New York Yankees: 3 Takeaways from the Yankee’s return to winning

New York Yankees, Kyle Higashioka

It’s just one game, but last night the New York Yankees returned to their winning ways, giving glimpses of the 13 game winning streak. From July 4th to the end of August, the Yankees won more games than any baseball team. But then, unexplainably, they just as quickly returned to the team that played the first half of the season, losing 8 games and playing and pitching poorly. But last night, with new urgency, the team rose to the occasion and started what may be another winning streak. It wasn’t easy, but the Yankees pulled out an 8-7 win over their crosstown rival New York Mets.

It was a bit of a roller coaster event in a day and night that baseball, particularly in New York, remembering those lost in the 9/11 attacks on our country. There were ceremonies at Citi Field, and the players of both teams wore FDNY ball caps. In the second inning, the Yankees burst out of the doldrums scoring five runs and looking like they were going to have a laugher. But the Mets clawed back to lead at one point, but the Yankees answered with 3 runs in the eighth for a lead that would hold.

Corey Kluber continues to build for the postseason

Corey Kluber, who had been on the IL for three months, had his third start since his return. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was one more step to him returning to form that saw him pitch the Yankee’s only no-hitter this season.

Kluber went four innings striking out six Mets hitters but giving up four earned runs. However, he showed signs of better control and poise on the mound. Kluber pitched a scoreless first. After the Yankees put five runs on the board in the second. At the bottom, Kluber issued a walk to Javier Baez walked. Jeff McNeil struck out, but Baez stole second. Kevin Pillar got an RBI double driving in the lead-off walk. James McCann tripled driving in Pillar. Taijuan Walker singled, driving Pillar. Villar struck out swinging. Lindor ground out to second. New York Yankees 5 New York Mets 3. Kluber gave up another run in the third inning, a Baez homer.

Lucas Luetge, Chad Green, and Clay Holmes in relief of Kluber, all gave up a run in their inning. Albert Abreu although waking two, didn’t give up a run in the eighth. Aroldis Chapman walked one, gave up a hit, but preserved the Yankee win, getting his 26th save of the season.

The home run is again king

It is often said that when the New York Yankees homer, they win games. It certainly was true last night. Of the 8 runs scored, 7 were scored off the home run. Kyle Higashioka homered driving in two. Brett Gardner homered driving in two. Aaron Judge hit two homers in the game, scoring three.

A tail of two catchers

There are glaring differences in the Yankees’ two catchers. Last night Kyle Higashioka made some excellent plays and called a good game. He also hit a 2 run homer in the second inning. Unfortunately, this was in comparison to Gary Sanchez’s passed balls and boneheaded play at home plate. In the first game that the Yankees lost Sanchez backed off the home plate to allow a run scored instead of blocking the plate.

Higashioka often doesn’t get the praise he deserves. “Higgy” is a professional behind the plate that calls great games and seldom makes errors. He, for the most part, is Gerrit Cole and Cory Kluber’s personal catcher. But still, he doesn’t get a lot of playing time.

Those who support the idea that Sanchez is the Yankees’ catcher of the future always say that, yes, Higashioka is a good catcher, but he is not the power hitter that Sanchez is. If you look a little deeper, that is not true; the fact is that Higashioka is right up there with the best Yankee home run hitters considering at-bats this season. He has 10 long balls in 58 games. Sanchez has 21 in 101 games. Kyle’s drive-in rate is almost identical to Sanchez.  Higgy leads the AL in range factor (putouts + assist per games played).

Except for a few, catchers are notoriously poor hitters with low batting averages and don’t run the bases well. The whole point of this conversation is that Kyle Higasioka is well-focused and is a much better player than many fans would think.  He could be even better if he had more playing time.

New York Yankee Recap: Yankees get historic 13th win, Athletics go down again

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Last night the New York Yankees entered Oakland Coliseum hoping for a historic night and winning their 13th game in a row. It was the second game of a four-game set between the Yankees and the Oakland Athletics. Yankee ace Gerrit Cole was on the mound for the Yankees, and Sean Manaea for the Athletics. The Yankees got that 13th win by putting down the Athletics 8-2.

DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees by grounding out. Anthony Rizzo ground out to second for the second out. Then, Aaron Judge got a sharply hit single to right field. Giancarlo Stanton followed by getting a base hit to left moving Judge to second. Joey Gallo, with two on and two outs, went down on strikes leaving two on base. At the bottom, Tony Kemp faced Gerrit Cole and looped one into center for a single. Starling Marte ground out to third. Matt Olsen struck out. Jed Lowrie flew out to Gallo in left to end the inning. No score.

At the top of the second, Luke Voit led off but was hit by a pitch. Gio Urshela went down on strikes. Andrew Velazquez went down looking. Kyle Higashioka ground out sharply to third. At the bottom, Josh Harrison ground out. Matt Chapman ground out to Urshela. Mark Canha singled. Sean Murphy ground out to end the inning. No score.

LeMahieu led off the third, popping out to shallow center. Rizzo ground out to short. Judge went down on strikes. Elvis Andrus led off the bottom by popped to Rizzo. Kemp flew out to Judge on the warning track. Marte singled out to left. Olsen was out when he couldn’t hold up. No score.

Stanton led the fourth inning, who hit a 472′ homer to center to give the Yankees the lead. Gallo stuck out. Voit homered. Urshela ground out to right-center. Velazquez ground out, but the Yankees picked up two runs. At the bottom, Lowrie struck out swinging. Harrison doubled over Judge’s head and off the wall. Chapman walked. Canha struck out. Murphy struck out. New York Yankees 2 Oakland Athletics 0.

Andrew Velazquez led off the fifth inning by singling to far left; Higgy thought about a two-bagger but held up at first. LeMahieu singled, moving Higgy to second. Rizzo ground out. With two on and one out, Judge got a three-run homer knocking Manaea out of the game. The new A’s pitcher Deolis Guerra faced Stanton, who flew out to left. Gallo doubled off the center-field wall. Voit struck out to end the half, but the Yankees picked up 3 more runs. At the bottom, Andrus led off by singling up the middle. Kemp also singled up the middle. Marte popped out to Rizzo in foul territory. Olsen walked to load the bases. Lowrie, with one out and the bases, loaded struck out. Harrison lined directly to Urshela, who made a great catch to get Cole out of the jam. New York Yankees 5 Athletics 0.

The sixth inning was led off by Urshela, who flew out to right. Velazquez flew out to deep rigth. Higashioka ground out to short to end the half. Cole out for the sixth inning faced Chapman, who went down on strikes. Canha stuck out. Murphy struck out to end the inning while Cole got his 200th strikeout of the season. Yankees 5 Athletics 0.

AJ Puk came out to pitch the seventh inning. LeMahieu ground out to short. Rizzo singled to center. Judge flew out to center. Stanton ground out to short to end the half. At the bottom, Andrus faced new Yankee pitcher Joely Rodriguez and flew out to Gardner in center.  Chad Pinter pinch hit for Kemp and walked. Marte singled to beyond short. Olsen doubled, bringing two Athletic runs. Lowrie faced Chad Green and walked. Harrison hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Yankees 5 Athletics 2.

The eighth inning was led off by Gallo, who went down looking. Voit also went down looking. Urshela flew out to right. At the bottom, Chapman went down on strikes. Canha struck out. Murphy also stuck out for Green’s strikeout of the side. Yankees 5 Athletics 2.

The ninth inning was led off by Velazquez, who doubled to the center-field wall. Higashioka homered to center. LeMahieu singled. Rizzo singled. Judge singled driving in LeMahieu. Gardner in for Stanton and flew out. Gallo reached on a fielder’s choice with Rizzo going to third. Voit ground into a force out to end the half. With last licks on the line for the Athletics, Andrus faced Lucas Luetge, the Yankee closer of the night, and struck out looking on a massive curve by Luetge. Pinder flew out to Gallo in left. Marte struck out looking, and the Yankees got their 13th consecutive win.

The final score was the New York Yankees 8 and the Oakland Athletics 2. The winning pitcher was Gerrit Cole and the loser was Sean Manaea.

New York Yankees: 4 Major takeaways from Yankee win over the Twins

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Last night after sweeping the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees started game one of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium against the Minnesota Twins. They won game one 7-5 on their way to another series win. The win last night was the Yankees’ seventh in a row.

Jameson Taillon okay in Yankee win

Jameson Taillon, who has been the best Yankee pitcher over the past six weeks, sailed through the first five innings last night, putting away 15 Twins hitters. But then came the sixth inning when a Cave home run ended his night. He struck out five without issuing a walk. Even though he gave up three runs, he kept the Yankees in the game.

Wandy Peralta came in and pitched 1.2 perfect innings. He was replaced by Zack Britton and Chad Green, who both gave up a run. The Yankee offense held up the pitching giving those pitchers seven runs to work with. Taillon got the win, and Green got the save.

Velazquez emerging as a Yankee spark

Since Andrew Velazquez was brought up from the Rail Riders in recent games, he seems to be involved in a Yankees win with either offense or defense or both. He has been providing a spark that has been missing a good part of the year. Just like the addition of Rougie Odor earlier in the season, he seems to have helped change the culture of the Yankees. adding more excitement to games. Last night the young shortstop had a standup triple, stole a base, and went two for three on the night.

Home runs remain king for the Yankees

The new and improved New York Yankees have recently found ways to win games where they don’t hit home runs. But make no mistake about it, the home run is still king for a team built around those long balls. Last night in the fourth inning, backup catcher Kyle Higasioka hit a homer. In the eighth inning, Giancarlo Stanton hit a cheap one into the short porch in right. The Yankees won the game by two runs.

Severino: Good and bad news

First, the bad former ace pitcher Luis Severino may not pitch in the big leagues this season. The good news is that his recent setback may not be as big of a problem as it could have been. Severino was removed from a rehab start with shoulder tightness. He was sent for an MRI and showed there was no structural damage. Nonetheless, he was sent for a second opinion which confirmed that there indeed were no structural problems.

He will probably not throw this week as they go slow with Severino; also, he will travel with the team and may see a specialist there on the west coast tour.

On brighter news, reliever Clay Holmes that has been so good for the New York Yankees is nearing a return from the Covid list; he could rejoin the team during this series.

New York Yankees Recap: Higashioka and Velazquez power the Yankees to win over the Twins

New York Yankees, Kyle Higashioka

After sweeping the Boston Red Sox and going 8-2 in their last ten games and overtaking the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, the New York Yankees took on the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a four-game set at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Jameson Taillon was on the mound for the Yankees and John Gant for the Twins. The Yankees won the game 7-5.

In the first, Max Kepler led off for the Twins and ground out to Odor at second. Jorge Polanco dunked in for a base hit to no man’s land in center. Josh Donaldson flew out to Stanton in right. Polanco tried to steal second, but Higashioka threw a lazer to second for the final out. At the bottom, Luke Voit leadoff for the Yankees and flew out to center. Rizzo ground out for the second out. Aaron Judge tapped out to the mound for the final out of the inning. No score.

At the second, Luis Arraez flew out to Stanton in right. Miguel Sano went down on strikes. Nick Gordon flew out to Judge in center for a 1-2-3 inning for Taillon. At the bottom, Joey Gallo struck out swinging. Giancarlo Stanton ground out to center. Rougie Odor went down on strikes to end the scoreless inning. No score.

The third inning was led off by  Ryans Jeffers, who went down on strikes. Jake Cave tapped out to first. Andelton Simmons ground out to Wade at third. At the bottom, Andrew Velazquez had a  leadoff triple. Higashioka got an RBI double scoring Velazquez who was alble to walk home. Tyler Wade worked a walk. Luke Voit hit to far left to get double scoring both Wade and Wade. Anthony Rizzo sac flew out to center with Voit scoring. Aaron Judge, with one out, struck out swinging. Gallo hit into the catcher’s glove. New York Yankees 4 Twins 0.

Max Kepler led off the fourth inning by striking out looking. Polanco struck out. Donaldson ground out to short. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton chopped out to third. Rougie Odor faced the new Twins pitcher Danny Coulombe and flew out to right. Velazquez singled to short. Velazquez stole seond. Kyle Higashioka hit a two-run bomb just inside the left-field foul pole driving in two. Wade ground out. New York Yankees 6 Twins 0.

The fifth inning was scoreless for both teams. The top of the sixth was not good for Taillon or the Yankees as the Minnesota twins racked up 3 runs in the inning. Kepler doubled. Polanco doubled, and Cave homered. The bottom of the sixth was led off by Odor, who ground out. Velazquez went down looking. Higashioka flew out to the right to end the inning. New York Yankees 6 Minnesota 3. What looked like it was going to be a laugher had turned into another close game for the Yankees.

The seventh inning was led off by Sano, who ground out. Gordon struck out swinging. Jeffers popped out at the end of the half. At the bottom, Wade struck out swinging. Voit flew out to right field. Rizzo ground out for a very fast inning for Peralta and Albers. New York Yankees 6 Minnesota Twins 3. Wandy Peralta had an excellent 1.2 innings.

The top of the eight with new Yankee pitcher Zack Britton on the mound, Cave ground out. Simmons reached for a single. Simmons reached second on a wild pitch. Kepler struck out swinging for the second out of the inning. Then, Polanco got a line-drive single to center, and the Twins picked up another run. It was Polanco’s third hit of the game. Donaldson went down swinging, but the Twin nibbled closer, tacking on another run.

Aaron Judge led the bottom of the eight, who hit it hard but directly to second for the first out of the inning. Gallo struck out for the third time in the game. Stanton homered to the short porch in right field to get an insurance run for the Yankees.  Odor went down on strikes. New York Yankees 7 Minnesota Twins 4.

At the top of the ninth, with the last licks on the line for the Twins, Luis Arraez against the new Yankee pitcher and closer Chad Green flew out to left field. Miguel Sano hit a homer just inside the left-field foul pole. Brent Rooker pinch-hitting for Nick Gordon struck out looking. Ryan Jeffers stuck out swinging for the New York Yankees seventh straight win, a season-high.

The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Minnesota Twins 5. The winning pitcher was Jameson Taillon; the loser was John Gant. The save went to Chad Green (6).

 

 

 

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from a clunker Yankee loss

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After the New York Yankees accomplished an eleventh inning win over the Kansas City Royals yesterday morning in the wee hours, the Yankees went for the series win last night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Monday night’s game was a hard-fought 11th inning win, and hoped for an earlier outcome with Nestor Cortes Jr. on the mound for the Yankees; he faced the Royals, Daniel Lynch. But, unfortunately, the Yankees lost the game 8-4 in a game that the Yankees had a season-high four errors.

Nestor Cortes Jr. was not as sharp

In the absence of Corey Kluber, Nestor Cortes Jr. had been great. However, last night that greatness didn’t shine through. Going into the sixth inning with a career-high number of pitches, Cortes kept the Yankees in the game, although giving up four earned runs. The Yankees had their chances to get those runs back but left too many people on base, missed opportunities, and committed too many errors. Plain and simple, the Royal outplayed the Yankees, stealing bases and producing squeeze plays. In the game, the Yankees went 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position while leaving seven on base.

The game started badly for Cortes; Whit Merrifield led off for the Royals and got a centerfield single. Nicky Lopez flew out to Stanton in left. Salvator Perez homered to center to give the Royals an early two-run lead. Carlos Santana ground out to second. Andrew Benintendi doubled to left field. Emmanuel Rivera struck out looking, but the Royals went ahead by two runs.

The New York Yankees got one run back on a passed ball. But the Yankees gave up another run in the third and yet another in the sixth even though the Yankees pulled ahead for the lead in the game.

Bullpen fails as Ridings leads the collapse

The real trouble for the Yankees was when Stephen Ridings was called in to replace Cortes, who had pitched a season-high 80 pitches. One must remember that Cortes is actually a reliever, but because of pitching shortages had been pushed into a starter role.  Ridings immediately gave up two runs while only recording two outs. Ridings had previously been lights out for the Yankees, but he just didn’t have it last night. Nick Nelson gave up another run in the eighth. Only Joely Rodriquez had a scoreless inning. All tolled the Yankees bullpen had no strikeouts.

New record for errors in game

Last night was a new record for the Yankees for sloppy play. They recorded a season-high four errors. Two of those errors with throwing errors by backup catcher Kyle Higasioka had only one error in the first half and only four in his entire career. Both of the throws overthrew their targets. After the game, Higgy said it’s just one of those things.

Also, last night Luke Voit showed why Anthony Rizzo is a more competent first baseman. On one down the ling hit, Voit let it roll through his legs as it tipped off his glove for an error. Stephen Ridings committed the fourth error on an infield hit. He threw wide to Voit.

This was a clunker for the New York Yankees, the king of a game that won’t get them into the postseason. The Yankees dropped back another game in the AL East as the Tampa Bay Rays won over the sinking Red Sox.

Today the New York Yankees will go for the win of the series, a rubber game for both teams at 2:10 pm EDT. The Yankees having no pitcher available for the game will likely have a bullpen game using an opener and other relievers to get the win.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees fall to the Royals in second game

New York Yankees, Nestor Cortes Jr.

After the New York Yankees accomplished an eleventh inning win over the Kansas City Royals this morning in the wee hours, the Yankees went for the series win tonight at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Last night’s game was a hard-fought 11th inning win, and hoped for an earlier outcome with Nestor Cortes Jr. on the mound for the Yankees; he faced the Royals, Daniel Lynch. The Yankees lost the game 8-4 in a game that the Yankees had a season-high four errors.

DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees against Lynch and ground out. Giancarlo Stanton walked. Aaron Judge struck out swinging on a high ball. Joey Gallo went down, looking to end the half. At the bottom, Whit Merrifield led off for the Royals and got a centerfield single. Nicky Lopez flew out to Stanton in left. Salvator Perez homered to center to give the Royals an early two-run lead. Carlos Santana ground out to second. Andrew Benintendi doubled to left field. Emmanuel Rivera struck out looking, but the Royals went ahead by two runs. Kansas City 2 Yankees 0.

Luke Voit led off for the Yankees in the second and ground out to third. Rougie Odor struck out. Kyle Higashioka struck out swinging for a 1-2-3 inning for Lynch. At the bottom, Hunter Dozier skied out to Judge in right. Michael Taylor singled to right. Hanser Alberto flew out to center. Taylor stole second and went to third on an errant throw by Higashioka. With one on and two outs, Merrifield flew out to Davis in center to end the inning. Royals 2 Yankees 0.

Centerfielder Jonathan Davis led off the third inning by tapping back to the pitcher. A. Velaquez hit one to the centerfield wall for a double. LeMahieu flew out to center while Velaquez took third. Stanton with a chance to tie it up with one on and two outs, but Velaquez took advantage of the passed ball and scored. Stanton singled to left. Judge singled to right center, moving Stanton to second. With two on and two outs, Gallo struck out swinging, but the Yankees got on the board. At the bottom, Lopez flew out to Gallo in left. Perez flew out to Judge in right. Santana flew out to center for a 1-2-3 inning for Cortes. Royals 2 Yankees 1.

Luke Voit led off the fourth by flying out to center. Odor walked. Higashioka homered to far left (408′) for a two-run shot powering the Yankees to the lead in the game. Davis ground out. Velaquez went out swinging. At the bottom, Benintendi flew out to left. Rivera ground out. Dozier struck out looking. New York Yankees 3 Royals 2.

The top of the Yankees lineup led off the fifth inning. LeMahieu walked. Stanton flew out to right. Judge flew out to left-center. LeMahieu went to second on a passed ball. Gallo walked for two on and two outs, and that was the night for Daniel Lynch. Luke Voit faced a new pitcher Domingo Tapia and walked to load the bases for Odor, who struck out swinging, blowing a chance for the Yankees to blow the game open, leaving three on base. At the bottom, Taylor flew out to Judge in right. Alberto lined out to Davis in center. Merrifield got a two-out double to right-center that split the outfielders. Merrifield took off for third, and Higashioka airmailed one to third, scoring Merrifield for a tied game. Lopez struck out, but the game was tied. Yankees 3 Royals 3.

Kyle Higashioka led off the sixth by striking out. Davis walked. Davis took second on a wild pitch. Velaquez went down looking. LeMahieu, with one on and two outs, lined a single to right, scoring Velaquez ending the night for Tapia. Stanton faced new Royals pitcher Josh Staumont and struck out swinging. At the bottom of the seventh, Perez got his second homer of the game. Santana went down swinging. Benintendi struck out looking. Rivera lined a single to center that ended the night for Nestor Cortes Jr. Dozier faced Stephen Ridings and doubled to left, giving the Royals the lead, but Dozier was out at third. Kansas City 5 New York 4.

Judge led off the seventh inning went down looking. Gallo struck out. Voit lined out to center. At the bottom, Taylor doubled. Alberto had a sac bunt, and a throwing error by Ridings allowed Taylor to score. Merrifield lined out, but Alberto went to third, and that was the night for Ridings. Lopez faced new Yankees pitcher Joely Rodriguez, and the Royals scored on a safety squeeze. Perez singled to left. Santana ground out to short. Kansas City 7 New York 4.

Rougie Odor led off the eighth with the Yankees behind by 3 runs and went down looking. Higashioka flew out to right. Davis flew out to right for a quick inning for the Royals. At the bottom, Benintendi reached on the fourth error on the Yankees as the ball slipped through the feet of Voit. Rivera walked. Dozier flew out to right, Benintendi moved to third. Taylor walked to load the bases for Alberto had a sac fly scoring Benintendi. Merrifield line out but the Royals tacked on. Royals 8 Yankees 4.

At the top of the ninth inning, with the last licks on the line for the Yankees, Andrew Velaquez led off and flew out to left. LeMahieu flew out to right. Stanton went down swinging for the Royals win. The final score was the Kansas City Royals 8 and the New York Yankees 4. The winning pitcher was Josh Staumont, and the loser was Nestor Cortes Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees News: Red Sox Yankee game postponed due to Covid protocols

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The New York Yankees Red Sox game has been postponed due to several Yankees players going on the Covid list and protocols. The Yankees were the first team in baseball to get 85% of its players vaccinated for the coronavirus, but the virus is unrelenting and has again raised its ugly head. The postponement was first reported the Buster Olney of ESPN.

Eight Yankees are under Covid protocols, including right-hand hitter Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka, and third baseman Gio Urshela. Previously Nestor Cortes Jr. was reportedly also affected by the virus. Few details are immediately available, but as more information becomes known, you will find it here on EmpireSportsMedia.com.

Judge who attended the All-Star game came in contact with Gerrit cole and Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman. Out of an abundance of caution, the Red Sox are also being tested. The entire Red Sox Yankee serious may be in jeopardy.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Runners in scoring position lose game one to the Royals

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Tonight at the Stadium in the Bronx, the New York Yankees met up with the Kansas City Royals for game one of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees’ ace Gerrit Cole led off against the Kansas City Royals’ Brady Singer. Showers near the game had passed, and the game started on time but with a slightly wet outfield. The Yankees lost the game in the eighth inning 6-5.

Whit Merrifield led off against Cole in the first and ground out to third base. Carlos Santana walked. Salvatore Perez singled, getting Santana at second. Ryan O’hearn lined out to left field to end the half. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu grounded out to second. Judge lined to second. On his first at-bat returning from the IL, Luke Voit hit the first pitch he saw for a solo homer (423′) to left field. Stanton walked. Gio Urshela slow singled to short. A passed ball lets the runners advance. Gleyber Torres walked the bases full. Clint Frazier ground out to strand 3 Yankees. No score. Singer was checked for ‘sticky’ stuff when he left the mound.

At the top of the second inning, Jorge Soler led off against Cole and grounded to third for the first out. Kevin Gutierrez ground out to second. Hunter Dozier struck out on a 97 mph fastball to end the half. Kyle Higashioka led off the bottom by homering to left field for the two-run lead for the Yankees. Brett Gardner lined out to left. LeMahieu singled to center. Aaron Judge singled with LeMahieu stopping at second base. Luke Voit, who hit a homer in the first, flew out to right. Stanton, with two on and two outs, struck out, leaving another two men on base. New York Yankees 2 Kansas City Royals 0.

Michael Taylor led off the third inning by singling to short center. Nicky Lopez singled, moving Taylor to third base. Merrifield hitting in his 378th straight game, with men on the corners and no outs, ground out, but Taylor scored on the play. Santana struck out. Perez, with a man still on second and two outs, popped out to Gardner in second. Gerrit Cole was checked for substances as he left the mound. At the bottom Urshela ground out to short. Torres went down swinging. Frazier struck out for a fast inning for Singer. Yankees 2 Royals 1.

The top of the fourth was led off by O’Hearn, who tied up the game with a homer to centerfield. Soler ground out to LeMahieu. Gutierrez struck out. Dozier flew out to Garnder. The bottom was led off by Higashioka, who homered in the second; he struck out looking for Singers’ third strikeout in a row. Gardner struck out for Singers’ fourth in a row. LeMahieu walked. Aaron Judge walked, bringing up Luke Voit walked and that was the end of the night for Singer. Stanton faced the new pitcher Kris Bubic with the bases loaded and two outs; he ground out to strand three Yankees on base. Yankees 2 Royals 2.

Taylor started the fifth by lining out to LeMahieu. Lopez flew out to Frazier in left. Merrifield hit directly back to Cole for the final out. Urshela led off the bottom by flying out to Soler in right. Torres swung and missed for a strikeout. Frazier also struck out for a 1-2-3 inning for Bubic. Yankees 2 Royals 2.

The top of the sixth was led off by Stanton, who ground out to Torres. Perez struck out swinging. O’Hearn flew out to Frazier in left. Cole was checked by umpires for the second time, leaving the mound. The bottom was led off by Higashioka, who flew out to left. Gardner, who is in a big-time slump, ground out to first. LeMahieu rolled out to second to end the scoreless inning. The game tied at 2.

Soler led off the seventh inning and walked. Jerrod Dyson pinch-running. Gutierrez went down looking. Dozier ground out to Voit, Dyson went to second. Taylor reached on a bad call. Lopez struck out on a 100 mph fastball. In the bottom, Judge flew out. Luke Voit appeared to hit a home run to left, and upon a review, it was called a triple due to fan interference. Wade pinch ran for Voit. Stanton at the plate, the ball gets away from the catcher on a wild pitch, and Wade scored for the Yankees lead. Stanton walked. Urshela walked on a hit by a pitch to his shin. Torres, in a slump of late, continued the slump with a strikeout. Frazier, also in a big-time slump, chopped out to short. New York Yankees 3 Royals 2.

On to the eighth Merrifield against the new Yankee pitcher, Jonathan Loaisiga singled. Santana doubled, moving Merrifield to third. Perez struck out. O’Hearn singled on a mishandled ball by Lemahie, and Merrifield scored to tie up the game. Dyson singled as Santana came home for the Royals lead. Gutierrez struck out. Dozier singled in front of Garnder, and O’Hearn scored. Taylor singled up the center as Dyson scored. Lopez, against the new pitcher Lucas Luetge, ground out to second. Kansas City Royals 6 New York Yankees 3.

Gary Sanchez led off pinch-hitting for Higashioka the bottom of the eighth by grounding out. Gardner walked. LeMahieu homered driving in Gardner for the one-run game. Scott Barlow faced Aaron Judge, who doubled off the left-field wall. Odor pinch-hitting for Wade popped out to Santana for the second out. Stanton ground out to third, but the Yankees made it a one-run game. Royals 6 Yankees 5.

At the top of the ninth Luetge, still on the mound, Merrifield lined to Urshela for out number one. Santana struck out for out number two. Perez popped out to Luetge for the final out. With last licks for the New York Yankees, Gio Urshela led off the bottom of the ninth against Greg Holland and chopped out to center for a single. Miguel Andujar pinch ran for Urshela. Gleyber Torres struck out for the fourth time on the night, but Andujar moved to score position. Frazier struck out. Gary Sanchez was intentionally walked. Brett Gardner popped out to lose the game.

The final score was the Kansas City Royals 6 and the New York Yankees 5. The winning pitcher was Jake Brentz, and the loser was Jonathan Loaisiga; Greg Holland got the save.

New York Yankees: Takeaways from the Yankees’ walk-off win

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After losing game one, the New York Yankees had an exciting pitching duel yesterday between starting pitchers combined for five Cy Young awards. In the end, they both pitched too well to be involved in the decision. The Yankees won the rain-delayed game 4-3. The name of the game was pitching, as both teams had trouble scoring runs.

An epic pitching duel

After a nearly two-and-a-half-hour rain delay, 2 times Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber took to the mound for the New York Yankees. Previous to being hired by the Yankees, the star pitcher hadn’t pitched for almost two years after being hit by a pitch while with the Cleveland Indians and injuring his shoulder after pitching just one inning for the Texas Rangers. Since his first start with the Yankees, he has been shaking off the rust and getting closer to his winning form. In his last outing against the Detroit Tigers, he went 8 innings allowing no runs and just two hits.

Yesterday, he wasn’t quite that good, pitching 5.2 innings allowing 2 earned runs. For the second game in a row, he threw over 100 pitches, striking out 6 Nationals. He walked 3 batters. He didn’t have his best stuff in a nutshell, and his changeup just wasn’t as sharp. But like any good pitcher, he kept the Yankees in the game.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer was truly amazing. The future Hall of Famer pitched into the eighth inning, only allowing a home run to Yankee catcher Kyle Higashioka while striking out 14 Yankees. He only allowed 2 Yankee hits in the game. He was coming off a complete-game win against the Miami Marlins on Sunday. After that win, he had time to go to the hospital and witness the birth of his son Derek.

Yankees hitters struggled, but Gleyber Torres came through in the eleventh inning

Up against one of the best pitchers in baseball, the oft-time struggling Yankee hitters continued to struggle. So far this season, the Yankee hitters have been hot or cold, mostly cold.  Off of Scherzer, they could only muster up two hits in nearly eight innings. Catcher Kyle Higashioka broke out of his mini-slump by hitting the Yankees’ only home run. Miguel Andujar, who was brought up from Scranton to replace Gio Urshela, has gone 0 for 6 in the Nats series.

The New York Yankees played without Gio Urshela, who is not on the IL but is day to day recovering from a knee injury suffered in the last game of the Astros series and igniting hitter Rougned Odor. Most all the hitters struggled against Nationals pitching. The starting three, LeMahieu, Stanton, and Judge, went 3 for 12 at the plate. One hitter, Gleyber Torres, was the star of the game. His single in the ninth inning tied the game at 3 and pushed it into extra innings. At the bottom of the eleventh, with DJ LeMahieu as the ghost runner, Stanton took to the plate, and with Tanner Rainy on the mound, Stanton walked. Judge walked to load the bases with no outs. Gleyber Torres had a 50′ infield single to get the walk-off win.

This was the first walk-off win for the Yankees this season. They are now one game over .500. For complete coverage of the win go here.

Today’s game:

Today at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the Yankees will again face the Washington Nationals in the final rubber game of the 3 game set. Today’s game is the most difficult to predict the outcome; much has to do with which Domingo German shows up. German (2-2 ERA 4.32) will face the Nationals’ Joe Ross (2-2 ERA 4.39). Between his 2 starts against the Orioles and Cleveland, German went 12 innings scoreless, but in his last outing, he went only five innings giving up three earned runs; in a game, the Yankees eventually won over the Astros.

Joe Ross has never faced the New York Yankees before and has not experienced Yankee Stadium and its fans. He is 3-2 in interleague games in his career. So far this season, the Nationals had lost 3 of his 5 starts, including his last start against the Atlanta Braves, when he went 5.1 innings giving up 2 earned runs while striking out 3 and walking 2 Braves. The Sunday matinee will be televised on the YES Network, MASN, and MLB out of market.

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Kluber’s brilliance wins a pitcher’s duel for the sweep

The New York Yankees met the Detroit Tigers today for the finale of the series, hoping for a sweep of the Tigers. Today Corey Kluber was on the mound for the Yankees and Jose Urena for the Tigers. The Yankees have scored 16 runs in the first two games and the Tigers only 4. The Yankees have won 7 of their last 10 games, the pitching has been there, and the hitting has picked up dramatically.

In the first inning, Robbie Grossman faced Corey Kluber, and he ground out to first. Jeimer Candelario struck out, and Miguel Cabrera ground out to third for a 1-2-3 inning for Kluber. At the bottom of the first, DJ LeMahieu faced Jose Urena, and he ground out to short. Giancarlo Stanton had a line drive single to short. Aaron Judge hit a long fly out to center. Rougie Odor ground out to second to end the scoreless inning.

At the top of the second, Jonathan Schoop led off by striking out. Harold Castro struck out swinging. Niko Goodrum struck out also for a strikeout of the side. Gio Urshela played shortstop today; he singled on a slow roller. Aaron Hicks walked, and Urshela moved to second on a loose ball. Mike Ford hit a long fly out to moving Urshela to third base. Kyle Higashioka lined a double down the left-field line scoring Urshela and moving Hicks to third. Brett Gardner sac flew to the right-field wall scoring Hicks. LeMahieu struck out. New York Yankees 2 Tigers 0.

Wilson Ramos led off the third inning with a walk. Akil Baddoo broke his bat, then got Kluber his 5th strikeout. JaCoby Jones singled to no man’s land in center, moving Ramos to second. Grossman was getting a changeup, the ball got loose from Higgy, and the runners moved up. Grossman struck out for Kluber’s sixth strikeout. Candelario made it seven strikeouts. Stanton led off the bottom, flying out to shallow center. Judge chopped out to third base. Rougie Odor ground out to end the inning. Yankees 2 Tigers 0.

At the bottom, one short of Babe Ruth’s record of 2,873 hits, Miguel Cabrera, but he struck out. Schoop popped out to third. Castro ground back to Kluber for another 3 up 3 down inning. Urshela led off the bottom, grounding out to short. Hicks ground out to first. Ford ground out to third as the Yankees went down in order. Yankees 2 Tigers 0.

Goodrum led off the fifth and ground to second. Ramos ground out to Odor. Baddoo swing and a miss for Kluber’s ninth strikeout. At the bottom, Higashioka struck out. Gardner ground out. LeMahieu ground out for a very fast inning for both pitchers. Yankees 2 Tigers 0.

Starting the sixth inning with Kluber still on the mound with 72 pitches, Jones ground out. Grosman lined out sharply to Odor. Candelario singled for the second Tiger hit. Cabrera chopped to third, ending the half. At the bottom, Stanton led off striking out swinging. Judge struck out. Odor full out as the Yankees went down 13 in a row. Yankees 2 Tigers 0.

Schoop led off the top of the seventh inning by grounding out. Castro ground out to Urshela. Goodrum ground out for another 1-2-3 inning for Kluber. Urshela struck out at the bottom. Hicks went down looking. Mike Ford went down looking. Urena had put down 16 in a row for the Tigers. New York Yankees 2 Tigers in what had become a pitchers duel.

The eighth inning, with Kluber still on the mound, Ramos ground out. Baddoo popped out to foul territory in right. Jones struck out for Kluber’s 10th strikeout in a brilliant outing.  Higashioka led off the bottom, striking out. Gardner struck out. LeMahieu ground out. Yankees 2 Tigers 0.

With the last licks on the line for the Tigers at the top of the ninth, Robbie Grossman faced the New York Yankees closer, Aroldis Chapman. He flew out to Hicks. Candelario struck out Miguel Cabrera struck out for the final out of the game. The final score was the New York Yankees 2 and the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees got the sweep of the Tigers. The winning pitcher was Corey Kluber, and the loser was Jose Urena, with the save going to Aroldis Chapman.