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Saving Private Tanaka

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long HR

The Bombers will head to Anaheim on a 5 game winning streak, all  at  the expense of Boston and the  crumbling Orioles who are now embedded in 4th place, 1 game over .500, 6.5 games behind the Yanks, 1 game ahead of Toronto  for last place in the AL East

The Bombers ran up  a college football  score 55 to 9  over the 5 game streak (Boston 17-1) ( Baltimore 38-8)

The Yanks completed their 13 game AL East tour 8-5.. They  started out  3-4 vs Baltimore and Toronto, then posted a 5-1 record vs Boston and the O’s

The good guys will  wake up in Anaheim this morning with a 4 game lead after Detroit held on to an 8-3 win over Boston.. An amazing  feat considering Detroit has the 2nd worst bull pen in all of baseball, only the first place Twins are worse…

 Boston had 12 singles and doubles on the night, but surprisingly  the Punch  and Judy’s  could only manage 1 run off the terrible Tiger bull pen over the last 4 innings of their game at the Fenway International Little League Park…

So  as Big D said, we have nothing to  complain  about, but we’ll  find something…

Why isn’t Tanaka already in Anaheim having one of Don Moscone’s  Pleasure Chest affiliates making sure his opt out is the last thing on his mind?

Instead he’s sitting around the Bronx, yuking it up with the SanBinos, while the bull pen had to over extend itself  while  Saving Private Tanaka

Saving Private Tanaka

In the first inning four  of the first  6 Bombers  (1 BB) came out swinging, connecting on two singles and a walk before  Castro chased 2 runs home with the 3rd knock off Gausman

At 2-0, the SanBino  went Big Fly, a 450 foot three run Ballantine Blast that gave the Yanks a comfortable 5-0 lead

Private Tanaka bailing on the start forced Joey Claps and Cashman to  start Chad Too Green..

Green has been very good out of the pen, he has easy gas, but that’s about it.. He had a 50 to 60 pitch allotment which is totally ridiculous for a guy  who doesn’t command as a starter

He picked up  11 Whiffs off 38 four seam fastballs (96 to 98 mph) 1 whiff off the 9 cutters that  subtract to 90 mph, and  no  whiffs off 6 show me sliders (85mph) that  either go  out of the K zone or get hit..

So he’s not ready to be a MLB starter, unless you want to  stretch him out to 100 pitches, then  you might get  5 innings  out of him

Green started out great getting 6 of the first  7 batters he faced with  3 K’s, 1 BB over 2 innings..

That was it, his house of cards folded in the 3rd inning after a pair of doubles made it 5-1, and a Cumulative Total of 53 Pitches sent him on the Tessio Ride

2 innings, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 BB, 3 K’s…

Joey Claps had his dancing shoes on and he immediately brought in Chicken Shreve to face a LHB Seth Smith, how could he not

Shreve doesn’t even  wake up  this early in a game no less be effective, and he immediately coughed up  2 more doubles before closing  out the inning 5-3.. Joey Claps’s plan went up in smoke and the O’s were right back in it….

Holder, Warren  and the surprisingly good Domingo German kept the O’s off the board for the remaining 6 innings… The Bomber offense hanging another 9  runs on Gausman and the terrible O’s underbelly relievers didn’t hurt the cause and the boys mugged the Beltway Birds 14-3

The 9  run insurance plan started in the 4th inning and concluded in the 7th

In the 4th

Hicks walked.

Judge doubled to left, Hicks to third.

Holliday singled to shallow center, Hicks and Judge scored. 7-3

In the 6th the insurance policy increased to  10-3 after the

Mother of all A-Bombs from Aa-Ron kicked Judgmania up  a few notches to Unbelievable

Judge homered to left center (496 feet).

Holliday safe at first on error by second baseman Schoop.

Castro homered to left (392 feet), Holliday scored.

Castro’s Dinger was a mere mortal  type HR, but it was his third in as many games all in the Baltimore series…

The continued Water Boarding of Buck Showalter concluded in the 7th when the Yanks hung a 4 spot on the Camden Cry Baby, and it was crying Uncle time for the O’s at  14-3..

Judge went beyond the realm of comprehension  when he hit his

2nd A-Bomb from Aa-Ron #21 on the season after Hicks made it 12-3 with a 2 run double

Torreyes walked.

Gardner walked, Torreyes to second.

Hicks doubled to deep right center, Torreyes and Gardner scored.

Judge homered to right center (401 feet), Hicks scored.

Domingo German looked like a keeper


The untrained eye: Live arm, looks like commanding the 4 seamer is paramount, the 2 seamer had tilt, changed eye level,  and subtracted velocity, the change up also looked like a potential  weapon, and his curve ball  was his 2nd most used pitch

Unfortunately he’s back at AAA, but hopefully he’ll be back up  to help out in the pen, or have the Yanks create a 6 man  rotation…German went 2.2 innings on 36 pitches no  runs, plus he’s stretched out so Joey wasn’t as smart as he thinks he is


With Heller High Water replacing German on the roster, who’s Joey’s long man  tonight if Tanaka starts to look like he has food poisoning ?


Hit and Run

2B: Judge (11, Gausman); Gregorius (9, Verrett); Hicks (13, Yacabonis)
HR: Sánchez (10, 1st inning off Gausman 2 on, 1 Out); Judge 2 (21, 6th inning off Verrett 0 on, 1 Out; 7th inning off Yacabonis 1 on, 1 Out); Castro (12, 6th inning off Verrett 1 on, 1 Out)
RBI: Castro 4 (41), Sánchez 3 (28), Holliday 2 (44), Judge 3 (47), Hicks 2 (36)
GIDP: Castro, Torreyes
Yankees RISP: 5-9 (Holliday 1-1, Sánchez 1-2, Refsnyder 0-1, Torreyes 0-1, Hicks 1-1, Judge 1-1, Castro 1-2)
Team LOB: 8

Picked Off: Gregorius (2nd base by Castillo)

DP: 2 (Gregorius-Castro-Carter, Torreyes-Castro-Sánchez).

Anyway  go  to bed early so  you can wake up late, it’s our least favorite time of the year, Yanks on the Left Coast

the Whole 9


Written by Sal

June 12, 2017 at 7:56 am

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  1. Great optics of DiDi watching #99’s HR go
    OU T !!!


    June 12, 2017 at 9:04 am

    • Hey Donny.. DD is a real funzi brother …good eye


      June 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm

  2. Listened to the game on the way down from Woodstock yesterday with Ma & Pa Yankee.
    On the way down, I stopped off to pay my respects & monthly tribute to the great Don B.
    He was out in the yard, with Max & no radio. So seeing this, I decided to give him the latest update. Things had changed while driving up the driveway. Upon seeing him, I blurted out Yanks now up 7-3! He said thanks, I’m DVR’ing the game to watch tonight!!
    Thinking I was about to go on the Tessio Ride for divulging this info, the Don left me off the hook with just a warning. I fully expected Rocco Lampone to come out from around the house & make me like Sonny at the Jones Beach Causeway. But, true to his word, I got off to screw up another day!

    The legend of Judge continues to grow. I saw that moonshot late last night in Yankee Replay. This is now getting ridiculous. I’ve NEVER seen a ball hit up there! NEVER!!!
    And the rest of his game continues to excell. Truly a magical rookie season so far for the big guy!!


    June 12, 2017 at 9:23 am

    • hahahaha.. Just remember bondsy, after the peace pipe takes 3 trips around the line-up the Don might forget what you told him… He was our original photographer back in the day, I have tons of shots of his sneakers …. great stuff..


      June 12, 2017 at 2:51 pm

  3. Moscone–Laughing here at your story with Donnie B. Sounds like an episode from Seinfeld.
    So–the draft pick the Yankees used to acquire Judge came from Swisher signing with the Indians.
    It was a supplemental pick ( 32 overall) at the end of the first round in 2013.
    The Yankees selected Eric Jagielo with the 26th pick and rolled the dice that Judge would still be there at 32.
    They liked Judge, but obviously liked Jagielo more. He is now in the Reds Minor League System.
    Dumb luck or Cashman genius? Everyone else passed on Judge also when they had a chance.
    Also, Judge got drafted by the A’s out of high school ( first round in 2010). He opoted for college at that time.


    June 12, 2017 at 9:54 am

  4. The names were changed to protect the innocent.

    Rosario Vizzie Jr

    June 12, 2017 at 10:26 am

  5. Yanks drafted Clark Schmidt,rhp from South Carolina who just had Tommy John surgery??


    June 12, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    • Hey Big D
      Hoping they can get him for under the slot money is what I read
      Sounds like a gamble
      Cashman on a roll maybe it pans out
      He’ll be back mid 2018

      Finally a good AB from Judge he walks
      Kid has his number
      So good eye

      Tanaka starting to look good


      June 12, 2017 at 11:39 pm

  6. Ah Boston walks off in 11

    Thought Phils could steal 1
    Boston gets a Met schedule
    Philly for 4 games


    June 12, 2017 at 11:35 pm

  7. Yanks finally get to Meyer

    Francesa put the mother of all jinxs on Judge today
    Said he would be the star of stars at the All Star game

    Do far two punch outs but he slowed the death jinx down by walking and scoring

    I hope Francesa doesn’t start to wax Gregorius dude is saving this game so far


    June 12, 2017 at 11:53 pm

  8. Amazing D by Tanaka he lays out forbthst bunt and gets him

    Yanks Draft pick Clarke Schmidt got a text tonight from fellow @GamecockBasebll alum Jordan Montgomery: “Can’t wait to see you up here.”


    June 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm

  9. Parker dude is having a career yr
    Annoying set up delivery
    Dude should be pitching for Boston
    Slower Then holiday traffic to the plate with all that trick set BS


    June 13, 2017 at 12:09 am

    • bad AB by Hicks lotta ducks being stranded
      Hate these west coast time zone jet lag games

      Tanaka will have to earn his money tonight


      June 13, 2017 at 12:13 am

  10. Thank God the Nba is over

    Yanks so far 9 men lob

    1 run lead ain’t enough
    Tanaka throws a meatball every few batters Hicks ran that rocket down to save some heartaches

    Thank you Albert love those 1st pitch F/9’s


    June 13, 2017 at 12:20 am

  11. Wow an Espada type muff by their 3 rd base coach or this game is tied

    Better put some points on the board fellas
    Letting them hang around has a bad feel to it


    June 13, 2017 at 12:24 am

  12. Apparently the Angels pitchers haven’t heard about Judge going right after him
    Nice adjustment by Hank going the other way for a single after swinging through a fast ball


    June 13, 2017 at 12:29 am

    • Seems every time they get something going Headley comes up and screws it up finally a clutch 2 out knock
      Judge scores his 2nd run


      June 13, 2017 at 12:31 am

  13. Fat mike out smarted himself on that DD AB
    Can’t blame him with Headley up next
    But Head comes through

    Big Romine AB could break it open
    but no Hollywood ending
    Have to settle for the 1 run 3-1 lead
    9 outs to go


    June 13, 2017 at 12:37 am

    • Clippard up These loud fly ball outs are scaring Joey Claps
      and Headley fucks up again on defense ng
      Now tying run comes to plate


      June 13, 2017 at 12:41 am

  14. The game isn’t Clippard proof until you get a 5 run lead


    June 13, 2017 at 12:43 am

    • Fucking error by Headley scores Judge blows the cut off man
      And Tanaka is done at 90 pitches

      now we’re in trouble Clip and Betances have to get 7 outs
      One with a RISP


      June 13, 2017 at 12:49 am

  15. 89 pitches but Angels have the momentum
    And it’s tied as Clippard can’t pick up the bad Headley and Judge play


    June 13, 2017 at 12:54 am

    • There is nothing positive about this game Flash they blew a lead
      That wasn’t the Astros Tanaka pitched to tonight

      He was better then a plus 6 ERA so if you want to drop the bar have at it


      June 13, 2017 at 12:58 am

  16. Bad 7 th inning on D and Cashman desperately needs to find a 3rd weapon out of the pen Clippard has moved to the Pumpkin Palace Hotel


    June 13, 2017 at 1:01 am

  17. Hicks almost got one 2 shots to drive him in
    Probably a HR at the Stadium
    Yanks miss playing home I bet

    Angels playing their World Series
    Judge can pick his bad D play up


    June 13, 2017 at 1:07 am

    • Unbelievable Norris throws him a fast ball
      That HR is bigger then those mega velo Bombs amazing

      Still need 6 outs and Clippard probably goes out for the 8th

      MVP chants in Anaheim

      438 to the opposite field wow clutch


      June 13, 2017 at 1:11 am

  18. Poor Headley those RISP really find him

    he did get one of them


    June 13, 2017 at 1:22 am

    • Headley almost threw it away
      Good thing it was Albert running


      June 13, 2017 at 1:23 am

  19. Cashman has 5000 prospects
    There has to be one of them better then Clippard who is brutal


    June 13, 2017 at 1:25 am

    • Clippard is trying to find batters he can handle

      guys in this leverage position attack batters

      What a surprise a 4 out save from a guy who hasn’t pitched in a week with a man on base

      Having Clippard in a game is like trying to walk up an icy hill


      June 13, 2017 at 1:30 am

  20. Wow Betances got out of that 2-0 count good thing it was Simmons
    and not Schoop or Donaldson or Machado

    How many pitchers does fat mike have
    A battle of manager geniuses tonight

    Chapman is coming back but it would behoove Cashman to keep an eye on Clippard


    June 13, 2017 at 1:37 am

  21. Yanks at 54
    Matt Sauer wonder if any relation to old Giants Hank Sauer


    June 13, 2017 at 1:41 am

    • Betances pitching backwards getting those breaking balls over for strikes
      Makes him unhittable
      Eat that Livine
      Brick house looks like a bowling ball tonight

      What a great win
      huge in fact
      gotta stay ahead of Boston playing Philadelphia for 4 games
      Who’d they pay off to get that schedule


      June 13, 2017 at 1:53 am

  22. Yeah well i had to suffer through Sterling’s Judge HR call.
    Keeeerist what an embarrassment


    June 13, 2017 at 2:32 am

    • bad call Donny it should be It’s an A-Bomb from


      June 13, 2017 at 6:05 am

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