels at Angels Stadium last night with the hope of righting the ship and starting a new winning streak after losing their last two with Oakland. It marked the return to the mound of Corey Kluber after not pitching for three months due to shoulder issues. Kluber faced the Angel’s, Mike Mayers.

The Yankees got off to a great start in the first inning scoring two runs to give Corey Kluber the lead in the game. First, Anthony Rizzo doubled with LeMahieu on base, driving in LeMahieu for the Yankee’s one-run lead in the game. Next, Giancarlo Stanton ground into a double play, but Rizzo scored on the play to give the Yankees the two-run lead in the game.

Gio Urshela started the second inning by striking out. After that, the rest of the second for the Yankees was scoreless. Then, Jo Adell led off the bottom by flying out. Then, Brandon Marsh hit it hard but to Gallo in left. Then, Max Stassi struck out for a quick inning for Corey Kluber.

Sam Selman took over the pitching in the third, facing Andrew Velazquez to struck out. LeMahieu ground out to second base. Anthony Rizzo struck out swinging to end the half. Jack Mayfield led off the bottom of the inning by struck out swinging. Lagares flew out to center field. Fletcher was called out on strikes to end the inning. New York Yankees 2 Angels 0.

Andrew Wantz came in in the fourth to face Aaron Judge, who went down swinging. Giancarlo Stanton struck out swinging. Joey Gallo walked for his 98th walk of the year. Gio Urshela, who ground out to short in the second, ground out to second to end the half. At the bottom, Ohtani struck out looking on Kluber’s 41st pitch of the game. Gosselin got a hit to center for Kluber’s first hit of the game. Walsh singled to center, moving Gosselin to third base. Adell singled to left, and the Angels got on board, scoring Gosselin. Marsh flew out to Gardner with both runners advancing. Stassi walked to load the bases. Mayfield got a Grand Slam to put the Angels up by 3 runs. Lagares got a base hit to right field. Fletcher flew out to Judge in right to end the inning that saw the Angels make adjustments and score 5 runs off of Corey Kluber. Los Angeles Angels 5 New York Yankees 2.

The fifth inning was led off by Sanchez, who flew out to left. Gardner walked. With Velazquez at the plate pitcher, Jose Quijada fell, causing a balk and moving Gardner to second. Velazquez went down swinging. LeMahieu singled to right, scoring Gardner from second. Rizzo doubled, moving LeMahieu to third base. Judge faced the new pitcher Steve Cishek with two on and two outs and singled, driving in LeMahieu, drawing the Yankees within one. Rizzo moved to third on the play. Stanton got an RBI single to left, tying the game up at 5 apiece. Gallo, with two outs and men on the corners, struck out to end the inning, but the Yankees came all the way back from a disastrous fourth inning to tie the game. New York Yankees 5 Angels 5.

At the bottom of the fifth inning, Shohei Ohtani led off against Andrew Heaney, making his first relief appearance since 2014 by homering to right. It was Ohtani’s 42nd homer of the season. Gosselin flew out to Judge in right-center. Walsh struck out swinging. Adell also went down swinging to end the inning. Los Angeles Angels 6 Yankees 5.

The sixth inning was led off by Urshela, who ground out to second, knocking pitcher Cishek off the mound. Sanchez flew out to left field. Gardner worked another walk. Velazquez singled to left to moving Gardner to second. LeMahieu, with two on and two outs, tapped to short to end the half and leave two Yankees on base. At the bottom, Brandon Marsh led off by grounding out to Velazquez at short. Stassi hit a double to left. Mayfield popped out to Urshela at third. Lagares tripled off the right-field wall scoring Stassi. Fletcher flew out to Gallo in left to end the inning. Los Angeles Angels 7 Yankees 5.

Anthony Rizzo led off the seventh inning by walking. Judge went down swinging. Stanton hit a 457′ home run to center field to tie the game up at 7. Gallo struck out. Urshela struck out to end the half, but the Yankees tied the game. At the bottom, Ohtani faced new Yankee pitcher Wandy Peralta and struck out looking. Gosselin walked on four pitches. Walsh struck out for the second out of the half. Adell ground out to Velazquez at short to end the inning. New York Yankees 7 Angels 7.

Gary Sanchez led the eighth inning, who lined out of the first pitch to left. Gardner hit back to the pitcher for the second out. Luke Voit came in to pinch hit for Velazquez; he went down looking for the final out. Marsh led off the bottom by getting a single to right. Stassi faced the new Yankee pitcher Clay Holmes and chopped out to short moving Marsh to second. Mayfield ground out to short moving Marsh to third base. Lagares was called out at second on the hit, but Marsh scored, giving the Angels the one-run lead. Angels 8 Yankees 7.

The New York Yankees with the last licks on the line, DJ LeMahieu, led off by striking out swinging. Anthony Rizzo ground out to first. Aaron Judge struck out swinging to end the game. The final score was the Los Angeles Angels 8 the New York Yankees 7. The winning pitcher was Junior Guerra, the loser Wandy Peralta and the save went to Raisel Iglesias.

Yankees: Aaron Boone reveals plans for Andrew Heaney upon Corey Kluber’s return

Despite having a 5.48 season ERA, including a 6.23 mark in five games and 26 innings with the New York Yankees, left-handed starter Andrew Heaney was starting to come around with the help of pitching coach Matt Blake.

Heaney, acquired from the Los Angeles Angels on the day of the trade deadline, was supposed to be a depth addition for the Yankees. He had a 9.00 ERA after his first three starts, but by embracing a fastball-heavy approach in the upper part of the zone, he had much better results in his last two outings.

On August 18, he dominated the Boston Red Sox for seven innings of two hits, two walks, an earned run and four strikeouts; and the week after that, on the 24th, the stymied the Atlanta Braves for four frames, allowing just two runs and striking out five.

As Yankees’ right-hander Corey Kluber (who has a 3.04 and is returning on Monday from a lengthy absence due to a shoulder injury) makes his return next week, manager Aaron Boone indicated that Heaney will likely be moving to the bullpen.

The Yankees will “piggyback” Kluber and Heaney

Boone said, per Marly Rivera of ESPN, that he expects to “piggyback” Heaney after Kluber starts on Monday against the Halos. The skipper explained that he is also expecting “a few strong innings” from Kluber on next week.

Kluber hasn’t pitched for the Yankees since late May, when he injured his shoulder. He threw a no-hit, no-run that month against his former team, the Texas Rangers.

Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes Jr., Jordan Montgomery, Jameson Taillon, and now Kluber will form the New York Yankees’ rotation for the next few weeks. Heaney, meanwhile, will help Kluber in his buildup process, and will remain a quality depth piece moving forward.

The Yankees have an ongoing 13-game winning streak and started turning their season around in July, a process that was expedited by their savvy deadline acquisitions.

New York Yankees: Takeaways from the Yankees historic night

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Yankees rewrite the history books

It was a hot, muggy night in Atlanta, Georgia, last night. It would be a night that the New York Yankees created history by winning a game against the Atlanta Braves. It wasn’t just any win; it was their 11th consecutive win, the first time the Yankees have done that since 1985. If that wasn’t enough to delight Yankees fans, they won their ten series in a row, the first time that has been done by the Yankees since 1954.

Knowledgeable Yankee fans knew that the winning streak couldn’t last forever and that if they were to lose a game, it would likely be last night. It didn’t look good with the Brave’s best pitcher on the mound and the Yankees starting their least effective starter. But forget about all of that; the Yankees’ confidence that has carried them so well recently took over, and the Yankees found a way to get it done. With good pitching and powerful hitting at key moments, the Yankees pulled out the win and created history. The Yankees won the game 5-4.

The Yankees pitched, and the hitters hit

Although Yankee starter Andrew Heaney may not have been stellar, he found a way to keep the Braves’ powerful lineup down. He gave up 2 runs in four innings of work before the Yankee bullpen came in to help. The usually good Albert Abreu gave up another run in the fifth. Joely Rodriquez came in and cleaned up for Abreu, not allowing a run and getting his 12th hold of the season. Just off the Covid list, Clay Holmes pitched a clean 6th getting the win in the game. Chad Green pitched two scoreless innings before turning it over to closer Aroldis Chapman.

Meanwhile, the New York Yankee hitters got busy wearing down the Braves starter, Charlie Morton, causing him to throw 88 pitches before being knocked out to the game early. Giancarlo Stanton started the fun when he greeted Morton with a second-inning solo home run to the farthest part of Truist Park in center. Then, in the fifth inning, DJ LeMahieu crushed a two-run home run to left field. Finally, Brian Snitker, the Braves manager, had seen enough and pulled Morton from the game. Then, in the seventh inning, Rougie Odor hit a solo home run of his own that would turn out to be the winning run.

The two newest members of the Yankees disappointed; both Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo went hitless in the game. However, the old guard won the game. DJ LeMahieu got 2 RBIs in the game. Aaron Judge got 2 hits scoring once. The on-fire Giancarlo Stanton got his RBI, Gary Sanchez and Rougie Odor both got RBIs. Andrew Velazquez, the spark, stole a base keeping the Yankees with the most stolen bases since the All-Star break.

Aroldis Chapman creates a nail-biter

If you didn’t watch the game, you missed an exciting, tense, nail-biting ninth inning last night.

At the bottom of the inning closer, Aroldis Chapman came to close it out for the Yankees. Facing him was d’Arnaud, who ground out to Velazquez. Duvall singled up the middle. Heredia pinch-hitting for Pederson went down on a Chapman slider, two outs. Ehire Adrianza pinch-hit for pitcher Will Smith, he walked. With two on and two outs, the dangerous Ozzie Albies came to the plate as the winning run and singled to left to load the bases with Braves. Then with the bases loaded and two outs Jorge Soler with sweat dripping from Chapman’s cap, walked, bringing in the fourth run and knocking Chapman out of the game.

Wandy Peralta came in to get the save for the Yankees. Peralta, with the bases, still loaded, faced Freddie Freeman with the game on the line, the winning streak on the line. Freeman flew out to Gallo in left for the Yankee win and the 11th straight win for the first time since 1985. The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Atlanta Braves 4. The winning pitcher was Clay Holmes, and the loser was Charlie Morton. The save went to Wandy Peralta (5).

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Chapman falters, but the Yankees pull out 11th straight win

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The New York Yankees entered tonight’s game in a very unusual situation. That situation was to win their 11th straight game, which has not been done since 1985. The Yankees have won their last 9 series and their 10th game in a row going 26-8 since July 17th. No team in baseball has had two teams with a 9-1 record or better face each other since 1901. The Yankees would not have an easy task with the Atlant Braves starter Charlie Morton on the mound. The Yankees had Andrew Heaney starting for them. The Yankees got their 11th straight win 5-4 over the Braves. It was the 10th series win. the first time that has been done since 1954.

The first inning was led off by DJ LeMahieu, who ground out to short. Anthony Rizzo struck out on a Morton curveball. Aaron Judge hit a line drive to center for a single. Joey Gallo flew out to center to end the half. At the bottom, Ozzie Albies led off and ground out to short. Jorge Soler also ground out to Velazquez at short. Freddie Freeman walked. A pitch hit Austin Riley. Dansby Swanson hit a two-run double, driving both Freeman and Riley. Travis d’Arnaud ground out to short to end the inning, but the Braves scored two runs. Atlanta Braves 2 New York Yankees 0.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the second inning by homering to right-center to bring the Yankees one run closer. Gary Sanchez struck out swinging. Rougie Odor went down swinging, as did Andrew Velazquez to end the half. At the bottom, Adam Duvall led off and struck out. Joc Pederson went down swinging. Charlie Morton gave Heaney a strikeout of the side. Braves 2 Yankees 1.

The third inning was led off by Andrew Heaney, who went down looking. LeMahieu struck out for Morton’s sixth strikeout. Rizzo flew out to center to end the half. At the bottom, Albies hit the first pitch he saw for an out to right field. Soler ground out to Odor at third. Freeman popped out to left-center. Braves 2 Yankees 1.

Aaron Judge led off the fourth inning by leading off with a double down the right-field line. Gallo went down looking. Stanton that homered in the second ground out to the infield with Judge moving to third base. Sanchez singled up the middle-scoring Judge to tie the game at 2. Odor chopped out to first to end the half, but the Yankees tied the game. At the bottom, Riley led off by singling to short. Swanson swung out swinging. d’Arnaud singled to left. Duvall, with two on and one out, popped out to Rizzo in right field territory. Pederson was hit by a pitch but swung for the final out of the inning. New York Yankees 2 Braves 2.

The fifth inning was led off by Andrew Velazquez, who struck out. Then, DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run homer to deep left. At the end of the fifth inning, the New York Yankees 4 and the Atlanta Braves 3.  The sixth inning was scoreless for both teams. Clay Holmes pitched an excellent sixth for the Yankees. In the seventh inning, the Yankees picked up another run with Rougie Odor’s solo homer, which turned out to be the winning run for the Yankees. . Chad Green in for the Yankees had a scoreless seventh. New York Yankees 5 the Atlanta Braves 3.

The top of the eighth inning was scoreless for the Yankees. At the bottom of the eighth, Chad Green struck out Soler. Freeman singled to left field out of Gallo’s reach. Riley singled but tried to stretch it to a double and was called out at second. Freeman took third base. Swanson ground out to end the inning. New York Yankees 5 Atlanta Braves 3.

At the top of the ninth inning, Gary Sanchez was called out on strikes. Odor walked. Velazquez struck out swinging. Luke Voit pinch hit for Chad Green and walked on four pitches. DJ LeMahieu popped out to Swanson at short to end the half-inning.

At the bottom of the inning closer, Aroldis Chapman came to close it out for the Yankees. Facing him was d’Arnaud, who ground out to Velazquez. Duvall singled up the middle. Heredia pinch-hitting for Pederson went down on a Chapman slider, two outs. Ehire Adrianza pinch-hit for pitcher Will Smith, he walked. With two on and two outs, the dangerous Ozzie Albies came to the plate as the winning run and singled to left to load the bases with Braves. Then with the bases loaded and two outs Jorge Soler with sweat dripping from Chapman’s cap, walked, bringing in the fourth run and knocking Chapman out of the game.

Wandy Peralta came in to get the save for the Yankees. Peralta, with the bases, still loaded, faced Freddie Freeman with the game on the line, the winning streak on the line. Freeman flew out to Gallo in left for the Yankee win and the 11th straight win for the first time since 1985. The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Atlanta Braves 4. The winning pitcher was Clay Holmes, and the loser was Charlie Morton. The save went to Wandy Peralta (5).

New York Yankees: Yankees start a 10-day road trip, here’s the preview

The New York Yankees have won 9 games in a row fighting some difficult teams like the White Sox, Red Sox, and to a lesser degree, the Minnesota Twins. However, for the Yankees, there won’t be any letup as they face a difficult 10-day road trip. First, today they will start a short two-game series in Atlanta against two outstanding Braves pitchers. Then they will move on to the west coast to face both the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels before returning to the Stadium to play the Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees have now fallen back to 4.5 games out of first place in the AL East due to not playing yesterday because of hurricane Henri. However, the Rays did play, and they shut out the White Sox, causing the half-game drop back in the standings. Now today, the Yankees will have a big test against the Atlanta Braves. The Braves have a comfortable lead in the NL East, going 9-1 in their last ten games, matching the Yankees winning record for the span.  However, the Braves have the edge in this series as the Yankees will face two pitchers with winning records.

Tonight, August 23, 7:20 pm:

Tonight New York Yankees fans will see Jordan Montgomery face the Brave’s Huascar Ynoa at Truist Park in Atlanta. The lefty Montgomery is 4-5 with an ERA of 3.77. The Yankees have won many more games that were pitched by “Monty” than the record shows; he has gotten none to very little run support in his games. The Yankees have won 14 of his starts. Montgomery is coming off three straight Yankees wins against the Rays, Marlins, and Red Sox. No Braves player has ever hit a home run off Jordan.

Montgomery will face Huascar Ynoa, a righty with a 4-2 record and a low ERA of 2.40. Until last week, Ynoa hadn’t pitched since May 16th, when he exited a game with a fractured right hand that kept him on the shelf for 3 months. He returned to play on August 17th, a game he won against the Miami Marlins, not giving up a run in 5.1 innings of work. Few Yankees have seen Ynoa pitch, but DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo have both hit well off him. Gary Sanchez faced him once, getting homer off the righty. Tonight’s game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports South, and MLBN out of market.

Tuesday, August 24, 7:20 pm:  

Tuesday night Andrew Heaney will face Yankee killer Charlie Morton. Heaney is a lefty that is 8-8 with an elevated 5.51 ERA. Since coming to the Yankees from the Angels, Heany had not pitched well, although he had his best outing on August 18th when he gave up just one run in 7 innings of work against the Boston Red Sox. In his previous game, he gave up seven runs in just five innings against the White Sox. If he has a benefit in this game, it’s that few Braves have seen him pitch.

Heaney will have his hands full trying to outlast the Braves, Charlie Morton. Morton, in his career, has been a Yankee killer for both the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays. With the Braves, he is 12-4 with an ERA of 3.47 and 164 strikeouts this season. He is coming off two straight wins against the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins, giving up two runs per game. DJ LeMahieu and Brett Gardner have been relatively successful off him. Aaron Judge has a .067 batting average against him 15 at-bats. That one hit was a home run.

The Yankees faced Morton on April 20 in a game they won, although Morton only gave up one run. His bullpen failed him. The game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports South, and MLBN out of market.

When the New York Yankees finish this short series, they will fly out west to face the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels. The first two night games will be at 9:40 pm EDT at Oakland Coliseum.

New York Yankees: Takeaways as the Yankees advance in the East (video)

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Last night the New York Yankees won another game without hitting a home run. It was an important game because they swept their rival Boston Red Sox, went ahead in the AL East standings, won their eighth series in a row, and Andrew Heaney finally proved to Yankees fans that he could pitch.

After taking the Tuesday doubleheader from the Red Sox, they entered last night’s game with the hope of sweeping the Red Sox for the first time this season. They did that, winning the game 5-2.

Yankees move ahead of the Red Sox

The New York Yankees team that pulled out another nail bitting gutsy win last night is a different team than the one that last faced the Boston Red Sox in mid-July when they were 9 1/2 games out in the AL East. It’s a team that wins games whether they hit home runs or not. It is a team that is no longer riddled with massive injuries and Covid stints.

The New York Yankees matched a season-best six-game winning streak and have now passed both Boston and Oakland for the top spot in the AL wild-card race. They are also now in second place in the AL East, a game ahead of the Boston Red Sox. But the Yankees are not yet satisfied; they are no longer focused on winning a wild card berth; they have their sites on winning the East. But make no mistake about it the first-place Tampa Bay Rays must cooperate by losing more games than the Yankees. The Yankees are 8-2 in their last ten, and the Rays are 7-3.

Good night for Andrew Heaney

Before the trade deadline, the Yankees picked up Andrew Heaney from the Los Angeles Angels. He wasn’t expected to be an ace-type pitcher but a quality middle-of-the-pack guy. Since then, he hasn’t been able to do that, giving up 15 earned runs in his first 3 starts for the Yankees.

But that all changed last night when Heaney pitched seven innings of quality ball, only giving up one run, a homer, walking two, and striking out 4 Red Sox. He had good control, although at times still had trouble finding that put-out pitch. His performance last night gives the Yankees just one more option as the rotation returns to full force.

Chapman still doesn’t have it

Last night the Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman returned to the bullpen after a stint on the IL with a sore elbow. Chapman that was lights out at the beginning of the season, strangely turned into a totally undependable closer that at one point was so bad that manager Boone wouldn’t use him. The Yankees, without a true closer, were hoping that Chapman had turned the page when they let him pitch with a four-run lead in the ninth.

That was not the case; the still tentative Chapman gave up a home run, give up two hits, and walked one, as Boone pulled him in favor of Lucas Luetge, who got his first save in nine years. Going forward, the Yankees hope that Chapman can regain control over his fastball as they will need him in their run for the East and beyond. The home run was his seventh of the season, a career-high.

Andrew Velazquez: A dream realized

The kid from the Bronx is living his dream. Growing up in the Morris Park section of the Bronx, a young boy, Andrew Velazquez, walked by Yankee Stadium, dreaming of someday playing on that storied field as a New York Yankee.

The now 27-year-old Velazquez, after kicking around 3 major league clubs on December 16, 2020, was signed to a minor league contract with the Yankees. Then, on August 9th, without shortstop Gleyber Torres, Velazquez was called up to the big time at Yankee Stadium, and his dream had finally come true. Since then, he has made the most of his family and friends in the stands with some timely hitting and making amazing plays on the field.

Last night with the agility and ease of a housefly, Velazquez slid as the ball got past diving third baseman Rougned Odor, then hurried to his feet and fired a one-hop bullet across the infield, retiring Kevin Plawecki and securing the Yankee win.

“It’s what you dream about,” Velazquez said. “You come here and you want to be a part of something — not only doing good on the field, but earning the respect of the guys in the locker room.”

Last night Velazquez’s dream became even better when the guys awarded him the Yankee MVP of the game belt.