New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from heartbreaking Field of Dreams loss

Last night the long-awaited Field of Dreams game took place in Dyersville, Iowa. The New York Yankees faced the Chicago White Sox in that epic game. Yesterday I predicted that the Yankees would lose that game because both the pitching and lineup stats comparison said so. What I didn’t predict was that it would be a ninth-inning heartbreaker.

Nevertheless, disregarding the outcome, it was a wonderful game in a beautiful iconic setting in the cornfields of Iowa that will not be soon forgotten by any of the players who played in it or those in the stands or watching television.

Andrew Heaney hung out to dry

Since acquiring him, Andrew Heaney, who has not pitched well for the New York Yankees, was the only pitcher available to pitch last night’s game. In addition, both Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery are on the Covid list, and Domingo German is nursing a sore shoulder. Add to that Corey Kluber and Luis Severino are not yet ready to return to the rotation.

With his 5.45 ERA, Heaney had to face the White Sox’s best pitcher, Lance Lynn, with his 2.26 ERA and not having allowed more than three runs in any game in July and August. Heaney gave up five runs in the first four innings, which would usually be the end for a starting pitcher, but manager Boone brought him out again in the fifth inning to save the already overworked bullpen for the rest of the series; he gave up another two earned runs.

Ninth inning heartbreaking loss

After Andrew Heaney gave up seven runs in the game and the Yankees average of fewer than four runs per game, it looked pretty dismal for the Yankees. They carried a three-run deficit into the ninth inning. But in the ninth, Tyler Wade, who has been playing great ball, led off by hitting the first pitch for a single. LeMahieu struck out. Gardner struck out. Aaron Judge, with one out, left for the Yankees and one on, hit his second home run of the game, bringing the Yankees within one. Joey Gallo walked. Giancarlo Stanton homered for his 18th of the year, and just like that the New York Yankees took the lead.

At the bottom of the ninth, Zack Britton was charged with holding the White Sox down and winning for the Yankees. Danny Mendick led off and ground out to second. Zavala walked. Anderson hit a homer crushing the Yankees for a walk-off loss. It was a tear-jerking loss for the Yankees.

It must be mentioned that the Yankees did have opportunities in the game to blow it open but failed to do so. The Yankees were 1 for 7 with men in scoring position and only got 8 hits in the game. Gardner in the game went 2 for 5 with a home run. Judge went 2 for 4 with two homers, Stanton 1 for 5 with a home run, and Wade went 2 for 4. Both Voit and Gallo were hitless in the game.

Joey Gallo continues to struggle as a Yankee

Before the trade deadline, the Yankees acquired the power-hitting Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers. But after two weeks, Gallo has failed to make his mark as a Yankee.

“I’m still, like, kind of getting used to it. You know, sometimes I’ll see like a sign that says ‘Yankees.’ Oh Yankees, I’m on the Yankees. You spend so much time with one organization that you kind of forget sometimes, but it’s just crazy. It’s crazy when people say I’m a part of the New York Yankees. And when they’re doing the lineup, I’m in the same lineup with Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, and Giancarlo Stanton, all those guys, it’s like, you know, it’s crazy. It’s like a dream.”

So far, with the New York Yankees, Joey Gallo is hitting .140 in fourteen games with one home run, and 23 strikeouts in his nightmare start with the Yankees. In the Field of Dreams game, he went 0-3 with two walks.

New York Yankees: Takeaways from an unusual Yankee win (video)

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

The New York Yankees won their first game against the Seattle Mariners and went into last night’s game without a starting pitcher to face Marco Gonzalas. Instead, the Yankees relied on the bullpen to get them through an eleven-inning game. But the Yankees found a way and won the game 3-2 in the 11th inning due to a walk-off single by the oldest tenured Yankee, Brett Gardner.

The largest crowd enjoyed the exciting 11 inning game the Yankees have played in front of this season. 43,180 fans jammed Yankee Stadium as their team has found new life in its chase of a 28th World Championship.

3 up 3 down, 8 to come!

Wandy Peralta started last night’s game throwing eleven pitches and going 3 up and 3 done in a quick first inning. Little did Peralta, the Yankees, or fans know that it would take 9 pitchers to win the Yankees game last night and six of the last seven games.

With no starting pitcher available to start last night’s game, the New York Yankees asked the bullpen to provide 9 innings of work; they did that pitching for 11 innings.  It was a herculean effort that played out magnificently. If the Yankees had lost last night’s game, it would have been a devasting blow to a bullpen that did everything asked of it.

Giancarlo Stanton and 4 multihit games

Aaron Judge drove in the first run off the game in the eighth inning for the Yankees. Before that, the New York Yankees could do nothing against the Seattle starter Marco Gonzales. Gonzales had one of his best games of the season. Although no home runs, Giancarlo Stanton had a big impact on the game, having his 4th multi-hit game in a row.

The Yankees only had 6 hits in the eleven inning game, but Giancarlo Stanton had two of those hits, and they were impactful. After the Yankees tied it and had hoped to pull ahead, Stanton hit into an all too familiar double play ending the inning. The Mariners tied it up in the ninth, forcing the 10th inning in which they retook the lead. But in the bottom, Stanton hit a weak single to right, driving in  Gardner to tie up the game at 2 apiece and forcing the eleventh inning.

Brett Gardner still can contribute

Fan-favorite, yet the lowly Brett Gardner didn’t start the game for the Yankees last night, but he did finish it for the Yankees with the 9th walk-off win of his long-tenured career. Gardner is the only holdover from the 2009 World Series-winning team.

Gardner came very close to not being a Yankee in the 2021 season, but in the end, he was signed up for another year.  It has been a year where he has not been very productive, to put it lightly. His batting average entering last night’s game was just .197. Yet, even though he had not been hitting, he hasn’t lost a step in the outfield, still making spectacular plays.

Last night he had redeemed himself to many Yankee fans. Pinch-hitting for Davis late in the game, he got a hit and scored two of the three Yankees runs. And that one hit was a single at the bottom of the eleventh, driving in ghost runner Joey Gallo for the Yankee win.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Brett Gardner walked it off for the Yankees in the eleventh

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

The New York Yankees entered last night’s game looking to at least split the series with the Seattle Mariners after winning the first game last night. However, they had no starting pitcher for the game, so they put together a nine pitcher bullpen game and won it in the eleven inning with a walk-off by the longest-tenured Yankee Brett Gardner. The final score was the New York Yankees 3 the Seattle Mariners 2.

JP Crawford led off for the first inning against Peralta and ground out to second. Mitch Haniger ground out to short. Kyle Seager struck out on Peralta’s 11th pitch of the inning. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu led off by popping out to right. Anthony Rizzo struck out. Judge lined out to third for a quick inning for both pitchers. No score.

The second inning was led off by Ty France, who ground out to short. Abe Toro got a bloop single to right. Jake Fraley struck out. Luis Torrens singled to rigth. Jarred Kelenic faced the new Yankee pitcher Stephen Ridings and lined out to LeMahieu to end the half. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton led off by walking on four pitches. Joey Gallo walked. Gleyber Torres got an infield popup. Rougie Odor flew out to right. Kyle HIgashioka went down on strikes leaving to on base. No score.

At the third Cal Raleigh led off by grounding out to right. Crawford ground out to short. Haniger flew out to Davis in third. At the bottom, Jonathan Davis flew out to right. LeMahieu flew out to right. Rizzo ground out to third for another scoreless inning.

Seager led off the fourth inning against new Yankee pitcher Joey Rodriguez, and he ground out. France singled to left. Toro hit into a force out at second. Fraley chopped out to J-Rod to end the half. At the bottom, Aaron Judge flew out to the infield. Stanton singled to left. Gallo struck out. Torres ground out to third for the force. No score.

Luis Torrens led the fifth inning, who faced yet another Yankee pitcher, Clay Homes he was caught looking. Kelenic flew out. Raleigh went down looking. The bottom of the fifth was scoreless for the Yankees. In the sixth inning, Toro scored for the first run of the game. Again, the bottom was scoreless for the Yankees.  Seattle Mariners 1 New York Yankees 0.

The top of the seventh Torrens ground out. Kelenic ground out. Raleigh doubled, and the  Yankees went to the new pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga. Crawford walked. Haniger, with two on and two outs tapped to second Odor, flipped to Loaisigan at first to get the final out of the half. At the bottom, Gallo ground out. Torres singled to right. With Gonzalas at his 100th pitch, Odor struck out, but Torres stole second base. Higashioka faced the new Seattle pitcher Joe Smith and ground to third to end the inning. Seattle Mariners 1, the Yankees 0.

Kyle Seager led off the eighth inning by striking out. Then, France singling to the infield. Toro skied out to center for the second out. Dylan Moore struck out to end the half. With Deigo Castillo on the mound, Brett Gardner pinch-hit for Davis, worked the count full, and walked on the seventh pitch. DJ LeMahieu walked for two on and no outs in the eighth. A pitch hit Antony Rizzo to load the bases with no outs. In a huge minute in the game, Aaron Judge hit a sac fly as Gardner scored to tie up the game at 1. Giancarlo Stanton hit into a double play to end the inning, but the Yankees tied up the game. New York Yankees 1 Seattle 1.

At the top of the ninth, with Luis Torrens at the plate and Zack Britton on the mound, Torrens struck out. Kelenic ground out to second. Raleigh ground out to short for a 1-2-3 inning for Zack Britton. At the bottom, Joey Gallo ground out to second. Gleyber Torres doubled down the left-field line. Odor was intentionally walked. Kyle Higashioka popped out to short. With the game on the line, Gardner popped out to right to strand two Yankees and bring the game into extra innings.

Crawford led off with Tom Murphy on second, and Chad Green on the mound hit one to right field with Murphy scoring and the Mariners taking the lead. Haniger struck out, and Crawford was out at second on a struck em out throw em out. Seager flew out to Gardner in center, but the Mariners scored the ghost runner. At the bottom, with Brett Gardner as the ghost runner, LeMahieu walked. Anthony Rizzo flew out to center. Aaron Judge struck out. Giancarlo Stanton got a sac fly to tie the game at two. With Tyler Wade pitch running at second for LeMahieu, Joey Gallo struck out to send the game into the eleventh inning.

At the top with the Yankees ninth pitcher Albert Abreu and Seager as the ghost runner, France flew out to Gallo in left. Toro flew out to Gallo. Jake Bauers ground out, stranding the ghost runner. At the bottom Gleyber Torres at the plate and Gallo as the ghost runner at second and new pitcher Keynan Middleton on the mound, he popped out for the first out. Rougie Odor was intentionally walked again. Kyle Higashioka struck out. Brett Gardner walked off a win with a hit to center scoring Gallo.

The final score was the New York Yankees 3 and the Seattle Mariners 2. The winning pitcher was Albert Abreu, the loser was Kaynan Middleton.

 

New York Yankees: 4 Major takeaways from Yankees sweep of Miami

The New York Yankees entered last night’s game in Miami against the Marlins, hoping for a sweep after only being able to sweep four of ten possibilities. Instead, they got that sweep as they head into long homestand tonight. The Yankees won the first game 3-1, the second 4-2, and last night Jordan Montgomery led the Yankees in another 3-1 win to complete the sweep. The Yankees are now 56-48, 7 games behind the East-leading Tampa Bay Rays. They have won 6 of their last 10 games and are 2.5 games out of the second wild-card slot.

Will Yankee fans show the love?

By the trade deadline, most industry analysts believe that the New York Yankees were the AL winners in improving their team by the deadline. This deadline is different from previous years, where teams could still trade after the deadline to acquire players off of waivers. However, that is not the case this year; the team they have at the deadline is the team they will live with for the rest of the season.

The Yankees picked up three new pitchers and two lefty hitters to add to the lineup. As a result, the Yankees can now produce a lineup with five lefty hitters, should the need arise. Two of those new Yankees are Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo. Gallo, who the Yankees got from the Rangers, has had a solid defensive start for the Yankees, but only last night did he get his first hit, a double in the seventh that almost topped the centerfield wall for a homer.

The other new New York Yankee hitter is Anthony Rizzo; he has been nothing short of amazing, almost single handily winning all three Marlin games for the Yankees in his Yankee debut weekend. He homered in the first game, homered in the second game, going five for five at the plate, and last night although not homering, he, with the Yankees scoreless to start the eighth inning, supplied the go-ahead run for the Yankee lead that they would not relinquish.

Today the New York Yankees return to Yankees Stadium in the Bronx to face the Baltimore Orioles. Yankee fans are some of the toughest fans in baseball, showing their disappointment when the team or a particular player is not playing well, but at the same time, they are not shy of showing their love. So when Anthony Rizzo takes to the field at first base, he will surely be welcomed; the only question is how loud a welcome he gets when he walks to the plate at the bottom of the first inning.

Montgomery has another good outing

Poor Jordan Montgomery struggled to find his way in the first inning, giving up a run, but then settled in and gave the Yankees a shot at winning the game. He pitched well as he found his curveball. In the end, he went five innings giving up just that one run while striking out six. But again, he got no runs support at all. The Yankees didn’t score until the eighth inning.

Montgomery has now given up 10 runs in his last 32.5 innings with absolutely no run support at all. Over the span, he has a .057 ERA. Last night, new Yankee pitcher Joely Rodriguez (J-Rod) got the won after throwing just one pitch for the Yankees to add insult to injury. Life isn’t fair.

Yankees lose a starter to the IL

Last night it was announced that Yankee starter Domingo German was being put on the 10 IL for right shoulder inflammation. Manager Aaron Boone said German would get an MRI exam in New York on Monday. After the Yankees did not make any significant pitching upgrades by the trade deadline, this is just another blow to the rotation this season. However, this type of injury is not totally unexpected as pitchers all over baseball adjust to playing a 162 game season after only going 60 games last season.

New New York Yankee starter Andrew Heaney, a lefty with a 6-7 record with an ERA of 5.27 and 113 strikeouts, will start tonight’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. German’s next scheduled start is for the first game at the Stadium against the Seattle Mariners; on August 5, Nestor Cortes Jr will most likely be started.

Yankees made the plays

Although the Yankees did not score until the eighth, mostly due to Sandy Alcantara’s superb pitching, the scoreless innings still supplied some excitement. Although Brett Gardner was overshadowed by the play of Tyler Wad and Anthony Rizzo, Gardner has an excellent game; he ran down fly balls and even climbed the wall once getting an out. He also led off the rally in the eighth that eventually got the win for the Yankees.

At times during the night, Tyler Wade and Anthony Rizzo put on a show, making challenging plays. Tyler Wade, who is not a natural third baseman, completed an almost impossible play that a Gold Glove third baseman might not make. At the Marlins, half of the eighth 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.

In the pitching department, Aroldis Chapman got his 22nd save of the season.

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

anthony rizzo, yankees

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.