New York Yankees Recap: Yankee homers win a hard fought game against the Blue Jays

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

With new urgency, tonight, the New York Yankees entered the last game of the Toronto Blue Jays series at Roger’s Center in Toronto with a need to win the rubber game of the series. The Yankees won the first game  7-2 but lost the second game in a 6-5 squeaker. The must-win would allow the Yankees to keep the wild card home field advantage even if the Red Sox win their game with the Orioles. The Yankees relied on Corey Kluber to get the win over the likely Cy Young award winner Robbie Ray. At the end of the night, the Yankee homers powered the way to a 6-2 win in the game.

DJ LeMahieu led off the first inning against Ray and went down on strikes. Anthony Rizzo ground out into the shift. Then, Aaron Judge had a monster home run 455′ into the Roger’s restaurant. Giancarlo Stanton walked. Gleyber Torres flew out to the warning track in  center as the Yankees got on the board first. At the bottom, George Springer led off and singled to no man’s land in center. Marcus Semien hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Vlad Guerrero ground out to short. New York Yankees 1 Blue Jays 0.

Gary Sanchez led off the second by walking. Brett Gardner ground out to second. Gio Urshela was called out on strikes. Kyle Higashioka flew out to the warning track in right. At the bottom, the bothersome Bo Bichette that homered twice last night singled up the middle. Bichette stole second. Teoscar Hernandez flew out to Stanton in left field. Corey Dickerson hit a long one for a double scoring Bichette to tie the game at one. Alejandro Kirk ground out to third. Santiago Espinal flew out to a diving Judge in right, but the Jays tied the game. New York Yankees 1 Toronto Blue Jays 1.

The third inning was led off by LeMahieu, who popped out to shallow center. Rizzo launched one to right for a fly-out. Judge flew out to right-center for three flyouts for Robbie Ray. At the bottom of the inning, Randel Grichuk flew out for the first out. Springer popped out to Torres. Semien singled on a soft line drive. Guerrero struck out on an excellent curveball from Kluber. Game tied at 1.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the fourth inning by grounding out to third Torres ground out up the middle. Sanchez went down swinging. At the bottom, the dangerous Bo Bichette led off by popping out to Urshela. Hernandez went down on strikes. Dickerson got a single on a hit cut-off by Judge. Dickerson stole second. Kirk walked. Espinal with two outs and two on ground out to short to end the inning and leave two on base. The game tied at 1 in the fourth.

The fifth inning was led off by Brett Gardner, who flew out to second. Urshela flew out to right-center. Higahioka struck out to end the half scoreless for the New York Yankees. At the bottom, Randal Grichuk led off by striking out. Springer ground to short for a single. Semiem struck out. Dickerson doubled driving in Springer for a Blue Jays run. Corey Kluber left the game in the fifth, giving up two earned runs, walking one, and striking out 2. Micheal King replaced him to finish out the fifth. Toronto Blue Jays 2 New York Yankees 1.

The sixth inning was huge for the New York Yankees. The inning produced four runs for the Yankees. First, Anthony Rizzo hit the 250th homer of his career. Then, Aaron Judge got his second homer of the game. Then, Gleybor Torres homered. Those homers led to the end of the night for Jay’s pitcher Robbie Ray. Luis Severino pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning. New York Yankees 5 the Toronto Blue Jays 2.

The seventh inning was scoreless for both teams. Anthoney Rizzo led off the eighth inning and struck out swinging. Judge walked. Stanton struck out. Gleyber Torres flew out to center to end the half. At the bottom Bichette against Chad Green singled. Hernandez stuck out swinging. Dickerson struck out swinging. Kirk also struck out with one-on and two outs, giving Green three strikeouts in the inning. New York Yankees 5 Blue Jays 2.

Gary Sanchez led off the ninth inning against Julian Merryweather by striking out looking. Brett Gardner homed for the New York Yankees’ fifth homer of the night. Gio Urshela singled up the middle. Higashioka, with one run in and one on with one out, struck out for the second out of the inning. Tyler Wade struck out to end the half. At the bottom, with last licks on the line for the Toronto Blue Jays Santiago Espinal against closer, Aroldis Chapman singled beyond short. Breyvic Valera pinch-hitting for Randal Crichuk with one on and no outs went down looking on a 99 mph fastball. George Springer, with one out, struck out for Chapman’s 1,000th strikeout. Marcus Semien, with two outs, ground out to Tyler Wade for the final out for the Blue Jays.

The New York Yankees won the rubber game and the series from the Blue Jays, keeping their number one berth in the wild card. The final score was the New York Yankees 6 and the Toronto Blue Jays 2. The winning pitcher was Michael King, and the loser was Robbie Ray.

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Bronx Bombers return as Yankees take game one from from the Red Sox

yankees, gerrit cole

Tonight the New York Yankees entered one of their most critical series of the season in an effort to hold on to a wild-card berth in the postseason. The New York Yankees opened a three-game series with their traditional age-long rivals Boston Red Sox, at Fenway Park in Boston. The Yankees put ace Gerrit Cole on the mound to face one of the Red Sox’s most successful pitchers Nathan Eovaldi in that effort. The effort came up big as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 8-3.

DJ LeMahieu started out the game against Eovaldi and singled to right field. Anthony Rizzo followed with a back-to-back single to right. Aaron Judge with two on and no outs bounced one off the center-field wall for a double scoring DJ LeMahieu. Giancarlo Stanton followed by getting an RBI ground out scoring Rizzo. Joey Gallo with Judge on third flew out to left with Judge remaining at third. Gleyber Torres singled scoring Judge from third. Gio Urshela line drove to second to end the half. New York Yankees 3 Red Sox.

At the bottom against Gerrit Cole, Kiki Hernandez walked to lead off the Sox half. Kyle Schwarber reached on a force out. Xander Bogaerts hit into a  6-4-3 double play to end the inning scoreless for the Red Sox. Yankees 3 Red Sox 0.

The second inning was led off by Brett Gardner who lined out to far-right. Kyle Higashioka lined out to short. LeMahieu ground out to short for a 1-2-3 bounce back inning for Eovaldi. At the bottom, Rafael Devers ground out to the shift for out number one. JD Martinez walked. Alex Verdugo struck out on a 100 mph fastball. Hunter Renfroe went down on strikes to keep the Red Sox scoreless.

Anthony Rizzo led off the third inning by doubling off the green monster. Aaron Judge walked. Stanton with two on and no outs hit a three-run home run into the Red Sox bullpen to tack on three Yankee runs. Gallo singled to right. Torres flew out to left for the first out. Urshela ground out. Gardner walked knocking Eovaldi out of the game. Higashioka faced the new Sox pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura with two on and two outs and popped out to the infield, three Sox converged but no one caught the ball, Gallo scored. Red Sox fans were stunned. LeMahieu walked loading the bases for Rizzo who struck out swinging but the Yankees tacked on another run. New York Yankees 7 Red Sox 0.

At the bottom of the inning with Cole having a 7 run lead, Christian Vazquez lined out to Torres at second. Jose Iglesias flew out to Judge in right. Hernandez walked. Schwarber went down on strikes for another scoreless inning for the Red Sox. Yankees 7 Sox 0.

The fourth inning was led off by Aaron Judge who flew out to left. Stanton got a long single off the green monster. Gallo flew out, and Torres lined out. The Red Sox were scoreless in the bottom. The fifth inning was scoreless for both teams. Yankees 7 Red Sox 0.

The Yankees were scoreless in the top of the sixth inning. Then, in the bottom with two on base, Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer off of Cole, making it New York 7 and Boston 3.

In the top of the seventh, Gleyber Torres hit a home run off the top of the left-center wall. Urshela singled. Brett Gardner singled. Higahioka flew out to center field. LeMahieu flew out to the center-field wall. Rizzo lined out to second base, but the Yankees tacked on another run. At the bottom, Clay Holmes took over for Gerrit Cole, facing Renfroe, who grounded out to third base. Vazquez lined out to Rizzo at first. Iglesias beat out an infield pop-up. Hernandez singled. Bobby Dalbec pinch-hitting for Schwarber faced new Yankee pitcher Wandy Peralta and stuck out. New York Yankees 8 Boston Red Sox 3.

The eighth inning was led off by Aaron Judge, who went down looking. Stanton flew out to the Pesky pole. Gallo flew out to the left-center wall as the Yankees went down 1-2-3. At the bottom of the eighth, Bogaerts ground out to Torres at second. Devers ground out to Urshela at short. Martinez walked. Verdugo gound out to Torres to end the inning. New York Yankees 8 Boston Red Sox 3.

Gleyber Torres, who homered in the seventh, led off the top of the ninth by singling to left as he went 3 or 5 in the game. Torres was caught out stealing second. Urshela struck out swinging. Gardner went down looking. With the last licks on the line for the Red Sox, Renfroe came to bat against Chad Green and struck out swinging in the bottom of the night. Vazquez walked. Travis Shaw pinch hit for Iglesias and stuck out. Hernandez flew out to Judge to win game one for the Yankees.

The final score was the New York Yankees 8 and the Boston Red Sox 3. The winning pitcher was Gerrit Cole, and the loser was Nathan Eovaldi.

 

 

New York Yankees: Coming alive in the eighth the Yankees sweep the Rangers

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Tonight after taking the series from the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees looked for the sweep of the Texas team as they continually looked for a place in the wild card series. With the win last night and Toronto’s loss, they are tied for that second spot. So, the Yankees sent Corey Kluber to the mound with great urgency to face the Ranger’s Taylor Hearn looking for their third must-win in a row. The Yankees won the game 7-3.

Yonny Hernandez opened the game facing Kluber and struck out looking. Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled to no man’s land in left-center. Falefa stole second. Andy Ibanez struck out looking. Nat Lowe struck out, tapping into catcher Higashioka’s glove. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees and flew out to left. Luke Voit ground out to third. Aaron Judge struck out in order. No score.

The second inning was led off by Adolis Garcia, who reached on a hit to short. Willie Calhoun singled with Garcia scoring on the play. DJ Peters reached on a fielder’s choice. Brock Holt reached on another fielder’s choice. Jose Trevino singled. Hernandez ground out to first, leaving two on base. At the bottom Giancarlo Stanton singled off the right-field wall; he hit it so hard he had to stay at first. Joey Gallo walked. Gleyber Torres, with two on and no outs, ground out to third with the runners advancing. Gio Urshela had a broken-bat out to left-center. Kyle Higashioka flew out to the right-field wall. New York Rangers 1 Yankees 0.

.Isiah Kiner-Falefa led off the third inning by flying out. Ibanez flew out. Lowe flew out to Gardner, going 1-2-3 for Kluber. Brett Gardner led off the bottom by singling to left. LeMahieu flew out to right. Voit ground into a double play to end the inning. Rangers 1 Yankees 0.

Adolis Garcia led off the fourth ground out. Calhoun ground out to first. Peters doubled. Holt singled to left on a ball that LeMahieu couldn’t corral it, scoring another Rangers run. Trevino ground out to end the inning. At the bottom, Judge struck out swinging. Stanton ground out to short. Gallo popped out to third to end the inning. Rangers 1 Yankees 0.

In the fifth inning, Hernandez led off by doubling to center. Kiner-Falefa singled, with Hernandez scoring from second. Ibanez lined out to a diving Urshela. Lowe coming up knocked Kluber out of the game. Lowe faced new Yankee pitcher Wandy Peralta and reached on a fielder’s choice, Falefa reached third on a bad throw. Garcia popped out, and Calhoun ground out to first to end the half. At the bottom, Torres walked. Urshela singled. Higashioka doubled to left field, scoring Torres and Urshela. Gardner ground out. LeMahieu hit into a double play. Higashioka was called out as he tried to reach home. Texas Rangers 3 New York Yankees 2.

Peters led off the sixth inning flew out to center. Holt tapped back to Peralta for the second out. Trevino ground out. Luke Voit led off the bottom by striking out. Judge walked. Stanton walked and knocked Hearn out of the game. Gallo faced the new pitcher Dennis Santana and walked to load the bases with only one out. Torres went down on strikes. A ball got away from the catcher, and Judge scored to tie the game. Urshela went down looking but stranding two; the Yankees tied the game. New York Yankees 3 Rangers 3.

Hernandez led off the seventh inning against new pitcher Clay Holmes and struck out looking. Kiner-Falefa struck out looking. Ibanez ground out. At the bottom, Higashioka singled to center. Speedy Tyler Wade replaced him as a pinch-runner. Gardner at the plate, Wade stole second. Gardner struck out. Wade stole third. LeMahieu struck out. Anthony Rizzo flew out to center, stranding Wade at third. Yankees 3 Rangers 3.

The eighth inning was lead off by Lowe facing new pitcher Chad Green and flew out to short. Garcia singled on an E6. Garcia tried to steal but was called out at second. Calhoun lined out directly to LeMahieu. At the bottom, Judge popped out. Stanton struck out swinging. Gallo doubled. Torres doubled to score Gallo and the Yankee lead in the game. Urshela singled with Torres safe at home for the Yankee two-run lead. Sanchez homered, driving in two more runs. Gardner walked. LeMahieu grounded out to third. New York Yankees 7 Rangers 3.

With last licks on the line for the Rangers, DJ Peters came to the plate in the top of the ninth against closer Aroldis Chapman and popped out to third. Culberson pinch-hitting struck out.  Trevino stuck out swinging.  The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Texas Rangers 3. The winning pitcher was Chad Green, and the loser was Spencer Patton.

 

 

 

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from Yankees win over the Rangers

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

After losing two games to the Cleveland Indians, the New York Yankees took to the field with a new urgency to get back a wild-card berth. The Yankees didn’t disappoint; they won the game 4-3. They have two more games with the Rangers; then the remaining schedule gets tough when they play three teams that are ahead of them.

Nestor Cortez kept the Yankees in the game

On September 15, Nestor Cortes Jr. had one of his best games of the season, striking out 11 Orioles in a Yankee win. Last night he wasn’t quite that good, but he kept the Yankees in the game. He lasted 4.1 innings with 7 strikeouts and giving up three runs. The fifth was led off by Culberson, who homered to left. Taveras hit a ground-rule double. Kiner-Falafa doubled, scoring Culberson. Manager Boone pulled him, replacing him with Chad Green, who got the final out, holding the Rangers to three runs to prevent any further damage.

Bullpen leads the way in win

Last night unlike some games recently, the Yankee bullpen was stellar. After Cortes Jr. was taken out of the game, Chad Green pitched 1.2 innings of hitless ball. He was followed by Clay Holmes, who allowed just one hit in another 1.2 innings of work. Joely Rodriguez came in to get the last out of the eighth. Then it was nail-biter time. With only a one-run advantage in the game, Aroldis Chapman came in to close out the game.

Chapman facing Heim was stuck out put out. Culberson grounded out to third. Taveras, as the last hope for the Rangers, struck out for the Yankee win. for the first time in a long time, Chapman left the game with a defiant look on his face. The final score was the New York Yankees 4 and the Texas Rangers 3. The winning pitcher was Chad Green, and the loser was A.J. Alexy. Aroldis Chapman got his 28th save of the season.

Gary Sanchez mixed bag, Boone says no!

Gary Sanchez has had a horrid week defensively, costing the Yankees big time. Yet manager Boone continues to sing his praises and says that Yankee fans scrutinize him too critically. On the offensive side, Sanchez has had 8 hits during 13 games in September, four of them for home runs.

The New York Yankees especially Boone have supported Sanchez regardless of this lack of focus at key times, boneheaded running mistakes, and passed balls. He has been a lightning rod for controversy during his entire career, yet the support continues. What do you think?

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

andrew heaney, yankees

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

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

Kluber is still not where he needs to be

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

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

Oh no, Heaney instead of Green

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

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

Same ole Gleyber Torres

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

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

Wow, Mr. Sanchez

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New York Yankees bats fall silent, takeaways from 2nd loss

The New York Yankees went into last night’s game with the Athletics with the hope of taking the series and righting the ship after a loss in the Saturday matinee. But, unfortunately, it was not to be had as the Yankees lost their second game in a row. The final score was the Athletics 3 and the Yankees 1.

Yankee bats are nowhere to be found

Last night it seemed that the Yankees brought out a lineup that was losing games before the All-Star break. It looked all too familiar. Few hits, no home runs, errors committed, and bats that were so silent you could hear a pin drop if it wasn’t for the loud Athletics crowd at the Coliseum.

That being said, you have to give credit to Paul Blackburn for the A’s. He pitched masterfully, holding down the Yankee hitters, inducing ground out after ground out. It wasn’t until the sixth inning that the Yankees could get a man past first base. The Yankees when 0-4 with men in scoring position.

In the game, Gio Urshela, who had only committed 5 errors all season, had 2 last night in his fourth game returning from the IL.

Yankee hitters fail Montgomery again

If there were a poster boy for the pitcher with the worst luck, his name would be Jordan Montgomery. Last ninth was a microcosm of his entire season.  Jordan Montgomery pitched six innings of one-run ball that should qualify him for a win, but the Yankee hitters could only muster up one hit for him, and it was a single.

Montgomery who is 5-5 with a respectable 3.52 ERA. His stats should be much better. The New York Yankees have won 15 of his starts, although he has only 5 wins. Of all Yankee pitchers, he has gotten the least run support during his outings.

Last night the Yankee’s closer situation was again evident. Chad Green was charged with the job, and he failed, giving up a two-run homer to pinch hitter Kemp, causing the Yankee loss.

Yankees lose ground against the Rays

In the Yankee’s second loss in as many days, It seemed last night that they fell back into their old ways. Not hitting, leaving men in scoring position, and committing errors. Normally losing a game, although not good, it’s no big deal. But two in a row, when the Yankees are fighting the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East, is a huge deal.

I’ve been saying for weeks that the New York Yankees can take the East, but the Tampa Bay Rays had to cooperate in that effort. But, unfortunately, they are not doing that, winning two games while the Yankees lost two. To begin the weekend that Yankees had won 13 consecutive games gaining on the Rays and shrinking to just four behind in the East. But not that has vanished, and the Yankees are back to six games out.

With September just days away, the Yankees only have 31 games to gain 6 on the Rays. Both teams have similar schedules for September, with neither having much of an advantage. The Yankees have some fluff teams, but they also face the Toronto Blue Jays seven times. The Rays face the Blue Jays six times and the Astros for three games. If the Yankees can continue to win at a good clip, the entire season my come down to the last three games with the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lose and split the series with the Athletics

New York Yankees, Chad Green

The New York Yankees entered the game tonight at Oakland Coliseum; the Yankees were looking to start a new winning streak. Yesterday the Yankees broke their 13 game winning streak with a one-run loss to the Athletics. Tonight they hoped to right the ship with Jordan Montgomery on the mound for the Yankees facing the A’s Paul Blackburn. Chad Green allowed a two-run homer in the eight and the Yankees lost 3-1.

The first inning saw DJ LeMahieu leading off for the Yankees; he walked on four pitches. Giancarlo Stanton singled to the middle. Aaron Judge flew out to center, but the runners did not advance. Joey Gallo hit into a double play to end the inning. At the bottom, Josh Harrison faced Jordan Montgomery and ground out to the second base. Marte ground out. Olson hit into the shift to end the inning scoreless. “Monty” got it done with only five pitches.

The second inning was led off by Luke Voit, who struck out. Gary Sanchez flew out to right for the second out. Brett Gardner, with his speed, reached on an infield single to left. Gio Urshela popped out to short to retire the side. Yan Gomes led off the bottom by singling in front of Gardner. Jed Lowrie struck out swinging. Matt Chapman ground out to short. Mark Canha ground out to end the scoreless inning.

Oakland Coliseum is often called Ricky Henderson field. Henderson played 14 seasons with the Athletics with a .288 batting average and with 867 stolen bases. Henderson also played for the New York Yankees during the 1985-89 seasons.

Tyler Wade led off the third inning by walking. Wade was caught stealing for only the fourth time this season. LeMahieu ground out to second. Stanton singled to center. Aaron Judge chopped to third for the Yankee scoreless half. At the bottom, Chad Pinder led off by ground out to third. Elvis Andrus lined out to Voit at first. Harrison singled, but Marte flew out to Judge for the final out. No score.

The fourth inning was led off by Joey Gallo, who ground out into a double play which has only ground out into double plays 9 times in this career in the fourth single. Voit hit into a double play. Sanchez ground out to third to end the half. At the bottom, Olson flew out to left-center on a running catch by Gardner. Gomes singled to left. Lowrie, with one out and one on, singled in front to Gardner moving Gomes to second base. Chapman singled to load the bases with A’s. A hop caused Urshela to not make a double play. It was Urshela’s second error of the year. Canha, with one out and the bases loaded, hit into a double play to get Monty out of trouble. No score. Upon review, Cana was safe at first, and Gomes scored. Pinder struck out, but the Athletics put a run on the board. Oakland 1 Yankees 0.

The fifth inning was led off by Gardner, who ground out into the shift. Urshela was grounded out. Wade singled to right. LeMahieu ground out to short to end the half. At the bottom, Andrus ground out to second. Harrison singled to left. Marte singled in front of Judge. Olson lined out to third. Gomes, with two on and two outs, bounced out to second to end the inning. Oakland 1 Yankees 0.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the sixth and popped out to the infield. Judge ground out to third. Gallo walked. Voit ground out. The bottom of the inning was scoreless for the Athletics.

Gary Sanchez led off the seventh and walked. Gardner struck out. Urshela struck out. A wild pitch advanced Sanchez to second. Anthony Rizzo pinch-hit for Wade and singled to left, driving in Sanchez to tie the game at one apiece as the A’s committed to errors in the same at-bat.  Rizzo went to second on the play. LeMahieu hit out to third to end the half, but the Yankee tied up the game. At the bottom, Pinder faced new Yankee pitcher Jonathan Loaisgia and singled to center. Andrus bunted out. Harrison flew out to Gallo in left. Marte lined to Urshela, who missed the ball. Pinder went to second. With two on and two outs and the great Ricky Henderson in the stands, Olson walked to load the bases. With four grand slams in his career, Gomes stuck out swinging, leaving the bases loaded and keeping the game tied at 1.

The eighth inning had Giancarlo Stanton at the plate, who lined out to short. Judge ground out to third for the third time on the night. Gallo walked. Voit went down swinging to end the half. At the bottom, Lowrie led off against new pitcher Chad Green and flew out to Gardner in center. Chapman ground out to Velazquez at short. Canha got an extra-base hit just over Gallo’s head in left. Kemp pinch-hitting for Pinder homered for a two-run lead for the A’s. Andrus ground out, but Kemp did the damage with his homer. Oakland 3 Yankees 1.

Gary Sanchez went down on strikes at the ninth, with last licks on the line for the New York Yankees. Gardner went down swinging. Urshela ground out to short to end the game and put the Yankees 6 games behind the Rays.

The final score was the Oakland Athletics 3 and the New York Yankees 1. The winning pitcher was Deolis Guerra, and the loser was Chad Green. The save went to Andrew Chaffin.

 

 

 

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

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York Yankees Recap: Higashioka and Velazquez power the Yankees to win over the Twins

New York Yankees, Kyle Higashioka

After sweeping the Boston Red Sox and going 8-2 in their last ten games and overtaking the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, the New York Yankees took on the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a four-game set at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Jameson Taillon was on the mound for the Yankees and John Gant for the Twins. The Yankees won the game 7-5.

In the first, Max Kepler led off for the Twins and ground out to Odor at second. Jorge Polanco dunked in for a base hit to no man’s land in center. Josh Donaldson flew out to Stanton in right. Polanco tried to steal second, but Higashioka threw a lazer to second for the final out. At the bottom, Luke Voit leadoff for the Yankees and flew out to center. Rizzo ground out for the second out. Aaron Judge tapped out to the mound for the final out of the inning. No score.

At the second, Luis Arraez flew out to Stanton in right. Miguel Sano went down on strikes. Nick Gordon flew out to Judge in center for a 1-2-3 inning for Taillon. At the bottom, Joey Gallo struck out swinging. Giancarlo Stanton ground out to center. Rougie Odor went down on strikes to end the scoreless inning. No score.

The third inning was led off by  Ryans Jeffers, who went down on strikes. Jake Cave tapped out to first. Andelton Simmons ground out to Wade at third. At the bottom, Andrew Velazquez had a  leadoff triple. Higashioka got an RBI double scoring Velazquez who was alble to walk home. Tyler Wade worked a walk. Luke Voit hit to far left to get double scoring both Wade and Wade. Anthony Rizzo sac flew out to center with Voit scoring. Aaron Judge, with one out, struck out swinging. Gallo hit into the catcher’s glove. New York Yankees 4 Twins 0.

Max Kepler led off the fourth inning by striking out looking. Polanco struck out. Donaldson ground out to short. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton chopped out to third. Rougie Odor faced the new Twins pitcher Danny Coulombe and flew out to right. Velazquez singled to short. Velazquez stole seond. Kyle Higashioka hit a two-run bomb just inside the left-field foul pole driving in two. Wade ground out. New York Yankees 6 Twins 0.

The fifth inning was scoreless for both teams. The top of the sixth was not good for Taillon or the Yankees as the Minnesota twins racked up 3 runs in the inning. Kepler doubled. Polanco doubled, and Cave homered. The bottom of the sixth was led off by Odor, who ground out. Velazquez went down looking. Higashioka flew out to the right to end the inning. New York Yankees 6 Minnesota 3. What looked like it was going to be a laugher had turned into another close game for the Yankees.

The seventh inning was led off by Sano, who ground out. Gordon struck out swinging. Jeffers popped out at the end of the half. At the bottom, Wade struck out swinging. Voit flew out to right field. Rizzo ground out for a very fast inning for Peralta and Albers. New York Yankees 6 Minnesota Twins 3. Wandy Peralta had an excellent 1.2 innings.

The top of the eight with new Yankee pitcher Zack Britton on the mound, Cave ground out. Simmons reached for a single. Simmons reached second on a wild pitch. Kepler struck out swinging for the second out of the inning. Then, Polanco got a line-drive single to center, and the Twins picked up another run. It was Polanco’s third hit of the game. Donaldson went down swinging, but the Twin nibbled closer, tacking on another run.

Aaron Judge led the bottom of the eight, who hit it hard but directly to second for the first out of the inning. Gallo struck out for the third time in the game. Stanton homered to the short porch in right field to get an insurance run for the Yankees.  Odor went down on strikes. New York Yankees 7 Minnesota Twins 4.

At the top of the ninth, with the last licks on the line for the Twins, Luis Arraez against the new Yankee pitcher and closer Chad Green flew out to left field. Miguel Sano hit a homer just inside the left-field foul pole. Brent Rooker pinch-hitting for Nick Gordon struck out looking. Ryan Jeffers stuck out swinging for the New York Yankees seventh straight win, a season-high.

The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Minnesota Twins 5. The winning pitcher was Jameson Taillon; the loser was John Gant. The save went to Chad Green (6).