April 19 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees eked out a 4-3 win over the visiting Blue Jays on April 19, 2018. Back-to-back second-inning doubles from Aaron Hicks and Neil Walker did much of the early damage but, ironically, the run that made the difference in the final score was a seventh-inning Aaron Judge home run off former Yankee Tyler Clippard. Just activated from the 10-day disabled list this day, Yankee lefty CC Sabathia pitched into the fifth, but did not get the win. Continue reading
  • April 18 in Yankee History

  • Happy Birthday to us. Yankee Stadium opened this day, as the Yanks beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on April 18, 1923, behind the pitching of Bob Shawkey over Howard Ehmke, and on Babe Ruth‘s three-run home run. It must have been some party; 74,000-plus were in attendance. It was a particularly poignant anniversary in 2008, and was so again in 2009. Continue reading
  • April 17 in Yankee History

  • It’s hard to imagine a much bigger day in Yankee history than April 17, 1951. Sure, Babe Ruth certainly performed some pretty historic feats years earlier. But on this day, as the Yankees opened at home and Vic Raschi shut out the Red Sox, 5-0, Mickey Mantle played his first Yankee game, had one hit and scored a run. And if that’s not enough, it was also the debut of Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard, The Voice of God to Yankee fans. Unfortunately, we finally lost Mr. Sheppard in 2010. Continue reading
  • April 16 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees gave a rude welcome to a young ex-mate, lefthander Caleb Smith, in a 12-1 obliteration of the visiting Miami Marlins on April 16, 2018. A red-hot Didi Gregorius led the way with two home runs good for three rbi’s, Gary Sanchez knocked in three with three hits, and Aaron Judge homered and drove in two. Luis Severino allowed one hit while whiffing six over six, and Chasen Shreve gave up the lone Miami run in the eighth. Continue reading
  • April 15 in Yankee History

  • Strange (and worrying) pitching early and late for both clubs highlighted the Yankee 3-2 win over the Cardinals in the Stadium on April 15, 2017. St. Louis ace Carlos Martinez needed 37 pitches to strike out the side in the home first because he walked four as well, giving the pinstripers the first of two gift runs they would dearly need. Once Ronald Torreyes, in at short for the injured Didi Gregorius, stroked a leadoff double in the sixth, Martinez’s error on a comebacker gave the Yanks a run before Chris Carter plated the home team’s third tally with an rbi single. Meanwhile, a superb CC Sabathia did not allow a third hit until there was one out in the eighth, but it was a home run to second baseman Jedd Gyorko. Adam Warren finished the eighth, but displaying a disturbing trend that would continue, Tyler Clippard struggled in the ninth, surrendering a run on a homer, single, and walk before successfully closing the win. Continue reading
  • Tanaka Loses the Zone

    Bronx, N.Y., April 14, 2019; Chisox 5, Yankees 2 — Coming off a well-pitched, and well-played, victory on a glorious warm day in the Bronx on Saturday, it was hard not to be feeling pretty good about ourselves as Yankee fans after the third inning Sunday. With a patched together lineup, the Bombers had managed to eke out a 2-0 lead. Not only had superb righty Masahiro Tanaka retired nine of 10 with six strike outs, but he had done so on just 37 pitches. Conversely, Chicago lefty Carlos Rondon threw 68 and allowed two walks, both of which scored for the only runs of the game. Continue reading

    April 14 in Yankee History

  • Following a so-so 2-4 mark on their season-opening road trip, the 2017 Yankees first started to open eyes when they came home and had an 8-1 homestand. The fourth of seven straight wins came on April 14, a 4-3 decision against St. Louis. Once Masahiro Tanaka was reached for a first-inning two-run home run by Matt Carpenter, a two-run shot by Starlin Castro equaled matters right away. Austin Romine‘s second-inning blast the other way to right field off Michael Wacha, the first of just two by the backup Yankee catcher (starting for the injured Gary Sanchez) on the year, gave New York a lead they would not relinquish. Dellin Betances struck out the side around a walk in the eighth, but the Cards got the tying run to third base in the ninth before Aroldis Chapman closed it out. Continue reading
  • Waiting for CC

    Bronx, N.Y., April 13, 2019; Yankees 4, Chisox 0 — With bad news on the injury front almost daily, the Yankees stumbled out of the gate this year, were swept in Houston early this week, and fell to the lowly White Sox Friday night despite having taken a 4-1 lead in the second inning. Injuries have crippled the offense, and the underperformance by their vaunted bullpen has come as a shock. With ace Luis Severino’s absence, the kind of starting performance that could help right the ship has been sorely wanting. Continue reading

    April 13 in Yankee History

  • It was 60 degrees and nice when the Yanks hosted the Anaheim Angels in their home opener on April 13, 2012. And new free agent starter Hiroki Kuroda quickly endeared himself to the Bronx, allowing just four singles and no runs through eight innings. Initially, Ervin Santana seemed up to the challenge after striking out two to start the bottom of the first, but a single, a stolen base, and two walks set it up for Nick Swisher, who then delivered three runs with a double in a 5-0 Yankee win. Recently retired Jorge Posada threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his father, Jorge Posada, Sr. Continue reading
  • April 12 in Yankee History

  • Although Jordan Montgomery‘s first inning in his major league debut was ruined by a two-run home run by Tampa first baseman Rickie Weeks, Jr., and he left in the fifth on the wrong side of a 3-2 score, the rookie pitched well, striking out seven and allowing just five hits. And everyone went home happy when an ugly four-run sixth-inning rally turned the game. Starlin Castro, Chase Headley, and Aaron Judge singles got the ball rolling, Rays lefty Xavier Cedeno‘s error during a collision at first base kept it moving, and a single by Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Hicks‘s fielder’s choice grounder finished it off. The 8-4 final was due to a two-run Judge bomb in the seventh, a crowd pleaser to be sure. Continue reading