Game 55 | 30-25, 1st : The Yankees came thisclose to doing something they’ve never done in the history of the franchise — blow a 7 run lead in the 9th inning. Leading 8-1, Joe Girardi handed the reigns to Esmil Rogers, who’s outing went as follows: a single, double, single, wild pitch, walk, single. All five batters he faced eventually scored, as Dellin Betances followed with arguably his worst appearance of the year, but hung on to close it out and keep this one out of the history books.
Almost forgotten in the drama was a standout night at the plate for Stephen Drew, who slugged two home runs, and Alex Rodriguez, who added two more milestones to his resume. In the midst of a 4-5 night, A-Rod passed Barry Bonds for sole possession of second place on the all-time RBI leaderboard.
Historic night for A-Rod: Rodriguez’s fifth-inning RBI single off Weaver marked the 1,997th RBI of his career, surpassing Barry Bonds for second place all time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Henry Aaron is first on the list with 2,297, according to Elias, though other tallies exist due to historical discrepancies. Rodriguez scored his 1,950th career run in the seventh inning, surpassing Stan Musial (1,949) for eighth place on the all-time list. With four hits Friday, Rodriguez is just nine shy of joining the 3,000 hit club. (h/t: mlb.com)
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 8, Angels 7
“That would be a really hard one to swallow, if we lose that game.” ‐ Joe Girardi (h/t: mlb.com)
FOOTNOTES : The Yankees held onto their half-game lead in the AL East, as the slumping Mariners provided no help, losing 1-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays. The entire division was victorious against their opponents, so no movement in the standings… Adam Warren gets the ball tomorrow versus the hard-throwing Garrett Richards. Warren will be gunning for his 5th consecutive quality start …