June 18 in Yankee History

  • You had to wonder if the practice the Yankees introduced to their game entertainment in 2019 of “Eighties in the Eighth,” playing a 1980s song in between the top and the bottom of the eighth inning, utilized songs decided upon early in the day, because Lionel Ritchie‘s All Night Long was just too fitting for a game delayed an hour-plus by rain. With J.A. Happ going five, the Yanks took the visiting Rays 6-3 as Cameron Maybin had three hits, including a home run, and Gary Sanchez knocked in two. With the team already up 5-3 in the eighth, DH Edwin Encarnacion contributed his first Yankee bomb to close the scoring. Continue reading
  • June 17 in Yankee History

  • I never thought Ron Guidry‘s 18-strike-out, 4-0 win over California in 1978 would be supplanted atop the June 17 Yankee report, but Masahiro Tanaka deserves his moment in the sun for his two-hit, 3-0, complete-game performance over Tampa in Yankee Stadium on June 17, 2019. On the other side of the ball, young Yonny Chirinos allowed just five hits over six innings, but one shot each by DJ LeMahieu and Cameron Maybin cleared the fence. Masahiro struck out but 10, all of them swinging, he retired 11 on ground balls, and he threw 23 of 29 first-pitch strikes. Continue reading
  • June 16 in Yankee History

  • The dominant first half of ace Luis Severino‘s 2018 season was in full display in a 4-1 win over the Tampa Rays in the Stadium on June 16. Luis struck out nine while allowing just three singles and two walks in eight innings. Once Chasen Shreve lost the shutout on a leadoff Matt Duffy home run in the ninth, Aroldis Chapman came on for the save. Aaron Judge doubled his first two times up and scored a run, and Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez went yard back-to-back in the fifth. Continue reading
  • June 15 in Yankee History

  • Not only did Jonathan Loiasiga make his major league debut on June 15, 2018, in a 5-0 win over visiting Tampa Bay, this young righthander had not yet pitched in AAA either. He struck out six over five innings for the win, supported on offense by an early home run from Didi Gregorius, who drove in Aaron Judge — who had doubled — for the second run also. Gary Sanchez put the game away with a three-run double in the eighth. Continue reading
  • June 14 in Yankee History

  • Yankee fans had a nice game-long celebration on Sunday, June 14, 2009, when the Bombers recorded an unexpectedly easy 15-0 rout of Johan Santana and the Mets in the Bronx to take the first half of crosstown interleague two games to one (it would grow to five to one in weeks). Although he didn’t need to be, A.J. Burnett was superb, Derek Jeter had three hits, two rbi’s and two runs scored, and Johnny Damon and Robbie Cano drove in three runs apiece. And for a boost, Francisco Cervelli had three hits, an rbi and two runs scored as well. Continue reading
  • June 13 in Yankee History

  • We could feature the 1-0 loss that A.J. Burnett (five hits, eight strike outs, one run, in eight) and the Yankees suffered at the hands of young Carlos Carrasco and the Indians in Yankee Stadium on June 13, 2011, in light of its haunting familiarity to some offensive woes the 2012 team had. Not ony did the Yanks fail to score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the first, no Yankee crossed home plate in the second either once the first two batters reached. But the greater significance of this game, really, was the sore right calf that sent Derek Jeter to the disabled list after it, just a few hits short of the magical 3,000-hits mark. Continue reading
  • June 12 in Yankee History

  • CC Sabathia had a tremendous start in a 3-0 win over visiting Washington on June 12, 2018, as two of the four singles he surrendered two outs into the sixth were of the infield variety. He walked three, and struck out just three too, but the third one, against Michael A. Taylor in the fourth, was the 1,500th K of CC’s Yankee career. Second star clearly goes to Didi Gregorius, who hit two solo home runs to drive the offense. Continue reading
  • June 11 in Yankee History

  • Nine hours and 20 minutes in the Bronx on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, went swimmingly through a 12-5 Yankee win over the Mets in the first half of a day/night doubleheader, and the Hot Pastrami sandwich at the Court Deli in between games, but went downhill with the 10-4 Mets victory in the nightcap. Masahiro Tanaka pitched through a four-run misstep featuring a Jeff McNeil home run in the third inning of the opener, as Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez each went yard and drove in three, but Gio Urshela wielded the biggest bat, knocking in four runs with a home run, single, and double. But James Paxton was reached for a three-run Pete Alonso bomb in the first and three rbi singles in the third of Game Two. Continue reading
  • June 10 in Yankee History

  • For a few thousand season ticket holders, June 10, 2017, was already a great day in the Bronx, as they got to meet, speak, and take selfies with their favorite players in pregame ceremonies on photo day, but it got better from there. The Yanks pounded Baltimore’s Chris Tillman for nine runs into the second while he recorded all of four outs. Early long balls from Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, and Starlin Castro got the carnage started, and Matt Holliday and Gary Sanchez homers sealed the 16-3 annihilation. If there was a sad hometown note, it was that the superb Luis Severino was wasted on a day where I may have been able to pitch the Bombers to a win. Continue reading
  • June 9 in Yankee History

  • In a June 9, 2017, game tied 2-2 in the second inning on Jonathan Schoop and Starlin Castro home runs, Yankee southpaw Jordan Montgomerey outlasted Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy once Aaron Hicks homered for the first of two times leading off the home sixth. Highlighted by Hicks’s two-run shot in the seventh, the Yankees pounded the Orioles pen late in an 8-2 win in this game, on Reggie Jackson Bobblehead Night. Continue reading