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Philadelphia Phillies Series Preview: July 20 & 21

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After taking two of three from Boston out of the All-Star break, the Yankees get to face a lesser team in the midst of the club’s most important stretch of the season. Not that the Phillies are a bad team or anything, but rather, they’re not on the level of the Astros, Red Sox, or Rays. Those are the teams the Yankees really need to make their hay against during this stretch, and so far, so good.

Hopefully, the Yankees have more success against Philly than they did last month. As you may recall, the Phillies hosted and swept the Yankees in a two game weekend series in June. They were ugly losses, too. Jameson Taillon and Domingo Germán both had awful starts in that series.

Tonight begins another quick two gamer against the Phillies, this time at Yankee Stadium. Let’s refamiliarize ourselves with Joe Girardi’s ballclub entering this week’s matchup.

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Game 92: Taillon, small ball, and long ball

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Just when you thought the Yankees were dead, they win two of three from the first place Red Sox by taking tonight’s rubber game, 9-1. I gotta say: I was preparing myself for a sweep after they fell behind 1-0 yesterday and looked pretty lifeless. So much for that.

With tonight’s win, the Yankees are now 7.5 games out of first place (six in the loss column). That’s still a big hill to climb, though these two sides meet again this weekend at Fenway Park. There’s also Toronto and Tampa Bay in between, of course. Meanwhile, the Bombers are 3.5 games (two in the loss column) out of a Wild Card spot. The season is far from over, as unpleasant as it’s been.

Tonight’s victory featured a little bit of everything. Jameson Taillon looked sharp, the bullpen did its thing, and the offense contributed a mix of small ball and long ball. Let’s break it down right after the jump.

DoTF: Cabrera, Sanford, and Pereira have big days at the dish

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders were supposed to finish yesterday’s suspended game and play a second one this evening, but no dice. Instead, both games will be finished/played in August (Conor Foley). Here are the results from the continuation of yesterday’s game, which was once again halted after five innings today. There was no score, by the way.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Luis Gil: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 WP — 12 of 19 pitches were strikes (63%)…This inning occurred Saturday before the first suspension. Stinks that this cost him a full star.
  • In relief: RHP Brian Keller: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K — 28 of 44 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • In relief: RHP Braden Bristo: 1.2 IP, 4 K, zeroes — 15 of 21 pitches were strikes (71%)
  • Prospect watch: CF Estevan Florial: 0-2, K
  • Leftovers: LF Thomas Milone and 2B Kyle Holder each had singles. Holder also walked. No other RailRiders reached base.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Somerset fell to Richmond, 8-7 (box score). After grabbing a 5-1 lead through five, things unraveled for the Patriots in the sixth, seventh, and eighth.

  • Starting pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 HR — 54 of 89 pitches were strikes…Pitched better than the line indicates for most of this game…Gave up a three-run homer in the sixth which ended his day.
  • In relief: RHP Elvis Peguero: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR — 19 of 26 pitches were strikes (73%)
  • In relief: RHP Ron Marinaccio: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR — 15 of 19 pitches were strikes (79%)
  • Hitting star: 3B Oswaldo Cabrera: 3-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, K — 12th dinger of the season…Hitting .253/.302/.502 on the year. Previous high in homers was 8 in 2019 for Tampa. Check out his bat flip below.
  • Prospect watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 1-5, R, RBI, K, CS — Has hit safely in six consecutive games and owns a .293/.353/.471 batting line at Double-A.
  • Leftovers: CF Brandon Lockridge had two hits…RF Isiah Gilliam had three hits, including a double. He was also caught stealing.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades didn’t score until the fourth inning, but went on to win today 9-4 (box score). Pretty impressive considering that the team’s first two hitters (Anthony Volpe and Ezequiel Duran) went 0-for-10 combined.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Alexander Vizcaíno: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K — 8 of 24 pitches were strikes (33%)…Third game back, first with Hudson Valley after two in rookie ball…Obviously, had absolutely no control today.
  • In relief: LHP Josh Maciejewski: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR — 59 of 86 pitches were strikes (69%)…Nice job piggybacking in this one.
  • In relief: RHP Charlie Rugger: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K — 9 of 18 pitches were strikes (50%)
  • In relief: LHP Matt Minnick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K — 10 of 17 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • In relief: RHP Nelson Alvarez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR — 8 of 14 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • Hitting star: RF Jake Sanford: 2-4, R, HR, RBI, K — Also homered Fridayup to .296/.371/.457 on the season between Tampa (52 games) and Hudson Valley (5 games). Really nice year for the 2019 third rounder so far.
  • First round watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 0-5, 3 K — Hey, not every game can be a good one
  • Going yard: 1B Chad Bell: 1-3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB — 24 year-old has 12 homers in 185 at-bats this year…pretty good power for the club’s 19th rounder in 2019
  • Going yard: C Saul Torres: 1-4, R, HR, 3 RI, K — His first long ball of the season.
  • Leftovers: 2B Ezequiel Duran went 0-for-5 with a strikeout…DH Josh Breaux picked up a single…CF Elijah Dunham had three hits, including a double…LF Pablo Olivares doubled twice and drove in two runs.

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

The Tarpons are now 25 games over .500. They held off Lakeland today for a 5-4 victory (box score), improving to 45-20 on the season.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Yoendrys Gomez: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR — 40 of 65 pitches were strikes (62%)…Fastball averaged 94.5 MPH, touched 96.8 and picked up 8 whiffs on 20 swings.
  • In relief: RHP Anderson Munoz: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K — 33 of 52 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • In relief: RHP Carson Coleman: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — 10 of 17 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • In relief: LHP Edgar Barclay: 1.0 IP, 3K, zeroes — 12 of 14 pitches were strikes (86%)
  • Martian watch: CF Jasson Dominguez: 1-4, K — 110.2 MPH single
  • Hitting star: DH Everson Pereira: 2-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 CS — He’s been on a tear for Tampa, hitting .412/.500/.676 in 38 plate appearances
  • Leftovers: Rare game in which 2B Trevor Hauver didn’t reach base…RF Ryder Green had three hits…C Carlos Narvaez, LF Aldenis Sánchez, 1B Eric Wagaman, and SS Eduardo Torrealba all had hits, with Wagaman’s a double. Sánchez stole a base.

DoTF: Jasson goes deep

The Martian lands.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

New names, same results. The RailRiders improved to 41-21, beating Worcester 7-2 (box score). The win came with a number of new players on the roster as a result of the organizational reshuffle following the Yankees’ COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Glenn Otto: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K — 59 of 93 pitches were strikes (63%)…This was his first Triple-A start after his promotion from Somerset. Had a 3.17 ERA and 103:14 K:BB ratio in 65.1 Double-A frames beforehand.
  • In relief: RHP Reggie McClain: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K — 27 of 44 pitches were strikes (61%)…0.58 ERA in 31 innings this season.
  • In relief: RHP Greg Weissert: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K — His Triple-A ERA now mirrors his Double-A ERA this year (0.71 in 12.2 innings at each level)
  • In relief: RHP Stephen Rydings: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K — 11 of 16 pitches were strikes (69%)…Strikeouts haven’t carried over from Double-A yet, where he had 30 in 19 frames. Has 6 in 5 Triple-A innings.
  • Hitting star: CF Estevan Florial: 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — Now has 12 homers in 238 plate appearances in the minors this year
  • Promoted: C Donny Sands: 3-5, R, HR, RBI — Replaced Rob Brantly, who’s up in the big leagues. Sands had 10 homers and a 109 wRC+ in 215 plate appearances for Somerset prior to the call-up.
  • Promoted: DH Matt Pita: 2-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K — Hadn’t homered in 105 trips to the plate for the Patriots this year before this dinger.
  • Leftovers: LF-CF Ryan LaMarre, 3B Armando Alvarez, 2B Andrew Velazquez, and SS Kyle Holder tallied a single a piece.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots lost to Richmond, 6-4 (box score). The Flying Squirrels rallied against Somerset’s bullpen once starter Luis Medina exited. Somerset is now 40-23.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Luis Medina: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K — 44 of 81 pitches were strikes (54%)…Unraveled for him in the sixth inning, when he walked the only three batters he faced. Two of those runs came in to score after he departed.
  • In relief: RHP Nick Green: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR — 26 of 39 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • Hitting star: CF Brandon Lockridge: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — Has two homers for the Patriots in 17 at-bats after having three in 125 for the Renegades.
  • Prospect watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RB, 1 RBI, 1 K — Has a five-game hitting streak, and all of them have been two-hit games.
  • Leftovers: RF Michael Beltre tallied two hits, including his 11th homer of the year…Rare quiet night for 2B Diego Castillo, who was 0-for-5.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades took a wild one from Wilmington, 8-7 (box score). Hudson Valley scored four in the top of the ninth to grab an 8-6 lead, then held off the Blue Rocks in the bottom half.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Mitch Spence: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 K — 52 of 84 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • In relief: RHP Nick Ernst: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K — 31 of 56 pitches were strikes (55%)
  • In relief: RHP Trevor Holloway: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — 15 of 28 pitches were strikes (54%)
  • Breakout game: SS Anthony Volpe: 4-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI — Was 2-for-11 since his promotion from Tampa entering this one. This is much more like it.
  • Power surge: DH Josh Breaux: 2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — Second-round pick in 2018 is hitting .386/.438/.886 with six homers this month…He had an awful May but has been terrific since, and owns an .845 OPS on the year now.
  • Going yard: RF Jake Sanford: 2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — Third-rounder from 2019 has a .292/.368/.443 line between Tampa and Hudson Valley…This was his fourth game for the Renegades.
  • Also going yard: LF Elijah Dunham: 1-5, R, HR, RBI, 2 K — Has a .927 OPS this season…seriously, who isn’t hitting on the farm this year?
  • Leftovers: CF Pat DeMarco doubled…3B James Nelson and C Saul Torres combined for three hits.

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

You can’t stop the Tarpons, you can only hope to contain them. They’re now 44-19 after another offensive outburst tonight, winning 13-4 against Lakeland (box score).

  • Starting pitcher: LHP Clay Aguilar: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — 30 of 44 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • In relief: LHP Ryan Anderson: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K — 28 of 46 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • In relief: RHP Nelvin Correa: 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K — Heck of a relief outing for the 24 year-old
  • The Martian: DH Jasson Dominguez: 2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 99 MPH exit velo on his first professional dinger…As you can see, he was a little off balance and still went deep.
  • Prospect watch: CF Everson Pereira: 2-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K — 1.250 OPS in 10 games with Tampa so far. Hit into a 106.9 MPH double play, too.
  • Hauver heat check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — Stellar pro debut continues for last year’s third-rounder
  • First round watch: C Austin Wells: 1-5, R, 2B — Pretty quietly has a .914 OPS in his professional debut
  • New addition: RF Aldenis Sánchez: 4-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI — Picked up in the Mike Ford trade
  • Leftovers: LF Evan Alexander had three hits, including a double. He also stole a base.

FCL Yankees

After falling behind 7-0 to the FCL Blue Jays, the rookie-ball Yanks tried to stage a comeback but ultimately fell short, 12-7 (box score). A couple of prospects had nice games, at least.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Freicer Perez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K — Second game back for Perez since 2018. Per his MiLB player page, this is considered a rehab assignment for the now 25 year-old, who was once a fairly notable prospect.
  • In relief: RHP Nicio Rodriguez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K — Also tossed three wild pitches. Team’s 26th-best prospect per FanGraphs.
  • In relief: RHP Kenlly Montas: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
  • In relief: RHP Starling Perez: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
  • In relief: RHP Christian Sumoza: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Hitting star: SS Alexander Vargas: 2-5, R, HR, RBI, K — First homer for the 19 year-old, who’s the 13th-best Yankees prospect per MLB Pipeline. Up to .342/.432/.474
  • Prospect watch: DH Antonio Gomez: 2-4, R, 2 K — Backstop got to DH today…He’s 21st on MLB Pipeline’s Yankees list, by the way.
  • Leftovers: 1B Anthony García and 3B Marcos Cabrera went deep…LF Raimfer Salinas tallied two hits, including a triple.

Both DSL Yankees teams won today. (vs. Phillies Red, vs. Rockies)

Game 90: Dreadful

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How many times have we wrote something like: “hope you found something better to do tonight!” this season? Far too many, obviously. The Yankees lost in listless fashion to the Red Sox this evening, 4-0. Jordan Montgomery pitched just fine, but good grief, the offense was a no show.

With the win, the Red Sox are 7-0 against the Yankees this season. New York is nine games off Boston’s pace in division, so you can pretty much forget about an AL East title. Meanwhile, the Wild Card is starting to slip away, too. Oakland holds a five game advantage on the Bombers right now, though their game is just starting tonight.

Murphy’s law applies to the 2021 Yankees, that’s for sure. Whether it’s on the field (underwhelming or disappointing individual performances, #RISPfail, etc.) or off the field (two COVID-19 outbreaks now), the Yankees are having a downright dreadful season.

Should you care, here are the takeaways from tonight’s game:

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