GAME 113: What were the odds? Facing their third consecutive Cy Young winner in as many nights, the Yankees didn’t let one beat them. Tonight it was Chris Capuano out-dueling Justin Verlander in the pivotal game three of the four game set.
The heroes for New York included Capuano, Chase Headley (tying home run), Brian McCann (go-ahead home run) and Adam Warren — who pitched into and out of trouble in a dramatic 8th inning. And David Huff pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to wrap things up.
Here’s the box score and recap.
Capuano Keeps The Line Moving
So far, so good for each and every trade deadline move by GM Brian Cashman. Capuano tossed 6.2 masterful innings, striking out 8 and only touched for 1 unearned run in the first — from a sac fly, no less. Unfortunately, Capuano was unable to get the ‘W’, as he was lifted a half inning before Brian McCann‘s go-ahead blast.
The trade for Chase Headley looks better every day. Tonight Headley clubbed the game-tying home run against Verlander, and his defense has been reminding an older generation of Bomber fans with flashes of Graig Nettles.
For all his early season troubles at the plate, Brian McCann is finally getting it dialed in. His work with the pitching staff has been invaluable since Spring Training, but a potent presence at the plate will be needed for the stretch run.
Yanks Win Challenge, Lose Tex
Mark Teixeira’s slide into home plate in the bottom of the 8th was a bang-bang play, initially called out but overturned on Joe Girardi’s challenge. That was the good news. The bad news was Teixeira’s pinky finger, which was sliced up on Detroit catcher Bryan Holaday’s cleat, and will require stitches.
Posted on LoHud.com:
Here’s Teixeira’s explanation of the play in which he got cut: (He referred to the cut as “really, really bad” and said that he thought he might have seen his bone.) “There was only a little bit of plate available,” he said. “I thought we had rules about that, but that’s a different story. So, I slid. I just got my hand in there and his foot was right on top of the plate and I slid into his foot instead of his cleat, so my hand got into his cleat.”
Tomorrow (in an afternoon game, 1PM EST/10AM PT start) features perhaps Detroit’s best hurler at the moment, Rick Porcello, matching up against Shane Greene.
MEMORY LANE: On August 6th, 2003 the Yankees traded Armando Benitez to the Seattle Mariners for Jeff Nelson.