New York Yankee Recap: Rizzo roadshow continues as Yankees sweep the Miami Marlins

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In the matinee today, the New York Yankees went for the sweep of the Miami Marlins at LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida. The Yankees won the first game 3-1, the second game 4-3 with new Yankee Anthony Rizzo hitting a home run in each and going five for five. The Yankees today had five lefties in the starting lineup. The Yankees are 4 for 10 this season when trying to accomplish a sweep of a series. The matchup today was Jordan Montgomery vs. the Marlins Sandy Alcantara. The Yankees swept the Marlins with the 3-1 win today.

Anthony Rizzo led off for the Yankees with Alcantara on the mound and popped out to shallow left. Aaron Judge struck out swinging. Joey Gallo struck out as the Yankees went down in order. At the bottom, Miguel Rojas led off by doubling off the left-field wall. Jazz Chisholm got an infield single moving Rojas to third. Brian Anderson got an RBI out to third, scoring Rojas. Jesus Aguilar popped out to a charging Judge. Lewis Brinson struck out, but the Marlins went on the board first. Miami Marlins 1 Yankees 0.

Gary Sanchez led off the second inning by grounding out to third. Rougie Odor ground out to second. Gleyber Torres hit back to Alcantara to end the scoreless half. Bryan De La Cruz led off the bottom by flying out to Gallo in left. Sandy Leon flew out to Gardner in center. Mangneuris Sierra ground out. Marlins 1 Yankees 0.

The top of the third inning was led off by Brett Gardner, who struck out. Tyler Wade walked and stole second. Jordan Montgomery went down looking. Rizzo flew out to center to end the half. The bottom was led off by the pitcher Sandy Alcantara who struck out. Rojas flew out to Judge in right. Chisholm reached on a ball three infielders couldn’t catch. Rizzo got the error on the play. Chisholm went for the steal but was called out. Upon review, the call was upheld. Marlins 1 Yankees 0.

Aaron Judge led off the fourth inning and singled through the right side. Gallo flew out to third. Sanchez struck out on a pitch way out of the box. Odor struck out as the Yankee stranded their only base runner of the game. At the bottom, Anderson went down on strikes. Aguilar struck out. Brinson popped out to Torres to end the inning. Marlins 1 New York Yankees 0.

The top of the fifth was led off by Gleyber Torres, who went down swinging. Gardner ground out to second. Wade went down on Alcantara’s 8th strikeout of the game. De La Cruz led off the bottom by singling for his first major league hit. Leon walked on four pitches. Sierra reached on the force out at second. De La Cruz went to third.  Sierra stole second. Alcantara chopped to third, holding the runner while being thrown out at first. Rojas went down on a Monty curveball, and the Marlins don’t score. Marlins 1 Yankees 0.

Pinch-hitting for Monty was Greg Allen, who struck out for Alcantara’s 9th strikeout. Rizzo ground out. Judge struck out to end the half and give Alcantara his 10th strikeout. At the bottom, Chisholm faced the new Yankee pitcher Clay Holmes. Monty only gave up 3 hits in the game. Chisholm struck out swinging. Anderson ground out to third. Aguilar hit down the third baseline, but Tyler Wade made a spectacular throw for the out. Marlins 1 Yankees 0.

Joey Gallo led off the seventh inning and got his first Yankee hit with a double that was almost a homer. Sanchez ground out to third. Odor chopped out to first. Torres, with the game-tying run just 90′ away, ground out to second to strand Gallo. At the bottom, Brinson led off for the Marlins, and he gound out. De La Cruz, ground to Wade, was originally called a single, but he was out at first on review. Leon found a hole for a two-out single. Sierra faced the new Yankees pitcher Joely Rodriguez and ground out to end the inning. Marlins 1 Yankees 0.

Brett Gardner led off the eight with a lead-off single off new pitcher Anthony Bass. DJ LeMahieu pinch-hit for Wade. He struck out. Giancarlo Stanton pinch hit for J-Rod. He reached with Gardner going to third. Against new Marlins pitcher Richard Bleier, Rizzo got a base hit to left, scoring Gardner and tying the game at 1. Judge singled and scored Stanton. Rizzo was out at third on the play. Gallo struck out but not before the Yankees scored two runs for the lead in the game. New York Yankees 2 Marlins 1

At the bottom of the eight against Zack Britton, Alfaro pinch hit for Bleier; he ground out. Rojas walked on four pitches. Chisholm hit into a double play to end the inning. Rizzo made a spectacular scoop, fired to second, and made the catch to complete the double play. Rizzo is the real deal.

At the top of the ninth inning, Sanchez against Dylan Floro stuck out. Odor flew out to the center-field wall. Torres got a base hit single to center. Gardner who started the eighth-inning rally, singled on a double-booted ball that scored Torres all the way from first base. LeMahieu grounded out, but the Yankees picked up another run. At the bottom with last licks in the game, Aroldis Chapman came on to close it out for the Yankees. Brian Anderson went down on a Chapman slider. Jesus Aguilar was called out on strikes. Lewis Brinson flew out to Gardner to end the game and get the sweep for the Yankees.

The final score was the New York Yankees 3 the Miami Marlins 1. The winning pitcher Joely Rodriguez throwing only one pitch. The loser was Anthony Bass. Aroldis Chapman got his 22nd save of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from major Yankee comeback

The New York Yankees entered yesterday’s game after losing two straight to the Red Sox. In the seventh inning, it looked as though this would be another loss with only four outs left in the game. However, the Yankees erupted in the eighth with 5 straight hits and the 4-3 win. The Yankees now have a chance at splitting the series with Domingo German on the mound for the 1:05 pm game.

Jameson Taillon was economical

Last night Jameson Taillon set up the bullpen beautifully. He went seven innings, only giving on one earned run as he was economical from the start. Unfortunately, he was saddled with two unearned runs early. But that didn’t put him down; he remained aggressive, using all of his pitches mystifying the Red Sox hitters. The Red Sox remained scoreless after the third inning.

Taillon, who is still recovering from not pitching for nearly two years, has pitched really well during July, better than the stats show. Now that he is using his two-seamer and curve more, he is getting quality start after quality start. After going seven, Jonathan Loaisiga, who hadn’t pitched in two weeks, came in and pitched a scoreless eighth. Then, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman came in and closed it out for the Yankees.

Yankees explode in the eight

In the first seven innings of yesterday’s game, the New York Yankees could only get five meaningless hits off of Nathan Eovaldi; they seemed lifeless, almost like they were going through the motions. They went 0-7 with men in scoring position. The Yankee fans in the stands at Fenway Park were saying; here we go again. But in the eighth inning Estevan Florial and Brett Gardner sparked the lineup that would see the Yankees come back from 3 behind with 4 outs to go, for the first time since August 2020.

Estevan Florial led off the eighth inning and got a lead-off double. Brantly popped out to third. LeMahieu flew out to Duran in center. Gardner got an RBI single to easily drive in Florial the get the Yankees on the board. That hit knocked Eovaldi out of the game. The Yankees are now 10-71, with runners in scoring position this season against the Red Sox. Stanton faced another ex-Yankee in reliever Adam Ottavino, and he got a ground-rule double as the ball bounced into the right-field fans, moving Gardner to third base.

After Stanton’s double, Tyler Wade came in to pinch run for Stanton. Odor doubled off the green monster scoring two to tie up the game at 3. Torres singled, driving in Odor to give the Yankees the lead in the game for the first time. Torres stole second. Allen got plunked and went to first. Gittens tapped in front of the plate for the final out as the lineup turned over, but the Yankees picked up four runs in the half. New York Yankees 4 Boston Red Sox 3.

Sit tight; help is on the way

The New York Yankees have had their share of injuries this season. That was exacerbated recently by the Covid outbreak that put six Yankees players on the Covid list. Since then, the Yankees have had a ragtag lineup. But help is finally one the way. Yesterday Jonathan Loaisiga returned and played an integral part in holding back the Red Sox. Today star third baseman Gio Ushela is scheduled to be in the lineup.

Beyond that, for the Tampa Bay series next week, all of the remaining Covid list players should be returning. In addition, just days from August, the Yankees are also hoping for the return of two starting pitchers, Corey Kluber and Luis Severino. With the Yankees sit in the running for a wild card slot, these additions to the team will be significant.

Notes: Chris Gittens left the game with an ankle sprain. After one major league start, Asher Wojciechowski was immediately designated for assignment to make room for Jonathan Loaisiga on the roster. He rejected the assignment to Scranton and has elected for free agency.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees come alive in the eighth to win one from the Red Sox

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia, Estevan Florial

After losing the first two games of the four-game set against their rival Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees entered this afternoon’s matchup with a certain urgency to win the game to at least split the series with the Red Sox. The Yankees were 2-11 on the season against the Sox and 9 games back in the AL East. Jameson Taillon took the mound for the Yankees facing the ex-Yankees Nathan Eovaldi. It was a perfect weather day for a ball game at Fenway Park in Boston.

To start the game, DJ LeMahieu faced Eovaldi and ground out in the infield. Brett Gardner got a base hit to short, but Gardner runs so face he got the hit. Giancarlo Stanton struck out. Rougie Odor struck out for the final out of the half. Enrique Hernandez led off for the Red Sox and scored, hitting a long ball off the monster, the throw went into the dugout, and he advanced to home for the one-run lead. Jerran Duran popped out. Xander Bogaerts went down on strikes. Rafael Devers flew out, but the Red Sox took the lead in the game. Red Sox 1 Yankees 0.

Gleyber Torres led off the second by striking out. Greg Allen, who has had success off Eovaldi, struck out on three pitches. Chris Gittens flew out to right for a 1-2-3 inning for Eovaldi. At the bottom, JT Martinez lined down the left-field line to get a double leading off the inning. Alex Verdugo flew out. Kevin Plawecki hit one off the green monster for another double driving in Martinez. French Cordero walked. Michael Chavis struck out. With two on and two outs, Hernandez flew out to Florial in center to end the inning. Red Sox 2 Yankees 0.

The top of the third was led off by Estevan Florial, who ground to first, but a head-in slide got a hit for Florial. Rob Brantly singled, moving Florial to second. LeMahieu hit into a double play, but Florial advanced to third. Brett Gardner struck out, and the Yankees left their second running on base in the game. At the bottom, Duran led off and doubled as Odor booted the ball. Bogaerts ground out to Odor, but Duran went to third. Devers got a sac fly to center driving in Duran for Dever’s baseball leading 80 RBI’s. Martinez flew out to end the inning. Boston Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

The fourth inning was led off by Giancarlo Staton, who struck out for the second time today. Odor popped back to the catcher for the second out. Torres struck out for Eovaldi’s seventh strikeout of the game. Alex Verdugo led off the bottom of the fourth by grounding out. Plawecki singled to left. With one on and one out, Cordero hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

Greg Allen led off the fifth by flying out to deep center. Gittens popped out to second. Florial flew out to center for a very quick inning for Eovaldi. At the bottom, Chavis stuck out. Hernandez lined out to LeMahieu at third. Duran flew out to Allen, who made a great running catch. It was a quick inning for both pitchers. Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

Rob Brantly led off the sixth inning by grounding out to second. LeMahieu doubled off the green monster. Gardner struck out on Eovaldi’s curveball. Stanton flew out to right as the Yankees left another runner on base. At the bottom, Bogaerts popped out to second. Devers popped out to left-field foul territory. Martinez singled, Verdugo popped out for the final out. Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

Rougie Odor led off the seventh by grounding out. Torres flew out to right. Allen singled over the first baseman’s head. Gittens ground out to leave another Yankee on base. Plawecki led off the bottom and went down on strikes. Cordero walked. Cordero tried to steal second, but Brantly gunned him down. Chavis flew out to Gardner for another strong inning from Taillon. Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

Estevan Florial led off the eighth inning and got a lead-off double. Brantly popped out to third. LeMahieu flew out to Duran in center. Gardner got an RBI single to easily drive in Florial the get the Yankees on the board. That hit knocked Eovaldi out of the game.  The Yankees are now 10-71, with runners in scoring position this season against the Red Sox. Stanton faced another ex-Yankee in reliever Adam Ottavino, and he got a ground-rule double as the ball bounced into the right-field fans, moving Gardner to third base. Tyler Wade came in to pin run for Stanton. Odor doubled off the green monster scoring two to tie up the game at 3. Torres singled, driving in Odor to give the Yankees the lead in the game for the first time. Torres stole second. Allen got plunked and went to first. As the lineup turned over, Gittens tapped in front of the plate for the final out, but the Yankees picked up four runs in the half. New York Yankees 4 Boston Red Sox 3.

Gittens who fell running to first had to be helped off the field. Tyler Wade replaced him at third as LeMahieu moved to first. The Yankees lost their DH, meaning a pitcher would have to hit.

At the bottom of the inning, with the Red Sox behind a run, Hernandez faced the new Yankee pitcher Jonathan Loaisgia returning from the Covid list and ground out. Duran hit back to Loaisiga for the second out. Bogaerts, after a tough at-bat, singled. Devers singled moving Bogaerts to third. With two outs and men on the corners, Martinez flew out to Allen in right, leaving the runners stranded. New York Yankees 4 Red Sox 3.

The top of the ninth saw Estevan Florial at the plate; he walked on four pitches. Rob Brantly hit into a force out fielder’s choice. DJ LeMahieu flew out to the right-center. Brantly took off and was caught for the double play for another Yankee running mistake. With last licks on the line for the Red Sox, Alex Verdugo took to the plate with Aroldis Chapman on the mound and ground out to second. Plawecki struck out. Hunter Renfroe pinch-hitting for Cordero walked. Christian Vazquez also pinch-hitting hit a ground-rule double to move Renfroe to third base.  With the tying run at third and the winning run at second, Hernandez struck out as the Yankees hung on for the win.

Jameson Taillon, the winning pitcher, the loser Adam Ottavino and the save went to Aroldis Chapman for his 18 save of the season.

 

New York Yankees: Yankees lose in the tenth as relievers fail miserably

New York Yankees, Brooks Kriske

Tonight the New York Yankees started a critical four-game series with the Boston Red Sox that could turn around their season. Jordan Montgomery faced Tanner Houck. Unfortunately, this first game was not that game as the Yankee relievers gave away the game. Boston Red Sox 5 New York Yankees 4 in a ten-inning game.

DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees facing Tanner Houck and flew out to Renfro in right. Brett Gardner went down on strikes. Giancarlo Stanton flew out to center to end the half. In the bottom, Enrique Hernandez led off by flying out to Florial in right-center. Rafael Devers popped out to second. Xander Bogaerts struck with both pitchers going 1-2-3 for a quick scoreless inning.

At the second, Rougie Odor led off by picking up a lead-off single. Gleyber Torres went down by striking way outside. Rob Brantly struck out. Greg Allen went down looking for another quick inning for Houck. At the bottom, JT Martinez struck out. Hunter Renfroe flew out to Florial in center. Christian Vazquez flew out to Greg Allen in right for another 1-2-3 inning for Montgomery. No score.

The third inning was led off by Estevan Florial, who lined out to second. Tyler Wade struck out with light rain falling at the park. DJ LeMahieu was Houck’s sixth strikeout of the game. In the bottom, Alex Verdugo, who was hit by a ball by a Yankee fan at the Stadium, led off for the Red Sox, and he hit a single for the first baserunner for the Sox. Bobby Dalbec flew out to Gardner. Michael Chavis singled, moving Verdugo to third. Hernandez struck out. Chavis took second on a ball in the dirt. Devers walked, loading the bases. Xander Bogaerts lined out to Torres as Montgomery got out of a jam unscathed. No score.

At the top of the fourth, Gardner led off by walking. Stanton walked. First and second, nobody out Odor struck out. Torres ground out. After a very long half, Gardner scored for the Yankee’s one-run lead in the game. Tyler Wade singled. As the rain came down heavier, the umpires called for the tarps, and the game was halted for 55 minutes after the bottom of the inning.

At the top of the fifth, with Wade on first and Josh Taylor now pitching LeMahieu walked, Wade advanced to second base. Brett Gardner ground out to finally end the half. At the bottom, with Montgomery still on the mound after an hour and 12-minute wait, Alex Verdugo ground out to first. Dalbec struck out swining. Chavis struck out, and the fifth was finally over. It looked as though Montgomery hadn’t lost a beat. New York Yankees 1 Boston Red Sox 0.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the sixth; he rocketed one to third for the first out. Odor struck out swinging. Torres, who drove in Gardner in the last inning single off Chavis’s glove. Torres stole second. Brantly went down on strikes to end the half. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the Red Sox. Hernandez against Montgomery ground out to short. Devers ground out to short. Bogaerts singled to right with two outs. Martinez faced the new pitcher Sal Romano making his Yankee debut, and he singled off Romano with Bogaerts going to third. Renfroe flew out to right to end the inning and protect the Montgomery one-run lead. Yankees 1 Red Sox 0.

The seventh inning was led off by Greg Allen, who has been filling in for Judge in right field. He tapped back against Harwinzon Hernandez for out number one. Florial tipped into the glove for Vazquez. Wade struck out to end the half. At the bottom against Romano, Vazquez tapped back to Romano for the first out. Verdugo faced new pitcher Lucas Luetge and singled to second. Dalbec singled to right. Chavis two on and one out lined to Wade, but Wade dropped it to load the bases with an E5 and still with one out. Hernandez sac flew to center for the tied game. Devers singles, but Dalbec was out at home to end the inning tied. Yankees 1 Red Sox 1.

It was the top of the lineup for the Yankees in the eighth. LeMahieu against former Yankees Adam Ottavino walked. LeMahieu stole second on Ottavino. Gardner walked. With two on and no outs, Stanton singled to center to score LeMahieu for the Yankee lead in the game. Odor moved the runners up with a bunt out. Torres got a sac fly to right scoring Gardner. Brantly struck out, but the Yankees took the two-run lead. At the bottom against Luis Cessa Bogaerts ground out to first. Martinez lined to Wade. Renfroe tapped back to Cessa as Cessa put down the Red Sox in order. New York Yankees 3 Red Sox 1.

Greg Allen led off the ninth inning, who popped out against Yacksel Rio for the first out. Estevan Florial walked. Florial was thrown out trying to steal second. Tyler Wade was tagged out running to first to end the half. With last licks on the line for the Boston Red Sox at the bottom, Christian Vazquez against Chad Green struck out looking. Alex Verdugo got a base hit in front of Gardner in left. Bobby Dalbec singled to center. Kevin Plawecki pinch-hitting for Chavis flew out to Gardner for the second out. Hernandez got a game-tying two-run double to tie up the game in the ninth. Rafael Devers flew out to Allen in right, but the damage was done as the game went into extra innings. New York Yankees 3 Red Sox 3.

In the tenth, with Tyler Wade on second, LeMahieu against closer Matt Barnes ground out, but Wade went to third base. Brett Gardner sac flew to left, driving in Wade for the Yankee lead. Giancarlo Stanton struck out swinging. At the bottom with the Yankee one-run lead, On the first pitch by Brooks Kriske Devers, the ghost runner went to third on a wild pitch. Unbelievably a second wild pitch allowed the Red Sox to tie the game. Martinez at the plate a third wild pitch allowed Bogaerts to advance. Another wild pitch advanced him to third. Martinez struck out. Renfroe flew out to Allen in right, but Bogaerts scored to win it for the Red Sox.

This winning pitcher was Matt Barnes, and the loser was Brooks Kriske. The final score was Boston Red Sox 5 and the New York Yankees 4.

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from home run show over the Phillies

New York Yankees, Estevan Florial

The New York Yankees entered the series with the Philadelphia Phillies last night with a rag-tag team with a higher positivity rate than any time in the season after winning a series against the Boston Red Sox. Even with their beleaguered team with several players on the IL, they were hoping to take their second series in a row. With decent pitching and multiple home runs, the Yankees won the game 6-4 for their third win in a row.

Yankee pitching improves

Right-hander Domingo German was on the mound for the New York Yankees. German could have been lights out, but also could have struggled mightily. He was 4-5 with an ERA of 4.72. In his last outing against the Red Sox, he lasted only 1 inning using 17 pitches before being removed. The Yankees had lost seven of his last ten starts. Last night was considerably better. He went four innings, giving up just two earned runs, but striking out five.

Luckily the Yankee bullpen came to the rescue. Luis Cessa, Lucas Luetge, and Chad Green combined for three scoreless innings. However, returning Zack Britton still showed some rust after not pitching in almost two months; he gave up a homer. Likewise, closer Aroldis Chapman, who has been pitching poorly of late, gave up a homer in the ninth inning, but it was no harm by entering with a three-run lead. Striking out 3 Phillies and allowing just the home run was an encouraging sign for the Yankees.

Yankee power explodes late in the game

A lack of hitting has dogged the New York Yankees all season long. However, last night that seemed to be far in the past as the players; some not from the regular lineup, exploded with four home runs in the game. Veteran Brett Gardner led off the barrage in the fifth inning with his homer off Phillies starter Aaron Nola. In the following inning, Gary Sanchez hit one of his own, knocking Nola out of the game. Then in the seventh slugger, Giancarlo Stanton hit his 16th homer of the season. But the Yankees weren’t done; Estevan Florial, a center field fill-in, slammed another home run in the eighth. Every Yankee got at least one hit in the game with the exception of Tyler Wade who went 0 for 4.

It should be noted that the powerful explosion overshadowed three facts. First, Greg Allen got another hit and scored twice. Second, Estevan Florial went 1 for 3 driving in two runs. Both of these players are fill-ins. Also, being short players, the Yankees had to use catcher Rob Brantly at first base. He, too, got a hit in the game. All, however, was not good; although the home run saved the Yankees, they went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position, another issue that has plagued the Yankees.

Yankee fans behaving badly

New York Yankee fans have been making news of late, not for their excitement for the Yankees, but their bad behavior at the Stadium in the Bronx. In the last game against the Red Sox fan threw a ball, hitting the back of Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo, halting the game for a time. That fan has since been banned from attending any Major League game for the rest of his life. On the same night, the wife of former Red Sox catcher and current assistant coach Jason Varitek reported that their 9-year-old daughter was spat upon when leaving the Stadium.

Last night was another night of bad behavior as a fan ran onto the field in the sixth inning, halting the game momentarily. A chase ensued when the fan was tackled and crushed to the ground. He was escorted out of the stadium by security guards and New York Police. New York Yankee management has strongly condemned these shenanigans, saying that there is no place for these actions at Yankee Stadium.

Notes: Tonight is the last game of the Phillies series; either team has not released starting pitchers for the game as of this writing.

 

New York Yankees Recap: 4 home runs power Yankees to win over the Phillies

The New York Yankees entered the series with the Philadelphia Phillies tonight with a rag-tag team the had a higher positivity rate than any time in the season after winning a series against the Boston Red Sox. Even with their beleaguered team with several players on the IL, they were hoping to take their second series in a row. The Yankees won the game via the home run 6-4 for their third win in a row.

Jean Segura led off the first inning and walked against Domingo German. J.T. Realmuto ground out. Bryce Harper struck out. Former Yankee Andrew McCutchen struck out to end the half. At the bottom, Brett Gardner led off for the Yankees and struck out. Giancarlo Stanton went down looking. Rougie Odor struck out for a scoreless inning for both teams.

In the second, Rhys Hoskings, the Phillies’ home run leader, led off by hitting a homer to center field. Didi Gregorius recorded the first out with a fly out to center. Brad Miller walked. Ronald Toreyes struck out. Travis Jankowski struck out to end the inning, but the Phillies picked up a run. Gary Sanchez led off the Phillies at the bottom and flew out to right-center. Gleyber Torres flew out to the same place. Rob Brantly tapped back to the pitcher to end the inning. Phillies 1 Yankees 0.

Jean Segura led off the third by grounding out. JT Realmuto hit sharply to Tyler Wade at third for the second out. Bryce Harper singled to the center. McCutchen lined out directly to Wade at third to end the half. At the bottom, Greg Allen led off by getting a lead-off triple over the head of Harper. Estevan Florial sac flew for the tie of the game. Tyler Wade recorded the second out with a fly ball to McCutchen in left. Gardner flew out. New York Yankees 1 Phillies 1.

Hoskins led off the fourth by walking. Gregorius flew out for the first out. Miller flew out to shallow short. Toreyes hit a double over the head of Gardner, driving in a run for the Phillies.  Jankowski struck out, but the Phillies added another run. At the bottom, Stanton struck out. Odor got a bunt single for the Yankees. Sanchez hit the left-field wall so hard that he was limited to a single, but Odor went to third. Torres went down on strikes. Brantly, with two on and two outs, popped out to end the inning. Phillies 2 Yankees 1.

In the fifth inning, the Yankees picked up two runs, partly because of Brett Gardner’s home run to centerfield off of Nola. It would end up that the Yankees won this game via the long ball. Gary Sanchez hit a long ball in the sixth inning also off of Nola. In the seventh inning, Giancarlo Stanton hit a monster home run. New York Yankees 5 Philadelphia Phillies 2.

At the top of the eighth inning, the Phillies picked up a run off of Zack Britton. Britton gave up 3 hits in the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Greg Allen struck out. Estevan Florial, who walked in the sixth, had a solo shot to the short right-field porch to make it 6-3 New York Yankees. It was Florials first Major League home run. Tyler Wade gound out for the second out of the inning. Brett Gardner, with two outs, ground out to second to end the inning, but the Yankees picked up another run in the inning. New York Yankees 6 Phillies 3.

At the top of the ninth inning, the Yankees sent closer Aroldis Chapman to the mound to close it out for the Yankees with the three-run led. Chapman has been shakey, to say the least trying to close games for the Yankees recently. Bryce Harper struck out on a Chapman slider. Andrew McCutchen homer to the left-field stands as the Phillies tacked on another run as Chapman’s late-inning woes continued. Rhys Hoskins struck out swinging. Didi Gregorius, who was 0-4 on the night, also struck out against his old teammate. The Yankees held onto the 6-4 lead to take the first game of the Phillies series and their third win in a row.

The final score was the New York Yankees 6 and the Philadelphia Phillies 4. The winning pitcher was Luis Cessa, and the loser was Aaron Nola. The save went to Aroldis Chapman, his 17th of the season.

New York Yankees: Takeaways from the Yankees’ shutout of the Houston Astros

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

With the All-Star Game in the headlights, the New York Yankees last night started an important series with their hated rival, the Houston Astros. After taking the Seattle Mariners series, the Yankees really wanted to take this one, too, going into the break. With Nestor Cortes Jr. on the mound, the Yankees easily took game one from the Astros, only allowing them three hits in the game. The final score was 4-0 for the shutout of the Astros. Yankee ace Gerrit Cole will be on the mound for game two, Saturday night.

Nestor Cortes Jr. was brilliant against the Astros

Nestor Cortes Jr. took the mound last night to pitch the first game of three against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Cortes Jr. has been a good reliever for the Yankees holding down a 1.02 ERA in nine relief appearances. But the Yankees have now started him in two games while starter Corey Kluber has been on the 60 day IL. He has not disappointed.

Cortes Jr went into the fifth inning for his longest game as a starter and season-high 69 pitches allowing only two hits. Cortes Jr. was absolutely brilliant in his second start. In a shorter start against the New York Mets, he also impressed, allowing only two hits. He managed all of his pitches masterfully against a powerful Astros lineup. The Yankees won both of his starts, including the shutout last night. Cortes Jr.is quickly becoming one of the best Yankee starters, albeit a small sample.

Boone took Cortes Jr. out of the game when he walked the number nine hitter, and with two outs and only a two-run cushion, and Altuve coming up, Boone called on Lucas Luetge, who fanned Altuve for the final out. Luetge pitched 1.1 innings of no-hit ball. Chad Green gave the Yankees two innings giving up just one hit. Jonathan Loaisiga came in to close it out the ninth. The Astros could only get 3 hits off of Yankee pitching.

“Gardy” powers New York Yankees to a win

It’s no secret that Brett Gardner, although being just as sharp in the outfield, has suffered greatly when at the plate. Going into last night, he was hitting just .186 and hadn’t got a hit in his last five games. But last night, in a big spot with two on, Gardy came through with a big two-out double down the right-field line, scoring two and winning the game for the Yankees.

The New York Yankees got twelve hits off of Jake Odorizzi and company, with every Yankee getting a hit except for Giancarlo Stanton. In the seventh inning, Aaron Judge got the 500th hit of his career. Gardner, Wade, LeMahieu, and Judge all had extra-base hits in the contest. LeMahieu’s double resulted in two more insurance runs for the Yankees.

Michael King’s freak accident

Michael King was put on the 10 day IL yesterday retroactive to July 5th. The Yankees have suffered some major injuries this season, but this one was unusual. Apparently, while in the weight room, King jammed his finger between two weights. Boone said he had a contusion of the right middle finger. King tried to play catch before the last game with the Seattle Mariners, but that didn’t go well, and he was placed on the IL. He was to be a possible starter for last night’s game in Houston.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees make a statement shutting out the Astros in game one

Tonight the New York Yankees met up with the hated Houston Astros at a packed Minutemaid Park in Houston for the first game of a three-game set. Nestor Cortes Jr. was on the mound for the Yankees and Jake Odorizzi for the Astros. If there are two teams in baseball that don’t like each other, it’s the Yankees and Astros. It was proven that the Houston Astros cheated in the 2017 season and postseason. That cheating may have cost the Yankees a trip to the World Series and Aaron Judge an MVP award that instead went to the Astros Jose Altuve.

In the first inning, Odorizzi faced the Yankees DJ LeMahieu, who ground out to left. Aaron Judge singled. Gary Sanchez singled for back-to-back singles. With men on first and second and one out, Giancarlo Staton hit into a double play to end the threat. Jose Altuve led off the bottom by being tagged on running for first. Myles Straw ground out to second. Michael Brantley lined out to Gardner in second. No score.

At the top of the second, Gleyber Torres faced off against Odorizzi and singled to center. Rougie Odor always singing for the fences stung out swinging. Gio Urshela singled. Brett Gardner, who has not hit well off of Odorizzi, flew out to left-center. Tyler Wade, with two on and two outs, popped out to left to leave two on. At the bottom, Yuli Gurriel flew out to Judge in right. Yordan Alverez lined out to first. Kyle Tucker got a ground-rule double bouncing into the bullpen. Abe Toro looped to Judge. No score.

The top of the third saw the top of the lineup for the Yankees. LeMahieu tapped out to first. Judge lined out to center. Sanchez lined out to third to end the half. At the bottom, Jason Castro lined to LeMahieu. Robel Garcia walked for the first walk of the game. Altuve skied to center. Staw flew out to Wade in left. No score.

Giancarlo Stanton struck out at the top of the fourth inning, tipping it into the catcher’s glove. Gleyber Torres got his second hit of the night to left. Rougie Odor .300 over his last seven games ground into a force out. Urshela smoked back to Odorizzi for a single. Gardner got a two-run double driving in Torres and Odor for the two-run lead. Wade chased for the final out. At the bottom, Brantley struck out. Gurriel popped out to second base. Alverez singled to second with a poor transfer to Voit. Tucker, with one on and two outs, flew out to Gardner in center. New York Yankees 2 Houston Astros 0.

The fifth inning saw the top of the lineup for the New York Yankees. LeMahieu ground out. Judge flew out to foul territory in right. Sanchez popped out to short. At the bottom of the fifth, Toro facing Cortes Jr., struck out swinging. Castro ground out to first. Garcia walked, and that was the end of the night for Cortes jr. For the first time as a starter pitched into the fifth inning and had a season-high 69 pitches. He was replaced by Lucas Luetage, who faced Altuve, who Luetge fanned out. Yankees 2 Astros 0.

The top of the sixth inning was led off by Giancarlo Stanton, who flew out to Brantley. Torres, with two hits on the night, hit into the infield for that second out. Odor struck out swinging. At the bottom, Straw against Luetge ground out to short. Brantley popped out to Urshela. Gurriel ground out to third to end the inning. New York Yankees 2 Astros 0.

The seventh inning was led off by Urshela, who was two for two on the night, slow rolled to third but couldn’t beat it out. Gardner worked a walk. Wade hit a double down the left-field line with Gardner moving to third base. LeMahieu, with two on and one out, hit the 10th pitch of the at-bat up the left-field line driving in two Yankee runs. Aaron Judge singled to third. With men on the corners and one out, Sanchez faced the new pitcher Brandon Bielak and ground out to second for a double play, but the Yankees picked up another two runs. At the bottom, Alverez struck out. Tucker doubled. Toro flew out, and Castro lined out to first to end the inning. Yankees 4 Astros 0.

The eighth inning was led off by Stanton, who ground out to third. Torres chased for the second out. Odor hit one into center over short Altuve’s head for a single. Urshela flew out to left to end the half. Robel Garcia led off the bottom of the eighth by Garcia, who struck out against Green. Altuve flew out to Gardner in center. Straw ground out to short to end the inning. New York Yankees 4 and the Houston Astro 0.

At the top of the ninth inning, Brett Gardner tapped out to the pitcher. Wade got thrown out on a ground ball to short. LeMahieu smoked on up the middle. Judge got his career 500th hit. Sanchez struck out to end the half. With the last licks on the Astros, Michael Bentley led off against the Yankees closer Jonathan Loaisiga and rolled to second for the first out. Yuli Gurriel ground out to second. Yordan Alverez struck out on a 100 mph fastball by Loaisiga to end the game in a shutout.

The final score was the New York Yankees 4 and the Houston Astros 0. The winning pitcher was Lucas Luetge, and the loser was Jake Odorizzi.

New York Yankees Recap: Ohtani fails, Chapman fails, Yankees have total meltdown in loss to the Angels

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Last night, the New York Yankees met up with the Los Angeles Angels for the third game of the series with the amazing Shohei Ohtani on the mound for the Angels facing the Yankee’s Domingo German. It was the third game in sweltering conditions at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx; it was a rubber game of sorts as the Angels won the first game and the Yankees the second with two games to go in the four-game set. The game-time temperature was 95 degrees, with the chance of thundershowers. The game started at 7:07 pm and ended July 1st at 1:07 pm. In stunning loss, the Angels won the game 11-8.

At the top of the first inning, German faced the incredible Shohei Ohtani that was pitching and leading off for the Angels; he is the first pitcher to lead off against the Yankees since 1968. He flew out to Brett Gardner in left-center. Anthony Rendon walked. Jared Walsh flew out to Andujar with the extreme shift on. Phil Gosselin got a two-run homer to center for the Angels’ two-run lead. Fletcher flew out to end the inning.

Ohtani on the mound DJ LeMahieu led off by walking. Luke Voit walked for two straight walks for Ohtani. The runners moved up on a passed ball. Gary Sanchez walked for the third straight walk for Ohtani. Giancarlo Stanton hit a single driving in the first Yankee run. Gleyber Torres singled, tying up the game with still no outs. Rougie Odor struck out on a splitter. Miguel Andujar ground out to third, but Sanchez scored for the Yankees’ lead. Clint Frazier, who is normally an automatic out, was hit by a pitcher reloading the bases. Brett Gardner walked on four pitches for an additional Yankee run. That was the night for Ohtani as Madon pulled him without finishing the first inning. LeMahieu facing the new Angel pitcher Aaron Sieger had a bases-clearing double. Luke Voit struck out to end the inning, but the Yankees got seven runs on three hits. New York Yankees 7 Angels 2. The first inning was 45 minutes.

The second inning led off  Iglesias by singling in the second to Brett Gardner. Suzuki went down on strikes. Taylor Ward walked. Juan Lagares hit a double driving in Ward. Schebler struck him out. Rendon flew out to Andujar as the Angels left two on base. At the bottom, Sanchez led off by Facing Alex Claudio and singled to left. Stanton singled with two on and no outs. Torres flew out to right. Odor walked to load the bases with Yankees. Andujar hit into the double play to end the inning. New York Yankees. 7 Angels 3.

The top of the third inning was led off by Walsh, who flew out to right, with Tyler Wade moving to center field. Gosselin ground to the pitcher. Fletcher walked. Iglesias reached second with an errant throw by German to Voit. Fletcher moved to third. A pitch hit Suzuki to load the bases. With the bases loaded with Angels and two outs, Ward flew out to end the half, getting German got out of a jam. Tyler Wade in for Frazier singled down the left-field line. Gardner walked. LeMahieu faced the Angel’s third pitcher in as many innings in Dylan Bundy, and he struck out. Runners moved up on a passed ball. Luke Voit at the plate, and the field was covered due to heavy rain. The game resumed after about 42 minutes. Luke Voit struck out. Sanchez ground out to third to end the inning. New York Yankees 7 Angels 3.

At the top of the fourth, Juan Lagares faced Justin Wilson in his first appearance since the IL; he ground out. Bundy pinch-hitting for Ohtani stuck out Rendon popped out to Sanchez. Stanton led off the bottom went down looking. Torres walked. Odor flew out to right. It started to rain again heavily at the Stadium. Andujar flew out to the wet warning track in center to end the inning. Yankees 7 Angels 3.

With Luis Cessa on the mound for the Yankees, the umpires are trying to get the fifth inning in. Walsh hit a home run just beyond Gardner’s reach. Gosselin went down looking. Fletcher ground out two Odor. Iglesias ground out to Odor. Upon review, he was safe.  Suzuki ground into the force for the final out of the half. At the bottom, Tyler Wade was at the plate as the tarp again covered the field. Going five and a half innings, it was an official game. New York Yankees 7 Los Angeles Angels 4. The game was restarted after another long 91-minute delay.

The Angels did not score in the top of the sixth. The Yankees in the bottom with Voit at the plate he ground out. Gary Sanchez walked. Stanton also walked. Torres faced the new Angels pitcher Steve Cishek, Angel’s sixth pitcher of the game, and hit into a double play to end the inning. Yankees 7 Angels 4. After the two rain delays, it was obvious many fans had left the stands due to the late hour.

At the top of the seventh, Rendon with the Yankee’s new pitcher, Jonathan Loaisiga, and the first day of July, Rendon grounded out to LeMahieu at third. Walsh grounded out to Torres. Gosselin struck out to end the half. After the stretch, Odor slapped in into left for a single. Andujar lined out to left. Wade banged into another double play to end the inning. Yankees 7 Angels 4.

The top of the eighth was led off by Fletcher, who ground out to left. Ingelias ground out on a slow roller. Suzuki struck out for two strong innings by Loaisiga. At the bottom, Gardner homered to center for his third homer of the season. LeMahieu gound out to right. Voit also ground out. Sanchez went down swinging to end the inning. Yankees 8 Angels 4.

With last licks on the line for the Angels, Ward with Aroldis Chapman on the mound walked. Lagares hit into a force at second. Stassi walked. Rendon also walked the bases loaded. Jered Walsh hit a grand slam against Chapman to tie the game. Lucas Luetge was brought on to end the bleeding. Gosselin walked. Fletcher singled to center. Lglesias with men on the corners struck out. Rengifo got a line drive to left, driving in two runs. Ward doubled to left, driving in another run. Lagares struck out to finally end the half. Angels 11 Yankees 8.

At the bottom of the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton ground out. Gleyber Torres ground out. Rougie Odor struck out swinging to end the game and the loss for the New York Yankees. The winning pitcher was Mike Mayers, and the loser was Lucas Luetge.

Yankees’ Brett Gardner feels ‘close’ to breaking out at the plate

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The New York Yankees lost their center fielder Aaron Hicks to a wrist injury, presumably for the whole season. They were forced to play Aaron Judge at the position in one of the Tampa Bay Rays’ games, and manager Aaron Boone said it could be a recurring arrangement depending, of course, on his health and performance there.

Why are the Yankees moving so many things around to find solutions in center fielder? Because the most logical fit, Brett Gardner, has been struggling mightly at the plate.

The sample size is growing, so the Yankees can’t chalk up Gardner’s struggles to that entirely. The veteran outfielder is hitting .197 with four RBI, one stolen base and a .559 OPS in 122 at-bats.

Yet in Thursday’s 9-2 loss, he was able to a solo home run and a double before things unraveled. He finished the game 2-for-3 with the two extra-base hits.

The Yankees need Gardner to produce

Prior to the game, the Yankees’ outfielder said has been feeling good, and that he felt he was starting to turn things around.

“Nothing out of the ordinary,” Gardner said according to NJ Advance Media. “Just continuing to work at the plate. I feel like I’m really close to where I want to be at. Just things aren’t exactly clicking for me. Just continuing to work. Did some early work on the field (Wednesday).”

He was signed as a backup outfielder for the 2021 season, to a $1.85 million deal with an option.

“Just continue to show up every day ready to work with a positive mindset,” Gardner said, “knowing each day is a new opportunity and that things can turn around and change in this game in a hurry and as long as i’m here and have an opportunity, I’ll continue to work.”

Getting Gardner back into a groove would be huge for the Yankees. That way they could avoide playing Judge out of position and wait to see how the market for center fielders develops next month.