New York Yankees Recap: Walk-off homer in the 11th wins it for the Yankees

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The New York Yankees faced the Tampa Bay Rays in game 2 of the 4 game set tonight at Yankee Stadium. The Rays took the first game last night against the Yankees and improved their 2021 record to 7-3 against the home team. It was a beautiful night for baseball in the Bronx, a sunny start, and a game-time temperature of 72 degrees. Tonight the Ray’s ace Tyler Glasnow faced the Yankees Domingo German. The final score for tonight’s game was a walk-off win in the eleventh inning for the Yankees 5-3 win.

Domingo German faced the Rays’ Brandon Lowe in the first inning, who got a base hit off of Geman’s glove. Randy Arozarena ground out to Urshela on a great defensive play by Urshela; Lowe advanced to second.  Ji-Man Choi struck out for the second out. Austin Meadows homered into the second deck of right field for a two-run lead for the Rays. Yandy Diaz Yandy Díaz ground out to end the half. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu ground out for center. Rougie Odor ground out. Judge hit a long out to left-center to end the inning. Rays 2 Yankees 0.

The top of the second saw Joey Wendle at the plate; he went down on strikes. Kevin Kiermaier flied out to left. Mike Zunino struck out. At the bottom, Gio Urshela flew out to the wall in center. Mike Ford went down on strikes. Gary Sanchez went down on strikes for the very quick scoreless second inning.

At the third, Brett Phillips ground out. Lowe skied out to Andujar to left. Arozarena reached on a single not caught by DJ LeMahieu for an E5. Choi flew out to Frazier in right. At the bottom, Miguel Andujar went down looking. Brett Gardner ground out to first. Clint Frazier ground out. LeMahieu singled to short for two one and two outs. Odor singled to right, loading the bases for Aaron Judge. Judge walked, forcing in a run. LeMahieu went home on a wild pitch scoring another Yankee run. Gio Urshela flew out to right, but the Yankees tied the score. Yankees 2 Rays 2.

Austin Meadows led off the fourth inning by striking out against German. Diaz flew out to Ford in foul territory. Wendle hit sharply to Odor for the quick needed inning for German. Ford led off the bottom by striking out. Sanchez struck out. Andujar hit a homer to right-center. Brett Gardner popped out to shallow center to end the half.

At the top of the fifth, Kiwemier homered to tie the game at 3. Zunino struck out. Phillips lined out to right, and Lowe lined out to left. Score tied at 3 apiece. At the bottom, Frazier struck out looking. Lemahieu tapped to third for the second out of the inning. Odor popped out to the infield. New York Yankees 3 Rays 3.

In the sixth, Arozarena led off by facing Wandy Peralta, and he ground out. Choi walked. Meadows also walked. Diaz would face a new Yankee pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga, but Meadows was caught out at first for the second out. Diaz walked. Wendle struck out, leaving two on base. Aaron Judge led off the bottom by striking out. Urshela flew out to right. Ford went down for the third time on the night. The score tied at 3.

Kevin Kiermaier led off the top of the seventh inning, and he gound off the glove of Loaisiga for the first out. Zunino ground out to Urshela at third. Phillips walked. Lowe ground out to second. At the bottom, Gary Sanchez led off by doubling to left. Sanchez is called out on the bases again. Andujar reached on the fielder’s choice. Gardner flew out to right. Frazier ground out to end the inning tied at 3.

With the new pitcher on the mound for the eighth, Chad Green, Arozarena went down swinging. Choi went around and struck out. Meadows walked on four pitches. Meadows moved to second on a poor throw from Sanchez. Meadow then went to third on a wild pitch. Diaz walked. Wendle, with two outs and men on the corners, flew to Frazier in right with an amazon play. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup. LeMahieu flew out to right. Odor reaching for the stars struck out. Judge walked—Urshela with one on and two outs singled, moving Judge to second. .Giancarlo Stanton pinch hit for Mike Ford, and he ground out to short to bring it to the ninth inning tied at 3.

At the top of the ninth with New York Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman on the mound, Kiermairer struck out. Zunino struck out on a 101mph fastball. Phillips ground out to end the half. At the bottom with a possible walk-off win, Gary Sanchez with Fairbanks on the mound flew out to center. Miguel Andujar popped back to Fairbanks for the second out. Brett Gardner walked with one on and one out. Clint Frazier walked, bringing up DJ LeMahieu with a chance to have a walk-off win. He line drove out to second, bringing on extra innings. The game tied at 3.

At the top of the tenth, with Phillips as the ghost running at second, Brandon Lowe faced Lucas Luetage, and he gound out, but moving Phillips to third base. Randy Arozarena popped out to second. Pinch-hitting for Choi was Margot, who flew out to center. At the bottom, with DJ LeMehieu at second, and Kittridge pitching, Rougie Odor led off by grounding out to first, but Odor moved LeMahieu third. Aaron Judge was intentionally walked. Gio Urshela struck out. Gleyber Torres pinch hit for Tyler Wade. Torres walked to load the bases. Gary Sanchez stuck out with the bases loaded and goes to the 11th inning tied at 3.

At the top of the eleventh, Austin Meadows took to the plate with Margot on second base and Luis Cessa on the mound; Meadows popped out to Urshela. Yandy Diaz struck out. Joey Wendle struck out leading to the bottom of the 11th with ghost runner Gary Sanchez on the second. Miguel Andujar leading off the bottom ground out to short. Brett Gardner ground out, but Sanchez moved to third base. Clint Frazier had a two-run homer to walk off the win.

The final score was New York Yankees 5, the Tampa Bay Rays 3. the winning pitcher was Luis Cessa, and the loser was Andrew Kittredge.

 

 

 

Yankees make big changes to batting order ahead of Tampa Bay series

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The New York Yankees have lost four of their last five games, recently being swept by the Detroit Tigers over the weekend. The offense has been quite disappointing for some time, but the starting pitching has now begun to struggle, which was the only factor holding the Yankees above water the past few weeks.

Over the last three games, the Yankees have scored a measly five runs, allowing 15, showcasing their weaknesses in the batting order and desperate need for more offense of production.

However, ahead of the Tampa series on Monday, skipper Aaron Boone decided to make a few interesting changes. Devising a remedy to fix the most prevalent issue is not easy, but Boone has decided to bench Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier, despite both being healthy and available.

The Yankees’ lineup for Monday’s game:

1. DJ LeMahieu, 1B

2. Giancarlo Stanton, DH

3. Aaron Judge, RF

4. Gio Urshela, 3B

5. Gleyber Torres SS

6. Rougned Odor, 2B

7. Miguel Andujar, LF

8. Kyle Higashioka, C

9. Brett Gardner, CF

The batting order is a bit different without the two, as Kyle Higashioka will get the start at catcher, and Miguel Andujar will play in left field. Over 132 at-bats, Frazier is hitting .182 with a .311 slugging percentage. He currently hosts a -0.8 WAR, recording just 24 hits and 13 runs.

Alternatively, Andujar has 62 at-bats, totaling a .226 average with a .242 slugging percentage. He has a -0.6 WAR with 14 hits and zero homers. He’s struck out 15 times compared to Frazier’s 42, representing a better percentage, indicating he lands more contact on the ball and has a better chance of getting on base.

Ultimately, the Yankees had to make a change at some point, and considering Sanchez struggles at the plate and behind it, Higgy once again will have an opportunity to showcase his abilities.

Boone is simply running out of options as the team suffers significant injuries and must work around them once again. This seems to be an every year event, and while Boone has worked some magic in the past to supplement losses, this time, things seem to be out a bit more serious without outfield depth. Trading Mike Tauchman seems to be a mistake in hindsight.

New York Yankees: Could Clint Frazier finally be on the right track?

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Nearly two months into the season, one of the biggest disappointments for the New York Yankees in 2021 has been Clint Frazier. In 39 games, he’s batting just .183 with a .629 OPS and a 79 OPS+.

However, the tide could potentially be changing for the 26-year-old from Georgia. Frazier’s hit the ball much better over the past seven games, and his statistics have significantly improved because of it. Since May 14, Frazier is batting .348 with a .897 OPS. He also has a double and a home run in that span. Additionally, Frazier is five for his last eight with three hits on Sunday against the White Sox and two on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

With his recent hot streak, Frazier’s batting average has increased over 40 points while his OPS has increased nearly 70 points. His WAR, however, is still well below zero at -0.7.

If Frazier could remain hot, that’d be perfect for the Yankee lineup. As of late, the Yankees have really battled the injury bug with Luke Voit out for extended time and Aaron Hicks out for potentially the entire season. New York could use another home run hitter to step up and assume a bigger role in the offense.

Additionally, the Yankees have struggled with outfield production all season. Hicks performed poorly when healthy, while Brett Gardner has also performed rather poorly this season. If Frazier can stay hot, he’ll have a place in the lineup just about every day.

The Yankees have an important stretch of games coming up, and they could use Frazier’s production in them. They have a big doubleheader with the division rival Blue Jays on Thursday before three must-win games in Detroit this weekend. Afterwards, the Yankees return home for a seven-game homestand with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox, the two teams ahead of New York in the AL East.

Yankees: Good news and bad news in series sweep over Chicago

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The New York Yankees completed a series sweep over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon, increasing their winning streak to six straight games. Altogether, it was a competitive contest that leaked into the bottom of the ninth inning, with the Yankees had a tremendous opportunity to seal the win. Ultimately, they did just that, as Aaron Judge stepped up to the plate with one out and the bases loaded but remained patient. Chicago closer Liam Hendricks walked Judge and drove in the winning run. That’s one way to WALK off a game!

The Yankees played solid baseball, as their pitching once again performed well until the relief began to let the game slip away.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

There were plenty of positives in the victory on Sunday, including Jameson Taillon putting together his best outing of the year. Over 5.0 innings, he allowed two hits and two walks, striking out four batters over 80 pitches. The Yankees have now extended their streak to 35 straight innings where starting pitchers haven’t allowed an earned run.

Jameson brought his ERA down to 5.06, as he entered the day with an ERA of 5.73. The bullpen struggled to help close out the game early on, as Wandy Peralta allowed two runs and one hit, recording just one out before being replaced by Chad Green. Thankfully, Jonathan Loaisiga helped the Yankees reach the ninth-inning, where are Aroldis Chapman gave up his first run of the year, forcing the Yankees to win this game in the final moments.

It was odd to see the bullpen struggle on Sunday, as they’ve been phenomenal this season along with the starting pitching as of late. However, somewhat ironically, the Yankees’ offense stepped up to the plate and willed the team to victory over a quality Chicago team who is seven games above .500 after the loss.

Offensively, a few of their hitters had quality outings, including Gleyber Torres, who had three hits for the second consecutive game, and Clint Frazier, who also had his first three-hit game of the 2021 season. Without their efficiency and production, the Yankees would’ve lost this contest.

Frazier bounced back from a stiff neck which kept him out for the past few days, showing up at the right time and shaking off the injury with ease. Hopefully, he can continue the string of production, as he desperately needs to offer more value at the bottom of the order.

Yankees: Could Miguel Andujar eat into Clint Frazier’s playing time?

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees outfield has been a medley of shifts, and changes since a few injuries have piled up. With Aaron Hicks expected to potentially miss the remainder of the 2021 season, Giancarlo Stanton recovering from a quad injury, Clint Frazier dealing with a neck issue, and Ryan LaMarre pulling his hamstring, the Yankees are thin at the position.

Currently, they have Brett Gardner in centerfield, Miguel Andujar in left field, and Aaron Judge in right field. Behind them, they have minimal depth, but the Yankees have still managed to extract victories over the past few days, allowing just one run over the last four games.

However, one person’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that is how Andujar is approaching this opportunity. With Frazier hurting his neck, Andujar has been spending time in left field as a starter, recording an RBI and hit in the 7-0 victory over Chicago on Saturday afternoon.

While Andujar starting to build a bit of confidence and momentum, his defensive efficiency still hovers in the below-average category. He was hit with an error on Friday, cutting in front of Gardner as he attempted to make a catch in centerfield. However, Aaron Boone believes he’s making progress with his bat, and that is his primary purpose currently.

“Feel like he’s having some quality at-bats for us,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Hopefully, just with some regular opportunities here, he’s starting to find some traction a little bit. We know what he’s capable of with the bat.”

The Yankees need Andujar to step up defensively, but he’s doing his best:

Defensively, Miguel is fighting to take a step forward, and while Boone justified his struggles, he’s doing the best he can at a position he’s still extremely new at. The question is, can Andujar compete for more playing time even when Frazier returns?

Clint is currently hitting .150 on the season but represents a better defensive player than the 26-year-old Dominican Republic native. It really depends on what Boone wants to do in terms of strategy, rolling with a more offensively proficient option or securing the outfield defensively. Considering how well the starting pitching has performed as of late, I think rolling with Andujar might be a more efficient move in the short term while Clint returns to health.

Long term, I believe Frazier will be inserted into the starting lineup, but he desperately needs to turn his season around at the plate, striking out 27.8% of the time but is earning walks on 14.3% of his at-bats, which is a solid number to start the year. He’s simply been inconsistent in most categories but has the talent to be a + hitter.

New York Yankees News: 1-2-3 punch and all the Yankee news in one place

1-2-3 punch becoming a reality

If the last few weeks for the New York Yankees mean anything this early in the season, the Yankees might have the 1-2-3 punch pitching rotation that can win a World Series. The Yankees going into the season knowing what they had in Gerrit Cole, their ace. He can have a 20 win season. But beyond that, everything was a mystery. Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon had not pitched in nearly two years. Domingo German hadn’t pitched for over a year, and Luis Severino wouldn’t return to the team until July.

Since then, the rotation got off to a shaky start, but in the last few weeks, they are showing off what could be. Cole is 5-2 with an ERA of 2.03 and tied for second for the most strikeouts in baseball. Corey Kluber has been pitching better and better, culminating in a no-hitter this week; he can’t get any better than that. And then there’s Domingo German that, other than a stumble to begin the season, has returned to the pitcher he was in 2019 when he was 18-4. This is certainly a formidable rotation for any team to face.

What makes this even more interesting is that they Yankees also have Jameson Taillon who is still shaking off the rust, Jordan Montgomery, and the returning Clarke Schmidt and Luis Severino the former Yankee ace. Oh, did I forget to mention the major league ready Deivi Garcia that pitching great in Scranton? He is 1-0 in 3 starts with an ERA of 3.38.

DeShields, Story, and more

As the Yankee’s outfield continues to be injury-prone, the rumors are building that they will shore up the outfield sooner than later. The most recent talk is about Delino DeShields, an outfielder who spent most of his time with the Texas Rangers. According to a report by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, the two teams are in trade talks. However, it should be noted there neither team has acknowledged those talks. DeShields started this season in the minors with Triple-A Round Rock, where he has slashed .412/.500/.706 in 40 plate appearances.

One rumor that has been going on is the Yankees acquiring the Colorado Rockies Trevor Story, one of the best shortstops in the business. Those rumors won’t go away with it being said that Yankee general manager Brian Cashman said to have the Rockies on speed dial. Another rumor that has cropped up is the Yankee’s interest in the Diamondbacks David Peralta, who can play either side of the outfield but with limited experience in center. He can also hit for average and power. Besides these names, there are several others like Joey Gallo, but they don’t seem to have much traction.

New York Yankees injuries build

The piling up injuries for the New York Yankees is getting concerning. First, Gleyber Torres came down with Covid 19; he is back with the team now. But since the infection of 9 Yankees staff members, other injuries have plagued the team. Aaron Hicks (wrist) return to the team unknown. Giancarlo Stanton (left quad) 10 day IL. Greg Allen (oblique) day to day. Ryan LaMarre (hamstring), day to day. Clint Frazier (cranky neck) day to day.

The injury to Clint Frazier is most concerning as the outfield options for the Yankees are shrinking by the day. The Yankees now depend on Aaron Judge (right), Brett Gardner (center), and Miguel Andujar (left). They also have Tyler Wad that can play just about anywhere, although he has minimal experience in center field. When manager Aaron Boone was asked about Frazier, he had this to say:

“He’s doing alright. Still just stiffness in that neck,” Boone said. “We just want to get back to New York and see what we’re dealing with and hopefully get some better news on that.”

Yankee homestand starts

Tonight back at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the Yankees will take on the Chicago White Sox in a three-game series. This will be a very different series for the Yankees as it is one of the first times that team will face another power-hitting team. Both teams will have their ace’s pitch in the series. The Sox also has a strong bullpen headlined by Liam Hendriks. After the Sox matchup, the Yankees will face the Toronto Blue Jays before taking off for Detroit.

Corey Kluber goes full circle

New York Yankees’ pitcher Corey Kluber after pitching the first no-hitter of his career, could be said to have completed a full circle in his return to greatness. Kluber has had an amazing pitching career winning two Cy Young Awards, but he had only pitched limitedly for the past two years. In 2019 he was hit by a comebacker that ended his season. He was traded to the Texas Rangers, where he pitched only one inning in the 2020 season.

During the offseason, Kluber spent the winter trying to return to form with Eric Cressey at his training center in Florida. Cressey is also the head of training and health for the Yankees. With the inside track for information, the Yankees took the chance on Kluber and hired him to be their number two starter after revamping their entire rotation led by Gerrit Cole. At the beginning of the season and in his first few starts, Kluber seemed rusty. But more recently, he has pitched extremely week, culminating in his no-hitter on Wednesday night. He has gone full circle.

 

 

Yankees facing potential bad injury news with Clint Frazier’s neck

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

The New York Yankees are facing significant injuries in the outfield, with Giancarlo Stanton rehabbing a quad injury and Aaron Hicks being placed on the injured list. On Wednesday, reserve outfielder Ryan LaMarre suffered a hamstring injury, sidelining him for the foreseeable future. The only available starters remain Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, and Miguel Andujar. You probably noticed Clint Frazier was not included on that list since he is now dealing with a neck injury that hasn’t been given a timetable for return.

The Yankees have called upon Andujar and Tyler Wade to fill the void as a wait for reinforcements. It is an unfortunate reality that will likely spark trade rumors prior to the deadline this summer. The Yankees will likely need outfield support, and one name that has been circling is Ketel Marte, a utility player from the Diamondbacks.

Marte is currently on his way back from an injury but is expected to make a full recovery and join Arizona in the coming days. In seven games this year, he’s hitting .444 with two homers and five RBIs. Over a larger sample size in 2020, he hit .287 with an incredibly low 10.8% strikeout rate. He’s a phenomenal contact hitter but also posted 32 homers in 2019, showing the Yankees that he has slugging capabilities.

Of course, these are just rumors for now, but Marte does fit the Yankees’ mold and would be a solid supplement in the outfield, especially if Hicks is expected to be out for quite some time.

Circling back to Frazier, Boone indicated that he was feeling adequate but still dealing with the neck injury:

“He’s doing alright. Still just stiffness in that neck,” Boone said. “We just want to get back to New York and see what we’re dealing with and hopefully get some better news on that.”

Hopefully, it is nothing long-term, and he can return to the team within the next few days. Frazier has had a tough start to the season, hitting .151 with a 27.2% strikeout rate. He currently has a -0.7 WAR, but with more live-action, should elevate his numbers as the season progresses.

New York Yankees News: More Covid, all the Yankee news in one place

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New York Yankees identify a ninth Covid case

It’s no secret that the New York Yankees have a serious situation with the Covid virus. It all started last Sunday night when Phil Nevin the Yankee third base coach was diagnosed as a “breakthrough” case of the virus, thats when a fully vaccinated person contracts the virus.

In the following days, the virus spread to seven coaches and support staff, all of which were vaccinated. On Wednesday the Yankees got the news that the first player, Gleyber Torres tested positive. Now the Yankees have announced that a ninth staff member on in the traveling party has tested positive. The staff member was not identified but is among the support staff. The first infectees including Torres are quarantined in Tampa and this ninth member will be quarantined in Baltimore.

Yankees pitched poorly in failure to sweep the Baltimore Orioles

The New York Yankees pitching completely collapsed in yesterday’s finale in Baltimore. Starter Jordan Montgomery seemed uncomfortable on the mound, giving up five runs in just three innings of work. and for the Yankees, the bullpen was just as bad giving up an additional five runs. Micheal King in two innings of work gave up a run. Wandy Peralta gave up another two runs, followed by Luis Cessa allowing another two runs for the 10-6 Yankee loss.

Aaron Hicks heads to the IL

Aaron Hicks has a torn tendon sheath and will head back to New York to have it evaluated by the team doctor. He is headed to the 10 day IL and will not travel with the team to Texas for the 4 game Rangers series.

When the injury was identified on Friday manager Aaron Boone said it could just be rest or the IL or he could need surgery. Now it is evident that rest will not solve the problem and ultimately will require surgery sooner than later. After today we should have a clearer picture of what the future holds for the centerfielder.

In good injury news, DH Giancarlo Stanton and second baseman Rougned Odor will travel with the team to Texas and play in the Ranger Series. Odor’s chance to play against his previous team may be a bit optimistic, time will tell.

It’s a bird it’s a plane, no it’s Clint Frazier

It’s no secret that Clint Frazier has been struggling mightily behind the plate and his batting average is the lowest of any regular lineup hitter. But during this time Frazier is making a name for himself defensively. He has become the teams flying, diving outfielder making at least three flying through the air diving catches. Last night was no different, he flew through the air crashing down on his chest and face stealing a hit from Trey Mancini in the seventh. In the dive, he destroyed his sunglasses breaking them into several pieces.

“I think that was my best catch so far,” Frazier said. “I think people think that I dive for some balls that I don’t have to. That one, we can all agree that I needed to dive for it.”

On the other side of the plate, Frazier may be ready to break out. He hit a back-to-back homer and got a single in the Yankee loss.

It’s not Florial, it’s Ryan LaMarre

The injury to Aaron Hicks left a hole in the outfield. His absence assures Brett Gardner of more playing time, but without Tauchman on the team, there is no backup, so the Yankees had to call someone up to sit on the bench. Many thought it would be Estevan Florial but just being called up to Scranton he had to be there for 72 hours before he could be called up to the Stadium, so the Yankees went for Ryan LaMarre instead. LaMarre went hitless in 3 at-bats last night but made some nice plays in the field.

LaMarre is a six-year veteran of the major leagues, playing with six different teams after suffering a number of injuries. Now with the Yankees, he has the opportunity to play in the majors again. His best year was in 2018 when he had a batting average of .303 in 33 games with the White Sox.

Oswald Peraza, Deivi Garcia turning heads

Oswald Peraza is the up-and-coming New York Yankee shortstop prospect that is presently playing for the Hudson Valley Renegades. Last night he hit a homer, the only run scored in the Renegade loss to the Iron Birds. A home run is not that remarkable, but in Peraza’s case, it is. It was his third straight homer in as many at-bats. He has now hit five long balls in his last four games.

In other prospect news, Deivi Garcia is major league-ready. He is pitching well and staying in form. In last night’s RailRider’s win, Garcia went five innings not allowing a run while striking out 9 Lehigh Valley hitters.

 

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from the Yankees’ failure to sweep

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Yesterday the New York Yankees came away with the series win against the Baltimore Orioles, but they failed to sweep the lowly Baltimore team. In years past, the Yankees have been dominant against the team both at Yankee Stadium and at Camden Yards. In the past, Camden Yards was called either the south Bronx or the Yankees south. But this year, in three series, they have not been able to sweep a series against them.

Yesterday was the same—poor starting pitching, a bullpen that failed, and hitters that couldn’t get any timely hitting. There is no explanation for the poor pitching, but several missing players may have hurt the hitting. Without Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, and Aaron Hicks, the team put out their B lineup to face the Orioles.

“Monty” failed mightily

From the start, the New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery just didn’t have it. When he took to the mound in the bottom of the first inning, he did so with a 4 run advantage before throwing the first pitch. But in that half, he gave two runs back to the Orioles. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what was wrong because everything was wrong.

He got through the second inning but gave up another three runs in the third inning, completely wiping out the Yankees’ early five-run lead. He had little command over his pitches; he looked wobbly and uncomfortable on the mound. In his season debut win, he used 73 pitches in his 6 inning outing. Yesterday it took 76 pitches just to get through the 3rd inning. What makes this display of pitching even more of a mystery, is that Montgomery was coming off a game in which he got a career-high 9 strikeouts. This was such a mess it is surely a game he will want to put behind him.

The New York Yankee bullpen failed miserably

Unfortunately for Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery, the bullpen was missing in action to save the starter that couldn’t get into the fourth inning. In the fourth, Michael King came out and gave up another run. He was followed by Lucas Luetge, who pitched a clean sixth inning, but it was all downhill from there. Wandy Peralta gave up another two runs in the seventh, followed by the usually dependable Luis Cessa giving up another two runs in the eighth.

Inconsistent hitting led to another loss

The New York Yankees hitters came out like gangbusters in the first inning last night, scoring 4 runs right off the bat. DJ LeMahieu led off against Adam Plutko and walked. Luke Voit followed with a single moving DJ to second base. Aaron Judge singled to load the bases with no outs. Gio Urshela hit into a double play, but DJ scored. Gary Sanchez homered to far left, pushing in two more runs. Clint Frazer followed with a back to a back homer of his own. Miguel Andujar hit a long ball to the center-field warning track for the final out of the inning.

In the third inning, Aaron Judge had a solo 443′ home run to make him tied #1 for home runs in the 2021 season. After that, as the Yankee pitching failed, the Yankees bats went silent until an impotent mini rally in the top of the ninth inning. Last night just two hitters drove in 4 of the Yankees six runs. All of this being said, you can’t really blame the hitters for the Yankee loss. Six runs should get you a win, but not last night.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees fail to get the sweep of the O’s in a slugfest

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This afternoon the New York Yankees met up with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in the finale of a 3 games set, with the Yankees looking for the sweep.

DJ LeMahieu led off against Adam Plutko and walked. Luke Voit followed with a single moving DJ to second base. Aaron Judge singled to load the bases with no outs, the first-inning duplicate from last night. Gio Urshela hit into a double play, but DJ scored. Gary Sanchez homered to far left, pushing in two more runs. Clint Frazer followed with back to a back homer of his own. Miguel Andujar hit a long to the center-field warning track for the final out of the inning. New York Yankees 4 Orioles 0.

Cedric Mullins led off the bottom of the first against Jordan Montgomery; he ground out to Wade. Austin Hays ground out to Wade. Trey Mancini walked. Mountcastle doubled driving in Mancini from first. Pedro Severino singled driving in Mountcastle. Maikel Franco singled. Galvis struck out for the final out of the 30-minute inning. The O’s came roaring back with two runs of their own. Yankees 4 O’s 2.

The recent call up to replace Aaron Hicks, Ryan LaMerre ground out to third. Tyler Wade ground out to first. LeMahieu ground out for fast half for Zimmermann. At the bottom, Valaika popped out to Andujar. McKenna struck out. Mullins struck out for the 1-2-3 inning for Montgomery. Yankees 4 O’s 2.

Luke Voit started the third inning by grounding out to left. Judge had a solo 443′ home run to make him #1 for home runs in the 2021 season. Urshela ground out to short. Sanchez popped out to first. At the bottom, Hays doubled down the left-field line. Mancini walked for men on the corners with no outs. Mountcastle had a sac fly to drive in Hays. Severino struck out swinging. Mancini advanced on a wild pitch. Franco doubled driving in Mancini. Galvis singled driving in Franco, and that tied up the game. Valaika flew out to Andujar. Yankees 5 O’s 5.

The fourth inning was led off by Clint Frazier, who struck out swinging. Andujar ground out to right-center. LaMarre struck out. At the bottom of the fourth, with Michael King replacing Montgomery, he faced McKenna, who grounded out to Urshela. Mullins sent one to the right-field wall for a double over Frazier’s head. Hays ground out to left. Mancini doubled on another ball Frazier couldn’t catch and another run batted in. Mountcastle flew out to Frazier. Orioles 6 Yankees 5.

Tyler Wade led off the fifth by striking out swinging. LeMahieu walked. Voit struck out. Judge ground out softly to short. At the bottom, Severino walked to lead off. Franco ground out to LeMahieu. Galvis popped out to Urshela in the infield. Severino advanced to second on a wild pitch. Valaika ground out to end the inning. Orioles 6 Yankees 5.

Gio Urshela led off the sixth inning by grounding out. Gary Sanchez popped out to right-center. Clint Frazier was called out on strikes. McKenna led off the bottom by popping out. Mullins ground out to second. Hays flew out to LaMarre in center. Orioles 6 New York Yankees 5.

The seventh was led off, with Miguel Andujar striking out. Ryan LaMarre ground out to center. Tyler Wade base hit up the left-field line, and that did it for Zimmermann. The new pitcher Tanner Scott faced LeMahieu, who had the final out of the half. At the bottom, Mancini faced Wandy Peralta and flew out to a diving Clint Frazier, who broke his sunglasses in the play. Mountcastle grounded out. Severino walked. Franco got a two-run homer to left. Galvis ground out to end the inning. Orioles 8 Yankees 5.

At the top of the eighth, the Yankees had just six outs to get the lead in the game. The eighth inning was led off by Luke Voit, who singled up the center. Aaron Judge walked. Urshela faced the new O’s pitcher Paul Fry and hit into a double play for two outs in the inning. Gary Sanchez went down looking. At the bottom, Valaika facing Luis Cessa, flew out to Frazier. McKenna lined in front of Andujar for a base hit. Mullins ground into a force out for the second out. Hays walked. Mancini walked. Mountcastle got a two-run single up the center. Severino struck out. Orioles 10 Yankees 5.

With last licks on the line for the Yankees and the bottom of the lineup coming up, they would face the O’s closer, Cesar Valdez. Clint Frazier singled out to left. Miguel Andujar followed with a base hit to left. Brett Gardner pinch-hitting popped out to left field. Mike Ford pinch-hitting struck out. DJ LeMahieu singled driving in Frazier. Luke Voit struck out to end the day for the Yankees as they can’t get the sweep. The Yankees are now 1-7 when trying for sweeps this season.

Final Score Baltimore Orioles 10 and the New York Yankees 6. The winning pitcher was Bruce Zimmermann, and the loser was Michael King.