June 15 in Yankee History

  • Not only did Jonathan Loiasiga make his major league debut on June 15, 2018, in a 5-0 win over visiting Tampa Bay, this young righthander had not yet pitched in AAA either. He struck out six over five innings for the win, supported on offense by an early home run from Didi Gregorius, who drove in Aaron Judge — who had doubled — for the second run also. Gary Sanchez put the game away with a three-run double in the eighth. Continue reading
  • June 14 in Yankee History

  • Yankee fans had a nice game-long celebration on Sunday, June 14, 2009, when the Bombers recorded an unexpectedly easy 15-0 rout of Johan Santana and the Mets in the Bronx to take the first half of crosstown interleague two games to one (it would grow to five to one in weeks). Although he didn’t need to be, A.J. Burnett was superb, Derek Jeter had three hits, two rbi’s and two runs scored, and Johnny Damon and Robbie Cano drove in three runs apiece. And for a boost, Francisco Cervelli had three hits, an rbi and two runs scored as well. Continue reading
  • June 13 in Yankee History

  • We could feature the 1-0 loss that A.J. Burnett (five hits, eight strike outs, one run, in eight) and the Yankees suffered at the hands of young Carlos Carrasco and the Indians in Yankee Stadium on June 13, 2011, in light of its haunting familiarity to some offensive woes the 2012 team had. Not ony did the Yanks fail to score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the first, no Yankee crossed home plate in the second either once the first two batters reached. But the greater significance of this game, really, was the sore right calf that sent Derek Jeter to the disabled list after it, just a few hits short of the magical 3,000-hits mark. Continue reading
  • June 12 in Yankee History

  • CC Sabathia had a tremendous start in a 3-0 win over visiting Washington on June 12, 2018, as two of the four singles he surrendered two outs into the sixth were of the infield variety. He walked three, and struck out just three too, but the third one, against Michael A. Taylor in the fourth, was the 1,500th K of CC’s Yankee career. Second star clearly goes to Didi Gregorius, who hit two solo home runs to drive the offense. Continue reading
  • June 11 in Yankee History

  • Nine hours and 20 minutes in the Bronx on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, went swimmingly through a 12-5 Yankee win over the Mets in the first half of a day/night doubleheader, and the Hot Pastrami sandwich at the Court Deli in between games, but went downhill with the 10-4 Mets victory in the nightcap. Masahiro Tanaka pitched through a four-run misstep featuring a Jeff McNeil home run in the third inning of the opener, as Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez each went yard and drove in three, but Gio Urshela wielded the biggest bat, knocking in four runs with a home run, single, and double. But James Paxton was reached for a three-run Pete Alonso bomb in the first and three rbi singles in the third of Game Two. Continue reading
  • June 10 in Yankee History

  • For a few thousand season ticket holders, June 10, 2017, was already a great day in the Bronx, as they got to meet, speak, and take selfies with their favorite players in pregame ceremonies on photo day, but it got better from there. The Yanks pounded Baltimore’s Chris Tillman for nine runs into the second while he recorded all of four outs. Early long balls from Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, and Starlin Castro got the carnage started, and Matt Holliday and Gary Sanchez homers sealed the 16-3 annihilation. If there was a sad hometown note, it was that the superb Luis Severino was wasted on a day where I may have been able to pitch the Bombers to a win. Continue reading
  • June 9 in Yankee History

  • In a June 9, 2017, game tied 2-2 in the second inning on Jonathan Schoop and Starlin Castro home runs, Yankee southpaw Jordan Montgomerey outlasted Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy once Aaron Hicks homered for the first of two times leading off the home sixth. Highlighted by Hicks’s two-run shot in the seventh, the Yankees pounded the Orioles pen late in an 8-2 win in this game, on Reggie Jackson Bobblehead Night. Continue reading
  • June 8 in Yankee History

  • It could be said that the Yankees punished Boston’s David Price yet again in the Stadium on June 8, 2017, but it was actually the work of one “Bronx Bomber” that drove the southpaw from the mound after five frames. Gary Sanchez homered for three runs, then two, putting the home team up 6-1 by the time Price departed, and Michael Pineda went seven in the 9-1 Yankee victory. Brett Gardner homered as well. Continue reading
  • June 7 in Yankee History

  • Most fans will smile in respect, I assume, to the rare long outing former ace CC Sabathia had in an 8-0 whitewashing of the visiting Red Sox on June 7, 2017, as he threw 92 pitches over eight scintillating innings, but they’ll have a lot more trouble coming to grips with the offensive star of the night, as Chris Carter delivered four runs with a three-run bomb and an rbi base hit. A Jackie Bradley, Jr. grab of Carter’s deep drive to center may have denied him a second homer, but the Yanks chose not to request replay. This night heralded in a difficult time with train travel to the Bronx and Manhattan, as a huge fire under the Metro North tracks serving the area disrupted service in the weeks following. Continue reading
  • June 6 in Yankee History

  • Fourth-inning homers by Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez, and another by Adam Benintendi in the fifth off Masahiro Tanaka were too much to overcome as the Yanks fell to Boston 5-4 in the Bronx on June 6, 2017. With the Yanks up over the Red Sox by two games before this one, the home team could have extended that but for a particularly bad night by third baseman Chase Headley, who struck out with a man on third in the second, and bounced back to the pitcher for a twin kiling with one down in the fourth. Continue reading