May 12 in Yankee History

  • With the infielders (except for first baseman Mark Teixeira, who would go 0-for-4 with three K’s) leading the way, the Yanks battered ex-Yank Ian Kennedy and the Royals 7-3 in Yankee Stadium on May 12, 2016. Starlin Castro contributed a singleton jolt in the first to get it going, and Chase Headley (getting his first extra base hit of the ’16 campaign) and Didi Gregorius went yard for two. We watched this one on a gorgeous Thursday evening from the Delta Suite behind home plate. Much missed and beloved righthander Chien-Ming Wang pitched in relief for the Royals this night. Continue reading
  • May 11 in Yankee History

  • The visiting Royals jumped Yankee righthander Michael Pineda for four first-inning runs, featuring a three-run homer to left by Salvador Perez, on May 11, 2016, and the Yankees never caught up against Jordanny Ventira, a hard-throwing righty whom no one could have known would die in an automobile accident during the coming offseason. Closing the lead to one run on rbi’s by Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, and Brian McCann, the comeback ended when Nick Goody, on to relieve Pineda in the sixth, gave up a two-run single to Lorenzo Cain, with the home team falling 7-3. 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