New York Yankees: Takeaways from a once in 100-year embarrassment

New York Yankees, Nestor Cortes Jr.

After losing 3 straight to the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees entered last night’s game with the hope of winning at least one game against the surging Canadian rival. The Yankees had Nestor Cortes Jr. on the mound pitted against the Jays’ Jose Berrios. It probably wasn’t a surprise to Yankees fans that they failed again. The Yankees lost the game 6-4.

Is Nasty Nestor tiring out?

Nasty Nestor is called that for his ability to be nasty in getting opponent hitters out. Cortes Jr. has been a Godsend for the New York Yankees ever since he took over for the injured Corey Kluber. But last night, cracks showed up in his armor. Right off the bat, he gave up a home run to Bo Bichette, who led off for the Jays and started with a Blue Jays lead with a massive homer to left field. Semien followed with a single to left. Right then and there, it seemed Cortes didn’t have his best stuff.

Nevertheless, Cortes gave the Yankees length going six innings and only giving up 2 earned runs. He struck out 5 and didn’t walk anyone. But a question arises going forward. Is Cortes tiring? Cortes has always been a reliever, pitching an inning or two every few days. But now that he is a starter, he is pitching more than in his entire career. Since the beginning of August, he has pitched over 40 innings. Pitching six or seven innings takes a lot more out of a pitcher than pitching just an inning or two, both physically and emotionally.

All this being said, in fairness to Cortes, giving up two runs over six innings more often than not will get you a win, but not with this Yankee team that gives little run support.

Too little too late

The Yankees bats, for the most part, have been dead over the last week or so. Last night was no different. Over the first eight innings, the Yankees only had an Anthony Rizzo home run and a couple of other hits. But in the ninth inning, the Yankees behind by 4 runs, the bats erupted. Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit, pinch-hitting hit back-to-back home runs. But it was too little too late as Urshela followed by striking out and ending the game with the Yankees’ sixth loss in a row.

Challenges build for banged-up rotation

If you wanted to overview the Yankees pitching situation, you would see a banged-up rotation and a bullpen that is spent. Although this is bad anytime during the season, it is especially concerning in the last weeks of the season as the New York Yankees are fighting to stay alive and play in the postseason.

Yankee fans found out last night that Jameson Taillon had an injured ankle tendon that will cause him to miss at least one start. He was put on the 10 day IL retroactive to September 7th. This is after Gerrit Cole left his game against the Blue Jays with hamstring tightness. He may also miss a start. Corey Kluber is back but very rusty after not pitching for three months.

With various starters not going deep into games and an ineffective closer in Aroldis Chapman, it has caused a once great bullpen to be totally overworked and tired out. So last night Sal Romano, a minor leaguer, was called up to shore up the pen. But, unfortunately, he took the loss for the Yankees.

 

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees swept by the Blue Jays, six losses in a row

This was the last game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays tonight, and the Yankees hoped to capture a win and save being shut out in the series. The Yankees have lost all three of their games against the Jays and two losses from the Orioles for 5 straight losses when fighting to hold on to a wild card slot in the AL East. The Yankees pitted Nestor Cortes Jr. against Jose Berrios. Unfortunately, the Yankees lost the game 6-4 for their sixth consecutive loss.

Against Nestor Cortes Jr., Bo Bichette led off for the Jays and started with a Blue Jays led with a massive homer to left field. Semien followed with a single to left. Vlad Guerrero struck out on a high fastball. Teoscar Hernandez doubled, with Semien going to third. Alejandro Kirk flew out to Aaron Judge in right, and Semien didn’t challenge his throw. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went down looking, getting Cortes out of the inning, only giving up one run. At the bottom, Brett Gardner led off by walking. Aaron Judge hit into a force out as the ball went into the camera well. Anthony Rizzo flew out to the left-field foul territory. Giancarlo Stanton popped out to the infield. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.

The second inning was led off by Randal Crichuk, who flew out to Judge. Danny Jansen struck out. Kevin Smith also struck out to end the half. At the bottom, Gleyber Torres led off by grounding out to third. Joey Gallo flew out, and Sanchez flew out for an easy inning for Berrios. Jays 1 Yankees 0.

Bo Bichette led off the third inning by singling to left. Semien flew out to Judge in right. Guerrero hit into a double play to end the half. At the bottom, Tyler Wade ground out to first. Gio Urshela singled. Brett Gardner waved at a pitch for an out. Judge singled to right. Rizzo, with two on and two outs, grounded out, stranding two. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.

The fourth inning was led off by Hernandez, who lined out to Gardner. Kirk flew out to Gallo in far left. Gurriel flew out to Rizzo. At the bottom, Stanton was out; as he tried to reach a  double, he hit to left. Torres struck out swinging. Gallo went down swinging to end the inning. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.

Randal Grichuk led off the fifth inning went yard into the left-field stands. Jansen flew out to Judge in right. Smith ground out to Urshela, who made the catch of the rocket look easy. Bichette went down on strikes to end the half, but the Jays tacked on a run. At the bottom, Sanchez advanced when he was hit by pitch. Wade struck out swinging. Urshela hit into a double play to end the inning. Blue Jays 2 Yankees 0.

Marcus Semien led off the sixth inning by skying one to the infield for the first out. Guerrero flew out to left. Hernandez hit one off of Cortes that bounced into the center for a single. Kirk grounded out on Cortes’s 103rd pitch. At the bottom, the top of the lineup for the Yankees was up. Gardner flew out to the left-field wall. Judge singled. Rizzo got a two-run home run into the right-field stands. Stanton ground out. Torres went down on strikes, but the Yankees tied the game. New York Yankees 2 Blue Jays 2.

The seventh inning was led off against new Yankee pitcher Sal Romano by grounding out to second base. Grichuk struck out on a Romano slider. Jansen got a double off the left-field wall. Jake Lamb pinch-hitting for Smith was hit by a pitch. Bichette singled driving in Jansen. Semien walked to load the bases. Guerrero faced the new Yankees pitcher Wandy Peralta and struck out, leaving the bases loaded. At the bottom, Gallo walked. Sanchez went down on strikes. Wade struck out swinging. Urshela facing new pitcher Joakim Soria struck out. Blue Jays 3 New York Yankees 2.

Hernandez led off the eighth inning by striking out. The Yankees were scoreless in the eighth, although the Blue Jays picked up another run. Blue Jays 4 and the Yankees 2.

In the top of the ninth against Chad Green Guerrero Jr. homered into the center-field stands. Hernandez singled. Valera doubled driving in Hernandez. Gurriel singled. Dyson came in to pinch run for Gurriel. Crichuk struck out. Jansen went down on strikes, but the Blue Jays picked up another two runs. At the bottom, with the game on the line, Torres led off and flew out to center. Gallo struck out looking. Sanchez homered just inside the left-field foul pole. Luke Voit pinch-hitting for Wade followed with another home run. Gio Urshela struck out to end the game and give the Yankees their sixth loss in a row. It was also the first time since 1908 that the Yankees have lost a series without ever leading the series at Yankee Stadium.

The final score was the Toronto Blue Jays 6 and the New York Yankees 4. The winning pitcher was Jose Berrios, and the loser was Sal Romano.

 

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

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

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

Kluber is still not where he needs to be

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

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

Oh no, Heaney instead of Green

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

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

Same ole Gleyber Torres

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

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

Wow, Mr. Sanchez

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New York Yankees: 5 Takeaways from the Yankees 4th consecutive loss

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

After losing three in a row, the New York Yankees hoped to right the ship last night at Angels Stadium. However, the Tampa Bay Rays keep winning, so the Yankees couldn’t afford to lose more games. In the effort, the Yankees sent Jameson Taillon to the mound to face the Angel’s Jaime Barria. The Yankees’ had won Taillon’s last eight starts. But, unfortunately, last night, the Yankees lost their 4th game 6-4.

Yankees returning to their old ways?

For New York Yankees fans, last night was not worth staying up for. It was like watching a game from May or June. The Yankees seemed sluggish and out of focus. At times it looked as if they were going through the motions. They scored just four runs with a satisfactory 10 hits. But, like earlier in the season, the Yankees only went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. Also, like the past, and even worse, the Yankees hit into five double plays, just one short of an all-time franchise record.

It brought us back to a time when fans and management alike scratched their heads, saying, what the hell is going on? But, as I said, the Yankees hit into an incredible 5 double plays failing to lift the ball. During the entire 13 game winning streak, the Yankees hit into only 4 double plays across the span.

A good example of this perplexing problem lies with Joey Gallo. On this road trip, the home run hitter hit into his first double play since 2018. Including then, he has hit into 3 double plays; that’s 3 in his last 12 plate appearances. Gallo has only 9 hits into double plays in his 2,288 plate appearances. Last night Gallo’s frustration shown through.

With the Yankee’s 4th consecutive loss, they have also lost their first series since they lost to the Red Sox back in July. If losing 4 games in a row isn’t bad enough, the Yankees are supposedly in a race to the postseason. However, while the Yankees are losing, the rival Tampa Bay Rays are winning. As a result, the Yankees have slipped back to 8 games behind the Rays, with only 29 games left to play in the season.

Is Jameson Taillon tiring?

Jameson Taillon came to the Yankees before the season in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Yankees got him on a low-risk, possibly high reward bet. Taillon disappointed early on when he didn’t seem to return to the form the Yankees were hoping for. But soon after, he began to show why the Yankees went after him, to begin with. He started winning. The Yankees won all eight of his starts from mid-July until last night.

But in his last win on August 26th against Oakland, Taillon started to show cracks in the armor. He only lasted 3.2 innings giving up 5 earned runs. The Yankees picked him up and won that game. Last night he went 4.2 innings giving up 6 earned runs that the Yankees could not recover from. It could be that he is tiring out after not pitching for two years and 5 months into the season. Only time will tell if he can regain his form.

Yankee closer situation just got worse

It is well documented that the New York Yankees have big problems with their normal closer Aroldis Chapman. He has been undependable. Now the situation has worsened. Second, go to closer Zack Britton has elected to have bone chip surgery and will be out for the rest of the season. Manager Aaron Boone relies on Jonathan Loaisiga, Chad Green, Lucas Luetge, Wandy Peralta, and Albert Abreu. Boone has been afraid to use Chapman to close one-run games.

Boone made a puzzling move

I recently have been praising manager Aaron Boone for many of his moves and decisions that have led to winning games. But last night in the eighth inning, with two on and two outs, Rougie Odor was ready to hit, and Boone held him back, instead choosing pinch hitter Luke Voit. Voit struck out, ending the inning. I was somewhat shocked that with righty Petricka on the mound that Boone would choose Voit over the lefty Odor that has had some big hits for the Yankees.

Not all is bad news

Things are not looking all that good for the New York Yankees after losing 4 straight games, but there is some good news. Corey Kluber, who pitched a no-hitter early in the season, is back with the team. Although his first start wasn’t very good, he is expected to return to form.

Gary Sanchez has been playing better this season than in his last two but has been on a one mouth dought hitting home runs. Last night he hit his 18th home run of the season, signaling he may be back to hitting with power. Anthony Rizzo also hit a homer in the game, his first since August 4th.

This final item goes under the category of this it is good or bad. Friday Gleyber Torres is projected to return to the Yankees. Torres fans will say great; detractors will say, oh no. Torres will be replacing Andrew Velazquez, an excellent defender and has ignited the Yankees with his play. With the return of Voit and Torres, it, for the most part, removes the two sparks (Odor) that have energized the team as they both get less playing time. Are the Yankees returning to that lackluster team of the first half?

 

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees return to their old ways and lose 4 straight

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

After losing three in a row, the New York Yankees hoped to right the ship last night at Angels Stadium. The Tampa Bay Rays keep winning, so the Yankees couldn’t afford to lose more games. In the effort, the Yankees sent Jameson Taillon to the mound to face the Angel’s Jaime Barria. The Yankees’ had won Taillon’s last eight starts. Last night the Yankees lost their 4th game in a row 6-4.

DJ LeMahieu started the first inning against Barria by beating out a short hit for the first Yankee runner. Anthony Rizzo ground out to first, with LeMahieu advancing to scoring position. Aaron Judge walked as he didn’t come close to getting a ball to hit. Giancarlo Stanton hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the half. At the bottom, with Jameson Taillon on the mound, David Fletcher led off by popping out to LeMahieu for out number one. Shohei Ohtani flew out to the shallow left. Gosselin struck out swinging for a 1-2-3 inning for Taillon. No score.

The second inning was led off by Joey Gallo, who flew out to centerfield. Gio Urshela struck out swinging. Rougie Odor ground out to center for a fast inning for Barria. At the bottom, Jared Walsh led off and struck out. Jo Adell struck out for Taillon’s three strikeouts in a row. Brandon Marsh struck out as Taillon struck out the side. No score.

Gary Sanchez led off the third inning by lining out to short. Brett Gardner got a base hit up the middle. LeMahieu hit into the second double play of the game. At the bottom, Max Stassi ground out to Odor at third. Jack Mayfield popped out to second. Juan Lagares struck out for Taillon’s third 1-2-3 inning. No score.

The fourth inning was led off by Rizzo, who homered to start the inning. Judge singled to left field. Stanton singled to far left. Gallo hit into a double play for the third Yankees double play in the game. Urshela flew out to right field to end the half, but the Yankees got on the board with Rizzo’s home run. Fletcher led off the bottom by singling in front of Judge. Fletcher stole second. Ohtani walked. Gosselin, with two on and no outs, bunted straight up caught by Sanchez. The Angels got a double steal. Moving the runners to second and third. Walsh hit a homer to right to put the Angels up two runs. Adell flew out to Gardner in center. Marsh went down on strikes. Los Angeles Angel 3 the New York Yankees 1.

Rougie Odor led off the fifth inning and struck out. Sanchez homered into the left-field stands. Gardner worked a walk. LeMahieu faced new Angels pitcher Jimmy Herget; Gardner stole second and ground out with Gardner moving to third base. Rizzo went down on strikes. At the bottom, Stassi singled just beyond Urshela as short. Mayfield doubled down the left-field foul line moving Stassi to third. Lagares ground out to third, holding the runners, one out. Fletcher lined sharply to Rizzo for the second out. Ohtani was intentionally walked. Gosselin singled, driving in two runs, and that was the night for Jameson Taillon. Gosselin initiated a double steal with Ohtani scoring. Walsh faced the new Yankee pitcher Joely Rodriguez and ground out to end the inning. Los Angeles Angels 6 New York Yankees 2.

The sixth inning was led off by Aaron Judge, who singled to right. Stanton hit into the Yankees’ fourth double play. Gallo went down, looking to end the half. Adell in the bottom popped out to Gallo. Marsh ground out to third. Stassi got a double that split the outfielders in left. Mayfield struck out. Angels 6 Yankees 2.

Gio Urshela led off the seventh and, facing new Angel’s pitcher Elvis Peguero, doubled down the right-field line. Odor was hit by a pitch advancing to first. Sanchez flew out to center, with Urshela taking third. Gardner hit into yet another double play to strand two. At the bottom, with Lucas Luetge on the mound, Lagares went down on strikes. Fletcher struck out. Ohtani popped out to Urshela in foul territory. Angels 6 Yankees 2.

The eighth inning was led off by LeMahieu, who singled up the middle. Rizzo doubled to right, moving LeMahieu to third base with no outs. Judge faced the new Angel’s pitcher Junior Guerro and singled, scoring LeMahieu. Stanton got a sac fly scoring Rizzo. Gallo walked, moving Judge to second. Urshela faced the next Angel pitcher Jake Petricka and struck out swinging. Luke Voit pinch hit for Odor and down on strikes. Boone made a curious move as Odor has gotten some big hits and would have been a lefty against a righty. At the bottom, Gosselin led off by striking out. Walsh flew out to Gardner. Adell chopped out to Velazquez at short to end the inning. Angels 6 Yankees 4.

With the last licks on the line for the Yankees in the ninth, Gary Sanchez stepped to the plate facing and Raisel Iglesias and struck out. Gardner struck out swinging. LeMahieu lined out to third to end the game and give the Yankees their fourth consecutive loss. The final score was the Los Angeles Angels 6 and the New York Yankees 4. The winning pitcher was Jimmy Herget, the loser Jameson Taillon and the save went to Raisel Iglesias.

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees get their 10th win in a row, here are the takeaways from the win

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

The New York Yankees entered last night’s game with the Atlantic Braves having won nine of their last ten games but facing one of the best teams in the National League, also winning nine of their last ten. The Yankees came out victorious and with their 10th win in a row. Jordan Montgomery held the Braves to just one run. Giancarlo Stanton had a homer and three RBIs. Gary Sanchez provided the other two RBIs with his single in the eighth. The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Atlanta Braves 1.

Giancarlo Stanton performing

Many New York Yankee players have contributed to the outstanding recent Yankee play, but few more than slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Last night he started the second inning with a solo homer to right at Truist Park in Atlanta. If that wasn’t enough in the seventh inning, Stanton got a two-run double with two on and two outs, scoring LeMahieu and Gallo for the two-run lead by the Yankees. That is all the Yankees would need to get their tenth win in a row.

Stanton has always been an inconsistent hitter having hot periods followed by being stone cold. But this hot streak has been more enduring than others. In May, Stanton would hit homers in three straight games against the Houston Astros, followed by not hitting a homer in the next 18 games. He has an average of a hit per game during August, five of them home runs and a .324 batting average over the span. He also has more hits than strikeouts.

Jordan Montgomery gets another win

Jordan Montgomery got the win last night, although he didn’t have his best stuff. Somehow he managed to make his pitches when he had to. Montgomery only went five innings in the game, even though he only allowed two hits, one of them a home run to Dansby Swanson. He threw 75 pitches, 41 of them for strikes. In an after-game interview, he admitted that he still gets tired since coming off the Covid list. This was his second game since returning.

Jonathan Loaisiga comes in to replace Montgomery in the sixth inning and pitched two solid innings allowing just one hit while striking out four Braves. Wandy Peralta came in the eight to hold the Braves to just one run. In a confidence-building effort, Aroldis Chapman entered the game in a no save situation. Chapman did not allow any hits or walks while striking out one and securing the Yankee 5-1 win.

Zack Britton injured and more

The Yankees announced Monday that they’d placed lefty Zack Britton on the 10-day injured list with a left elbow sprain. Britton has not pitched well for the Yankees in his last several outings. The Yankees also recalled outfielder Jonathan Davis from the Rail Riders. In addition, they reinstated the recently acquired reliever Clay Homes off the Covid-19 list.

Miguel Andujar was relieved of a minor league rehab assignment and moved to the 60 day IL in other injury moves. Andujar has been out since early July with a strained left wrist, but he began a rehab assignment last week and appeared in a pair of games. He’s been out of game action since Wednesday due to an apparent setback.

In better injury news, both Gio Urshela (hamstring) and Gleyber Torres (thumb) are making progress and getting closer to returning to the team.

Note: Tonight at 7:20 pm EDT, the Yankees will face the Braves in the final game of the two-game set. The Yankees will have Andrew Heaney on the mound, and the Braves will have Yankee killer Charlie Morton on the mound. Morton has a record of 4-2 with a 3.59 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 11 appearances versus the Yankees in his career. Only two AL players have gotten three homers off of Morton; Brett Gardner is one of the two.

New York Yankees Recap: Giancarlo Stanton powers the Yankees to their 10th win in a row

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Santon

Tonight the New York Yankees started a short two-game series with the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia. This after winning nine games in a row and becoming the winningest baseball team in baseball. They are 26-8 since July 17th. Just 4.5 games out of first place in the AL East. Now they face the first-place team in the NL East. The Yankees put Jordan Montgomery on the mound to face the Braves Huascar Ynoa. The Yankees hoped to do quick work out of this series before going on to a west coast swing. The Yankees won their 10th in a row 5-1.

In the first inning, Ynoa faced DJ LeMahieu, who struck out looking. Anthony Rizzo flew out to left field. Aaron Judge singled for his 15th game in a row on base. Judge stole second. The Yankees have more stolen bases in the second half than any team in baseball. Joey Gallo went down on strikes leaving one on base. At the bottom, Ozzie Albies ground out on the first Montgomery pitch. Jorge Soler walked. Freddie Freeman hit into a force out at second. Austin Riley struck out swinging for the final out of the inning. No score.

Giancarlo Stanton led the second, who homered to right field for the early Yankee lead in the game. Gary Sanchez ground out to short Rougie Odor popped out to right-center. Andrew Velazquez went down looking, but the Yankees got a run in the inning. At the bottom, Dansby Swanson got a run tying home run to right. Adam Duvall flew out to Stanton in right. William Contreras walked. Guillermo Heredia flew out to a running Joey Gallo for the second out. Huascar Ynoa struck out swinging. New York Yankees 1 Atlanta Braves 1.

Pitcher Jordan Montgomery led off the third inning by going out swinging. LeMahieu ground out to left. Rizzo went down on strikes for a quick inning for Ynoa. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the Braves. Albies flew out to Stanton in right. Soler flew out to a running Judge in center. Freeman ground out to first to end the scoreless inning, a 1-2-3 inning for Montgomery. Yankees 1 Braves 1.

The fourth inning was led off by Aaron Juge, who ground out to short. Joey Gallo went down swinging. Stanton struck out for a quick inning for Ynoa. At the bottom, Riley ground out to short. Swanson flew out to short. Duvall walked. Contreras struck out. The bottom of the inning was scoreless for the Yankees.

The fifth inning was scoreless for both teams. Jordan Montgomery went five full innings allowing two hits and one run.

At the top of the sixth, LeMahieu singled. Rizzo struck out. Judge flew out to shallow center. Gallo walked bringing up Stanton with two on and two outs; he got a two-run double, scoring LeMahieu and Gallo for the two-run lead by the Yankees. Stanton, with his homer in the second, had scored all the runs in the game. Sanchez struck out swinging, but the Yankees took the lead in the game. At the bottom, Riley against Jonathan Loaisgia struck out swinging. Swanson went down on strikes. Duvall singled to left. With one on and two outs, Contreras ground out to Velazques, who flipped to second for the final out. New York Yankees 3 Atlanta Braves 1.

In the seventh inning, Odor led off against new Braves pitcher AJ Minter by going down swinging. Velazquez flew out to the warning track in from of the bullpen. Then, Brett Gardner that replaced Judge in center went down on strikes. Heredia led off the bottom of the seventh by tapping back to Loaisiga. Joc Pederson pinch-hitting for the pitcher tapped into Sanchez’s glove for out number two. Albies struck out swinging. Yankees 3 Braves 1.

DJ LeMahieu led off the eighth inning again Edgar Santana and flew out to center. Rizzo ground out to second. Judge got a base hit to left. Gallo walked. A balk moved the runners up. Luke Voit pinch-hitting for Loaisgia walked the bases loaded for Sanchez. Sanchez facing new Braves pitcher Jessie Chavez and singled to left with the bases loaded and two outs, scoring both Judge and Gallo for the Yankees 4 run lead. Odor flew out to center to end the half. At the bottom Soler with Wandy Peralta on the mound, singled to center. Freeman hit into a 5-6-3 double play. Riley doubled to right-center. Swanson stuck out swinging. New York Yankees 5 Braves 1.

The top of the ninth inning was led off by Velazquez, who lined out to left field. Gardner went down looking. LeMahieu walked. Rizzo struck out swinging. At the bottom, with closer Aroldis Chapman on the mound, Duvall was called out on strikes. Contreras ground out to Velazquez at short for the second out. Heredia ground out to short to end the game and get the Yankees their 10th win in a row.

The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Atlanta Braves 1. The winning pitcher was Jordan Montgomery, and the loser was Huascar Ynoa.

 

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Andrew Heaney sweeps the Red Sox

Tonight after sweeping the doubleheader yesterday, the New York Yankees took on the Boston Red Sox with the hope of sweeping the series and going even further ahead of the Sox. They were even in the AL East at five games back in the AL East at the beginning of the game. Andrew Heaney faced Nick Pivetta. The Yankees got the 5-2 win and took over the first wild card slot.

In the first inning, Kiki Hernandez flew out to Judge in right for the first out of the game. Hunter Renfroe tapped out to first. Xander Bogaerts hit an opposite-field home run to put the Red Sox up one. Rafael Devers struck out to end the half. DJ LeMahieu went down, looking at the bottom. In his first night back after being on the Covid list, Anthony Rizzo flew out to left-center. Aaron Judge walked. Joey Gallo flew out to left. Boston Red Sox 1 Yankees 0.

The second inning was led off by JT Martinez, who struck out on a foul tip. Then, Keven Palwecki flew out to Judge in right. Finally, Alex Verdugo popped out to short to end the half for a 1-2-3 inning for Heaney.

At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton led off by hitting a base hit to left field. Rougie Odor walked. Gary Sanchez singled to right, Stanton moved to third, but Odor was called out at second. On review, Odor was safe. Brett Gardner, with the bases loaded and no outs, got a sac fly scoring Stanton. Andrew Velazquez got an RBI single-scoring Odor. Velazquez stole second. LeMahieu lined out to third. Anthony Rizzo singled beyond first, driving in two runs. Judge walked, knocking Pivetta out of the game. Gallo faced the new Sox pitcher Garrett Richards and ground out to second to end the inning, but the Yankees picked up four runs in the inning. New York Yankees 4 Red Sox 1.

The third inning was led off by Bobby Dalbec, who flew out to Judge in right. Christian Vazquez ground out to third. Hernandez struck out to end the half. Stanton, at the bottom, walked. Odor went down on strikes. Sanchez went down swinging. Gardner ground out to second to end the inning. Yankees 4 Sox 1.

Hunter Renfroe led off the fourth by walking. Bogaerts hit into a force out at second. Bogaerts went to second on a wild pitch. Devers ground out with Bogaerts going to third. Martinez ground out to Odor. At the bottom of the inning, it was Velazquez at the plate; he struck out. LeMahieu flew out. Rizzo struck out. Yankees 4 Sox 1.

Kevin Palwecki led off the fifth with a single to left field. Verdugo popped out to Gallo in left. Dalbec was robbed for hit by a jumping LeMahieu. Vazquez popped out to the infield for the final out. Judge led off the bottom by grounding out to first. Gallo struck out, and Stanton gave it a ride but out in the far center. Yankees 4 Sox 1.

The sixth was led off by Hernandez, who walked. Renfroe flew out to right. Bogaerts hit into a double play to end the half. At the bottom, Odor led off by grounding out to first. Sanchez flew out to center. Gardner faced the new Sox pitcher Martin Perez and got an infield single. With two outs and one on, Velazquez went down looking for the final out of the inning. New York Yankees 4 and the Red Sox 1.

Rafael Devers led off the seventh inning and struck out. Martinez flew out to Gallo in left. Kevin Palwecki flew out to center. At the bottom against new Red Sox pitcher, Adam Ottavino ground out in the infield. Rizzo flew out to second. Judge walked. Judge stole second without a throw. Gallo was walked intentionally. Stanton, with two on and two outs, ground out to third, got end another scoreless inning.

At the eight with Zack Britton on the mound, Verdugo struck out looking. Verdugo ground out to short. Vazquez ground out to second. At the bottom, Odor flew out to shallow center. Sanchez got a stand-up double to center. Gardner ground out to first, with Sanchez going to third. Velazquez singled to left with Sanchez scoring. LeMahieu ground out to second to end the inning. New York Yankees 5 Red Sox 1.

The top of the ninth saw the return from the Covid list of closer Aroldis Chapman. Hernandez went down on strikes. Renfroe homered to the left-field stands. Bogaerts walked. Devers ground out directly to Rizzo at first, Bogaerts moved to second. Martinez singled to center, moving Bogaerts to third, and that was it for Chapman. Lucas Luetge trying to nail down his first save in nine years, came in to face Palwecki, who ground out to Velazquez, who fired to Rizzo for the last out that was upheld by review. Yankees swept the Red Sox.

The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Red Sox 2. The winning pitcher was Andrew Heaney, and the loser was Nick Pivetta, with Lucas Luetge getting his first save in nine years.

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees Breaking News: Catcher Gary Sanchez has tested positive for Covid

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, the New York Yankees have reported that catcher Gary Sanchez has tested positive for the Covid virus. Manager Aaron Boone made the announcement just moments ago. The Yankees already have had several players test positive for the virus even though the team was the first to reach an 85% vaccination rate. It is not known if Sanchez was vaccinated or not.

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