The Yankees update the status of two injured infielders

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

The New York Yankees’ series against the Houston Astros last week left a good taste in fans’ mouths, as they took two out of three games against their hated rivals. However, it also left two infielders injured.

One of them was the Yankees’ starting third baseman Gio Urshela, who sustained an injury in his left knee on Thursday while trying to make a play in the field. The team was scared enough to send their player for an MRI, but it ultimately didn’t show anything concerning.

Urshela ended up missing the entire weekend series against the Washington Nationals while recovering from his knee soreness. Fortunately, the Yankees say he is feeling a lot better these days.

In fact, the star third baseman will likely be back in the Yankees’ lineup for Tuesday’s series opener vs. Tampa Bay, according to skipper Aaron Boone.

“That’s the hope. He’s going to go through some baseball activities today (Sunday) to get him going. I know he’s probably started the process. So we’ll see how he responds today — and obviously with the off-day tomorrow — hopefully we’ll see where we’re at then.”

The Yankees say Odor is doing fine but he isn’t close to returning

Another Yankees’ infielder got injured in the Astros series: Rougned Odor. His ailment took place on Wednesday after a play at home plate, in which his left knee bent awkwardly. Thankfully, it was a sprain, which is a much better outcome than other potential knee injuries, like damage to the ligaments or the meniscus.

Boone said that Odor took swings and did infield work prior to Sunday’s game. The infielder is doing well, but he is not yet allowed to ramp up baseball activities. The Yankees want to make sure there are no setbacks with his knee.

With the Yankees getting back Luke Voit this week, DJ LeMahieu will slide back to his natural second base position, leaving Odor without a clear path to playing time. He is a valuable piece to have around, nonetheless.

Yankees dodge a bullet with Gio Urshela’s knee

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

After watching star infielder Gio Urshela leave the last game of the Astros series with some knee discomfort, the New York Yankees received some great news in the last few hours regarding the health of their prized third baseman.

Urshela, who presumably hurt his left knee while making a play on the field for the Yankees, underwent an MRI on Friday, and it showed no structural damage whatsoever. That qualifies as excellent news for a team that couldn’t afford to lose another infielder.

The MRI did show inflammation, though, so it’s possible Urshela isn’t back in the Yankees lineup right away. He is expected to avoid a trip to the injured list, so that’s a huge plus for a surging organization that need his offensive and defensive stability. In fact, there is a chance that Urshela us back out there on Saturday for the second game of the series against the Washington Nationals.

The Yankees could have Urshela back this weekend

“He checked out pretty well after the game, and then the MRI confirmed that everything is structurally sound,” Boone told MLB.com. “He’s got a little bit of swelling in there. Whether he’s back in there tomorrow or whatever, we’ll go day by day, but he’s doing a lot better.”

Just in case, the Yankees recalled fellow infielder and former Rookie of the Year runner-up Miguel Andujar from Triple-A, where he had been having an explosive performance at the plate.

Andujar, who hit 27 homers with a .297 average back in 2018, was 4-for-6 with a couple of home runs in the early going.

“He’s been over there before, and he’s worked there before,” the Yankees’ skipper said. “We had him work there pretty steadily last week just so he could get enough reps in case a situation like this presented itself. He’s been doing good over there.”

New York Yankees: An old friend returns to Yankee Stadium tonight

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

According to YES Network’s Jack Curry, the New York Yankees are calling up Miquel Andujar to possibly replace Gio Urshela at third base tonight when the Yankees meet up the Washington Nationals at Yankee Stadium. Urshela injured his knee making a diving catch at third base last night. After the amazing catch and failed throw to first base’s Mike Ford, Urshela remained on his knee, although he usually recovers from this type of dives immediately. He was removed from the game and sent for an MRI.

It appears the injury is not serious and he will be day to day possibly avoiding the IL. But he may not play during this weekend series. The Yankees will send down Albert Abreu or Micheal King to make room for Andujar on the roster. The New York Yankee fans may be surprised to find out that Andujar has done very well in the first games of the minor league season at Scranton Wilkes/Barre.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s own Andres Chevez reported on Miguel Andujar’s progress:

“Last night, the Yankees’ former third baseman of the future socked two home runs in the Rail Riders’ 17-11 victory over Syracuse. It should be noted, though, that one of the dingers came off a position player pitching. In total, Andujar finished the night 4-for-5 with two long balls and three RBI, playing first and third base for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate. In three games so far in the 2021 season, Andujar is hitting .462, with three homers and five RBI.”

Miquel Enrique Andujar was born on March 2, 1995, in San Cristobal, the Dominican Republic. He played baseball in the sandlots near his home. He was seen by a Yankee scout that was impressed with his hitting. The Yankees signed Miggy to a minor league contract at the age of just 16 in 2011. After a short time at the Yankees training facility in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, he was sent to Florida. In 2012, he made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees.

Andujar spent until 2018 in the minor leagues, where he honed his skills. At the beginning of the 2018 season, he was with the Scranton Rail Riders, but he made his major league debut on  April 1, 2018. He hit his first major league home run on April 17. On April 23, Andújar hit a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins, marking his 7th consecutive game with an extra-base hit. On June 5, he hit his first major league Grand Slam. On September 29, Andujar hit his 45th double of the season, breaking the Yankees’ record for most doubles by a rookie, previously held by Joe DiMaggio.

Andujar was well on his way to becoming the next big Yankee star even though he wasn’t the best of defenders at the hot corner. April 1, 2019, he injured his shoulder and was put on the 10 day IL. On April 30, he was sent to the Florida Tarpons to rehab, on May 4th, he was reactivated, but he again injured the shoulder on the 13th. On the 21st, he was transferred from the 10 day to the 60 day IL due to a torn Labrum, which caused him to have season-ending surgery.

Meanwhile, the New York Yankees needed a third baseman and brought up Gio Urshela from Scranton. Urshela quickly became admired for his Gold Glove-like performance at the hot corner. Quickly thereafter, he became a star at the plate. When Andujar finally returned, he had lost his job at third, and the Yankees really had no place to put him. They tried different positions; he ended up playing in only 21 games during the 2020 season.

After a nothing special performance this spring training and still no viable position options, he didn’t make the Yankees starting roster. Instead, he was sent down to the alternate site to wait for the beginning of the minor league season. In his first game, he played in the outfield and the last two games at third base. Now, although it may be brief, Miguel Andujar will have the chance to show the Yankees he can still be valuable to them.

Yankees: Two members of the starting lineup suffer injuries in Astros’ series finale

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

New York Yankees’ starting third baseman Gio Urshela had to leave Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros with an injury. The visitors ended up winning the series finale 7-4 after the Bombers took the first two.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after the game that Urshela will undergo an MRI on his injured knee.

Urshela presumably got hurt while diving for a ball in the infield and making a throw, although Boone couldn’t confirm that was the case. He did say, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN, that “hopefully it’s nothing too serious.”

The Yankees skipper also said that Urshela was “stable” when put through initial testing. There is chance that the Bombers can get their star infielder back soon, but the result of the MRI will heavily dictate the outcome.

The Yankees can’t afford to lose Urshela

For now, he should be considered day to day with knee discomfort, and there is no certainty as to whether he will be available for the Yankees in their next game, as they will face the Washington Nationals.

The infielder was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk at the moment of getting removed from the game and being replaced by Tyler Wade in the top of the eighth inning.

He is currently hitting .276 with nine runs, four homers, 16 RBI, a stolen base and a .766 in the early going.

Yankees’ center fielder, who went 3-for-3 on Thursday against the Astros, is also banged up, per Boone.

Hicks unlike Urshela, stayed in play, but the Yankees aren’t sure if they will be able to write his name on the lineup for tomorrow’s game as he is dealing with a cramping issue in both of his legs.

The outfielder has been playing better in the last couple of games, and has raised his batting average to .202 after being at .139 on April 29.

New York Yankee Player Profiles: Gio Urshela, talented shortstop?

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

In 2019 the New York Yankees had a “newfound 3rd baseman,” Gio Urshela. When Miguel Andujar was injured, the Yankees were forced to bring up Ushela from Scranton by necessity. No one knew what to expect. They weren’t left wondering for long; he excelled at the hot corner. 2020 was no different, proving that his 2019 season was no fluke. He is continuing his excellent play now in his third season with the Yankees. But could he be even better?

Manager Aaron Boone thinks so. Boone is now transferring his excellent defense to shortstop. So far this season Boone has moved Urshela to play at short twice. Both times with excellent results. In last night’s game, he got no action until the seventh inning but then handled all balls sent his way. If he can continue his excellent play at both positions, he becomes even more valuable to the team.

This season he is batting .275 with the third most hits only behind DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton; he has 4 home runs and is tied with Aaron Judge for the most extra best hits. Aaron Boone has said that he is now comfortable having Gio play at short from time to time.

Here is Urshela’s path to the New York Yankees: 29-year-old Giovanny Urshela is a Columbian baseball player for our Yankees. He has previously played for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians. Urshela signed with the Cleveland Indians as an international free agent in July 2008. He made his professional debut in 2009, playing for the Dominican Summer League Indians and the Arizona League Indians. He spent 2010-2013 in single-A. He started the 2014 season with Akron and was promoted to the Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League during the season.

After the 2014 season, the Indians added Urshela to their 40-man roster. He was named the Indians’ fourth-best prospect by MLB.com in 2015. He batted .227 for the Indians before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Urshela batted .233 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games for Toronto before he was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on June 26. During his time with the Jays, he was noted for his timely hitting and competent play on the 3rd. Base.

On August 4, 2018, the Blue Jays traded Urshela to the New York Yankees in exchange for cash considerations. The Yankees assigned him to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Urshela was called up by the Yankees to the bigs on April 6, 2019, as a fill-in for Miguel Andujar at third base. Urshela has been an out-making specialist in the big leagues and has certainly shown his worth at the hot corner.

In his brief stay with the Yankees, he has played well at 3rd, even making spectacular plays that many wondered if Andujar could have made, considering that Miguel’s play at third has been questioned. Gio is well-liked in the clubhouse and fits in quite well. Some of this may be his not so young age and experience. So far, although not a home run hitter, he is a timely hitter. He played so well he has received praise from manager Aaron Boone and a tweet of support from the Columbian President.

The New York Yankees expected that he would be able to handle third base.  What they didn’t expect was his discipline, timely and powerful hitting behind the plate.  It was a win-win situation for the Yankees as they got Glove Glove-like defense at third base and a powerful bat at the plate. When Gio would make near impossible plays at third, he became an immediately loved Yankee player.

As the season progressed, Urshela just got better and better.  He ended the season with the second-highest batting average, only second to MVP DJ LeMahieu. Gio’s average was .314 with a .889 OPS and a career-high 21 home runs in just 132 games. In the shortened 2020, he started where he left off in 2019. He didn’t miss a beat. He ended the season hitting .298 with 6 home runs that basically translate to the same number in 2019.

Personals:

Gio Urshela is pretty secretive about his private life. Scouring his Twitter and Instagram accounts, you find little that doesn’t relate to his baseball life. We do know he is in a long time relationship with Danna Delgado, a fellow Columbian. There is no news of an impending marriage.

New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from German’s win over the Orioles

Last night the New York Yankees had their third game of a four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at Orioles Park at Camden Yards and came away with their second win in a row. Domino German pitched brilliantly in the game, and the Yankees bats were alive with 12 hits, 3 of them long balls as the Yankees improved their record in the AL East. They are now just two games under .500.

German was lights out through seven innings.

There isn’t a lot to say about Domingo German‘s third regular-season start other than he was brilliant. Domingo German pitched awesomely in spring training, but when the regular season came alone, his first start was a disaster on April 4th. He gave up three runs in three innings for the Yankee’s loss. The Yankees sent him down to the alternate site to figure things out. He remained there until April 22, when he returned to the majors for his second start. It wasn’t great, but he kept the team in the game for a win for the New York Yankees.

Last night no one knew what to expect from German, but after putting down the Baltimore side in the first inning, it seemed like he had command of his pitches. As the game progressed get got only better. He had a no-hitter through four innings. He ended up pitching seven complete innings with 92 pitches, 63 of which were strikes. His record for the game included giving up just 3 hits without a walk in a shoutout outing.

The hitting dead are rising up.

For the most part, the New York Yankees hitters have been dead at the plate with only a few exceptions, puzzling everyone as to why the most powerful lineup in baseball couldn’t hit the ball. That is beginning to change. DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Glyber Torres seem to be heating up. Gio Urshela has been relatively constant in the season continues to get even better.

Last night the Yankee hitters again had 12 hits, 3 of them home runs. Mike Ford, Gio Urshela, and Clint Frazier had long balls. Clint Frazier that has been hitting very poorly hit his first home run of the season. I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it when the Yankees hit home runs, they win games; when they don’t, they usually lose.

Kyle Higashioka turning heads

Kyle Higashioka didn’t hit a home run last night, but he does lead the team in home runs per game played. Last night he worked seamlessly with Domingo German for the Yankee’s second win in a row. He also caught Corey Kluber’s first win on the season. He will next catch Gerrit Cole’s start against the Detroit Tigers. “Higgy” is quickly showing that he is the better catcher behind the plate than Gary Sanchez.

Higashioka has always been a good defensive catcher, but he seems to have only gotten better over the last two seasons. He is becoming a framing expert and works better with the pitchers, which translates into wins. The Yankees have always stuck by Sanchez because of his pop at the plate. The big difference now is that short term anyway, Higgy is the one with a better batting average and more consistent power than Sanchez. All manager Aaron Boone has said is that Higgy will get plenty of playing time.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Domingo German lights out in Yankees win over the O’s

New York Yankees, Domingo German

Tonight the New York Yankees met up with the Baltimore Orioles in the third game of the four-game set. Domingo German was on the mound for the Yankees and Dean Kremer for the Baltimore Orioles. At game time, it was 84 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The O’s won the first game, and the Yankees won the second game 5-1.

DJ Lemahieu lead off the game by singling. Giancarlo Stanton hit into a double play for two outs in the inning. Gleyber Torres doubled to the far-right field. A wild ball allowed Torres to go to third base. Gio Urshela struck out, but two hits didn’t help the Yankees because they remained scoreless. At the bottom, Cedrick Mullins led off against Domingo German, and he flew out to center. Austin Hays ground out to short. Trey Mancini also ground out to Torres to end the inning scoreless.

Mike Ford lead off the second inning by homering into the first row of the left-field stands. Aaron Hicks flew out to the warning track in center field. Clint Frazier struck out swinging. Kyle Higashioka struck out swinging, but the Yankees picked up a run on Ford’s home run. At the bottom, Maikel Franco led off by grounding out to Urshela. DJ Stewart walked on four pitches. Pedro Severino popped out to Higgy in an incredible catch. Ryan Mountcastle flew out to Gardner in left. New York Yankees 1 O’s 0.

Brett Gardner led off the third inning and popped out to short. LeMahieu singled up the middle for his 80th multi-hit game that leads the majors. Giancarlo Stanton got a base hit that ate up the shortstop. Gleyber Torres had a blooper into no man’s land in center for a single driving in LeMahieu. Gio Urshela, with two on and one out, homered to left field for a three-run hit. Mike Ford struck out. Aaron Hicks lined out to short. Rio Ruiz led off the bottom by flying out to Frazier in left field. Valaika flew out. Mullins ground out to second for a 1-2-3 inning for Domingo German. New York Yankees 5 O’s 0.

Clint Frazier led off the fourth inning by singling to left. Higashioka singled, but Frazier was caught going to third by a mile. Gardner singled, but the O’s got the force at second for the second out. LeMahieu ground out to second. At the bottom, Hays ground out to second. Mancini struck out. Franco went down swinging for a no-hitter for German through four innings. Yankees 5 O’s 0.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the first inning with a single. Gleyber Torres that was 2 for 2, flew out to left field. Gio Urshela, who homered, singled beyond the shortstop. Shane Armstrong came in to replace Kremer. Mike Ford, with two on and no outs he walked. Aaron Hicks, with the bases loaded, had a sac fly driving in Stanton as the Yankees tacked on another run. With two out and two on, Clint Frazier popped out for the final out of the half. Stewart led off the bottom by flying out to Gardner. Severino went down looking. Mountcastle got the first base hit for the O’s. Ruiz ground out to second for five straight shutout innings for German. Yankees 6 O’s 0.

Higashioka popped out to third for the first out of the sixth inning. Brett Gardner struck out chasing. LeMahieu ground out to second to end the half. At the bottom, Pat Valaika went down on strikes. Mullins lofted to Hicks in center for out two. Hays ground out for a 1-2-3 inning for German, who only thrown 75 pitches through six innings of work. Yankees 6 O’s 0.

Giancarlo Stanton struck out against the new pitcher Tyler Wells to lead off the seventh inning. Torres flew out to right. Urshela flew out to center. Mancini led off the bottom of the seventh by singling to left. Franco went down looking. Stewart hit into a force for the second out of the inning. Severino singled to left, moving Stewart to second. Mountcastle struck out, looking for a great outing for Domingo German. New York Yankees 6 O’s 0.

Mike Ford led off the eighth by flying out to deep left-center. Aaron Hicks flew out to catcher. Severino had to run a long way to make the catch. Clint Frazier homered well into the left-field stands. Higashioka went down on strikes, but the Yankees got tacked on another run. At the bottom, Ruiz was up against Michael King and struck out. Valaika flew out to Gardner. Mullins ground out for a 1-2-3 inning for Michael King. Yankees 7 O’s 0.

Gardner ground out to start the top of the ninth. LeMahieu flew out to far-right. Stanton singled to go 3 for 5 in the game. Torres ground out to Ruiz to end the Yankee scoring in the game. With Last licks on the line for the Orioles Hays at the plate and King still on the mound, Hays struck out looking. Mancini singled to left. Franco hit into a double play to end the game. The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Orioles 0. The winning pitcher was Domingo German, and the loser was Dean Kremer.

 

New York Yankees: Why is the powerful Yankees lineup impotent

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

The New York Yankees lineup is one of the most powerful lineups in baseball, yet a lack of hitting that has dogged them since the beginning of the season has found them at the bottom of the American League East. This is not to say that the Yankee pitching has been stellar because it hasn’t been. But this is not the biggest problem facing the Yankees. It’s that the team-wide hitting has been impotent. And it’s no just one or two hitters; it’s pretty much across the board and all at the same time. Even last year’s batting champ DJ LeMahieu isn’t up to par. Let’s look at each player in the lineup and how they are or aren’t performing.

This listing is for players that have played in 12 or more games.

DJ LeMahieu:

Last year’s batting champion has one of the better batting averages (.250) on the team but is not performing as he has in the past two seasons. Over the offseason, he signed a six-year deal that will take him all the way to his retirement from the game. This season he has been hitting the ball, but the results aren’t there; he has hit into an inordinate number of double plays.

Aaron Judge:

Slugger Aaron Judge started the season pretty well, but since then has gone stone cold. In his last ten games, he has hit only 2 home runs and has been striking out much more than the first ten games when he often walked. It was said that if the New York Yankees could keep both Judge and Stanton on the field, there would be no stopping them. So far, with both healthy, that hasn’t been the case.

Giancarlo Stanton:

Giancarlo Stanton, I guess you could call him the most successful Yankee hitter, hitting the most home runs (5) and the most RBI’s (14), but his .192 batting average is miserable. He has been lucky enough to hit home runs with men on base, but his contact hitting isn’t there. He does seem to be one of the most energized at the plate.

Aaron Hicks:

Aaron Hicks has been awful, one of the worst Yankee players at the plate. He is hitting .162 and is usually in the crucial number 3 slot in the lineup. That’s a decision that has been criticized since the beginning of the season, but the analytics say he should be there, and even though it hasn’t worked out, manager Boone for the most part, seems to be sticking with it. Hicks has 3 homers on the season, but just one extra-base hit. He is number 3 on the team for strikeouts (20).

Gleyber Torres:

After a poor showing in the 2020 season and not being ready to play, Torres is in much better shape, but there have been no results. He is batting .208 with no home runs, only two extra-base hits, and only two runs driven in. He has more strikeouts than hits.

Gio Urshela:

Gio Urshela, in a season with few bright spots he has shown brighter than most. His batting average is .264, which is the highest batting average of everyday players. He has the second-highest number of hits with 4 extra-base hits and 10 runs driving in. He, unlike many, has better situation hitting, avoiding hitting into double plays. He also has 3 homers on the season.

Gary Sanchez:

Gary Sanchez, although starting well, with each game, his batting average keeps reducing. He is hitting .182 with only 2 home runs, and those were in both of his first two games. He has now gone 20 games without a home run while striking out 15 times with only 1 extra-base hit on the season. His backup catcher Kyle Higashioka is superior behind the plate and in front of it. He has the most home runs per game played and has the highest batting average.

Clint Frazier:

Clint Frazier, besides some spectacular plays in the field as been disappointing behind the plate, to say the least. He is batting only .142; only MIke Ford has a lower batting average. He looks ready at the plate, but his timing isn’t there yet. He has yet to hit a home run this season.

Brett Gardner:

Brett Gardner, although a bench player, has played in 13 of the New York Yankees 22 games. He started the season hot. At one time, he led the team in batting. But he, too, has gone cold, hitting just .194, with no home runs.

Rougned Odor:

Rougie Odor is a recent addition to the team and has been getting some playing time (13 games). He has a batting average of just .159, but his situational hitting has been among the best on the team. Since he has been a Yankee, the Yankees have won 7 games, he was the deciding run in three of the wins. In 13 games, he has 3 home runs. He also seems to be a catalyst playing with significant energy.

Why and how to fix it

The why and how to fix it is far above my grade. But, Aaron Boone and the coaches better figure it out sooner than later. The team needs to start playing with energy and determination. There is still plenty of time to turn it around, but that time is quickly running out. Let’s go New York Yankees!!

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lose Game One against the Orioles

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees kicked off a four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at Orioles Park as Camden Yards in Baltimore. The last time the two teams met, the Yankees took 2 of 3 from the Orioles, outscoring them 18-5. Tonight see the return of Deivi Garcia to the rotation after missing out on the starting rotation. He has been working on his slider pitch and hopes to win his first game of the season. He faced the Orioles Matt Harvey in his fifth start of the season. The game-time temperature was 65 degrees, and the game was played under sunny/clear skies with just a light breeze. The Yankees lost the game 4-2.

DJ LeMahieu led off the first against Matt Harvey, and he went down looking. From 2012 to 2015, Harvey was one of the best pitchers in baseball until he was beset by several injuries, including Tommy John surgery. Giancarlo Stanton walked. Aaron Judge hit into a double play to end the half. At the bottom, Cedric Mullins lead off Deivi Garcia making his season debut, and Mullins hit a blast into the stands for the early lead for the Orioles. Trey Mancini ground out to short. DJ Stewart ground out to short. Maikel Franco, with two outs, struck out swinging, but the O’s picked up a run. O’s 1 Yankees 0.

Rougie Odor struck out to start the second. Gio Ushela singled. Gleyber Torres walked, and Aaron Hicks flew out to center. But Urshela moved to second base on a close call. Gary Sanchez, with two on and two outs, struck out, leaving two Yankees on base. At the bottom, Austin Hayes led off by striking out. Pedro Severino walked. Ryan Mountcastle flew out to a backpedaling Torres beyond short. Freddie Galvis doubled driving in Severino for the two-run O’s lead. Ramon Urias Ramon Urias struck out swinging to end the half, but the O’s picked up another run. O’s 2 Yankees 0.

At the top of the third, the New York Yankees’ Frazier lined out to second. LeMahieu also lined out to the second baseman. Giancarlo Stanton stuck out swinging for a 1-2-3 inning for Harvey. Mullins led off the bottom by flying out to Frazier in the left. Mancini walked. Stewart flew out to the shift. Franco flew out to Aaron Judge in right field to end the inning. O’s 2 Yankees 0.

Aaron Judge led off the fourth inning by flying out to the right-field wall. Rougie Odor flew out to left. Gio Urshela ground out for Harvey’s eighth put down in a row. At the bottom of the inning, Hays led off, flying out to Aaron Judge. Severino flew out to Frazier in left. Mountcastle had a two-out double over Judge’s head. Galvis walked on four pitches. Urias, with two on and two outs, struck out on a nine-pitch at-bat. O’s 2 Yankees 0.

At the top of the fifth, Gleyber Torres ground out to short. Aaron Hicks flew out to left field. Gary Sanchez struck out to end the half, and it was 11 up and 11 down for Harvey. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for Baltimore. Mullins faced the new Yankee pitcher Lucas Luetge and doubled to right. Mancini ground out to Urshela at third. Stewart struck out and Franco grounded out, so the O’s wasted a double when Luetage put down the next three batters. O’s 2 Yankees 1.

Frazier walked, but DJ LeMahieu hit into a double playing the sixth. Giancarlo Stanton doubled. Aaron Judge doubled to left, scoring Stanton as the Yankees picked up a run. Rougie Odor flew out to left, but the Yankees closed the gap. O’s 2 Yankee 1. At the bottom, Darren O’Day took over for Luetge. A pitch hit hays. Severino singled, moving Hays to third. Mountcastle, with two on and no outs, struck out. Rio Ruiz in for Galvis, O’Day balked scoring Hays. Ruiz struck out. Urias flew out to Hicks. The third balk in O’Day’s career led to another O’s run. O’s 3 New York Yankees 1.

At the top of the seventh, Travis Lakins Sr. took over for Harvey. Gio Urshela ground out. Gleyber Torres walked. Aaron Hicks flew out to far left. Gary Sanchez out for the force ending the half. At the bottom, Mullins had a homer off Justin Wilson to center for another run for the O’s. Mancini one-hopped to Odor. Stewart flew out to Urshela, who made a long run to make the catch. Franco doubled to far left on a ball the Judge couldn’t get to. Hays flew to Hicks, but another O’s run scored. O’s 4 Yankees 1.

Clint Frazier led off the eighth inning by walking against Scott. LeMahieu also walked. Giancarlo Stanton, with two on and no out, flew out to left. Aaron Judge walked for the third walk in a row. Rougie Odor chased a pitch out of the zone for the second out. Cesar Valdez came in to get the final out. Urshela instead singled down the left-field line scoring two runners, but Judge was called out at third for the final out of the inning.  As it turned out, DJ was called out because Judge was out before DJ scored. Boone argued and was ejected from the game. Upon YES review, DJ did score. At the bottom, Chad Green replaced Justin Wilson, Severino singled on a throw that pulled DJ off the bag. Mountcastle and Ruiz both ground out, ending the inning.  O’s 4 Yankees 3.

With last licks on the line for the Yankees, Gleyber Torres ground out to short. Aaron Hicks struck out swinging, and Gary Sanchez ground out to end the game. The final score was New York Yankees 4, Baltimore Orioles 2. The winning pitcher was Matt Harvey, and the loser was Deivi Garcia. Cesar Valdez got the save.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Taillon couldn’t get the sweep of the Indians

The New York Yankees met up with the Cleveland Indians in the finale of a 4 game set at Progressive Field on the shores of Lake Erie. The Yankees had won the first three games of the series. In today’s matinee, the Yankees sent Jameson Taillon to the mound to face the Indians’ Triston McKenzie. It was a partly cloudy day with a significant NW breeze, making it feel like 40 degrees on the field. The Yankees lost the game 7-3.

At the top of the first inning, McKenzie faced the Yankees’ Brett Gardner, who ground out. Giancarlo Stanton singled to right-center with a bullet (120.1 mph, fastest in MLB this season). Aaron Judge went down on strikes. Rougie Odor walked for two on and two outs. Gleyber Torres also walked, loading the bases. Gio Urshela struck out, letting McKenzie off the hook and leaving the bases loaded with Yankees. At the bottom, Amed Rosario led off against Taillon. He popped out to Torres at short. Cesar Hernandez had a one-hopper to Odor. Jose Ramirez popped out at the plate, and that did it for the inning. Taillon looked good. No score.

With 29 pitches, McKenzie faced Mike Ford in the second inning, who popped up to the infield. Gary Sanchez walked. Mike Tauchman struck out swinging. Brett Gardner hit back to the pitcher to end the half. Eddie Rosario started the bottom of the second by flying out to Judge in right. Franmil Reyes singled in front of Hicks. Josh Naylor struck out looking. Jordan Luplow at the plate, Reyes stole second. Luplow flew out to Tauchman in left to end the inning scoreless.

Stanton led off the third inning by grounding out to first base. Aaron Judge hit a high fly ball to right. Rougie Odor, with a long at-bat, struck out for a 1-2-3 inning for McKenzie. Gimenez led off the bottom by sticking out. Austin Hedges struck out. Rosario was also called out on strikes. No score.

Gleyber Torres had a long single up the middle to start the fourth inning. Gio Urshela hit a monster home to center, and just like that, it was 2-0 Yankees. Mike Ford followed with a back-to-back homer, this one into the right-field stands. It was the first time this season that the Yankees hit back-to-back homers in a game. Gary Sanchez popped out to left. Mike Tauchman walked. Brett Gardner struck out for the second out of the half. Stanton flew out to the warning track for the final out, but the Yankees picked up three runs.

At the bottom, Hernandez singled to left. Ramerez singled to first, with Hernandez moving to second with no outs. Rosario had an RBI single with Ramerez going to third. Reyes hammered a three-run homer just over Judge’s head, giving the Indians the lead. Naylor at the plate still with no outs. Naylor popped over Taillon’s head for an out at first. Luplow stuck out. Gimenez struck out, but the Indians took the lead. Cleveland Indians 4 New York Yankees 3.

Aaron Judge faced the new pitcher Sam Hentges and singled to left-center at the top of the fifth. Rougie Odor flew out to the right foul territory. Gleyber Torres hit sharply to third for the second out, but Judge moved to second. Judge on a wild pitch went to third base. Urshela struck out, ending the half. At the bottom, Austin Hedges led off against the new Yankee pitcher Nick Nelson. Hedges walked, Rosario, lined out directly to Torres. Hedges advanced on a wild pitch by Nelson. Hernandez singled right before Judge, who made a diving attempt. Hedges went to third. With one out Ramirez had a sac fly to Tauchman and beat out the throw to home for another Indian run. Rosario flew out to Aaron Judge. Indians 5 Yankees 3.

Mike Ford led off the sixth and chopped back to the pitcher. Gary Sanchez ground out to short. Tauchman hit a standup double to right. Clint Frazier pinch hit for Brett Gardner against Cal Quantrill. Tauchman went to third on a wild pitch. Frazier walked. Stanton hit back to the pitcher, nearly knocking his glove off to end the half a strand two. At the bottom, Reyes got a triple with a strange bounce off the left-center wall. Naylor ground out to Ford. Luplow hit to the left-field wall driving in Reyes as Nick Nelson was quickly losing control. Gimenez struck out. Hedges singled driving in Luplow. Rosario struck out, but the Indians plated two more. Indians 7 Yankees 3.

Aaron Judge led off the seventh by flying to right. Odor made a successful drag bunt ending up with a base hit. Torres hit into a double play catching Odor off first. At the bottom of the seventh birthday boy (29), Luis Cessa faced Herandez, who struck out against Cessa. Ramirez flew out to Tauchman. Rosario struck out. For a 1-2-3 inning for Cessa. Indians 7 Yankees 3.

Urshela struck out swinging to start the eighth. Mike Ford struck out on a high pitch. Gary Sanchez was hit by a pitch and advanced to first base. Tauchman struck out for a quick inning for Karinchak. At the bottom, Reyes lined out to short. Naylor ground out. Luplow was out on a full-body dive by Clint Frazier. Indians 7 Yankees 3.

With last licks on the line for the Yankees, Frazier led off by grounding out to second. Stanton flew out to right field. Aaron Judge flew out to right to end the game. The final score was Cleveland Indians 7 and the New York Yankees 3. The winning pitcher was Sam Hentges, and the loser was Jameson Taillon.