June 5 in Yankee History

  • Most of the June 5, 2015, tilt vs. visiting Anaheim was a delight, as Nate Eovaldi pitched well before losing his control in the top of the sixth, and the Yankee offense gave a clinic in scoring add-on runs after taking a 2-0 lead in the second on a Stephen Drew home run. They scored in the third, fifth, sixth, and seventh, with highlights featuring a Mark Teixeira two-run shot, a Brett Gardner triple, a second Drew jolt, and three hits from Alex Rodriguez, including an rbi single that moved the Yankee DH ahead of Barry Bonds into fourth place on the all-time rbi list with his 1,997th. Strong relief by lefties Chasen Shreve and Jacob Lindgren continued the home team dominance into the ninth, when long man Esmil Rogers allowed six straight to reach, until Dellin Betances put out the fire and the team held on for an 8-7 win. Continue reading
  • June 4 in Yankee History

  • Joba Chamberlain almost ruined what was one of the finest David Phelps starts on June 4, 2013, when he relieved in the seventh, allowing a walk, single, and Drew Stubbs‘s home run, but the Yanks held on for a 4-3 win. Phelps allowed just one hit while striking out seven through six innings, but the four walks contributed to a mounting pitch count. For the second (and only) game in a row, New York was carried by a Mark Teixeira home run, as his three-run. third-inning blast crowned the Bombers’ four-run rally. Continue reading
  • June 3 in Yankee History

  • I would place this feat in third place to his incredible consecutive-games-played streak and the lofty rbi totals and hits totals he amassed: Lou Gehrig stroked four consecutive home runs in one game on June 3, 1932. The Yanks prevailed over the Athletics in a slugfest, 20-13, as Tony Lazzeri hit for the cycle as well. (That leaves the Iron Horse’s lead in career grand slams that stood for eight decades now fourth on his all-time performance numbers, by the way!) Continue reading
  • June 1 in Yankee History

  • The first (historically and tradition-wise) of two huge June 1 Yankee days took place as Lou Gehrig pinch-hit for shortstop Paul Wanninger in 1925 in a 5-3 loss to the Senators. The next day Lou played first for Wally Pipp, making what was to become his record consecutive-games streak two games old. Continue reading
  • May 31 in Yankee History

  • Lefty J.A. Happ did well in going five for the 4-1 win over visiting Boston on May 31, 2019, although he was, of course, reached for the obligatory long ball, a drive to left by Rafael Devers that gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the second. But Gio Urshela and Brett Gardner singles set up the Yankee third, and a DJ LeMahieu double and Aaron Hicks single plated three. LeMahieu added a solo shot in the fifth, and Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman made it stand up. Continue reading
  • May 29 in Yankee History

  • Young Padres righthander Chris Paddock came into Yankee Stadium with some lofty numbers for the May 29, 2019, game, but DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit turned two of his first six pitches into home runs, and Gio Urshela went yard in the second. On the other side of things, it was disappointing that James Paxton pitched just four innings for the Yankees, but you wouldn’t know it from the final score, which was a 7-0 win by the good guys. Voit would triple in front of a two-run Gleyber Torres home run in the seventh, and Cameron Maybin stole a run in the sixth, following a single by purloining both second and third, then scoring on a throwing error on the latter. Continue reading
  • May 28 in Yankee History

  • Runs were scored in eight different half innings during the Yanks’ home-standing 9-5 win over Oakland on May 28, 2017, but it really all came down to Aaron Judge‘s third-inning, two-out grand slam. Michael Pineda and Andrew Triggs each went six in this one, with the unfortunate A’s righty having surrendered just one earned run (and five unearned ones) thanks to errors by left fielder Matt Joyce and catcher Josh Phegley. Continue reading
  • May 27 in Yankee History

  • On May 27, 2019, Memorial Day, with all of baseball poised to halt the games for a moment of remembrance at 3 pm, the Yankees prevailed over the Padres 5-2. Opener Chad Green combined with “starter” David Hale to strike out the first four, until San Diego scored two off Hale in the second. But New York went up 3-2 almost right away on home runs by Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner in the bottom half. It stayed that way until Adam Ottavino retired DH Josh Naylor on a ground ball to second for out No. two in the top of the sixth, and the “moment” arrived. The Bombers added two in the eighth on a Gary Sanchez home run and a Gleyber Torres double. Continue reading