New York Yankees: Yankees blow a 6 run lead but get 12th win in a row

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

The New York Yankees entered last night’s first game with the Oakland Athletics after winning 11 straight games and looking for their 12th, for the first time since 1961. The Yankees are 10-0 in their last ten games and the Athletic 2-8 in their last ten, losing their last four games in a row. The Yankees could not be complacent as the A’s are a hazardous team at Oakland Coliseum. Jameson Taillon was on the mound for the Yankees and James Kaprielian for the A’s. The final score was the Yankees 7 and the Athletics 6.

In the first inning, DJ LeMahieu faced Kaprielian and went down on three pitches. Next, Anthony Rizzo went down on strikes. Aaron Judge also went down on strikes for a 1-2 -3 inning for Kaprielian. At the bottom, with Taillon on the mound for the Yankees, he faced Mark Canha, who went down on a Taillon hook. Starling Marte flew out to Gardner in center. Then, matt Olsen flew out to left as Taillon put down the A’s in order. No score.

The top of the second saw Joey Gallo at the plate for the Yankees; he struck out on a way outside pitch. Gallo argued, Boone argued, and was thrown out of the game. Giancarlo Stanton answered with a long home run to center. Gary Sanchez was out swinging. Then, Brett Gardner hit a homer to the right-field stands. Gio Urshela ground out, but the Yankees took a two-run lead in the game. At the bottom, Jed Lowrie flew out to Gallo in left. Josh Harrison ground out to Urshela at third. Mitch Moreland flew out to Gardner in deep center to end the inning and give Tailon another 1-2 -3 inning. New York Yankees 2 Athletics 0.

At the top of the third, Andrew Velazquez got a head slide double to center. LeMahieu ground out, but Velazquez moved to third. Rizzo got an RBI double to the center-field warning track scoring Velazquez. Judge walked. Gallo hit a three-run homer as the Yankees poured it on. Stanton went down on strikes. Sanchez flew out to the right-center to end the inning, but the Yankees picked up 4 runs. At the bottom, Matt Chapman led off for the A’s and hit a homer to get the A’s on the board. Sean Murphy hit a back-to-back homer. Elvis Andrus flew out to Gardner. Canha ground out to Urshela. Marte struck out to end the inning. New York Yankees 6 A’s 2.

Brett Gardner led off the fourth and flew out to far center. Urshela singled to center. Velazquez struck out. LeMahieu flew out to center to end the half. Olsen in the bottom walked. Lowrie struck out. Harrison got a base hit, moving Olsen to second. Moreland walked the bases loaded. Chapman walked in a run. Murphy struck out. Andrus got a two-run single to center to get the A’s within one of the Yankees. Those runs knocked Taillon that has been so good, out of the game. Andrus stole second. Albert Abreu came in to face Canha, who walked reloading the bases. Marte ground out to second to end the inning, but the A’s picked up 3 runs in the inning. Yankees 6 A’s 5.

The fifth inning was led off by Rizzo, who popped out to left-field foul territory. Judge went down swinging. Gallo ground out to first to end the half. At the bottom, Olson struck out swinging. Lowrie struck out when he couldn’t hold up. Harrison homered to tie up the game at six apiece. Moreland flew out to Gallo in left to end the inning, but the A’s tied up the game. Yankees 6 Athletics 6.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the sixth inning by popping out to third base. Sanchez singled to the left side. Gardner hit into the force out at second. Then, Urshela went down swinging on a ball way out of the strike zone. At the bottom, Chapman led off with a single to center. Murphy stuck out. Andrus struck out. Canha struck out to end the inning. Yankees 6 Athletics 6.

The seventh inning was led off by Velazquez, who tapped back to the pitcher. LeMahieu ground out to third. Rizzo had a sky-high pop-out to short. Marte in the bottom tapped back to Loaisiga pitching. Olsen ground out to LeMahieu. Lowrie flew out to Gallo to end the inning. Yankees 6 Athletics 6.

Aaron Judge led off the eighth inning and doubled to right field. Gallo walked. Stanton flew out to centerfield. Sanchez walked the bases loaded. Gardner popped out to the infield holding the runners. Urshela just off the IL today, and with the base loaded and two outs ground out to third, leaving the bases loaded with Yankees. At the bottom, Harrison against Loaisiga struck out. Moreland ground out to third for the second out. Chapman walked. Murphy struck out for two scoreless innings for Loaisiga. Yankees 6 A’s 6.

In the ninth inning, Velazquez led off and flew out to left-center. LeMahieu flew out to right. Rizzo walked on four pitches. Tyler Wade in as a pinch-runner. Wade stole second and, on an errant throw, went to third. Judge singled to center, scoring Wade for the one-run lead. Judge tried to steal second, and on review, was out. At the bottom, The Yankees send out Aroldis Chapman to close it out. Andrus flew out to Gardner in center. Canha struck out. Marte singled and stole second. Olsen who had 32 home runs on the season ground out to second for the Yankee’s 12th win in a row the most since 1961.

The final score was New York Yankees 7 the Oakland Athletics 6. The winning pitcher was Jonathan Loaisgia, the loser Lee Trivino, with the save going to Aroldis Chapman (24).

 

 

Yankees receive great Gio Urshela injury news, Aroldis Chapman must be stopped

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The New York Yankees secure their 11th straight win on Tuesday evening, overcoming a red-hot Atlanta Braves team who just saw their nine-game winning streak snapped on Monday by the Bombers. In the contest, Andrew Heaney took the mound, lasting 4.0 innings, giving up three hits and two earned runs. The bullpen performed well, giving up two runs over five innings and recording five strikeouts.

However, it was the timely hitting of Gary Sanchez and DJ LeMahieu that pushed the Yankees over the edge. However, closer Aroldis Chapman did his best to blow another save, giving up two hits and a run in the ninth inning before skipper Aaron Boone turned to Wandy Peralta to finish off the contest. Peralta, with the bases loaded, drew a fly ball to left-field, which was caught by Joey Gallo.

Another tight squeeze for the Bombers, who extracted yet another victory. Unfortunately, both the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays won on Tuesday as well. Currently, in the AL East standings, the Yankees are 4.0 games behind Tampa and now have a 2.5 game cushion in the Wild Card over Boston.

The Yankees finished off the two-game series against the Braves with a sweep and now look forward to the Oakland Athletics in a four-game series on the West Coast. After Oakland, the Yankees will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Angels before returning home against Baltimore.

Seemingly, this race for the AL East could come down to the final series of the season, which comes against Tampa Bay. This could end up being a playoff-like atmosphere at Yankee Stadium.

Nonetheless, the team is expecting starting third baseman Gio Urshela to return after successfully getting through several rehabilitation games with Double-A Somerset.

Urshela will return to the team on Wednesday, as the Yankees have off before they take on Oakland starting Thursday. In his absence, the Yankees have depended on a rotation of players at third base, including Rougned Odor and Tyler Wade. Returning Gio will offer the team one of the most consistent hitters and arguably one of the best defensive third basemen in baseball.

New York Yankees: Closer Aroldis Chapman continues to be a worry

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

Despite all the injuries and players on the Covid list, there is no question that the New York Yankees have been excelling, going 28 and 8 since July 17th. Yet, strangely for most of that time, they have gone without a reliable closer. Both setup man Zack Britton and closer Aroldis Chapman haven’t been themselves blowing saves they used to get easily. This presents a big problem for the Yankees; who will close those close games that they have been playing lately?

Last night with the game on the line, Chapman was called in to close the game in the ninth inning; he faltered, giving up a run and loading the bases. Wandy Peralta was called in to clean up his mess. Peralta did his job and got the save.

Chapman started the season with a new weapon to add to his missile fastball, a splitter that he used early in his career and reincarnated. For the first half of the season, he mixed it up for 18 games, not blowing a save and not allowing a run for an 0.00 ERA. Then, on May 23rd, he blew his first save but got the win in the game. He continued to pitch well through June 20th as he racked up 16 saves, then he blew two saves in a row. Since then, things have gone south, only adding on 7 saves through July and August, and most of those weren’t pretty.

It seems as though Chapman has lost control of his fastball and is often afraid to throw it at critical times. He got so bad at one point that manager Aaron Boone was afraid to use him, resorting to others, including setup man Zack Britton. But now, that isn’t an option either, as Britton has gone on the IL and may require surgery.

Recently Boone brought in Chapman in a non save situation to build up his confidence with a four-run lead. Chapman did his job, which was encouraging. But in his first close situation last night, he again faltered. Giving up a run and then loading the bases, that required Peralta to come in and save the game.

The New York Yankees look poised to at least get a wild card berth and are in hot pursuit of the Tampa Bay Rays to take the AL East lead away from them. They are going to need a solid closer to accomplish that. But who will it be? Jonathan Loaisiga has been the most successful, saving 5 games out of 8 tries. Chad Green is next, saving 6 out of 10 tries. Wandy Peralta has gone 3 for 3. Albert Abreu and Lucas Luetge have also gotten a save.

But the bottom line is that the New York Yankees have to find a way to get Chapman right, get his confidence back and get his blazing fastball working again. Chapman has 23 saves in 27 tries, but the record is really not that good as Boone has held him back in several opportunities because he was afraid to use him in one-run games.

If Wandy Peralta saves a couple more games without a blown save, he may become Boone’s go-to guy. Only time will tell. If and when the Yankees get to the postseason, which seems almost a lock, Boone may also be forced to use starters in the postseason to close games. Although I am not a huge Aaron Boone fan, he has been on fire finding the right mixes to win games. One thing is for sure; it’s going to be an exciting last five weeks of the regular season; it just may go down to the final series with the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

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 Analysis: Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton, what’s wrong and who will close for the Yankees?

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Despite all the injuries and players on the Covid list, there is no question that the New York Yankees have been excelling, going 24 and 8 since July 17th. Yet, strangely for most of that time, they have gone without a reliable closer. Both setup man Zack Britton and closer Aroldis Chapman haven’t been themselves have blown saves they used to get easily. This presents a big problem for the Yankees; who will close those close games that they have been playing lately?

Chapman started the season with a new weapon to add to his missile fastball, a splitter that he used early in his career and reincarnated. For the first half of the season, he mixed it up for 18 games, not blowing a save and not allowing a run for an 0.00 ERA. Then, on May 23rd, he blew his first save but got the win in the game. He continued to pitch well through June 20th as he racked up 16 saves, then he blew two saves in a row. Since then, things have gone south, only adding on 7 saves through July and August, and most of those weren’t pretty.

It seems as though Chapman has lost control of his fastball and is often afraid to throw it at critical times. He got so bad at one point that manager Aaron Boone was afraid to use him, resorting to others, including setup man Zack Britton. But the problem for one of the best relievers in the game is that he has gotten only one save all season. He has gotten several holds but has also blown three saves causing him to tell Boone last Friday that he shouldn’t be the go-to guy to close games.

The problem for Boone is that no matter how well his team plays, he has no dependable closer to go to. So during Chapman and Britton’s troubles, he has been mixing and matching and trying to use different closers, Like Jonathan, Loaisiga, Chad Green, Lucas Luetge, Albert Abreu, and Wandy Peralta, according to who fits the situation best. So far, Boone’s picks have mostly panned out for him. The Yankees have been closing those close games they have been playing lately, most of the nail-biters.

The bottom line is that Boone needs a dependable go-to closer, and he hasn’t got one. When considering Britton and Chapman, they have some things in common: both have been on the IL, and both have gotten the coronavirus. Both have played worse upon their returns. Britton has recently said that his problem is 10% physical and 90% mental. The fact is that it may be more 50/50. The Covid virus hit Britton had he lost 20 pounds and came back weak, and still has not regained all his strength. His signature pitch, the sinker, has lost velocity compared to previous years.

For some unknown reason, Chapman has lost control of this fastball that has been his signature pitch, putting down players at up to 103 mph. The mental that Britton was talking about affects Chapman as well. They need to keep it simple and regain their confidence and rely on what has made them great. Until then, Boone will have to continue to mix and match. He has also been trying to help Britton and Chapman in situations that are not as challenging to help them regain that confidence.

Britton recently told The Atlantic:

“Do I feel like I did years prior? No. But things aren’t gonna always be perfect physically and you’ve gotta deal with it,” Britton said. “It’s like, my brain knows what I want to do, my body’s not doing it. A lot of that’s just lack of reps, and feeling a little different with the arm after the surgery. Then at some point, you just get frustrated, and then it kind of overwhelms you, and then you worry about that rather than just working yourself through it. I just need to fucking relax and do what I’ve always done well — throw my sinker.”

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.

Yankees lose closer Aroldis Chapman to injury, climbing the standings in the East

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The New York Yankees are gearing up to take on the Seattle Mariners at 1:05 PM on Saturday, but they will be without closer Aroldis Chapman, who was placed on the 10-day injured list due to left elbow inflammation. Chapman, who has had a tough second half of the year, currently hosts a 3.63 ERA with 15.43 strikeouts per nine. He has five wins and three losses on the season, pitching 39.2 innings.

The Yankees have been relying on their bullpen tremendously as of late, with several starting pitchers fighting their way back to the team. Ace Gerrit Cole tested positive for COVID-19, Luis Severino was working back from my groin and Tommy John surgery, and Corey Kluber is nearing a return after suffering a teres major muscle strain.

General manager Brian Cashman did indicate that it’s possible Severino and Kluber could return by the end of August, which is only a few weeks away. That would add a solid amount of depth to the rotation, taking pressure off the bullpen.

However, Chapman spending a few days rehabbing might end up being a positive thing for him, as he’s nearly blown several saves over the last few weeks. He recorded a save on Thursday night but had runners on the corners and the go-ahead run at the plate. His fastball only hit 97 mph, whereas he normally hit 99+ before the MLB cracked down on the usage of sticky substances to help increase spin rate and velocity. It is quite odd that Chapman saw such a major decrease in efficiency the second the new rules were implemented.

In Chapman’s place, the Yankees activated Nick Nelson from Triple-A to help supplement his loss.

The Yankees are climbing the AL East standings:

With another victory on Friday, the Yankees find themselves back in the AL East race, sitting 5.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays. In the Wild Card, they are only 1.5 games back from the Oakland Athletics and 2.5 from Boston, as both the Red Sox and Rays lost their games on Friday.

Stringing together a few more wins would undoubtedly put them in the conversation to take the top seed in the East, and with a three-game series against a lowly Kansas City Royals team coming up, this is the perfect opportunity for them to blow the division open.

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from the Yankees 10th inning win

The New York Yankees went into last night’s game with the Tampa Bay Rays with the hope of taking the series from them for the second time this season. The Yankees won the first game 4-3 and last night 3-1 in ten innings. The Yankees record is now 7-8 against the Rays. Tonight the Yankees will go for the sweep with ace Gerrit Cole on the mound.

Nestor Cortes Jr. continues sharp play

After a win on Tuesday night, Nestor Cortes Jr. took to the mound last night to get the second win in a row against the rival Tampa Bay Rays; he did not disappoint. Cortes Jr. has been really sharp since he became a starter with the Yankees. Last night was no different. He went a full five innings and 79 pitches as the Yankees continue to stretch him out. He gave up just one run while striking out 5 Rays hitters. He was using all of his pitches, mystifying the Rays with all of his different looks.

He again did not get the win. He is 0-0 with a 1.93 ERA in eleven games, three of them were starts.

A rather dull game got exciting

With Nestor Cortes Jr. pitching really well and no home runs in the game for either team, it was pretty dull to watch. There were only 10 hits in the game. A problem that has dogged the Yankees all season continued last night as they left 6 on base going 1-10 with runners in scoring position. Last night’s Yankee bullpen was brilliant, not allowing a run after Cortes Jr. left after five innings.

If the first eight innings were on the dull side that all changed in the ninth inning with Chad Green on the mound, he held the Rays down with the game tied at 1, forcing the 10th inning.  In the tenth inning, with ghost runner Gio Urshela at second, Greg Allen against Pete Fairbanks got hit by a pitch advancing to first. Aaron Judge, with two on and no outs, singled to left. Urshela scored. That knocked Fairbanks out to the game. He was replaced by Andrew Kittredge, who threw a wild pitch scoring another New York Yankees run.

At the bottom of the frame with a two-run lead, closer Aroldis Chapman came in to close it out for the Yankees; that’s when it got really interesting. Diaz was the ghost running at second. Lowe struck out on a 101 mph fastball. Arozarena walked. Nelson Cruz pinch hit for Wendle. On a wild pitch, Diaz went to third and was called out. Upon review, he was called safe. Cruz then, with men on second and third, struck out. Mejia flew out to LeMahieu, who made a spectacular on-the-ground catch to end the inning and winning it for the New York Yankees.

Aaron Judge scratched at the last moment

Slugger Aaron Judge was scheduled in the lineup but at the very last moment was scratched from the lineup with no explanation. He wasn’t even seen in the dugout through the first five innings, causing fans to believe he might be sick or injured. But in the fifth inning, he appeared out of nowhere to pinch hit for Estevan Florial. Judge remained for the rest of the game.

After the game, in an interview with Meredith Marakovits, he explained after returning from the Covid list Tuesday night, there were further tests, and those tests were not returned before the start of Wednesday night’s game. Once those tests came back, he was available. Of the Yankee players that went on the Covid list, Judge was the only one that was not asymptomatic. When Marakovits asked if he was vaccinated, he avoided the question.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees take game two from the Rays in an exciting 10th inning

New York Yankees, Nestor Cortes Jr.

The New York Yankees entered tonight’s game looking to take the series with a second win after last night’s 4-3 win. Nestor Cortes started for the Yankees with Michael Wacha for the Tampa Bay Rays. At the very last moment before the game, slugger Aaron Judge was removed from the starting lineup favoring Estevan Florial for an unspecified reason. However, it was noted that he did not take part in batting practice earlier in the day. The New York Yankees won the game in one of the most exciting 10th inning baseball fans have seen. The final score was Yankees 3 Rays 1.

At the top of the first inning, DJ LeMahieu faced Wacha and went down swinging. Gleyber Torres walked. Rougie Odor went down on strikeouts. Giancarlo Stanton ground out to second to end the half and leave one on base. At the bottom, Manuel Margot leadoff for the Rays and flew out to Florial in center. Wander Franco fly out to right for the second out. In last night’s game, Austin Meadows went down looking for a 1-2-3 inning for Cortes Jr. No score.

Gary Sanchez led off the second inning by going down on strikes for Wacha’s third strikeout of the game. Brett Gardner flew out to left. Gio Urshela struck out to end the half. At the bottom of the second, Yandy Diaz flew out to Allen in right field. Brandon Lowe struck out. Randy Arozarena went down on strike, putting all six Rays he has faced. No score.

Greg Allen led off the third inning by grounding out to second. Estevan Florial went down on strikes. LeMahieu got a base hit to right for the 37th game in a row with a hit. Torres went down on a changeup. Joey Wendle led off the bottom by grounding out to short. Francisco Mejia managed the first base runner for the Rays with a single up the middle. Brett Phillips went down swinging. Margot lined out to Urshela to end the scoreless inning. No score.

The top of the fourth inning was led off by Rougie Odor, who singled to left. Stanton, Gardner, and Sanchez failed to score in the fourth. At the bottom, Franco singled. Meadows flew out. Diaz went down swinging. Lowe tripled, and Franco scored for the Ray’s first run in the game. Arozarena was hit by a pitch and went to first. Wendle, with men on the corners and two outs lined out to Gardner in left. Tampa Bay Rays 1 New York Yankees 0.

Urshela led off the fifth by reaching on an airmailed throw to first. Greg Allen doubled down the right-field line, moving Urshela to third. Aaron Judge, pinch-hitting for Florial, who may have been traded to the Rangers, struck out for the first out of the inning. LeMahieu got a sac fly tying up the game at one. Torres got a line drive to first for the final out. At the bottom, Mejia against Cortes Jr. with 67 pitches popped out to catcher Sanchez. Phillips popped out to first. Margot flew out to Allen for a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth. Rays 1 Yankees 1.

The sixth inning was led off by Rougie Odor, who, against Drew Rasmussen, struck out. Stanton singled up the middle. Sanchez got the second out. Brett Gardner ground out to end the half. At the bottom, Franco led off against new pitcher Lucas Luetge; he went down on strikes. Meadows went down swinging. Diaz flew out to Gardner in left for the final out. Tampa Bay 1 Yankees 0.

Gio Urshela led off the seventh inning by going down on strikes. Allen flew out to second. Aaron Judge struck out to end the half. At the bottom, Lowe struck out swinging. Arozarena went down on strikes. Wendle popped back to catcher Sanchez to end the inning. New York Yankees 1 Tampa Bay 1.

DJ LeMahieu led off the eighth inning popped out to third. Odo stuck out. With a runner at second and two outs, Santon flew out to right to end the half. At the bottom, Mejia against Zack Britton walked. Phillips hit into a double play for two outs. Margot ground out to short. Yankees 1 Rays 1.

At the top of the ninth with the game tied up at 1, Gary Sanchez against Matt  Wisler singled to left. Tyler Wade was brought in to pinch-run for Sanchez. Gardner flew out to right. Wisler balked with Wade going to second. Urshela hit into an inning-ending double play to end the half. At the bottom with a chance for the Rays to walk off, Kyle Higashioka took over the catching for the Yankees, and with Chad Green, on the mound, Franco chopped out to first. Meadows flew out to Allen in center. Diaz also flew out to center to bring the game into extra innings.

In the tenth inning with ghost runner Gio Urshela at second, Greg Allen against Pete Fairbanks got hit by a pitch advancing to first. Aaron Judge with two on and no outs singled to left. Urshela scored. LeMahieu with men on the corners and no outs.  Fairbanks left the game replaced by Andrew Kittredge. Kittredge threw a wild pitch scoring Allen. LeMahieu ground out with Judge moving to third base. Torres hit to third to double up judge and end the inning, but the Yankees took the 2 run lead.

At the bottom with last licks on the line for the Rays, Diaz was the ghost running at second with Aroldis Chapman in for the close, Lowe struck out on a 101 mph fastball. Arozarena walked. Nelson Cruz pinch hit for Wendle. On a wild pitch, Diaz went to third and was called out. Upon review, he was called safe. Cruz then with men on second and third Cruz struck out. Mejia flew out to LeMahieu who made an on-the-gound catch to end the inning and win it for the New York Yankees.

The final score was the New York Yankees 3 and the Tampa Bay Rays 1. The winning pitcher was Chad Green and the loser, Pete Fairbanks, with the save going to Aroldis Chapman (20).