August 15 in Yankee History

  • Righthander Sonny Gray put together what would turn out to be a rare good start in a 5-4 victory over the visiting crosstown Mets on August 15, 2017. He threw shutout ball until a walk and a Dominick Smith home run leading off the top of the seventh had him removed from the game. Homers from Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez had the Yanks up 4-2 when Aaron Judge doubled leading off the home eighth. That he would score on a Sancchez sac fly became pivotal because fellow Mets rookie Amed Rosario shocked Aroldis Chapman with a two-run jolt in the ninth, for a 5-4 Bombers victory. Continue reading
  • August 14 in Yankee History

  • An unlikely pitching duel between the Mets and Yankees featuring righthanders Miguel Montero and Luis Cessa took place in Yankee Stadium on August 14, 2017. Cessa was recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this day for the start, as lefthander Caleb Smith was optioned to AAA to make roster room. A 2-2 tie was broken when both Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez homered in the bottom of the eighth. Filling a role he rarely takes on, Dellin Betances cashed in the 4-2 save. Following her induction into the Hall of Fame two weeks earlier, writer Claire Smith threw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch to get the festivities started. Continue reading
  • August 13 in Yankee History

  • If you took a pathway to Yankee and baseball fanhood similar to mine, then share my grief on this worst day on the baseball calendar. Mickey Mantle passed away on August 13, 1995. We’ll go into numbers and detail how incredibly bad a day on the Yankee front this is in that respect where we list player deaths below. Continue reading
  • Lords of the Flies

    Bronx, N.Y., August 12, 2018; Yankees 7, Texas 2 — It’s a habit I could learn to like. For the second straight day Yankee power hitter Giancarlo Stanton drilled a first-inning home run to give the Yanks an early 1-0 lead. It felt like it eased the burden on CC Sabathia, who, despite throwing six shutout innings with seven strike outs and just one hit, labored in this one early. Continue reading

    Timeline Tightrope

    Bronx, N.Y., August 11, 2018; Yankees 5, Texas 3 — This is a timeline of an ugly, tense, terrifying, but ultimately terrific, day. I entered Yankee Stadium at noon despite rain prediction percentages hovering near the exit velocity of an Aaron Judge-struck ball. The infield was covered, but the grounds crew removed it, smoothing the dirt and laying the foul lines in time for a 1:10 Lance Lynn first pitch. Continue reading

    August 10 in Yankee History

  • The big bat behind the Yanks’ 9-3 win over Anaheim in Yankee Stadium on August 10, 2011, belonged to Curtis Granderson, who went yard for three runs in the first, and added a singleton shot and a walk later. Robinson Cano may have been denied a cycle by a fine Mark Trumbo play at first, because the Yankee second sacker had a double, triple, and homer in his other three at bats. Before the game, the release of a children’s album, “Believe,” organized and recorded by Nick Swisher, was announced on the scoreboard. Ex-Yank Bernie Williams and SF Giant Barry Zito played guitar on the record. Continue reading
  • August 9 in Yankee History

  • Both Marco Estrada and Masahiro Tanaka allowed three hits through six in the Sunday, August 9, 2015, game in Yankee Stadium, only two of Toronto’s were Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista homers in a 2-0 Yankee loss. The same two guys had homered in the Friday night 2-1 Blue Jays win, and the home team scored just one run in losing all three games that weekend. Continue reading
  • August 8 in Yankee History

  • In the middle of a three-game sweep of the pinstripers on August 8, 2015, the Blue Jays trotted out their newest acquisition, southpaw David Price — the addition to the team that sparked their late surge to the Division title — to the mound, and he did not disappoint, allowing three hits and no runs through seven in a 6-0 win. Sadly, Ivan Nova gamely matched him into the sixth when, with one down, he allowed a walk, single, walk, and Justin Smoak grand slam home run. Continue reading