New York Yankees Recap: Yankees make a statement in shut out of the Boston Red Sox

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Today the New York Yankees entered a three-game set with the Boston Red Sox, starting with a day-night doubleheader. The Yankees won the day game 5-3 in an exciting ninth inning. This could be a pivotal series with the Yankees overtaking the Red Sox in the wild card standing if the Yankees can sweep the series.

Winning the first game was the first step to accomplish that. Tonight was game two of that series when the Yankee sensation prospect Luis Gil took on the veteran Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi has faced the Yankees four times this season, winning 50% of those games. The Yankees shut out the Red Sox in game two.

In the first inning, Gil faced Kiki Hernandez, who flew out to Stanton in right field. Alex Verdugo walked. Xander Bogaerts flew out to Gardner in center. Rafael Devers flew out to Gallo in left. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu led off with a single to center. Brett Gardner reached on a force out. Aaron Judge stuck out, but Gardner stole second. Joey Gallo flew out to center for a scoreless inning.

The second inning was lead off by JT Martinez went up the middle for a base hit. Kyle Schwarber walked. Kevin Palwecki, with two on and no outs, went down looking. Jerren Duran struck out swinging. Travis Shaw struck out swinging to end the half for Gil. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton struck out. Rougie Odor struck out. Luke Voit hit a homer to the right-field bench. Tyler Wade struck out, but the Yankees went ahead in the game. New York Yankees 1, the Red Sox 0.

Kiki Hernandez led off the third by popping out to Voit in right-field foul territory. Alex Verdugo walked. A passed ball allowed Verdugo to got to second. Bogaerts ground out, but Verdugo went to third. Devers flew out to Gardner to end the half. Kyle Higashioka led off the bottom by lining a single to left field. LeMahieu singled to right, with Higgy moving to second. Gardner popped out to short. Judge flew out to the warning track in center with Higgy going to third. Gallo went down swinging. Yankees 1 Red Sox 0.

At the fourth, Martinez flew out to Stanton in right-center. Schwarber hit a sky-high pop up to Odor. Palwecki popped out to Voit for a 1-2-3 inning for Gil. Stanton led off the bottom by homering well (441′) into the left-field stands. Odor doubled to left field. Voit with a man on second and no outs went down on strikes. Wade ground out to left. Higashioka walked. LeMahieu popped out to end the inning. Yankees 2 Red Sox 0.

Duran led off the fifth and singled to right. Shaw struck out. Hernandez singled on a ball that Wade missed. Duran went to third. Verdugo flew out to Gallo, not challenging Gallo’s arm; Duran stayed at third. Bogaerts walked, loading the bases ending the night for Gil. Wandy Peralta came in to face Devers, who ground to second for the final out and left the bases loaded with Red Sox. At the bottom, Gardner ground out to second. Judge singled to right. Judge stole second standing. Gallo went down on strikes. Stanton flew out to center to end the inning. Yankees 2 Red Sox 0.

JT Martinez led off the sixth inning by flying out to Stanton in right. Schwarber singled. Palwecki hit into a force out. Hunter Renfroe pinch-hitting for Duran singled to left center, Gardner’s throw kept Schwarber from scoring. Bobby Dalbec pinch-hit Shaw and lined back to Peralta; the ball was knocked down, but Peralta bare-handed it to first for the final out. At the bottom, Odor against the new pitcher, Martin Perez, ground out to right. Voit went down looking. Wade singled, knocking Perez out of the game. Higashioka faced the new Sox pitcher Sawamura and flew out to right. New York Yankees 2 Red Sox 0.

At the top of the ninth inning, Chad Green came into the game to close it out for the Yankees. Hernandez flew out to LeMahieu in foul territory. Verdugo struck out on 97 mph heat from Green. Bogaerts ground out to get the win for the Yankees and let them go ahead of the Sox in the wild card standings.

The final score was the New York Yankees 2 and the Boston Red Sox Zero. The winning pitcher was Wandy Peralta, the loser Nathan Eovaldi. The save went to Chad Green (5).

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Gerrit Cole ekes out a win against the Angels

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Today was supposed to be a much-needed day off for the New York Yankees, but they played a makeup game with the Los Angeles Angels tonight. The game was made necessary due to a rainout when they last met in June at the Stadium.  The Angels were 12 1/2 out in the AL West, and the Yankees were 5.5 games out in the AL East; every game is important, and the Yankees would try for another gutsy win tonight with Gerrit Cole making his first start off the Covid list. He was facing the Angels Jose Suarez. It was another one-run win for the Yankees. The final score was Yankees 2 and the Angels 1.

Cole faced Shohei Ohtani in the first inning, who stuck out on a Cole 99mph fastball. David Fletcher struck out looking. Justin Upton hit a home run to the left-field stands to put the Angels on the board first. Jared Walsh struck out. Cole got three strikeouts in the inning but also gave up a run. The bottom was led off by DJ LeMahieu, who flew out to the far right. Aaron Judge singled to right. Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer to the second deck right-field stands for the Yankee lead. Giancarlo Stanton went down for the second out of the inning. Luke Voit got a single right up the middle. Rougie Odor ground out to first on a broken bat. New York Yankees 2 Angels 1.

The second inning was led off by Phil Gosselin, who singled to short. Jose Iglesias tapped back to Cole for the first out. Brandon Marsh went down looking. Max Stassi struck out swinging for five strikeouts for Cole in two innings. At the bottom, Kyle Higashioka struck out swinging. Jonathan Davis was out on an infield dribble. Andrew Velaquez ground out to short. Yankees 2 Angels 1.

Jo Adell led off the third inning by striking out for Cole’s 6th. Ohtani flew out to Stanton in right. Fletcher ground out on a flip play to Cole at first. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the Yankees. LeMahieu ground out on a roller to short. Gallo went down on strikes. Yankees 2 Angels 1.

Justin Upton led off the fourth inning by giving Cole his seventh strikeout of the game. Walsh struck out for number 8 for Cole. Gosselin ground out to end the half.  Stanton led off the bottom and singled to left. Voit hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Odor went down swinging. Yankees 2 Angels 1.

The fifth inning was led off by Iglesias, who ground out to third. Marsh walked, breaking a string of 10 straight Angels put down. Stassi provided Cole with his 9th strikeout. Adell flew out to Davis, who made a tremendous running catch in center. At the bottom, Higashioka flew out to second. Davis struck out. Velaquez struck out. New York Yankees 3 Los Angeles Angels 1.

Shohei Ohtani led off the sixth inning and flew out to Stanton on the warning track. Fletcher popped out to short. Upton reached on a bobbled play by Odor at third, And that was the evening for Cole. Walsh faced the new Yankee pitcher Zack Britton and struck out, making Boone’s decision to bring Britton in the right one. At the bottom, LeMahieu walked on four pitches. Judge walked on four pitches. With two on and no outs, Gallo walked the bases loaded, and that was the night for Suarez. Stanton faced the new Angel pitcher Steve Cishek and went down on strikes to boos from the Yankee faithful. Voit with three on and one out hit into an inning-ending double play, blowing a huge opportunity for the Yankees. Yankees 2 Angels 1.

Phil Gosselin led off the seventh inning at the Stadium by grounding out. Iglesias against Albert Abreu flew out to Davis in center. Marsh went down swinging. Odor in the bottom walked on four pitches. Higashioka flew out to far center. Davis was called out on strikes. Velasquez hitting from the left side, flew out to center field. Yankees 2 Angels 1.

The eighth inning saw Max Stassi at the plate with Abreu still on the mound; he ground out. Adell went down looking and ending the night for Abreu. Ohtani faced the new Yankee pitcher J-ROD (Joely Rodriguez), and Ohtani went down looking to end the half. LeMahieu led off the bottom by walking. Judge singled to left, moving LeMahieu to second. LeMahieu was thrown out, reaching for third. Judge took second. Gallo went down swinging. Stanton faced the new Angel pitcher Junior Guerra and flew out to left. Yankees 2 Angels 1.

In the ninth inning, with the last licks on the line for the Angels, Fletcher against the Yankee closer Chad Green ground out to LeMahieu. Upton struck out swinging. Walsh singled down the left-field line. Gosselin, with two outs and one on, struck out, looking to end the game.

The final score was the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels 1. The winning pitcher was Gerrit Cole, and the loser was Jose Suarez. The save went to Chad Green (4).

New York Yankees Recap: Joey Gallo wins it for the Yankees against Seattle

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Tonight the New York Yankees could have been entering a pivotal series with the Seattle Mariners; both teams are battling for a wild card berth. Unfortunately, the Yankees and the Mariners are both coming off lost attempts for a series sweep. The Yankees won two of three from the Orioles, and Seattle took two of three from the Rays. Tonight Gallo won it for the Yankees 5-3.

The Yankees were in third place 58-49, six games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. They are 7-3 in their last ten games. The Mariners are in third place in the AL West. They are 58-51, going 5-5 in their last 10 games, 7 1/2 game behind the Houston Astros. Tonight Nestor Cortes Jr. faced Tyler Anderson.

In the first inning with Cortes on the mound, JP Crawford walked on four pitches. Mitch Haniger hit an around-the-horn double play. Ty France singled to left field. Kyle Seager popped out to Higashioka for the final out of the scoreless half. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu tapped back to the catcher. Anthony Rizzo flew out to the far center. Aaron Judge struck out to end the scoreless inning.

At the second, Abe Toro flew out to Davis in center. Luis Torrens flew out to Judge in right. Tom Murphy went down on strike as Cortes went 1-2-3 in the inning. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton singled to center. Joey Gallo doubled to right. Gleyber Torres flew out to right, but Stanton scored on the play. Rougie Odor walked. Higashioka, with two on and one out, popped out. Jonathan Davis flew out to the warning track in left field. No score.

Jarred Kelienic led off the third inning by singling.  Dylan Moore walked. Crawford was out on a sac bunt. Haniger got a sac fly to tie up the game. France popped out to Torres to end the inning, but the Mariners tied up the game. In the bottom of the third, LeMahieu singled on a line drive to center. Rizzo lined out to left. Judge lined out to right. Stanton struck out to end the inning. New York Yankees 1 Mariners 1.

In the fourth inning, Kyle Seager was against Cortes; he homered for the Mariners to take the lead. Abe Toro flew out to the right-center. Torrens flew out to center. Tom Murphy, with two outs, singled to left. Kelenic hit into the force out, but the Mariners took the led in the game. At the bottom, Gallo doubled to right. Torres ground out to end the inning. The final score after four innings was the Yankees 2 and the Mariners 2.

In the top of the seventh inning Jarred Kelenic hit a homer off Chad Green to right to give the Mariners the lead in the game. In the bottom with two on base and the game tied at two, Joey Gallo hit a three-run homer to right field for his 26th home run of the season. New York Yankees 5 and the Seattle Mariners 3.

In the eighth inning, France doubled off a ball down the right-field line in the eighth inning that bounced off the wall. Seager went down on strikes. Toro got an infield single, with France moving to third. With men on corners and one out, Torrens hit into a double play to end the inning and leave two on base. At the bottom, Odor walked—Higashioka, who was 1 for 3 on the night, chopped back to first. Brett Gardner pinch-hitting for Davis popped out directly to first. LeMahieu ground out to second to end the inning. New York Yankees 5 Seattle Mariners 3.

At the top of the ninth with Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman on the mound, Tom Murphy ground out to third with a tremendous scoop by Rizzo at first. Kelenic walked. A wild pitch advanced Kelenic to second. Cal Raleigh pinch-hitting for Moore struck out with Seattle down to its final out. Crawford singled to Torres, who had no play. With men on the corners and two outs, Mitch Haniger took to the plate with 25 home runs. Haniger flew out to Gallo in left for the Yankee win.

The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Seattle Mariners 3. The winning pitcher was Chad Green, and the loser was Paul Sewald. Aroldis Chapman got his 23rd save of the season as shaky as it was.

New York Yankees Recap: Rizzo homers again in Yankees second win over the Marlins

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The New York Yankees entered tonight’s early evening game after a 3-1 win over the Marlins last night when the Yankees saw their newest hitter hit a 449′ foot home run at LoanDepot Park Miami. He became an instant Yankee favorite. The Yankees had the same lineup featuring 4 lefty hitters, including another new Yankee, Joey Gallo. Domingo German faced the Marlins Trevor Rogers. Just before the game, Marlins manager Don Mattingly although vaccinated, tested positive for the Covid virus, the bench coach James Rowson managed the game.

In the top of the first inning, Gleyber Torres went down on strikes. Joey Gallo also went down on strikes. Aaron Judge flew out to right field. At the bottom, the Marlins faced Domingo German. Jazz Chisholm led off, and he lined out to Odor. Miguel Rojas also lined out to Odor. Brian Anderson flew out to Gallo in right for the 1-2-3 inning for German. No score.

Anthony Rizzo led off the second for the Yankees, and a pitch hit him. Giancarlo Stanton doubled, moving Rizzo to third. Rougie Odor got an RBI single driving in Rizzo. With a run driving in two on and no outs, Gary Sanchez hit a long one to right for a ground-rule double driving in Stanton. Tyler Wade went down on strikes. Pitcher Domingo German struck out. Torres struck out. In the bottom, Lewin Diaz popped back to Sanchez. Jorge Alfaro walked. Alfaro stole second.  Bryan De La Cruz walked. De la Cruz was caught off base.  Lewis Brinson struck out for German to get out of the inning. New York Yankees 2 Marlins 0.

Joey Gallo led off the third inning by flying out to center. Judge ground out to second for the second out. Rizzo walked. Stanton hit one to the upper deck in right but foul; he ended up also walking. Odor with two on and two outs singled, loading the bases. With the bases loaded and two outs, Sanchez flew out to left, leaving the bases loaded. At the bottom, Sierra led off by popping out. Rogers stuck out, and Chisholm struck out for a quick inning for German. Yankees 2 Marlins 0.

The fourth was led off by Tyler Wade, who singled to left. German sac bunt moving Wade to second base. Torres flew out to left, by Wade remained at second. Joey Gallo walked. Judge faced the new Marlins pitcher David Hess and stuck out, leaving two Yankees on base. At the bottom, Rojas singled to right. Anderson went down swinging. Diaz popped out to Wade, that was in the shift. Rojas got a stolen base on Sanchez. Alfaro got an RBI triple driving in the first run for the Marlins. A wild pitch allowed Alfaro to score and tie up the game. De La Cruz ended the inning. Yankees 2 Marlins 0.

At the top of the fifth, the Yankees threatened again. Rizzo singled. Stanton singled with Rizzo going to third. Stanton advanced on the throw to third. Odor flew out. Sanchez stuck out. Wade was intentionally walked to pitch to German. But the Yankees inserted Gio Urshela to pinch-hit. The Marlins countered with new pitcher Andrew Bender with the bases loaded, and Rizzo scores as the ball gets past the catcher Alfaro. Urshela struck out, but the Yankees scored, leaving two on base. At the bottom, Brinson faced new Yankee pitcher Lucas Luetge and doubled to the right field wall. Sierra flew out to Judge. Jesus Aguilar’s pinch-hitting for the pitcher struck out as he couldn’t hold back Chisholm struck out to end the inning.  New York Yankees 3 Marlins 2.

The sixth inning was led off by Torres, who was 0-3 on the night flew out to the warning track at left. Gallo tapped right back to the pitcher. Judge, who was also 0-3 on the night and hadn’t got a home run since July 10th, struck out for the fourth time in the game. Rojas led off the bottom by lining out sharply to Stanton in left field. Anderson struck out. Diaz also struck out for Luetge’s fourth strikeout in two innings of work Yankees 3 Marlins 2.

At the seventh, Rizzo led off against new pitcher Steven Okart and homers to right for the second time in as many days in his Yankee debut. Stanton ground out. Odor struck out swinging. Sanchez flew out to right in the end the half, but the Rizzo home run tacked another run for the New York Yankees. At the bottom, Alfaro led off against new pitcher Clay Holmes by popping out to second. De La Cruz ground out to short. Brinson also ground out to short as Holmes has a 1-2-3 inning.  Yankees 4 Marlins 2.

Tyler Wade led off the eighth by a ground out to short. Greg Allen went down looking. Torres popped out to second, going down in order. Sierra led off the bottom Mangneuris Sierra faced new Yankee pitch Chad Green and flew out to left. Isan Diaz pinch-hit stuck out swinging. Chisholm hit it hard but right at Greg Allen in left. Yankees 4 Marlins 2.

In the ninth inning, Joey Gallo hit directly to the second baseman for the first out. Judge flies out to the left-center wall. Rizzo walked to be on base in all five at-bats. Brett Gardner pinch-hit for Chad Green flew out to left. With last licks on the line for the Marlins at the bottom of the ninth, Jonathan Loaisiga was on the mound to close it out for the Yankees. Rojas led off by grounding out to second. Anderson singled past Torres. Diaz reached, but Anderson was out on the base path. Upon review, Anderson went to second. Alfaro went down looking. Miller was sent out for a run for Alfaro. De La  Cruz hit into the force, and the Yankees won the game.

The final score was the New York Yankees 4 and the Marlins 2. The winning pitcher was Lucas Luetge got the win and the loss went to David Hess with Chad Green got his third save of the season.

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

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

Nestor Cortes Jr. continues sharp play

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

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

A rather dull game got exciting

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

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

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

Aaron Judge scratched at the last moment

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

New York Yankees: 3 takeaways from Yankees nail-biter win over the Rays

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The New York Yankees entered last night’s game with the Tampa Bay Rays with a certain urgency to get a win so they would have a chance to win a series, after losing one to their other rival the Boston Red Sox. Although it was a nail-biter late, the Yankees came away with the 4-3 win.

Montgomery pitches a gem

As he has so many times before, although having early game struggles, Jordan Montgomery kept the Yankees in the game. The Tampa Bay Rays hitters made Monty work hard through the first two innings. He used 51 pitches to get through the two innings. But from then on through the fifth inning, he pretty much breezed through the Rays lineup using 102 pitches. In the end, Monty didn’t give up a run and finally got a run of support.

Montgomery got his first win since June 2nd. Although the Yankee lineup has let down most of their pitchers, Monty has been the poster boy for no run support. He has given up an average of just 1.8 runs per game in his past seven starts while getting absolutely no run support. His command and control seem to be getting better with each start.

Concerning takeaway from Yankee win

After a devasting loss to the Boston Red Sox in the last game of that series, the Yankees needed to get a good start to this Tampa Bay series so they could have a chance to take the series. They did that with a 4-3 win last night. But, make no mistake about it, Monty won that game, not the Yankee lineup. The Yankees did get 10 hits in the game but went 3 for 16 with men in scoring position, leaving 11 Yankees on base. Twice they hit into double plays and lead all of baseball in that stat. The Yankees blew several opportunities to blow the game wide open.

Another concern was the Yankee bullpen

At the start of the season, industry sources said that the New York Yankees had one of the best bullpens in baseball, but in July, that has been disproven. Several relievers had pitiful outings. Last night after Montgomery pitched a solid five innings, the usually efficient Chad Green entered in the sixth inning, gave up two runs, and took 32 pitches to get through one inning. Zack Britton game up another run in the eighth.

In the ninth inning and Montgomery’s win almost blown, Aroldis Chapman came in to pitch the ninth. Although he got the win, it was another nail-biting inning for the pitcher and fans. Chapman has struggled since the end of June, and last night was no different. First, he gave up a walk, and it took him 19 pitches to get out of the inning.

Yankees trade away long time reliever

In a puzzling move, the New York Yankee front office announced that they had traded long-time long-haul reliever Luis Cessa to the Cincinnati Reds at the end of last night’s game. Also included in the trade was Justin Wilson, and they got back nothing except a player to be named later.

Cessa has been the go-to long reliever for the last two New York Yankee managers. In his eleven seasons, he has a 55-54 record and an ERA of 3.74, which is very good for a reliever that usually enters the game with runners on base and has to give the team several innings of long relief.

This season has been his best with the Yankees. The 29-year-old is inducing ground balls at a massive 56.8% clip this year. Statcast shows he’s been among the top twenty percent of pitchers in suppressing opponents’ average exit velocity, hard contact, and barrels. In 38 1/3 innings, this season he has earned a career-best 2.82 ERA.

The only explanation I can come up with to get rid of Cessa involves Justin Wilson, who has not pitched well for the Yankees; he has an ERA of 7.50 in 18 innings of work and a contract that costs the Yankees close to $3 million. This amounts to a Yankees salary dump; unfortunately, the Yankees lose Cessa in the deal. Yankee fans can only hope that the salary dump brings something good to the team later this week.

It must have been quite a shock to Cessa, who has spent his last six years in the majors with the New York Yankees.

Yankees: Manager Aaron Boone backs Chad Green despite recurrent ninth inning struggles

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For the most part, Chad Green has been a really good reliever for the New York Yankees in 2021. He has a 3.06 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP in 50 innings, and that’s near-elite production. However, it seems like he has struggled most of the times he has been called upon to finish a game in the ninth inning.

Last night, Green surrendered a two-run lead in the ninth inning of a 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. However, Yankees manager Aaron Boone isn’t worried about him.

“Not really,” Boone said when he was asked if Green might be dealing with pressure in ninth innings.

In last night’s game, the Yankees gave Green a 3-1 lead. After one out, back to back singles put the tying run on the bases. That’s when Kike Hernandez ripped a two-run double that tied the ballgame.

The Yankees ended up losing in the tenth, the infamous four-wild pitch inning by Brooks Kriske.

Green had lost the Yankees another recent game in the ninth

In his previous shot at the ninth inning, Green also blew the game when the Yankees lost 8-7 in Houston, before the All-Star break.

“I think more with Chad, and in trying to protect him a little bit with some of his usage, we’ve leaned on him so heavily in the first half and in the back end of the first half with multi-inning situations, I’ve tried as best as I could lately to pick some spots with him to (give him off days),” Boone said, per NJ Advance Media. “I actually thought he threw the ball really well. I thought he was crisp. I thought they just put some really good swings on him. I thought he was sharper tonight than say in Houston when he was struggling out there to find it a little bit. I didn’t think that was the case (Thursday). I think they put some really good swings on balls to square him up.”

Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton were unavailable yesterday due to high recent usage, and Jonathan Loaisiga was still on the COVID-19 list.

Leaving Luis Cessa after he retired the previous inning in five pitches was an option, but the Yankees’ skipper was prepared to go to Green, and he doesn’t regret it.

New York Yankees: 3 Takeaways from the implosion of the Yankee bullpen

New York Yankees, Chad Green

After four straight wins, the New York Yankees entered a four-game series with the rival Boston Red Sox last night. With such positivity the Yankees looked to get their fifth win in a row, it was not to be as the Yankee bullpen gave the game to the Red Sox. It was a crushing 5-4 loss for the Yankees in the tenth inning.

Montgomery’s bad luck continues

Jordan Montgomery is without a doubt the bad luck kid. For the fifth game in a row pitched adequately, but the game was lost by the Yankee bullpen. Last night Montgomery pitched really well and had good control of all of his pitches, especially his curveball. He pitched 5 2/3rd innings giving up only 3 hits and one walk. He threw 83 pitches, 57 for strikes. After not allowing a run, he left the game with the one-run Yankee lead.

Montgomery has gotten the least run support than any other Yankee pitcher. He is now 3-5 in 19 starts, with an ERA of 3.96. in four of his games, he got zero run support. in another 11 games, the Yankees only scored 3 or fewer runs.

One out away from another win bullpen implodes

After Jordan Montgomery pitch a fine game into the sixth inning, call-up Sal Romano pitched a clean 2/3 of an inning. Lucas Luetge gave up a run tying the game. Luis Cessa pitched a scoreless eighth. That was when everything went south. With the Yankees picking up two runs, the score was 3-1 when Chad Green stepped to the mound to close out the win. Green had no command of his pitches and gave up two runs pushing the game into extra innings.

At the top of the tenth with ghost runner 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 as the Yankees again took lead. What happened next was something no one could ever predict. Yankee reliever Brooks Kriske threw four wild pitches. In doing so he gave the game away to the Red Sox as they scored two runs off the lost reliever.

Two steps forward, one back

It seems this season that every time things are starting to look rosy for the Yankee they take a giant step back. Last night the Yankees entered the game after winning four straight games and two series. With a win last night they could have gained a game against their rivals that lead the AL East, but no, they lost the game and went further back in the standings.

If the New York Yankees are going to turn their season around they have to win games against their division foes, particularly the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. The next six games are against those teams. Gerrit Cole will take the mound tonight to face Eduardo Rodriguez in game two of the series. Jameson Taillon and Domingo German will pitch the last two games. The Yankees need to take these next three games to advance on the Red Sox.

Note: After this Red Sox series the New York Yankees will move on to face the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in Tampa. The Yankees this season are 5-8 against the Rays. In the news yesterday the Rays improved their lineup by acquiring Nelson Cruz from the Twins.

 

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.