New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from Yankees 4th loss in a row

New York Yankees

After a disastrous series with the Boston Red Sox that saw the New York Yankees get swept for the second time by their age-old rival, the Yankees were hoping to right the ship last night. They opened a four-game set with the Los Angeles Angels at the Stadium in the Bronx, but that ship kept going in the wrong direction; the Yankees lost their fourth game in a row 5-3.

Michael King still searching for his first win

Michael King has now had 12 starts but hasn’t notched up a win to his name. Last night against the Los Angeles Angels, he used 77 pitches to go 4.1 innings into the game, giving up a homer and two earned runs. The 77 pitches was season-high for King. King is now 0-4 with a 4.06 ERA.

With starter Corey Kluber on the shelf for at least another month, the Yankees called on Deivi Garcia to fill in, but he failed badly. The next option was King being that Clarke Schmidt is also on the IL. Unfortunately, the New York Yankees are out of options, so King will make at least another few starts as General Manager Brian Cashman scours the trade market. King’s primary problem is also his best pitch. King relies on his sinker to get hitters out, but he gets walloped when that sinker fails to sink. As a result, the Yankees have lost 9 of his 12 starts this season.

Hitting consistency still missing

The Yankees have been plagued all season long by not hitting or not hitting when it counts. Last night was no different. The Yankees could only get six hits on the night and never got a runner into scoring position after the second inning. They were hitless in the eighth inning, and with the game on the line at the bottom of the ninth, they struck out three times.

Two of the three runs scored came from home runs by Gio Urshela and Giancarlo Stanton. For homers to be impactful, there have to be runners on base. This season the Yankee home runs are down, and most are solo shots causing fewer runs to be driven in and ultimately leads to fewer wins. At the beginning of the season, most industry analysts felt the Yankees could get at least 95 wins, with some projecting a 100 game winning season. If the Yankees continue to lose games at the present pace, they will probably win only 80-85 games, and that will not get them into the postseason. The Yankees, three games from the halfway mark, have only 40 wins.

Super star Shohei Ohtani

Many New York Yankee fans were at least curious to see this baseball player that has been compared to the likes of Babe Ruth. Shohei Ohtani is a Los Angeles Angel pitcher. What makes him unique, it that he is one of the team’s best hitters as well. If any fans wanted to see just how talented this young 26-year-old Japanese player was, they didn’t have to wait long. Last night in his first at-bat, he homered into the centerfield bleachers for his 26th home run of the season. He has tied for the most home runs with Vlad Guerrero Jr., a pitcher that can hit this well has caused his nickname of “Shotime.” Some call him a freak of nature.

As a pitcher, the young man has a career record of 42-15 with an ERA of 2.52. This year he is 3-1 with an ERA of 2.58. As a hitter, he has a .270 batting average. And get this, he only makes just over $4 million a year; I’d say that’s quite a bargain for the man that just may be the next Babe Ruth. Tonight he will pitch for the Angels facing Domingo German.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lose their fourth straight game dropping another game in the East

New York Yankees, Michael King

After being swept by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, the New York Yankees were back at Yankee Stadium tonight to start a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Michael King was on the mound for the Yankees and Dylan Bundy for the Angels. This is an important series for the Yankees as they try to right the ship and turn things around before they distance themselves further from the top of the AL East. Unfortunately, it was not to be as the Yankee lost to the Angels 5-3.

Michael King was on the mound facing the Angels David Fletcher, who struck out. Shohei Ohtani hit a monster home run to center, his 26th of the season. Anthony Rendon walked. Jared Walsh doubled driving in another run for the Angels. Max Stassi ground out. Scott Schebler went done swinging, but the Angels got two runs in the first inning. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu singled beyond short. Aaron Judge hit a double to the left-field wall moving DJ to third. Gary Sanchez ground out to short, but DJ scored. Giancarlo Stanton flew out to right, but Judge remained at second. Luke Voit flew out, and the Yankees were 3 for four with runners in scoring position. Angels 2 Yankees 1.

Jose Iglesias led off for the Angels in the second and grounded out to short. Luis Rengifo ground out, and Lagares ground out for a one-two-three inning for King. At the bottom, Gleyber Torres ground out to third. Gio Urshela hit a massive home run into the left-field stands to tie the game for the Yankees. Miguel Andujar singled to short. Brett Gardner hit into a double play. LeMahieu, with a runner on second, the trainer comes out to check on Bundy, who was removed from the game and was replaced by Jose Suarez. LeMahieu ends the inning with a ground out Angels 2 Yankees 2.

At the top of the third inning, Fletcher grounded out, and Ohiani flew out to center. Rendon walked. Walsh had an infield single. Stassi struck out, leaving two men on base. At the bottom, Judge worked a walk. Gary Sanchez flew out, and Giancarlo Stanton ground into a double play for a fast inning for both pitches. Angels two and the New York Yankees 1.

At the fourth Schebler ground out. Iglesias flew out. Rengifo singled. Lagares singled for two men on the corners. Fletcher struck out, and the game was tied at two.  At the top of the fifth, Ohtani went down swinging. Rendon doubled off the wall. Walsh hit to LeMahieu, who got an error not catching the ball. Stassi hit into the force out at second. Schebler ground out to end the half. Andujar led off the bottom. Suarez struck out Andujar. Gardner went down looking. LeMahieu lined out to short for the last out. Angels 3 Yankees 2.

Iglesias led off the sixth, singling to left. Rengifo lined out to Judge in left for the double play. Lagares hit a homer to right to lead the Yankees by two runs. Fletcher doubled to left. New Yankee pitcher Chad Green faced Ohtani; he struck out looking. Aaron Judge led off the bottom by popping out to first. Sanchez went down on strikes. Stanton hit a monster solo home run (426′) into the left-field stands. Luke Voit ground out, but the Yankees picked up a run. Angels 4 Yankees 3.

Rendon led off the seventh by flying out to center fielder Brett Gardner. Walsh struck out swinging. Stassi also struck out. To lead off the bottom, Torres was called out on strikes. Urshela singled. Andujar hit into a force out. Clint Frazier is pinch-hitting for Gardner; he was stuck out swinging.  Angels 4 New York Yankees 3.

The eighth was led off by Schebler, who singled to left. Iglesias tripled to third, and Schebler scored. Rengifo hit sharply to first for one out. Lagares popped out, and Fletcher ground out to Green to limit the damage. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the New York Yankees. LeMahieu lined out to center. Judge flew out to center. Sanchez struck out for a quick inning for Steve Ciscek as he put down the Yankees 1-2-3. Angels 5 Yankees 3.

At the top of the ninth inning, Nestor Cortes Jr. faced Shohei Ohtani, who ground out to second. Rendon grounded out to Urshela at third. Walsh struck out swinging. At the bottom, with last licks on the line for the New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton was at the plate; he with Raisel Iglesias on the mound stuck out. Luke Voit went down on strikes. Gleyber Torres was the Yankees’ last hope; he stuck out as Iglesias struck out the side ending the game with another Yankee loss.

The winning pitcher was Jose Suarez, and the loser was Michael King. The save went to Raisel Iglesias. The Yankees dropped to 6.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox as they lost their fourth game in a row.

New York Yankees to face the Angels in four-game series, here’s the preview

New York Yankees, Michael King

The New York Yankees are back at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx after being swept by the Boston Red Sox for the second time this season. Tonight they start a series with the Los Angeles Angels. The Yankees are six games out from the East-leading Boston Red Sox. The Angels are also in fourth place but in the AL West. The Angels are coming off a loss to the Detroit Tigers, being swept by the San Francisco Giants and losing three out of four against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Most industry sources consider Mike Trout as one of the best players in baseball. Luckily for the Yankees and in reverse for the Angels, the Yankees won’t be seeing Trout in this series. He has been on the IL since May 17th with a right calf strain. While Angels fans would like to see Trout back in the lineup, they will have to wait a bit longer. Of the Angel’s 75 games, Trout has only been able to play in 35 of them.  But the Angels are not without talent; Shohei Ohtani is also thought to be at the top of his game. The multi-talented pitcher has a .750 winning percentage with an ERA of 2.58; he also has the second-most home runs as a hitter (25)  in all of baseball.

Tonight, June 28th, 7:05 pm:

This is going to be on hot series, not only do the Yankees have to win games, but they will have to do it in all games at the Stadium under sweltering conditions with very high humidity. At the start of each game, the field temperature will be near or above 100 degrees. There is little chance of any inclement weather throughout the series.

Michael King will take the mound for the Yankees and Dylan Bundy for the Angels. King has been the replacement for Corey Kluber, who has been nursing a cranky shoulder. King is still looking for his first major league win this season. He is 0-3 with an ERA of 4.05 in his eleven starts. He is coming off two games that the Yankees won. King’s primary problems are not pitching deep into games and giving up too many walks. However, his last two games have shown improvement and have been his best games of the season. Only two Angel hitters have seen King pitch.

Dylan Bundy is a righty that is 1-7 with an elevated 6.68 ERA. Bundy, like King, doesn’t go deep into games. He is coming off two losses, one to the Oakland A’s and most recently a loss to the Detroit Tigers. He will come to the mound tonight on 8 games of rest. Bundy gives up an average of one home run per game. He also walks a player and a half per game. All of the New York Yankees have appeared before Bundy before. The 14-year veteran Brett Gardner has faced the 8-year veteran Bundy the most (28) and has a .286 average off of him. Gary Sanchez has been most successful, getting 4 RBIs off him. Aaron Judge also has 4 RBI’s off him. Tonight’s game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports West, and MLBN out of market.

Tuesday, June 29th, 7:05 pm:

Tuesday night Jameson Taillon will face the Angel’s, Andrew Heaney. Taillon has been the Yankee’s least dependable pitcher.  Taillon is 2-4 with an ERA of 5.18. He had pitched inconsistently but is coming off his best game of the season, a win against the Kansas City Royals on June 24th, when he gave up just 1 run pitching into the seventh inning.

Heaney, a lefty, is 4-5 with an ERA of 4.72 with 85 strikeouts in 13 starts. He is coming off two losses, one to the Giants and one to the Athletics. Heaney gives up few home runs and has struck out 10 twice this season. He has also pitched seven shutout innings twice. Tuesday night’s game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports West, and MLBN out of market.

Wednesday, June 30th, 7:05 pm:

Wednesday night’s game will feature a matchup of Domingo German against the standout pitcher and hitter Shohei Ohtani.  German, one of the Yankee’s best pitchers this season, is coming off three poorly pitched games against the Phillies, Oakland, and most recently against the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees eventually won the game against Oakland, but he gave up 7 earned runs in the Phillies loss. In all three games, he didn’t make it past the fifth inning. On the other hand, German could be totally dominant. Fans will have to wait and see which German shows up. Geman is 4-5 with an ERA of 4.32.

Ohtani is a baseball sensation being a more than competent pitcher and hitter. The multi-talented pitcher has a .750 winning percentage with an ERA of .258; he also has the second-most home runs as a hitter (25)  in all of baseball. It is doubtful that with his talent that the Angels will use a DH in the Yankees American league park. Ohtani on the season is 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA and 82 strikeouts. His last loss was on May 28th against Oakland. The game will be televised only on the YES Network and Bally Sports West.

Thursday, July 1st, 1:05 pm:

The final game of the series will be a matinee on Thursday. Jordan Montgomery will be on the mound for the Yankees and Griffin Canning for the Angels. Montgomery has started more games that the Yankees have won than any other Yankee pitcher. His record is 3-2 with an ERA of 4.06 and with 80 strikeouts. He is coming off a 4-2 loss against the Red Sox, but the Yankees won his previous six games.

Griffin Canning is 5-4 with a somewhat elevated ERA of 4.95. Canning is coming off two straight losses, one to the Athletics and most recently to the Tampa Bay Rays,  going 5 innings, giving up 2 earned runs per game. This will be Canning’s 14th start of the season. The New York Yankees will have to study the videos as only Rougned Odor has faced Canning. He had five at-bats resulting in two RBI’s. Thursday’s game will be on YES, Bally and MLB out of market.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees win over KC with a Luke Voit walk-off win

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The New York Yankees met up with the Kansas City Royals for game two of a 3 game set after losing to the Royals last night in a 6-5 game. It was a beautiful night for baseball in the Bronx. The game-time temperature was 74, and the game was started under sunny skies. The Yankees Michael King faced the Royals, Danny Duffy.

In the first inning, King faced Whit Merrifield hit to second, and the call on the field was safe, and on review, he was found to be out. Carlos Santana flew out to left. Salvatore Perez doubled to the left-field wall. Ryan O’Hearn hit a two-run homer to the right-field porch for a two-run lead in the first inning. Jorge Soler struck out to end the half, but the Royals went ahead 2-0. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu against Danny Duffy, and he went down on strikes. Aaron Judge went down on strikes. Gary Sanchez flew out to shallow left for the final out of the inning. Kansas City Royals 2 New York Yankees 0.

Kevin Gutierrez led off the second by flying out to center to Aaron Judge. Hunter Dozier ripped one to left, which Andujar caught. Michael Taylor lined out directly to Urshela at third for the 1-2-3 inning for King. The bottom was led off by Giancarlo Stanton, who worked a walk on six pitches. Luke Voit, who homered last night, struck out. Gleyber Torres, who was in a terrible slump, walked for the second walk of the inning. Miguel Andujar, with two on and one out, flew out to left field. Clint Frazier, who now has the worst batting average on the team, also walked to load the bases with the Yankees. Rougie Odor struck out, leaving the bases loaded as the Yankees have done so many times this season. Royals 2 Yankees 0.

Nicky Lopez led off the third inning by swinging out. Merrifield chopped to short for the second out of the inning. Santana hit on a bouncing ball to Andujar, who held it at a singer. Perez struck out to end the half. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the Yankees. LeMahieu faced the second Royals pitcher Kyle Zimmer, and the bounced past short for a single. Aaron Judge flew out to right. Gary Sanchez ended the inning but hitting into a double play. Royals 2 Yankees 0.

O’Hearn led off the fourth and struck out swinging. Soler ground out. Gutierrez struck out to end the half. The Yankees Stanton walked for the second time in the game. Voit struck out. Andujar flew out to center. Torres walked for the second walk in the inning. Frazier hit a two-run double to the center-field wall to knot up the game at two apiece. Odor walked for the third walk of the inning. LeMahieu, with two on and two outs, flew out to center, but the Yankees tied up the game. New York Yankees 2 Kansas City Royals 2.

Taylor led off the fifth inning by struck out swinging. Lopez walked. Merrifield flew out to Judge in center for the second out. Lopez took second on a wild pitch. Santana was intentionally walked. Sebastian Rivero was hit by a pitch, and that was the night for King. He was replaced by Chad Green, who faced O’Hearn, who flew out to leave the bases loaded with Royals. At the bottom, Judge struck out on another low call. Sanchez grounded out to short. Stanton flew out on the eleven pitch at-bat. Yankees 2 Royals 2.

Jorge Soler led off the sixth against Chat Green and flew out to Andujar in left. Gutierrez flew out to Frazier in right. Dozier went down looking for a 1-2-3 inning for Green. At the bottom, Luke Voit led off for the Yankees, and facing Josh Staumont; he ground out to short. Torres struck out swinging. Andujar got a base hit to left past the third baseman. Frazier flew out to the warning track in right to end the inning. Yankees 2 Royals 2.

Michael Taylor led off the top of the seventh inning and flew out to Judge in center. Nicky Lopez ground out to short. Merrifield popped out to Voit in foul territory as Green put down all seven hitters he faced. After the stretch, Rougie Odor flew out to left field. LeMahieu worked a walk. With the new pitcher Scott Barlow on the mound, Aaron Judge struck out swinging. Gary Sanchez walked. Stanton walked for their ninth walk in the game. Luke Voit at the plate struck out, and the Yankees left the bases loaded again. Yankees 2 Royals 2.

The top of the eighth saw Carlos Santana at the plate against the new Yankee pitcher Zack Britton. Santana hit one into the left-field bleachers for the Royals lead in the game.  Rivero, still looking for his first major league hit, struck out. O’Hearn struck out. Soler doubled over the head of Judge in center. Gutierrez chopped out to short, but the Royals took the lead in the game. At the bottom, Torres against Jake Brentz, he walked. Andujar hit into a double play with Torres tagged running the bases. Frazier walked. Odor hit a two-run home run into the bullpen in left field as the New York Yankee took the lead in the game. LeMahieu ground out to third for the final out of the inning. New York Yankees 4 the Kansas City Royals 3.

Aroldis Chapman on the mound for the Yankees faced Dozier, who struck out on a Chapman slider. Taylor hit past the diving Torres for a single. Hanser Alberto pinch-hitting struck out. Merrifield singled to Judge in right as Taylor took third. Santana was intentionally walked. Chapman faced the rookie Rivero who walked the game tied.  O’Hearn rolled to third, and the Royals scored for the lead in the game in the ninth inning. With the bases still loaded, Dyson grounded out to second, but the Royals took the lead in the game 5-4.

At the bottom of the ninth, with the New York Yankees behind by one run, Aaron Judge took to the plate against Royal’s closer Greg Holland and struck out for an 0 for 5 on the night. Gary Sanchez, who was 0 for 3 on the night, hit a huge home run into the left-field stands to tie up the game at 5. Giancarlo Stanton singled to right. Tyler Wade pinch ran for Stanton. Wade took second on a wild pitch. Luke Voit hit one to the left-field wall as Wade scored for the Yankees win of the game.

The final score was New York Yankees 6 and the Kansas City Royals 5. The winning pitcher was Aroldis Chapman, who blew the save, and the loser was Greg Holland.

 

New York Yankees: Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees series preview

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The New York Yankees are coming off a series win against the second-best team in baseball, the Oakland Athletics. They now have a day off to evaluate their play and prepare for a three-game series at Yankee Stadium against the Kansas City Royals. Starting on Tuesday evening, the Royals will face the Yankee’s ace, Gerrit Cole. The Yankees, with the series win against the A’s, are now just 4.5 games behind the East-leading Boston Red Sox and winning six games of their last ten. The Royals trail the Central-leading White Sox by ten games and have lost 7 of their last 10.

Yesterday the Royals went behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning with both the Royals and the Red Sox playing some pretty sloppy baseball. But the Royals came convincingly back to win the game 7-3. The Yankees had a squeaker yesterday when Gary Sanchez hit the winning hit, and the Yankees had a triple play in the ninth inning.

Tuesday, June 22nd, 7:05 pm:

Gerrit Cole will start the first game of the Kansas City Royals series at the Stadium in the Bronx on Tuesday night. The right-hander is 8-3 with an ERA of 2.31 and with 117 strikeouts on the season. Cole tossed a season-high-tying eight innings Wednesday against the Blue Jays, allowing only two runs on four hits. His 117 strikeouts through his first 14 starts are the most by any Yankees pitcher in his first 14 starts of a season. The only Royals player who has been successful off of Cole is Whit Merryfield; in seven at-bats, he has a .286 record.
As of this writing, the Royals have not released the names of the starters for any of the three games at the Stadium. The Royals would have liked Danny Duffy to start against Cole, but he is on the IL.  Looking at the Royals’ starts, it’s hard to predict who will start against Cole. In the three-game series, the Yankees likely will see Brady Singer, Brad Keller, and Kris Bubic. During the series, the Royals may have to put together a bullpen start due to the missing Danny Duffy.
Wednesday, June 23rd, 7:05 pm:
Wednesday night’s starter for the New York Yankees will be Michael King, who was bought up as a replacement for Corey Kluber, who is nursing a bad shoulder. King, since being brought up, is 0-3 with an ERA of 4.08. He has pitched better than the stats would indicate. King scattered five hits and two walks across 4 1/3 innings last time out, aided by the Yankees’ second triple play of the season in the first inning. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in three of his past four starts. None of the Royal batters have seen King, except for Alberto Hanser, who had one hit in two plate appearances.
Thursday, June 24th, 1:05 pm:
Jameson Taillon will start Thursday’s matinee. Of late, when Taillon is on the mound for the Yankees, it’s almost an automatic loss. Taillon has not found his form yet and has been the Yankees’ most undependable pitcher.  In his next to the last start, he only lasted 1/3 of an inning, giving up four earned runs. The last start he went
4 2/3 innings of two-run ball. The Yankees have lost his last four starts. This will make his second career start vs. the Royals, having tossed seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts in a 2018 no-decision. Jared Dyson has had good luck off of Taillon hitting .333.
All of the games will be televised on Bally Sports Kansas City and the YES Network. Thursday’s matinee will also be on MLBN out of market.

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from Yankee’s sweep of the Jays (video)

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

Tuesday, the New York Yankees stumbled into Buffalo to play three games against the Toronto Blue Jays, playing just over .500 baseball. They were swept by the Red Sox, failed a sweep of the Minnesota Twins, and swept by Joe Girardi’s Philadelphia Phillies. Concern was mounting that the Yankees couldn’t get out of their own way. Meanwhile, manager Aaron Boone and General Manager Brian Cashman said this is not the team we are. We are better than this. The Yankees seemed to come alive in this series, with the Blue Jays, with the hitting and the bullpen leading the way as they swept the rival Blue Jays in three games. The score yesterday was 8-4.

Michael King was adequate

You can’t say that Michael King was stellar in last night’s game, but he was adequate in keeping the Yankees in the game. He went into the fifth inning, giving up three earned runs. In the game, King got his sinker working and was saved by inducing ground-outs. Upon King’s exit, the bullpen did their work allowing only one run in 4 2/3 innings.

Yankees made great plays

The New York Yankees got a little help in the game last night as the Blue Jays played some pretty sloppy baseball. Not so with the Yankees. The Yankees have been criticized for poor baserunning, and rightly so, but the Jays hit into a triple play that was highland by some pretty bad moves on the base paths. Guerrero’s grounder to King turned into a triple play.

Toronto runners Bo Bichette and teammate Marcus Semien were caught close together at third base. LeMahieu acted quickly. he fired to shortstop Gleyber Torres. Torres saw Semien take off for home; he threw the ball to Sanchez, who fired to Urshela, who tagged out Semien. Urshela instantly threw to Torres, who tagged out Bichette to complete the triple play. It is seldom that you see a 1-3-2-6-5-6 triple play. Other than the unconventional play, the Yankee’s second triple play this season was the first time the Yankees have had two in the same season.

In another great play, right fielder Aaron Judge climbed the right-field wall to rob the Blue Jays of a home run. Judge is always an excellent defender, but in the sixth inning, Judge made that known when he reached over the wall in right stole a two-run homer away from Cavan Biggio. If Judge hadn’t made the play, the Jays would have gone three ahead; instead, it remained a one-run game. However, Giancarlo Stanton erased that in the next inning with his own two-run homer. Gio Urshela also homered in the game.

Gleyber Torres exits with back stiffness

Torres left last night’s game slightly limping and did not come out to play in the next inning; instead, Rougned Odor took over at second base, and Tyler Wade took Torre’s place at shortstop. It’s unclear how the injury occurred; it may have been a bad slide. Later Meredith Marakovits stated that Torres left the game with back stiffness. Manager Boone feels it is nothing too serious but will be further evaluated back in New York today.

New York Yankees Recap: Urshela and Stanton show their power in sweep of the Blue Jays

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

Tonight at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, NY., the New York Yankees went for the sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees won the first two games 6-5 and last night 3-2. Michael King was on the mound for the Yankees and T.J. Zeuch for the Blue Jays. The Yankees really needed this win tonight to show that they can right the ship and compete in the AL East. The Yankees completed the sweep 8-4 in a game that saw the year’s Yankees’ second triple play.

In the first inning, Zeuch faced DJ LeMahieu, who he chopped to short for the first out. Aaron Judge singled on a bad throw from third. Gleyber Torres went down on strikes. Giancarlo Stanton walked, bring up Gary Sanchez, who ground out to short to end the half and leave two on base. At the bottom, Marcus Semien led off by walking. Bo Bichette got a base hit moving Semien at second. the runners moved up on a passed ball. Vlad Guerrero hit into the Yankee’s second triple play of the season to end the inning. No score.

At the second, Gio Urshela led off by singling down the left-field line. Brett Gardner singled, moving Urshela to second base. Miguel Andujar singled on a ball thrown into center. Urshela scored. Tyler Wade singled, but Gardner caught running to home for the first out. LeMahieu walked the bases full. Aaron Judge struck out on a hanging slider. Torres ground out to short, leaving the bases loaded, but the Yankees got the lead in the game. At the bottom, Randal Crichuk struck out to lead off the half. Cavan Biggio singled. Tellez ground out Gurriel Jr. hit into a double play to end the inning. New York Yankees 1 Jays 0.

At the top of the third, Stanton singled. Sanchez flew out to short. Urshela hit a two-run homer over the left-field fence. Gardner ground out to first. Andujar flew out to shallow right. But the Yankees when ahead 3 runs when Urshela went yard. The bottom was led off by Rowdy Tellez, who ground out to short. Santiago Espinal walked. Resse McGuire got an RBI double. Semien singled. Bichette, with men on the corners singled but on an errant play by Wade, was not about to run the double play scoring McGuire. Guerrero ground out to Urshela, but the Jays got two runs in the inning. New York Yankees 3 Blue Jays 2.

Tyler Wade led off by flying out to left field. LeMahieu reached on a bad throw. Judge walked. Torres was pinch-hit by Rougie Odor popped out to the infield for two down. Stanton struck out to end the half. At the bottom, Grichuk ground out. (Wade at short and Odor at second) Biggio ground out. Gurriel ground out to Urshela, ending the inning. Yankee 3 Jays 2.

The top of the fifth was led off by Gary Sanchez, who ground out. Urshela struck out swinging. With Gardner coming up, the new pitcher was Tayler Saucedo in his major league debut. Gardner flew out to center as they went down in order. At the bottom, Tellez ground out. Espinal reached on a throw that pulled DJ off the bag. McGuire faced the new Yankee pitcher Lucas Luetage; he doubled to left. Semien, with two on and one out, ground out but scored the tying run. Bichette struck out, ending the tied inning. Yankees 3 Jays 3.

Leading off the sixth was Miguel Andujar, who struck out a very questionable strike call. Wade hit back to the pitcher, and that was it for Saucedo in his debut; Anthony Castro replaced him. LeMahieu got a multihit single to right. Judge struck out swinging to end the half. Vlad Guerrero Jr. led off the bottom by grounding out. Chichuk, against the new Yankee pitcher Chad Green, singled for an RBI single for the Jays to take the lead. Biggio hit a long one caught by Judge at the top of the right-field wall, saving a two-run hit. Gurriel hit into a force for the second out. Tellez went down on strikes to end the inning. Jays 4 Yankees 3.

At the top of the seventh, Odor singled sharply. Giancarlo Stanton got a two-run 424′ homer to left. Sanchez singled. Urshela singled. Gardner, against the new pitcher Tim Mayza, had a sac out, moving the runners up. Andujar was gunned down on an excellent throw. Chris Gittens pinching hitting for Wade got a two-run single for the Yankees. Lemahieu faced yet another Jays pitcher Tyler Chatwood, and he ground out. The Yankees picked up three runs.  At the bottom, Espinal went down on strikes. (Gittens moved to first, LeMahieu to 3rd, and Urshela to shortstop). McGuire singled. Semien faced new pitcher Loaisiga and singled. Bichette struck out looking. New York Yankees 7 Blue Jays 3.

Going on to the eighth, Aaron Judge struck out. Rougie Odor hit to the warning track in center for the second out. Stanton ground out to short. At the bottom,  popped out to Gittens in foul territory. Chrichuk facing ground out. They ended the half scoreless, as did the Yankees. The Yankees tacked on another run in the top of the ninth. Zack Britton came on to close it out for the Yankees in the bottom of the ninth, allowing no hits and a double play for the Yankees 8-4 win.

The winning pitcher was Chad Green, and the Loser was Anthony Castro. The New York Yankees now go on to home-field advantage against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium tomorrow night.

New York Yankees: Preview of the critical Toronto Blue Jay series

With each game, the New York Yankees lose, each series because more critical that they take that series as they have slipped to fourth place in the AL East, 8 1/2 games behind the league-leading Tampa Bay Rays. So far in the season that is only 16 games away from being halfway completed, the Yankees have been unable to dominate any of its rivals except for the Baltimore Orioles. Starting tomorrow, the Yankees will meet up with the Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo. The hard-hitting Blue Jays are another team the Yankees must beat.

The Yankees have been playing very poor baseball in recent games with the hitting, base running, and pitching failing. Manager Boone is getting tired of reporters’ questions about why the team that was supposed to be the team to beat at the beginning of the season is performing so badly.

“We’re going to find out what kind of character we’re made of,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “We’re clearly in the midst of incredibly tough times. We’ve faced it throughout this season. And we’re going to find out what we’re made of and what kind of team we are. We need to step it up, period.”

As of this writing, the Blue Jays have not announced any of their starting pitchers for the 3 game series. The Yankees will likely face three of these starters. Hyun Jin Ryu 5-4 ERA 3.34, Steven Matz 7-3 ERA 4.26, Robbie Ray 4-2 ERA 2.45, or Ross Stripling 2-3 4.91.

Tuesday, June 15, 7:07 pm:

Jordan Montgomery will likely face Hyun Jin Ryu. “Monty” is 3-1 with an ERA of 3.99 with 65 strikeouts. He is coming off a no-decision against the Minnesota Twins. He allowed three runs in the game and went 5 1/3 innings. He last faced the Blue Jays on May 27th. He allowed three runs in that no-decision game, going 4 2/3 innings. The New York Yankees have won 9 of Montgomery’s 12 starts this season.

Wednesday, June 16, 7:07 pm:

The Yankees will have their best chance of winning a game in this series on Wednesday when the Yankees have their ace Gerrit Cole on the mound. Even if the conversation ahead of his last outing on June 9th was him allegedly using grip enchancers, Cole showed showed the baseball world his stuff. He struck out the accuser Josh Donaldson twice in the game. He struck out nine allowing only two hits. Going into this fourth start against the Jays he is 7-3 and ERA of 2.31 and an amazing 113 strikeouts.

Thursday, June 17th, 7:07 pm:

Michael King will start the last game of the series against the Blue Jays. He is 0-3 with an ERA of 3.77 and still looking for his first win after being called up to replace the ailing Corey Kluber. So far he has gotten two losses allowing 8 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, and the Boston Red Sox. It should be noted that he got no run support in those losses. All three games will be televised on SNET in Canada and the YES Network, Thursday game will also be on MLBN out of market.

New York Yankees: 3 Takeaways from Yankees failure to sweep

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

On a sweltering night in Minneapolis at Target Field, the New York Yankees took to the field after winning two night’s in a row with the hope of sweeping the Minnesota Twins. It looked possible through the first eight innings, but in the ninth inning, the usually dependable Aroldis Chapman completely lost his focus. The final score was the Twins 9 and the New York Yankees 5.

Michael King has an okay start

Michael King entered last night’s game against the Twins looking for his first win of the season after being brought up from Scranton to help fill in for Corey Kluber, who had a shoulder problem. So far, including last night, he is winless, having taken the loss in 3 Yankee games. He has been either a reliever or starter in 8 games this season; the Yankees only won one of those games.

Last night before King even took the mound; he was rewarded with a 3 run lead after Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer off ex-Yankee pitcher J.A. Happ. At the bottom, King gave a run back when Nelson Cruz had a sac fly. King gave up another earned run in the fourth, and with 69 pitches manager, Boone took him out of the game. King has not gone deep into any game this season. The Yankees still could have won the game, but closer Aroldis Chapman allowed four runs in the ninth.

Closer Aroldis Chapman imploded in loss

The normally dependable Aroldis Chapman uncharacteristically imposed and gave up four runs. Throwing only nine pitches, Polanco singled, then Donaldson followed with a homer. Gordon singled and Cruz got the second home run of the inning for the four runs in the inning and the Yankee loss.

Chapman had been lights out this whole season. Going into last night’s close, he had 22 appearances giving up just one earned run and with an ERA of 0.39. His four runs allowed last night in his 23rd game brought his ERA up to 1.96

Yankees continue to hit the ball

The New York Yankee’s lineup continued their recent hitting streak, having 12 hits in the game last night. That’s four straight games with double-digit hits. There was a good sign in last night’s game; the recently dormant DJ LeMahieu had two hits. Giancarlo Stanton continued his hot play with a 3 run homer. Gio Urshela had a long ball and his first triple of the season. Judge, Torres, and Sanchez also had hits in the game. Miguel Andujar continued his hot hitting ways, hitting two hits and getting an unusual walk. He raised his batting average to .271.

Notes:

Former New York Yankee Bernie Williams played the National Anthem on his guitar before the Yankees game in Minnesota last night.

Sanchez had another base running mistake in the sixth running to third.

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from an embarrassing loss to the Red Sox

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

The New York Yankees players had to go home last night embarrassed after losing game one of a three-game series against their age-old rival, the Boston Red Sox. I used the term embarrassed because when the pitching fails in the first inning, you can be pretty sure the game has been lost because the Yankees can’t hit the ball this year. In defense of the Yankees, you could say yes, but hitting is down across all of baseball. That is true, but it has especially hit the Yankees and walloped them. Last night’s 5-2 loss broke a record of eleven straight losses for the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Michael King gave up 3 runs in the first inning.

This may sound strange, but Michael King pitched quite well last night. Unfortunately, one bad pitch in the first inning made it impossible for the New York Yankees to win their first game of the season against the Boston Red Sox. Sure King had a rocky first inning allowing two runners to take bases. Then The Red Sox Rafael Dever got the perfect pitch to hit, and he didn’t miss it, carrying it out into the stands for the 3 run lead for the Sox.

After his rocky start, he pitched quite well for the next 4.1 innings while striking out 5 Red Sox. The problem was exacerbated when the regularly dependable Yankees bullpen gave up another two runs. Lucas Luetge, who has been pretty much lights out for the Yankees, gave up two runs in 1.2 innings of work. Nestor Cortes Jr. pitched two clean innings, but it was too late for the Yankees to recover.

On the bright side, King, for only the seventh time in New York Yankee history, pitched a perfect inning in the third, striking out the side. This feat is called an “immaculate” inning.

Sanchez the poster boy for non-hitting

Gary Sanchez, maybe unfairly, is the poster boy for what’s wrong with the Yankees. He, like several others in the lineup, has not been hitting with any consistency. Sanchez’s .198 batting average is not the worst; Clint Frazier’s .179 is. Brett Gardner is hitting .192, Higashioka .187, Odor .182, Before his injury Luke Voit was hitting .182, and Mike Ford’s .133 got him sent down to Scranton.

Even some of the best hitters are underperforming. Last year’s batting champion DJ LeMahieu won the title, hitting .364. This year he is hitting just .259 and hitting a lot of ground balls, inducing double plays. Gary Sanchez is today’s poster boy because he struck out four out of four times in last night’s 5-2 loss. The Yankees struck out 15 times in the game.

News on Corey Kluber and Phil Nevin

There is some questionable but good news involving two Yankees. First, the news on pitcher Corey Kluber although a bit mysterious, is better than expected. It appears after visiting several orthopedic specialists that Klube will not need surgery, and Aaron Boone and company have shifted their plan for Kluber. Originally he was supposed to be shut down for a month before he could toss a ball; now, he will continue light throwing but still be out the expected eight weeks.

The bad news for Kluber and the Yankees is that his shoulder ailment may be that after pitch hard for so many years, his shoulder may be worn out. The Yankees project that he will be able to pitch threw it once he returns. But surely, the Yankees will clearly monitor his innings. They are probably happy they only gave him a one-year contract.

It was a joy last night when third-base coach Phil Nevin was seen in the dugout. Although not coaching at third, it was a joy to see him in the ballpark. When the Yankees had their rash of Covid infections, most were asymptomatic, except Nevin, who was hit pretty bad. On May 10, it was discovered that the coach had the infection. An accompanying staph infection and his chronic asthma made his time with the disease quite scary. But last night, he was smiling and 22 pounds lighter. There is no word on when he will return to his place in left field.