June 9 in Yankee History

  • A five-run fifth inning decided the Yanks’ 6-3 victory over visiting Anaheim on June 9, 2016, with Ivan Nova benefiting from the run explosion. Batting third and fourth in the order, respectively, Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez knocked in two runs apiece. After a flurry of offense in the last few days, first baseman Chris Parmalee was lost to season-ending injury playing defense in the seventh inning. Continue reading
  • June 8 in Yankee History

  • A game the Yanks trailed in the fifth inning but ended up winning by six runs could come to be known as a lot of things going forward: Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury scored six runs and drove in three at the top of the order in the 12-6 win over Anaheim on June 8, 2016; and Carlos Beltran collected three rbi’s with a double and home run. But what stands out in this game is the brief but highly successful Yankee career of first baseman Chris Parmalee, as he drilled a double and two homers, scoring three times and driving in three as well. Anthony Swarzak got his lone Yankee win in this, his first appearance in the pinstripes, in relief of Nate Eovaldi. Continue reading
  • June 7 in Yankee History

  • Early home runs by Carlos Beltran and Starlin Castro off one-time Yankee lefty David Huff, pitching for the Angels, opened enough of a cushion for Michael Pineda that Cole Calhoun‘s two-run blast in the fifth was easily overcome in a 6-3 home team win in the Stadium on June 7, 2016. Pineda, although he only struck out four, was dealing, and he threw 22 of 27 first-pitch strikes through seven innings before giving way to the pen. Continue reading
  • June 6 in Yankee History

  • Officiating at second base, umpire Dan Bellino made three bad calls in the 5-2 Yankee win over Anaheim in the Stadium on June 6, 2016, and only the third (“safe” at second on a 4-4-3 double play in the top of the seventh) was overturned on replay. With the Yanks down 2-0 much of the game strongly influenced by two incorrect calls on stolen base attempts at second (“out” on Brett Gardner in the first, “safe” on Albert Pujols in the third), the fanbase, including myself, was much angered. But back-to-back seventh-inning home runs by Brian McCann and Starlin Castro got the game tied, and Carlos Beltran‘s three-run jolt in the eighth had the Yanks win this one going away. Continue reading
  • 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

  • The superb Masahiro Tanaka shook off a first-inning unearned run and allowed just four singles while going eight innings in a 3-1 victory over the Twins in Yankee Stadium on May 31, 2014. He retired 10 Minnesota batters on strikes and 10 on ground balls, and probably would have pitched a complete game had rain not caused a delay in the bottom of the eighth. The Yankee runs scored on a Yangervis Solarte home run and eighth-inning, rbi singles by Brian McCann and Kelly Johnson. Continue reading