Baseball Paradise

Baseball Paradise

Let’s start today with a bit of trivia: what do Aaron Judge, DJ Lemahieu, Jonathan Holder, Mark Teixeira, John Flaherty, Todd Frazier, Andrew Miller, Joe Girardi, and Aaron Boone all have in common? OK, that’s not a fair question, since I haven’t really given you enough information to answer - sure, looking at the list you would probably guess that each of these guys have worn pinstripes at one time or another, but that’s not all they have in common. If I expanded this list of guys to include Frank Thomas, Nomar Garciaparra, Matt Wieters, Albert Belle, Yan Gomes, Tim Lincecum, Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford, Kolton Wong, and Stephen Wright, do you know what connects all of these guys? Yes, they all have played Major League Baseball, but prior to that, they all played summer ball in college for the most prestigious amateur summer league in the country.

Deep in the heart of Red Sox country, 8 teams in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), consisting of the best talent college baseball has to offer, battle it out on iconic small-town American diamonds across the peninsula of Cape Cod from the beginning of June through the first week of August every year. Not only are these fields filled with fans for the summer, but at any given Cape League match-up, it is impossible not to notice anywhere from 3-15 MLB scouts in attendance. Scouts are intrigued not just by the talent pool available for viewing on any given night, but also because the CCBL allows scouts the opportunity to watch players in game settings with a wood bat. For fans of baseball, the games are fantastic for a number of reasons: a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, admission is free (though donations through 50-50 and pass-the-hat are greatly appreciated), and you can get as close to the action as your lawn chair will allow. For hardcore baseball fans who are prospect geeks, the CCBL allows you to see some of the best amateur baseball prospects in the country up close from the same angle as professional scouts. The league is truly unique, and there is some magic at each of the Cape League’s fields. I have been going to the Cape for 1-2 weeks every summer for the last 25 years, and CCBL baseball is at the heart of every trip.

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Rays 7, Yankees 2: Bats Are Afraid

Rays 7, Yankees 2: Bats Are Afraid

The Yankees struggled to score runs against the Rays on Thursday at the Slop….sorry, the Trop, while the Rays got on base against all 3 Yankee pitchers seemingly with ease to tie up the series at 1-1. Of particular note, the Rays used their “Opener” strategy to perfection, and Yankee tempers flared in the 6th.

(Photo Credit: Chris O’Meara, AP)

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Bombs, Controversy, and Another Man Down: The Yanks Reach .500

Bombs, Controversy, and Another Man Down: The Yanks Reach .500

The Yankees came into Saturday’s game looking to win their second series in a row, and gain some semblance of momentum despite the vast number of injuries the team has experienced this year. Saturday’s rubber match had a little bit of everything: controversy, home runs, strong pitching, and yet another significant injury. Ultimately, the Yankees beat the Royals easily, 9-2, and moved to 10-10 on the season.

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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CC and Kahnle Give up 10 Hits, 8 Runs As Yanks Lose 8-7 to Blue Jays

CC and Kahnle Give up 10 Hits, 8 Runs As Yanks Lose 8-7 to Blue Jays

After a tremendous 1st inning for both pitchers (CC needed only 6 pitches; Reid-Foley collected 3 K’s) in what was shaping out to be a mid-afternoon pitching duel, drastically changed starting in the 2nd inning.

The Yankees offense didn’t do much damage until their tremendous 6 run, 7th inning as they looked to come back from 7 down (8-1) to take a ‘W’ out of the hands of the Blue Jays.

Today brings a shortened game summary after an almost 4-hour unfortunate loss as the Yankees home WC chances keep getting slimmer.

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The Yankees Grab an Interesting 7-5 Win From the Tigers: A Game in Three Acts

The Yankees Grab an Interesting 7-5 Win From the Tigers: A Game in Three Acts

After losing a home series against the Chicago White Sox a mere two days ago, and giving up the first game of their current 4-game series against the Detroit Tigers yesterday, the Yankees needed to deliver a win today as they head into a very important September.

Even with the recent struggles of Luis Severino (5.74 ERA over his last 10 starts), I still felt confident going into todays game against the 54-80 Detroit Tigers and their starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (4.40 ERA over his last 10 starts).

However as the game progressed on, three main pieces (or "Acts" if you will) stuck out as how my emotions ran through the events of this incredibly interesting win.

This is a recap of everything from the 6.1 inning No-Hitter vs. 10 strikeout Starting Pitching Battle, the Lead that very quickly went away, and the Dramatic finale (keeping in line with how every good show should end).

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The Yankees Come Back from 5-0, Take the Game 7-5 with a WALK-OFF Homer from Giancarlo Stanton

The Yankees Come Back from 5-0, Take the Game 7-5 with a WALK-OFF Homer from Giancarlo Stanton

The Yankees are a team that takes advantage of the weakest links of their opponents, game after game. For much of baseball, this is found in their bullpen, which is often made up of solid-enough major league pitchers who couldn't quite find it as a starter or only have a solid pitch (or two) that they can really pitch.

Fortunately for the Yankees, they seem to keep finding new gems in their system. Last year it was the inception of Chad Green from starting pitcher to shut-down reliever. This year, their latest magic has been found in Jonathan Holder, a man who has been living up to his name for the Yankees this year.

With Holder stopping the Mariners attack (and Chapman in the 9th), the Yankees offense was able to knock the Mariners King off his throne. They then took advantage of the weaker arms in the bullpen as they collected 5 runs in the last third of the game, most importantly off the bats of Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton.

And without further ado, let's get to the recap:

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Loaisiga gets the Win in his MLB Debut on 6 K's, a Didi Homer, and a Sanchez 3-Run Double (Yankees 5, Rays 0)

Loaisiga gets the Win in his MLB Debut on 6 K's, a Didi Homer, and a Sanchez 3-Run Double (Yankees 5, Rays 0)

Last week when Masahiro Tanaka was removed from the Mets game after straining both his hamstrings while scoring a run on a sacrifice fly, it became even more apparent that the Yankees are in desperate need for starting pitching help.

While fans- both educated and not...side note to everyone who calls into local NYC Sports Radio: The Mets don't want Tyler Austin or Austin Romine, and, those two are not going to sway a trade in the Yankees favor for DeGrom...however, I digress- have been clamoring for Cashman to make a major deal, the Yankees have been looking at their internal options.

Last night, Domingo German put together a 10 strikeout performance around his first win of the season. Tonight, it was Jonathan Loaisiga's turn for the fans to experience what the Yankee farm system is all about.

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THEEEEE YANKEEES WINNN!! (10-5 Final Against the Rangers in Arlington)

The Yankees took home a victory against the Texas Rangers while scoring 10 runs today- courtesy of 5 Home Runs (from Gleyber Torres (x2), Neil Walker, Aaron Judge, and Aaron Hicks), 2 Doubles (from Neil Walker and Didi Gregorius), and a sacrifice fly (Giancarlo Stanton).

On the pitching side, starter Masahiro Tanaka had a rough outing (5 IP, 4 R/ER, 3 H's, 4 BB's, 3 K's, 2 HR's), but the Yankee relievers (Chad Green, David Robertson, and Jonathan Holder) did a great job finishing the game (4 IP, 1 R, 2 H's, 1 BB, 3 K's, 1 HR).

Combined with the last two games, this is the first time in Yankees franchise history that the Bronx Bombers have had three consecutive games with 4+ Home Runs (5, 4, and 5 respectively).

It is also the first time in franchise history that the Yankees have had three consecutive games with 8+ XBH (8, 8, and 9 respectively), and is only the 4th time in MLB history.

Offical Game Summary to come! Let's Go Yankees!