May 15 in Yankee History

  • The greatest of events sometimes start off in the quietest ways. In a 13-1 hammering at the hands of the White Sox on May 15, 1941, Joe DiMaggio got a single in four trips against Ed Smith, but it was the first hit (and game) in Joe’s unprecedented (and unmatched) 56-game hitting streak. Continue reading
  • May 14 in Yankee History

  • It has to be a special highlight to top what happened on May 14, 1996, in this Yankee fan’s report, and it is, as today’s lead item is that Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run off Baltimore’s Stu Miller on this day in 1967 in a 6-5 Yankee win. With that shot, The Mick became the sixth member of the 500-home run club. Continue reading
  • May 13 in Yankee History

  • What is it about mid-May, the Yankees, and nine-run comebacks? Yesterday’s column included the Yanks’ rally from an 0-8 deficit to the White Sox, from which they recovered to win 9-8 on May 12, 1996. On May 13, 1985, the Yanks’ rally from 0-8 to the Minnesota Twins was crowned by Don Mattingly‘s three-run, two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth homer off former Yank Ron Davis that propelled the home team to a 9-8 victory. Continue reading
  • May 12 in Yankee History

  • Houston pretty much had the Yanks’ number in 2017, which would hold in a tight ALCS as well, and they used a bullet from ex-Yankee Brian McCann to post a 5-1 win in Yankee Stadium on May 12 of that year. Pinstriped rookie Jordan Montgomery was effective through six frames, but McCann’s three-run bomb against him in the fourth pretty much decided matters. Lance McCullers, Jr. was strong through six for the win, and the Yanks did nothing but score a run in the bottom of the ninth on a Didi Gregorius rbi single. Giovanny Gallegos, in his major league debut, allowed the Astros’ final run in the top of the ninth. Continue reading
  • May 11 in Yankee History

  • It was yet another effective Dallas Keuchel start in the Bronx on May 11, 2017, that resulted in a Houston victory in a true nail biter that went down to the wire. Yankee righthander Michael Pineda pitched well, but his fate was pretty much sealed in the first inning when Carlos Correa reached him for a two-run home run. Four innings later, Russ Springer‘s rbi single would prove pivotal, because in the bottom half of the fifth, Jacoby Ellsbury‘s signature offensive play — catcher’s interference — occurred with the bases loaded for the first Yankee run of the night. Then, presaging playoff troubles to come, the home team rallied against Astros closer Ken Giles in the ninth, scoring one run on a Gary Sanchez single following a walk and another one-base hit, but Ellsbury would be thrown out at the plate trying to score the tying run in a Yankee 3-2 loss. Continue reading
  • May 10 in Yankee History

  • The Yanks seemed to be in the catbird seat in the Stadium on May 10, 2016, when they took an early 5-3 lead, largely on a Didi Gregorius three-run double, with ace Masahiro Tanaka on the mound, but one home run from Kansas City’s Alex Gordon and two from Lorenzo Cain gave the visitors a lead. But the Yanks came storming back on late rbi’s from Brian McCann and Dustin Ackley and, featuring nine pitches thrown 100 mph or better, Aroldis Chapman made the 10-7 lead stand up. Continue reading
  • May 9 in Yankee History

  • Recalling New York bombardments of decades earlier, the Yankees reached Kansas City’s Chris Young for five early singleton home runs, by Brian McCann in the first, Carlos Beltran in the second, and Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, and Beltran, again, in the third on May 9, 2016. In his first start with CC Sabathia on the DL, Ivan Nova was pulled with two down in the fifth, so the 6-3 win went to the wandering ex-Yank Phil Coke (wearing pinstripes in a short goodbye tour). After coming in for defense in the eighth, outfielder Ben Gamel got an infield hit in his first major league at bat, but far more exciting was the first game featuring Aroldis Chapman, activated from the restricted list earlier in the day, as Yankee closer. Continue reading
  • May 8 in Yankee History

  • In a mercifully brief (2:27) ESPN Sunday night contest in Yankee Stadium on May 8, 2016, Boston righthanded knuckleballer Steven Wright silenced Yankee bats, allowing just three hits in a complete-game 5-1 win. At times during the game, Yankee switch hitters Mark Teixeira and Aaron Hicks batted from the right side to try for a hit, to no avail. Luis Severino was reached for two home runs by David Ortiz, but this one, it turned out, was over when Dustin Pedroia went yard for two with no outs in the first. Brett Gardner gave Yankee fans a last-minute slight rush, averting the shutout by homering with two down in the bottom of the ninth. Continue reading
  • May 7 in Yankee History

  • Improving on an early dreadful record, the Yankees took their second straight from the visiting Red Sox on May 7, 2016, this one an 8-2 laugher. In what may have been Nate Eovaldi‘s best start of his injury-shortened year, the hard thrower allowed just six hits and no walks over eight innings, buoyed by a three-run Didi Gregorius triple and a two-run Carlos Beltran double in the middle innings. Austin Romine went 3-for-4 and drove in two, and the Yanks had little trouble solving the pitches of southpaw David Price. Continue reading
  • May 6 in Yankee History

  • In a game very uncharacteristic of their play in early 2016, the Yankees squeaked by visiting Boston 3-2 on May 6. Immediately down 2-0 on a David Ortiz first-inning home run, they tied it quickly on a Jacoby Ellsbury leadoff first-inning walk, followed by steals of second and third bases, and a Brian McCann rbi, then an Ellsbury rbi single in the second. Unfortunately, Ellsbury was injured trying to stretch the hit. Rick Porcello and Michael Pineda held it right there through six, and then the disappointing Aaron Hicks reached the Red Sox righty for a leadoff home run in the seventh. Ben Gamel made his major league debut replacing Dustin Ackley for defense in the eighth. Continue reading