Yankees top Mariners 5-1 thanks to Sabathia’s great start, Ellsbury’s homer


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Tuesday night’s 5-1 win over the Mariners was one of the Yankees’ best all-around games in quite a while. Just a real solid, crisp win. Good pitching, good hitting, the works. I want to see more games like this the last five and a half weeks of the season. West Coast night games get bullet point recaps, so let’s get to it:

  • Si Si: Man, what a job by CC Sabathia. The big lefty held the Mariners to one Aaron Judge aided run — Judge took a circuitous route in right field on Leonys Martin’s fly ball, leading to a triple — in seven otherwise stress-free innings. He struck out seven and allowed only three hits and one walk. That was Sabathia’s best start since mid-June and one of his best of the season overall.
  • Ellsburied: The Yankees scored their first run when Ronald Torreyes continued his hot hitting with a double to left. Kyle Seager committed an error earlier in the inning that opened the door for New York. The big blow of the night was Jacoby Ellsbury‘s two-run home run in the fifth inning, which turned a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 Yankees lead. Ellsbury is up to six homers on the season.
  • The Late Innings: Judge atoned for his bad read in right with a sixth inning sac fly to stretch the lead to 4-1. An error and a Didi Gregorius double created another insurance run in the ninth inning to make it 5-1. Nice little night for the bats. They had nine hits overall, drew three walks, and went 4-for-12 (.333) with runners in scoring position.
  • Leftovers: Tommy Layne and Dellin Betances tossed scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively … Ben Heller warmed up in the ninth in case the Yankees blew it open. He still hasn’t made his MLB debut … Torreyes went 3-for-4 with two doubles. He’s 8-for-12 with four doubles and a homer on the road triple … Gary Sanchez had just one, hit a single. Bust!

Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages too. The Yankees wrap up their West Coast trip with the series finale against the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon. That’s a 3:35pm ET start. Former Rakuten Golden Eagles teammates Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia will be on the mound.

Minor League Update: I have neither the time nor the energy for a full DotF tonight. Here are the box scores and here’s the short version: Rob Refsnyder and Ben Gamel had singles, Bryan Mitchell allowed one run in four innings in his latest rehab game, Thairo Estrada whacked a homer, Justus Sheffield allowed four runs (three earned) in 3.2 innings, and Freicer Perez threw six one-hit innings.

DotF: Gamel and Fowler have big games in wins

The day’s notes:

  • Both C Gary Sanchez and OF Leonardo Molina made MLB.com’s Prospect Team of the Week. “(Molina) hasn’t had much statistical success, in part because he has been so young, but that hasn’t stopped evaluators from raving about his tools and upside,” said the write-up.
  • Molina was also named the rookie Appalachian League Offensive Player of the Week, so that’s cool. LHP Nestor Cortes was named the High-A Florida State Pitcher of the Week. He took a perfect game into the seventh inning last time out.
  • The Yankees have released RHP Willie Gabay, reports Matt Eddy. They picked him up as a minor league free agent prior to last season. Gabay had a 5.37 ERA in 66.2 innings at the lower levels as an organizational arm.

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 win over Lehigh Valley) they now have a five-game lead over Lehigh Valley in the division with 14 games remaining

  • LF Ben Gamel: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — 20-for-50 (.400) with four doubles and a homer during his 12-game hitting streak
  • RF Clint Frazier: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-5, 2 K
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
  • CF Mason Williams: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 11-for-29 (.379) during his eight-game hitting streak
  • LHP Richard Bleier: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 34 of 59 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 39 of 67 pitches were strikes (58%) … they had him piggyback with Bleier because off-days and rainouts threw a wrench into the schedule, and he would have gone more than a week between starts had they remained on rotation
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 12 of 21 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • LHP Chasen Shreve: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GB/FB — ten of 17 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten of 15 pitches were strikes

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DotF: Rutherford returns in Pulaski’s doubleheader

Triple-A Scranton was rained out. The game was canceled and will not be made up.

Double-A Trenton (10-2 win over Hartford)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-5, 2 R — 12-for-33 (.364) in his last eight games, so he’s not fading late like he did a year ago
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B — up to .285/.317/.450 while playing in a big time pitcher’s park
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — 7-for-20 (.350) during his little five-game hitting streak
  • DH Abi Avelino: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • RHP Will Carter: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 11/2 GB/FB — 46 of 82 pitches were strikes (56%), plus he picked a runner off first … he’s having success in Double-A one year after being a 14th round pick … nice find by the scouting staff
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 27 of 44 pitches were strikes (61%) … 57/17 K/BB in 52.1 innings

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DotF: Refsnyder and Montgomery lead Scranton to a win

Notes and notes and notes and notes:

  • RHP Luis Severino did indeed throw a ton of changeups during last night’s start, writes Shane Hennigan. “They told me that I had to throw more changeups. (The Yankees) told me that they didn’t care what the score is. They told me that I had to throw changeups and that’s what I did,” he said. That’s good. The stats don’t matter. Severino needs to throw that pitch and work on it.
  • According to the team’s Twitter account, OF Blake Rutherford was in Pulaski’s original lineup today, though he was later scratched. My guess is he went through batting practice and all that, and the team decide to give him an extra day. Rutherford is reportedly dealing with a knee issue.
  • After flirting with a perfect game last night, LHP Nestor Cortes landed in today’s Prospect Hot Sheet. “Cortes pitches backward, leading with his offspeed stuff and using his fastball as a putaway pitch,” said the write-up.

Triple-A Scranton (4-0 win over Pawtucket)

  • RF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — 18-for-45 (.400) during his eleven-game hitting streak
  • LF Clint Frazier: 0-4, 3 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 4-4, 1 R, 1 2B — 15-for-31 (.484) in nine games since being sent down
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 1-4, 2 K, 1 CS
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
  • DH Jake Cave: 1-3, 1 BB
  • LHP Jordan Montgomery: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 10/1 GB/FB — 63 of 102 pitches were strikes (62%) … third straight scoreless start … 123/43 K/BB in 127.2 total innings … he seems to be getting better each time he gets promoted
  • RHP Nick Goody: 1 IP, zeroes, 1/1 GB/FB — ten of 12 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Ben Heller: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — eight of 13 pitches were strikes … 55/14 K/BB in 48 innings

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DotF: Frazier homers, Severino strikes out ten in AAA win

Another day’s worth of notes:

  • Hudson Belinsky has a full write-up of RHP Chance Adams’ start last night. It’s not behind the Baseball America paywall, as far as I can tell. “The sum of Adams’ parts certainly points to a future as a major league starter. He’s shown the ability to command four pitches and maintain velocity, and he was able to throw all of his pitches from the same arm slot,” wrote Belinsky. “Fifth-round picks usually are not this good this quickly.”
  • RHP Diego Moreno has been released, reports Shane Hennigan. We’ll always have that game in Texas last year, Diego. The Yankees originally acquired Moreno from the Pirates in the A.J. Burnett salary dump trade. We can close the book on that deal now.
  • Hal Steinbrenner told Ken Davidoff he plans to reach out to Alex Rodriguez to gauge his interest in traveling to Tampa to work with SS Gleyber Torres and SS Jorge Mateo in a near future. “I can’t think of anybody better to bring in for a week or two weeks,” said Hal.
  • Mateo, meanwhile, ranked ninth in this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. He’s finally starting to come out of his extended slump. Also, OF Isiah Gilliam landed in today’s Prospect Report. Gilliam is fourth in the rookie Appalachian League with nine homers.
  • Brendan Kuty spoke to OF Aaron Judge about his ongoing swing changes. Most notably, he’s added a leg kick and lowered his hands this year. Judge told Kuty that happened after watching video of Matt Holliday and Anthony Rizzo.

Triple-A Scranton (7-4 win over Pawtucket)

  • LF Mason Williams: 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI
  • DH Clint Frazier: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — second homer since the trade … he’s gone 9-for-29 (.310) in his last seven games
  • 3B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • RF Jake Cave: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — getting more at-bats since the Aaron Judge promotion and he’s making the most of them
  • RHP Luis Severino: 5.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 WP, 5/1 GB/FB — 74 of 106 pitches were strikes (70%) … I don’t care about the results at all … I just want to know whether he threw his changeup
  • RHP Jonathon Holder: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — nine pitches, eight strikes

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DotF: Solak continues hot streak in Staten Island’s loss

Got a bunch of notes to pass along:

  • OF Blake Rutherford is day-to-day with an “undisclosed injury,” the team announced. It’s reportedly his knee. He tweaked it running out a ground ball last week. Rutherford “appeared to take part in pre-game practice” today, whatever the hell that means.
  • 1B Chris Parmelee was placed on the Triple-A DL, reports Shane Hennigan. Parmelee left last night’s game with back spasms. He is not on the 40-man roster and I’m not sure he was going to get a September call-up anyway, but this won’t help his case.
  • RHP Domingo German was activated off the High-A DL, the team announced. That’s good. No idea what was wrong with him, but it couldn’t have been anything serious if he came back this soon. German returned from Tommy John surgery earlier this year.
  • RHP Diego Moreno was called up to Triple-A Scranton and RHP Gio Gallegos was sent down the Double-A Trenton, according to Hennigan. Matt Kardos says Gallegos is staying in Scranton for the time being. It’s just a paper move to temporarily clear a roster spot.
  • Chris Crawford (subs. req’d) spoke to a bunch of scouts about starting pitcher prospects who could come up soon and dominate out of the bullpen right away, a la Edwin Diaz of the Mariners. RHP Domingo Acevedo was mentioned as a candidate. “I don’t think he’s gonna strike out every [dang] hitter like Diaz seems to, but with an 80 fastball and that hard power-change, he could miss plenty of bats,” said the scout.
  • LHP Jordan Montgomery earned some love from Jim Callis for being an under-the-radar prospect. “He’s unlikely to become more than a No. 4 starter, yet his track record makes it likely that he’ll surface in the back of a big league rotation. Look for him to get his first shot in New York at some point next season,” wrote Callis.
  • Chad Jennings spoke to 1B Tyler Austin about other players in the system who have bounced back from down years, like himself. “With him being finally healthy and playing every day, I think (his potential is) showing. It’s exciting, and it’s an exciting time for him,” he said of C Kyle Higashioka.
  • Alec Dopp posted a bunch of scouting reports after traveling around the NY-Penn League. OF Timmy Robinson, OF Dom Thompson-Williams, and RHP Nick Green all received write-ups. I like Green. The Yankees seem to do well with “generic righty” profiles like that.

The minor league regular season ends in about two and a half weeks, so let’s update the standings. It’s been a while since I’ve done that.

Triple-A Scranton (9-3 loss to Pawtucket) they’re 78-48 and have a 3.5-game lead in the North Division … their regular season ends Monday, September 5th

  • DH Ben Gamel: 1-5, 1 K
  • RF Clint Frazier: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — threw a runner out at the plate … 13-for-40 (.325) in his last nine games, but only two extra-base hits (double, triple)
  • 3B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — 10-for-23 (.435) since being sent down
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 0-4, 1 K
  • LF Cesar Puello: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
  • CF Jake Cave: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GB/FB — 31 of 53 pitches were strikes (58%) … making the spot start because they played two doubleheaders earlier this week, and their rotation is all out of whack
  • LHP Chasen Shreve: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 20 of 30 pitches were strikes … great, now do this in the big leagues, Chasen
  • RHP Ben Heller: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — eight pitches, six strikes

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DotF: Higashioka homers; Gamel, Frazier, Refsnyder each have two hits in Scranton’s loss

Both C Gary Sanchez (two homers in MLB) and LHP Justus Sheffield (another strong start in High-A) made an appearance in today’s Prospect Report after their big games yesterday. As always, it’s not behind the Baseball America paywall, so check it out.

Triple-A Scranton (10-6 loss to Norfolk)

  • LF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 14-for-32 (.434) during his eight-game hitting streak
  • RF Clint Frazier: 2-5, 1 R — 11-for-36 (.306) in his last nine games
  • 3B Rob Refsnyder: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — fourth game since being sent down … he’s played two at second and two at third
  • 1B Chris Parmelee: 0-3, 1 K — left the game in the sixth inning … Shane Hennigan says Parmelee had back spasms
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — here’s video of the homer
  • RHP Brady Lail: 3.2 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 4/2 GB/FB — 49 of 76 pitches were strikes (64%) … managed to allow four homers … ouch
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 24 of 40 pitches were strikes (60%) … he’s been working longer outings of late … looks like they’re stretching him out a bit so he can go two or three innings at a time if necessary in September
  • RHP Nick Goody: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 28 of 40 pitches were strikes (70%) … 28/1 K/BB in 18.1 innings in Triple-A this year (32/12 K/BB in 27.2 innings in MLB)

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