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Game 143: Lindor, Mets get the last laugh

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With tonight’s 7-6 loss to the Mets, the Yankees are now out of a Wild Card spot. The team’s tumble continues — they’ve coughed up 10.5 games to the Blue Jays in 16 games — and are now one game behind the Red Sox for the second Wild Card spot (albeit even in the loss column). There are 19 games left to turn this thing around, though I’m not holding my breath.

Francisco Lindor stole the show tonight and hit three home runs to effectively carry the Mets on his back. He also jawed with the Yankees about yesterday’s game (Taijuan Walker pitch tipping), but ultimately, Lindor’s go-ahead solo homer against Chad Green in the 8th was the knockout punch. More on that in the takeaways after the jump:

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DoTF: Wesneski’s 14 strikeouts stand out in weekend’s action

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders nearly went 3-0 against Rochester this weekend, but wound up blowing an 8-1 lead after seven innings today. I guess it makes up for their Saturday comeback when they were down 5-0 and 8-2.

  • Friday’s starter: RHP Deivi García: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K — 53 of 87 pitches were strikes (61%)First time completing five innings since August 15th. Too late to erase an ugly full season stat line (6.78 ERA in 85 innings), but finishing strong would be nice.
  • Saturday’s starter: RHP Shawn Semple: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB — 15 of 32 pitches were strikes (47%)Needless to say, his Triple-A debut didn’t go so well. 25 year-old Semple was the team’s 11th rounder back in ’17.
  • Sunday’s starter: LHP Matt Krook: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K — 53 of 85 pitches were strikes (62%)0.55 ERA in his last three starts…26 year-old has had a nice year after the team took him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.
  • In relief: RHP Ron Marinaccio: 1.0 IP, K, zeroes — 7 of 11 pitches were strikes (64%)…Pitched Friday…92 strikeouts, 1.85 ERA in 58.1 innings this year.
  • CF Estevan Florial: 5-11, 6 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K, SB — Like Deivi, hasn’t been a good Triple-A season for Florial, but a strong finish would be great. He’s at .310/.394/.586 this month with a much more tolerable 20% strikeout rate.
  • C Donny Sands: 4-7, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K — 18 homers in 358 plate appearances between Somerset and SWB
  • 1B Chris Gittens: 2-9, R, HR, 2 RBI, 4 K
  • Leftovers: C Rob Brantly homered on Saturday…LF Trey Amburgey had two hits and a double the same night. 1B Chris Gittens homered on Friday

DoTF: Medina cruises, Wells and Volpe stay hot

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Yesterday’s game against Rochester was rained out. They’ll play a doubleheader starting at 5:05pm today.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots topped the Yard Goats 1-0 behind a brilliant seven innings from Luis Medina and good work from the bullpen (box score).

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Luis Medina: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP — 64 of 92 pitches were strikes (70%) — Three of his five strikeouts came in the first two innings. Didn’t have the swing-and-miss going like his last two outings (22 strikeouts in 10 innings), but it didn’t matter.
  • In relief: RHP Addison Russ: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K — 11 of 12 pitches were strikes (92%)
  • In relief: RHP Nick Ernst: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K — 13 of 21 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • Prospect watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 1-3, RBI, BB, K — His single in the third drove in the lone run of the game.
  • Prospect watch: CF Brandon Lockridge: 1-3, BB, K, SB — He’s swiped 9 bags in 10 attempts from Somerset…Was 5-for-6 with Hudson Valley.
  • Prospect watch: 2B Oswaldo Cabrera: 1-3, 2B, BB, K, CS — He’s an extra base machine…needs just one more to reach 50 on the season.
  • Leftovers: As a 1-0 final score indicates, there wasn’t much offense to go around. The only others to reach base were LF Michael Beltre (two walks), 1B Dermis García (hit by pitch), and RF Thomas Milone (single).

Game 139: Still free falling

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Another night, another loss. All of the goodwill from the 13-game winning streak has already run out, but it just keeps getting worse. With this 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Blue Jays, the Yankees are now 2-9 since the streak ended. Additionally, Boston eclipsed the Yankees for the top Wild Card spot tonight and Toronto is one behind the Yankees in the loss column. Simply put: the Yankees hold on a playoff spot is tenuous right now and I’m having a hard time finding reason for optimism.

These takeaways are on the shorter side because all of us had pretty busy work days and/or personal commitments. Not that you want to read a long-winded recap of this one, I presume. Let’s get to it.

DoTF: Waldichuk dominates and Pereira goes yard

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders’ nine-game losing streak is over. SWB topped Rochester, 4-1 (box score).

  • Starting pitcher: LHP Matt Krook: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K — 59 of 86 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • In relief: RHP Michael King: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K — 30 of 41 pitches were strikes (78%)…Picked up the old school save…May see him in the majors soon depending on Gerrit Cole’s prognosis.
  • Hitting star: 1B Chris Gittens: 2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, K — Destroying Triple-A pitching to the tune of .333/.479/.703 with 11 homers in 142 plate appearances
  • Prospect watch: CF Estevan Florial: 1-3, R, BB, K, CS — Hitting .300/.440/.550 in his last fifteen games…Would be really nice for Florial to finish strong after what’s been a mostly difficult season.
  • Prospect watch: C Donny Sands: 1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — 7th homer in 132 PAs at this level
  • Leftovers: RF Trey Amburgey reached base three times (single, double, and a walk)…LF Ryan LaMarre and DH Socrates Brito also had hits.

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