New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from embarrassing loss to the Indians

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

If the New York Yankees were pleased with themselves after their shutout of the Indians on Friday night, they have to be at least equally embarrassed by the loss they suffered last night. In an ugly game with little Yankee hitting, the Yankees lost the second game 11-3 against the poor hitting Cleveland team. The Indians have only six other teams that hit less than they do.

Luis Gil’s secondary offerings didn’t cut it

Luis Gil has had some amazing starts for the Yankee’s while helping replace Cy Young Award winner Cory Kluber, but he has also had flashes of little control of his secondary pitches that have cost the Yankees. As manager Aaron Boone had said last night and before, Gil, although he may have a great future, right now he is not the finished product.

Gil started yesterday’s game great, striking out two in the first inning, but with his lack of control, the game was pretty much over by the time he was taken out of the game in the fifth inning. He had given up three runs and left two on base when he exited. Alber Abreu entered and couldn’t hold those remaining runners on base, allowing them to score and adding three runs of his own. At the close of the inning, it was 8-0 Yankees. The Yankees couldn’t recover from that deficit.

The offense came too little, too late

At the beginning of the seventh inning, the Yankees were scoreless, not able to do anything off Indian’s starter, Aaron Civale. But in the seventh inning, Giancarlo Stanton went deep off of Bryan Shaw for his 30th home run of the season. Luke Voit added a two-run homer of his own in the eight, but this was too little, too late to make any difference in the game’s outcome.

If the Yankees can reach the postseason, they have to correct a big problem they have had all season. And that was on full display yesterday. The Yankees can’t hit off of good pitching. They only beat up on poor pitchers and tired bullpens. In the postseason, you are only going to see great pitching that goes deep into games.

One thing the Yankees can do to improve that is to keep Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield daily; use Luke Voit, who may not be elite at first as the everyday DH; he is a better hitter with the potential of hitting more home runs than Anthony Rizzo, the better defender. They have got to play clean baseball and improve the consistency of their hitting.

Yankees slip out of the wild card yet again

The New York Yankees are in a very tight race to get a wild card spot with the Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays. For nearly two weeks, the Yankees held that number one spot giving them the home-field advantage in that game. But, since then, they have slipped entirely out of the wild card, then back in and out yet again.

Yesterday their rivals, the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays, both won their games. The Yankees lost and slipped back out of a wild card berth, looking in on their rivals. The last 13 games are so critical to the goal of playing in the wild card. It doesn’t appear that either of their rivals will be collapsing, so the Yankees must win at least the majority of the remaining games.

If they can’t do that, it will be a long cold winter of discontent spent examining all the things they could have done better instead of celebrating a long-awaited 28th World Championship.

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Bronx Bombers turn into just bombed out in loss

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After pounding the Cleveland Indians last night in an 8-0 shut out the New York Yankees hoped to continue their powerful play by getting back their home advantage in the wild card and beating the Indians again to take the series. The Yankees had pitching sensation Luis Gill on the mound facing the Indians Aaron Civale. Gil was not good and the bullpen was sensationally worse. The Yankees lost 11-3.

Gill faced Myles Straw leading off for the Indians, who struck out for Gil’s first game strikeout. Oscar Mercado jumped on the first pitch for a double down the left-field line. Jose Ramirez ground out with Mercado moving to third. Franmil Reyes struck out to strand one. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees and doubled to center. A pitch hit Luke Voit. With two on and no outs, Aaron Judge hit into a double play as DJ moved to third base. Stanton, with two outs and one on, lined out to right to end the inning. No score.

Harold Ramirez struck out. Yu Chang homered into the left-field stands. Owen Miller struck out. Austin Hedges flew out to right, but the Indians picked up a run. At the bottom, Joey Gallo led off by popping out to third. Gleyber Torres singled up the middle. Gary Sanchez went down looking. Brett Gardner at the plate Torres was caught stealing to end the inning. Cleveland Indians 1 Yankees 0.

To open the third inning, Andres Gimenez was at the plate and singled to left. Straw ground out with Gimenez moving to second. Mercado flew out to Gallo. Ramirez walked. Reyes, with two on and two outs, popped out to Urshela, stranding two. Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the third by striking out swinging. Gio Urshela popped out to second. LeMahieu flew out to right. Indians 1 Yankees 0.

The fourth inning was led off by H. Ramirez, who walked. Chang had an infield pop out. Miller walked. Hedges struck out swinging. Gimenez struck out. At the bottom, Voit was called out on strikes. Aaron Judge got a towering out to right. Stanton flew out to the warning track in right. Indians 1 Yankees 0.

The fifth inning was led off by Myles Straw, who lined out to Judge in right. Mercado popped out to Sanchez, but Sanchez dropped the ball; he ended up getting hit by a pitch. Ramirez walked. Reyes faced the new Yankee pitcher Albert Abreu and got an RBI double driving in Mercado with two on and one out. Ramirez was hit by a pitch for the second Indian hit by a pitch in the inning. Chang got a two-run double to right. Miller got an RBI single as the Indians were pouring it on. Hedges popped out to Sanchez. Gimenez, the 9th batter of the inning, hit a 3 run homer into the right-field stands. Straw ground out to finally end the inning that saw the Indians score 7 runs.

At the bottom of the fifth, Tyler Wade led off by striking out. Torres ground out to third. Sanchez singled to let field. Gardner lined out directly to Miller at second. Cleveland Indians 8 New York Yankees zero.

Mercado led off the sixth inning struck out. Ramirez doubled when LeMahieu tried to field his ground out but threw offline to a scoop up that Voit couldn’t make. Next up was Reyes, who hit a two-run homer into left. Ramirez flew out to left. Chang went down on strikes as the Indians tacked on another two runs. At the bottom,  Urshela led off and ground out to the pitcher. LeMahieu singled. Voit walked. Aaron Judge hit into his second double play of the game to end the inning. Indians 10 Yankees 0.

Miller led off the seventh by singling up the middle. Hedges flew out to center. Gimenez struck out. Straw singled, moving Miller to third. Mercado flew out to right. At the bottom, Stanton homered into the bullpen to put the Yankees on the board. Wade struck out. Torres popped out to first. Sanchez singled to left.  Gardner ground out to end the inning. Indians  10 New York Yankees 1.

The eighth inning was led off by Ramirez, who tacked on another homer. Reyes singled. Ramirez struck out. Chang flew out to left, and Miller struck out swinging. At the bottom Urshela ground out to short. LeMehieu walked. Voit hit a two-run homer just inside the left-field foul pole. Judge walked, Stanton flew out to deep center. Blake Parker was brought in to face the lefty, Wade. Wade got a single up the middle. Torres popped out to end the inning. Indians 11 Yankees 3.

Austin Hedges led off the top of the ninth against new Yankee pitcher Joely Rodriguez and ground back to J-Rod. Gimenez went down on strikes. Straw struck out. The Yankees entered the bottom of the inning with the impossible task of scoring at least 8 runs to tie the game and force it into extras. Gary Sanchez facing Emmanuel Clase, flew out to right. Gardner walked. Urshela struck out swinging. LeMahieu ground out to first to end the game.

The final score was the Cleveland Indians 11 and the New York Yankees 3. The winning pitcher was Aaron Civale, and the loser was Luis Gil.

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees meet the Cleveland Indians in weekend series, here’s the preview

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The New York Yankees start a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians tonight at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees, with a loss to the Orioles last night, have fallen out of a wild card berth; every game is so crucial to the Yankees while Cleveland’s postseason hopes have been dashed.

The Indians started their road trip by taking two out of three from the Twins but have lost seven of their last ten games. But that doesn’t mean the Yankees will have an easy time of it with the Indians. Jose Ramirez leads the Indians with 33 homers, and this season has gone 5 for 13 against the Yankees. Still, the Yankees lead their season play against the Indians, winning 3 of 4 games back in April.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, they are not playing as they did during their 13 game winning streak. The Yankees are 4-6 in their last ten games and are coming off a loss to the lowly Baltimore Orioles. For Giancarlo Stanton’s part, he is an Indians killer with a .308 average off of them. This series will be the second time that the Indians will face their ex-two-time Cy Young winner Kluber. In their matchup in April, Kluber struck out 11 Indians in his win. Luckily for the Yankees, they will not be facing Shane Bieber, who is out with a bad shoulder.

Tonight, September 17, 7:05 pm EDT

In the first game, the Indians will have to face their old Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber. Kluber was with the Indians for nine years, racking up a record of 98-58 and an ERA of 3.06. This will be Kluber’s fourth start since coming off the IL for a strained shoulder. Unfortunately for the Yankees, in his first three starts, he gave up 11 earned runs. However, he does have the Yankee’s only no-hitter this season. He is 4-3 with an ERA of 4.02 and 72 strikeouts.

Kluber will be facing the Indian’s Zach Plesac, who is 10-5 with an ERA of 4.45 and 88 strikeouts. The Yankees did not face Plesac when they faced them in April. He is coming off a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers when he gave up three runs over six innings. Both DJ LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez have batting averages of .333 against him in the past.

Saturday, September 18, 1:05 pm EDT

In the Saturday matinee, the Indians will face pitching sensation Luis Gil, a righty with a 1-0 record, an ERA of 2.88, and 32 strikeouts in 5 games. In his first three starts in August, he didn’t give up an earned run. But there have been a few cracks in the armor in his last two starts giving up eight runs over the two games. He is coming off a win against the Twins in his previous outing. However, none of the Indians have seen him pitch.

Gil will ace Aaron Civale, a righty that is 10-4 with an ERA of 3.76 and 85 strikeouts in 17 starts. He is coming off two losses in a row, one to Milwaukee and one against Minnesota. He also lost his game with the Yankees back in April when he gave up three runs. Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres have Civale’s number hitting .400 and .333 off of him, respectively. But don’t sell Kye Higashioka short; he has one hit off of him in 2 at-bats.

Sunday, September 19, 1:05 pm EDT

The New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole will take the mound in the matinee game on Sunday. Cole is 15-7 with an ERA of 2.75 and 224 strikeouts, the 3rd most in baseball, but with two fewer games pitched than the two leaders.  He is coming off his 15th win of the season against the Orioles when he gave up one run in five innings of work. None of the Indians have hit well off of Cole. Jose Ramirez, in 10 at-bats, has a .200 average. Cole won his first outing over the Indians, going seven innings of 3 hit ball.

Cole will face the Indians’ Eli Morgan, a righty that is 2-7 with an elevated 6.03 ERA with 70 strikeouts. Morgan has lost his last two starts against the Brewers and Red Sox, giving up eight runs. Not a single Yankee player has seen him pitch, except in videos.

Notes: Tonight’s game will be on WPIX and its affiliates in the New York area and Bally Sports Great Lakes. Saturday will be on the YES Network in addition to Bally Sports Great Lakes and MLBN out of market. Sunday will be on the YES Network and Bally.

After this three-game series with the Indians, the Yankees will host the Minnesota Twins for a three-game series at Yankee Stadium before going on their last road trip of the season with the Red Sox at Fenway and the Blue Jays at Rogers Center.

New York Yankees: 3 Takeaways from Yankees comeback win over the Twins

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

Yesterday afternoon, the New York Yankees had a makeup game with the Minnesota Twins caused by a rainout at Yankee Stadium on August 22. After winning only one game of a three-game set with the New York Mets, the Yankees were hoping to win after they moved out of a wild card berth. The Yankees got their win, besting the Twins 6-5.

Luis Gil gives up four, but the Yankees win

Luis Gil, in this season, has gotten to live his dream. When Cory Kluber went down with shoulder problems, Gil and Nestor Cortes Jr. started games for the Yankees. Gil was called up from Scranton Wilkes/Barre on August 3 to start a game against the Baltimore Orioles. He allowed only 4 hits, 2 hits against the Mariners, 3 hits against the Red Sox, 1 hit against the Blue Jays, none for extra bases. He earned the title of pitching sensation.

Yesterday he proved he is indeed human. He gave up two long balls for 4 RBIs in the very first inning of the Twins game. But the young man remained calm and gave the Yankees 6 innings, throwing 102 pitches while giving up just one more run and striking out 8 Twins batters. With the game tied at 5, closer Aroldis Chapman held the game at 5. The Yankees would have a walk-off win in the 10th inning when Gary Sanchez lined down the left-field line, scoring ghost runner Gleyber Torres.

Aaron Judge has a storybook moment

Aaron Judge, in his career, has drawn comparisons to the Hall of Famer and 20-year veteran Yankee Derek Jeter. Jeter was known for rising to the occasion at the most important times. Aaron Judge had his Jeter moment last night. After being behind by five runs, the Yankees began to claw their way back as the crowd became energized for the first time in the game. In the eighth inning, Anthony Rizzo pinch-hitting Wade walked with the Yankees still behind by 3 runs. Gary Sanchez pinch-hitting for Higashioka flew out to left. LeMahieu flew out to center. Gardner walked.

With Judge coming to the plate, the Twins turned to closer Alex Colome. Judge represented the tying run at the plate. You could feel the electricity in the stands as fans hoped for a big moment. Just like in a storybook, Judge homered to right-center to tie the game at 5. Gary Sanchez would seal the deal for the Yankees when he drove in the ghost-running Gleyber Torres in the 10th inning for the walk-off win. It was the first time the Yankees have come back from a five-run deficit this season.

Yankees new infield look

The New York Yankees have finally changed the look of their infield. Yesterday saw Gleyber Torres move to second base his natural position. Management apparently felt that the stress and errors being made by Torres might have been causing his poor plate performance. However, earlier in the season, it was proven that second baseman DJ LeMahieu played just as well at third base. Additionally, when Torres was on the IL, that third baseman Gio Urshela performed well as a shortstop. So to put Torres at second, those corresponding moves were also made.

Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reported that manager Aaron Boone said that the infield would remain this way for the duration of the season.

Notes: The New York Yankees will start a short three-game road trip today when they play the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Yankee ace Gerrit Cole will be on the mound for the Yankees and Alexander Wells for the Orioles. The game will be at 7:05 pm EDT and televised on the YES Network and MASN in Baltimore.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Judge and the Yankees win with a storybook ending

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

Today was supposed to be a day off for the New York Yankees, but a rainout on August 22nd facilitated today’s makeup game with the Minnesota Twins. The Yankees are coming off a loss to the New York Mets and going 3-12 in their last 15 games. The Twins were coming off a lost series with the Kansas City Royals.  Luis Gil was on the mound for the Yankees and John Gant for the Twins. In a game that went 10 innings, the Yankees got the walk-off 6-5 win.

Luis Arraez singled to right. Byron Boxton flew out to left. Jorge Polanco homered to right center, bring in Arraez. Josh Donaldson walked. Max Kepler struck out for the second out of the inning. Miguel Sano followed by getting the second run homer of the inning. Rob Refsnyder struck out. But Gil gave up four runs in the half. DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees and ground out to third base. Brett Gardner ground out to short. Aaron Judge walked. After the Judge walk, starter Gant was removed from the game with some type of injury; Luke Farrell replaced him. Giancarlo Stanton ground out to third to end the inning. Later in the game, Gants problem was determined to be a lower back strain.  Minnesota Twins 4 Yankees 0.

Gil faced Ryan Jeffers leading off the second inning; he fouled out to Luke Voit. Andrelton Simmons struck out swinging. Arraez flew out to Gallo as Gil rebounded for a 1-2-3 second. At the bottom, Joey Gallo struck out swinging. Luke Voit walked. Gleyber Torres ground into a double play to end the scoreless half.  Twins 4 Yankees 0.

Buxton led the third inning, who hit the Twin’s third home run, making this the ninth straight game that the Yankees have given up 5 or more runs since 1940. Polanco flew out to left. Kepler flew out to Gardner in center. At the bottom, Tyler Wade flew out to center. Kyle Higashioka struck out swinging. Finally, LeMahieu flew out to the right-field wall. Twins 5 Yankees 0.

Miguel Sano led off the fourth inning by going down on strikes. Refsnyder struck out swinging. Jeffers struck out as Gil struck out the side. At the bottom, Gardner ground out to short. Judge had a towering fly out to center. Stanton copied with the exact same out. Twins 5 New York Yankees 0.

Simmons led the fifth inning, who struck out for Gil’s fourth strikeout in a row. Arraez ground out to Wade at short. Buxton singled past third. Polanco flew out to Gallo in shallow left. Joey Gallo led off the bottom by laying down a beautiful bunt for a single. Voit faced new pitcher Kyle Barraclough and hit into a 5-4-3 double play. Torres flew out to center. Twins 5 Yankees 0.

Josh Donaldson led off the sixth and ground out to Wade at short. Kepler singled in front of Judge in right. Sano singled to left. Refsnyder struck out swinging. Jeffers flew out to center. Tyler Wade led the bottom of the frame, who worked a walk to lead off. Wade stole second. Higashioka flew out to right with Wade tagging and easily going to third base. LeMahieu got a sac fly to the right-field wall, Kepler made a great play, but Wade scored on the play.  Wade’s base running excels again. Gardner doubled up the middle. That ended the day for Barraclough. He was replaced by Tyler Duffy facing Aaron Judge, who rolled one to short to end the inning stranding Gardner. Mets 5 Yankees 1.

Andrelton Simmons led off the seventh inning against new Yankee pitcher Andrew Heaney; he tapped back to Heaney. Simmons ground out to Wade. Buxton went down swinging. At the bottom of the frame, Stanton struck out swinging. Gallo homered will into the bleachers in right-center. Voit ground out to short. Torres ground out to third. Mets 5 New York Yankees 2.

Polanco led off the eight with a soft bunt, Higashioka retired him. Donaldson was called out on strikes. Kepler walked. Sano singled to left. Refsnyder faced the new Yankee pitcher Albert Abreu with two on and two outs and ground out to third. The bottom was led off by Anthony Rizzo pinch-hitting for Wade and walked. Gary Sanchez pinch-hitting for Higashioka flew out to left. LeMahieu flew out to center. Gardner walked. With Judge coming to the plate, the Twins turned to closer Alex Colome. Judge as the tying run at the plate homered to right-center to tie the game at 5. Stanton went down swinging. New York Yankees 5 Minnesota Twins 5.

The New York Yankees trusted Aroldis Chapman to hold the game at 5. Jeffers went down looking. Simmons went down swinging. Arraez hit a two-out double to left. Buxton walked. Polanco flew out to Gardner to end the Twin’s threat. At the bottom with a chance to win it for the Yankees, Joey Gallo who already homered in the game went down swinging. Voit also went down swinging. Torres went down swinging, bringing in free baseball, a nail-biting 10th inning. The game tied at 5.

The tenth inning was led off by Donaldson with ghost runner Polanco on second and Clay Holmes on the mound for the Yankees. Donaldson struck out. Kepler tapped back to Holmes for the second out. Sano flew out to Judge to end the half. At the bottom with Torres as the ghost runner Urshela struck out. Sanchez powered one to left to win it for the Yankees in the 10th.

The final score was the New York Yankees 6, the Minnesota Twins 5. The winning pitcher was Clay Holmes and the loser was Ralph Garza Jr.  Judge’s three-run homer makes this one a storybook, Derek Jeter-like win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: Takeaways from another perplexing loss mystifying Yankee fans

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

The New York Yankees are in a tailspin that is quickly putting their postseason hopes into the rearview mirror. For this writer and Yankee fan, it is totally perplexing how a team can go from the winningest team in baseball just a week ago to a lifeless team that now has a season-high five losses in a row.

Luis Gil is human; after all

New York Yankee pitching prospect sensation Luis Gil was the first pitcher since 1901 to not give up a run in his first three starts as a Yankee. But now, Gil has proved that he is indeed human. Although he started last night’s game allowing a walk, and even though catcher Gary Sanchez allowed a passed ball with the runner advancing, Gil still got out of the inning unscathed. But that walk would be telling.

In the second inning, Gil struck out the side, and it looked like Gil was back into control. Then, in the third, Gil walked two and loaded the bases but showed the guts of a veteran by working into and getting out of a bases-loaded jam scoreless. But in the fourth, everything went south for Gil. He walked two more Jays. At the end of the half, the Rays had scored three runs against the 22-year-old.

At the end of the night, which came after just 3.1 innings for Gil, he had stuck out an impressive 6 Jays, but that was spoiled by walking seven which was his demise. After the game, manager Boone basically said that players and pitchers alike have bad days. However, it should be noted that no matter how well he pitched in his first three starts, in the minors, Gil had one of the worst walk records.

The Yankee’s rollercoaster is scary!

This 2021 baseball season for the New York Yankees has been a rollercoaster that would make Kingda Ka at Six Flags in New Jersey seem like a kiddie ride. Even though the first half for the Yankees was horrible, they did have their moments. But since July 4th, the roller coaster has gone into overdrive. With no hope of reaching the postseason, the Yankees became a new team becoming the winningest in baseball.

At one point, the Yankees won 13 games straight that landed them in the number one wild card berth. Now with losing five consecutive games, a season-high, the Yankees have lost that berth. If they lose again tonight, they will only have the second berth by .5 games.

Last night in an otherwise boring and disheartening game for Yankee fans, there was a bright spot. In the fifth inning veteran, Brett Gardner hit a three-run homer. For those that thought it might spark the Yankees, the bright spot quickly faded.

Chapman still doesn’t have it while the rest of the bullpen is completely worn out

At this point in the season, Aroldis Chapman’s struggles are well known, but his struggles have been systemic for the team. Aaron Boone forced to use other pitchers to close in close games has caused undue stress on a bullpen already struggling with missing members and overworked arms.

The plain and simple fact is that the Yankee bullpen is completely blown out. Overwork has caused normally dependable relievers to be undependable in many instances and many situations. So comparing Mariano Rivera to Chapman is unfair. But to illustrate the problem with Rivera on the mound, you knew the Yankees would win. With Chapman on the mound, you usually know it’s going to be a nailbiter at best.

Last night was no different; Boone called him in in a non-save situation to hold the Jays. He didn’t; he walked two and gave up another run putting the game out of reach for the Yankees before being pulled. The other relievers not named J-Rod also gave up runs. The usually dependable Chad Green and Clay Holmes couldn’t keep the Jays scoreless, just showing how tired the pen is.

The Yankee’s wild card dilemma explained

The dilemma for the New York Yankees is that they are not winning games and slipping back in the AL East. After the winning streak, the Yankees had clawed their way back to just five games out of the AL East lead, but that was then, and this is now. They have slipped back to 9.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays and would be even further back, but the Rays have helped losing a few games recently.

At the end of the winning streak, the Yankees found themselves the number one Wild Card game owner with home-field advantage. Now, after the losing streak that doesn’t seem to be coming to an end anytime soon, they are about to be out of the wild card picture altogether. What is even scarier is that with just 23 games left in the season, the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners are surging while the Yankees are in the dumper.

With this New York Yankee team playing as they are, with only one dependable starter, injured and may miss a start at best, a lifeless lineup, and a worn-out bullpen, the Yankees are going to have to find a way to reverse things and start winning again. But, with time fleeting, they need to do it sooner than later.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lose 5 straight, lose wild card advantage

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The New York Yankees, desperate for a win after losing 4 consecutive games, 2 against the Blue Jays, hoped for a win tonight to at least split the series. The Yankees pitted their pitching sensation, Luis Gil, against the Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah. But, the Yankees, more than anything, hoped their powerful lineup would again awaken and score some runs. Other than Brett Gardner to Yankees hitter were Awol. The Yankees lost the game 6-3 for their fifth loss in a row and slipping out of the wild card advantage.

In his first three starts for the Yankees, Luis Gil had not allowed a run, and the Yankees hoped he would continue that trend. In the first inning, he faced the Jays’ Corey Dickerson, who struck out swinging for Gil’s first strikeout of the game. Marcus Semien walked. Semien moved to second on a Sanchez passed ball. Vlad Guerrero Jr. walked as he appeared to be overthrowing. Bo Bichette flew out to Gallo in left, holding the runners. Teoscar Hernandez struck out to end the scoreless half for the Jays. At the bottom, Brett Gardner led off and ground out to first. Aaron Judge, who has been hitless in his last three games, ground out to short. Anthony Rizzo singled to left field. Giancarlo Stanton singled to right with Rizzo going to third. DJ LeMahieu with men on the corners and two outs flew out to right to strand two Yankee runners. No score.

The second inning was led off by Alejandro Kirk, who struck out. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. struck out on a Gil slider. Jake Lamb struck out as Gil struck out the side. At the bottom, Joey Gallo worked a walk. Gary Sanchez hit into a double play to clear the bases. Rougie Odor gave one a ride, but it was caught at the right-field warning track. No score.

Danny Jansen led off the third inning by walking. Dickerson flew out to Gallo in left-center. Semien walked. Guerrero Jr., with two on and one out, singled to left, loading the bases. Bichette, with only one out and the bases loaded, tapped back to Gil; Gil fired and got the out at home. Hernandez, now with two outs and the bases still loaded, struck out to keep the game scoreless as he worked into and out of trouble. At the bottom of the frame, Andrew Velazquez went down looking. Gardner struck out looking. Judge ground out to second to end the inning. No score.

The fourth inning was led off by Kirk, who flew out to Gardner. Gurriel was hit on the helmet and advanced to first. Lamb walked. Jansen walked to load the bases again, and that was his night as Lucas Luetge replaced him. Dickerson, with the bases loaded, a wild pitch by Luetge scored Gurriel. Dickerson flew out to Velazquez holding the runners. Semien, with two outs, flew to left in front of Gallo. Two runs scored, and Gallo fired to second, catching Semien trying to stretch it into a double for the final out. Blue Jays 3 Yankees 0.

At the bottom of the fourth inning, Rizzo led off by popping out to second. Stanton ground out to first. LeMahieu popped out to first for a 1-2-3 inning for Manoah. Jays 3 Yankees 0.

Vlad Guerrero Jr. led off the fifth inning by grounding to Velazquez at short. Bichette walked. Hernandez walked on the 12th Luetge pitch. Kirk singled, but Odor got the force at third for the second out. Gurriel went down on strikes. At the bottom, Gallo singled to right field. Sanchez popped back to the catcher. Odor walked, making it the first time that a Yankee player had reached second base. Velazquez struck out. Gardner hit a three-run homer to tie the game. Judge ground out to first. New York Yankees 3 Blue Jays 3.

The sixth inning was led off by Lamb facing new pitcher Joely Rodriguez and struck out. Jansen struck out. Randal Grichuk pinch-hitting for Dickerson flew out to LeMahieu. At the bottom, Rizzo flew out to the left-field corner. Stanton singled to left for his second hit of the night. LeMahieu struck out. Gallo walked, knocking Manoah out of the game. Sanchez faced the new Jays’ pitcher Trevor Richards and went down swinging, leaving two on base. Yankees 3 Jays 3.

Semien led off the seven with Clay Holmes pitching by the singling and going to second on an E6 as Velazquez overthrew Rizzo. Guerrero struck out. Bichette ground out, but Semien went to third. Hernandez singled, driving in a run for the Jays lead. Kirk flew out to Gardner to end the half. At the bottom, Odor stuck out. Gleyber Torres came in to pinch-hit for Velazquez and walked. Gardner hit into a force out at second. Judge 0 for his last 22 faced the new Jays’ pitcher Adam Cimber and singled up the middle. Rizzo struck out, leaving two Yankees on base. Jays 4 Yankees 3.

The eighth inning was led off by Gurriel against Chad Green and got a triple off the right-field wall. Lamb flew out to center, but Gurriel scored. Jansen struck out. Grichuk singled. Semien struck out, but the Jays tacked on another run. At the bottom, Stanton went down on strikes. LeMahieu singled up the middle. Gallo struck out. Sanchez popped out to shallow center to end the inning. Toronto Blue Jays 5 New York Yankees 3.

At the top of the ninth inning, Guerrero led off facing Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman and homered to the left-field stands. Bichette flew out to Gardner in center. Hernandez walked. Kirk struck out.  Hernandez stole second. Jarrod Dyson singled, and Hernandez reached third on a Chapman wild pitch ending his night. Wandy Peralta came in to face Lamb, who ground out to end the half, but the Jays tacked on another run off Chapman. In the bottom with last licks on the line for the Yankees, Voit pinch hit for Odor and struck out. Torres ground out softly. Gardner flew out with the Yankees going 2-11 and losing the top wild card slot.

The New York Yankees lost their last five runs. The final score was the Toronto Blue Jays 6 and the New York Yankees 3. The winning pitcher was Trevor Richards, the loser was Clay Holmes, and the save went to Gordon Ramano.

 

 

Yankees News, 8/26: Boone skips over stud young pitcher, big West Coast series set to begin

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The New York Yankees are preparing to take on the Oakland Athletics in the first game of a four-game series on Thursday evening. With the game starting at 9:40 PM, the Yankees will host Jameson Taillon on the mound.

As of late, Taillon has been phenomenal for the Bombers, allowing eight runs over his last five games, including 28 total strikeouts. Despite having a 3.94 ERA, Taillon has taken tremendous steps forward in his rehabilitation after coming back from his second Tommy John surgery.

However, Oakland is no pushover but has lost their last four games straight. In fact, they have lost nine of their last 11 games, giving the Yankees a solid advantage heading into Thursday night’s match-up.

The Athletics will host James Kaprielian on the mound, currently enjoying a 3.25 ERA on the season over 88.2 innings pitched. In his last outing against the San Francisco Giants, he allowed just one run over 5.0 innings.

Nonetheless, the Yankees’ offense has been on fire as of late, so there’s a good chance he will have his work cut out for him. Starting off the series on a good note will give the Yankees the necessary momentum to continue their winning streak, coming off a series sweep against Atlanta Braves.

Yankees skipped over one of those young star pitchers:

Over three games, young starting pitcher Luis Gil hasn’t given up an earned run. With a 15.2 inning sample size, Gil houses a 0.00 ERA, logging 10.34 strikeouts per 9 and a 100% left on-base percentage. This must be one of the best performances from a debut pitcher this season, if not in the team’s history.

However, the Yanks remain cautiously optimistic he can continue this impressive trend of success. Boone elected to skip over him due to a rainout this past week but still has Gil at the forefront of his mind.

Skipper Aaron Boone referenced a rainout as the reason Luis Gil was skipped over in the rotation:

“After the washout and everything, (we’re) keeping everyone on line,” manager Aaron Boone said Monday. “So (Gil) will be pitch (Tuesday in Triple-A). Obviously, he’s on the radar and he earned that with a lot of good performances. But once we were rained out Sunday, that skipped it for this time.”

Gil has earned himself another opportunity to feature at the MLB level, but the Yankees are sticking with more experienced players for the time being. It is entirely possible he makes his next appearance when the Bombers return back to the Bronx against Baltimore on September 3. Building momentum and confidence is a necessity for young pitchers, and Baltimore offers him a good opportunity to continue his streak.

Yankees’ Aaron Boone makes strange starting pitching decision ahead of Atlanta series

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The Yankees have been constantly dealing with injuries to the pitching staff. For a while, it seemed like every week, the Yankees were adding a new arm. Most of them have had a positive effect on the team. One of them still hasn’t allowed a run in almost 16 innings of work.

Luis Gil has been dominant since his MLB debut against the Orioles. In three starts, he’s allowed zero runs, nine hits, and has tallied eighteen strikeouts. He’s the first pitcher in Yankees history to not allow any runs in each of his first three starts. Gil has been a huge spark in New York’s historic month of August.

Yesterday, the Yankees were supposed to go for the series sweep against the Twins. Gil was scheduled to start as New York went for their tenth straight victory. However, because of Hurricane Henri, the game was postponed to a later date. Then, the Yankees flew to Atlanta to prepare for their next series. 

Shortly after arriving, Aaron Boone announced the starters pitching against the Braves. Jordan Montgomery is slated to pitch tonight and Andrew Heaney tomorrow. With the way Gil has been pitching, it’s odd they didn’t schedule him today. Instead, they skipped right over him. 

Gil’s dominance so far has led to some important victories. His shutout performance against the Red Sox allowed New York to overtake Boston in the standings. Gil has proven he can pitch well in big spots. So why not give him a chance against Atlanta?

The Braves are not a lefty-heavy lineup. At the most, they will start two left-handed bats against New York. The Yankees are going to be starting two left-handed pitchers. It’s very odd that Boone wouldn’t give Gil a shot against a righty dominant lineup. Many think that Gil has a shot at making the playoff roster. It turns out that the Yankees might not be so high on him.

Why aren’t the Yankees using Gil?

I understand that Gil has only appeared in three games. It’s hard to determine a player’s value in a small sample size. However, could Gil have pitched any better? It’s obvious he’s doing something right. Pitching Heaney on Tuesday against a very good home run hitting lineup doesn’t make sense to me. Personally, I would rather have Gil pitch tonight and Montgomery tomorrow. 

Going forward, it’ll be interesting to see how the Yankees plan on using Gil. He’s turned into a very strong option for New York. 

Tune in tonight as two of the hottest teams in baseball both try and win their tenth straight! The Yankees and the Braves will start a two-game series at 7:20 pm EST!

Yankees: Luis Gil is pushing for a place in the rotation

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New York Yankees’ rookie Luis Gil is making a strong push for a rotation spot, even though the unit is full at the moment after getting back perhaps their two best pitchers this week from the COVID-19 list: Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery.

Jameson Taillon is pitching admirably (3.89 ERA in 118 innings), and so is Nestor Cortes Jr. (2.55 ERA in 49.1 innings). Andrew Heaney has been battered, yes, (9.00 ERA in three starts for the Yankees, 5.78 for the season), but he was recently acquired and is also in the picture for a rotation spot.

Yet Gil has made a fantastic impression in his first three Major League starts with the Yankees. In 15.2 innings, the righty fireballer, who has a high-spin fastball that can reach the upper-90s, hasn’t allowed any earned runs so far, with seven walks and 18 strikeouts.

He gave the Yankees another 4 2/3 scoreless innings

Although he had four walks in his last start against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Gil kept them in check for 4 2/3 inning.

“A lot of adrenaline,” the Yankees rookie told NJ Advance Media via the team’s Spanish interpreter. “I was very excited to face Boston and they have a really good lineup. You understand that you cannot make mistakes.”

The Yankees’ fourth-best prospect according to Baseball America, Gil is really making things difficult for manager Aaron Boone, especially considering that Corey Kluber and Domingo German could eventually be back and there is a small chance Luis Severino pitches this season, too.

“Had some walks out there, but that’s a big game out there,” Boone said. “Red Sox-Yankees in August, playing for a lot. I thought he was unflappable. He really locked in, concentrated on making his pitches and, look, when he’s in the strike zone, he’s difficult to hit. He’s got the stuff to get really good teams out. He made some big pitches tonight when he had to, gave us a really strong outing and put us in position to win another game.”

 

The Yankees appear to be increasing their pitching depth at the most opportunistic time.