Didi Leads Yanks to 6-2 Win In Texas

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Didi Gregorius belts a two-run homer to left off Matt Harrison, scoring Chase Headley to tie the game at 2 in the top of the 3rd on July 27, 2015

Game 98 / 56-42 / 1st / +7G : I think its fairly safe to say that Didi Gregorius‘ slow start is officially over. There is now consistency in his entire game — under control in the field, and producing at the plate. He and Alex Rodriguez provided the firepower in what was a total team effort in tonight’s 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers. Starter Ivan Nova went 5 innings, building on his return from Tommy John surgery.

Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Yankees 6, Rangers 2

  • Didi Gregorius   A career high 4 RBI night. A booming 2-run homer in the 3rd inning, and a 2-ribby single in the 7th that put the Yanks up 6-2. Throw in a few sweet defensive stops in the field and that’s one helluva game for Didi.
  • Alex Rodriguez   Happy Birthday, Alex! A 6th inning rocket to the right-center field seats extended New York’s lead to 4-2. According to MLB.com, A-Rod joins Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub, and Gary Sheffield as the only players in history to club home runs in both their teens and in their 40s. That’s impressive. The blast was his 24th of the season, and 59th RBI.
  • Chasen Shreve   What else can you say about this guy? Taking over for Nova in the bottom of the 6th, Shreve turned in a 1-2-3 inning, and tossed an effective frame in the 7th striking out the dangerous Prince Fielder to end the inning — setting it up for a Dellin Betances close-out.

“I just think he’s maturing as a player. He got off to a slow start, and we’ve seen an upward kick the whole season. This has been his best month.” ‐ Joe Girardi on Didi Gregorius  
(h/t: Bryan Hoch and Cody Stavenhagen / MLB.com)

MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1978, the Yankees win the first game of a doubleheader against Cleveland 11-0, but the Indians rebound to win the second game 17-5. Duane Kuiper ties the Major League record with two bases-loaded triples in the nightcap, only the third player (after Bill Bruton and Elmer Valo) to do so in the 20th century. Kuiper is presently doing television broadcasts for the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants, partnering with former major leaguer Mike Krukow. And in our humble opinion, the second best announcing team in MLB today — at least anytime Kenny Singleton is in our booth … (h/t: Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : Don’t want to see this month end! The Yankees have won 7 of their last 8, and lead all teams in the American League with a 15-5 mark in July …

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