New York Yankees: 4 takeaways from “Who’s your daddy” sweep of the Red Sox

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

The New York Yankees, entered last night’s game at Fenway Park, looking to sweep the rival Red Sox as they looked for the home-field advantage in the wild-card race. The age-old rivalry was in full force as they looked to shame their rivals with a sweep this late in the season and knock them out of the number one spot in the wild card. In that effort, they sent Jordan Montgomery to the mound at Fenway to face the supposed ace, Eduardo Rodriguez. At the end of the night, the Yankees had achieved their goal. The Yankees won 6-3.

“Monty’ did what he needed to do

Yankee pitcher Jordan Montgomery who has suffered from a lack of run support all season, continued that trend last night. He didn’t have the luxury that Cortes Jr. had Thursday night when the Yankees scored three runs in the first inning. He got no run support through his first four innings of work. Finally, he got some in the fifth. Nevertheless, Montgomery did his job holding the Red Sox to just one run.

Following Montgomery, the amazing Clay Holmes came in and pitched a clean sixth, striking out the side in order. Joely Rodriguez fumbled in his outing, being completely wild and giving up two runs. Chad Green pitched 1.2 scoreless innings. Aroldis Chapman closed out the game with this not-so-familiar dominance.

Stanton/Judge led the Yankees to sweep

Last night in the top of the eighth inning Aaron Judge hit a double that put the Yankees ahead of the Red Sox. After the Yankees’ best defenders dropped two balls and Tyler Wade was caught stealing, LeMahieu walked. Anthony Rizzo doubled for the Yankees extra-base hit, with LeMahieu moving to third. Aaron Judge faced the new Red Sox pitcher Adam Ottavino with two on and one out and doubled, scoring two runs for the Yankees, taking the lead once again.

Giancarlo Stanton crushed another home run over the green monster in the eighth, driving in Judge for another two runs in another highlight of the night. Stanton joined Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Micky Mantle as the only Yankees to hit 3 home runs in one three-game series at Fenway Park. For Stanton, that was joining baseball Royalty. Stanton has been white-hot since August 3rd with a .289 average and hitting 18 home runs.

Red Sox shamed by Yankees late-season run

The Boston Red Sox must have been scratching their heads at the end of last night’s shame game outcome. The Yankees shamed the Red Sox in their last meeting at their own home field. The Yankees pulled out an eighth-inning win in the final game of the series for the sweep. However, the Red Sox still has the bragging rights for taking the season from the Yankees.

To add to the humiliation, In this three-game series, Giancarlo Stanton acted like a one-person team as he drove in 11 Yankee runs all by himself. The Red Sox in the three-game series only scored 9 runs total.

Yankees own the #1 wild card berth

With the win, last night the New York Yankees now own the number one berth in the wild card race knocking the Red Sox out by one run in the loss column. But the fact of the matter is that the Yankees can’t over celebrate that feat; they have a lot of work to do to hold on to it. The Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays, who are just one game behind, have an elementary schedule in the last week of the season; the Yankee have the most challenging schedule.

The Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays. Then, the Blue Jays play the Red Sox and the Orioles. Then, the Yankees have to play the Toronto Blue Jays at Roger’s Center starting tomorrow and finally the Tampa Bay Rays to close out the season at Yankee Stadium. The bottom line is that the Yankees will have to play their hearts out, win almost every game if they have any hope of reaching the AL Championship series, and even more to obtain their long-awaited 28th World Championship.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Super hot Stanton powered the Yankees to sweep of the Red Sox

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

The New York Yankees, greedy as ever, entered tonight’s game at Fenway Park looking to sweep the rival Red Sox as they looked for the home-field advantage in the wild-card race. The age-old rivalry was in full force as they looked to shame their rivals with a sweep this late in the season and knock them out of the number one spot in the wild card. In that effort, they sent Jordan Montgomery to the mound at Fenway to face the supposed ace, Eduardo Rodriguez.

In a highly entertaining and three-hour and 42 minutes long game, the Yankees came away with the 6-3 win and the sweep of the Red Sox.

In the first inning, Rodriguez faced DJ LeMahieu, who singled up the middle. Anthony Rizzo ground out into a double play for the most in the American League this season. Aaron Judge struck out for a 1-2-3 inning for Rodriguez. At the bottom, Kiki Rodriguez led off against Montgomery and singles to center. Hunter Renfroe flew out to Judge in right field. Rafael Devers flew out to Gallo in left. Xander Bogaerts struck out to end the scoreless inning.

The second inning was led off by the hot Giancarlo Stanton, who struck out. Joey Gallo popped out to second. Gleyber Torres popped out to the infield. At the bottom of the second, JD Martinez struck out. Bobby Dalbec went down on strikes. Christian Arroyo tapped back to Montgomery, who could not make the out. Alex Verdugo flew out to Judge in right to end the scoreless inning.

The third inning was led off by Gary Sanchez, who struck out looking. Brett Gardner was called out on strikes. Gio Urshela singles to left field. LeMahieu struck out on a bad call to end the Yankee’s half. At the bottom, Christian Vazquez flew out to left. Hernandez ground out to Gio Urshela at short. Renfroe ground out to third to end another scoreless inning.

Anthony Rizzo led off the fourth inning and ground out to first. Judge waved at one for the second out of the half. Stanton singled past second. Gallo struck out to end the Yankees fourth. In the bottom of the inning, the Red Sox got on the board, scoring a run. Red Sox 1 Yankees 0.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Yankees took the lead, scoring two runs. With the bases loaded, the Yankees hit into a double play, but Torres scored from third. Then, LeMahieu singled, scoring Gary Sanchez, and it was the New York Yankees 2 and the Red Sox 1.

The Yankees were scoreless in the top of the sixth. At the bottom of the inning, Yankee reliever Clay Holmes came in in relief of Montgomery and struck out the Red Sox side using only eleven pitches. In the top of the seventh, the Yankees were again scoreless.

In the bottom of the seventh, With Joely Rodriguez pitching the Red Sox took the lead in the game a wild pitch and on a bizarre play when LeMahieu drops a ball in left. Chad Green came in to pitch and the Red Sox scored when the second dropped ball by the Yankees let the Sox score, this one by Gallo in left field. Boston Red Sox 3 New York Yankees 2

At the top of the eight, Urshela walked, leading off. Tyler Wade was brought in to pinch-run for Urshela. Wade tried to steal second and was called out. The third Yankee mental error in just fifteen minutes. LeMahieu walked. Anthony Rizzo doubled for the Yankees extra-base hit, with LeMahieu moving to third. Aaron Judge faced the New Red Sox pitcher Adam Ottavino with two on and one out and doubled, scoring two runs for the Yankees, taking the lead once again. Judge appeared to injury his hand on the slide into second, delaying the game as he was checked out. Yankees 4 Red Sox 3.

Stanton followed with a home run over the green monster. Joey Gallo was hit by a pitch and advanced to first as the Yankee medical staff took to the field for the second time in the half. Torres faced new Red Sox pitcher Ryan Brasier and may have injured himself as the medical staff was called in again to check him out. However, he continued his at-bat, flying out to right. Sanchez chopped out to second base to end the go-ahead inning for the Yankees. New York Yankees 6 Red Sox 3.

The bottom of the eighth inning finally started after a half-hour beginning of the inning with Rafael Devers leading off against Chad Green and got a ground-rule double that bounced into the stands in right.  Bogaerts flew out to Judge in right. Martinez singled, moving Devers to third base. Dalbec struck out. Jose Iglesias ground out to Torres to end the inning New York Yankees 6 Boston Red Sox 3.

The top of the ninth inning saw Brett Gardner leading off and grounding out into the shift. Tyler Wade was called out stealing for the second time in as many innings. LeMahieu ground out to end the half. At the bottom, with last licks on the line for the Red Sox Verdugo against Yankee, closer Aroldis Chapman and popped out to Wade at short. Hernandez grounded out to second. Hernandez walked and took second on indifference, ash he did third. Kyle Schwarber pinch-hitting struck out looking to end the game as the Yankees took the outright lead in the wild-card race and the sweep of the Rox Sox.

The final score was the New York Yankees 6 and the Boston Red Sox 3. The winning pitcher was Chad Green, and the loser was Garrett Richards. The save went to Aroldis Chapman for his 30th of the season.

 

New York Yankees 9/17: 4 Major takeaways from Yankees loss

Last night with dark clouds looming in the distance, the New York Yankees entered Oriole’s Park at Camden Yards with the hopes of sweeping the Baltimore Orioles for the first time this year, but the dark clouds should have been recognized that they were a precursor to another failed attempt. The Yankees lost 3-2. Wandy Peralta was the losing pitcher giving up the winning run in the 10th inning.

Montgomery, the no support kid

For the New York Yankees, this has been a year when the Yankee’s lineup has failed to live up to its potential, not giving several Yankees starters the offense needed to win games. Jordan Montgomery has been one of those pitchers. Unfortunately, he is not ace Gerrit Cole, the only pitcher that has equaled Montgomery’s lack of run support. Both at 3.81 runs per game.

Montgomery is an outstanding pitcher, but he is not Gerrit Cole; the lack of run support being equal hurt him more than Cole. Last night was no different. Compare that 3.81 to Chis Sale of the Boston Red Sox with 9.4 runs of support or San Diego’s Chris Paddack’s 6.64 runs of support. Paddack is not a great pitcher, but even a lousy pitcher will win a lot of games with that kind of support. Unfortunately, last night into the sixth inning Montgomery got zero run support. At least Montgomery for the most part has taken it well, although that understanding seems to have cracks in it lately.

Can Yankees use weather as a scapegoat?

With the Yankee’s fans’ desire to find some reason the Yankees can’t sweep the Orioles, they could use the weather as a scapegoat for the Yankee’s poor performance. After all, by his own admission, Joey Gallo, with the bases loaded, knew he had hit a Grand Slam only to find out that incoming wind caused his longball to drop short of the wall ending in an out. Gallo is a great home run hitter; with a 155 to his name, he knows off the bat when or if it’s a home run.

Or we could look to the normally great Clay Holmes, who was wild as hell in the eighth allowing the game to be tied up in the ninth in the pouring rain. But the reality is that there are no scapegoats. The Yankees have been a very inconsistent team all year, and last night was no different. No timely hitting and only one home run doesn’t lead to many wins. By the way, in the second inning, Gallo did hit his 35 home run of the season. Gallo has hit 4 home runs in his last seven games.

What’s with the Yankees and Orioles?

The Baltimore Orioles are and have been one of the worst teams in baseball for the past few years. The Orioles will lose well over 100 games this season. But this season, the New York Yankees have not been able to dominate them. This lowly Baltimore team has won more games over the Yankees than any other team in their division.

Compared to the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays, they have had their way against the Orioles, winning 18 of 19 games against them. The Red Sox, in their most recent meeting, outscored the Orioles 30-5. Yet the Yankees can’t get the job done. I will leave it up to someone else to figure out why.

Yankees slip back out of the wild card

When everything looked totally gloomy for the Yankee’s hopes of reaching the postseason, the Yankees went on a tear, winning 13 games in a row and renewing their hopes for a 28th World Championship. But since then, things haven’t been as rosy, losing more games than those they won. The Yankees finally got a wild card berth and eventually owned the game one home-field advantage. But surges from the Toronto Blue Jays and the Red Sox have made it challenging for the Yankees. With the loss last night and only 15 games remaining in the season, the Yankees have slipped back out of a wild card berth, looking in at the Toronto Blue Jays and the Red Sox that hold the number one and two spots, respectively.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees get a big win in the 9th to end the skid

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

Tonight was the second game of a three-game set between the New York Yankees and the crosstown New York Mets. After losing seven consecutive games, the Yankees hoped to preserve their first series win with a win tonight after losing four in a row. The Yankees sent Corey Kluber to the mound to face Taijuan Walker, hoping to finally right the ship. Putting sloppy play and lack of urgency behind them, they hoped to turn a new leaf and show they still hoped for a wild card berth. It was a squeaker but the Yankees pulled off the 8-7 win.

Taijuan Walker, who was once a Yankee consideration, took to the mound against DJ LeMahieu, who had a leadoff walk. Brett Gardner flew out to center. Aaron Judge struck out swinging. Then, Giancarlo Stanton singled up the middle. Anthony Rizzo tapped back to Walker for the final out. At the bottom, Jonathan Villar against Corey Kluber struck out. Francisco Lindor flew out to Stanton in left field. Michael Conforto singled in front of Judge in right field. Pete Alonso struck out to end the inning. No score.

Gleyber Torres led off the second inning by singling to left field. Gio Urshela was retired on a line drive to first. Kyle Higashioka got a two-run homer to the left-field stands for his 10th of the season. Corey Kluber ground out to first. LeMahieu singled to right. Brett Gardner got a two-run homer to center. Aaron Judge got the third homer of the inning. Giancarlo Stanton ground out to short to end the half, but the Yankees picked up five runs. At the bottom, Javier Baez walked. Jeff McNeil struck out, but Baez stole second. Kevin Pillar got an RBI double driving in the lead-off walk. James McCann tripled driving in Pillar. Taijuan Walker singled, driving Pillar. Villar struck out swinging. Lindor ground out to second. New York Yankees 5 New York Mets 3.

The third inning was led off by Rizzo, who ground out to first. Torres struck out looking. Gio Urshela struck out to end the half. At the bottom, Conforto struck out swinging. Alonso ground out to short. Baez homered to the left-field stands. McNeil ground out to second, but the Mets got another run. New York Yankees 5 New York Mets 4.

Kyle Higashioka led off the fourth inning by striking out. Kluber struck out. LeMahieu struck out to strike out the side. At the bottom, Pillar led off by striking out swinging. McCann walked. Walker bunted and was out, but the runner moved up. Villar hit a long one, but it was coraled by Judge to end the inning. Yankees 5 Mets 4.

The fifth inning was led off by Brett Gardner, who struck out. Judge ground out, and Stanton struck out. In the bottom, Lindor, against new Yankee pitcher Lucas Luetge struck out. Conforto singled to left. Alonso flew out to Judge in right. Baez lined out to third. Yankees 5 Mets 4.

Anthony Rizzo led off the sixth inning by grounding out for the eleventh put down by Walker. Torres flew out to the right-field wall. Urshela struck out. At the bottom, Mc Neil walked, with Pillar coming up, Boone brought in Chad Green. Pillar, after a delay due to balls on the field, struck out. McCann hit a homer to left, giving the Mets the one-run lead. Dominic Smith pinch-hitting for the pitcher walked.  Villar struck out. Lindor flew out to Rizzo in foul territory. Mets 6 Yankees 5.

Higashioka led off the seventh inning and lined out to short. Tyler Wade pinch-hitting struck out upstairs. LeMahieu ground out. In remembrance of 9-11, the Mets had a moving rendition of “‘God Bless American.” At the bottom, Conforto went down against Clay Holmes. Alonso fouled one off his foot, delaying the game a bit, but then struck out. Baez singled on review. McNeil singled to left with Baez going to third. Pillar got a base hit to left driving in Baez. McCann ground out to short to end the inning, but the Mets tacked on another run. Mets 7 Yankees 5.

Brett Gardner led off the eighth by singling to center. Judge hit a two-run homer into the left-field stands to tie the game, his second long ball of the game. Stanton singled to right. Velazquez replaced Stanton as a pinch-runner. Rizzo faced the new Met’s pitcher Aaron Loup and flew out to right. Torres sent a rocket to Lindor that he couldn’t handle. Urshela was pinch-hit by Luke Voit, who singled to left on a failed double play by Baez as he airmailed one past first with Velazquez scoring. Higgy struck out, but the Yankees took the lead in the game. At the bottom, Guillaume pinch-hitting with Albert Abreu on the mound ground out to second. Villar ground out to Rizzo. Lindor walked. Conforto walked. Alonso flew out to Gardner in center to preserve the Yankee lead. New York Yankees 8 the Mets 7.

The ninth inning was led off by Tyler Wade, who ground out to second. LeMahieu ground out to second. Gardner struck out. At the bottom of the ninth Yankee closer, Aroldis Chapman came to the mound to face Javier Baez, who lined out on a Judge diving catch. JD Davis pinch-hitting for  McNeil hit a ground-rule double that bounced into the right-field stands. Pillar was out at first with a magnificent play by Higashioka. Davis went to third. McCann flew out to Judge in right field to end the Yankees slide.

The final score was the New York Yankees 8 and the New York Mets 7. The winning pitcher was Clay Holmes the loser was Trevor May. The save went to Aroldis Chapman (26).

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: Takeaways from tough-to-swallow loss to the Orioles

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

The New York Yankees struggled but finally got a win in their game against the Baltimore Orioles in the eleventh inning on Friday night. Last night they were not that lucky almost being no-hit. The Yankees lost the second game 4-3 when closer Aroldis Chapman failed to hold the Orioles in the top of the ninth. The Yankees could not recover at the bottom of the frame.

Montgomery continues frustrated with no support

Jordan Montgomery is one of the top five pitchers in the American League that has received little or no run support in their starts. Including last night he has 15 no-decisions. Here are the facts: He has 6 games with no support; of 24 starts, he has had 12 starts with 2 or fewer runs of support, and 19 games with 3 or fewer runs in support. Yesterday was the worst yet, he not only got no runs to support pitching into the fifth inning, but the Yankees also couldn’t even boost his confidence with a single hit.

Through all of this, Montgomery, all season long, has been a trooper, not complaining at all about the lack of run support. However, that changed somewhat yesterday in an after-game interview. He indicated that he could pitch more aggressively and throw more fastballs if he had some run support.

Surprisingly, Gerrit Cole actually has received less run support but is a better pitcher being the New York Yankee ace.

Gallo breaks out, but the Yankees still not hitting

Prior to last night, Joey Gallo had gone 0-17, even getting some boos from the Yankee faithful when he would strikeout. Yesterday that all changed. Yesterday Chris Ellis held the Yankees hitless into the seventh inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Gleyber Torres’s pinch-hitting got the Yankees first hit of the game, scoring Anthony Rizzo, who had previously walked. In the eighth inning, DJ Lemahieu got an infield bunt single. Gallo took to the plate and hit a two-run bomb into the right-field stands, his 31st of the season.

The Yankees, for several games now after their 13 game winning streak, are again not hitting the ball well. Yesterday it was the first time since 2018 that the Yankees remained hitless through six innings of play. At the end of the day, the Yankees could only muster up 3 hits in the loss. What is most disturbing is that this is against the worst team in all of baseball.

With the New York Yankees race to be in the postseason, they must win over teams they should beat, and the lowly Orioles is one of them. Their rivals for the postseason are doing that; the Yankees aren’t. When the Rays last met up with the O’s last week, they swept them. The Red Sox outscored the O’s 30-5 in their series. The Yankees must do better. With the loss yesterday, the Yankees are now only 1/2 game ahead of the Red Sox for the first wild card slot.

Aroldis Chapman still has issues

Anyone that watched yesterday’s game knows that Aroldis Chapman still hasn’t figured out his lack of fastball control. Chapman was lights out during the first half of the season with an ERA of 0.00 through May 21st. During July, that ERA rose to 4.00 due to him seemingly losing control of his fastball. August wasn’t much better, but on August 26th, he was dominant, encouraging the Yankees. He followed that up on September 1st with another scoreless close. But last night, the old Chapman showed up in the ninth.

Mountcastle led the ninth inning with closer Aroldis Chapman on the mound for the Yankees; he reached on a wild pitch. Hays got a base hit to left, moving Mountcastle to second. Mancini, with two on and no outs, walked, loading the bases. Urias went down on strikes. Severino got a sac fly to left, scoring Mountcastle. Mateo struck out, but Chapman failed to hold the Orioles. Baltimore Orioles 4 New York Yankees 3.

If the New York Yankees get to the postseason, they will need Chapman to be dependable; as of now, that is not the case.

FUN FACT: Shortstop Andrew Velazquez is the only player in New York Yankees history born and raised in the Bronx, NY., per YES broadcaster Michael Kay.

QUESTION: With the game on the line in the 7th inning, why did manager Aaron Boone take Clay Holmes out of the game after only 18 pitches and striking out all four of the Orioles he faced. Instead, he went with Wandy Peralta, who immediately gave up two runs.

NOTE: Today, the New York Yankees complete the series with the Orioles in a rubber game at 1:05 pm EDT. Corey Kluber will be on the mound for the Yankees and Keegan Akin for the Orioles. The game will be broadcast on MASN and the YES Network.

New York Yankees Recap: Stanton walked off Judge in the eleventh for the Yankee win

After a disappointing road trip when the New York Yankees went 5-4 and a day off yesterday, tonight they entered a 3 game series with the Baltimore Orioles. With their race to the postseason in jeopardy, the Yankees should win if not sweep a series against a team that will lose 110 games this season. In game one, the Yankees sent Nestor Cortes Jr. to the mound to face the Orioles, John Means. In a game that should have been won easily, it went into the eleventh inning with Giancarlo Stanton walking off Aaron Judge for the Yankee 4-3 win.

Leading off the first inning was the O’s Cedric Mullins, who against Cortes, flew out to Gallo in left. Ryan Mountcastle flew out to Judge in centerfield. Austin Hays went down on strikes for a 1-2-3 inning for Cortes. At the bottom, DJ LeMahiew faced the O’s John Means and ground out to third. Joey Gallo walked. Aaron Judge, who hit over .500 during the road trip, struck out swinging. Giancarlo Stanton went down on strikes to end the scoreless inning.

The top of the second was led off by Trey Mancini, who singled up the middle. Ramon Urias popped out to LeMahieu on the right side. Anthony Santander popped out to catcher Sanchez. Jorge Mateo went down on strike. In the bottom, Anthony Rizzo flew out to the warning track in centerfield. Luke Voit went down looking. Gleyber Torres, in his first at-bat since going on the IL with a thumb strain, struck out. No score.

Jahmai Jones led off the third inning by going down on strikes. Austin Wynns singled in front of Stanton in the right field. Mullins went down on strikes. Mountcastle got the third strikeout of the inning. At the bottom, Rougie Odor led off by striking out. Gary Sanchez ground out to third base. LeMahieu flew out to center for another scoreless inning.

The fourth inning was led off by Hays, who flew out to Stanton in right. Mancini went down on another four-seamer from Cortes. Urias walked. Santander singled, moving Urias to second. Mateo ground out to Odor to end the inning. At the bottom, Gallo led off by going down swinging. Judge flew out in front of the right-field wall. Stanton homered to right (424′). Rizzo followed with a long double to center field. Voit ground out to end the inning. Means had not allowed a Yankee hit until Stanton’s home run. New York Yankees 1 O’s 0.

Jones led off the fifth inning by striking out swinging. Wynn flew out to Gallo in left. Mullins ground out to first with an assist from Cortes. At the bottom, Torres flew out to the warning track in right-center. Odor worked a walk. Sanchez singled with Odor taking third. LeMahieu with men on the corners and one out had a sac fly driving in Odor from third. Gallo struck out, but the Yankees tacked on another run. New York Yankees 2 O’s 0.

The sixth inning was led off by Mountcastle, who walked. Hays hit into a double play. Mancini put the Orioles on the board with a homer off the second deck facing in left, and that was the end of the night for Cortes Jr. Jonathan Loaisiga came in to face Urias, who went down on Loaisiga’s 11th pitch. Aaron Judge led off the bottom by doubling to left. Stanton flew out to shallow left. Rizzo walked. Voit with two on and one out went down looking. Torres flew out deep to center. New York Yankees 2 Baltimore Orioles 1.

Santander led off the seventh inning and ground out to first. Mateo just homered to the left to tie the game up at 2. Stewart pinch-hitting ground out. Wynns flew out to Judge to end the inning. At the bottom, Odor went down on strikes. Sanchez ground out to third. LeMahieu tapped out in front of the plate to end the inning. Yankees 2 Orioles 2.

The eighth inning was led off by Mullins, who ground out to left. Mountcastle ground out to Torres at short. Hays hit a double to left-center. Mancini was intentionally walked. Urias struck out swinging. At the bottom, Gallo struck out. Judge reached on an E6 at short. Stanton flew out to center. Rizzo struck out swinging after putting one into the second deck just foul. Yankees 2 Orioles 2.

The ninth inning saw closer Aroldis Chapman on the mound facing Santander, who went down strikes that David Cone called a forkball. Mateo walked.  Kelvin Gutierrez pinch-hitting went down on strikes. Wynns struck out swinging to end the half, leaving a walk-off win for the Yankees a possibility. At the bottom, Voit went down on the ninth pitch. Torres ground out to third. Odor faced the new O’s pitcher Cole Sulser and went down swinging as the game went into the tenth inning. The game tied at 2.

The tenth inning was started with ghost runner Ryan McKenna at second base. Mullins, with Wandy Peralta pitching, struck out. Mountcastle singled, driving in McKenna for the Orioles lead. Mountcastle went to second on the throw. Hays walked. With two on and one out, Mancini hit into a double play to end the half, but the O’s took the lead. The Yankees, with the last licks going into the bottom, had Tyler Wade as the ghost runner. Sanchez struck out. LeMahieu doubled with Tyler Wade scoring to tie the game at 3. LeMahieu moved to third on a passed ball. Gallo flew out to the infield. Judge faced another O’s reliever in Dillon Tate. Judge ground out to end the inning and bring it into the eleventh. Game tied at 3.

Urias faced Clay Holmes with Mancini as the ghost runner; he got a base hit to right, moving Mancini to third. Santander with two on and no outs popped out. Mateo flew out to right, and Stanton fired into home, preventing Mancini from advancing. Kelvin Gutierrez was called out on strikes giving the Yankees another chance of a walk-off win. In the bottom, with ghost runner Aaron Judge at second. Giancarlo Stanton led off by walking off Aaron Judge with a single up the middle for the New York Yankees win.

The final score was the New York Yankees 4 and the Baltimore Orioles 3. The winning pitcher was Clay Holmes, and the loser was Dillon Tate.

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: Takeaways from the Yankees historic night

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Yankees rewrite the history books

It was a hot, muggy night in Atlanta, Georgia, last night. It would be a night that the New York Yankees created history by winning a game against the Atlanta Braves. It wasn’t just any win; it was their 11th consecutive win, the first time the Yankees have done that since 1985. If that wasn’t enough to delight Yankees fans, they won their ten series in a row, the first time that has been done by the Yankees since 1954.

Knowledgeable Yankee fans knew that the winning streak couldn’t last forever and that if they were to lose a game, it would likely be last night. It didn’t look good with the Brave’s best pitcher on the mound and the Yankees starting their least effective starter. But forget about all of that; the Yankees’ confidence that has carried them so well recently took over, and the Yankees found a way to get it done. With good pitching and powerful hitting at key moments, the Yankees pulled out the win and created history. The Yankees won the game 5-4.

The Yankees pitched, and the hitters hit

Although Yankee starter Andrew Heaney may not have been stellar, he found a way to keep the Braves’ powerful lineup down. He gave up 2 runs in four innings of work before the Yankee bullpen came in to help. The usually good Albert Abreu gave up another run in the fifth. Joely Rodriquez came in and cleaned up for Abreu, not allowing a run and getting his 12th hold of the season. Just off the Covid list, Clay Holmes pitched a clean 6th getting the win in the game. Chad Green pitched two scoreless innings before turning it over to closer Aroldis Chapman.

Meanwhile, the New York Yankee hitters got busy wearing down the Braves starter, Charlie Morton, causing him to throw 88 pitches before being knocked out to the game early. Giancarlo Stanton started the fun when he greeted Morton with a second-inning solo home run to the farthest part of Truist Park in center. Then, in the fifth inning, DJ LeMahieu crushed a two-run home run to left field. Finally, Brian Snitker, the Braves manager, had seen enough and pulled Morton from the game. Then, in the seventh inning, Rougie Odor hit a solo home run of his own that would turn out to be the winning run.

The two newest members of the Yankees disappointed; both Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo went hitless in the game. However, the old guard won the game. DJ LeMahieu got 2 RBIs in the game. Aaron Judge got 2 hits scoring once. The on-fire Giancarlo Stanton got his RBI, Gary Sanchez and Rougie Odor both got RBIs. Andrew Velazquez, the spark, stole a base keeping the Yankees with the most stolen bases since the All-Star break.

Aroldis Chapman creates a nail-biter

If you didn’t watch the game, you missed an exciting, tense, nail-biting ninth inning last night.

At the bottom of the inning closer, Aroldis Chapman came to close it out for the Yankees. Facing him was d’Arnaud, who ground out to Velazquez. Duvall singled up the middle. Heredia pinch-hitting for Pederson went down on a Chapman slider, two outs. Ehire Adrianza pinch-hit for pitcher Will Smith, he walked. With two on and two outs, the dangerous Ozzie Albies came to the plate as the winning run and singled to left to load the bases with Braves. Then with the bases loaded and two outs Jorge Soler with sweat dripping from Chapman’s cap, walked, bringing in the fourth run and knocking Chapman out of the game.

Wandy Peralta came in to get the save for the Yankees. Peralta, with the bases, still loaded, faced Freddie Freeman with the game on the line, the winning streak on the line. Freeman flew out to Gallo in left for the Yankee win and the 11th straight win for the first time since 1985. The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Atlanta Braves 4. The winning pitcher was Clay Holmes, and the loser was Charlie Morton. The save went to Wandy Peralta (5).

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from a wild night in KC

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With the New York Yankees winning three of four against the Seattle Mariners, they went into beautiful Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, hoping to win this first game against the Royals to set up another series win. The Yankees are 8-2 in their last ten games and 6 games behind the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays. Instead, in the early morning end, what they got was one of the wildest games of the season. The Yankees won in the eleventh inning, 8-5.

Another strong outing for Jameson Taillon

Jameson Taillon, who was named the pitcher of the month in July, continues to pitch well in August. In his two starts in August, he has had two 6 plus inning games that the Yankees have one. Last night he was not quite as sharp as but still pitched six innings allowing just one run for the Yankees. For the first time this season, Taillon has lowered his ERA to below 4; it now sits at 3.82.

The Yankees play an 11 inning “wild one”

New York Yankee and Royal fans who were willing to stay up beyond the one o’clock hour in the East got to see and experience one of the wildest games of at least this season. The game had a little of everything across 11 innings of back and forth play.

It was the second game in a row with no scoring by either team through six innings. As I said, nothing happened in the early innings, but in the eighth, it went wild. When a bad balk call on Loaisiga in the eighth allowed Nicky Perez to walk with one on and no outs, manager Boone came out to argue the call and was thrown out of the game.

In the eleventh inning, Lopez was hit in the jaw with an awkward bounce from a ball hit by Brett Gardner; it was very reminiscent of a 1960 ball that hit Tony Kubec in the throat. Miraculously after a time, Lopez was able to stay in the game.

But in the end, the wildest thing in the game was both teams’ back and forth lead. The Kansas City Royals were the first team on baseball that had erased a deficit in the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th innings since 1900. For the New York Yankees gave up the lead in that many innings. The Yankees became the first team to ever blow the save four times and still come back to win the game. But with guts and glory, they put the Royals away in the top of the eleventh, scoring an additional 3 runs.

At the top of the eleventh, with Greg Holland on the mound and Gallo as the ghost runner on second, LeMahieu doubled, driving in Gallo as the Yankees again took the lead for the fifth time. Luke Voit lined out to short. Odor pinch-hitting ground out to first, but LeMahieu advanced to third. Tyler Wade walked for men on the corners and two outs. Higahioka walked, loading the bases with Yankees for Brett Gardner, who singled with LeMahieu and Tyler Wade scoring. Stanton ground out to short to end the half. New York Yankees 8 Royals 5.

The result of this game is that it was one of the hardest-fought games by two teams this season. But in the end, the New York Yankees were victorious. After showing his frustration just the day before, Luke Voit hit a homer last night.

Injury front: Yankees can’t catch a break

For the past month, it’s been one thing after the other on the injury front, from injured players to the recent Covid outbreak among pitchers and hitters alike. I won’t go into all of them, but pitching ace Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery are out on the Covid list, while Domingo German is out with elbow soreness. That’s three of the five starting pitchers gone. The New York Yankees presently have 20 injured or Covid list players.

The most recent hitter to go on the Covid list is newly acquired hard-hitting Anthony Rizzo. In a Mariners game, shortstop Gleyber Torres jammed his finger sliding into a base; he has just been put on the 10 day IL. Yesterday Aaron Boone announced that the recovering Gold Glove like Gio Urshela was expected to be back with the team for the final game of this KC series but suffered a setback and was sent back to New York. All of this has left Yankee fans wondering what next, and will this ever end?

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees blow it open in the eleventh for win over the Royals

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

The New York Yankees entered tonight’s game against the Kansas City Royals hoping for a win so they could get close to taking their fifth game series in a row. Jameson Taillon was on the mound for the Yankees and Carlos Hernandez for the Royals. The first six innings of the game remained scoreless. The Yankees went ahead five times in the late-innings only to have the Royal come back. But the Yankees made the final blow in the eleventh inning for the win. Yankees 8 Royals 6.

In the first inning, Brett Gardner led off by walking. Giancarlo Stanton hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Aaron Judge flew out to right. Whit Merrifield led off the bottom and ground out to second. Nicky Lopez ground out to first. Salvator Perez walked. Carlos Santana flew out to Brett Gardner in center. No score.

At the top, Joey Gallo hammered one directly to center for the first out. LeMahieu hit to right for a standup triple. Luke Voit struck out. Andrew Valasquez ground out for the third out. At the bottom, Andrew Benintendi walked to Tyler Wade. Emanuel Rivera was called out. O’Hearn flew out for no score in the second inning.

In the next several innings, the game turned out to be a pitching duel between Jameson Taillon and Carlos Hernandez.

Through the top of the sixth inning, there was no score. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Lopez ground out to short. Perez singled to right. Santana popped out. Benintendi flew out to Judge in right for another scoreless inning in the game and for Jonathan Taillon.

Stanton led off the seventh inning and ground out to third. Judge doubled down the left-field line. Gallo, who has hit the ball hard twice and one on and one out, singled with a booted ball at second base. Judge went to third on the play. LeMahieu, with men on the corners, singled on an infield hit as Judge scored. Judge was called out, and it was held up review, two outs. Now with men on first and second and two outs, Luke Voit singled on Hernandez’s 97th pitch of the night. Velaquez faced new pitcher Josh Staumont struck out, but the Yankees finally scored in the game. New York Yankees 1 Kansas City Royals 0.

At the bottom of the seventh, Rivera ground up the middle to lead off the half. But after six sparkling innings, that was the night for Taillon. Jonathan Loaisiga came in to face Ryan O’Hearn, but he overthrew Voits as Rivera reached second. The Loaisiga was called on a balk with Rivera moving to third. Manager Boone came out to argue and was thrown out of the game. Rivera scored on a single by O’Hearn, and the game was tied at one.  Taylor with only one out and a run in ground out for the second out. Gallagher walked. Merrifield ground out, but the Royals tied the game. New York 1 Kansas City 1.

Tyler Wade led off the eighth inning by reaching on catcher interference. Higashioka struck out. Wade stole second. Gardner walked for two on and one out. The new pitcher Scott Barlow faced Giancarlo Stanton, who struck out for the second out of the half. Judge singled to right, and Wade scored for the Yankee lead. At the bottom, Lopez singled to left. Perez walked for two on and no outs. Carlos Mendoza, with Boone, called out of the game, called for new pitcher Chad Green. Santana flew out to Gardner in center with Lopez going to third. Benintendi singled to center, and Lopez scored to tie up the game. Dyson struck out for the second out. Alberto flew out to Gardner in center to end the inning tied at 2.

The ninth inning was led off by Joey Gallo, who went down looking. DJ LeMahieu flew you to shallow right. Luke Voit hit a homer to right for the Yankee lead in the game. Valasquez ground out, but Voit put the Yankees ahead. At the bottom, with the last licks on the line for the Royals, Taylor faced Yankees closer Zack Britton and stuck out. Gallagher lined out directly to Wade at short. Merrifield walked with two outs. Merrifield stole his 31st stolen base. Lopez singled as Merrifield score to tie the game up in the ninth. Lopez stole second. Hunter Dozer stuck out, but the game was tied at 3, bringing on extra innings.

In the tenth, the Yankees had ghost runner Valasquez on second, Tyler Wade got a single to center, but Valasquez had to hold up at third. Higashioka, with men on the corners and no outs, had a sac fly as Valasquez scored for the Yankee lead. Gardner singled to center while Wade scored, and Gardner took second base on the throw to home. Yankees up two runs. Stanton faced new pitcher Wade Davis, and he walked. Aaron Judge, on a new day, flew out to center for the second out. Joey Gallo popped out, but the Yankees plated two. New York 5 Kansas City 3.

At the bottom of the tenth again, with last licks on the line for the Royals and ghost runner Dozer on second, Clay Holmes came on for the Yankees to close it out for the Yankees. Santana ground out to second, with Dozer advancing to third. Benintendi walked. Benintendi advanced to second on a wild pitch. Dyson flew out to left, but Dozier scored, giving the Yankees a one-run lead. Alberto singled with Benintendi scoring, and for the fourth inning in a row, the Royals had come back to tie up the game. Yankees 5 Royals 5. O’Hearn flew out for the final out.

At the top of the eleventh, with Greg Holland on the mound and Gallo as the ghost running on second, LeMahieu doubled, driving in Gallo as the Yankees again took the lead for the fifth time. Luke Voit lined out to short. Odor pinch-hitting ground out to first, but LeMahieu advanced to third. Tyler Wade walked for men on the corners and two outs. Higahioka walked, loading the bases with Yankees for Brett Gardner, who singled with LeMahieu and Tyler Wade score.  Stanton ground out to short to end the half. New York Yankees 8 Royals 5.

At the bottom of the inning, Gallagher faced the Yankees sixth pitcher Wandy Peralta and ground out. Merrifield struck out. Edward Olivares got a single to left to draw in Taylor, who was the ghost runner. Dozier singled up the center, moving Olivares to second base. Santana chopped to third to finally end the game with the New York Yankees winning it .

The final score at 1:05 AM in the east was the New York Yankees 8 and the Kansas City Royals 6. The winning pitcher was Clay Holmes, the loser was Greg Holland, and the save went to Wandy Peralta. Game time 4 hours 52 minutes.

 

 

 

New York Yankees Analysis: Yankees are addressing lack of left-hand hitters

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The New York Yankees have killed two birds with one stone. They have finally addressed a lack of contact hitting and left-hand batters. In as many as two days, they have added two left-hand bats to the lineup. They acquired lefty Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers and lefty Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs. This season’s Yankees’ primary problem is a lack of hitting from an underachieving lineup. Part of that problem is that the lefties they have outside of Rougie Odor have not been producing. Brett Gardner has a batting average of .196. Tyler Wade at .191, and Odor at .227.

At the beginning of July, when it comes to the left side, New York is dead last in the majors in batting average (.168), OPS (.540), BABIP (.204), wOBA (.249), and wRC+ (58). Yankees lefties are only a few steps from the cellar regarding runs, home runs, RBI, and ISO. Although not superstars Gallo and Rizzo will greatly increase those figures even if they don’t play well. Their combined batting average is in the .240s with 39 home runs and almost 100 RBI’s. The addition will also make it more difficult for opponent pitchers to navigate the Yankee lineup.

The New York Yankees now have the option of putting out 4 lefties in the lineup when it is called for.

Joey Gallo:

Gallo has had a fine career for nine years with the Texas Rangers. Gallo is both a contact and power lefty. The 27-year-old is also a fine defensive player that is versatile. Primarily, he can play any outfield position, but he can also defend at the infield’s corners. This season he is batting .223 with 25 home runs, more than any Yankee hitter. He also has 55 RBIs. Going into a 3 game series with the Miami Marlins; fans will likely see Gallo somewhere in the middle of the lineup and out in left field.

Anthony Rizzo:

Rizzo is an eleven-year veteran who has spent all but one year with the Chicago Cubs. He doesn’t have the power he once had but will be a valuable contract hitter for the Yankees. His batting average this season is .248 with 14 home runs. He, similar to DJ LeMahieu, gets on base and moves runners. He is an excellent defender at first base. He will likely find himself somewhere in the middle of the lineup, possibly breaking up Stanton and Sanchez. With two successful lefty hitters now in the Yankees lineup, it entirely changes the lineup dynamics and may turn around a season for the team.

Notes: Previous to the Gallo and Rizzo trade, the Yankees acquired Glay Holmes, a righty reliever. He is 28 years old, the Yankees, even with his elevated ERA, see Holmes as a righty assassin. The Yankees acquired him from the Pirates. He made his Yankee debut last night in the ninth inning, pitching a scoreless in for the Yankees.

With the trade deadline drawing to a close at 4 pm today, the Yankees still have $4 million to spend without going over the luxury tax threshold. Stay tuned to EmpireSportsMedia.com for all the latest developments.