GAME 96: Since coming over in the trade for Vidal Nuno, righty Brandon McCarthy delivered another strong start, earning his first win as a Yankee.
Carlos Beltran blasted his 10th home run of the season in the bottom of the second. Brett Gardner (3 RBI), Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson contributed to the 7 run outburst, as the Bombers take the first two of a three-game set with the Cincinnati Reds.
McCarthy Trade Looks Like Winner
In today’s 99-pitch effort (71 for strikes), McCarthy struck out 8 and did not issue a walk. He threw 16 of 24 first pitch strikes, and had a nasty cutter working. Although a small sample, McCarthy’s work with the Yankees so far belie the bad numbers on his Arizona Diamonbacks baseball card. His ERA with New York is now 1.42. The final three frames featured scoreless relief from Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley, and Matt Thornton.
Here’s the box score and recap.
MEMORY LANE: On July 19th, 2003, the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-4 behind David Wells‘ 15th win of the season. Home runs were hit by Alfonso Soriano, Jason Giambi and Raul Mondesi. Cleveland’s ace CC Sabathia took the loss. For the Yanks, Armando Benitez earned a ‘hold’, and Mariano Rivera notched his 40th save of the season. The victory improved the Yankees record to 60-36.
1950: The Yankees purchased the contract of Elston Howard from Kansas City (Negro Leagues).